Soft Modding a PS2 Slim in 2018: No Mod Chip Required

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  1. Stefano says:

    Thank you Jason, this was the clearest guide I found on how to mod the PS2. I still don’t get the point of booting cogswap on the modified DVD instead of booting directly uLoadELF: I tried last year to make a swapdisc with uLaunchELF and I finally had it working following your guide. Instead of booting to cogswap I booted to uLE and then I followed your guide successfully.
    Thank you very much!

  2. Joel Thomson says:

    Can I use any other disk like the blue ps2 game (CD ps2 games)
    Because I do not have a “legal” ps1 game,

  3. Shree says:

    I do have a DVD PS2 game, but I don’t have a Blue PS2 game or a PS1 game. What should I do?

    • Jason says:

      You’re going to need a legal version of one of those two things (PS1 or blue PS2). I’d either find a used PS game at a cheap local game store or just jump on eBay and buy a pre-made modded PS2 memory card for $8-10 that’s already done for you. If you don’t have a PS1/blue PS2 game already, buying the car might be the cheapest route unless you can borrow or get for $1 or so a cheap PS1 game.

  4. John says:

    Aren’t like all CD-R like 700 mb? I can’t fit the contents of uLaunchELF onto it. :/

  5. zio says:

    does this work for PAL consoles as well?

  6. Carl says:

    Is it normal that the archive ps2.rar only has Apache3 inside it? I would love this 🙂

  7. Carl says:

    Is it normal that the archive ps2.rar only have Apache3 inside it?

  8. Kyle says:

    Does this work for the fat ps2? Or does it have to be slim?

  9. Michael says:

    Hi, thank you so much for this guide.

    I was wondering, do you think that work als well on a PS3 Fat with Emotion Engine?


  10. David says:

    I picked up a ps2 slim for $10 from a goodwill yesterday, and this tutorial really helped me, can’t wait to play all the games I used to as a kid on my dad’s old fat ps2. Great work!

  11. Hello! Does this work on model SCPH-90006? Also, I can’t find the date code at the back of my PS2, but there’s a sticker attached to it that says that it is modified on 12-05-08. I think that it was modified right away after it was bought. Hope you can help me, thanks!

  12. Somsomgamer says:

    Not reading written discs

  13. John Orlando says:

    ISO rips to 8gb. How do you burn that? I tried it truncated and it didn’t work

  14. om33g44 says:


    Can confirm this works on PS2 Slim SCPH-77004 (PAL)

    Your guide was a great help. I tried this with a lot of old PS2 games, and i was only able to get it to work with a copy of Pro Evolution Soccer 5 (SLES_53544). I got it to work on my 2nd or 3rd try with that game.

    There was only one thing different about that game to the others. I did a bit of digging around the internet to try and find more videos of people successfully pulling this off. One user mentioned that the games boot file should have an LBA of 1,000,000 or more for this to work (Pro Evo 5 LBA is 1,086,922). The only game I tried before Pro Evo 5 that had an LBA higher than 1,000,000 was Killzone, which had an LBA of 2,250,484. I couldn’t get it to work with Killzone though (maybe LBA was too high?).

    I honestly don’t know if this makes a differnece or not, but i hope it helps anyone trying to get this to work.

    Thanks for your help Jason, great guide btw!

  15. om33g44 says:

    Hi Jason,

    First of all, thanks for putting this guide together! I managed to get this to work on a SCPH-77004 PAL model PS2 Slim.

    I just wanted to share something i found that another forum user somewhere said that I think helped (sorry, forgot the source). I dont fully understand the technical side behind all of this so I hope it makes sense:

    According to this source, the boot file of the ps2 game that you use should have an LBA of around 1,000,000. I tried many games before i found one that worked, and it just happened to have an LBA of around 1,000,000 (The game was Pro Evolution Soccer 2008, LBA of around 1,080,000). I checked all of the games that I had been trying and failing with, and they all had LBAs in the 100s or 1000s. One of the games (Killzone) had an LBA of almost 3,000,000, but I couldnt get it to work either (maybe too high?)

