PS2 PS2ident v0.825 - New Improvements / Fixes by SP193

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By STLcardsWS on Jan 19, 2017 at 11:31 PM
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    PlayStation 2 developer @sp193 did not just provide a recent update to the PS2 HDD Checker but also the PlayStation 2 Identification Tool (PS2Ident). This app works by dumping the PS2 ROM chips and MECHACON NVRAM and takes that data to identify different aspects about your console. Another great tool and update from the PS2 Community that is still very much active in 2017.


    • PlayStation 2 identification tool

      PS2Ident is an identification tool that allows dumps of a PlayStation 2 console's ROM chips and MECHACON NVRAM to be made. It will also gather data from the console, for research purposes.
      It has the following features:
      • Dumps ROM chips (BOOT and DVD ROM) as a whole, not according to their contents (rom0, rom1, rom2 and erom)
      • Coloured user interface that is easy to use.
      • Supports dumping to memory cards and USB mass storage devices.
      • Supports multi-languages, which include the 8 supported languages by the PS2
      • Gathers data of all known parts of the PS2.
      • Attempts to automatically match the chip/part name with the version number of the part.
      • Supports all PlayStation 2 consoles, including the SCPH-10000 and SCPH-15000, and the PSX (DVR unit).
      Note: Chip and mainboard identification is currently very incomplete and inaccurate, due to a lack of data. Sometimes, Sony makes hardware revisions without changing the chip implementation numbers as well, hence why chip identification may be inaccurate. The chip and version IDs are, however, accurate since they are taken directly from the hardware.

      Its database, which contains the parts and mainboard data, is managed and updated with the PlayStation 2 Ident DataBase Management System (PS2IDBMS) tool.

      I made such a change because it wasn't possible to get a complete list of all PlayStation 2 models in existence. With PS2IDBMS, a spreadsheet containing all recorded models can be generated automatically.
      Not to mention that the whole PS2Ident tool would have to be recompiled, whenever model data was added.

    • Changelog for v0.825:
      1. Updated to have the fixed USBHDFSD module.
      2. Replaced the font-drawing system with a new design.
      3. Updated French localization.
      4. Fixed coordinate overflow in font-drawing.
      5. Rebuilt to not have the full kernel OSD patch (PS2SDK update).
        (prevents users of SCPH-10000/SCPH-15000 from being blocked from changing the language setting)
      Changelog for PS2IDBMS v1.05:
      1. Added the "/modded" sub-option, so that modded consoles can be flagged as such.

    • Glossary/Terms
      Known parts of a PlayStation 2 console
      EEThe Emotion Engine, which is a MIPS R5900. The "main CPU" of the PlayStation 2.
      FPUThe VU0, which also acts as the 2nd coprocessor to the EE.
      IOPThe I/O processor, which is a MIPS R3000A. The "sub-CPU" of the PlayStation 2. Although insignificant in power, it's actually in control of every part of the PS2, and provides access to the peripherals from the EE.
      GSThe Graphics Synthesizer (aka the "GPU" of the PS2).
      SPU2The Sound Processor. Also known as DEV4.
      SSBUS I/FThe SS-BUS InterFace (I/F) Controller, provides an interface to the SS-BUS from the DEV9 expansion device. Also known as a "SSBUS buffer" on consoles sporting an expansion-bay.
      MECHACONThe drive MECHAnics CONtroller.
      DVPI'm not sure about this one, but it's a very powerful and smart processor that is connected directly to the MECHACON. Version data reported by the MECHACON includes data from the DVP as well.
      Boot ROMThe ROM chip containing the default IOP modules, the OSDSYS program, PlayStation driver and the self-test facility (On the SCPH-18000 and up).
      DVD ROMThe ROM chip containing the DVD player, and the Chinese font on Chinese PlayStation 2 consoles. Newer consoles may have a single chip instead of a separate boot and DVD ROM chips. The SCPH-10000 and SCPH-15000, and all TEST, TOOL and PSX (DVR unit) units do not have a DVD ROM chip. Also known as DEV1.
      NVRAM/EEPROMThe Non-Volatile Memory storage that the MECHACON/DVP has, for storing settings (system, RTC and CD/DVD drive).
      SPEEDThe expansion device that gets connected to the DEV9 expansion interface. May provide Ethernet support, a UART (for a dial-up modem), a DVRP, flash storage (For storing boot files), and an ATA interface.
      SMAPThe PlayStation 2 Ethernet interface. Connected to the SPEED device.
      Ethernet PHYThe PHYceiver device that is connected to the SMAP interface. The earliest models included a National Semiconductor DP83846A that has auto-negotiation issues with Gigabit Ethernet.
      DVRPOnly found on PSX (DVR unit) consoles, the DVR Processor is a Fujitsu MB91302A that is connected to the SPEED device. It seems to be emulating the PS2's standard ATA interface and provides the DVR functionality. Contains its own firmware.
      i.Link and USB interfacesThe Firewire/IEEE1394/i.Link interface and USB interfaces. Their controllers are built into the IOP. Consoles that don't have an i.Link port still have the i.Link controller, but just have no physical connections to the outside world.
      AIFOn a DTL-T10000(H), the DEV9 interface is connected through the AIF. The AIF also provides a RTC and IDE controller.
      MPUSee MRP.
      MRP (BoardInf)The MRP is the interface between the PS2 and PC sides of a DTL-T10000(H). All DTL-T10000(H) units have a MPU 4.0 board as the MRP.
      EMCS IDContains the part of the IEEE1394 EUI-64 address that uniquely identifies the console, the model ID and EMCS ID.
      i.Link IDUniquely identifies the Engineering, Manufacturing and Customer Services (EMCS) system that made the console.
      Model IDUniquely identifies the console's model. Even more accurately than the model name.
      Console IDContains the EMCS ID, (another version of) model ID and serial number.
      M Renewal DateWhat this represents is unclear. It's something related to the MECHACON (date of firmware build or EEPROM settings update?)
      ADD0x010An ID that is used by the SONY service tools to identify major revisions. Originally at word 0x010 of the EEPROM, it was moved to word 0x01 for the Dragon models. It does not always correspond with the chassis models (i.e. C and D-chassis have the same ID). It can also identify the loadout of the console, like its CEX/DEX status and the OP block installed (i.e. SANYO or SONY).
      Note: Slimline consoles that had the SSBUS I/F Controller integrated into the IOP will report their SSBUS I/F controllers as version 0x31 as well. Due to some controllers reporting the same version number (0x31), they will be all identified as a "CXD9611" since they are supposed to be fully compatible anyway.

    • Supported languages
      For more information on supported languages and how support for languages can be completed, click here. A template for translating this software is provided in the downloads section of this page.

      Supported languages and their translation status
      English (completed)Completed and built-in.
      FrenchTranslated by ShaolinAssassin.
      Spanish (completed)Translated by ElPatas
      German (completed)Translated by Delta_force.
      Italian*Translated by master991.
      Dutch*Translated by someone who wishes to remain anonymous.
      Portuguese (completed)Translated by Gillbert.
      * Not updated for v0.824 and newer.

    Download & Source (additional details):
    Official Project Page
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2017
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Discussion in 'PS2 News' started by STLcardsWS, Jan 19, 2017.

    1. sandungas
      Nice read, all that list of components with descriptions is like vintage hardware porn
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