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'''[[PCSX2]]''' is a complex system and it's not so user-friendly in some of its parts. You must have some basic computer knowledge to be able to set it up correctly. If you are an advanced user please skip the following paragraph. As of now there are two versions of the emulator: the '''old GUI''' version and the '''new GUI''' version. Each version is ultimately the same PCSX2 but in a different envelope. The programs with the '''new GUI''' are newer and ''might'' be more compatible. Before you continue further you must determine your version of PCSX2. The easiest way to do it is to run PCSX2 and go to the '''config'''-'''configure''' or '''config'''-'''general settings''' menu. If you will see some pretty icons like this [[Image:GuideRel_1.png]] or [[Image:GuideRel_2.png]] in the upper panel you're definitely using the new GUI version. In the old GUI on the other hand there won't be either icons or upper panel (only the plugin selection).
 
'''[[PCSX2]]''' is a complex system and it's not so user-friendly in some of its parts. You must have some basic computer knowledge to be able to set it up correctly. If you are an advanced user please skip the following paragraph. As of now there are two versions of the emulator: the '''old GUI''' version and the '''new GUI''' version. Each version is ultimately the same PCSX2 but in a different envelope. The programs with the '''new GUI''' are newer and ''might'' be more compatible. Before you continue further you must determine your version of PCSX2. The easiest way to do it is to run PCSX2 and go to the '''config'''-'''configure''' or '''config'''-'''general settings''' menu. If you will see some pretty icons like this [[Image:GuideRel_1.png]] or [[Image:GuideRel_2.png]] in the upper panel you're definitely using the new GUI version. In the old GUI on the other hand there won't be either icons or upper panel (only the plugin selection).
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==Basic PCSX2 knowledge==
 
==Basic PCSX2 knowledge==
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You may download '''PCSX2''' for free from many sites on the Internet. The archive may contain an installer or just some zipped files. It's pretty much recommended that you start with the installer version (try downloading the newest official from [http://forums.pcsx2.net/thread-3716.html here]). This will help you to avoid a lot of possible troubles with the archivers. However in the case you've downloaded zipped (rared, etc.) version of PCSX2 you'll need to manually unzip the files from the archive (try using [http://www.7-zip.org this archiver]) and place them in any folder of your choice (adding a link to your desktop from the main executable '''pcsx2.exe''' will also help you to start your emulator quicker).  
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You may download '''PCSX2''' for free from many sites on the Internet. However, it is strongly recommended to obtain it directly from the source; downloads obtained elsewhere may be bundled with additional unknown software and may even contain spyware or malware.
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The archive may contain an installer or just some zipped files. It's pretty much recommended that you start with the installer version (try downloading the newest official from [http://pcsx2.net/download/releases.html here]). This will help you to avoid possible issues with archivers. In case you've downloaded an archived version (ZIPped, RARed, etc.) of PCSX2 you'll need to manually unzip the files from the archive (try using [http://www.7-zip.org this archiver]) and place them in any folder of your choice (adding a link to your desktop from the main executable '''pcsx2.exe''' will also help you to start your emulator quicker).  
    
'''Be warned''' not to erase you emulator's folder when you're trying to install the newer version. This folder contains all your '''ini''' files (your settings), your quick saves and your memcards. If you will accidentally erase the whole folder you may need to play some of your games anew! Thus to update the emulator with the new version of executable it's better just to download the archive and extract the executable (and maybe plugins) into your main program folder (some executables may be named like '''pcsx2-r1736.exe''' so you'll need to rename them into '''pcsx2.exe''' or update your desktop link accordingly).
 
