Matrix Infinity Usage Tutorial



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Table of Contents
  1. Defintions
  2. Shortcut Buttons
  3. Upgrading the Firmware
  4. Upgrading the Firmware without a disc
  5. Installing the Infinity Manager
  6. Matrix Infinity Manager Usage
  7. Installing Homebrew on DEV1
  8. Alternate DEV1 Installation
  9. Installing DEV2
  10. Alternate Laserless DEV2 Installation
  11. Configuring the Matrix Infinity Menu
  12. Codebreaker with Matrix
  13. Clone's Corner
  14. Infnity Firmware change log


A. DEV1 – This is the ability to boot an ELF file from memory card.
B. DEV2 – This is the ability to boot an ELF file from HDD.
C. Auto ATAD Patching – This is a commonly misconceived function. It is not used to help games be more compatible but it is used to us a non-official HDD with programs that require the official $ony HDD, such as the upgraded $ony Browser 2.0, and the official Linux.
D. Clone – This is an imitation of an original mod chip usually made of cheaper less stable materials. And it uses the original mod chip’s firmware. DO NOT UPGRADE FIRMWARE OR ENTER CONFIGURATION MENU ON CLONES. DOING SO WILL BRICK THE CHIP RENDERING IT USELESS. Also the only way to know if you have a clone is to open the system up and look at the chip. If it doesn’t look like this, you have a clone.

Shortcut Buttons

Even though this chip has the automatic media detection feature, there will sometimes be a game or movie that will not boot under normal circumstances. This list is to allow you to force it to boot.

Originally Posted by Matrix Infinity Website
On turning on the PS2 the Infinity will start to llok for the Joypad in slot 1.
If no Joypad is present the Infinity will keep on looking for it for about 10/15 seconds.
The screen will remain BLACK in these 15 seconds.
After the time elapses Infinity will boot the PS2 normally.

Circle - Boots Chip/system into PSX DVD Video mode. This forces the PS2 to either play PS1 games or DVD movies.

Triangle - Forces the system to boot the Infinity Manager (if installed - To install, please refer to the Infinity Manager section in this tutorial)

Cross - Forces the system to bypass settings and boot to the Sony Browser with the chip enabled.

Start - This Disables the chip. Once this is done, tap the standby button to reset the system to finish disabling the chip. To Re-enable the chip you must place the system into standby.

Select - This forces a Fast boot on PS2 games. Basicly skipping the startup animation and PLaystaion 2 Logo on disc boot.

R1 - This boots a homebrew ELF file from the first memory card (mc0:/BOOT/BOOT.ELF) If installed - To install, please refer to the DEV1 section of this tutorial.

L1 - This boots a homebrew ELF file from the hard drive if installed (hdd0:/__boot/boot.elf) To install, please refer to the DEV2 section of this tutorial.

To enter the Configuration Menu, hold TRIANGLE AND CIRCLE at power on.

Upgrading the Firmware


To start upgrading the firmware, look at this page
. It always has the newest firmware posted, and download it.

Alternate Location for the firmware

Just in case, since the Matrix website has been down a lot lately, SKSApps has most firmwares archived . They can be found HERE.

Unzip the contents to a folder on your computer and place a blank cd in your burner. Open up your favorite burning software (Nero or Alcohol 120% work great) and burn the image with the slowest speed possible.

Originally Posted by Marix Infinity Website
Put Upgrade CD into PS2 and put PS2 into standby.
Press "reset button" and keep pressed until blue light turn ON (on V1-V11).
(For the V12 press reset button from standby for 2-3 seconds as there is no blue light).
Leave "reset button" and Upgrade CD will boot.
Follow on-screen instructions to complete the Upgrade procedures.
Upgrading the Firmware without a disc

This section is assuming that you have uLaunchELF as your BOOT.ELF launched from either DEV1 or DEV2.

Copy all of the files from the firmware disc image into a folder on your USB thumb drive except for the dummy files.

Time to do it:
Plug in your USB stick and boot your system into uLE. uLE can be launched from DEV1, DEV2, or disc (providing you have a working drive. It's not a concern on how uLE loads, so long as it does.

