|May 3, 2012, 03:47 AM||#1|
PSX Emulator for OS X 10.7?
Anyone know where to find a PSX Emulator for OS X 10.7? The only ones I've found are at least 6 or 7 years old and wont run on Lion. Please help me as I want to play Final Fantasy VII and this seems like the best way without having to run bootcamp.
|May 16, 2012, 02:18 AM||#2|
PSX Emulator for 10.7
I know this post is long, but it's only cause I'm going to be very specific to avoid any confusion. The whole process should take less time then I'm going to spend explaining it
1) Download the emulator here (Look towards the bottom of the list for the latest release of PCSX). It will need to be decompressed twice, and you will most likely need The Unarchiver from the Mac App Store to do so... it's free though.
2) Download BIOS files here.
3) Drag the emulator to you applications folder, then run it. It will have some notice pop up, but just click "okay" (or whatever it says). Then quit the application.
4) Decompress the BIOS files.
5) Click on Finder, and at the top menu bar, click "Go". Now, hold the "Option" key on your keyboard, and you will notice "Library" magically appears in the middle of the list... click it.
6) In that new window, open "Application Support", and towards the bottom open "Pcsxr". Now drag that "BIOS" folder you just extracted into there. A little warning will pop up, just click "Replace".
7) Download games. I really like romhustler.net for my ROM's... Here are the links for Finally Fantasy VII (it's a 3-disc game since it's so big)
1 of 3
2 of 3
3 of 3
8) Extract the RAR files... And that game folder that extracts from it, I would personally put into another folder called "PSX ROMs" and move it to my Documents folder, just to be organized... But you can put them wherever you want. But one thing here is very important, DON'T mess around with the files (labeled .bin, .mds, & .cue) inside your game folder. Just keep them in there and don't add any other game files to that folder (Keep one game per folder).
EDIT: Sometimes the ROMs downloaded are in .ecm format, which PCSXR will not read... You can download this app called ECM in the App Store so you can convert your .ecm's into a readable .img/.bin format. And once that's done, you can delete the original .ecm file.
9) Run your PSX emulator once again, go to File>Preferences, then click Plugins at the top. Under "Controller" click Configure. Click any selection, then hit Backspace to clear it. Then double-tap that selection again, and click the key on your keyboard that you want that button associated with, and then go on to the next selection. Click Okay at the bottom when you're done. Here are the optimal settings in my opinion:
Up - "W" Key
Down - "S"
Left - "A"
Right - "D"
Cross - Down button
Circle - Right button
Square - Left button
Triangle - Up button
L1 - "?" Key
R1 - "Shift"
L2 - " <-- The the quotation key
R2 - "Enter"
Select - "O"
Start - "P"
10) Click "File" at the top menu bar, then "RUN ISO". Then locate the game folder, and open whichever icon it lets you click (Most of the time, it will be a .img file, but .cue and .bin have worked for me in the past... it's just trial and error). Some games open instantly, some take up to 10 seconds to show anything. So just be patient
11) And there you have it!!
I suggest buying something like this. It will make playing games so much easier. I would personally get this exact one because 1) it's the cheapest out there, and 2) because you would need a WIRED controller because of connectivity issues. Your Mac should recognize the controller just fine. But you need to have it plugged into your computer BEFORE you run the emulator; at which point you could go through recalibrating the buttons for your controller (as you did for your keyboard) so you can play your games just like you did 15 years ago
Also, if the sound is messed up and echoey (like it was on mine), go to Preferences>Plugins, under "Sound" click Configure. Slide the "Reverb" slider to the left to turn it off. That helped me... I don't even know why it was on...
One more thing... I found this program to be a little buggy after already playing one ROM, so to prevent this, just quit the app after every game you play... even if you want to immediately start playing another game, just start the whole app over.
Everyone: let me know your successes, any issues you run into, or even suggest ways to make any part of this tutorial simpler. Thanks!!
Last edited by macmaverickk; May 21, 2012 at 09:01 PM.
|Oct 14, 2012, 12:54 PM||#3|
first of all, i'd like you say thank you for helping me revive my childhood its been awesome so far. but i've recently downloaded new roms and they're in .bin format which the pscxr won't open (its grayed out). Any idea how to solve this problem?
thank you very much sir!
|Jan 9, 2013, 05:47 AM||#5|
I used to mess about with PSX emulation on my Mac, but soon realised it was just as easy to get hold of a secondhand PS1 and games etc.
Mac Pro 2.66 Ghz Quad-Core Intel Xeon 6 GB RAM 24inch ACD Snow Leopard 10.6.8/Mountain Lion 10.8.3/XFX Radeon HD 6870, HD-687A-ZDFC-20inch Alu iMac Snow Leopard 10.6.8
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