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I have tried playing FF9 on both 152 and 160 emulators, and the 160 emulator seems to work the best. But i have the same problem with both. While playing, i get these annoying minor freeze ups and slow downs as well as occasional blackouts. And the game froze when I got to the fmv scene where the airship takes off from near the town of Dali. The CD is in good condition, so i do not think thats the problem, but i think the problem lies in my set up of the emulators. Could someone tell me what plugins to use and how to configure them so i can play the game. I tried using one sites suggestion and it made it go way to fast for it to work. My computer is a new Dell 9100, so my computer should be able to handle a lot. Please help me so I can play this classic game. Thank you.
 

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always use ePSXe 1.5.2 for FF9. that's why you are getting the freeze on the town of dali.

what plugins are you using?
 

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ePSXe 152 has the same problems as the 160, and could you give me suggestions to what pluggins I should use. I believe I have a lot of them downloaded onto my computer already. Thank you.

if it is any help, my comp has a pentium 4 and uses Radeon 9700. I do not know what pluggins to use, but originally i was using P.E.OpS Softdriver, Eternal Spu, and SaPus. Can someone please help me with choosing a pluggin and configuring them. Thank you.

one more thing i forgot to mention is that my gamepad does not work when using the 152, but works with the 160.
 

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ugh, use the Edit button please. tidies things up a bit and makes it less confusing. no need for double/triple posting.

anyway, you should be using Pete's OpenGL2 (set it up here: http://www.ngemu.com/forums/showthread.php?p=763330#post763330), Eternal SPu with the FF9 fix, and you should make an ISO because laptop CD-ROM drives suck.

use ePSXe 1.5.2, i guess i didn't elaborate on it enough before, so i will now: ePSXe 1.6.0 has a ton of known and proven problems with FF9, so if you want to stay away from those, use 1.5.2 ;) if you are still having problems, try not using save states and see how that goes.
 

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i tried using the settings you suggested, and it ended up speeding it up that it was impossible to use. And how do you make an ISO, i am not very good with this stuff, so could you tell me how to. Thank you.
 

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Ok...speeding up problems? Set the fps limit to 60 and turn the fps limit on.

For an ISO...i suggest Alcohol 120%. Quick and easy.
 

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There's a FF9 sticky, try reading that. It'll help you with configs for sound and opengl.

For opengl2 plugin, try using the config I attached. I've used that same config for FF7, and it seems it works perfectly with FF9 too.
Set the gfx RAM value to your card RAM value (red box in pic)
If it's too slow, try changing res to 640x480, and if ok, try grad. increasing (yellow box)
If high x internal res not supported, set it to 1 (green box)
Special fixes, since you're using 1.5.2, use odd/even bit hack, 5th from the bottom, and I had the second one from the top, ignore small framebuffer moves, but dunno if that made a difference. If too blurry for you, then you can modify that in-game, by pressing:
delete: brings up settings in top-left
pg up/pg down: scrolls through the settings
home/end: modifies settings
go to SL, near the end, SL = shader level, and set it to what you think looks best
This is what it looks like (2nd attachment). There are absolutely no slow downs, not even battle transitions which work perfectly too. I can't say too much though, since I've only played up to that point on that screen cap.

If it's *still* too slow, go for opengl configs.
 

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I you go with Lyz's suggestion and make an ISO with alcohol, use the 'image creation wizard', select the playstation profile (should be in a combo box below called 'data type' or something similar), and when you have the option, pick the .ccd format, epsxe can load it straight.
 

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how do i find out what my gfx Ram value is so i can set it. Furthermore, i started playing it as suggested with an ISO on the configs I was suggested, and it seems to work fine. One problem I have currently is that there are these noticable horizontal lines that run across the screen. I am going to play around with the resolution to see if I can get rid of them, but could you tell if there is another way. Also, for future use, what do i do when i need to switch over to another disk when using ISOs. Your time and help is much appreciated and thank you very much.
 

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File -> Change Disc -> ISO
Start -> Programs -> Accessories -> System -> System Information (probably other easier ways to find gfx ram)
Turn off scanlines
So...what actual config did you use? Using an ISO is not a config
 

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I am still having trouble finding out what my gfx ram is, could you tell me what category it is under. I also used the config you said to use and it is doing great and I was able to get rid of the lines. Hopefully this good luck will continue. Thank you all very much for all the help you gave me.
 

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the horizontal lines are probably scanlines like dutchmasta said. also, turn on Vsync.
 

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I still cant find the info and what is vsync, i don't see it. Also, i get these occassional annoying blackouts, how do i stop getting those.
 

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Same Problem

I have a similar problem. Same FMV sequence. I am running as an ISO. How do I check the version? I downloaded from a diffrent site.

Also, when I start the game, the menu toolbar disappears. How would I fix this?
 

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Oh, running 1.6.0. Will reinstalling remove the BIOS and plugins? Also, the menu bar dissapears while running a game, so how would I change discs?
 

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there is nothing in my misc section about the vsync, and i still don't know what my gfxs ram is and i would like to stop with the blackouts. It does not just in one FMV, but throughout the game so far.
 

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Start menu->run, type dxdiag, hit enter. Within a few seconds, a screen will pop up with a number of tabs on it's upper part. Click on screen or something like that (sorry, my windows is in spanish so i'm not sure how is it called in english, keep that in mind troughout the directions), and you'll have your vram amount labelled "Total aprox. memory" or similar.

About the blackouts, can you ellaborate more on that? What do you mean by blackouts? When do they happen? Do the game recover from game or stay "blacked out"?
 
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