1. Enter the file browser
2. Navagate to the media and folder where the firmware files are stored.
3. Launch I.ELF.
4. Follow the on screen instructions.
5. Your done

Installing the Infinity Manager.

Download the Infinity Manager here.

Burn this image just like you would with the firmware upgrade.
Once this is burned on a CD-R, insert it into your ps2 and boot the disc and follow the on screen instructions.

Matrix Infinity Manager Usage

Please note that using uLaunchElf through DEV1 is more effective as a file browser/launcher.

On booting the Infinity Manager the main menu will display 2 options:
1. "Memory Card Manager"
2. "Return To Browser" - will go to Sony browser.

Memory Card Manager

1. "Install Infinity Manager" - Don't select, You already did install this.
2. "Install Application" - Installs .ELF files from CDROM
3. "Show Installed Applications" - Just as it says.

Installing Apps with the Infinity Manager
Source of information located here at the afterdawn forums - Originally posted by romero

Insert all apps you want to to the APPS Folder of the of the Infinity Manager Install disc (in DOS 8+3 format - UP TO EIGHT CHARACTERS FOR THE NAME + ELF for the extention). Below is a basic tutorial on what you need to edit in the INSTALL.CNF file for the app to be recognized by the manager.


App title here
Add as many of these entries as you please and save the file and place in the root of the Infinity Manager install disc.
Then just boot the manager and select the option to install apps.

Installing Homebrew on DEV1

Files for DEV1 Installation

uLaunchELF v. 4.12 CD Image
uLaunchELF v. 4.12 DVD Image
uLaunchELF v. 4.12 MC Save (PSU Format)
Download either disc image of uLaunchELF and burn it to the appropriate media. Insert in to the ps2 and boot it. This will allow you to enter a file browser. Once in the file browser, navigate to CDROM and enter it. Highlight BOOT.ELF and hit R1 and select copy. Now navigate to MC0 and hit R1. Select NEW FOLDER. Name the folder BOOT. Now go ahead and enter that folder. Now just hit R1 and select paste. Congratulations, you now have DEV1 setup to boot from.

Alternative to installing (using ule disc image mentioned above)

Download the PSU save file. It contains uLE 4.12 in the correct path with icons (so it won't show as corrupt data on the sony browser)

Boot the uLE disc image like mentioned above and enter the file browser.
Navigate to where the BOOT.PSU file is stored. Highlight it, and press R! and select COPY.
Now navigate to MC0:/
Press R1 once again and select PSUpaste.
Dev1 is now installed on your system.

Alternate DEV1 Installation

Now this method is for those with completely dead lasers and absolutely no way to run any software on their PS2's.


The only real instruction here is this. Check on which cheat device you (or your buddy owns that you will use on the loaner PS2. Then download the corresponding game save and transfer it to your USB thumb drive. run the cheat sofware and enter game save transfer mode. Once you have competed the game save transfer to your memory card, Test out DEV1 on your system. If uLaunchELF appears on your screen, you now have DEV1.

Originally Posted by DEV1 Files
These DEV1 install files correspond to the cheat device you are using. I don't have files to use with all cheat devices, so if it's not there, you can convert it using ps2 savebuilder 0.8

Action Replay Max
Codebreaker (8.1 or Newer)
Xploder V4
Installing DEV2

From what I’ve read all over the internet, the DEV2 installer can be used with clones that have firmware version 1.54 or higher. USE AT YOUR OWN RISK.

I have prepared DEV2 Installers for both 28-bit and 48-bit hard drives.
Please Note: the ULaunchELF DEV2 Installers will work on any version system. Although please keep in mind of the size hard drive you are using.

28-BIT DEV2 Installers

uLaunchELF version 4.12

HDL 0.8b - PS2 Versions 1-8
HDL 0.8b - PS2 Versions 9-11
HDL 0.8b - PS2 Versions 12-13
48-BIT DEV2 Installers

uLaunchELF version 4.12

HDL 0.8b - PS2 Versions 1-8
HDL 0.8b - PS2 Versions 9-11
HDL 0.8b - PS2 Versions 12-13
There is no need to modify these files as they are complete and ready to burn and boot in your system.

