First I installed Free MCBoot and a selection of PS2 apps (ulaunchelf, OpenPS2loader and HDLoader) onto a standard PS2 memory card.Next using Popstarter and a 32Gb USB2.0 USB memory stick, I got my fave PlayStation games running with no need for any disc of any kind to be inserted and no need of any modchip.
Basically you make an ISO (.cue and .bin) from your original game disc on a PC, then use CUE2ELF to convert the ISO to a .vcd file. Copy to USB stick, plug into PS2 and then use popstarter and ulaunchelf to run.
Plug the drive into a PC using a USB to IDE adapter and then use WINHIIP to format the drive PS2 style and add your original PS2 games from disc to the IDE drive. Fit drive into the PS2 drive bay and then use HDLoader or PS2Open Loader to run the games.
In short, there is no need for the DVD drive any more, and the laser in it always was the weak link. Also there’s no need for any mod chip as all the code/apps are on the memory card.So the result, a ps2 with all of my favourite PlayStation and PlayStation 2 games built in.
Rumours of the PSOne and PSTwos death have been vastly exagerated!!