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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].
 
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].
  
===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.
 
If you're using a plugin based emulator, graphical glitches and sound issues might be solved by changing the settings.
 
*[http://emulation-general.wikia.com/wiki/Recommended_PSX_Plugins PS1 Plugins]
 
*[http://emulation-general.wikia.com/wiki/Recommended_PSX_Plugins PS1 Plugins]
 
*[http://emulation-general.wikia.com/wiki/Recommended_N64_Plugins N64 Plugins]
 
*[http://emulation-general.wikia.com/wiki/Recommended_N64_Plugins N64 Plugins]
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3. Review Common Problems and Game Problems FAQ:
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*[[Common Problems FAQ]]
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*[[Game Problems FAQ]]
 
===Check for known issues===
 
===Check for known issues===
  
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*Game details
 
*Game details
 
*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==
 
===New systems emulated===
 
'''Is there an emulator for the 3DS, VITA, PS3, Xbox360, Wii U, PS4, Xbox One?'''
 
 
No.
 
 
===Specs===
 
 
'''Can I run [insert emulator here]?'''
 
 
See: [http://emulation-general.wikia.com/wiki/Computer_specs Computer specs]
 
 
===Blurry PS2 ===
 
 
'''Why is my PS2 game blurry?'''
 
 
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.
 
 
===ECM format===
 
 
'''I downloaded a PSX game from emuparadise. It's in .ecm format and won't open in an emulator. Why?'''
 
 
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. Note that recent SVN builds of [[PCSX-R]] DO allow loading of ECM files, however it's recommended to unpack them anyway.
 
 
===Keybinds in lilypad===
 
 
'''I use PCSX-R with LilyPad, but the esc key and various others don't work!'''
 
 
In the keyboard Input API (radio buttons in the top left of the LilyPad options), choose raw input.
 
 
===Archives===
 
 
'''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?'''
 
 
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.
 
 
===PS3 controller===
 
 
'''How do I connect my PS3 controller to my computer?'''
 
 
Use [[XInput Wrapper SCP]].
 
 
===Save states===
 
 
'''My save states do not work in the new version of the emulator I downloaded. Why?'''
 
 
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.
 
 
===Mednafen save states===
 
 
'''Save states do not work in [[Mednafen]] PSX. '''
 
 
Save states are not enabled in Mednafen PSX, and will not be added until the developer feels that the emulator is mostly finished.
 
 
===Multi track games===
 
 
'''The PlayStation 1 game that I downloaded came with a lot of tracks. How do I play it?'''
 
 
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.
 
 
===PSP audio===
 
 
'''PSP emulation has no audio. '''
 
 
See: http://emulation-general.wikia.com/wiki/PPSSPP#Common_problems_and_fixes:
 
===Filetypes===
 
'''Help, I've downloaded a file and I don't know what it is? What's the difference between these files?'''
 
 
Check out the [[List of filetypes]] for information on what's what, and where to use it.
 
===Mednafen memory cards===
 
To transfer memory cards, follow this guide. Also, in games with multiple discs with saves that carry over, you have to follow the same procedure.
 
 
[[Using RetroArch#Transfer_PS1_Memory_Card_Files]]
 
 
===New version is slower===
 
 
'''The new version of an emulator is slower than the previous version. Why?'''
 
 
As emulators develop, they generally become more [http://emulation-general.wikia.com/wiki/Emulation_Accuracy accurate], emulating more of the system's functions. This results in greater compatibility, and fewer glitches but at the expense of speed. More CPU power is needed. It may make sense to use an older version that works well for a specific game if your system is not able to handle the modern version. But newer versions may also be optimized or perform more efficiently as well.
 
 
===Black lines in PS2 games===
 
Generally speaking of PCSX2, not game specific. Those lines are caused by scaling to a non-integer internal resolution (anything other than XxNative), texture filtering (Check that shit off or to half at most), improperly offset textures(TC offset hack, Wild Arms hack), or improperly handled texture edges(Sprite hack). Native resolution for the most part fixes those. But software rendering may be required as well.
 
 
==Specific games==
 
{{Main|Game problems FAQ}}
 
 
See this article for problems with specific games.
 
 
[[Category:FAQs]]
 
[[Category:FAQs]]

Revision as of 09:30, 25 November 2013

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.

3. Review Common Problems and Game Problems FAQ:

Check for known issues

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

Check the archives

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

Foolz archive of /vg/

Previous threads

Ask Emulation General

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

  • System specs, especially CPU
  • Emulator and version
  • Emulator settings/plugins
  • Game details
  • The problem itself. Do not forget that, because if you do then what comes out makes no sense whatsoever.