PCSX Playstation Emulator Help!!

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by gdcrowImportant, Feb 5, 2009.

  1. gdcrowImportant macrumors newbie

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    Hey all,

    I've already read a couple threads on how exactly to set up my PCSX, ps1 emulator and I have to admit it's all very confusing.

    My original goal was to be able to play the old school Yu-Gi-Oh forbidden memories straight from my macbook, as my old playstation as well as most of the games have been donated to another family. I've dealt with GBA and N64 emulators before without much trouble, but PCSX just cannot do it for me. I've found several posts concerning BIOS's and such and I have to admit i'm very lost. Also, the Yu-Gi-Oh ROM I downloaded, is a .BIN file and I have no earthly clue how to use it.

    Basically, if anyone has been able to run this game on leopard, or knows how, a step by step process would be much appreciated, thanks!
     
  2. stainlessliquid macrumors 68000

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    Disc based games arent "roms", a bin/iso is a copy of the disc that can be burned, unlike an iso a bin needs to have a .cue file with it (the cue file is simply a small file with text in it that directs the application to the bin file and tells it other information about the type of disc it is, its easy to make your own cue file if you dont have one).
     
  3. gdcrowImportant thread starter macrumors newbie

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    That being said, the purpose of them emulator is to allow me to play PS1 games directly from the hard drive, so I suppose a better question would be how to convert a .BIN file to a playable game from the hard drive.
     
  4. aznguyen316 macrumors 68020

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    there might be a .bin to .iso converter, iso is what you prob want.
     
  5. gdcrowImportant thread starter macrumors newbie

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    ok i'll give that a shot, now all I need to do is figure out how to get the proper BIOS installed.
     
  6. stainlessliquid macrumors 68000

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    you need the cue file and likely the emulator supports bin files fine if you have the cue
     
  7. gdcrowImportant thread starter macrumors newbie

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    If I was only that tech savvy. I guess what I'm really looking for guys is someone that owns the emulator and hopefully the game also, who could step me through exactly how to set everything up because these bits and pieces aren't helping me. If there is anyone out there who runs PCSX and knows what they did to get it up and running I would really appreciate it.
     
  8. aznguyen316 macrumors 68020

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    I ran a PSX emulator on windows not too long ago and you gotta find a bios but it is illegal to supply information on that and load it into the emulator, I didn't use that emulator but they all are basically the same. and then depending if your emulator supports .bin .cue then load up the .cue where the .bin file is too OR if not then at least it prob supports .iso where you just point and click and open. that's it! so if you can't figure that out I say don't bother lol you should really know what you're using and if you don't know what your emulator supports you shouldn't be downloading it.

    if you have the .cue file you can always use burning software to burn it onto a CD and then just tell the emulator to read from your cd drive. those are basically all the options you have. good luck
     
  9. ts599 macrumors newbie

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    okay so i downloaded the emulator and a game. and i have a data.bin.ecm file. would that be the same as the .bin file you guys are reffering to?
     
  10. Hansr macrumors 6502a

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    This is not a forum for discussing piracy.
     
  11. Tonepoet, Feb 13, 2011
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    How would you know if it's piracy or not? PSX games are available in the standardized optical disc form factor which not only makes them subject to first sale doctrine but also makes them readable by most computers. Emulation of PS1 games can be technically legal, as tested in a court of law one year after the DMCA was passed. (Which I'm guessing is possible because the PS1 technically has no DRM to break.) Every Apple fan should know this much, since Connectix is a vital part of our Macintosh heritage with Conflict Catcher 'n all and the emulator in question was covered by both Times and Macworld Magazines. Just to show it's not an isolated incident the same ruling occured in a similar case Sony had against Bleem. Sure, both companies were in no great fiscal shape afterwords since lawsuits are expensive but in the end they won the case, which is what sets the legal precedent that makes it lawful.

    If you could find an old copy of the two aforementioned programs, they might have a reverse engineered version of the file you seek. Even if you're fortunate enough to find a copy though, good luck extracting it from the CD, as both programs are rather quite are dated the PSX itself now. Virtual Game Station only runs on the classic Mac O.S.
     
  12. Hansr macrumors 6502a

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    This has nothing to do with the legality of emulation. I used to run one of the most popular sites dedicated to psx emulation on the Mac so that's not something I'd ever call illegal.

    But downloading .ecm ripped games is not legal wheras ripping your own discs is.
     
  13. Tonepoet, Feb 13, 2011
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    Tonepoet macrumors regular

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    Ah right, sorry 'bout jumpin' to conclusions there. I kinda missed that he downloaded the game too and I'm just so used to seeing all sorts of misinformation on the subject of emulation. Every time I see a site that makes the claim that you have the right to a 24 hour demo, it makes me want to, want to cry and the misinformation often works both ways too. I'm sure you've seen how it goes several times yourself since you ran an emulation oriented site.

    At any rate Hansr's right, personally made backups are pretty much the only way to legally emulate anything unless your copy is directly authorized by the original rights holder, with potentially hefty penalties for illegal downloading if you get caught in the act of infringement, and yes, you can get caught when illegally downloading files. I'd recommend secure erasing the game file and searching for a second hand copy in online stores if I were you ts599...
     

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