INTRO: Well, the name pretty much says it all. I made some updates to my OPL ART archive. Just a quick recap: I took the entire OPL Manager image archive, updated it a bit, removed extra screenies and background files and made sure every file was named in a format OPL can actually read. Since then I removed more duplicates/fluff, and fixed the name format on the BG files too. Since then I have added it to a FHDB installation, now you can install all the ART files in under 20 minutes! Not only that, I configured FHDB to play or emulate many different systems without installing a thing! I configured everything too, all you need to do is install FHDB with my image, copy some small configuration files to a memory card (8kb) and if you want to play PSX games you need to make a __.POPS partition/add some copyrighted files I couldn't legally include. (Details below.) I pretty much made FHDB setup as simple as possible for you guys, this started out as a mere USB recovery disc I can edit for the sake of an easy re-installation, (and it still is) but I figure I might as well share a public version with you guys. (Hence the "P" at the end of v1.0P) Now these aren't just any emulators I chose, I chose only emulators that meet a certain criteria. They needed to: Run from the main menu (some wLE magic was involved) Load game backups from any pfs partition on the hard drive Support sub-directories Run entirely off the hard drive That's why I included a +Roms partition and a +Saves partition. Some emulators do choose where to save their save files however, but all your game backups may be categorized by folder and on the hard drive in the +Roms partition. Please note that the emulators and apps I added were not created by me but seem not to be copyrighted either. There was a bios file that appeared copyrighted, but it was just an open-source remake. Here is a quick list of the systems this copy of FHDB PRE-CONF can play without adding additional apps: 2048 (RetroArch2048) Atari 2600 (PVCS Reloaded 0.3) Game Boy (InfoGB HDD Version) Game Boy Advance (TempGBA) Game Boy Color (InfoGB HDD Version) Nintendo Entertainment System (fceu-packed x.3.3 cdvdsupport) PS2 (OPL 1392 DB) PSX (POPStarter r13 RIP 06) (Must copy extra files first!) (The 2.0 has v20190605) Sega Game Gear (PSMS v0.4) Sega Genesis (PicoDrive v1.51b) Sega Mega Drive (PSMS v0.4) Sega Master System (PicoDrive v1.51b) Super Famicom (snes9x) Super Nintendo (snes9x) I also put some handy programs in the __sysconf/Misc folder. Be careful with PS2 PFS Explorer, it's a handy program, but it has it's flaws. Don't create partitions with it unless you plan on using the mkfs command on it in pfsshell, and don't use it to manage partitions containing tens of thousands of files. Remember it's not even a 1.0 yet, but it's still handy. Here's a quick list of the programs I added: CUE2POPS 2.3 pfsshell 1.0 PS2 PFS Explorer 0.7.0.26E.exe PS2 HDD BatchKit v0.1.2.7z HDDRawCopy 1.0 INSTALLATION: Installing this image is as simple as installing any FHDB image. I'll include a link to a youtube video at the bottom with instructions. All you have to do is exactly what he does in the video, with a few exceptions. First of all, I recommend you wipe your PS2 hard drive, just delete the partition and fill the whole drive with 0's. I used Minitool Partition Wizard for this. You should then scan your drive and fix any errors found if you can, but scanning the drive for errors is optional. Next, when he gets to the format section of the video, I do recommend you choose the 48-bit option if available in the drop-down list where it says "28-bit". If it's not available, don't worry about it, use 28-bit. Finally, when he chooses the 1.93 FHDB noobie package file, instead use the "FHDB PRE-CONF" file I provide here at the bottom of the page. After you do all that and boot into your PS2, run wLaunchELF, browse to hdd0/__sysconf/MC0 and copy all the folders to the root of the memory card. This card needs to be in the left slot when you run an emulator. (The memory card files contain settings files used by some of the emulators, you can skip this step if your not gonna use the emulators except for OPL.) Also, like I said before you do need some copyrighted files to play your PSX backups, and your PSX game backups need to be in a specific format with a specific naming style and located in a specific partition. I'll include a video with further instructions at the bottom of the page. Done! (If you encounter any errors, try repairing the filesystem with WinHIIP.) WHAT IF I JUST WANT THE ART FILES?: I included those too, both in the FHDB image and in an ISO. I also included a no-ART version so you can selectively copy only the files you want to improve load times. Would you rather it load slower and have all the files, or load faster and copy only the files you want? Maybe only SLUS files for US users for example, or only the games you play? You will have to choose. I put the images on an ISO to make it easy for you guys because of all the problems I had backing these up onto a DVD with the proper naming format. Just mount or burn the ISO, and when you read it, make sure you can read the Joliet partition or the names of the files will be messed up. If you don't know what that means, just mount the image with VirtualCloneDrive or at least make sure the files are named properly before you copy them. I have tried all the best methods for copying the files, let me assure you PS2 HDD BatchKit v0.1.2.7z is the fastest way. I copied all these ART files onto an 8gb USB 2.0 drive in under a day. By comparison, all other methods take about 3 weeks (unless you feel like writing your own batch file) You could also try downloading the latest OPL Manager database but that's basically what this is, with fluff and duplicates removed and a updates from alternate sources, and I will be updating this in the future. Good name format: ALCH_000.01_COV.jpg Bad name format: ALCH_000_01_COV.JPG OUTRO: I was hoping to test the 2.0 before releasing it, but I no longer have access to a network adapter. If anyone tries it please let me know how it goes, but version 1.02 is working great. Before any of you ask, I will be creating alternative methods for installers in the future. This is too many files for FAT32 however so I will have to figure out what to do about that, and I can't do much updating for a month or two until the network adapter I ordered arrives. Well that's it guys, I hope you enjoy the release! If you have any ideas for future improvement's, please let me know. I am planning on making a 2tb version, though this method of installation seems somewhat restrictive in that regard so I will have to try another method. In the meantime, enjoy! COMING SOON: CFG, CHT, THM and VMC files App updates A new type of installer More emulators Drastically improved load times for the ART files CHANGELOG: v1.01P (1/8/20) Minor OPL settings change. v1.02P (1/10/20) Added CUE2POPS v2.3 v2.0P (1/16/20) Updated FHDB to version 1.966 Increased the size of the +Roms and +Saves partitions Now the image is much smaller, only about as big as the files on it as the extra space is properly emptied of data. Before it was bigger because originally there were more ART files before I removed more duplicates, but this is a complete rebuild. Various other small changes associated with upgrading FHDB. Basically anything that comes with FHDB 1.966 including apps is included here, though for the moment I changed the version of OPL available in the menu to one with a PSX tab. The elf is still there though if you want to change it back. You can skip most of the steps in the second video, just take note of where to place the IOPRP252.IMG and POPS.ELF file, how to convert a .bin file to a .VCD file, the name format for your .VCD file and how to make a __.POPS partition on your hard drive to store all your games. And he doesn't say this in the video, but if you backed your games up to the wrong format, you can fix this by mounting your image with a program like VirtualCloneDrive and creating a new image file using a program like imgburn. Make sure to choose a .bin extension as CUE2POPS can only read files with a .bin extension. FHDB PRE-CONF v1.02P (3.44gb) FHDB PRE-CONF v2.0P (3.01gb) (Untested) FHDB PRE-CONF v2.0WA (56.89mb) (Untested) (This version comes without ART files, for those who don't want art or wish to select art only for certain games. Image load times are a bit slowed by including lots of ART files, but not unbearably so.) OPL ART Files (2.98gb) These installers will overwrite the first 8059.35mb of your drive. I doubt your hard drive is smaller than that, which is why they are so small.