Sunday, November 1, 2009

Installing Free MC Boot via Swap Magic and FCEUltra for Playstation 2

I'm Sure the reason why you're seeing this is that you failed on your first atempt to Install Free MC Boot (FMCB) on your Playstation 2 memory card. Worry no more because if this method still not work then your USB stick is the problem. Now on with the guide!

Things needed:
  • Action Replay EVO
  • Memory card for Playstation 2 (8Mb will work)
  • USB Stick (4Gb and below)
  • Free MC Boot release Package
  • FCEUltra.elf (optional method)
  • SwapMagic 3.8 coder ELF (optional method)
  • Playstation 2 Console (off course!)

Free MC Boot is a program that allows a user to boot homebrews without modchip or swap once installed on the Memory Card. It runs on official 8MB Sony MC's as well as 3rd party cards. (with the exception of those needing a boot disc to be recognized or cloned Chinese cards)

Prepare the files:

Note: FMCB installer will not boot directly from Action Replay Max. This is why you must have an AR Max EVO with the Max Media Player.

Copy the FREE_MCBOOT.ELF and the INSTALL folder to the USB root.

On the USB stick create a folder, named SWAPMAGIC
Rename a copy of uLaunchELF's BOOT.ELF to SWAPMAGIC.ELF and put it in the folder.

DO NOT put the FREE_MCBOOT.ELF or the INSTALL folder in this folder!!!

Next put the SW3.8C.ELF {or whatever its named} on the USB stick root [[not in the folder]]
In this tutorial, i named the SM3.8C.ELF to SWAPMAGIC.ELF for simplicity.

Follow the steps for the Media Player and select the SWAPMAGIC.ELF

Insert the USB stick and the AR Max disc, then run the disc. Note: The USB device MUST be inserted before running the disc!


In the main screen of AR Max, select the Media Player

After a few splash screens,

the Media Player intro will start, you can just press X to skip it. AR Max will now read the USB stick and display file(s).

In the Media Player menu:

SwapMagic should automatically run uLaunchELF

Next press O to goto the FileBrowser screen

Goto mass:/ and  select the FREE_MCBOOT.ELF......... after a quick flash of the launch splash, Free McBoot's Installer will load.

If that didnt automatically boot to uLaunchelf, then continue thru the menu's.

On the main screen, select SMBOOT

next screen, select SMBOOT0

If it  still didnt boot or you black screened, try  renaming uLaunchELF's BOOT.ELF to SMBOOT0.ELF  and try again.

Or go to the next alternative method below:


Copy the  FCEUltra.elf to the USB stick and follow the steps above to run the Media Player.

Select the  FCEUltra.elf from the  Media Player and PLAY it.

Main Menu of FCEUltra:

Press SELECT button for the configuration menu:

Select  " Configure ELF Path " and press the O button

Select mass:  and  then  FREE_MCBOOT.ELF from the list on your USB stick.

You will be returned to the  Options screen and see the  changed path .  Now just select  Exit to ELF

The installer should now boot!!


A successful boot of the Free McBoot Installer will look like this:

Be sure to read the User Guides for any updates and new features.

If none will display, then try another USB device.

FMCB is free for all and if you paid for it you've been scummed!

And if you're not, then why not compensate the efforts on FMCB developers, it will be shared beetween the 2 FMCB authors. Go Donate!

Credits goes out to the authors of this awsome release; Neme & jimmikaelkael.
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1 comment:

  1. brod di ko na masundan! sobrang haba ng tutorials!!! hehehe!!! brod dito ka na lang mag-leave ng message my ginawa ako bago ito