How to Use Free McBoot

By Kim Sarah

Updated September 22, 2017

Items you will need

  • PlayStation 2 (PS2)

  • PS2 memory card (at least 3.5Mb)

  • USB/Flash drive

  • Free McBoot "Noobie" package file download

  • Auto-boot file for Free McBoot "Noobie" package

Homebrew games can be downloaded from the Internet.
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Free McBoot works with PlayStation 2 Memory cards and homebrew application. These games are not officially licensed and often programmed by nonprofessional game designers. Free McBoot allows these homemade games to be launched on the PS2 game console. Using Free McBoot simply involves downloading and installing the game. It is a fairly straightforward process that almost any regular gamer will be able to complete.

Download the Free McBoot Noobie Package that has "FREE_MCBOOT.ELF" and "INSTALL" files. A link to the website containing these files is provided below. Click the Package file to start the download. Save the file in your choice of locations on your computer.

Open the Free McBoot Noobie Package. Locate and click on the file folder on your computer. This opens a new window containing all the files within the folder.

Right click and copy both the "FREE_MCBOOT.ELF" and "INSTALL" files. Open your USB stick drive window. Click the drive file containing your USB stick. Paste the files onto your USB stick drive window.

Turn on your PS2. Press the power button on the front of the game console.

Launch "FREE_MCBOOT.ELF" on your PS2. Insert your USB stick into your PS2. Follow the on-screen instructions for installation. The installation places the program in the OSD, or main, menu of your PS2. The installation file will be automatically detected when you insert the USB stick into your PS2.

Play a homebrew game on your PS2. The game should launch properly with the newly installed Free McBoot files. No further action need be taken to use Free McBoot because of its ability to auto-run and work with the homebrew game.