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I'm not sure if this is a good place for this question, so if it's better someplace else, move it there. Here's the problem. I have an old serial based DexDrive and I can't get it to work with anything, including the newest Dexplorer software. I'm not sure what to do. It's plugged in and all. I'm running XP SP2 if that makes any difference. I'm just annoyed because I'm trying to finish the Final Dungeon in Star Ocean but my disc is so scratched that I can't even boot it with my PSX. If anyone can help, thanks.
 

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Er...I have little experience with Dexdrives but have you ensured that the device is being detected by Windows in the first place?

EDIT: Another thing is to check your BIOS that the serial ports are enabled.
 

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i was able to successfully use my dexdrive once. After that windows refused to recognize the dexdrive. If you can, I'd try plugging the dexdrive into an older Win95/98 machine and then copy the memcard to the new PC. Good Luck!
 

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i just got a dex drive, the serial ones. ill try it out later and see what i can do for you (its 3 AM and im about to go to bed..im not gonna do it now but im posting so you know there's a beacon of hope)
 

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Well, XP won't recognize it at all. But I don't remember it ever being recognized by windows before, but it worked fine. but that was almost three years ago. I just dug it up yesterday to see if i could get it to work. i don't have access to a win95/98 computer anymore. everyone i know has XP, or else i would have done that in the first palce. i'm thinking that if i can't get it to work through the serial port, i'll see if my friend has a serial to usb adapter and try it that way.
 

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An alternative to the packaged Dex Drive software:
http://www.neillcorlett.com/dexter/
I will try this out on my serial Dex Drive later to see if it works.

A while back I remember a program called something like User Port (which I cannot find now btw) which allowed unprotected port access to serial, parallel, and MIDI/Gameports on Windows XP. It installed a driver on your system, then after reboot allowed you to tell it what ports to allow full access to (XP seems to have added some strange handling for the older port types, disabling many programs and old printer drivers). It worked for some programs (including my N64 Dex Drive) but not others (had to upgrade my serial GraphLink cable to a USB one). Dunno what happened to this program tho... I looked for it on Google and I will look for it on my PC as it is prolly buried deep in the heaps of "Zips that came off of my desktop" type folders...

EDIT: I just tried out the Dexter software I linked to at the top of the post, and it works great. Also works with ePSXe's mcr format, as well as many other common formats for both full memcards and individual saves. Copied my FF8 save from ePSXe memcard to my Dex Drive, booted FF8 up, and it loaded fine off of the card. I would highly suggest this program for anyone who uses ePSXe and a serial PSX Dex Drive.
 

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I tried dexter and that didn't work. I'll look for this User Port prog and see if i can find that or something like it to try and unlock the port. I bet that's all it is too. If I can get it working, I'll let you guys know. I'm sure they're other people with the same problem.
 

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I found something similar to UserPort, but don't remember how to uninstall UserPort, so I cannot test it out for you.
http://www.driverlinx.com/DownLoad/dnload.htm#Windows 95/NT Port I/O Driver

Get the one that says "Windows 95/NT Port I/O Driver"
It supports XP, so don't worry that it says 95/NT although I wonder why you would need such a thing in 95, 98, or NT (never used ME or 2K on my own PC) as I never had locked ports in any of those OSes. At any rate, it allows "Direct Hardware I/O access", which is exactly what you want for devices like the DexDrive.
 

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only 3 months :p

but still, Caspian, this isnt ebay, stop trying to sell dex drives ;)
 

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XP does SEE IT. I have a Dex Drive and use it all the time.....

The Dell has had nothing but XP on and I added the Dex Drive after SP2 uprade.

It works and works well I might add.

Best $10 I have spent on my PSOne and ePSX
 

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I'm having some weird dexdrive problems of my own.

I used epsxe to get around that awful roulette game in Alundra. I made a special .gme file, and used that as my memory card in my configuration.

Then, after beating roulette using "save state," I saved my game. When I exited epsxe, my dexdrive no longer could recogmize my file and listed it all as "null" and the only way I can get at the save is in epsxe.

What am I doing wrong, or do I need to download another program to let my dexdrive read the file again?

---Running both on windows XP.
 

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Jakeman said:
I used epsxe to get around that awful roulette game in Alundra. I made a special .gme file, and used that as my memory card in my configuration.

Then, after beating roulette using "save state," I saved my game. When I exited epsxe, my dexdrive no longer could recogmize my file and listed it all as "null" and the only way I can get at the save is in epsxe.

What am I doing wrong, or do I need to download another program to let my dexdrive read the file again?

---Running both on windows XP.

I had the same problems last Monday especially because I was using several different emulators and each emus format differs greatly. Because the Dexplorer software cannot understand the memory card formats of Playstation emulators when you try and read the digital memory card file saved by an emulator the software will be expecting something else and therefore spit out corrupted data and say the card is null, try renaming a text document to .gme you'll get the same errors. To fix this problem you need to convert the memory card format using a third party freeware memory card hacking utility. I tried several programs that claimed to convert the memory card file and on about the fifth try I got it to work. Here's a link: http://moberg-dybdal.dk/psxge/, this software does everything it'll even convert you save games into European and Japanese save files for use on PAL and NTSC-J PSX machines! The download link is on the bottem of that page.

edit: I almost forgot in fact I did, this software will run on any version of Windows being Windows 95 or later. Dexdrive and the PSXGameEdit software.
 
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