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    Question How do you save games in psX emulator?

    Does anyone now how to save games on the psX emulator. I have created a folder and assigned it as one of the memory cards for the program.

    Each time I play a game, the 'card' is recognised however I am first asked to format it then save. On quitting the program then going to load, there is no save file there.

    Is there something that I am missing or have I just set it up incorrectly.

    Thanks in advance!

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    Re: How do you save games in psX emulator?

    Most games will format cards automatically, TWO, but some won't. However, it's easy to do: just load the card(s) and, instead of starting a game, let the emulator run to the BIOS pages - you'll need to have your controller Type set as 'SCPH-1010: Normal pad' for this - and select the memory card editor. When pSX opens the editor, it will format the card(s) - exit the editor, and that's all you need to do.

    This is referenced in the FAQ on the official pSX forum.

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    Re: How do you save games in psX emulator?

    Quote Originally Posted by TWO View Post
    On quitting the program then going to load, there is no save file there.
    Sounds to me like pSX can't save the card file, possibly due to incorrect permissions (like pSX can't write to the folder where you are trying to save your card).

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    Re: How do you save games in psX emulator?

    Well, first things first, dfreer - it's quite possible that the reason is as I outlined, and that's the easiest one to check. pSX now puts memory cards, quick saves etc in ~/.pSX by default, so hopefully that should obviate permissions problems.

    FWIW I always format new memory cards in the editor anyway - better safe than sorry!

    @TWO: what game(s) are you having this problem with - and how did you create your memory card(s)?

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    Re: How do you save games in psX emulator?

    Quote Originally Posted by acoustibop View Post
    @TWO: what game(s) are you having this problem with - and how did you create your memory card(s)?
    I'm currently playing Final Fantasy VII.
    Truth be known, I assumed that all there was to it was to assign a folder as the memory card in the frontend menu. Is there something else that I need to download for the program to treat the file as a memory card?

    This is the first emulator that I've used so I'm not quite sure what to expect...

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    Re: How do you save games in psX emulator?

    No, you need to create memory cards in your selected folder, TWO. Go to File -> Configuration -> Memory cards and type the names of the cards you want to create in slots 1 & 2. Then click OK. This will create the cards; then it's best, as I said before, to open them in the memory card editor to format them.

    You can create as many memory cards as you like. I generally create two for each game I'm playing, and put them in a subfolder for each game - keeps things tidy.

    You can use Ultima's pSX Frontend to set the appropriate cards, as well as pretty much all the settings you might want to change on a per game basis, for each game you play.
    Last edited by acoustibop; January 2nd, 2008 at 08:29 PM.

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    Re: How do you save games in psX emulator?

    try with f6, f7, f8, then you can load game by pressing f1, f2, f3

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    Re: How do you save games in psX emulator?

    That's quick saving, or save states, not memory card saving, b4d, and it's a bad idea to depend on them.

    Emulating a game tends to produce errors over time. Normally, when you save your game to a memory card, this will strip away any errors, because a memory card save is not a 'snapshot' of the game, it's just a record of the parameters of the game at that point. Reloading a game from a memory card save is like starting the game anew, but with a set set of parameters that puts you back in the game at the point where you saved.

    A save state (or quick save), however, is a 'snapshot' of the game at that point, and includes any errors that may have occurred. So when you reload the save state, you reload the errors, and they will continue to accumulate until the game becomes unplayable. This, apparently will also happen on a console, but you'd usually have to have a pretty mammoth playing session to see it, as there are no save states - in order to save, you have to save to a memory card,

    The solution to this in an emulator should be to save to a memory card, which should remove the errors - but, unfortunately, it seems that one of the first things to be affected by the accumulation of errors is saving. So, by the time your game starts becoming unstable enough to notice, it's often well past the point where you can save any more.

    It's fine to use save states during a game session, but I'd say it's a good idea always to end the session with a memory card save, and to start the next session by reloading from that save.

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    Re: How do you save games in psX emulator?

    Quote Originally Posted by acoustibop View Post
    No, you need to create memory cards in your selected folder, TWO. Go to File -> Configuration -> Memory cards and type the names of the cards you want to create in slots 1 & 2. Then click OK. This will create the cards; then it's best, as I said before, to open them in the memory card editor to format them.

    You can create as many memory cards as you like. I generally create two for each game I'm playing, and put them in a subfolder for each game - keeps things tidy.

    You can use Ultima's pSX Frontend to set the appropriate cards, as well as pretty much all the settings you might want to change on a per game basis, for each game you play.
    OK. I have name one of the memory card slots. Should something now appear in the folder allocated for memory cards because it hasn't. Also, where is the option for formatting the memory card (?) because I don't see any.

    I already had the frontend that you mentioned.

    Thanks in advance
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    Re: How do you save games in psX emulator?

    If you typed a name in the memory card slot and clicked OK and OK, that should have created a card, TWO. If it hasn't, it suggests you have permission problems, as dfreer suggested. Have you checked the permissions on your pSX folder? And where is the folder - how did you install pSX?

    Formatting the card is easy, but (obviously) won't work if you don't have a memory card. Just set the card in a slot and, instead of starting a game, just let the emulator run to the BIOS screen - that's the one that shows the options of the memory card editor and the CD player. Select the memory card editor, then, after it opens, close it again. That will format the card. Don't forget you have to have your controller Type set to 'SCPH-1010: Normal pad,' or you won't get a cursor on the BIOS screen and so won't be able to open the editor.

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