FMCB Free Mcboot
FMCB Configurator Guide
Written by JNABK




There are 2 ways you can configure Free McBoot,  using the Configurator in the PS2 after the installation  or manually create a CNF file on your PC and include it in the installation's FMCB_CFG folder.

Using FMCB Configurator
Once the Installer has successfully installed, you can go right to the configurator app by selecting the fmcb configurator from the top menu.
You will first see an option for button layout, meaning what button do you prefer to be the OK and Cancel buttons, so press the one you would rather use.  At the bottom of each screen is a key legend of what buttons to press for specific options per screen.


Next the main menu appears.....

Default example:



The FREEMCB.CNF is loaded from mc0: by default , unless a FREEMCB.CNF is present on the root of an attached USB device.

Load CNF from MC0
        Loads a CNF from MC slot1
Load CNF from MC1
        Loads a CNF from MC slot2
Load CNF from Mass
        Loads a CNF from a connected USB device


Configure E1 launch keys...
Configure E2 launch keys...
Configure E3 launch keys...

Default example:


Here you can assign apps from a path to load with a button press, Configure E1 launch keys... is the first location the launcher will look in for an app to load, if not found, it will go to the next set of paths for that button in  Configure E2 launch keys... as the second location set, then on to Configure E3 launch keys.... as the third location set. If still no files are found in any of those locations for that button press, it will  by default load the OSD, unless you have changed it from default.

At the bottom key legend you see  [] : Map to any MC
Pressing Square will set the path to mc?:/  mapping to both MCs in either slot. So you can set 2 different folders on a MC and still put the MC in either slot and FMCB will search both locations.

Example:

mc?:/BOOT/BOOT.ELF
mc?:/BADATA-SYSTEM/BOOT.ELF

This will make fmcb search both folders in both MC slots, giving you 4 paths to be searched from just 2 entries.

Recommended apps are pre-configured as default settings as shown in the example image above.

This is very useful if MC space is important to save, you can assign all your apps in the Configure E1 launch keys... to mass:/   {USB stick}  and then  assign Configure E2 launch keys... to look on the same MC or on a second MC  by using mc?:/ FOLDER/FILE.ELF
This makes it very flexible when using a number of MCs and/or  USB sticks.

Most people will only need to configure Configure E1 launch keys..., but for the advanced user this is a very useful method when using  multiple sets of devices.


Configure  OSDSYS Options...

-OSD Settings menu:


--Hacked OSDSYS

ON - Default setting Displays list of apps in Sony main menu to be selected for booting
OFF - Disables the OSD Hack

--Configure Item  :  
Press left or right to select an item  from 1 to 100

---Name:  Displays in the OSD Menu {Sony Main screen}

---Path1: First location searched for by FMCB
---Path2: Second location searched for by FMCB
---Path3: Third location searched for by FMCB

Here you can assign apps and give them a name that will display on the Sony main menu screen.
You can select up to 100 apps and they will be linked to the Sony menu.

Pressing L2 will allow you to copy the selected Item and  you can  paste  {press R2} it into another Item number by pressing < | >, if you wish to re-arange them for your OSD menu. This way you dont need to input everything all over. A small pop-up window appears when you press R2 to Paste showing the info your about to change and asks for a confirmation.  Press Cancel or OK button.

The 3 sets of paths will be the search order the  launcher will follow when booting the selected app from the list. The recommended apps are already pre-assigned and named.
Default example:

---Configure Scrolling options
---Scroll Menu : ON  Default setting turns on the scrolling effects
OFF disables scrolling effects
---Displayed Items : 7  Default setting  4 to 10 items can be selected
---Menu y : 110  Default setting - centered in the screen
The range is 0 to 220
You can adjust the entire list  up { lower number } or down { higher number }.
 But use caution or the top might be cut off if your Displayed Items is set to a high number, as shown in the up & down example images.

