General problems FAQ
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 at times just a randomly picked dev (short for development) version and that is why the latest dev versions should often be preferred as they 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 could 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 already 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 might make no sense whatsoever.