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    Kubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat

    Install ePSXe Playstation Emulator (Version 2)

    This is a guide to install the freeware Playstation 1 emulator ePSXe in Ubuntu. It is an updated replacement for this guide, which is based on this guide.

    ePSXe is made for x86 only. If you use powerpc it probably won't work. You might want to try another emulator instead, for example PCSX (Guide) or pSX (Guide) which is in the repository.

    Legal note: The installation and use of this emulator requires a Sony Playstation BIOS file. You may not use such a file to play games in a PSX emulator if you do not own a Sony Playstation, Sony PSOne or Sony Playstation 2 console. Owning the BIOS image without owning the actual console is a violation of copyright law. You have been warned. Do NOT ask in this thread, or message me, where to find the BIOS file or game images. Any such messages will be ignored and possibly reported.

    Note: This guide is provided as is. I have not personally tested Feisty or other earlier versions of Ubuntu, so your mileage may vary. Although there are no issues caused by this guide that I know of, use at your own risk.

    Common changes:
    sudo aptitude install unzip
    cd ~
    mkdir ePSXe_install
    cd ePSXe_install
    sudo dpkg -i getlibs-all.deb
    export EPSXE='/usr/local/games/epsxe'
    sudo mkdir $EPSXE
    sudo unzip -d $EPSXE
    sudo tar xfz gpupetemesagl176.tar.gz -C $EPSXE/plugins/
    sudo tar xfz gpupetexgl208.tar.gz -C $EPSXE/plugins/
    sudo tar xfz gpupeopssoftx117.tar.gz -C $EPSXE/plugins/
    sudo tar xfz gpupeopssoftsdl116.tar.gz -C $EPSXE/plugins/
    sudo tar xfz spupeopsoss-alsa109.tar.gz -C $EPSXE/plugins/
    sudo tar xfz spupetenull101.tar.gz -C $EPSXE/plugins/
    sudo tar xfz omnijoy-1.0.0-bin32.tar.gz -C $EPSXE/plugins/
    sudo tar xfz padJoy082.tgz -C $EPSXE/plugins/
    cd $EPSXE/plugins/
    sudo mv padJoy/bin/* . 
    sudo rm -rf padJoy
    sudo mv cfg* ../cfg/
    sudo mv *.cfg ../cfg/
    sudo chmod 666 ../cfg/*.cfg
    cd $EPSXE
    sudo chmod 777 cfg sstates snap memcards
    sudo touch memcards/epsxe000.mcr memcards/epsxe001.mcr .epsxerc
    sudo chmod 666 memcards/*
    sudo chmod 666 .epsxerc
    (note, "upx-ucl-beta" may be "upx-ucl" on Hardy)
    sudo aptitude install upx-ucl-beta
    cd $EPSXE
    sudo cp epsxe epsxe_bak
    sudo upx -d epsxe
    sudo getlibs $EPSXE/epsxe
    cd ~
    rm -rf ePSXe_install
    Create a shell script that will start ePSXe:
    sudo gedit /usr/local/bin/epsxe
    and paste this:
    export EPSXE='/usr/local/games/epsxe'
    cd $EPSXE
    ./epsxe $*
    chmod 666 $EPSXE/cfg/*.cfg $EPSXE/sstates/* $EPSXE/memcards/*.mcr $EPSXE/snap/* 2>/dev/null
    Save/Close, and change permissions for the new file:
    sudo chmod 755 /usr/local/bin/epsxe
    You can now start by typing "epsxe" in the terminal (without "").

    • In the menu, open "Config -> BIOS", and set it to /usr/local/games/epsxe/bios/SCPH1001.BIN, click OK. (You must find and obtain ths file yourself. Once you have a copy of it, put it in /usr/local/games/epsxe/bios/)
    • Open "Config -> Video", and select either "Pete's MesaGL Driver 1.76", "Pete's XGL2 Driver 2.8" or "P.E.Op.S. Softx Driver 1.17". Click configure, then OK to write a config file. Verify that it is working by clicking the Test button, then OK. (Which one you use depends on your computer.)
    • In "Config -> Sound" select "P.E.Op.S. OSS Audio Driver", "P.E.Op.S. ALSA Audio Driver" or "Eternal SPU Plugin", Configure, then OK. Verify that it is working by clicking the Test button, then OK. (The "NULL" driver are for those few games that just don't seem to work with sound. Or if you have a slow computer, and figure you don't care for the sound.)
    • In Config -> CDROM, set the path to your CD/DVD-ROM. In most cases it should be /dev/cdrom but in my case /dev/hdc. You can check your path by typing "mount |grep cd" in a console.
    • In Config -> Game Pad -> Pad 1 menu, you can set up the controls with the keyboard. If you have a real controller, use the "Config -> Ext. Game Pad" option, and pick either omnipad or padjoy, click configre, and set your buttons where you want them.

    Useful Links
    Original Thread
    Another How-To
    Petes Home Page
    Petes Forum
    NightCrawler03Xs How-To/Installer (Handy little installer that does most of the work for you. Read the script, and it was safe as of the reading. You will still need to do the "upx -d" fix if you are using Gutsy.)
    getlibs A really cool script that may removed about 45 lines from this how-to.
    Last edited by Felson; October 4th, 2009 at 08:37 PM.


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