Hello everyone, I recently got a System 256, and a a few 246's from a friend to check out and repair. It has upped my curiosity in the platform. After doing quite a bit of research at various times, from what I get (correct me if I'm wrong) the PS2 platform had crypto keys compromised which opened the door to vendors building save game backup widgets and the like. The 246/256 uses a PS2 MagicGate memory card that uses a different crypto key that has never been recovered, thus still remains fairly untouchable. Dongles can be migrated to different games by transferring the backend rom in the dongle to a donor dongle, but you have to copy a few bytes from original rom to new rom, a binding of the rom to the MagicGate IC in the dongle. So two thoughts. How was the original PS2 crypto key compromised -- does anyone know how it was discovered? I am curious how to work on it since that might open the door? Second, does anyone know if a simple replay of the dongle conversation on startup to the 246/256 would work? Replay a captured communications session to a magicgate dongle back to the machine to get it it's boot filesystem from the encrypted dongle that way?