This FAQ is about game compatibility and not specific HDD issues,
is this list about?
PS2 games can be run from a HDD connected to your PS2, with the help of
homebrew apps, such as HD Loader, USB Extreme, ToxicOS, etc.
Since the first version of HD Loader was released, Sony and game
manufactures changed some of their games purposefully to not work with
causing them to become "incompatible". This list is about games that
are compatible and those not compatible.
In addition to those, many games have been found to become compatible
after a "fix" to either the game prior to installing it or to the HD
Loader app itself, via patches. When a fix was found and a patch
created for HDL, it recieved a new version number, the current version
as of this f.a.q. is HDLv0.8c.
icon says 'more info', but where is this info?
Simply put your mouse pointer over any yellow icon and a small pop-up
enabled in your browser.
It says to
swap IMG or IOPRP files.....how do you do that?
Many games have IOPRP files in them as network driver files to go
online or use in LAN play. Some games can be 'fixed' by using IOPRP
files from other known games that already work, making some games
in USB HDD gaming where they otherwise dont work with the ones that
came in the game. Download tutorial
How do you
change the Modes for HD Loader?
Once you see a game listed in HDL's game List, you can change the modes
by highlighting the game in the list and pressing the SELECT
Choose the mode you wish and press SELECT
to save the change and
to the Game List screen.
It says Mode
and a number, but theres no number in the selection screens?
Originally HD Loader had only 3 Modes to choose from. Over time new
"patches" were created for HDL and new modes added, but a brief
explaination was opted instead of a number. Many still refer to a
number as a shortcut for simplicity, Mode1 would be the first from
the top in the list, Mode2 as the second, etc...
What do those
There are 2 type of Modes to use with HDL, DMA
These modes are applied by pressing SELECT
from the Game List
enables the patch for that mode and No
disables the patch.
- Slow HDD access
- Disable DVD9 support
- Kill HDL after launch
- Date/timefix 2
- Date/timefix 3
- Disable network support
- Disable CzC patch
- Soul Caliber 2 / Suikoden V
These modes control HDD read speeds and are enabled during the loading
HDL. Press& hold the corresponding button while the splash
screen is displaying:
- m0=up (4.2 mb/s)
- m1=triangle (13.3 mb/s)
- m2=left (16.6 mb/s)
- u0=right (16.6 mb/s)
- u1=square (25.0 mb/s)
- u2=circle (33.3 mb/s)
- u3=down (44.4 mb/s)
That is the default setup, but you can change the button presses by
using the HDL
GUI patch app
: not all versions will
have DMA support enabled, so you may need to patch yourself a personal
copy with the HDL GUI Patching app.
What does it
mean to use the PS2Load fix?
PS2Load is an app that allow you to choose what to boot from a list.
You edit a few files and add the apps you want listed. Using this app
has allowed some games to run in USB Advance. Tutorial
How do you
apply a PPF Patch to make a game work?
There are 2 ways to apply a PPF Patch:
Why isnt HD
Advance in the List?
- Before you install a
game to the HDD, you first must rip the game using IMGBurn or DVD
Decrypter to create an ISO. You can then use PPF-O-Matic to apply the
- Use Winhiip to apply
the patch to an already installed game.
HD Advance is only a reskinned clone of HDLoader and works
the same way. HD Advance attempted to follow along with new patches
when they were available in HD Loader, but the cloners didnt seem
willing to name their versions very well and only used a few version
HD Advance v1.0 = Original HD Loader
HD Advance v2.0 = HD Loader v0.6d
HD Advance v3.0 = HD Loader v0.7c thru HD Loader v0.8c
Since they didnt use any sort of version history for changes in the 3.0
and created different patched versions with the same number, we can not
determine what is applicable to that version.
It says my
game is compatible, but its doesnt work for me, why not?
What is the
VMC fix and how can i use it?
- A poorly ripped ISO from an inferior program not able to properly
rip all data, some data is hidden. Recommended apps to use are IMGBurn
- You may have bad clusters/blocks with corrupted data the game
installed to. Use Winhiip's
Scan/Repair to attempt a fix of those bad sectors.
- Dual Layer games (DVD9) require a proper rip and a proper
installation with a full 4GBs of free space available AFTER the first
layer has installed.
- Someone falsely reported the game as working (rare, but possible)
or your region was not reported, but another region is whats been
reported for that game.
The VMC fix is using a special made USBMCemu app and editing the game's
ISO. You can find info on how to apply the VMC fix to your Game in
Follow the part of the tutorial where it says Tutorial Revision 1.2a.
I found a
game thats not on the list, what info do you need for a submission?
: as it
appears on the disc and cover
: PAL / US
: CD / DVD5 (regular DVD)
/ DVD9 (dual
: ToxicOS 0.41
/ HD Loader and version / USB Advance or USB Extreme
, dont work
or needs a fix
A short description of any fix, patch or mode used to make a game
compatible is helpful. And please check to see if its already listed
with the same info first. Any NEW information is what we need, even if
it conflicts with the current info, but please thoroughly test before
submitting any 'Not working' submissions.