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i have an nvidia graphics card and opengl makes ff7 look the best overall. however this plugin causes overall slowdown of the game and scratcy noises appear when i am in battle mode.
Using soft gpu plugins speeds the game up considerably but the graphics look edgy. the recent update version of soft gpu plugin says it removes the edgy triangle look of the graphics but with me, it remains. anyone with ideas ? i am using epsxe 1.5.2
 

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what graphics card do you have...? all geforces since the first one should be able to run OGL :rolleyes:
 

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i have a msi ms 8808 graphics card. the thing is this problem never occured when i used opengl last time i played ff7 on epsxe.
 

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Use the 'Copy info to clipboard' function in Pee's OpenGL to post your settings pls.
 

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Plugin: Pete's OpenGL Driver 1.1.76
Author: Pete Bernert
Card vendor: NVIDIA Corporation
GFX card: RIVA TNT2/AGP/SSE

Resolution/Color:
- 1024x768 Fullscreen - NO desktop changing [16 Bit]
- Keep psx aspect ratio: off

Textures:
- R8G8B8A8
- Filtering: 4
- Hi-Res textures: 0
- VRam size: 0 MBytes

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

Compatibility:
- Offscreen drawing: 3
- Framebuffer texture: 2
- Framebuffer access: 0
- Alpha multipass: on
- Mask bit: on
- Advanced blending: off

Misc:
- Scanlines: off
- Line mode: off
- Unfiltered FB: on
- 15 bit FB: off
- Dithering: on
- Screen smoothing: off
- Screen cushion: off
- Game fixes: on [00000001]

sorry it says here i have a tnt2 gfx card. my mistake.
 

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The TNT2 was enough for me with FF7, even with my old Celeron 766... if you got something better, check your drivers.
Anyways, try using Offscreen drawing lvl2, or even 1 instead of lvl3...
the higher the OD is, the lower your framerate MAY be (it all depends on the game,
and also the different settings you use in your plugin)

To find easily a good combo of settings, use the shortcuts in the topleft bar to
tweak them while playing


you can also try this:

Plugin: Pete's OpenGL Driver 1.1.76
Author: Pete Bernert
Card vendor: ATI Technologies Inc.
GFX card: RADEON 9800 Pro x86/MMX/3DNow!/SSE

Resolution/Color:
- 800x600 Fullscreen - NO desktop changing [16 Bit]
- Keep psx aspect ratio: on

Textures:
- B8G8R8A8
- Filtering: 4
- Hi-Res textures: 0
- VRam size: 0 MBytes

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

Compatibility:
- Offscreen drawing: 2
- Framebuffer texture: 2
- Framebuffer access: 0
- Alpha multipass: on
- Mask bit: off
- Advanced blending: on

Misc:
- Scanlines: off
- Line mode: off
- Unfiltered FB: off
- 15 bit FB: off
- Dithering: on
- Screen smoothing: on
- Screen cushion: off
- Game fixes: on [00011111]

(ok we don't have the same PC, but I upgraded my HW after playing FF7)
 

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nah, these settings produce the same results as my previous results, slow throughout the game. ive tried different settings for opengl but no luck. ive tried both epsxe 1.5.2 and 1.6.0. is it my graphics card?
 

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As I said, a TNT2 should be enough, but the CPU is also _very_ important in emulation,
anything higher than 1ghz is recommended for PSX games, a good number of them can be played with slower CPUs but higher means lesser risk of slowdowns, and more games playable at 100% speed
 

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Yup, when it comes to emulation CPU>GPU, if you have some cash, upgrade your computer with a new mobo+CPU+graphic card
 

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Kind of on-topic: out of interest, is it possible to play emulated versions of the PSX Final Fantasy games without any slowdown of the music, ever?
 

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Yes, except a very slight one when the battle swirl appears, no big deal.
Of course you have to own a good comp
 

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Thanks for the advice. but i still have this little graphics problem with ff7 and soft gpu plugin. the game graphics are sort of distorted and pointy. Although the updated petes soft gpu plugin says it has a fix to remove this 'triangle' problem. it remains with me. can anyone help?
 

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frostcircus said:
Kind of on-topic: out of interest, is it possible to play emulated versions of the PSX Final Fantasy games without any slowdown of the music, ever?
yes, it's quite possible. i've played it for a long time like that :rolleyes:

if you have aslower computer you might have to go without battle transitions though.
 

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I play FF7 with a pentium III 500Mhz with a 32mb sis video card with any slowdown with this config
Plugin: Pete's DX6 D3D Driver 1.1.76
Author: Pete Bernert
GFX card: SiS 300/305

Resolution/Color:
- 640x480 Fullscreen - [32 Bit]

Textures:
- Default
- Filtering: 2
- Hi-Res textures: 0
- VRam size: 32 MBytes

Framerate:
- FPS limit: on
- Frame skipping: on
- FPS limit: Auto

Compatibility:
- Offscreen drawing: 2
- Framebuffer texture: 1
- Framebuffer access: 0
- Alpha multipass: on
- Mask bit: on
- Advanced blending: hardware

Misc:
- Scanlines: off [0]
- Unfiltered FB: off
- Dithering: off
- Screen smoothing: off
- Full vram: off
- Game fixes: on [00000001]
 

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thanx for the settings.
they do improve the look of the game however there is a little slowdown problem when in battle mode. the more enemies the more slower. but oddly, the fps goes back to normal when any of the characters do something in battle. and there also seems to be a black border around the hand pointer now!
 
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