Yes the flashing colors are normal. They are the debug colors. You can't switch them off like you can with OPL. OPL (OpenPS2Loader) is a hard drive loader that can load from HDD, USB or over a network. If a game won't load its normally the media type, use good quality media like Verbatim (not the life series). You want the ones with AZO on the packaging. DVD-RW won't work. The best place for PS2 modding is http://psx-scene.com/