System Requirements: (this will barely get you running the emulator) Pentium II 500 Mhz or faster 256 MB of RAM DirectX or Opengl compatible graphic card, TNT2 Fast CD-ROM with good access times Windows 2000, XP or Vista. DirectX 8 System Recommendations: (this will get you running it at good speeds easily) Pentium III 800mhz 512mb RAM GeForce2 System Requirements for advanced graphics: (shaders, etc) AMD Athlon XP/Pentium 4 Radeon 9500/GeForce 5600 Required files: ePSXe package (1.8.0 is the current version), which you can download from the official page. zlib1.dll (click "download zip file" button)placed in ePSXe's directory. PSEmuPro compatible plugins: (to find out what plugins to get look further down) Video plugins. Sound plugins. CdRom plugins. Netplay plugins (optional). PlayStation BIOS. You need to dump the BIOS from your console. You can also check out this thread for the other dumping method. Note: plugins are compressed, you might have to use a file archiver to uncompress them. I suggest a 7zip because it is free and supports a lot of formats. Getting started: Unpack ePSXe to some directory on your computer. You should get these files: bios directory cheats directory docs directory memcard directory patches directory plugins directory snap directory sstates directory burutter.dll epsxe.chm ePSXe.exe Download Plugins and unpack them to plugins directory. Video: gpuBladeSoft for the authentic PlayStation look and feel P.E.Op.S. soft for 2D games Pete's OpenGL2 for Geforce FX and higher, Radeon 9500 and higher Pete's OpenGL for Nvidia Geforce cards (any type) and ATi Radeon (any type) D3D for non 9xxx Radeons D3D DX6 for Integrated and other Lewpy's Glide for Voodoo cards Note: If you experience problems with OpenGL plugins on ATi graphic card then update the video drivers or stick with the D3D plugins. More info can be found here. Sound: Eternal SPU plugin 1.41 (if you have a CPU below 1 GHz then get the lite version). ePSXe SPU core 1.7.0 (Required if you want CDDA with Run ISO command). Cdrom: P.E.Op.S. CDR plugin. Mooby 2 CDR plugin (not working properly in ePSXe 1.7.0+). Xeven's CDR plugin (not working properly in ePSXe 1.7.0+). SaPu's CDR plugin (not working properly in ePSXe 1.7.0+). Gamepad: Pokopom PSX/PS2 plugin (only usable with ePSXe Shark). Note: Because of internal plugins only video plugin is required to get the ePSXe running, however it is recommended to download other plugins too for better compatibility. Neplay plugin is required only if you want to play multyplayer games over the network: The host acts like a player 1 and a client acts like a player 2. You should have a fast connection otherwise sync problems may occur. Check out this configuration guide for the recommended setup Start the ePSXe: When you run the ePSXe for the first time a configuration wizard will be displayed. If you are an advanced user you can skip it and config everything on your own but if this is your first time using ePSXe then it would be a good idea to configure plugins using the wizard. Note: If you ever want to use a wizard again go to Config -> Wizard Guide. Configure the plugins: Video plugin - Go to Config -> Video, select a plugin you want to use and press Configure. Optionally you can configure secondary (soft) plugin if you intend to use it. Sound plugin - Go to Config -> Sound. Cdrom plugin - Go to Config -> Cdrom. Configure the plugin and choose a driver letter of your Cdrom. Netplay plugin - Go to Config -> Netplay. Select the BIOS: When you get the BIOS put it in the bios directory. Go to Config -> Bios, press select and browse for the BIOS file. Configure MemoryCard: Go to Config -> Memory Cards. By default ePSXe creates two blank memorycards, if you want to make your own memorycards just enter the memorycard's name and the next time you start ePSXe the card will be created. If you want to use some existing memorycard just press Select and browse for it. Configure Gamepads: Go to Config -> Game Pad and select a port and a pad number you want to configure. As a controlling device you can use a keyboard, controller or a mouse. Note: If you want to play 1-2 player games make sure that Multitap option is turned off. Test run: After you have configured everything you need to check if ePSXe is working properly. Go to File -> Run BIOS. If everything is ok press ESC and proceed further if not take a look at the Troubleshooting FAQ. Run a game: There are two basic ways to play the game, off the original disc or from the ISO. It is recommended that you make an ISO of the game because the game will perform smoother. If you get any problems refer to the Troubleshooting FAQ. Game disc: Go to File -> Run CDROM. ISO: Go to File -> Run ISO. Change a disc: If you are playing a game that has more than one disc you will have to switch discs during the gameplay. When the game asks you to change the disc press ESC and go to File -> Change Disc, if you plan to play the other disc from Cdrom then choose CDROM and if you plan to play from the ISO choose ISO. Close the emulator: After you are done playing press ESC and close the emulator from the GUI. The most common mistake that users do when playing in widowed mode is to press the "X" button, that way is not good because ePSXe is still running and the memorycards are not updated. Additional: (some tips or solution to common problems) ePSXe Shark: ePSXe Shark is an unofficial enhancement for the ePSXe emulator created by Shalma (for 1.7.0) and Tapeq (for 1.8.0). The tool adds some fixes which can benefit problematic games and it also adds a possibility to use 3-rd party PAD plugins which is a very nice feature, especially for the XBOX controller owners. You can get the additional info and a link for download in the original thread. Savestates: F1 - save a state. F2 - change slot (5 slots are available). F3 - load a state. It is recommended to have a memorycard save also because savestates tend to get corrupted. FPS control: Press F4 to toggle between limited and unlimited FPS. Analog control: Press F5 to toggle analog on/off. Make sure that the controller type is set to "DualAnalog" or "DualShock". Plugin switching on the fly: Press F7 to toggle between primary and secondary GPU plugin while playing a game. Configurations: While most games will work with default settings some games require special config, check this thread to find the right configuration for the game you want to play. It is recommended to use a frontend that will store the configurations for your games so you won't have to configure all plugins again everytime you want to run a different game. Error loading WNASPI32.DLL: If you are getting this message switch to "ePSXe CDR WNT/W2K core 1.7.0." Cd plugin or google for WNASPI32.DLL and place it in the WINDOWS\System32 or ePSXe's directory. If you have Nero installed you can use the one from it's directory also. Command lines: Make a shortcut to ePSXe and in the target path add the command line you want to use. You can also use some ePSXe frontend to launch ePSXe with a command line. Saves from the GameFAQs: The saves from GameFAQs are in the dexdrive format (.gme), ePSXe can read those files, just select it as a memorycard. If you plan to use the files in some other emulator use MemcardRex to convert it to .mcr or any filetype that is required by that emulator. Copyprotected games: Some PAL games have copy protection so you will have to patch them. You can find a ppf patch for your game by searching for it on your favorite Internet search engine. If you are running the game from Cd then use a P.E.Op.s CDR plugin and select a ppf file to use. If you are running the game from ISO use a program called PPF-O-Matic to patch the file. (Thanks to Rockfire for making the tutorials). Final Fantasy IX and Chrono Cross: These games aren't working properly on ePSXe 1.6.0, update to the latest version of ePSXe (1.7.0). Delete settings: If you ever need to delete ePSXe's settings go to Start -> Run -> Type: "regedit", find and delete this key: "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\epsxe". If you need to delete the settings of plugins then delete this key: "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Vision Thing\PSEmu Pro". If you are using Blade's plugins delete .ini files in the "configs" directory. For any additional help refer to the Troubleshooting FAQ. If you still can't find a solution to your problem then make a new thread in the appropriate section.