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ePSXe won't run on Windows 7

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I have been happily using ePSXe on XP for a while. I did a clean install of Windows 7 64-bit this morning and now ePSXe will not load. I have configured all my plugins in exactly the same way but it gives me the error message:

No WGL Extensions!

It then crashes. There's nothing wrong with my plugins and I have the latest version. I have tried adding it to the allow list for DEP as suggested in another post and that didn't make a difference. Any more ideas?

Here is my video config:

Plugin: Pete's OpenGL2 Driver 2.9
Author: Pete Bernert
Card vendor: Microsoft Corporation
GFX card: GDI Generic

- 640x480 Window mode
- Internal X resolution: 1
- Internal Y resolution: 1
- Keep psx aspect ratio: off
- No render-to-texture: off

- Filtering: 0
- Hi-Res textures: 0
- TexWin pixel shader: off
- VRam size: 0 MBytes

- FPS limitation: on
- Frame skipping: off
- FPS limit: Auto

- Offscreen drawing: 2
- Framebuffer effects: 3
- Framebuffer uploads: 1

- Scanlines: off
- Mdec filter: on
- Screen filtering: on
- Shader effects: 0/1
- Flicker-fix border size: 0
- GF4/XP crash fix: on
- Game fixes: off [00000000]
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I'm sorry, but I don't know what this stuff is. What's a video driver? Is it different than the video plug in? I think I have the same problem as this guy, I have windows 7 and epsxe 1.7.0. It just comes up with a black screen whenever I try to run an ISO. Also, the BIO does run, I don't know what that would mean though.

The ISO I'm running is FF VII, and I already put it in .bin format, so I don't think the problem is game compatibility. Everything I've read says that FF VII is compatible with pretty much any plug in or emulator.

Any help would be appreciated, or direction to a thread that already addressed this issue that I missed.
A video driver is a piece of software that let's Windows interact with your hardware.

A video plug-in is just a file the program (ePSXe, in this case) uses to take care of the video part of emulation for the program.

The video plug-in is part of the program (ePSXe) itself. Your video drivers are part of your system itself.

Unless you're getting this...
Card vendor: Microsoft Corporation
GFX card: GDI Generic
...for those two lines (or if it says, say, Intel, nVidia, or ATi [there's other possibilities beyond those three] in some way instead), then you don't have this problem. Microsoft doesn't make PC video hardware, so if it says it's using a Microsoft provided driver, that means it's using the generic Windows one and your video drivers aren't installed (or corrupt and need reinstalled).

In any case, I doubt this is your problem, since the "Black screen when starting a game" seems more common. Can you run other stuff (games, if you have/play any) without trouble? If so, you likely have a different problem.

Post your plug-in settings (there's a button within the plug-in configuration to copy the data) and your PC hardware might help too (not all of it, just CPU, RAM, Video, and/or OS [though we know the latter]).
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