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==Steps to take==
 
==Steps to take==
  
===Update to latest version===
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===1. Update to latest version===
Emulators can have stable builds that are weeks, months, and sometimes even years old. The "stable" version is often times just a randomly picked dev version. That is why the latest dev versions should be preferred. This could solve emulation issues most of the time. Links to dev builds can be found at the pages for [[PCSX-Reloaded|PCSX-R]], [[PCSX2]], [[Dolphin]], [[nullDC]], [http://emulation-general.wikia.com/wiki/DeSmuMe DeSmuME] and [http://emulation-general.wikia.com/wiki/PPSSPP PPSSPP].
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Emulators can have stable builds that are weeks, months, and sometimes even years old. The "stable" version is often times just a randomly picked dev version. That is why the latest dev versions should be preferred. This could solve emulation issues most of the time. Links to dev builds can be found at the pages for [[PCSX-Reloaded|PCSX-R]], [[PCSX2]], [[Dolphin]], [[nullDC]], [[DeSmuME]] and [[PPSSPP]].
  
===Change Settings===
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===2. Change settings===
If you're using a plugin based emulator, graphical glitches and sound issues might be solved by changing the settings.
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If you're using a plugin based emulator, graphical glitches and sound issues might be solved by changing the settings or using a different, better plugin altogether.
*[http://emulation-general.wikia.com/wiki/Recommended_PSX_Plugins PS1 Plugins]
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*[[Recommended_PS1_Plugins|PS1 Plugins]]
*[http://emulation-general.wikia.com/wiki/Recommended_N64_Plugins N64 Plugins]
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*[[Recommended_N64_plugins|N64 Plugins]]
===Check for known issues===
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If you're using '''Dolphin''', try switching the graphics backend between OpenGL and Direct3D, and the sound between HLE and LLE.
  
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For '''PCSX2''', check the [[PCSX2#Issues|issues section of its wiki page]].
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===3. Review these FAQs:===
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*[[Emulator Problems FAQ]]
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*[[Game problems FAQ|Game Problems FAQ]]
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===4. Check for known issues===
 
There are resources available for emulators which lists the common known issues with games, and the solutions.
 
There are resources available for emulators which lists the common known issues with games, and the solutions.
 
*[http://wiki.pcsx2.net PCSX2 Wiki]
 
*[http://wiki.pcsx2.net PCSX2 Wiki]
 
*[http://wiki.dolphin-emu.org Dolphin Wiki]
 
*[http://wiki.dolphin-emu.org Dolphin Wiki]
 
*[http://forums.ppsspp.org/showthread.php?tid=1473 PPSSPP Compatibility List]
 
*[http://forums.ppsspp.org/showthread.php?tid=1473 PPSSPP Compatibility List]
*[http://bmgcl.atspace.cc/n64mgcl/N64ConfigList.htm N64 Config List]
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*[http://wiki.libretro.com/index.php?title=Category:Compatibility_Lists libretro Core compatibility lists]
===Check the archives===
 
 
 
Sometimes, questions may have been asked and answered multiple times in the past. Check the Emulation General archives.
 
  
[http://archive.foolz.us/vg/ Foolz archive of /vg/]
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===5. Check the archives===
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Sometimes, questions may have been asked and answered multiple times in the past. Check the [{{ArchiveURL}} Emulation General archives].
  
[https://archive.foolz.us/vg/search/subject/emulation%20general/ Previous threads]
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===6. Read the wiki===
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The [[Main Page|rest of the wiki]] may have information you need.
  
===Ask Emulation General===
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===7. Ask Emulation General===
 
If you still can't find a solution, ask Emulation General. Provide relevant details such as:
 
If you still can't find a solution, ask Emulation General. Provide relevant details such as:
*System specs, especially CPU
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*System specs, including CPU and GPU
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*Operating system
 
*Emulator and version
 
*Emulator and version
 
*Emulator settings/plugins
 
*Emulator settings/plugins
*Game details
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*System and game emulated
 
*The problem itself. Do not forget that, because if you do then what comes out makes no sense whatsoever.
 
*The problem itself. Do not forget that, because if you do then what comes out makes no sense whatsoever.
  
 
==Common Questions==
 
'''<span style="color:#00C000">>THERE ARE NO FUNCTIONAL 3DS, VITA, PS3, XBOX 360, WII U, PS4 OR XBONE EMULATORS</span>'''
 
 
 
'''1. Q: Can I run [insert emulator here]?'''
 
 
A: Generally, emulation runs off the CPU, with the GPU allowing for higher resolutions, AA, etc. If your CPU isn't good enough, you can't emulate a system too well. A commonly-recommended CPU is the '''Intel Core i5 2500k '''or the '''3570k'''. For DeSmuME and PPSSPP, enable the dynarec option for speedups. For GC/Wii and PS2 see the [[Dolphin]] and [[PCSX2]] pages, specifically, for recommended specs if a 2500k/3570k is not a viable option.
 
