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GUIDE: How to play GBA and SNES games on your PSP

Discussion in 'Sony PSP - Homebrew software' started by mrgooey, Jun 5, 2008.

  1. mrgooey

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    I figured that these two are the most common emulators that are requested in this forum. So, I decided to spend my time to write a guide for it.Let's start with a background info first. Emulators are programs that emulates another video game console. There are more emulators for the PSP, if you wish to install scroll down for dr1ver's super emu guides.

    GUIDE: Play Gameboy Advance Roms on your PSP (GPSP)


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    Intro:

    I noticed that many people want to play GBA in their PSP. Well... that is possible ! There are many emulators out there for pc. The best (IMO) GBA emulator for PC would be Visualboy Advance. For the PSP, it would be gpSP (which is ported from VBA). In this guide I will show you how to install gpSP. THIS WORKS FOR PSP SLIM AND FAT.

    Requirements:

    1. A Custom Firmware PSP with a 3.XX kernal
    2. Unofficial gpSP Kai v3.2 Test 8.7 ( Will update if needed)

    Steps:

    Before I go on, I want to tell you that emulators are not illegal. The bios and roms (games) are. So, I will not post where to get them. You are goin to use google.

    1. Download the gpSP from the above link. Extract the files into your desktop. After, open the ms0/PSP/GAME folder. Until you see the folder gpSP. Copy that folder into your GAME folder on your PSP.

    2. Go inside the gpSP folder in your PSP. Now download the GBA BIOS use google to search for it. Rename the bios to "gba_bios.bin". Transfer that file to the gpSP folder.

    3. After get your gba roms and put it on the ROMS folder inside that GBA folder. Gpsp can play .gba and zip files that contains the .gba file.Start the game and have fun.

    Transfer VBA saves to Gpsp

    Orignally posted by drag_93. Thanks to armyman45 for testing

    1) Copy the .sav and .svs files from the GPSP folder into a backup folder.
    2) Open VisualBoy Advance and go File/Import/Battery File and choose the .sav file.
    3) Do what you want to do on VisualBoy Advance and save the file as a VisualBoy Advance Save File (.sgm).
    4) On VisualBoy Advance go File/Export/Battery File and save it as exactly the same name of the ROM that the save file is from.
    5) Rename the VisualBoy Advance .sgm file to the same name as the ROM file, the slot you want it to be in and then .svs as the file extension. e.g. Need for Speed Carbon: Own the City0.svs.
    6) Copy both files back to where you copied the files from originally and run GPSP.
    7) Go to the slot you put in the filename. There should be some random picture there. DON'T WORRY. This is perfectly normal. Just load the file and everything should work perfectly. If this doesn't work try to load savestate from file under savestate options.

    Me playing Pokemon :)
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    gpSP menu
    [​IMG]

    FAQ:

    Q: Can this play GB or GBC games ?
    A: Not that i know, no. There is the Masterboy emulator for PSP which can play GBA, GB and GBC games.

    Q: The emulator isnt starting ?
    A: Please read the FAQ section in the SNES guide.

    Q: Where can I download bios and roms
    A: As i said b4, use google. They are copyright files so it makes them illegal to share.

    Q: Do I need to convert the Rom or such?
    A: When you download a rom they should either be in a .zip or .gba format. gpSP can play .zip files with the gba rom inside. However, I recommend that you unzip the game to .gba. No need to convert.

    Q: Can I play with my friends that has gpSP with adhoc.
    A: Sadly, no. Though the developer of the emulator is working on it.

    Q: I can start the gpsp but it says I got a bad bios or such.
    A: You got a corrupt gba bios. Download another one. If your PC does not show full extension of files, try renaming the bios to "gba_bios".

    My Other Guides

    GUIDE: Play SNES games on your PSP (Snes9xTYL)

    Intro: This a guide to install Snes9xTYL into your PSP. This emu will let you play SNES games on your PSP. There is a SNES emu for the PC so u can try the game 1st to see if it is corrupt. The best (IMO) would be Snes9x. For the PSP it would be Snes9xTYL. THIS WORKS FOR SLIM AND FAT.

    Requirements:

    1. A Custom Firmware PSP with 3.XX kernal
    2. Snes9xTYL 0.4.2 ME (will update if needed)

    Steps:

    Before I go on, I want to tell you that emulators are not illegal. The bios and roms (games) are. So, I will not post where to get them. You are goin to use google.

    1. Download the SNES9xTYL and extract it. There should be a "snes9xTYL" folder. Copy that to your GAME folder of your PSP.

    2. Put your ROM into the ROM folder inside the snes9xTYL folder you just put on your PSP. This emulator can play .smc game file and zip file that contains the .scm file.

    3. Disconnect the USB, go to the GAME menu of your XMB, and select the emulator.

    Transfer SNES9x saves to SNES9x TYL

    Save it from the Save State Function. After, you should get a .zsX (where X is the number) with the name of you game. Transfer that file into the SAVES folder of your SNES9x TYL.

