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A very good pc engine emulator

Unread post by howardphilips » 11 Nov 2007, 23:46

It is called Mednafen, it is available on Windows, Linux and MacOS as well, it is free (unlike Magic Engine) and it perfectly emulates the PC-Engine, SuperGrafx & PC-Engine CD. It also emulates (did not try this), the Atari Lynx, GameBoy (Color), GameBoy Advance, NES, Neo Geo Pocket (Color), PC-FX, and WonderSwan (Color).
Best thing, it is 100% commandline-based, so ECC is a real plus here! =D>
Here is the link: http://mednafen.sourceforge.net/
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Re: A very good pc engine emulator

Unread post by Phoenix » 11 Nov 2007, 23:49

Wow! never heard of it, i used 'HU GO!', but this seems to be a far better emulator!, i will give it a try!
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Re: A very good pc engine emulator

Unread post by Phoenix » 12 Nov 2007, 00:28

Hmmm i can't get it to work, when i run 'mednafen.exe' nothing happens :?.

Then i used the commandline:
'mednafen.exe -loadcd pce "Cotton - Fantastic Night Dream.cue"'

Also nothing happenend, am i doing something wrong?
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Re: A very good pc engine emulator

Unread post by howardphilips » 12 Nov 2007, 15:21

Phoenix wrote:Hmmm i can;t get it to work, when i run 'mednafen.exe' nothing happened :?.

Then i used the commandline:
'mednafen.exe -loadcd pce "Cotton - Fantastic Night Dream.cue"'

Also nothing happenend, am i doing something wrong?
This emu is 100% command-line based. There is one tiny frontend to launch games, called 'Let's Mednafen' so that you can experiment running roms but it does not help that much anyway. As for the CD-Rom games, you need to modify the mednafen.cfg in the following way:
- find the pce.cdbios value in the cfg file (this file is very hard to read)
- in the mednafen.cfg find a value named pce.cdbios and add the path to this pce.cdbios file. This is the bios for the pc engine super CD (it is usually found with another name, such as PCE CD System 3.0 or something, you have to rename this file as pce.cdbios)
- now launch a cue file from ECC and voilà !
You have a little more details here: http://forum.fobby.net/index.php?t=msg&th=312&start=0&
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Re: A very good pc engine emulator

Unread post by ECC » 12 Nov 2007, 16:11

Hm, why do you not use this one "ootake"?

http://www.ouma.jp/ootake/

This is the best pce emu i know.... very good!!!!! Plays every rom yet and is fast.
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Re: A very good pc engine emulator

Unread post by howardphilips » 12 Nov 2007, 19:28

ECC wrote:Hm, why do you not use this one "ootake"?

http://www.ouma.jp/ootake/

This is the best pce emu i know.... very good!!!!! Plays every rom yet and is fast.
Well, I think it is worth seeing what is available. I tried Ootake previously and it did not work very well on my computer. Apparently Mednafen is much less reluctant and... there is the PC-FX support (even though I do not own any game on this machine)!
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Re: A very good pc engine emulator

Unread post by geoslake » 28 Nov 2009, 11:55

Could i get some help on this please ?
If I use the %rom% command line parameter, nothing happens.
If I use the proper cue name, like "finalzone2.cue", then it works, but this seems to be per emulator setting, not per game, so it's useless.

Moreover, is there a way to force ECC to see the cues, not the isos ?
My pc-engine cd rom games come as cue+iso/ogg, and it often has 2 isos files or more (for one game).
I just want ECC to list the cues, not the isos.

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Re: A very good pc engine emulator

Unread post by Phoenix » 28 Nov 2009, 22:10

geoslake wrote:Could i get some help on this please ?
If I use the %rom% command line parameter, nothing happens.
If I use the proper cue name, like "finalzone2.cue", then it works, but this seems to be per emulator setting, not per game, so it's useless.

Moreover, is there a way to force ECC to see the cues, not the isos ?
Hi geoslake,
This can be done with a script to detect if there is a .cue file or not for a specific game, but i rather fix this in ecc sometime...
geoslake wrote:I just want ECC to list the cues, not the isos.
That is not possible, cue files are textbase files and will give diffrent CRC32 when something inside has been changed (like the iso filename), so that's why they are not compiled.
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Re: A very good pc engine emulator

Unread post by howardphilips » 29 Nov 2009, 14:54

Well, no need for a script, really.
If you just tick the "Use .cue file" box in the emul config this works perfectly...

Otherwise, for PCE CD games, I also use the following option in order to increase sound volume:
-soundvol 100 %ROM%

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Re: A very good pc engine emulator

Unread post by geoslake » 29 Nov 2009, 16:57

Damn, I must be doing something wrong then
Could you please tell me here how your command line looks like (just copy/paste you ecc "preview" thing)

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Re: A very good pc engine emulator

Unread post by lordashram » 30 Nov 2009, 06:46

I've been using medafan since I started using ecc for pc engine, pc engine cd, & nes, i thought i might have mentioned it before, and yeah I think it's great.
No scripts needed.
PC Engine CD: escape path & use cue file
just make sure the cd bios files are in the same folder as mednafen.exe.

PC Engine & NES: only need escape path selected.

