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Index
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0. Introduction.
1. What's New?
2. What do you need to run ePSXe?
3. Usage.
3.1 Which files are necessary to run ePSXe?
3.2. Controlling the emulator.
3.3. GUI options
3.3.1. File
3.3.2. Run
3.3.3. Config
3.3.4. Options
3.3.5. Cheat
3.3.7. Help
3.4. Configure the emulator
3.4.1. Configuring the emulator
3.4.2. Configuring the video options
3.4.3. Configuring the CD-Rom
3.4.4. Configuring the sound
3.4.5. Configuring MDEC
3.4.6. Choosing MemoryCards files
3.5. Command line options
3.6. Emulator patches
3.7. Memory card support
3.8. Savestates.
4. Implemented features
5. Compatibility in ePSXe
6. Where can I get help with the emulator?

Appendix
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A. FAQ's
B. Thanks
C. Legal Stuff

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0. Introduction
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ePSXe is a Sony Playstation emulator for your PC running under Windows.


It takes advantage of the popular PSEmu Pro plugin system.

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1. What's New?
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ePSXe v1.2.0, released on 07.03.2001

- Added better analogic pad emulation and force feedback.


It is now possible to configure the analogic axis and
the effect of the force feedback motors. (Many thanks
to Alex7 and to www.burutter.com, for donating a very nice
psx to usb pad converter and giving help on adding support
for it).

- Now ePSXe includes savestates support. F1 = save state,


F2 = increase slot (max = 5), F3 = load state. The
savestates are compressed and saved to the sstates directory,
with an average size of 1.5Mb.
(WARNING!!! In release date it is supported only in the
following plugins: Lewpy Gpu, Pete Gpu, Pete Spu and ePSXe Spu,
support will be included in more plugins soon
by the plugins authors)

- Partially re-writen the internal spu, it should be


faster, have less sound glitches and better sound quality.

- Optimizations added in gte, mdec and core which makes


some games work some fps faster than before.

- Fixes to the CD-Rom decoder and the core, which make some more games
playable like for example Gran Turismo, Resident Evil, Ape Escape,
Kingley Adventure, Legend of Legaia (use the "-legaia" command line),
Final Fantasy IX PAL and so on ;-)

ePSXe v1.0.1, released on xx.xx.2000

- A completly re-written MDEC engine, which should give you better quality
and some more FPS during video playback.
- More accurate timing, what means that videos should pause less. (MDEC
timing should always be turned ON now)
- Included two new internal CD-Rom plugins : One for WinNT/Win2k users,
which uses WinNT/Win2k's native functions, and an ASPI CD-Rom plugin
for Win9x and Win2k users, which is usually faster than the older plugins.
- Fixes to XA sound playback in the internal SPU plugin.
- Included NTSC/PAL auto detection for a more accurate timing, mainly
in Square videos.
- The ISOs are loaded directly now, without showing the BIOS logo.
- Added support for PSX mouse emulation. (Selectable in Config -> Controller)(*)
- Added support for PSX analog pad emulation using Analog Pads or mouse.
(selectable in Config- > Controller)(*)
- It's now possible to disable the pads; this is necessary for some games which
are only playable for 1 player. (qbert)
- Included a new memory card selector, which comes with support for the most
important memory card formats (.MCR, .MEM, .MCD, .GME)
- Memory cards are saved now when you go to the main window and when you exit
the emu incorrectly. It's still highly recommended though to close down the
emu using the File -> Exit option ;-)
- Added an experimental "Change discs" option. To switch a disc, you need to
go to File -> Change disc. (this isn't working with some games yet though)
- ePSXe should work better with Lewpy's plugins now, so no more crashes when
you exit the emu. The reset/continue functions should also work now on several
videoboards.
- Fixes to the CD-Rom decoder and the core, which make some more games playable
like for example Final Fantasy 9, Grandia, Fear Effect, Tenchu 2 and so on ;-)
- Added a snapshot maker in key F8. (you need the "snap" directory).
- Since we haven't been able to fix the Chrono Cross bug yet, we added a
workaround,
which can be activated using the F3 key while the game freezes at that point
(though this doesn't fix the status screen problem yet, you must still use the
cheat code for this)

(*) We have created a system, where you can either use one digital pad and one
mouse or one analog pad. You can change between those using the F5 key.
We contacted the GPU plugin authors, so in the next version of their plugins, there

should be a flag displaying the type of pad you have currently selected.

