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09 October 2006 @ 08:46 pm
PS2 emulator test report for those who are interested  
Okie.... Finished testing the Maihitoyo game on PS2 emulator PCSX2.

Firstly, emulators perform differenently on different computers, so here is my system configuration.

CPU: P4 2.66GHz
RAM: 768 MB (I haven't got around to replace the second piece of RAM yet XD)
Graphic card: Radeon9200SE 128RAM (yeah yeah i know it's weak...)

Now about Maihitoyo:

It will load on the emulator... but it didn't work properly enough.

The start up screen, the whole game window shakes a bit, like it's on a moving bus... = =

The background music wasn't working properly, so as instructed, I turned the BGM off. Voices and effect sounds are OK though.

I turned BGM off (and turned up voices volumes... just my personal habit as a seiyuu fan XD)

I made a patch file according to kmarcello 's instructions. The patch is to makes the emulator skip movie files.

But the Maihitoyo game starts with a short movie scene, where Akane saw someone dancing in the rain. (I played on my PS2 for 10 mins to see what it was like.) So when emulator is used, the game starts at where the scene finishes. (I tried to not use that patch and let CG load, it'd just load very slowly and eventually froze at a certain stage...)

Akane says: For a bit, I saw someone dancing in the rain...

Changed scene. The black edges are not displayed properly.

This is where my game got stuck... after this short effect scene, Sefuru is supposed to call out an monster... but it stayed there for 2-3 minutes and not going anywhere... till I gave up. >.< After this there's supposed to be a fight, so I wasn't able to test if the fighting system would work or not.

If that's not bad enough, on the second try I found out, when I press the tiangle button -- that's supposed to call out the menu including "Save & Load", the screen doesn't display. :P Saving using PCSX2's own saving function will simply freeze the program. =\

So with that said, I wouldn't recommend playing Maihitoyo on PCSX2 0.9.1 at this moment. If you dont have a PS2, then maybe wait for a further release of PCSX2, in the next release 0.9.2, it's said most of the BGM problem will be solved. ^^

Then again, if you have an uber computer with dual-core processor and good graphic card and everything... maybe it'd work a lot better for you...

Here's the config I used, some of the plugins I couldn't use, probably because of my crappy graphic card. This is one combination that worked for me. BIOS I used the Japan 1000 one, DVD-rom has to set with the correct volumn label.

PS: I tried Sengoku Musou which's supposed to be working (listed on the official website), but it freeze at the 3rd CG scene. XD;
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Hopehopexd on October 10th, 2006 11:11 am (UTC)
Yes it worked on my PS2... I've only played 10 minutes to test, but it seems to be working well.

Meh I'm no computer wiz... just played way too many games on it. XD;;
claudine: Asagiclaudine on October 10th, 2006 02:16 am (UTC)
Thanks for the guide thingy! T_T *stabs PCSX* Hurry up yo... I can't wait to play Maihitoyo XDDD. I'll try it and see if my own works... supposedly this computer is "good" but we'll see how it goes. >_>

Do we have to download extra plugins?
Hopehopexd on October 10th, 2006 11:09 am (UTC)
Not mandatory, but wouldn't hurt...

The only thing absolutely required is the BIOS file and the patch to skip videos.
claudine: Got toastclaudine on October 10th, 2006 03:36 am (UTC)
Ergh sorry for the many comments... But to run the game do you click on File tab, and then CD, or the Run tab? >_>
Hope: luvahopexd on October 10th, 2006 11:06 am (UTC)
That's what I used.

If you are using the same configuration as I screen captured above, then make sure you set the CD-ROM drive letter correctly. I used a virtual CD drive (DAEMON or Alcohol should both work) to load the DVD image file, the label for the virtual CD in my computer is J:, so in the PCSX2 DVD drive config, I have to put down J: there.
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Hopehopexd on October 25th, 2006 03:25 pm (UTC)
Oh sorry for replying late~~ The BIOS should be in the .bin format, and put under the BIOS folder...

You are using the one called "SCPH10000" right? That one should work best out of all other BIOS.

If you have it there, then in the config menu (http://pics.livejournal.com/hopexd/pic/000062e6) you should see Japan V1.00 in the dropdown menu under "bios".

Emulators are tricky things, it does take a lot of trial & error to get one up and running... >.
Sawa Yukihito: Guenterkmarcello on October 10th, 2006 06:58 am (UTC)
Heh? I got a reply in the email, but I dont' see it here... Oh, well, just wanted to ask you so you don't have a modded PS2? Yet you can play this ROM? Oh, nice. So if it's a copied ROM, there's no region code issue? That's good to know... ^O^

I'll try Maihitoyo on my bf's newly bought super computer--when it arrives later this month. If that doesn't have the power, then we can just all give up. XD
Hopehopexd on October 10th, 2006 11:01 am (UTC)
Er... My PS2 is of course modded! XD
~nizu~: stagenizlaili on October 25th, 2006 11:38 am (UTC)
Hiya~! Sorry for hijacking your LJ like this but someone's just uploaded another rare Seki song (Miss Mystery from the Everybody's Christmas album) on the Seki comm, just in case you don't have it yet~ ♥ ♥ ♥
Hopehopexd on October 25th, 2006 03:28 pm (UTC)
Thanks! XD

The IT system changed at my workplace and they are monitoring network access more closely now, so I haven't been brave enough to sneak onto LJ at work recently... ;_;

But woow a seki song, that one i can't miss! XD
~nizu~: isaiyukinizlaili on October 26th, 2006 01:44 pm (UTC)
And another one (!!!!!!!) called 'You & I' but I think the uploader's F-locked the post-if you don't have it just let me know I can email it to you. ^^
Hope: fujihopexd on October 26th, 2006 02:07 pm (UTC)
Hehe thanks! I thought I may as well join it. XD I dont have a lot of time to read LJ anymore, but i guess i wouldn't mind another Seki community XD
~nizu~nizlaili on October 26th, 2006 02:09 pm (UTC)
There are other Seki comms????? Oh you mean non-English comms... T_T
Hopehopexd on October 27th, 2006 11:39 am (UTC)
Actually I meant Singing_seiyuu.... to me that's like a Seki comm filled with Seki love~~~ Not that I'm complaining~~ X3
~nizu~: chibi luvanizlaili on November 3rd, 2006 12:15 pm (UTC)
You are a GODDESS. That was the most wonderful gift ever; thanks to you and Soubi-chan. Thank you, for EVERYTHING.

And ummm...I've been meaning to ask you for the longest time but was just too shy...do you mind if I add you as a friend? ^^'
Hope: luvahopexd on November 3rd, 2006 02:23 pm (UTC)
Let's do so! ^_^ (I would have thought you were on my friend list already. Atashi no baka~ >.<)

Btw, I upped the audio track of the seki monologue for your mp3 collection:

I hope you haven't heard the track before, or don't already have any of the system sound files... XD;
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Hopehopexd on January 11th, 2007 05:12 am (UTC)
Re: Hello hello~!
Awww *hugs back* you are so sweet ^^

It's just my online gaming world got busy... XD

Happy birthday! ^_^
Deb: seki_cupduo_rei on February 6th, 2007 05:02 am (UTC)
hopexd-san konichiwa >/////<
sorry i'm a bit late asking for friending request orz
hope you will see this comment and won't mind > <"


gosh i so want to play haruka game on real ps2 > <
Hopehopexd on February 8th, 2007 10:52 am (UTC)
Definitely! ^^ Just friended~ *hugz*

I'm very lazy in updating LJ though... >.<"