So, a long story short, I found a cheaply-priced PS2 broadband connector today and swiped it up, installed a spare hard-drive with HDLoader, and have been having a great time laughing at how stupid the old load times were on some of my games.
Everywhere I go on the Internet, however, it says that HDLoader is incapable of playing PS1 games. Why, I don't know (maybe for legal reasons) but most of the posts on this topic I find are between 2002 and 2004, so I don't know how accurate they are as to using a regular version, patched version, etc. of HDLoader to load games. (Specifically, I'm mad at the Final Fantasy Chronicles version of Chrono Trigger, which ruins itself with load times.)
If anyone knows anything about patches or different load-programmes for PS2's hard drive so that I can load and play my PS1 games on it, any help would be much appreciated.