'''Be warned''' not to erase you emulator's folder when you're trying to install the newer version. This folder contains all your '''ini''' files (your settings), your quick saves and your memcards. If you will accidentally erase the whole folder you may need to play some of your games anew! Thus to update the emulator with the new version of executable it's better just to download the archive and extract the executable (and maybe plugins) into your main program folder (some executables may be named like '''pcsx2-r1736.exe''' so you'll need to rename them into '''pcsx2.exe''' or update your desktop link accordingly).
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'''PCSX2''' is a plugin oriented program. Your '''pcsx2.exe''' is the main processor that can emulate the real PS2 on the PC but it cannot work alone. It needs the graphics plugin to show the picture and the sound plugin to play some music or ingame sounds and it also needs the PAD plugin so you'll be able to play using your keyboard, mouse or gamepad. Moreover there may be more than one plugin of one type so you may choose which is better suited for your game. All plugins are stored (by default) in '''plugins''' folder of your main PCSX2 folder. Some plugins like [[GSDX]] for example can be updated quite often so you may want to renew only this plugin (out of all plugins). In order to do it you'll need to download the updated version and extract it by using the archiver into your '''plugins''' folder. The changing of some settings (choosing your new plugin) may also be required (see the section about how to set up plugins).
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'''PCSX2''' is a plugin oriented program. Your '''pcsx2.exe''' is the main processor that can emulate the real PS2 on the PC but it does not work alone. It needs a graphics plugin to display the game graphics and a sound plugin to play game sounds and music, and it also needs a pad plugin to allow you to play using your keyboard, mouse or gamepad. Moreover there may be more than one plugin of each type so you may choose which is better suited for a particular game. All plugins are stored (by default) in the '''plugins''' folder of your main PCSX2 folder. Some plugins like [[GSdx]] for example can be updated quite often so you may want to renew only this plugin (out of all plugins). In order to do it you'll need to download the updated version and extract it by using the archiver into your '''plugins''' folder. The changing of some settings (choosing your new plugin) may also be required (see the section about how to set up plugins).
 
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PCSX2 also needs the BIOS from your real PS2 in order for you to play. The PS2 BIOS is a binary file can be obtained from your console. It contains some special routines used by games (like memcard handling support) which are not emulated by PCSX2 internally. The dumping of BIOS is one the hardest stages of your PCSX2 experience. You may get some instructions [http://forums.pcsx2.net/thread-2298.html#Bios here] and start dumping by downloading the tool from [http://pcsx2.net/downloads.php?p=tool this place] or use the official guide [http://forums.pcsx2.net/thread-2329.html here]. After your BIOS file is successfully dumped from your PS2 you can copy it into '''bios''' folder (by default) of your PCSX2.
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Please do not forget to update your DirectX before starting PCSX2. [[GSDX]] cannot be run with the old DirectX. See [[GSDX#Hardware requirements|GSDX]] page for information.
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==Setting up the new GUI version==
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PCSX2 also needs the BIOS from your real PS2 in order for you to play. The PS2 BIOS is a binary file can be obtained from your console. It contains some special routines used by games (like memcard handling support) which are not emulated by PCSX2 internally. The dumping of BIOS is one the more complicated stages of your PCSX2 experience. You can refer to the instructions [http://forums.pcsx2.net/Thread-Official-English-PCSX2-configuration-guide-v0-9-8#Bios here] and start dumping by downloading the tool from [http://pcsx2.net/download/releases/tools.html this place] or use the official guide [http://forums.pcsx2.net/Thread-Guide-to-Dumping-Your-PS2-Bios-over-LAN here]. After your BIOS file is successfully dumped from your PS2 you should copy it into the '''bios''' folder (by default) of your PCSX2.
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===Main interface===
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Please do not forget to update your DirectX before starting PCSX2 - old versions of DirectX will cause issues for [[GSdx]]. See the  [[GSdx#Hardware requirements|GSdx]] page for more information.
    
==Setting up the old GUI version==
 
==Setting up the old GUI version==
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** '''Configure''' is used to configure all plugins and BIOS. See section ''Plugins configuration''
 
** '''Configure''' is used to configure all plugins and BIOS. See section ''Plugins configuration''
 
** '''Graphics''', '''Controllers''', '''Sound''', '''Cdvdrom''', '''Dev9''', '''USB''', '''FireWire''' -- These are the separate items for configuring plugins that can be configured en masse in '''configure''' submenu. There is no real benefit of using this dialog instead of the common one (besides some less mouse clicks).
 
** '''Graphics''', '''Controllers''', '''Sound''', '''Cdvdrom''', '''Dev9''', '''USB''', '''FireWire''' -- These are the separate items for configuring plugins that can be configured en masse in '''configure''' submenu. There is no real benefit of using this dialog instead of the common one (besides some less mouse clicks).
** '''Memcards''' -- you can configure the folder for your two memcards here. This will also help to swap them quickly. There are two important options:
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** '''[[Memcard]]s''' -- you can configure the folder for your two memcards here. This will also help to swap them quickly. There are two important options:
 
*** Enable NTFS Compression: the folder where your cards are stored will be auto-compressed by Windows. That will save some space and maybe improve speed when reading/writing. It is on by default.
 