Installing DEV2 with a non working laser

This can be done. You need to be able to already boot dev1, at least uLE. Or by placing your hdd in another ps2 (exploited.)

Method 1 (Using DEV1 on your system.)

Assuming that you can at the very least boot hdl on your system, I'll take you through the process to get DEV2 working.

1. remove your hdd and attach it to your computer by either an open IDE cable inside your cpu, or using a USB to IDE adapter/USB HDD enclosure.
2. Download one of the DEV2 installers from above. (preferably one installs uLE so that you can run more than just one program)
3. unzip the installer ISO file and use winhiip to install the PS2 HDD.
4. Remove your HDD from your pc/usb
5. Install ps2 hdd back into your ps2 and run hdl. Then run the dev2 installer from the list.
6. Reboot your system and hold L1 on startup. If the program boots your done. If not, try agian.

Method 2 (using an exploited ps2 to install dev2 on your hdd)

the process is basicly Identical to the first method. The only difference is that on step 5 you install the hdd into the exploited machine.

then step 6 would be shut down the ps2 and remove the hdd and install it in the ps2 with the chip and dead laser. and boot it up and see if it works.

Also, if you have a working but really crappy laser, you may want to use one of these methods before your laser burns out. Its a pain to install this stuff with out a working laser.

Alternate Laserless DEV2 installation (Provided by amp2006)


28 BIT DEV2 Installer
48 BIT DEV2 Installer
uLaunchELF 4.12
HD Loader 0.8b

This method can be used providing you have a way to use uLE from either disc, or DEV1. There is no alternative around this.

Go ahead and download the appropriate DEV2 installer for your HDD size. As for your boot.elf, you can use one I have provided above, or you can use your own (make sure that whatever ELF file you use, it must be named boot.elf in lower case letters ONLY.

1. Place your DEV2I.ELF and your boot.elf in a folder of your choice on either MC, or USB.
2. Enter uLE’s file browser and navigate to that folder.
3. Run the DEV2I.ELF. It will initialize the hard drive and ask you if you would like to proceed.
4. Press X and it will quickly install and then shut down the system. DEV2 should now be installed.

Configuring the Matrix Infinity Menu.

PS2 Screen fix
a. Off – Uses system default.
b. NTSC – Used to force NTSC signal format on all games/software
c. PAL60 – Used to force NTSC signal format with color correction on PAL televisions that can handle NTSC signals.
d. VGA – Use if you have a Blaze VGA adapter or on official one that came with the Linux Kit.
e. Color – Uses your PS2's default region signal with color correction.
f. PAL – Forces stanard PAL TV signal on all games/software

Y Screen Fix
a. Off – uses software defaut for region.
b. Auto – Automaticly adjust the Y axis on Imported games.
c. –20 through +20 – Manually adjusts Y axis on Imported games.

PSX Multi Disk
a. Off – Doesn’t allow for multi disk PS1 games.
b. On – Automaticly wakes the chip up from auto-sleep to allow backup PS1 disk changing.

MC16 Patch
a. Off – Does not automatically allow use of memory cards over 8MB without their boot disc.
b. On – Allows use of memory cards over 8MB without boot disc.

ATAD Auto Patch
a. Off – Inability to use Non-official hdd with software that uses the official hard drive
b. On – Allows use of non-official hdd with software that would normally wouldn’t allow it.

Macrovision Fix
Allows fix for DVD movie protection fix on PS2.

Green Fix
Allows fix for DVD Video Color.

DVD Video Region
Selectable list of Video regions for DVD video discs.

DVD 9 DL Support
a. Off – Doesn’t allow support of Dual Layered PS2 game backups.
b. On – Allows use of Dual Layered PS2 game backups.

