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I'm not sure where this question would go but since it relates to a specific game I put it here.

Is there a way to skip FF9 fmvs using epsxe? On a playstation you can just open the disc cover and wait for it to stop spinning and the game resumes immediately after the fmv is over; but when I try to do that on my computer the emulator just freezes...
 

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Either try using the Change Disc command to change to the same disc (File-> Change Disc), or use an ISO tool to make an image and replace all the STR files with blank or short STR files. Use a PS movie player to find a suitably short STR video on any PSX game, as I am unsure if a blank file would cause problems. Missing filenames on the disc WILL cause problems, however. If you are on a PAL version, good luck getting the later method to work...I guess you could patch after making the image, then replace the STR files.

You might also want to consider using a memory hack to help you get that Excalibur 2 by setting your game time to a fixed value below the limit. Google for PEC if you need a program to help you do this, as there is probably already a code for it in the database.
 

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Using a hack would be easy but that would kinda be cheating... I dont want to cheat, just lighten the challenge slightly so I don't have to constantly reload the game at certain points. Thanks for the advice though.
 

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Well if the change Disc thing works, that will have almost exactly the same effect as poping the lid on a PSX and closing it again. If it just keeps going from where it left off, then try making an identical image to "Change Disc" to so it doesn't assume you really didn't want to change discs (it may or may not using the Change Disc method to "change" to the disc you are already using). Just hit escape to pause emulation, then the Change Disc option will be available to you... I would love to know if this works, but I don't have time to test it myself right now.
 

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mount the image (or run from the cd), press escape at FMV, eject cd (you can do this to a mounted image as well), change disc, press escape again, put cd, change disc.
that should work.
 

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but the fmvs are so sweet ;)

essential to story line, mind u seeing it over and over again can get quite cumbsersome ;/

wish their was a way to skip some of them for ff7 on the pc however, i dont mind watching them again (too much)
 

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mount the image (or run from the cd), press escape at FMV, eject cd (you can do this to a mounted image as well), change disc, press escape again, put cd, change disc.
that should work.
Yep that did it... but is there a more sophisticated way of doing this? I know how to run ISOs and all but whats this mounting image stuff? And how do you run the emulator with a command line switch?
 

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Simple.

Create a shortcut to the ePSXe program.
Right-click on the newly created shortcut, click on Properties.

In the Target Box: add a -nomdec.

e.g
"C:\ePSXe\ePSXe.exe" -nomdec

Then run the shortcut.
 

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I tried the -nomdec method. It doesnt actually play the fmv... instead it just plays the sound and the screen stays black for the entire length of the sequence.

Oh well I guess, the change disc method worked so I guess that will have to do.
 

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you can speed the game up manually : delete - home - home
and after the fmv : home - delete
check the documentation of petes' plugins for more information.
 

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is there a way to speed the fmv up without speeding the gameplay. for instance, changing the fps at the time the fmv begins?
yes, but keep in mind that the clock is still running in time with the FMV. wouldnt speeding up the FMV speed up the clock timer as well?

just a thought...
 

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most likely it would speed up the clock, or I would play many time-sensitive games at slightly accelerated FPS (like 65-70 for NTSC)
 

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You can skip the FMV's on FF9 by creating an empty cd image. Just make a new text file and rename it to something like, "empty.iso". When the movie starts, hit ESC, goto File -> switch disc -> ISO image, load the "empty.iso", continue game until the screen goes black, hit ESC, switch iso back to the game image and continue.
 

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geez ppl it was a simple mistake. I've hardly ever posted on message boards. I didn't realize it would put all these threads at the top of the list but if someone did a search for an answer they might get an old thread with none its not like these threads are ridiculously long either. I guess i won't bother to help with anything in here anymore so chill i won't post anymore. geez.
 
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