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Really, it's getting ridiculous how impossible such a simple task seems to be. >_>

I've read around everywhere, and my two options seem to be -nomdec, and a rather specific method coined in an arbitrary FAQ. Now, I'm on 1.70, as it's the only version I've been able to get FFIX working correctly with. It seems -nomdec has been removed from 1.70, as whenever I try opening ePSXe with it, I get the error message "ePSXe failed to start: param is incorrect". I've browsed all there is relating to command-line switches on this site, but nothing changes the error, so the removal's all I've left to assume. There's another method I see circulated here and there, involving chaging disks to a false file, then immediately reloading to the original ISO at the onset of an FMV, but I've tried countless times and it never fails to crash the program.

This would be a trivial thing, except I'm attempting a challenge where skipping FMVs is basically essential. My PSX is on the fritz, and I don't have access to a PS2 right now, so making an ISO of FFIX was my only option to play it. That's why I'm trying so adamantly to figure out a solution to this. As a side note, I've also tried using earlier versions of ePSXe but FFIX doesn't want to agree with them. I'd really appreciate the help; I've been browsing around all over this site and the forums, but haven't been able to find a solution that works for me.
 

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I assume you're attempting a speedrun?

Try downloading ePSXe 1.60 or 1.52 from the official site. I *think* the -nomdec commandline parameter works on 1.60.
 

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Final Fantasy IX doesn't like ePSXe 1.6.0, but that's because it crashes in MDECs, so I'd assume it'd work fine in it if you skip them.

It works fine in ePSXe 1.5.2.

Try getting it working under one of those.

Also, it's not essential to skip them to get to Memoria in under twelve hours, and won't it ruin the challenge for you by knowing you didn't even really accomplish it?
 

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Really, it's getting ridiculous how impossible such a simple task seems to be. >_>

I've read around everywhere, and my two options seem to be -nomdec, and a rather specific method coined in an arbitrary FAQ. Now, I'm on 1.70, as it's the only version I've been able to get FFIX working correctly with. It seems -nomdec has been removed from 1.70, as whenever I try opening ePSXe with it, I get the error message "ePSXe failed to start: param is incorrect". I've browsed all there is relating to command-line switches on this site, but nothing changes the error, so the removal's all I've left to assume. There's another method I see circulated here and there, involving chaging disks to a false file, then immediately reloading to the original ISO at the onset of an FMV, but I've tried countless times and it never fails to crash the program.

This would be a trivial thing, except I'm attempting a challenge where skipping FMVs is basically essential. My PSX is on the fritz, and I don't have access to a PS2 right now, so making an ISO of FFIX was my only option to play it. That's why I'm trying so adamantly to figure out a solution to this. As a side note, I've also tried using earlier versions of ePSXe but FFIX doesn't want to agree with them. I'd really appreciate the help; I've been browsing around all over this site and the forums, but haven't been able to find a solution that works for me.
i think you can disable MDECs in the epsxecutor frontend. another thing to try would be playing from the disc and when you get to an FMV, open your cd/dvd drive for a second and then shut it right afterwards. on a real psx you could force it to skip them by opening the tray and shutting it, im not sure if this same thing could work on an emulator but its something to try.
 

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Final Fantasy IX doesn't like ePSXe 1.6.0, but that's because it crashes in MDECs, so I'd assume it'd work fine in it if you skip them.

It works fine in ePSXe 1.5.2.

Try getting it working under one of those.

Also, it's not essential to skip them to get to Memoria in under twelve hours, and won't it ruin the challenge for you by knowing you didn't even really accomplish it?
It was stalling up in 1.6.0, but worked fine in 1.5.2, so thank you!

Also, I have to contend with the statement that skipping FMVs is cheating, as it's a common practice on the PSX itself. At any rate, it's quite necessary in this particular challenge. It's called the Excalibur II Perfect Game, if you've heard it brought up somewhere before. I hear tell one person was able to just barely edge out all they needed while still viewing FMVs, but the amount of luck and precision involved was ludicrous and I'm not looking to drive myself that insane. >_>

Thanks to others for their input as well.
 

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It was stalling up in 1.6.0, but worked fine in 1.5.2, so thank you!

Also, I have to contend with the statement that skipping FMVs is cheating, as it's a common practice on the PSX itself. At any rate, it's quite necessary in this particular challenge. It's called the Excalibur II Perfect Game, if you've heard it brought up somewhere before. I hear tell one person was able to just barely edge out all they needed while still viewing FMVs, but the amount of luck and precision involved was ludicrous and I'm not looking to drive myself that insane. >_>

Thanks to others for their input as well.
Well, you're right, I forgot that alot of people did that, but I'm sure Square took into account FMV times and added onto the original total (like if they wanted to make the quest eleven hours, and there was an hour of FMVs, they'd add an hour). You're right, alot of people do that, but if I ever tried it, which I doubt I will, I'd do it without skipping FMVs just to have done it right. In any case, it's be hard to do it that way, so good luck with it.
 

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bah, if you want excalibur that bad just use the timer reset cheat.
 

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Most people do the challenge to do it, not for the weapon (also, hence my asking about doing it fully and not skipping the FMVs, even if said method is commonplace and accepted).
 
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