*** Enable NTFS Compression: the folder where your cards are stored will be auto-compressed by Windows. That will save some space and maybe improve speed when reading/writing. It is on by default.
*** Eject Mcds when loading SaveStates -- As you can save you state (quicksave) at any moment ingame and later can load it with another (or changed) memcard this option will trick the game (whenever you quickload save slot) into believing that the user has pulled out both memcards and then pushed them back in. So the game will know that the cards contents have been changed thus avoiding possible problems. It's recommended that you leave this option ON.
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*** Eject Mcds when loading [[Savestate|Savestates]] -- As you can save you state (quicksave) at any moment ingame and later can load it with another (or changed) memcard this option will trick the game (whenever you quickload save slot) into believing that the user has pulled out both memcards and then pushed them back in. So the game will know that the cards contents have been changed thus avoiding possible problems. It's recommended that you leave this option ON.
 
** '''CPU''' -- This option will open the dialog that helps you configure main aspects of PCSX2 emulations, please see '''CPU config''' section.
 
** '''CPU''' -- This option will open the dialog that helps you configure main aspects of PCSX2 emulations, please see '''CPU config''' section.
 
** '''Patches''' -- Allows you to browse your "installed" patches. See the section '''Using patches'''.
 
** '''Patches''' -- Allows you to browse your "installed" patches. See the section '''Using patches'''.
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This is the main dialog to configure plugins. Each plugin can be chosen from a respective combo box and then configured by a respective '''configure''' button. There are also '''Test''' and '''About''' buttons for each chosen plugin but they will make a little sense for configuration. Note that to install a plugin so that it will appear here you'll need to extract its '''dll''' file into your '''plugins''' folder. All default plugins will already be present after the first installation so you will only need to add them whenever you want to update of replace them. All plugins have versions in their names and it's easy to distinguish between the older and the newer ones. If you do not see any choices for BIOS (like on this picture) this means you haven't installed your BIOS properly or maybe it had been dumped with errors (or missing some files). PCSX2 will not work without the correct BIOS (it doesn't matter though whether it will be USA/Europe or Japan BIOS, whichever is installed in your console will do). Please check the section '''Basic PCSX2 knowledge''' to gain some links on the BIOS matter.
 
This is the main dialog to configure plugins. Each plugin can be chosen from a respective combo box and then configured by a respective '''configure''' button. There are also '''Test''' and '''About''' buttons for each chosen plugin but they will make a little sense for configuration. Note that to install a plugin so that it will appear here you'll need to extract its '''dll''' file into your '''plugins''' folder. All default plugins will already be present after the first installation so you will only need to add them whenever you want to update of replace them. All plugins have versions in their names and it's easy to distinguish between the older and the newer ones. If you do not see any choices for BIOS (like on this picture) this means you haven't installed your BIOS properly or maybe it had been dumped with errors (or missing some files). PCSX2 will not work without the correct BIOS (it doesn't matter though whether it will be USA/Europe or Japan BIOS, whichever is installed in your console will do). Please check the section '''Basic PCSX2 knowledge''' to gain some links on the BIOS matter.
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On the first start you may want to configure '''GSDX''' and '''LilyPad''' (or your other PAD plugin), select your BIOS, and then set your CDVD plugin to the ISO you'd like to play. Here's the overview of each plugin configuration on your first start:
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On the first start you may want to configure '''GSdx''' and '''LilyPad''' (or your other PAD plugin), select your BIOS, and then set your CDVD plugin to the ISO you'd like to play. Here's the overview of each plugin configuration on your first start:
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* '''Graphics''' -- GSDX: You may leave most switches by default. Do not check '''Wait vsync''' if it's present. Windowed mode tends to be more stable in comparison to full screen. Check also '''Logarithmic Z''' if it's unchecked. For more info please refer to [[GSDX]] page.
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* '''Graphics''' -- GSdx: You may leave most switches by default. Do not check '''Wait vsync''' if it's present. Windowed mode tends to be more stable in comparison to full screen. Check also '''Logarithmic Z''' if it's unchecked. For more info please refer to [[GSdx]] page.
 
