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Need help with my PCSX2 (Especially SMT)
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I just started using PCSX2 to play Shin Megami Tensei games (all 7 of them from PS2) but I faced some problems. I will post my problems and computer settings here I hope professional PCSX2 users can help me. Thanks.





Problems:

1. Graphic Glitches on Persona 3 and Persona 4

2. Slow down on game speed
I. Cutscenes - 100% speed is written but they are actually laggy (Including the sound, I can't hear them well)
II. Walking/menu - 60% speed
III. Battle/talking - 40% speed

(I opened my taskbar manager to check my CPU usage and PCSX2 usually cost me 66% CPU usage and 88% during battle.)





PCSX2 settings:

PCSX2 version: PCSX2 0.9.6

Graphics: GSDx 890 (MSVC 15.00, SSE2) 0.1.14 (Windowed resolution, Direct3D 10 (Hardware) renderer, native resolution, turned on texture filtering and turned off wait vsync)

Sound: SPU2-X 1.1.0 (Default settings)

Controller: Lilypad 0.9.9 (Default settings)

Cdvdrom: Linuz Iso CDVD 0.8.0 (I play iso files in my computer ripped from real PS2 DVDs) (Compression method: .Z - compress faster) (Disabled block dump)

Dev9: DEV9null Driver 0.3.0 (Default settings)

Usb: USBnull Driver 0.5.0 (Default settings)

Firewire: FWnull Driver 0.4.0 (Default settings)

Bios: Europe v02.00(14/06/2004) Console

Memcards: Default settings

CPU:
I. Turned on EERec, VU recompilers (VU0rec and VU1rec), Multithreaded GS mode (MTGS)
II. Frame limiting: Limit
II: Detailed settings: Default

Patches and Gamefixes: No specific patches and gamefixes for SMT games

Speedhack:
I. Turned on x3 Cycle Rate
II. Turned on INTC Sync Hack
III. Turned on IOP x2 Cycle Rate
IV. Turned on WaitCycles Sync Hack
V. Turned off Escape Hack

Advanced:
(Both EE Recs and VU Recs options)
I. Round Mode: Chop/ Zero
II. Clamp Mode: None
III. Turned on Flush to Zero and Denormals are Normal





Computer Settings:

Operating system: Windows Vista Home Basic with DirectX 10.1
RAM: 1GB
Processer: Intel® Pentium ® D CPU 3.00GHz (3.00GHz Pentium D)
Graphic card: NVIDIA GeForce 8400 GS





I need answers on:

1. I heard increasing RAM (I have 1GB RAM) won't help speed up my PCSX2. Is this true?

2. Do I have to change my PCSX2 settings (I actually think I already try my best here ^^) or download some new components to speed up my PCSX2? (I have a default PCSX2 0.9.6)

3. Do I need to upgrade any of my computer components? (Processer/graphic card/RAM/operating system)

4. Does enable block dump on Linuz Iso CDVD 0.8.0 increase my game speed? (I turned it off)

5. How do I fixed the graphical glitches on Persona 3 and Persona 4?

This might take some time but I hope someone can help me. Thanks a lot. Little and big help are both appreciated. ^^
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1. Probably not,but 1GB ram for Vista is really low,maybe it will
2. Get the latest beta,and use the new speed hacks there. The slow even with 100% fps bug is probably caused by the EE/Rec cycle x3 hack you have on
3. Your CPU is pretty weak,your GPU is average to weak. The most fps increase would come from a CPU upgrade
4. No,read the guide to find out what it does
5. The latest beta should fix that
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(07-11-2009, 02:44 PM)Bositman Wrote: 1. Probably not,but 1GB ram for Vista is really low,maybe it will
2. Get the latest beta,and use the new speed hacks there. The slow even with 100% fps bug is probably caused by the EE/Rec cycle x3 hack you have on
3. Your CPU is pretty weak,your GPU is average to weak. The most fps increase would come from a CPU upgrade
4. No,read the guide to find out what it does
5. The latest beta should fix that

Thank you so much for helping! ^^ But by the newest beta, do you mean PCSX2 Beta 1474? Do I need to install the extra plug-in too?
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Yes that's the one i mean and you'll need the new plugins (mainly GSdx) to get rid of the P3/P4 bugs
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I found out that I can compress my iso file using the Linuz Iso CDVD. Will the game run faster if I compress the iso file?
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#6
No,again read the configuration guide...
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8400gs is haunting me now lol.. anywhos... an 8600GT will do you good, the 8400 has some bad limits on resolution, native isn't liked by it either.
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(07-11-2009, 05:03 PM)Bositman Wrote: No,again read the configuration guide...

I'm sorry bout that. Thanks for reminding me again. I think I can fix my problem now.

(07-11-2009, 05:09 PM)Saiki Wrote: 8400gs is haunting me now lol.. anywhos... an 8600GT will do you good, the 8400 has some bad limits on resolution, native isn't liked by it either.

I see I might get 8600 or higher from store ^^
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a 8600 would probably do you some good (I started with a 8400, native is ugly on it (speed-wise) 8600GT is fine). and contrary to popular advice, increasing past that 1gb of ram would most definatly help you. Vista eats up about 4/5 of 1gb from the start. I have 4, and still sometimes PCSX2 runs slow if I am running something like skype. ram does play a role it this, if you're only running pcsx2, then I do advice going for at least 2gb, that will give pcsx2 1gb to play with, which is great, less than 256 and you're asking for trouble.
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(07-11-2009, 05:33 PM)Saiki Wrote: a 8600 would probably do you some good (I started with a 8400, native is ugly on it (speed-wise) 8600GT is fine). and contrary to popular advice, increasing past that 1gb of ram would most definatly help you. Vista eats up about 4/5 of 1gb from the start. I have 4, and still sometimes PCSX2 runs slow if I am running something like skype. ram does play a role it this, if you're only running pcsx2, then I do advice going for at least 2gb, that will give pcsx2 1gb to play with, which is great, less than 256 and you're asking for trouble.
OK I agree that 1 gb is not enough,but how can 4 GB get used up with PCSX2 and skype is beyond me Tongue I mean,I could run Crysis Warhead and get 1,8 Gb used ,while PCSX2 uses about 300mb,still not even near 4 Tongue
Anyway as I said before,the 8400 is less a bottleneck for PCSX2 than your Pentium 4. Sure upgrading to a 8600 will give you some fps,but using a core 2 duo for example (even at like 1,8 ghz) will give you a huge FPS boost compared to that Pentium 4 Wink So if i was you,I'd first look for a processor upgrade
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