Achieve a whole new level of game play with this tell-all hardware guide. You’ll learn how to network your PS2 and challenge your friends online, and get a glimpse into the gaming industry through "sneak peek" sidebars. Packed with inside tips and advice, this book helps you unlock secret levels, discover hidden characters, and maximize your gaming experience.

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Achieve a whole new level of game play with this tell-all hardware guide. You’ll learn how to network your PS2 and challenge your friends online, and get a glimpse into the gaming industry through "sneak peek" sidebars. Packed with inside tips and advice, this book helps you unlock secret levels, discover hidden characters, and maximize your gaming experience.

Get Your Game On!

Maximize your PS2 with this mind-blowing guide. Author Brian Underdahl reveals the secrets that unlock the full potential of your game console. Learn all about PS2 specs and networking capabilities—as well as cables, controllers, enhancements, memory cards, games, cheat hardware, and more. Plus—informative sidebars and trivia throughout enhance your understanding and enjoyment. With this book, you'll be able to blow the lid off your game machine.

  • Connect the PS2 to a stereo and a big screen TV for enhanced gaming
  • Trick out your gaming system, entertainment center—even old gear
  • Take advantage of great insider benefits using cheat codes, shark codes, and more
  • Unlock secret levels, hidden characters, and more
  • Discover all the possibilities offered for multiplayer game options—including online and networked consoles
  • Utilize memory cards to transport ongoing or saved games between PS2s
  • Maximize your unit's entertainment possibilities—including audio and DVD playback
  • Follow online links and magazine game reviews to find the games that best suit your interests
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If you just plug your PlayStation 2 into your TV and start playing, you’re missing much of the power and coolness Sony built into it. Brian Underdahl’s out to show you just how much your box can really do.

That starts with connections. Underdahl calls your attention to the A/V connections that can soup up your games’ reality quotient -- and shows how to connect your PS2 to your PC, so you can play even when Mom (or your little sister) is watching who-knows-what on the tube. You’ll find recommendations on programmable and wireless controllers, wheels and pedals, even light guns (though few PS2 games support them yet).

There’s also plenty of coverage of online gaming and networking (did you know you can hook six PS2s together via an i.Link hub?). Underdahl shows how to get all this stuff for no more cash than necessary -- and even how to use your PC’s hard drive as a huge PS2 memory card (which could also save you a bundle).

Plus, PS2 Blow the Lid Off includes chapters on cheat codes and hardware and on “void your warranty” mods -- with plenty of photos to help minimize the chances you’ll fry your machine. With Underdahl’s help, your PS2 is one hot box -- but you don’t want it quite that hot! Bill Camarda

Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780072227918
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill/OsborneMedia
  • Publication date: 10/11/2002
  • Series: Consumer
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 180
  • Product dimensions: 0.38 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 9.25 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xiii
Introduction xv
1 Bring It On! 1
Getting Going with Your PS2 2
What's Supposed to Be in That Box? 3
What Are These Cables? 4
One Funky Controller 5
One Skinny Little Manual 6
Hey, Is This Thing Really a PC in Disguise? 6
What Else Is This Thing Good for? 7
Playing DVDs 7
Playing Music CDs 7
Getting Your Best PS2 Deal 8
Where Can You Find a Deal? 8
Do You Really Want That Bundle? 9
Searching for Online Deals 9
Taking Care of Your PS2 12
2 Hook Yourself Up! 15
Creating Your PS2 Game Central 16
Getting Your PS2 onto Your TV Screen 17
What's My Connection? 17
Where's My Picture? 21
Getting Your PS2 Sounds into Your Stereo 22
Give Us Some Volume Here, Will You? 23
Where's My Sound? 24
Connecting Your PS2 to Your PC 25
Configuring Your PS2 Options 26
Set Your Time 27
Get the Best Picture 29
Get the Digital Audio 29
Get Correct Video Signal 30
Choose Your Language 31
Some Other Options You Probably Won't Need 31
Keeping Your PS2 from Being Fried 32
Setting up Your Game Domain 34
3 Get a Grip on It! 37
Soup Up Your Games! 38
Hey, Give Me Options! 39
Your Average, Run-of-the-Mill PS2 Controller 39
Cool and Programmable Controllers 40
Wheels vs. ThumbSticks 42
Shooting the Villains 44
Let's Go to the Arcade! 45
Oh Yeah! Going Wireless 46
Spending Your Money and Getting a Deal 46
Shopping in Your Local Brick-and-Mortar Store 46
More Options! Go Online 46
Even More Options: Buy It Used! 47
4 Save Lives, Discover Mod Power, and More 49
Small, Expensive, and Pretty Necessary 50
Why Do I Need a Memory Card? 51
Some Memory Cards Are More Equal Than Others 52
Adding More Room to Your Memory Cards 52
Making Room on Your Memory Card 53
Copying a Game Save to Your Memory Card 57
Hidden Power: Mods 57
What Are Mods? 57
Not in a Store Near You 58
5 Games: The Options 61
What Can You Play? 62
Can I Back Up My Games? 63
Ratings: Ethics Are Optional 63
Game Genres 65
Game Reviews 66
Magazines 66
Online 67
Finding the Best Game Deals 67
Finding Deals Online 67
Check Out Your Local Stores 69
How About Used Games? 69
What About Renting? 70
Domestic Vs. Imported 70
6 Get Connected 73
What Types of Games Are Online? 74
Competitive Play 74
Cooperative Play 75
Group Play 75
Taking Your PS2 Online 75
Connecting to the Right People Online 76
7 Networking Your PS2 79
PS2 to PS2 80
The Official Sony Networking Option 81
The "Unofficial" Third-Party Options 81
Building a Multiple PS2 Network 82
Adding a PS2 to an Existing Network 83
Trouble? Fix It! 84
Go Wireless with Your PS2? 85
8 Cheat Now! It's Allowed 87
Everybody Cheats--Everybody 88
What's Cheating? 89
Secret Levels, Secret Characters, and More 89
The Most Popular Cheat Hardware Options 89
GameShark: The Authorized Hackers 90
Code Breaker 96
Blaze Xploder 100
Cheat Hardware and Mods 101
9 More Cheating! PS2 Cheating Resources 103
Cheat Codes 104
What Are Cheat Codes? 104
Where Do I Find Them? 106
What Is Possible with Cheat Codes? 111
Cheat Codes Equal Programming 111
Shark Codes 112
What Are Shark Codes? 112
Faqs, Game Tips, Hints, and More 118
User Forums 119
10 Warning: Void Your PS2 Warranty 121
Getting Under the Cover 122
Going Inside Will Void Your PS2 Warranty 122
Warning: Your PS2 is in Danger 123
Taking a Tour 123
Do-It-Yourself PS2 126
Simple PS2 Modifications 127
Not-So-Simple Modifications 128
Is It Worth It? 132
Running Linux on Your PS2 133
11 PS2 Beyond Gaming! DVDs and CDs 135
Get More from Your PS2! 136
PS2 and DVDS 136
Can Your PS2 Play DVDs? 137
You Want a Remote--No Arguments 138
Optimizing DVD Playback 140
PS2 and Music 144
Index 147
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