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Re: A very good pc engine emulator

Unread post by lordashram » 30 Nov 2009, 06:54

Also I'd advise to edit the mednafen.cfg file for each system for:

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;Full-screen horizontal resolution.
%system%.xres 1920

;Full-screen vertical resolution.
%system%.yres 1080

;The scaling factor for the X axis in fullscreen mode.
%system%.xscalefs 6

;The scaling factor for the Y axis in fullscreen mode.
%system%.yscalefs 5
or something similar.

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Re: A very good pc engine emulator

Unread post by geoslake » 30 Nov 2009, 08:59

thanks but it doesnt work here. Here is my command line preview :
"mednafen.exe" "\gamepath\game.cue"

Nothing happens when I click "start". When I "add roms" it lists iso files, so usually two per game, so i manually delete one.
My bios is properly configured in mednafen.cfg :
;Path to the CD BIOS
pce.cdbios E:\Pc-Engine\ecc-user\pcecd\emus\Bios\syscard3.pce
lordashram wrote:I've been using medafan since I started using ecc for pc engine, pc engine cd, & nes, i thought i might have mentioned it before, and yeah I think it's great.
No scripts needed.
PC Engine CD: escape path & use cue file
just make sure the cd bios files are in the same folder as mednafen.exe.

PC Engine & NES: only need escape path selected.

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Re: A very good pc engine emulator

Unread post by lordashram » 30 Nov 2009, 22:41

Move your syscard3.pce to the same folder as mednafen.exe, then try changing your mednafen.cfg it to this:

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;Path to the CD BIOS
pce.cdbios syscard3.pce

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Re: A very good pc engine emulator

Unread post by geoslake » 01 Dec 2009, 08:38

doesn't work either
Here is a shot in case it can helps :
mednafen.jpg

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Re: A very good pc engine emulator

Unread post by Phoenix » 01 Dec 2009, 09:49

@geoslake,

What is wrong with you ECC theme?, it looks hideous! :no: , i hope this is an OS setting??
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Re: A very good pc engine emulator

Unread post by lordashram » 01 Dec 2009, 23:50

ECC is setup correctly, the problem might be the games themselves.
From looking at the game in the pic, your game is an iso.
Are the games iso/mp3 or iso/wav?
If so do they have cue files for them?
If possible it would be much better to always use bin/cue for cd based games.

Can you use a command line?
I'll need you to do something for me but it requires you running some commands in your roms folder.

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Re: A very good pc engine emulator

Unread post by geoslake » 02 Dec 2009, 12:46

lordashram wrote:ECC is setup correctly, the problem might be the games themselves.
From looking at the game in the pic, your game is an iso.
Are the games iso/mp3 or iso/wav?
If so do they have cue files for them?
If possible it would be much better to always use bin/cue for cd based games.

Can you use a command line?
I'll need you to do something for me but it requires you running some commands in your roms folder.


Hi, my pc engine cd games are cue/iso+ogg. I don't wanna use cue/bin, because of wasted space (otherwise i would use magicengine).
Anyway, I tworks perfectly when i put, say, the "Akumajou Dracula X - Chi no Rondo (J).cue" directly in the (ecc) command line.
Why can't I just set a custom command line for each game, chosing the proper cue file for each and enter it in the command line ? Moreover it would allow us to specify specific settings for specific games. Why wouldn't have to rely on the 'import" game function for cd, which would be nice imho (at least as an option).
I can use command line for sure :)


Phoenix wrote:@geoslake,
What is wrong with you ECC theme?, it looks hideous! :no: , i hope this is an OS setting??


Nothing, don't worry, I just like it this way, even though the white background annoys me.

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Re: A very good pc engine emulator

Unread post by lordashram » 03 Dec 2009, 01:22

geoslake wrote:Hi, my pc engine cd games are cue/iso+ogg. I don't wanna use cue/bin, because of wasted space (otherwise i would use magicengine).
lol, i'm just really big on sound quality, to the point that (jokingly) i'd like to see all those that rip soundtracks @ 128kbs or lower to get the death penalty.
: P
give me wave, give me flac/ape/alac or give me death!
hehe
geoslake wrote:Anyway, I tworks perfectly when i put, say, the "Akumajou Dracula X - Chi no Rondo (J).cue" directly in the (ecc) command line.
this is strange, your settings look correct, check the snapshot of mine.
geoslake wrote:Why can't I just set a custom command line for each game, chosing the proper cue file for each and enter it in the command line ? Moreover it would allow us to specify specific settings for specific games. Why wouldn't have to rely on the 'import" game function for cd, which would be nice imho (at least as an option).
you should not need to, ecc should handle all of it just fine, it works fine for me without issue.
geoslake wrote:I can use command line for sure :)
well one of the things i was going to have you do was run one of your games from the command line using it's cue file but it looks like you got ecc to do that for you.
maybe do a 'remove roms' then re-add the roms, because at this point it looks like ecc is configured correctly and so is mednafen, but maybe ecc is trying to have mednafen run the wrong file.
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Re: A very good pc engine emulator

Unread post by geoslake » 03 Dec 2009, 09:42

you should not need to, ecc should handle all of it just fine, it works fine for me without issue.
So I can have custom cl parameters for each game ? How please ? (like i want one game with 2x screen size, another with 3x).

I tried everything again, and it still doesn't work.
Again, it works perfectly if I put the .cue exact name in the command line, but then of course, i have to change it for each game i wanna play, as this is not a "per game" setting.
It also works perfect if I drag&drop the cue on mednafen.exe #-o

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