Boot Mode
a. Auto – Boots to $ony Browser with ability to boot PS2 and PS1 originals and backups. But not limited to this. Use Shortcut Buttons at Matrix logo at startup to force alternate boot such as DEV1 or DEV2
b. Fast – Quickly boots PS2 media without logos being displayed.
c. INFMAN – Automatically boots Infinity Manager if installed.
d. DEV1 – Automatically boots “BOOT.ELF” from MC0:/BOOT/ If installed.
e. DEV2 – Automatically boots “boot.elf” from hdd0:/__boot/ If installed.
f. DVDV – Automatically forces boot of DVD video disc or PS1 game.

Pad Detect Time

Selectable timer that pauses system at startup before booting without a controller hooked up.

Boot Logo
a. Off – Doesn’t display Matrix Logo at startup
b. On – Will display Matrix Logo at startup.

Codebreaker with Matrix

Codebreaker 9.2 (cracked)

Codebreaker 9.2 can run on a PS2 with a Matrix install only if the firmware version is 1.82 or newer.

If you are using the cracked version of Codebreaker 9.2, there are currently 4 versions of it floating around. DO NOT ASK FOR IT. THAT SOFTWARE IS CONSIDERED WAREZ AND WILL NOT BE POSTED ON THIS WEBSITE. DO NOT ASK FOR IT.

The versions are determined by MD5 Checksums. At the moment I do not know the checksums of each version other than the one I use. And I can confirm the version I use has no issues running on my V7 PS2 and a V4 exploited. MD5 Checksums pulled off this thread @ PSX Scene and was posted by purecash123




I use the 2nd one in that list and have had no issue so far.

To find which version you have, download a free hex editor (one with the ability to generate checksums) and open the cb 9.2 elf file in it. Then just locate and select the option to generate checksum and that will give you the information to find which version you have.

Codebreaker v. 9.3

The only Noteworthy thing you need to know is this program will not run with specific settings in the Matrix config menu. The only setting you need to adjust is PS2 SCREEN FIX. It needs to be set to COLOR. With any other setting, the program will not run.

Codebreaker v. 10.0 (ELF only)

Currently it will not run on a PS2 modded with the Matrix Infinity chip. However it can run from exploit via usb or mc. To do this you need to do the following:

1. Disable your chip (hold the START button on power up and reset when it prompts)
2. Boot exploit. Once it is up with uLE running, eject your trigger disc.
3. Place a pressed original PS2 CD in.
4. Start CBV10.ELF from wherever you stored it at.
5. Start HDL or c\dvd game as normal.

I will not cover how to use this with hdd games as this is not the thread for it. Do a search. And as always DO NOT ASK FOR IT HERE.

Clone's Corner

This section is meant to help clone owners understand what their chips can and cannot do. Please don't message me asking how to find out what firmware your clone runs. I simply do not know because I don't own one. Below is a quote from the matrix infinity website with firmware changes and their descriptions with features. Please use that to determine which features your clone has so that you can use other parts of the tutorial above per what you need such as dev1, dev2 and so on.

Infnity Firmware change log.

Originally Posted by Matrix Infinity Website
INFINITY Firmware Upgrade V1.93 - 24/11/2006
Release 1.93 of Firmware.
- Taiwanese V14+ fix

INFINITY Firmware Upgrade V1.91 - 20/10/2006
Release 1.91 of Firmware.
- Firmware code Enhancement

Notes :
- Firmware code Enhancement necessary for release of Firmware V2.00.

INFINITY Firmware Upgrade V1.88 - 01/06/2005
Release 1.88 of Firmware.
- Some rare HK models Compatibility fix

Notes :
- Some compatibility issues on some rare HK models have been fixed.

INFINITY Firmware Upgrade V1.82 - 14/12/2005
Release 1.82 of Firmware.
- ATAD related fixes
- Codebreaker 9.2 Compatibility
- VGA warning screen

Notes :
- Seems like 1.75 introduced an obscure bug on some games with native HDD support. This is now fixed.

- Codebreaker 9.2 is now fully compatible with the Infinity Firmware.

- When enabling VGA mode a warning screen is now presented to the user. To confirm VGA mode and save
the settings, press CIRCLE at the warning screen.
In case of any problems, please refer to the VGA mode section below .

