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Posted 10 August 2006 - 06:42 AM
Explains how to obtain and configure an emulator for the Playstation console on a windows computer.
What this tutorial does not do:
Deal with the Playstation 2 (since there are no good emulators for it yet)
Support or promote any illegal activities.
Work with L:inux, although this could probably work as a base guide for Linux machines
For this tutorial, you will need:
ePSXe (latest version is currently 1.6.0)
Pete's OpenGL2 Driver 2.8
Eternal SPU Plugin 1.50
P.E.Op.S. CDR Driver 1.4
A BIOS File from a Playstation or PSX
An ISO file for every game you want to play, or the real disc and a DVD drive.
Preferably a SCSI CD Drive
An OpenGL2 Capable video card
Obtaining the files
Most of the necessary files can be obtained from the links above.
The BIOS can be obtained by dumping the BIOs from your own console. Please note that a PS2 BIOS will *not* work. Also, if you do not own the console, it is illegal for you to have a copy of the BIOS on your computer. The BIOS file should appear as scphXXXX where the Xs are digits and should be saved to a .bin file.
Games are easy to obtain. It does not matter whether or not you have the real game disc or an ISO although ISOs may run a teeny bit faster depending on how old your DVD drive is. It is illegal to posess an ISO file for a game you do not own.
Download the zip file (remember, this is a tutorial for windows machines) and unpack it to the folder of your choice. Now, navigate to that folder, and there should be a folder called bios. Copy the dump of your BIOS into the bios folder.
Congratulations, you've completed installation.
The first thing to configure is the BIOS file. Fortunately, this is the easiest to configure. Navigate to the folder containing the bios folder (go up one level) and double click the ePSXe executable file. On the menu, click Config, and then click Bios. Click the select button on the dialog that appears, and browse to your BIOS file (should be in the bios folder). Select it and click OK.
Next you should configure the CD plugin. Extract the P.E.Op.S. CDR Driver 1.4 zip file into the plugins subfolder of your ePSXe directory. Now, restart the ePSXe and once again click Config, but this time click Cdrom and select the P.E.Op.S. CDR Driver 1.4 from the drop down list. Now, select the click Configure on the dialog that appears. From the interface drop down, select either the Win2K/XP or 9x scsi interface if you have a scsi drive (most drives are) or else select the raw readning for XP/2K. If you have 9x and a non-scsi device, search the plugins page where you got the other plugins for one that caters to your type of drive, but don't count on it working well. If you plan to run all of your games from ISO files you can just select none.
From the drive drop down menu, select your DVD drive. From the read mode select try autodetection, but be sure you have a PSX game disc in the drive. Do not limit the drive speed, but do check the box to allow for reads when the drive isn't ready. Check both boxes under error handling, and leave the rest of the configuration alone, click okay. Now, click Test. If no error is reported, click okay.
On to the Sound plugin. Extract the Eternal SPU Plugin 1.50 into the plugins folder and restart ePSXe. Click Config, then Sound, and select the Eternal SPU Plugin 1.50 from the dropdown list. Once more click configure. In the Ausio device box, select direct sound from the drop down list, and make the buffer a decent size (mine is 128). For the audio out method, select thread. Under Misc, select wait until the XA buffer is free and cache VAG decode. Leave fine tune at 0 and reverb at 0. Under special game fix, xhexk only the ones you need. Then click okay. Now, check Enable Sound, Enable XA Sound, and if you are playing from a CD, Enable CDDA Sound. Then click Okay. Do NOT check Enable SPU IRQ hack unless a specific game does not work, in which case you should disable the XA Sound.
To Configure the video plugin, extract Pete's OpenGL2 Driver 2.8 to the plugin folder. Restart ePSXe and click Config -> Video. Select Pete's OpenGL2 Driver 2.8 from the drop down list and click Configure. At the top, select full screen or widescreen according to your preferences. For the first 2 drop down menus, select the setting one, for the third select setting 0, and for the fourth, select setting 2. Then, for texture filtering, for really good cards (NVIDIA Geforce 6 series and above or comparable) select option 6, for good cards select option 5, for decent cards option 4. For the High res textures, select option 1 for good cards and option 0 for decent cards.
Be sure to select frame rate limitation, deselect frame skipping. Now, either select auto-detection of frame limit, or hard set it at 60, since all PSX games are designed for 60 FPS. For Compatibility, select option 1 for the first drop down menu, option 2 for the second, and option 1 for the third. Check only the first box in Screen Filters, leave everything else alone.
For the miscellaneous, disable scan lines, enable everything else. Be sure for special game fixes that you click the button with three dots in it and select only the game fixes relevent to your hardware and games. Then click okay, and click Test. If no errors are reported, click okay.
Now, restart ePSXe.
You have finsihed installation.
Digipad is the arrow keys
Cross is the "Z"
Circle is the "X"
Square is the "S"
Triangle is the "D"
Start is the "V"
Select is the "C"
Esc gets you out of the game and back to the main ePSXe screen.
To change the controls, click Config -> Game Pad -> Pad 1 or 2 depending on which needs updating. To change anything, simply click it and type the new key or press the game pad button.