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2. What do you need to run EPSXE?
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Minimum system requirements:


P200MMX or compatible
32 MB of RAM
Fast graphic card (like the voodoo 2)
Cdrom x16
Win9x
DirectX 7a

Recommended system configuration:


P2 450 or greater
128 Mb of RAM
Very fast DirectX, Opengl or Glide graphic card
fast CD-ROM
Win9x
DirectX 7a

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3. Usage
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3.1 Which files are necessary to run ePSXe?

* ePSXe.exe
* a psx bios (scph1001.bin and scph7502.bin have been tested and proved to work)
* PSEmu Pro GPU plugin (graphics)
* PSEmu Pro SPU plugin (sound) (optional)
* PSEmu Pro CD-Rom plugin (optional)

3.2 Controlling the emulator

ePSXe supports direct input and also features an option which allows you
to configure the pads through the GUI. It is very simple and intuitive :
Click config -> game pads -> pad1/pad2 (the one you want to configure),
and you will see a picture of a pad and some fields with the names of
the keys. Select the psx button what you want configure and then hit the
key you want to assign to it. (in case you want use a joystick, hit the
joystick button instead of a key).

From ePSXe 1.2.0 you can select the analog axis that you want to use,
selecting the axis to configure and moving the axis in your joystick.
You can also configure the effect that will be done in every motor
in the force feedback. (Burutter is used in a special PSX to USB pad
converter that you can get from www.burutter.com)

ePSXe includes 8 fast keys to change some param of the emu:


- F1-Savestate in selected slot.
- F2-Increase slot. (max = 5)
- F3-Loadstate from selected slot.
- F4-Enable/Disable SIO irq.
- F5-Toggle Digital pad/Special pad (*).
- F6-Enable/Disable Xa sound/read.
- F7-Enable Chrono Cross cheat code.

- F8-Make a snapshot to snap directory.

(*) Special pad can be: None, Analog pad, Analog pad with mouse T1,
Analog pad with mouse T2, and mouse.

Player 1 - default
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PC Keys PSX Buttons


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S | Square
D | Triangle
Z | X
X | Circle
C | Select
V | Start
W | L1
Q | L2
E | R1
R | R2
Arrow keys | Directional buttons

Player 2 - default
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Disabled by default.

3.3. GUI options.

On startup, you can see ePSXe's menus which include the following
options:

3.3.1. File.

(*) Run CDROM : Runs a PSX CD-Rom

(*) Run BIOS : Runs the PSX bios. (use this to edit the memory cards)

(*) Run ISO : Runs a PSX iso file. Select an iso file and click ok to start.

(*) Run PSX-EXE : Runs a PSX-EXE file (exe or .zip), or runs


a multifile .PLL, which has to be included with
the other files in a .zip

(*) Change Disc : Use this option to switch between discs/isos in


games with multiple CD-Roms.

(*) Exit : Quit the emulator.

3.3.2. Run.
(*) Continue : Continues a previously stopped cdrom/iso/psx-exe/bios game

(*) Reset : Reset emulation.

3.3.3. Config.

(see 3.4. Configure the emulator)

3.3.4. Options.

(*) SIO irq always enable : always enables irq SIO.

(*) Country: In this option, you can either select the


auto detected timing, PAL or NTSC.

3.3.5. Cheat.

(see 3.6. Emulator patches)

3.3.7. Help.

(*) Visit EPSXE webpage : Open your browser with the epsxe webpage.

(*) About : Credits.

3.4. Configuring the emulator.

Basically you need to configure the bios, your video card, CD-ROm drive and
your sound card in order to get the emulator fully working.

3.4.1. Configuring the bios.

In ePSXe, click config -> bios. In the new window, you can see a text box
which shows the currently selected bios and a browse button. Click this button
and select the BIOS you want to use. During testing we found out that the
scph1001.bin and scph7502.bin BIOS' are compatible, but the scph1000.bin won't
work. Please remember you may only be in possession of the copyrighted BIOS
when you're legally entitled.

