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    convert ECM to ISO for PCSX to read

    Hello, I just installed PCSX PS1 emulator. I have a game file and after I extracted the file it is an ECM image. PCSX needs and ISO or other files to beable to read them. What tool do I need to convert this to something PCSX can read and run? Thank you!

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    Re: convert ECM to ISO for PCSX to read

    I download this and I'm still not sure how to use it.
    It say
    bin2iso - Convert CD .BIN to .ISO



    Converts CD-ROM .BIN images (including full 2352-byte sectors) into .ISO format (2048-byte sectors). Automatically detects mode 1 or 2. Will warn if there are any form 2 sectors, which are not convertible.

    Usage: bin2iso [-f] input_file output_file -f: Force conversion and bypass checks

    So how do I use it? I don't know what this means.

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    Re: convert ECM to ISO for PCSX to read

    Thank you for trying to help me out on something you must see are really easy. I know how to do this on my Windows box but I'm so sick of running to Windows when ever I need to get something done

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    Re: convert ECM to ISO for PCSX to read

    Quote Originally Posted by troysos View Post
    I download this and I'm still not sure how to use it.
    It say
    bin2iso - Convert CD .BIN to .ISO



    Converts CD-ROM .BIN images (including full 2352-byte sectors) into .ISO format (2048-byte sectors). Automatically detects mode 1 or 2. Will warn if there are any form 2 sectors, which are not convertible.

    Usage: bin2iso [-f] input_file output_file -f: Force conversion and bypass checks

    So how do I use it? I don't know what this means.
    Assuming that you have installed ecm (which you can find in the Software Center or Synaptic), do the following. Open a terminal. Go to wherever the file is you're trying to convert. Assuming the name of the file is something like "Fred.ecm", type the following in the terminal:
    Code:
    unecm Fred.ecm Fred.iso
    Last edited by thatguruguy; August 31st, 2011 at 09:25 PM. Reason: faulty info

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    Re: convert ECM to ISO for PCSX to read

    so this is what i got when i tried applying thatguruguy's instructions

    Code:
    haroun@harouns-MacBook:~$ /home/haroun/Desktop
    bash: /home/haroun/Desktop: Is a directory
    haroun@harouns-MacBook:~$ unecm TonyHawksProSkater2.bin.ecm /home/haroun/Desktop/TonyHawksProSkater2.bin.iso
    UNECM - Decoder for Error Code Modeler format v1.0
    Copyright (C) 2002 Neill Corlett
    
    Decoding TonyHawksProSkater2.bin.ecm to /home/haroun/Desktop/TonyHawksProSkater2.bin.iso.
    TonyHawksProSkater2.bin.ecm: No such file or directory
    i've also tried it without the directory put in front i.e
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    unecm TonyHawksProSkater2.bin.ecm TonyHawksProSkater2.bin.iso
    and i've even tried renaming the file umpteen times to not include various characters, removing the .bin extension etc but my inexperience has overcome my perseverance

    [edit] oh, and i'm using ubuntu 11.10
    Last edited by Moonigan; March 13th, 2012 at 02:01 PM.

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    Re: convert ECM to ISO for PCSX to read

    It looks like the problem you are experiencing is failure to correctly use the command line and filesystem. This isn't bad, just inexperience like you have stated.

    For starters, it appears that you have the unecm command installed. If I understand correctly, the compressed CD image is located on your desktop (the TonyHawksProSkater2.bin.ecm file, henceforth known as the ECM file). You will want to change directory to your desktop.

    It appears you attempted to change directory to your desktop in the first command, but didn't read or understand the output.
    Code:
    haroun@harouns-MacBook:~$ /home/haroun/Desktop
    bash: /home/haroun/Desktop: Is a directory
    The second line is an error message, because you have forgotten to include the cd command in front of your path. The first command should look like this:
    Code:
    cd /home/haroun/Desktop
    Remember, as you type paths into the terminal, attempt to use the Tab-Autocompletion feature to ensure that you do not accidentally type the filename wrong.

    If successful, your command prompt should change to look like this:
    Code:
    haroun@harouns-MacBook:~/Desktop$
    OR
    Code:
    haroun@harouns-MacBook:/home/haroun/Desktop$
    The ~ is shorthand for your home directory, /home/haroun. You can use it in commands and paths if you don't wish to bother typing the full path.

    Finally, the next command you ran was mostly correct, but since the first failed this one failed as well:
    Code:
    haroun@harouns-MacBook:~$ unecm TonyHawksProSkater2.bin.ecm /home/haroun/Desktop/TonyHawksProSkater2.bin.iso
    UNECM - Decoder for Error Code Modeler format v1.0
    Copyright (C) 2002 Neill Corlett
    
    Decoding TonyHawksProSkater2.bin.ecm to /home/haroun/Desktop/TonyHawksProSkater2.bin.iso.
    TonyHawksProSkater2.bin.ecm: No such file or directory
    You did not need to specify the full path to where you wanted to save your file, the /home/haroun/Desktop/TonyHawksProSkater2.bin.iso part. However it doesn't hurt, it just would default to using the current working directory if you left out the /home/haroun/Desktop/ part. Finally, do not append the .iso extension to the end of the file. Although you might be most familiar with ISO files, which is a type of disc image, there are MANY different types of disc images and you cannot simply change the extension to another format.

    It appears that your disc is using the BIN type disc image, as evidenced by the .bin part of the filename. These are commonly bundled with another file with the same name but with a .CUE extension, which isn't always needed.

    You could use the BIN to ISO converter, once you have managed to decompress the ECM image to get the disc image into an ISO format, but there's no point. Playstation emulators for the most part understand the difference between BIN and ISO and do not require you to convert it. Finally, playstation discs generally cannot be accurately represented by the ISO format and may break your game if you try.

    Hopefully this wall of text will help!

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    Re: convert ECM to ISO for PCSX to read

    thanks! i do love a bit of thps2 *wipes mist of nostalgia from eyes*

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    Re: convert ECM to ISO for PCSX to read

    Did the above instructions help you get your game running? Just wondering...

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    Re: convert ECM to ISO for PCSX to read

    yes!

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