 
'''2. Q: Why is my PS2 game blurry?'''
 
 
A: It's either interlacing or a filter in the game itself. For the former, switching the de-interlacing mode with F5 may help, and may cause flicker or screen shaking. For the latter, hacks are required. Either Aggressive-CRC if the game is listed there, or skipdraw (toy with the number, 1-100) might work otherwise.
 
 
'''3. Q: I downloaded a PSX game from emuparadise. It's in .ecm format and won't open in an emulator. Why?'''
 
 
A: ECM is a compressed format. You need to decompress using PakkISO or ECM Tools (both provided on the emuparadise download page). It'll output as a .bin usually, which is what the [[.cue]] uses to load the game.
 
 
'''4. Q: I use LilyPad, but the esc key and various others don't work!'''
 
 
A: In the Input API (radio buttons in the top left of the LilyPad options), choose raw input.
 
 
'''5. Q: I downloaded a file in a zip/rar/7z format, and inside it are a lot of files labelled either r00/r01 etc, part1/part2 etc or 001/002 etc files. What are these?'''
 
 
A: It's a split archive, usually RAR. Make sure you have [http://www.7-zip.org/ 7-Zip] installed. Do not use WinRAR. Extract all those files somewhere. Then, right click on the first in the sequence (e.g. r00/part1/etc) and, depending on the program used, should have an "Extract Here" command. Use it; it'll output the files you're looking for. You can then proceed to delete all those r0x/partx/etc files if you want.
 
 
'''6. Q: How do I connect my PS3 controller to my computer?'''
 
 
A: Use [[XInput Wrapper SCP]].
 
 
'''7. Q: My save states do not work in the new version of the emulator I downloaded. Why?'''
 
 
A: Save states are not compatible between different versions of emulators, or between different emulators. Don't rely on them. Use real/battery saves which typically can be transfered, even if they need converted first.
 
 
'''8. Q: Save states do not work in [[Mednafen]] PSX. '''
 
 
A: Save states are not enabled in Mednafen PSX, and will not be added until the developer feels that the emulator is mostly finished.
 
 
'''9. Q: Metal Gear Solid gives me a blank screen.'''
 
 
A: MGS has anti-piracy features, and needs real bios to work. Do not use simulated bios in PCSX-R. If you are using bios and it still is not working, try different bios files. And that the BIOS is selected under the Plugins and Bios configuration menu.
 
 
'''10. Q: The PlayStation 1 game that I downloaded came with a lot of tracks. How do I play it?'''
 
 
A: You need to create/run the [[cue sheet (.cue)]]. Support for multi-track games can be found in [[Mednafen]], [[RetroArch]], and [[PCSX-Reloaded|PCSX-R]]. [[ePSXe]] does not support such features and should not be used.
 
 
'''11. How do you emulate Dangan Ronpa?'''
 
(NOTE: This information is out dated Needs to be updated)
 
 
Make sure you're using the latest dev build of [[PPSSPP]] and that Buffered Rendering, Read Framebuffers to Memory and FramebufferCPUConvert are enabled (FramebufferCPUConvert is only necessary on AMD I think, I don't need it on Intel/Nvidia and other Intel/Nvidia users seem to be the same).
 
 
'''12. PSP emulation has no audio. '''
 
 
See: http://emulation-general.wikia.com/wiki/PPSSPP#Common_problems_and_fixes:
 
 
[[Category:FAQs]]
 
[[Category:FAQs]]

Revision as of 12:49, 3 January 2019

Here is a simple guide for the steps one should take to try to resolve your problems.

Steps to take

1. Update to latest version

Emulators can have stable builds that are weeks, months, and sometimes even years old. The "stable" version is often times just a randomly picked dev version. That is why the latest dev versions should be preferred. This could solve emulation issues most of the time. Links to dev builds can be found at the pages for PCSX-R, PCSX2, Dolphin, nullDC, DeSmuME and PPSSPP.

2. Change settings

If you're using a plugin based emulator, graphical glitches and sound issues might be solved by changing the settings or using a different, better plugin altogether.

If you're using Dolphin, try switching the graphics backend between OpenGL and Direct3D, and the sound between HLE and LLE.

For PCSX2, check the issues section of its wiki page.

3. Review these FAQs:

4. Check for known issues

There are resources available for emulators which lists the common known issues with games, and the solutions.

5. Check the archives

Sometimes, questions may have been asked and answered multiple times in the past. Check the Emulation General archives.

6. Read the wiki

The rest of the wiki may have information you need.

7. Ask Emulation General

If you still can't find a solution, ask Emulation General. Provide relevant details such as:

  • System specs, including CPU and GPU
  • Operating system
  • Emulator and version
  • Emulator settings/plugins
  • System and game emulated
  • The problem itself. Do not forget that, because if you do then what comes out makes no sense whatsoever.