3.4.2. Configuring the video options.

In ePSXe, click config -> video. In the new window, you can see a dropdown menu
which shows the currently selected video plugin(*). Select your favourite video
plugin and click on the configure button, and, finally click ok.

(*) EPSXE uses PSEmu Pro's video plugins, so in order to use ePSXe, you need to
download them from their webpages first.

3.4.3. Configuring the CD-Rom

in ePSXe, select config -> cdrom. In the new window, you can see a dropdown menu
which shows the currently selected CD-Rom plugin(*). Select the plugin of your
choise and click on the "Configure" button afterwards. There's yet another dropdown
menu, in which you can select the drive letter of the CD-Rom you want to use. In
case
you want to use your primary CD-Rom, just stay with the default entry. For using
another CD-Rom, just select the preferred drive and click on OK. We mainly tested
the emulator with cdrTsgMSCD.dll (Tanishige Ryus plugin), some beta testers
randomly
had problems with with other plugins, so just try your favorite plugin first and
when
it doesn't work, just use the one mentioned above (keep in mind that cdrTsgMSCD.dll

needs the two files subTsgMSCD16.dll and subTsgMSCD32.dll in the emulators root
directory).

Win2k users should use the new win2k native CDR plugin, it worked fine
during our tests.

NOTE: In ePSXe v.1.0.1, under win9x it is recommended to use the new internal
ASPI CDR plugin, what is faster.

ePSXe also includes an option called "cdrom timing accurate". It changes the CD-Rom
timing, what allows to partially play some games like Gran Tourismo and Point Blank
2.

(*) EPSXE uses PSEmu Pro's CD-Rom plugin system, so you need download the plugins
from
any webpage first.

3.4.4. Configuring the sound.

In ePSXe, select config -> sound. In the new window, you can see a dropdown menu
which shows the currently selected sound plugin(*). Select the sound plugin of
your choise and click on the "Configure" button afterwards. In the appearing
window, there're several check boxes where you can enable disable certain
sound options. The playstation uses 3 different kind of sounds : ADPCM, XA
and CDDA.

* Enable Sound (Select this to enable ADPCM sound) - Used to enable ADPCM
sound, and it is necessary to get XA sound.

* Enable XA sound (Select this to enable XA sound during MDECs) - Used to


enable XA sound in general, when only the XA option is enabled you'll just
get sound during MDEC movies.

* Enable XA read (Select to enable in-game XA sound) - Used to enable


XA sound during the game itself. (of course only when the game uses
XA sound). To use this, you need to activate the ADPCM and XA sound
options first. (WARNING : STILL VERY BUGGY AND SLOW)

* Enable CDDA Sound (Select to enable CDROM sound) - Used to enable


CDDA sound (mainly music).

* Enable SPU IRQ (required for some games) - Enables the SPU IRQ,
which is necessary to play some games.

(*) EPSXE can use PSEmu Pro's sound plugin system or an internal
sound system. If you want to use psemu plugins you need download the
plugins first.

3.4.5. Configuring MDEC.

In this window, there're two check buttons. With the first one, you can
enable/disable the MDECs completly, with the second one you can select a
different mdec timing. This is only necessary for FF8 and FF9, so please
disable it for playing other games, or play them at your own risk.
3.4.6. Choosing MemoryCards files.

In this window, you can select the memory cards files what you want to use.
ePSXe supports the most important memory cards formats, .MC(R), .GME, .MCD
and .MEM.

3.5. Command line options.

epsxe [options] [psx-exe]

(*) -lib : Loads the libps.exe, which is necessary for running


several
demos. You should have the file libps.exe in ePSXe's root
directory.

(*) -nocd : Disables the CD-Rom emulation. ( not recommended ! ;-) )

(*) -nosound : Disables ADPCM and XA sound output.

(*) -xasound : Enable XA sound decoding.

(*) -xaread : Enable continue XA read from cdrom. (necessary in music


during the game)

(*) -noaudiocd : Disables CDDA sound.

(*) -forcespu : Forces SPU IRQ always ON. This is necessary for some
games.

(*) -cdslow/-cdfast : Selects the CD-Rom emulation mode, default is


cdslow, which is far more compatible than cdfast.

