Please feel free to incorporate this into the first post of the "Playng with AR MDPRo" Sticky on this section. I see a lot of questions asked about this (including myself when I was starting) and I personally believe softmod is advantageous to those who don't feel comfortable w/ soldering, don't want to unscrew GC, may want to preserve their collectors value etc. Start: ``````````````````````````````````````````````````````````` OK. I have received the Max Drive Pro in the mail today (about time) and am pleased to say it works FLAWLESSLY! I will post a tutorial on how ridiculously ez it is to go from just a gamecube to being able to back up GC games! Step 1: Buy the Max Drive PRO Memory card from: North American Nintendo Fans Buy here Europeans Click Here Note 2 Things: 1. You MUST buy the Max Drive PRO (Not Max Drive EVO or any other Action Replay memcard) 2. The only place to actually buy these is directly from the website. They aren't on eBay or in stores. Step 2: Here you have 2 options. You can either buy some blank Mini-DVD's (recommended) from you favorite store or online retailer, OR you can buy a replacement top for your GC and use Standard DVD-R (Note it MUST be DVD-R not +R, +RW or -RW). A good place to buy blank minis: www.blankmedia.ca I find that Ritek Ridata Mini DVD-R 4x works very well. I've heard even no-namers will do the job, but personally have only used Ritek. Replacement tops: Here This tut. deals with Mini-DVD's, so if you decide to go the replacement top route, you need to find out how to install it elsewhere. This method works, but I haven't tested it personally. Step 3: Wait for everything to arrive in the mail. Step 4: When your package arrives, the MD Pro supplies should look a little something like this: PLEASE NOTE: If your discs do not say PRO, please throw out this memory card and your blanks because it won't work. IT MUST BE MAX DRIVE PRO Step 5: Download the most recent version of GcoS (Currently 1.5). You can get 1.5 from HERE. Extract it to a folder. Step 6: Insert the Computer Software MiniDVD into your DVDWriter. It should autorun and install the software. You may have to reboot after this. Step 7: Once this is finished, open up the MDPro Software. . Plug the USB Cable provided into the little hole on top of the memcard. It should look as pictured below when finished, don't try to push the metal all the way in because it won't go. Now, open the folder in which you extracted GcoS1.5, and drag the file called GcoS 1.5(PSO).dol into the Cube window in your MDPro program. It will ask if you want to convert this to a memcard file, press yes. It will upload the file onto your memory card. Step 8: OK, the "Hacking" part is all done. What you need now is to find some gamecube iso-, err, "Backups" of your games. (These can be made yourself with a BBA, or, found from torrents, ftp, usenet etc.) I'm not gonna tell you where to get ISO's, this is one step you need to do by yourself, and should be able to do by yourself. Step 9: Extract your iso and burn it w/ Nero. (I have only used Nero v7 and I have not yet had a problem). If you get a .gcm file, rename it to .iso and burn away w/ nero. NOTE1: If your GCM is <~1.3GB in size, you must use a tool called Wiped GCM Fixer. This requires the knowledge of MS-DOS but will fix your gcm, so u can rename it to .iso and burn. NOTE2: When burning w/ Nero, it is IMPERATIVE that you tick the FINALIZE Button, otherwise your games will not work. You should now have the memory card with GcoS 1.x loaded on it, and an ISO. Your almost there! Step 10: Insert your Max Drive Pro into memory card slot 1 of your gamecube. Note that this can be used as a (HUGE) memory card normally while your playing your games too!!! Step 11: Insert the MiniDVD That came with your MDPro (the one for the gamecube, not the one that says PC Software) into your gamecube. Step 12: Turn on the gamecube. It will take a while for the program to load, but only the first time. From there on in it will be quick. Now you should be at the main screen. Select the GcoS 1.5(PSO).dol file and press start (it should be the only one on there right now so just press start). Step 13: Now you should be at the GcoS main menu. Select the Boot Game option, from here on in it's pretty simple. It will tell you to swap your game so open up the lid and put in your backup. After this, it will detect the game, and give you 3 loading options. -If your backup is the same region (PAL or NTSC) as your gamecube, just choose the Autodetect Region function (Press A) - If your backup is differently region coded than your gamecube (IE PAL game NTSC Gamecube) force loading for the region of your gamecube (X or Y depending on your region, IE if you have a PAL gamecube force load as PAL). Step 14: Wait for the moment of joy, than jump for happiness! Your laughing now. Enjoy the game and thanks for reading this long-winded craP! ````````````````````````````````````` End. Suggestions/Questions?