Television sets around the world decode video signals in different ways. In the United States (and a few other countries), TVs use the National Television Standard Committee (NTSC) display system. Most other countries, however, use the Phase Alternation Lines (PAL) format. What this means is that video components designed for use in one part of the world may not work in another. Sony produces both PAL and NTSC versions of the PlayStation 2 gaming console. Therefore, if you want to play games designed for PAL PS2 systems in the United States, you must convert the game disc so it sends video signals to the TV in the NTSC format.
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Things you need
- CD/DVD burning application
- DVD burner drive
- Blank DVD-R
- Original PS2 game disc
Download the PS2 PAL to NTSC Patcher utility from the SKSApps website (see Resources). Click the file and follow the prompts to install the utility on your PC.
Open your CD/DVD burning application. Click the "Create ISO Image" or "Save ISO Image" button on the burning program menu or tool bar. Place the original Sony PlayStation 2 game disc into the DVD burner drive.
Browse to the folder on your PC where you want to save the ISO image file. Enter a name for the file in the "Save As" text field. Click the "OK" or "Start" button, and then wait while the program creates an ISO image file from the contents of the original PS2 game disc. Remove the original PS2 game disc from the DVD burner drive when prompted to do so.
Open the PS2 PAL to NTSC Patcher utility. Click the "Browse" button, and then navigate to the folder where you saved the ISO image file of the original PS2 game disc. Highlight the image file, then click the "OK" button. Click and select "48" in the "Y-Fix Offset" drop-down box. Uncheck the "Make PN Selector" option box. Click the "Patch File" button, and wait for the utility to convert the image file for use with the NTSC display system.
Open your computer's CD/DVD burner application again. Click the "Burn ISO to Disc," "Burn Image to Disc" or "Copy Disc from ISO Image File" button or link in the application. Insert a blank DVD-R into the burner drive. Browse to the folder with the patched ISO file. Click the "Burn" or "Write" button to copy the image file to the blank DVD-R. The PS2 game on the burnt disc is not compatible with NTSC systems.
Tips and warnings
- Only use DVD-Rs for making copies of PS2 games. Other disc types might not work properly in the console's DVD drive.
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