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About pSX

This tutorial is to help you with pSX for Windows. It is a PlayStation 1 emulator which works to its summit capability right out of the box. That's great for people who don't want to bother with ePSXe's plug in system. You can play games via the CD-ROM or through ISO. PSX was abandoned in 2007. It's still a good emulator, however.

In the event you use pSX?

With all the emulator offerings as of 2020, should you utilize pSX? Well, probably not. It is PlayStation 1 emulation is superb. It doesn't use a plugin , so you don't have to bother using plugins to set up everything like you need to perform with ePSXe. In addition, it can correct 3D gittery.

However, what pSX has to provide is friendliness with older, slower computers. In case you have an older computer, RetroArch might not run. EPSXe could run better on older computers if you tweak the plugins to get non functionality, but pSX is ready for old computers directly out of the box.

BIOS setup

The PlayStation 1 BIOS is required in order to boot up matches. This is another download after you have downloaded pSX. Below you can download this BIOS.

PlayStation 1 BIOS (236 KB). Download by right-clicking the download link and proceed to Save Link As. After saving, rename the"_ip" file extension to"zip". If you do not find the file expansion, consider showing them.

Here Is What to do after you download the BIOS:

  • Extract the BIOS out of its zip file.
  • Open pSX.
  •  Select the"Scph1001.bin" BIOS file, then click Open.
  • Click on OK. Then close pSX. The next time you start pSX, it will be ready for you just load a game.

Installation

PSX is a standalone application so that it does not have an installation wizard. Setup is easy: just extract pSX out of its zip file. Not certain how to extract zip files? Here is a video tutorial showing you how: how to unzip files on Windows.

IMPORTANT! PSX must be placed in a frequent folder on your PC. I recommend Documents, Downloads, or make a folder on your desktop computer. If you place pSX somewhere else on your main C drive, then you could be limiting it to read-only access. This prevents pSX from saving anything.

To start pSX, double-click

Q: I receive a missing d3dx9_26.dll mistake!

Upon opening pSX for the very first time, you may encounter a"Missing d3dx9_26. Dll" error. This is an helping file for movie capabilities with DirectX. I have this file for downloading right below.

d3dx9_26.dll Install Wizard (14.7 MB)

Installing it is quick and simple:

  • Extract all the contents of the zip file and also double-click on DXSETUP.EXE to open the setup.
  •  That is it!
  • Setting up the keyboard or gamepad
  • Proceed to File > Setup.
  • At the Configuration window, click the Controllers tab.

You'll arrive in the display shown above. Click the button that you want to reconfigure, then press the keyboard key or gamepad button you want to change it .

Repeat the procedure to reconfigure all of the buttons you would like to change. Click OK when you are done.

You setup the BIOS, right?

Downloaded PlayStation 1 ISOs normally come in a ZIP, RAR, 7Z, or ECM file. The first step would be to extract it. To extract a RAR or 7Z file you can use 7-Zip (it is free). To extract an ECM record watch this video.

Employing 7-Zip is simple.

When the ISO is extracted, now take notice of this document format of the ISO. If your ISO isn't in one of these formats, then you need to download the game out of somewhere else to get it in a supported format.

Next, we need to setup the memory card so that you can save. You only need to do this once - you do not have to make a new memory card per game. Go to File > Setup and click on the Memory Cards tab.

  • You'll arrive in the screen below. Type a name to the memory card. Any title.
  • Click OK when you're done.
  • Finally, we could load an ISO. Go to Document > Insert CD picture.

You will arrive at the Open window. By default, pSX opens its"cdimages" folder. If you didn't set your PlayStation 1 ISOs there, browse to the folder in your computer where you own them. Click your ISO file, then click on Open - shown here. That is it! The game will not load immediately; give it a moment.

Q: I receive a"No .cue file found" error!

Upon loading an ISO in BIN format, you may Find the following error:

  • No .cue file found! Can attempt to figure format assuming single track
  • Now, the game may or may not play. If it doesn't play, then you would want to try downloading a BIN from elsewhere comprising a CUE sheet.

Loading a PSX game CD

You setup the playstation bios, right? In case you haven't already, do this first.

  • To begin with we need to set up the memory card so that you can save. You only need to do this once - you do not have to make a new memory card each game. Go to File > Configuration and then click on the Memory Cards tab.
  • You will arrive in the display below. Type a title for the memory card. Any name.
  • Click OK when you're done.
  • We can load your PlayStation 1 match CD. Insert it in your computer's CD drive, even in case you have not already. Give it a moment for Windows to detect it.
  •  This will fill your game CD. The game won't load immediately; give it a moment.