    I dont fully understand the technical terms behind doing all of this, so it may just have been coincidence. I hope it may help any one else trying to do this.

    Thanks again Jason!

  16. Ronnie Hall says:

    Excellent guide. Thank you so much!

  17. Josh says:

    I’m missing the noob.rar file from your archive, found the rest elsewhere but cant find this one.

  18. Ayaz Surti says:

    Hii, i have sony playstation 2 slim silver SCPH-90004 so how can i moded like u show inside u did cover button for boot. Where is in this model
    And how can i burn DVD for this sony ps2 games supportable Please Help !!!

  19. Shiner says:

    Hello Jason,thanks for taking the time to make this guide and since its been a while since you made i doubt you are still active here right?However if you see this i have a question.I don’t a SCUS_(X) file instead i have a SLES_(X) why is that and will it still work?Thanks in advance. <3

  20. Jerry The LUEZ says:

    Hey! I’m using NFSMW to do the cogswap. Problem is, when I swap the legal PS2 game with my DVD+R clone, it brings up the RSOD. I can swap the legal disc to the clone disc and use it to play my game flawlessly (my legal copy is quite scratched and freezes the game to load up more data). The game also has the FRWL.elf fileb which I did also changed it to a cogswap exploitb but yet it doesn’t work.

  21. Jerry The LUEZ says:

    Not sure if the original comment was posted, but I’ll do it again.

    I have a PS2 Slim model SCPH-77001. I used an NFSMW disc in which I replaced the slus and the FRWL files with the cogswap exploit to later burn it on a DVD+R. Problem is, when I try to do the swap exactly as how the tutorial does, I end up getting thd RSOD. Not even booting up the FRWL demo works! The only thing I find peculiar is that I can use the modded disc to run the game flawlessly, since the original disc is severely scratched and causes the game to buffer every 1-3 minutes. Any help?

  22. Hey! I think I had sent a couple of posts last Friday. Yesterday, I had confirmed that the FRWL.elf file from Need For Speed Most Wanted is compatible with the COGSWAP mod! Now I have Free McBoot! BTW, thanks for this guide!

  23. TnA says:

    Just one note: It is not called ‘Flash McBoot’, but ‘Free McBoot’ and it is the ‘Noobie Package’! 😉

  24. Clint says:

    Hi, just wondering how the ulaunch elf CD rom is supposed to be burned? I burned both the .bin file as well as the .cue file on a cd-r. Got into cogswap and used the legal ps2 CD game then put in the ulaunch cd but nothing happens.

  25. LOLGUY156 says:

    if i use ps2 dvd retail game and burn ulauncher.elf to dvd and put it will it work

  26. Mishima says:

    It is esier than you think uncle
    There is a ton of ulaunch.elf files in web just download it

    1. After downloading ulaunch.elf Burn it directly with any program to a cd (any kind of cd ) cd not dvd
    2. flash drive must be in fat32 format
    3. Then download mod files from internet just search there is a ton of files in the web
    Your download must be contain these folders (boot,system,etc…..)
    4. Copy downloded files to your flash drive and plug it to your playstation usb
    5. When ulaunch.elf is booted just press circle
    4. And go to the mass storage and copy all folders into your mc0 folder reboot and it is 100% moded now.

    Press( R1 )for Options

  27. Pipa says:

    Hi, I don’t find all the archives in the link you give. Where else can I find them?

  28. Abdul RAHEEM says:

    Can you help me to fix my PS2 it a slim version If I try ti fix it my system it may broke
    I don’t want to lose my system it my dream

  29. Abdul RAHEEM says:

    Anyone help me to fix my PS2 I have memory card 8 mb
    And my slim playstation
    I don’t have any other tools
    Please help me
    I bye a new PS2 3 months ago
    I can’t play any game

  30. Eric Paluck-Leblanc says:

    Will it work with a third-party memory card? Originals seem harder to find (and more $$$).

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