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POPStarter for SMB

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Requirements :

POPS compressed file :

To use POPStarter in SMB mode, you have to find and download the compressed POPS file. This file is named “POPS_IOX.PAK”...

File name MD5 Description
POPS_IOX.PAK a625d0b3036823cdbf04a3c0e1648901 POPS.PAK with network modules embedded.

Other Software Requirements :

  • A software that allows you to convert your disc images to the POPS virtual CDROM format (such as CUE2POPS) ;
  • A PS2 software that allows you to execute the POPStarter ELFs (such as uLaunchELF, or Free Harddisk Drive Boot) or a GUI to execute POPSTARTER.ELF by selecting the VCDs (such as uLE_kHn) ;
  • PS2 network modules ;
  • A text editor (such as Notepad).

Hardware Requirements :

  • A PS2 console which is able to run PS2 unsigned code ;
  • A PS2 console with a network interface (network adaptor or native) ;
  • A network cable ;
  • A PS2 Memory Card.

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Installation :

a) Installing the emulator :

  1. Find and download the compressed emulator files ;
  2. Create a directory named “POPS” in your PS2 shared folder ;
  3. Copy POPS_IOX.PAK into the “POPS” directory you’ve just created.

b) Installing your PS1 Games :

  1. Convert your BIN/CUE disc images to .VCD files using the latest stable version of CUE2POPS ;
  2. Put your .VCD files in the “POPS” directory of your PS2 shared folder.

c) Installing POPStarter :

  1. Grab the network modules and edit the 2 .DAT files (syntax below) with your network settings;
  2. Paste the network modules and the .DAT files into mc#/:POPSTARTER/ folder;
  3. Rename the POPStarter ELF as the name of your VCDs, replace the .VCD extension with a .ELF extension, add the SB. prefix (example : for running a VCD named “Crash Bandicoot (PAL).VCD”, the POPStarter ELF must be renamed as “SB.Crash Bandicoot (PAL).ELF”) ;
  4. Copy or leave the ELFs where you want to run them from ;
  5. Enjoy !
  • SMBCONFIG.DAT syntax :

In a single line,

SERVER IP ADDRESS space SHARE NAME

Example :

192.168.0.254 My Shared Folder

You can also specify a port, like this (default is 445) :

192.168.0.254:139 My Shared Folder

For user authentication, write your username to line 2 and your password to line 3.

Example :

192.168.0.254 My Shared Folder
MyName
MyPassword

Note : for guest access, don’t write anything to line 2 and 3.

  • IPCONFIG.DAT syntax : (this file is optionnal in SMB mode)

In a single line,

PS2 IP ADDRESS space NETMASK space GATEWAY

Example :

192.168.0.13 255.255.255.0 192.168.0.254

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Example of setup :

=== SMB LAUNCH TYPE ===
mc#:/POPSTARTER/IPCONFIG.DAT
mc#:/POPSTARTER/SMBCONFIG.DAT
mc#:/POPSTARTER/poweroff.irx
mc#:/POPSTARTER/ps2dev9.irx
mc#:/POPSTARTER/smsutils.irx
mc#:/POPSTARTER/ps2ip.irx
mc#:/POPSTARTER/ps2smap.irx
mc#:/POPSTARTER/smbman.irx
smb0:/YourSharedFolder/POPS/POPS_IOX.PAK
smb0:/YourSharedFolder/POPS/Crash Bandicoot (PAL).VCD
mass:/SB.Crash Bandicoot (PAL).ELF

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SMB launch type :

SMB supports only 1 launch type – the “new” one :

SMB launch type
Prefix for POPStarter.ELF SB.
POPStarter folder name POPS
Game name GAME.VCD
Description Launch type introduced in POPStarter 13 WIP 06, OBT 08. Allows to run VCDs from an SMB share.
Example With the POPStarter ELF renamed as SB.GAME.ELF, POPStarter will launch GAME.VCD which is in POPS folder, placed into your shared folder.

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Additional notes :

  • You can NOT use the old POPS.ELF+IOPRP252.IMG files (POPS.PAK) in SMB mode, updating to POPS_IOX.PAK is mandatory ;
  • You can load the network modules from the MC that is in the second slot too. When a file can’t be found in mc0:/POPSTARTER/, POPStarter tries to load it from mc1:/POPSTARTER/ ;
  • Debug infos at startup can not be skipped in SMB mode ;
  • The third character of the ELF prefix is a dot (SBdot) ;
  • The file extension .VCD has to be uppercase ;
  • The prefix has to be uppercase.

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