* '''Sound''' -- SPU2-X: You may want to leave the plugin alone for a start. It does not need extensive care to work properly. For more info please check [[SPU2-X]] page.
 
* '''Sound''' -- SPU2-X: You may want to leave the plugin alone for a start. It does not need extensive care to work properly. For more info please check [[SPU2-X]] page.
 
* '''First controller''', '''Second controller''' -- set them both to LilyPad. This will be the most time consuming configuration (if you do it from the scratch). In most cases it's easier to look at your Dual Shock PS2 controller when assigning the keys. The main buttons are usually assigned in the following manner: Circle to S, Triangle to W, Square to A, Cross to Z and Select to X but of course it's up to you to decide. For more info please check [[LilyPad]] page.
 
* '''First controller''', '''Second controller''' -- set them both to LilyPad. This will be the most time consuming configuration (if you do it from the scratch). In most cases it's easier to look at your Dual Shock PS2 controller when assigning the keys. The main buttons are usually assigned in the following manner: Circle to S, Triangle to W, Square to A, Cross to Z and Select to X but of course it's up to you to decide. For more info please check [[LilyPad]] page.
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There are also two buttons: '''Set Plugins Directory''' and '''Set Bios Directory'''. There is no need to use them unless you want to complicate your installation.
 
There are also two buttons: '''Set Plugins Directory''' and '''Set Bios Directory'''. There is no need to use them unless you want to complicate your installation.
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===Memcards===
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===[[Memcard]]s===
 
[[Image:GuideRel_5.png|thumb|The modern memcard configuration]]  
 
[[Image:GuideRel_5.png|thumb|The modern memcard configuration]]  
 
[[Image:GuideRel_6.png|thumb|The older memcard configuration]]  
 
[[Image:GuideRel_6.png|thumb|The older memcard configuration]]  
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The look of this dialog has been changed for the newer versions of the '''old GUI''' and you still may have a version with a different look. There are two memcard slots in PS2 so you can have up to two memcards plugged in at any given time. Each memcard is a file 8.5Mb in size placed on your hard drive in the folder '''memcards''' (by default). You don't need to do anything special about these files. PCSX2 will create them if they don't exist. Your game will format them if the files are new. You can copy these files and backup them (it's a good idea to backup them sometimes), swap them, upload your saves to the Internet, give them to your friends stuck in the game or even transfer them to the real PS2 memcards so you'll be able to continue playing on the real PS2. The real PS2 memcards can also be transferred back to these files but these two procedures aren't so easy. Try [http://forums.ngemu.com/pcsx2-forum/94648-3-step-ps2-card-images-pcsx2-not-creat-iso.html this link] and [http://www.gamehoof.com/2006/06/06/copying-ps2-saved-games-to-pc/ this link] for more information.
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The look of this dialog has been changed for the newer versions of the '''old GUI''' and you still may have a version with a different look. There are two memcard slots in PS2 so you can have up to two memcards plugged in at any given time. Each memcard is a file 8.5Mb in size placed on your hard drive in the folder '''memcards''' (by default). You don't need to do anything special about these files. PCSX2 will create them if they don't exist. Your game will format them if the files are new. You can copy these files and backup them (it's a good idea to backup them sometimes), swap them, upload your saves to the Internet, give them to your friends stuck in the game or even transfer them to the real PS2 memcards so you'll be able to continue playing on the real PS2. The real PS2 memcards can also be transferred back to these files but these two procedures aren't so easy. Try [http://forums.ngemu.com/pcsx2-forum/94648-3-step-ps2-card-images-pcsx2-not-creat-iso.html this link] and [http://www.gamehoof.com/2006/06/06/copying-ps2-saved-games-to-pc/ this link] for more information.<br/>
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You can use this [[Memcard|link]] to get more information.
    
===CPU config===
 
===CPU config===
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* '''EERec''' -- Should be ON. This will allow the emulator to use recompiler on EE (Emotion Engine) and IOP (I/O Processor) processors which is much faster with almost no compatibility problems (Recompilation is a process of generating the x86 machine code from PS2 machine code).
 