    Me playing Super Mario World
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    Snes9xTYL menu
    [​IMG]

    FAQ:

    Q: Can this play NES games?
    A: No, it cannot. You can use Nester J to run it. To install Nester J, please look below this guide for the Super Emulator Guide by Dr1ver.

    Q: The emulator isnt starting ?
    A: Make sure you have custom firmware like 3.03 OE,3.71 M33, 3.90 GEN
    If, you do have a custom firmware. Check the game kernel.
    1. Fully turn off the psp by holding the power button
    2. Hold the R button and turn on the PSP
    3. This will bring you to the recovery mode
    4. Go to Config, then go to GAME kernal. Set it to 3.XX or 4.XX (Where X is the number of your firmware)

    Q: Where can I download bios and roms
    A: As i said b4, use google. They are copyright files so it makes them illegal to share.

    Q: Do I need to convert the Rom or such?
    A: When you download a rom they should either be in a .zip or .smc file. Snes9xTYL can run both of them. No need to convert.

    Q: How do I get into the Menu ?
    A: After, selecting the game you wish to run. Click Home. It should bring you to the menu.

    My Other Guides

    Super Emulator Guide ( By Dr1ver)

    In case you want to install some other emu. U can try this guide.
    SUPER EMU GUIDE
     
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  3. ibizagti

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    Nice guide mrgooey :)

    would be good if you could get it stickied, and maybe even add info on how to install other emu's (DGEN, Snes9x etc), could then have it as a kind of emu install thread to help some of the noob's out?
     
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    mrgooey Regular member

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    so make a guide for all the emu in one thread? Like a Super Guide ..lol.
    Guess I can do that ... but i will have to go one by one. Will try though. Thx for the tip.

    EDIT: I may not finish it though .. cuz i was thinkin to leave afterdawn. Need to catch up on school ... well it depends
     
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    Yeh, it would probably be quite a bit of work thinking about it lol. would be good though if you could get it together.

    It would be a real shame for the site to lose a member like you mrgooey...you do a lot of good on here!
     
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    mrgooey Regular member

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    lol, looks like Dr1ver already made it. Save my time :)

    Updated Guide: Putting Super Emu Guide to my guide :)
     
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    I agree ibizagti!
    But school is important and should come first. Hopefully mrgooey can still spare aD some time.
     
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    A friend of mine is going on a road trip tomorrow. He asked if I could mod his psp game and set him up with some street fighter action. I haven't run an SNES emu on my psp ever. This guide was both simple and too the point.

    Thanks for writing it! :) I hope a mod stickies it.
     
  9. Crimson49

    Crimson49 Guest

    I did everything you said and it still doesnt work!!Plz help me
     
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    Crimson49 Guest

    oh and something else, what does this mean?

     
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    @Crimson49,

    1. Fully turn off the psp by holding the power button
    2. Hold the R button and turn on the PSP
    3. This will bring you to the recovery mode
    4. Go to Config, then go to GAME kernal. Set it to 3.XX or 4.XX (Where X is the number of your firmware)
     
  12. Crimson49

    Crimson49 Guest

    thank you very much!

    But where's the config?
    How do I set it?
     
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    Crimson49 Guest

    It always says this:

    The game can not be started.
    (80020148)
     
  14. mrgooey

    mrgooey Regular member

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    What firmware do you have? Which emu are you trying to run ?
     
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    Crimson49 Guest

    I have firmare 4.05

    I want to make the GBA emu work
     
  16. bandit008

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    you need to be on custom firmware not the regular sony firmware to make emulators work...
     
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    where do I get such a firmare?

    from google as usual?
     
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    Hey nice guide...

    you sound like someone that my be able to help me...

    I just posted a thread which read

    I bought a psp off ebay... with 100 games on dvd...

    everything was working fine and I was happily dragging the games on to the memory stick and playing them

    Until...

    I bought a couple of new games from hmv...

    when I put them in the psp it said, new system softwear needed to play game, up date now... so I said yes without thinking and followed the step by step...

    my psp is now upgraded to v3.5 However I cant play the v1.3 games...

    does anyone know a way round this???

    please help

    kind regards

    George

    Im thinking... format my memory stick again... and then copy the fast loader over into the game folder again???

    If not I can set it back to v1.3 but then how do I play my new games???

    kind regards
     
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    @egroeg27,

    I note ... Dont upgrade to any official firmware if you wish to play backup games.

    But, since you already upgrade to OFW ... you need to downgrade your PSP. Here is the options, use google and research it.

    1. Use the 3.50 downgrade ( Needs Lumines)
    2. Use the Pandora Battery
     
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    Ok, i am definatly a noob here, so please bear with me.

    I have custom firmware 3.80 M33-5 on my sony psp. i followed The guide here EXACTLY the way it was written to put a GBA emulator on my psp, after doing everything that is said in the guide, when i go to use the GBA emulator, all it says is that the Data i put on the psp is corrupted. AND i cant delete the data unless i format the memory stick.

    I have sony memory stick duo 8gb , which is what i wanted to put the emulator on. I have no problems putting iso / cso on my psp and playing them, but when i try to put an emulator on here, it always says the data is corrputed. please help!!
     

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