INFINITY Firmware Upgrade V1.75 - 14/12/2005
Release 1.75 of Firmware.
- VGA support
- Main language loading fix

Notes :
- VGA suport was added to this firmware relase. You can now use the original blaze vga adaptor without
the boot cd and enjoy the enhanced games compatibility that this version brings you on your vga screen
(with full original ps2 browser and dvd movies support in vga mode).

VGA mode is set to 640x480 at 60Hz (so the added bonus is that PAL games will run 20% faster).
Games are automatically centered according to the original resolution without vertical or horizontal
side artifacts (a common problem with the original vga adapter).
PSX games are not supported at the moment but will probably be in a future release (altough this is probably a low priority fix due to the small improvement that vga support could bring to psx games).

When VGA mode is enabled you can access the monitor adjust screen in the config menu by pressing SELECT. You only need to do this the first time to adjust your monitor settings (a white border is present at the side of the screen, play with your monitor settings so that the 640x480 screen completely
fills your viewing area).

A schematic of the cable will be soon online on our site for those skilled in the art of patching things together ;)

- The language selected in the browser was not correctly loaded when BOOT MODE was set to DEV1. Program automatically loaded on boot from the memory card had the incorrect default language.

INFINITY Firmware Upgrade V1.68 - 03/12/2005
Release 1.68 of Firmware.
- Full V14 compatibility
- PS2LOGO customization
- Automatic language selection
- Additional memory card boot applications
- Component video related fixes

Notes :
- Full V14 compatibility added to the firmware.
- Installer/final users can now personalize the logo shown when booting ps2 titles.
- The language and settings selected on the ps2 browser are automatically used when booting MC/HDD applications.
- Two new buttons are now available to launch application directly from memory card. Please refer to the "LAUNCHING MEMORY CARD APPLICATIONS" section.
- Few small fixes for users using a component video cable.
For detailed specifications read the .TXT files inside the file.
To enter the configuration menu press TRIANGLE + CIRCLE during PS2 Boot Up.

INFINITY Firmware Upgrade V1.54 - 26/07/2005
Release 1.54 of Firmware.
- PSX multi disk support
- Enhanced games compatibility
- General code optimization

Notes :
- PSX multi disk support
A new option in the config menu enables PSX multi disk support (E.G. Gran Turismo 2).
- Fixed some issues with a few new games.

For detailed specifications read the "V15README.TXT" file inside the file.
Read also the "READMEDEV2.TXT" for use of the DEV2 installation software.
To enter the configuration menu press TRIANGLE + CIRCLE during PS2 Boot Up.

Feature already included from previous Infinity Manager Versions:

- Infinity options configuration screen.
- DEV2 mode
- Full DVD+R DL support
- RCE support
- Y-fix
- Enhanced Y-fix compatibility on several games
- Boot logo
- New config menu
- ATAD auto patch.
- HDD browser support.
- Selectable default boot mode.
- PS2 color/videomode fix.
- GameAccellerator function for PAL machines (beta).
- DEV1 compatible mode for MC applications.
- Default language selection for FastBoot/MC applications.
- Selectable pad detect time.
- V12 SCPH-70012 USA compatibility
- V12 SCPH-700xx PAL compatibility
- V12 SCPH-700xx JAP compatibility
- VMODE now selectable as PAL or NTSC
- AUTO force mode.
- Infinity configuration screen position fix for some NTSC TVs.
- Option menu color scheme was changed to offer better readability on some tv sets.
- MC_LOADER issues fixed.
- Faster boot and HDD compatibility.
- Enhanced Codebreaker compatibility
- New FastBoot procedure implemented.
- Files already in Bin/Cue format and ready to be burned to CD.
- Added extra error management support for memory card installation procedure.
- When Infinity Manager is launched from Memory Card it will automatically display the list of installed applications.

Many thanks goes to SKSApps for hosting the files in this tutorial.

Original Tutorial is located at
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This tutorial has been written completely by bootlegninja with the exception 4 sections. Three of which were direct quotes from the Matrix infinity website, and one being a direct quote of purecash123 from the link provided above.