How to Make a PS2 Read a USB With Music Files

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While many gamers have moved on from the PlayStation 2 (PS2) to its more powerful successor, a group of enthusiasts have been using the PlayStation 2's powerful hardware to run homebrew applications. One such application, Simple Media System (SMS), allows you to play Mp3's and videos from a USB drive or burned CDs, effectively turning your PS2 into a powerful media center. The key to installing these programs is a retail product called SwapMagic, which allows you to boot PS2 applications from a USB drive.

Things You'll Need

  • PlayStation 2
  • PlayStation 2 compatible memory card
  • Blank USB drive
  • SwapMagic disk

Instructions

  • Download both the Free McBoot Noobie Package and uLaunchELF from the resources section.

  • Connect your USB drive to your computer. Right-click the drive and select properties. Make sure the file system line says FAT32. If it does not, click format and select FAT32.

    Note: Formatting the USB drive will erase any data on it.

  • Copy the FREE_MCBOOT.ELF file and the INSTALL directory from the Free McBoot Noobie Package archive into the root directory of your USB drive.

  • Create another folder in the root directory called SWAPMAGIC. The folder name must be in all caps.

  • Extract the BOOT.ELF from the uLaunchELF archive into the new SWAPMAGIC directory.

  • Rename the BOOT.ELF file that you just extracted to SWAPMAGIC.ELF. The file name must be in all caps.

  • Remove the USB drive from your computer and plug it into your PlayStation 2.

  • Plug your memory card into slot one.

  • Boot up your SwapMagic disk. The SwapMagic splash screen will appear. Then, uLaunchELF will start.

  • Enter uLaunchELF's browser by pressing O.

  • Navigate to "mass:/" and run FREE_MCBOOT.ELF This will bring up the Free McBoot installer.

  • Select the "Normal Install" option and select "slot 1" from the following prompt. This will install Free McBoot onto the memory card. You may now unplug the USB drive.

  • Select "Launch FMCB" once the installer has finished. You will see new options in the Sony main menu. Select the "SMS" option. This will start the Simple Media System (SMS).

  • Plug the USB drive with music files into the front USB port.

  • Select the USB icon in SMS and browse to the music file you wish to play. Press x to play the file. Enjoy.

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