I recently purchased the USB Extreme disks for PS2 from an online retailer thinking I wouldn't have to fiddle with mods and patches to save my original disks from ruin. BOY WAS I WRONG!
I have a PS2 slim that is not compatible with HDLoader, so I must use my PC to load the HD.
Smaller, earlier games work without an issue using normal USB Extreme, however my personal Gems (Rockband 1, Rockband 2, AC/DC Track Pack) end with the black screen of death and HD led turning from red (reading) to green (idle) in the middle of the load. Since ISO reconstruction is all new to me, I have made several attempts, but do not know If I am doing things correctly.
So I too am humbly seeking knowledge in the "flattening" DVD9 realm. I registered here because I did see this site had a tutorial. I have aquired most of the common tools listed in most web tutorials (except Apache 3, I have version 2). I think once I get a few of these rebuilds under my belt, I will be ok, but for now, I am a deer in headlights.
I am also quite upset at the company that sold me it stating "95%" of the games are compatible (only 20% of mine are).