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Old Feb 01, 2002, 04:09 AM
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[B]Booting Backups [/B]
It is strongly advised that you purchase a modchip. If you have a NEO4 (Non swap) then you don't have to worry but if you have a NEO2/2.2 or NEO Key then here are the booting methods...

[B]NEO2/2.2 [/B]

Normal Boot Method (PS2 Backups)
That standard method for PS2 backups using AR2/GS2
Insert the AR2/GS2 CD1
Power off the PS2 for 5 seconds
Turn on the machine - will boot to a menu
Select START GAME
Select WITHOUT CODES
Press Eject
Swap AR2/GS2 disc with your PS2 backup
Press eject to close tray
Press X AS SOON as the tray closes
The game will now load


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[B]Normal Boot Method 2 (PS2 Backups & AR2/GS2 v1.1)
Alternative normal method - has had greater success with v1.1 AR2/GS2 [/B]
Insert the AR2/GS2 CD1
Power off the PS2 for 5 seconds
Turn on the machine - will boot to a menu
Select START GAME
Select WITHOUT CODES
Screen will say Insert Disc - Press X
Press Eject
Swap AR2/GS2 disc with your PS2 backup
Press X - Wait for it to say Loading and background animation stops
Press eject to close tray
The game will now load


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[B]EA Boot Method (PS2 Backups)[/B]
This is the method for PS2 backups that won't boot with normal method
Insert the AR2/GS2 CD1
Power off the PS2 for 5 seconds
Press and hold the reset button - machine will boot
Menu screen will appear
Select START GAME (Still holding Reset)
Select WITHOUT CODES (Still holding reset)
Let go of reset - tray will eject and stay open for 4 seconds
The disc will still be spinning when using AR2/GS2 v1.4 & above
Swap AR2/GS2 disc with your PS2 backup
Do not press eject - the tray will close automatically
Press X AS SOON as the tray closes
For AR2/GS2 v1.4 & above you need to select O + R1 instead of X
The game will now load


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[B]EA Boot Method 2 (PS2 Backups)[/B]
This is the alternative EA Method that seems to work for some people
Insert the AR2/GS2 CD1
Power off the PS2 for 5 seconds
Press and hold the reset button - machine will boot
Menu screen will appear
Let go of reset - tray will eject and stay open for 4 seconds
The disc will still be spinning when using AR2/GS2 v1.4 & above
Leave the AR2/GS2 disc in and let the tray close
Select START GAME
Select WITHOUT CODES
Press Eject
Swap AR2/GS2 disc with your PS2 backup
Press Eject - Game will now load
Press X
If you have v1.4 you may need to press O + R1 instead of X
If you have 1.5 or above you may have to press Triangle + Circle + Square + X
The game will now load


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[B]DVD Rip Boot Method (PS2 DVD Rips)[/B]
Another alternative method for troublesome discs
Insert the AR2/GS2 CD1
Power off the PS2 for 5 seconds
Press and hold the reset button - machine will boot
Menu screen will appear
Let go of reset - tray will eject and stay open for 4 seconds
The disc will still be spinning when using AR2/GS2 v1.4 & above
Swap AR2/GS2 disc with your DVD Rip backup
Select START GAME
Select WITHOUT CODES
Press eject till tray comes out halfway then press eject again
Press X AS SOON as the tray closes
For AR2/GS2 v1.4 & above you need to select O + R1 instead of X
The game will now load


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[B]Ready to Rumble 2 Boot Method (Alternative Method)[/B]
Some people had trouble with Ready to Rumble 2 and this seemed to fix it
Uses the normal EA Boot Method to boot the game
As soon as the game starts to check the Memory Card Press EJECT
Wait a couple of seconds until the main R2R screen appears
Close the tray and the game should now work ok


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[B]How to boot PSX backups & PS2 originals[/B]
Wouldn't it be great if all backups booted like this !
Power off the PS2 for 5 seconds
Boot as normal - no special method


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[B]How to boot PSX originals[/B]
This technique simply deactivates the chip
Insert your PSX original
Power off the PS2 for 5 seconds
Press reset for 1 second (Until blue light comes on) then let go
Game will now boot as normal - the chip is deactivated


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[B]How to boot PSX imports[/B]

Insert your PSX original
Power off the PS2 for 5 seconds
Turn on the machine
Press eject just before the PSX LOGO SCREEN
Swap with your PSX import backup
Press eject to close the tray
The game will now load
You also have the option to patch your imports with the PATCH IT tool which can be downloaded by clicking here. For more utilities and tutorials please visit our links page.


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[B]How to reset the AR2/GS2 back to its factory settings[/B]
Do this if your system suddenly becomes unreliable at booting PS2 backups using the normal method - you will lose any saves.
Insert your AR2/GS2 CD1
Power off the PS2 for 5 seconds
Hold all the top buttons (R1 + R2 + L1 + L2) and press start
Turn on the machine (Keep buttons held)
You will get a message to reset to factory defaults
Press X
Restart the machine
The AR2/GS2 has now been reset


[B]NEO Key [/B]

1) Load The AR2/GS2 With NEO Key off
2) Start Game
3) Choose Without Codes
4) Turn On The NEO Key
5) The Screen should say 'Please Insert Game Disc' Eject the CD and put in backup
6) Hold R1 and O as the tray is closing
7) The screen will Say 'Loading'


[B]DVD-R Backups [/B]

This has been confirmed to work on PAL machines with NEO2.2 + AR2 1.7. It may work with other versions but has not been tested as yet.

1) Turn on the ps2 with AR2 1.7 (holding down the ON/RESET)
2) Select Start Game (Still Holding ON/Reset)
3) Press EJECT (while still holding the ON/RESET button) and swap AR21.7 with DVD demo.
4) Press EJECT to close (Wait 10 seconds)
5) Then select WITHOUT CODES. Wait until disc stops.
6) Now let go of reset and the tray comes out, Swap DVD demo for a backup DVD-R (In this case GT3 A-Spec JAP) press X just as the tray starts to go back in (IMPORTANT)

Note: The DVD Boot disc HAS to have a bigger TOC than the DVD-R. For example Onimusha TOC is 3.8GB so the DVD Demo disc would not boot it, but using Rayman original would as it is 4.1GB.

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