Warning!! Pressing the ESC key closes pSX! This is dangerously confusing because most video game emulators exit fullscreen mode when you press ESC. From habit, you might accidentally close pSX and instantly lose all of your game progress.

Fortunately, you can reconfigure the default keys for attributes in pSX. Here's how:

  • Go to File > Setup.

Full screen

Only press Alt+Enter to deliver pSX to full screen. Then press Alt+Enter again to bring it back to window mode. Take note of the above - pressing ESC while in fullscreen mode closes pSX!

CD swapping for multiple-CD matches

You do not need to do anything special. At the stage when the game asks you to insert another CD, load it the same way you would load the next game.

It's possible that pSX may return a blank screen when you attempt to swap discs. Give it a few minutes until you determine that there may be a problem. PSX might even return an unhandled exception error. If you're having too much trouble, look at switching into ePSXe.

Ripping your own PSX game CD into ISO

These days we have 1 TB hard drives, portable devices, and notebooks without a CD-ROM drive. All such apparatus are reasons that you rip your PlayStation 1 matches (should you refuse to download them by a ROM website ). PSX games also operate better & faster via ISO, as opposed to playing them via a CD-ROM drive. The following directions will show you how to rip your game CD.
Especially, it'll be torn into"BIN/CUE". It is a common type of ISO format.

Download & install ImgBurn (it's free). It is possible to download ImgBurn from the ImgBurn homepage.

*If you've got an anti-virus such as AVG, it may flag ImgBurn for comprising adware. Do not panic - it does not contain adware! This warning is false. All ImgBurn does will show you advertisements during the install wizard (which is why AVG falsely flags it). ImgBurn is 100% secure.

Upon launching ImgBurn, click Generate image file from disk, as revealed here.

Be sure the proper source drive is put in"Source", then click on the Read icon - as exhibited here.

That's it! Ripping your game CD will require maybe 20-30 minutes. By default, ImgBurn will toss the BIN file (the ISO) in Documents.

Save states

Save states is a feature that saves the specific spot you're in any sport. You can use this feature manually by going in the Run menu or by fast keyboard shortcuts.

  • Obtaining a country: To capture a rescue country go to File > Save country. Enter a title for the save and click on Save. Or press the Enter key right after you type a name.
  • Loading a country To load a country you previously stored, go to File > Load state. Select the save you wish to load and click Load.
  • Professional tip: If you're playing a game that has in-game economy (such as an RPG) I recommend that you use both save in-game and states saving to save your games.
  • Memory card: copying/moving/deleting saves

To manage your memory card and also copy/move/delete saves are the same exact way as you can on the real thing. The following instructions will guide you to the memory card management display.

  • Open pSX. If you set up the BIOS, then pSX will enter the BIOS display . It is the first thing it does each single time you open it.
  • At the BIOS main screen, choose Memory Card.
  • Now you're in the memory card management display:
  •  You would do so precisely as you would on the actual PlayStation 1 system.

Finding PSX ISOs

In my links page, I have some excellent links to websites where you are able to download PlayStation 1 ISOs. If you want to try to find more websites than what's in my collection of links, just Google around. For instance, if you want to download Final Fantasy VII only Google"download final fantasy vii psx".

Q: Can I transfer my memory card document to another PSX emulator?

Unfortunately, no. PSX doesn't utilize the MCR format for memory card documents, that's the format which other PSX emulators utilize. And pSX save nations definitely can not be moved since save countries are almost always exclusive to the emulator it came from.

Q: pSX isn't saving anything!

If you are using pSX for the first time and you're discovering that you have these problems:

Save states are not working. You save a country, then once you attempt to reload it nothing happens.

Plug-in configurations which you changed aren't saved. When you close/re-open pSX, you have to make those configuration changes again.

Then the problem is that you currently have pSX in a read-only location in your computer. You have to move pSX into some more common location such as Documents, Downloads, or a folder on your desktop.

Q: pSX gives me'unhandled exception' error!

PSX may provide you this error:

  • Unhandled exception.
  • This can be pSX's catch-all error so it might mean any number of issues. I will tell you is that the issue is the most likely video associated.
  •  Then attempt pSX again.
  • It's possible your BIOS is faulty. Try downloading the BIOS available in my emulators page.

Ensure that your video card has the latest drivers. Sort the model of your video card Google, followed closely by"drivers" to see them. After installing your latest drivers, then restart your pc and attempt pSX again.

It wouldn't hurt to also install DirectX.

In case none of the above troubleshooting steps helped solve the'Unhandled exception' error, then I would assume that pSX isn't totally compatible with your PC. I suppose try using ePSXe instead.