Example settings:

            Menu y : 0          {too high}                Menu y : 110       {centered}                 Menu y : 220     {too low}
       
You can save and go to the PS2Browser ( FMCB restart) and see the results, then return to the configurator if you need to make more changes.
---Cursor Max Velocity : 1000  Changes the distance the cursor indicator moves across the screen
---Cursor Acceleration : 100   Changes the speed the cursor indicator moves

---Left Cursor: o009 10 char. max.
---Right Cursor: o008 10 char. max.
---Top Delimiter: y-99Free McBoot               c1[ r0.80Version 1.8 r0.00] y-00 80 char. max.
---Bottom Delimiter: c0 r0.60 y+99Use o006/ o007 to browse list y-00 r0.00 80 char. max.



--Video Mode:  AUTO, PAL, NTSC  {AUTO is default setting }
- -Skip MC update check:
ON -Default setting Controls DVD Player Update check from mc
OFF  - Does normal searches for updates
--Skip HDDupdate check:
ON -Default setting Stops PS2 OSDSYS  from searching for update files on the HDD. {HDD doesnt power up}
OFF  - Powers on HDD and searches, then powers down HDD
--Skip Disc Boot:Details
ON -Default setting Prevent a disc (if inserted on power-on/reset) to boot through OSD.
OFF - disables option.
--Skip  Sony Logo:
ON -Default setting Skips the "Sony Computer Entertainment"-Logo , helps speed up boot process.
OFF - Disables option

- -Go to Browser:
ON - Free McBoot loads to MC browser menu
OFF - Default setting  Free McBoot loads to Sony main menu

--Selected Color -  changes the color of the selected item in Sony's main menu
--Unselected color - changes the color of the unselected item in Sony's main menu



--MenuX : 320   Default setting - centered in the screen
Range is 0-640.
You can adjust the entire list to the left { lower number }or the right { higher number }.
 But use caution or the words might be cut off, as shown in the left & right example images.  So adjust in small amounts at a time.
You can save and go to the PS2Browser ( FMCB restart) and see the results, then return to the configurator if you need to make more changes.

Example settings:

            MenuX : 0          {too far left}                MenuX : 320       {centered}                 MenuX : 640     {too far right}
   

--Enter           X: 030          Y:  -01   Default setting

--Version        X: -01          Y:  -01   Default setting

Settings range  X = left{000} to right {640}  Y = top {000} to bottom {256}  

                     X: 000 to 520                      Y:  000 to  210  {NTSC}
                     X: 000 to 520                      Y:  000 to  242  {PAL}

The above are the setting  limits before going off the screen. So  use caution when making your changes, experiment for best results.
You can save and go to the PS2Browser ( FMCB restart) and see the results, then return to the configurator if you need to make more changes.

Examples:
Enter is set to - X: 525  Y: 000 and  Version is set to - X: 520  Y: 210    


Enter is set to - X: 000  Y: 000 and  Version is set to - X: 000  Y: 210


Configure ESR Path...
You can assign the locations you want Free McBoot to search for direct ESR launch.
Default example:


FastBoot:Details
ON - Fastboots a disc if found
OFF -Default setting Disables option
Debug screen:
ON - Displays  a green screen when it doesn't find any ELF to launch
OFF -Default setting It launches the PS2 OSD when no ELF found
Pad Delay: Details
0.0 Default setting

Save CNF to MC0
Saves changes to mc0:/SYS-CONF/FREEMCB.CNF
Save CNF to MC1
Saves changes to mc1:/SYS-CONF/FREEMCB.CNF
Save CNF to Mass
Saves changes to mass:/FREEMCB.CNF

Return to Loader

Boots the BOOT.ELF { Searches for mc?:/BOOT/BOOT.ELF, then B?DATA-SYSTEM/BOOT.ELF  (first pal, then usa, finally jap)
PS2Browser (FMCB restart}
Boots to PS2Browser and restarts Free McBoot {unless MC has been removed}


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