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How to play PSX Japan games in the U.S-- The Swap Trick

This is the Swap Method in Short

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Version 1 (rip trick) 



This version is used for the earlier versions of 
the PlayStation without there-written ROM BIOS.
Because these units have no country code check 
(bypassable), they will allow foreign games to be
played via this method: Place an original game (i.e.
 not copied) of the country of the PlayStation 
you're using in the drive, and place some kind of 
weight in the drive sensor, and turn the 
PlayStation on. Just as the white Sony screen 
disappears, ripout the disc and 
swap it for the game you wish to play. The game 
then loads.


Version 2 (single swap trick) 


This version is also used for the earlier versions 
of the PlayStation without the re-written ROM 
BIOS. Because these units have no country code 
check (bypassable), they will allow foreign games 
to be played via this method: While in the CD 
options screen, place an original game (i.e. not 
copied) of the country of the PlayStation you're 
using in the drive, then place some kind of weight 
in the drive sensor. The disc should spin for a few 
seconds then stop. Now swap it for the game you 
want to play, and choose exit. The game then loads. 


Version 3 (double swap trick) 



This version is used for the latest versions of the 
PlayStation which have a re-written ROM BIOS. 
Because these units have a country code check, 
they will only allow foreign games to be played 
via this method: Place an original (i.e. not copied) 
game of the country of game (i.e. not copied) of the 
PlayStation you're using in the drive, then place 
some kind of weight in the drive sensor. Turn on 
the PlayStation. The disc should spin, speeding up 
and slowing down (going from 2x to 1x, etc). At 
every speed change, swap the disc with the one you 
want to play. After 4 swaps, the game will load.x

Thanks to terrax@infinet.com.    

 

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