* '''EERec''' -- Should be ON. This will allow the emulator to use recompiler on EE (Emotion Engine) and IOP (I/O Processor) processors which is much faster with almost no compatibility problems (Recompilation is a process of generating the x86 machine code from PS2 machine code).
 
* '''VU0Rec'''/'''VU1Rec''' -- Should be both ON. This will allow the emulator to use recompiler on VU0/VU1 (Vector Units) processors. These two options will enable so-called SuperVU recompiler. The compatibility of such a recompilation is lower compared to EE/IOP but still is fairly high. There are games that may suffer from this recompilation having some weird graphical bugs. However you'll not be able to play without this options because of the lack of CPU power.
 
* '''VU0Rec'''/'''VU1Rec''' -- Should be both ON. This will allow the emulator to use recompiler on VU0/VU1 (Vector Units) processors. These two options will enable so-called SuperVU recompiler. The compatibility of such a recompilation is lower compared to EE/IOP but still is fairly high. There are games that may suffer from this recompilation having some weird graphical bugs. However you'll not be able to play without this options because of the lack of CPU power.
** '''microVU0'''/'''microVU1''' -- It's recommended to have them ON. These two options will tell the emulator to use '''cottonvibe's''' microVU recompiler instead of SuperVU. microVU is more compatible  although a bit slower and some games that were broken with SuperVU will be playable with microVU. Use this [http://forums.pcsx2.net/thread-11210.html link] to get more info.
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** '''microVU0'''/'''microVU1''' -- It's recommended to have them ON. These two options will tell the emulator to use '''cottonvibe's''' microVU recompiler instead of SuperVU. microVU is more compatible  although a bit slower and some games that were broken with SuperVU will be playable with microVU. Use this [http://forums.pcsx2.net/Thread-SuperVU-vs-MicroVU link] to get more info.
* '''Multi threaded GS mode (MTGS)''' -- Should be ON for double cores or hyper-threading CPUs. This option will spawn a separate thread for GS processing (i.e. for GSDX plugin). So if your CPU has at least two cores the main PCSX2 thread will run using the first core and GSDX will use the second. Without this option PCSX2 only uses one core and is much slower.
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* '''Multi threaded GS mode (MTGS)''' -- Should be ON for double cores or hyper-threading CPUs. This option will spawn a separate thread for GS processing (i.e. for GSdx plugin). So if your CPU has at least two cores the main PCSX2 thread will run using the first core and GSdx will use the second. Without this option PCSX2 only uses one core and is much slower.
 
* '''Frame Limiting''' option. This will allow you to limit the speed of emulation to the default PS2 speed if your CPU is fast enough to emulate the game faster than this default speed. PCSX2 is limiting speed by adjusting the number of frames (screen updates) per second. This number is 60fps for NTSC games and 50fps for PAL games. Thus it's easier to archive the playable speeds with PAL games (and they often do not have interlace problems) but NTSC games may look a little smoother. It is best to set this option to Limit allowing PCSX2 to slow down to the real PS2 speed or else your game will run too fast. On the other hand if your game is too slow and nothing else can help (see the section '''Speed Hacks''') you can try to ''skip'' some frames (do not compute them at all). Skipping frames is not a precise process because every game uses its own method to compute and generate visuals so for some of them this will not work and may make others run too "choppy" or cause some artifacts. Try to tune it only if your game is too slow to play without frame skipping. Some values advises:  
 
* '''Frame Limiting''' option. This will allow you to limit the speed of emulation to the default PS2 speed if your CPU is fast enough to emulate the game faster than this default speed. PCSX2 is limiting speed by adjusting the number of frames (screen updates) per second. This number is 60fps for NTSC games and 50fps for PAL games. Thus it's easier to archive the playable speeds with PAL games (and they often do not have interlace problems) but NTSC games may look a little smoother. It is best to set this option to Limit allowing PCSX2 to slow down to the real PS2 speed or else your game will run too fast. On the other hand if your game is too slow and nothing else can help (see the section '''Speed Hacks''') you can try to ''skip'' some frames (do not compute them at all). Skipping frames is not a precise process because every game uses its own method to compute and generate visuals so for some of them this will not work and may make others run too "choppy" or cause some artifacts. Try to tune it only if your game is too slow to play without frame skipping. Some values advises:  
 
# Set '''Custom FPS Limit''' to 0 (it can change default 50 or 60 fps for a game, though you will not need this option now).  
 