To play a game, either click file -> Run ISO or File -> Run CD and navigate to the game. Note that introductions may be a little slow, but once he actual game is started, speed should increase to around 60 FPS. If it doesn't, check your hardware acceleration. If it is at maximum, go back to the Video Plugin configuration and alternate decreasing the settings on Textures and on Framebuffers. If need be, enable frame skipping.
Questions or comments, post.
To play a game, either click File -> Open Irun
Posted 10 August 2006 - 01:23 PM
If you need a PS2 for Burnout, do NOT run it with this emulator, it's PSX and PSOne only. The best PS2 emulator is PCSX2 which is supposed to be compatible with a wide range of PS2 games. I don't recommend it because the only game I've tried it with (Final Fantasy VIII which is not a PS2 game) caused an immediate program crash. I'm doing more tests with it to look into why, and will report when I figure it out or get it to work.
What this tutorial does not do:
Deal with the Playstation 2 (since there are no good emulators for it yet)
Posted 11 August 2007 - 04:24 PM
I needed the bios files... which are approx 14 mb..
i could only see the PS2 welcome screen (the blue scrren with fog)
when i tried some games i could only see the intros
the game i tried included gta san andreas, battle field, and all 3 versions of harry potter....
in all cases i only got to see the intros of the games, as PCSX would crash after that.
I think my onboard gfx isnt powerful enough
Posted 17 March 2008 - 05:58 AM
I recently started playing FF-VIII through the ePSXe emulator and your video set-up instructions helped clear up the lack of visual battle commands problem I was having. Just wanted to show my gratitude, thanks.
-reply by Chuck Steak
Posted 14 April 2008 - 03:33 PM
Missing render-rexture extension
No Pixel Format Available
Someone help me out please.
-reply by JTay
Posted 23 July 2008 - 03:37 PM
When I try to load games it says no WGL Extension and doesn't work... What is the problem? Also when configuring the video the window was to big for my screen so I couldn't click okay.. I pressed enter so hopefully that worked.
-reply by napas14
Posted 14 September 2008 - 06:48 AM
Hi, I need some help to configure psx emulator I use ePSXe 1.70
First 10 minutes of play itï¿½s all fine but after 10 minutes (cca.) window chrash to half of the screen and I can not see edges of game window,
Here is my PC configuration:
Intel Core Duo CPU E4600@2.40GHz
NVIDIA GeForce 7600GT
Please help and sorry for bad english :(
-question by danijel
Posted 30 August 2008 - 09:52 PM
Please Please help me out ... I follow your tutorial guild exactly, but when I try to play the game it say
Missing framebuffer object extension!
What sould I do? so Please pm me in my e mail
Ny way your guild really help me out
Thank you ^^ you did a great help for other as well
-reply by SYNZ
Posted 29 November 2008 - 01:09 AM
Hey, I've done everything you said but when I try and open a game, it just comes up with a black screen and there is a Playstation controller on the top right that says "1" beside it and standard on the top. It just stays like that the whole time.I've tried another game and it works, but when it goes to a screen where it loads. It just gets stuck there and nothing happens.I just got the PSX for fishing games, because I've recently got into fishing and wanted to play a game about it. The games I've tried are Action Bass and Big Bass Fishing.Please send me a PM or just write whatever you can here to help me, Thanks.-reply by Bahadir
Posted 10 December 2009 - 07:39 AM
when I go to cofigure the video, there is nothing in my drop down bar to select from.
ive only had success in getting the correct bio I wanted.
no other drop down bar is giving me the option of the previously downloaded plugins.
I have downloaded and extracted all files you have mentioned in your tutorial, but the epsxe will not give me the option in its drop down menus.-reply by Tomlin
Posted 17 December 2009 - 04:25 AM
I was wondering if you could help me with a problem I'm having.
What I want to do is install ps1 games from the discs onto the computer, and then play them on the ePSXE, can you tell me how I can do this?
Thanks.-question by Benno
Posted 15 August 2010 - 01:00 PM
Hello.I see you understand from thatThings.So I want to ask you something,I bought a pad for pc(usb),IInstalled drivers and my computer can read it.But when I'm trying to play any game,with the emulator,my pad is not working.Is there any optionsFor pad or?Thanks in advance.PP:Sorry for my english,I'm working on it :)-reply by justn0ob
Posted 15 August 2010 - 04:53 PM
Hello.I see you understand from that Things.So I want to ask you something,I bought a pad for pc(usb),I Installed drivers and my computer can read it.But when I'm trying to play any game,with the emulator,my pad is not working.Is there any options For pad or?
Thanks in advance.
PP:Sorry for my english,I'm working on it
-reply by justn0ob
Some pads are seen as keyboards, and emulate keyboard stokes. They are even often tunable, assigning "left" to the left direction, or "d" if the game wants it.
Have a look pressing your keypad knobs during a wordprocessor session, and see what happens!
If I am right, then you have to set-up your game according to the tuning of your keypad, or the opposite if your game is not settable.
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