(*) -cdtiming : Enables accurate CD-Rom timing. This is, in general, less
compatible, but some games only work once this option is
enabled, like Resident Evil 2 and Point Blank 2.

(*) -cdrom <letter> : You can select which CD-Rom drive you want to use.

(*) -forcepad : Force pad IRQ always switched ON. This MIGHT fix some pad
problems in certain games. (this isn't force feed back
related)

(*) -nomemcard : Disables memory card emulation.

(*) -nogui : Runs the emulator without any GUI.

(*) -mouse : Enable the PSX mouse emulation.

(*) -analog : Enable the PSX analog pad emulation.

(*) -nomdec : Disables MDEC emulation. You need to disable MDECs when
games
crash while playing videos.

(*) -f : Does fast boot cdrom.

(*) -loadbin <file> : Runs an iso image.


(*) -loadcheat <file> : Loads a file for cheating.

(*) -loadmemc0 <file>


-loadmemc1 <file> : Loads a memorycard file in the selected slot.

[psx-exe] : PSX-EXE, normal, zipped or .PLL with all files


included in a .zip

3.6. Emulator patches.

Some games, which normally wouldn't run in ePSXe, will start when using
cheat codes. Patches for several games are already included in the
emulator ! To select them, click on "Cheats" in ePSXe, load the game
patch you need and enjoy ;-)

This function shouldn't be used to cheat in games, we recommend you to


use [pec] (http://pec.emucheater.com) for in game cheating.

3.7. Memory cards support.

ePSXe also comes along with memory card support. The used cards are saved
in 2 files in your \memcards directory. The first one is named epsxe000.mcr
and the second one epsxe001.mcr. Each file has a size of 128 KB (which is
PSX standard), and the format is simply a dump of real memory cards.

ePSXe doesn't come with a memory card editor, but you can use the option
Load -> Run BIOS to get to the real PSX memory card editor, from where
you can delete / move savegames. In case you're using Pete's OpenGL / D3D
plugins, don't forget to enable offscreen rendering to see this menu
correctly.

ePSXe 1.0.1 includes a memory card file selector, so you can select which file
you want to use in which slot. ePSXe also has support for different memory card
file supports, like Dexdrive (.gme), PSEmu Pro (.mc) and several others.

3.8. Savestates.

ePSXe 1.2.0 supports savestates. They are files that


containt the state of the emulator when the key was hit, so you
can restore to the state later in that same exact point.

F1 = Save the state to the slot selected


F2 = Increase the slot. (If you use the on fly menus
in gpu plugins you can see the slot selected)
(MAX = 5 slots)
F3 = Load the state of the slot selected

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4. Implemented features
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- The complete r3000 instruction set

- Imcomplete COP0 coprocessor emulation

- Buggy GTE coprocessor emulation


- Sio emulation

- Memory card support

- ISO support

- PSEmu Pro video plugins support

- PSEmu Pro sound plugins support

- PSEmu Pro CD-Rom plugins support

- Mdec decoder ( The PSX comes with a jpeg decoder which is mainly used
for MDEC movies. It is includes a new MDEC engine programmed in v.1.0.1)

- CDDA sound support

- Partial XA sound

- GUI

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5. Compatibility in EPSXE
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Compatibility in ePSXe hasn't been tested that much yet, actually it has been
mainly tested with PAL games. Current compatibility percentage is superior
at 60%.

Some games known to work are:

- Colin McRae Rally 1 and 2


- Crash Bandicoot 1, 2 and 3
- Driver 1 and 2
- Fifa 99/2000.
- Final Fantasy VII, VIII and IX
- Iss98, Isspro evolution
- Knockout Kings 99, 2000
- NBA Live 2000, and 2001
- Need For Speed II and IV
- Ridge Racer
- Ridge Racer type 4
- Soulblade
- Spyro The Dragon 1, 2 and 3
- Syphon Filter 1 and 2
- Tekken3
- Tigger Woods 99, 2000
- Tomb Raider 3
- Vagrant Story
- and many more ...

Once you start a game in ePSXe various things can occur:

- The game works correctly.


Solution: "Be happy !" :) Send us a screenshot when you're
through the game.

- The game works but you get graphics problems.


