Can my plextor plexwriter 4012ta be used to make workable copies of Playstation 2 and/or X-BOX Games? Just wanted to know (for back up of course!!!) as I plan on getting one or both systems in the coming months.
Both consoles use protections that prevent the use of copies. Sony's Playstation 1 and 2 have never had the protection broken by software. You need a mod chip that will allow the use of of "backup copies".
I seem to recall that Xbox's was broken but I don't know the details.
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If you want to do it, your going to have to shell out an extra $100 for the mod chip. This is assuming you know how to open it and do the soldering yourself. If you don't, your going to have to pay an extra $50 to $100 for a pro to do it for you. And did i mention it voids your warrenty?
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First thing you need (for either system) is a mod chip. There is a no solder modchip that was just released for the Xbox - otherwise the next easiest install is 11 wires to solder. (I have chips available and can install if anyone is interested - or I can sell you a box with a chip already installed - email me at email@example.com if interested...)
Now for the PS2 I don't know much more about copying the games.
As to the Xbox - here is a basic idea of how it all works.
#1 you can download the games and burn them
#2 you run a program called Evolution X from you xbox and connect to your PC via network. Put original disc in xbox and transfer the files to the PC - then make the files into an 'xISO' (using xISO program on your PC) and then burn to disc.
A few notes: The Xbox dvd drive was made so that it will not read CD-R's very well, if at all. People seem to have more success with CD-RW's. My xbox will not read either one. So if a game is small enought to fit on a CD-R/W, you CAN burn it with your CD burner. Some groups have released games that will work from 2 CD-R's. The rest of them need to be burned to DVD-R/W.
Another option is to install a larger hard drive, copy the games to it and run them from there. Makes for very fast loading times... And someone even rigged up an external box with 3 160 gig dives that he could switch between them - total of 411 gig due to limit of 137 gig recognized per drive.
As I said this is just the basics - there are a LOT of details that have been left out - it is not as simple as plugging in a bigger hard drive and away you go.
Hope this answers some of you questions.
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I didn't realize things had advanced so far, so quickly, with the Xbox. I also didn't know that games could be moved to the hard drive. I had heard about the hard drive upgrade and saw a how-to somewhere.
Xbox sensitive to media? I know Playstation had a trim pot that can be adjusted to be more friendly to CD-Rs. Does Xbox have this? Also, have you tried different media? My home DVD player (second generation Toshiba) never played CD-Rs but I recently started using Taiyo Yuden manufactured discs and now my home player works fine. (For 4 years I had been using CD-RWs to port music - I still like CD-RWs because they are reusable).
3 160-GB hard drive! LMAO!
Thanks for all the info, waferj. I'm still staying away from Xbox, myself, since the only games that interested me were Halo and Splinter Cell.
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I have tried about 6 different brands of CD-RW with no luck - plan on getting the Sony DRU-500 here soon anyway - I know DVD-R's work on my box.
Something else you all may not know is that there are a ton of emulators available on the Xbox: Mame, N64, Atari 2600, NES, SNES, GBA, Commodore 64, Atari Lynx, a PC 'emulator' that will run windows 95 (good for playing dos games) and several more that I can't remember at the moment...
So if you like some of the old classic games you can do it all in one machine. Some people have even built a standup arcade machine out of an Xbox running MAME!
Also linux is up and running...
Things have really exploded in the last few months.