Intel Mac PCSX Castlevania Symphony of the Night
For anyone having graphics problems using PCSX on an Intel Mac, particularly the problem with blue sprites, I've found a way to get it 100% working!
I resorted to using PCSX for Mac version 1.6b because 1.5 test 3 was made for PPC Macs not Intel, and test 3 was slow and jerky and the HDI input for controllers didn't seem to work.
Trouble is, using 1.6b caused graphics problems in some games, especially Castlevania SOTN, such as the blue tinged graphics problems mentioned above... I tired everything to fix it, but couldn't - I even tried the unofficial 'PCSX reloaded' for Mac, but it didn't fix it either.
So, I decided to resort back to the PPC version and run it in Rosetta mode with a few settings changed and a mounted .iso. Here's how you do it:
Do the preliminaries...
- Download PCSX 1.5 test 3 from Mac PCSX Playstation Emulator - Download Page
- Create a folder called 'PCSX' in the 'Applications' folder
- Copy in the PCSX app container (the icon on the .dmg) and run it once, then immediately quit - OK to all warnings or prompts
- Then obtain a dump of a Playstation BIOS (providing you have legal entitlement)
- I used SCPH1000.BIN, and copied it to Home > Library > Application Support > Pcsx > Bios
- Then obtain a dumped .iso image of the Castlevania SOTN game in NTSC format (providing you have legal entitlement)
You're now ready to set up and play...
- Mount the .iso file of the Castlevania SOTN disc using a 3rd party application such as Roxio Toast Titanium (Using OS X disk utility won't work)
- You should see the mounted CD icon appear on your desktop
- Launch PCSX test 3 (it will automatically run in Rosetta mode)
- Open preferences and...
--- Uncheck 'Dynarec CPU Core' (Rosetta mode will not allow use of this feature and will instantly crash if you run a game)
--- All checkboxes on the 'Emulation' tab should be UNCHECKED
--- In 'system region' dropdown, choose NTSC (USA/Japan)
[Switch to the plug-ins tab]
--- For P.E.Op.S SoftGL Driver, click configure...
--- Check 'Use Frame Skipping' (for speed boost)
--- Dither Graphics: Never
---Everything else UNCHECKED, click OK
--- For P.E.Op.S OSS Audio Driver, click configure...
--- Move 'Reverb' slider all the way down to 'Faster'
--- Interpolation also set to minimum (No Interpolation)
--- Check 'High Compatibility Mode'
--- Check 'Enable XA Playback'
--- Everything else UNCHECKED, click OK
--- For HIDInput v0.1.0 Driver, click configure...
--- On 'Controller 1' tab, 'Type' dropdown, choose 'Digital Pad'
--- Then check your controller is set up in the usual way using the button list above the 'Type' drop down
--- Click OK
--- Leave CD-ROM plugin as 'CD-ROM Device Interface' (I have 'Mooby cd disk image driver' copied to the plugins folder but I don't use it for SOTN)
- Go to File > Run CD or CMD+R and enjoy! (Hopefully)
For comparison, here's my specs:
2.16GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
3 GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM
Mac OS X 'Leopard' 10.5.8
I really hope this helps somebody.