Solution : ePSXe uses the PSEmu Pro plugins to draw the graphics to
your screen, so you could try a different plugin.

- The game works but you get 3d graphics or light problems.


Solution: ePSXe has a more or less complete GTE emulation, but
several GTE opcodes are still very buggy :-(. Wait for the next
version. You can also try another plugin to make sure it's really
a GTE problem (Pete's soft GPU plugin is very very compatible !)

- The GAME still won't work.


Solution: If, after all, the game STILL won't work, than it's most
propably simply not compatible with ePSXe right now. You should wait
for the next version of the emulator.

Sound.

ePSXe comes with support for the PSEmu Pro sound plugins in this version.
This includes ADPCM, CDDA and partial XA sound. Common problems
with the sound:

- The game plays no sound at all


Solution: Check the sound settings in the menu. When it's configured
correctly, it's possible that this game is using some type of XA sound
that hasn't been emulated correctly by ePSXe. Sorry, we'll try to add
this in the future.

- Some Square MDEC has jerky sound


Solution: Use the internal SPU plugin, what should give a nice sound
in Square mdec videos.

- XA sound playback is jerky.


Solution: XA sound in ePSXe is experimental right now, so don't
expect a too accurate sound :-(((

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6. Where can I get help with the emulator?
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There are a number of ways to receive help. The first thing you should do is
read the documentation, since the majority of questions are already
answered in it. Also, you can use the following emulation newsgroups :

news://comp.emulator.misc
news://comp.emulator.game.consoles

Another way is to ask on an emulator related IRC channel, like #epsxe, #psxemu
or #emu in EFNET (get mIRC from http://www.mirc.com to connect)
Many people you'll meet there will know more than we do about fixing certain
problems that you may experience with this emulator, or they'll be able to
point you somewhere where you can find a solution for your problem.

This software is freeware, and we don't have a lot of time to answer


questions, but if any of the above methods fail, you can try to contact
us using the following ways, but don't always expect a reply from us !

calb, Galtor, _Demo_


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email: calb@epsxe.com
email: galtor@epsxe.com
email: _Demo_@epsxe.com
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A. Frequently Asked Questions
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* (Your favorite game here) doesn't work with EPSXE? Why not ?

We're sorry. For now, try another emulator or a real playstation :).

* When will the next version of EPSXE be released?

We don't know and won't tell you. Check the homepage for more infos.

* Where can I get the latest version of EPSXE?

http://www.epsxe.com/
In addition, a number of emulation related websites will carry it too.

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B. Thanks
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Doomed - A nice docs and love to emulation ;-)


Pts - Testing and moral support
Vood - Xplorer supporter
Fennec - A nice xplorer debugger
Kazzuya - For xa support and nice plugins
Pete - Some wonderfull plugins and emails
Roor - A bunch of good ideas
Expert - Some nice chats and info
duddie/tratax - PSemu Pro crew
JNS - Gui help and multiple tests.
Bobbi - Fixes to english docs
GreenImp - Testing multiples games.
CDBuRnOuT - Testing features.
Wormie - Testing.
Lewpy - Help with some gpu issues.
Null2 - Help with spu adsr.
Alex7/Burutter- Help adding dualshock support.
fpse team - Ideas and help with MDEC and sio
1964 team - Gui ideas
Jean-loup Gailly/Mark Adler - zlib library

Independent JPEG Group's for routines to decode jpeg.


Segu, Nik the and rest of the PSEmu Pro plugins programmers.

More thanks to: zsknight, Zilmar, Jabo, Willy, Goi and Jose.

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C. Legal Stuff
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EPSXE Copyright 2000 EPSXE team.


Sony Playstation is registered trademark of Sony.
All mentioned games are registered trademarks of their authors or marks.
You may only be in possession of the copyrighted BIOS if you're legally
entitled to do so.Neither the ePSXe Team software nor its authors are
affiliated with Sony. ePSXe is freeware and can be distributed freely as
long as it is not modified or sold and the BIOS isn't packaged with the
program. This readme must be included with the executable.

When you use this software you do that at your own risk. The authors are
not responsible for any loss or damage resulting from the use or misuse
of this software. If you do not agree with these terms delete this
software immediately !

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