Free McBoot (FMCB) is a homebrew software that allows you to run various applications and games on your PlayStation 2 console without the need for any extra hardware or modifications. It is installed on a PS2 memory card and can boot from different media such as USB, HDD, or CD/DVD.
In this article, we will show you how to install FMCB 1.8c on your PS2 using a compatible game disc and a USB flash drive. This method works for most PS2 models, except for the latest slim models (SCPH-9xxxx) with BIOS 2.30 or higher.
What You Need
A PS2 console with a memory card slot and a working disc drive.
A PS2 memory card with at least 8 MB of free space.
A USB flash drive formatted to FAT32 with at least 256 MB of free space.
A compatible game disc that supports the DVD9 swap trick. Some examples are: 007 Agent Under Fire, Swap Magic 3.6 or higher, or any original DVD9 game (check the back of the disc for the DVD9 logo).
A computer with an internet connection and a USB port.
The FMCB 1.8c package from here[^1^] or here[^2^].
Step 1: Prepare the USB Flash Drive
Download the FMCB 1.8c package and extract it to your computer. You should see a folder called \"FMCBInstaller\" and a file called \"FREE_MCBOOT.ELF\". Copy both of them to the root of your USB flash drive.
Next, you need to rename the \"FREE_MCBOOT.ELF\" file to match the name of the executable file of your game disc. For example, if you are using 007 Agent Under Fire, you need to rename it to \"DRIVING.ELF\". You can find the name of the executable file by inserting the game disc into your computer and browsing its contents. The executable file is usually located in the \"SYSTEM.CNF\" file or in the \"SLUS_XXX.XX\" or \"SLES_XXX.XX\" file.
Step 2: Install FMCB on Your Memory Card
Insert your memory card into slot 1 of your PS2 console and your USB flash drive into one of the USB ports. Turn on your PS2 and insert your game disc. Wait for the game to load and then swap it with another disc (any disc will do). This will trigger the DVD9 swap trick and load the FMCB installer from your USB flash drive instead of the game.
Follow the on-screen instructions to install FMCB on your memory card. You can choose between normal install or multi-install. Normal install will make your memory card bootable only on your PS2 console, while multi-install will make it bootable on any PS2 console. You can also customize some settings such as language, video mode, boot paths, etc.
Once the installation is complete, remove your USB flash drive and reboot your PS2. You should see the FMCB logo and menu on your screen. Congratulations, you have successfully installed FMCB 1.8c on your PS2!
Step 3: Enjoy Your Homebrew Software
With FMCB installed on your memory card, you can now run various homebrew software and games on your PS2. You can download them from here[^3^] or other sources online. Some examples are:
Open PS2 Loader (OPL): A program that lets you load games from USB, HDD, or network.
ESR: A program that lets you play backup games from DVD-R discs.