Notes / summary taken from http://hlvgamingmods.com/opl2-how-to-play-games-from-an-smb-server/
These instructions have not been followed and rewritten yet. I don't know that I will ever do this though.
This process is similar to having a Plex Server hosting movies and TV shows.
With a Plex Server hosted on (say) an Ubuntu Linux box, one can watch movies over a network (or Wifi) on any device that runs a Plex client.
For my main TV area, I have a Roku box which has the Plex client. This is a similar concept but slightly different setup procedures.
What you will need:
A PlayStation 2 with one of:
Free McBootmemory card
- An internal hard drive
A network adapter.
- FIXME - what, a ps2 network adapter?
- A wired network connection to your router or you can use a wireless adapter:
A Linux distro running Samba.
- No instructions will be provided here.
Step 1 ∞
- create a user on our Ubuntu server
create a folder where we will store our games
My Ubuntu server has a static IP address of
192.168.1.210 (this is an example).
The user I will create is ps2gamer and assign that user a password.
Open up a shell, and type:
\sudo \useradd ps2gamer \sudo \smbpasswd -n ps2gamer
Next, I will create a games directory (this will where I will store all the games):
\sudo \mkdir /home/ps2gamer/ps2games
Next, I will make a backup copy of the samba config file (just in case I screw up and have to redo):
\sudo \cp /etc/samba/smb.conf ~
Now I will edit the smb.conf file to add the user and other information information. I will use Nano but you can use any text editor.
\sudo \nano /etc/samba/smb.conf
Now in the config file, make the following changes:
lanman auth = yes security = share null passwords = yes
At the very end, add this:
<folder_name> comment = This is the PS2 Games Folder path = /home/ps2gamer/ps2games valid users = ps2gamer read only = no locking = no guest ok = yes
We will now restart the Samba server:
\sudo \service smbd restart
Step 2 ∞
After setting up the Samba server.
put some game ISOs in the ps2games folder.
We are now ready to setup the PS2 so we can access the games.
Put on your PS2
- FIXME = "put on"? Does this mean "turn on"?
- Launch OPL2
- Press the start button on your controller and you will go to settings.
Scroll down to the Network Settings and now enter in this info:
|Ethernet Link Mode||Auto|
|IP Address Type||DHCP|
- Go to your general setting
set ETH Device Start mode to
- So when you launch OPL2, all the games on your Samba share drive will appear on the screen.
Step 3 ∞
Now that you have setup the sever and setup the PS2.
You will now need to connect the PS2 to a lan connection or wifi connection (using an adapter). I personally have hard wired (i.e. lan connected) my PS2 to my router. Its easier and given that I have 1gb ethernet, games run just as they would off a hard drive.