# Set '''Custom FPS Limit''' to 0 (it can change default 50 or 60 fps for a game, though you will not need this option now).  
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However you can try this [[Advanced Options|link]] for more information.
 
However you can try this [[Advanced Options|link]] for more information.
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==Commandline support==
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PCSX2 has a simple but good commandline support. You can use the following format:
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PCSX2 versions 0.9.7 and higher have full commandline support. <ref> [http://forums.pcsx2.net/Thread-blog-The-return-of-the-Commandline?pid=118520#pid118520 The return of the Commandline! (blog entry)]</ref> You can use the following format:
 
<code>
 
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:pcsx2 [IsoFile] --toggle --option=value ... etc
 
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The full list of options are:
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* <code>-skipbios</code> -- skips BIOS on ISO loading (so you will not have to wait)
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* <code>-elf [file]</code> -- executes an ELF image (like PS2 demo, not useful for games, though)
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* <code>-nodisc</code> -- will not start ISO/DVD and will only load BIOS (so you can configure language there)
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* <code>-usecd</code> -- will start the configured CDVD image (if you have previously configured one in CDVD plugin configuration)
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'''General Options'''
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* <code>--cfgpath=[dir]</code> {changes the configuration file path}
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* <code>--cfg=[file]</code> {specifies the PCSX2 configuration file to use}
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* <code>--forcewiz</code> {forces PCSX2 to start the First-time Wizard}
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* <code>--portable</code> {enables portable mode operation (requires admin/root access)}
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* <code>--console</code> {forces the program log/console to be visible}
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* <code>--fullscreen</code> {use fullscreen GS mode}
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* <code>--windowed</code> {use windowed GS mode}
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* <code>--nogui</code> {disables display of the gui while running games}
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* <code>-h, --help</code> {displays this list of command line options}
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'''Auto-Run Options'''
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* <code>--elf=[file]</code> {executes an ELF image}
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* <code>--nodisc</code> {boots an empty dvd tray; use to enter the PS2 system menu}
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* <code>--usecd</code> {boots from the CDVD plugin (overrides IsoFile parameter)}
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'''Compatibility Options'''
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* <code>--nohacks</code> {disables all speedhacks}
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* <code>--gamefixes=[fix,fix]</code> {Enable specific gamefixes for this session. Valid fixes are: VuAddSub,VuClipFlag,FpuCompare,FpuMul,FpuNeg,EETiming,SkipMpeg,OPHFlag,DMABusy,VIFFIFO,VI,FMVinSoftware}
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* <code>--fullboot</code> {disables fast booting}
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'''Plugin Overrides'''
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* <code>--gs=[dllpath]</code> {specify the file to use as the GS plugin}
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* <code>--pad=[dllpath]</code> {specify the file to use as the PAD plugin}
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* <code>--spu2=[dllpath]</code> {specify the file to use as the SPU2 plugin}
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* <code>--cdvd=[dllpath]</code> {specify the file to use as the CDVD plugin}
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* <code>--usb=[dllpath]</code> {specify the file to use as the USB plugin}
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* <code>--fw=[dllpath]</code> {specify the file to use as the FW plugin}
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* <code>--dev9=[dllpath]</code> {specify the file to use as the DEV9 plugin}
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The ordinary user may use this to create a shortcut to his/her game on the desktop so that PCSX2 will run the game immediately. To do this make a link to PCSX2 main executable (pcsx2.exe) and update the '''target''' field of this link adding (to the already present text) something like:
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The ordinary user may use this to create a shortcut to his/her game on the desktop so that PCSX2 will run the game immediately. To do this make a link to PCSX2 main executable (pcsx2.exe) and update the '''target''' field of this link, it will look something like:
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:<code>"C:\PS2\pcsx2.exe" -skipbios "C:\PS2\yourgame.iso"</code>  
 
And thus you'll be able to start '''C:\PS2\yourgame.iso''' right from your desktop!
 
And thus you'll be able to start '''C:\PS2\yourgame.iso''' right from your desktop!
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* '''ESC''' -- Use to ''pause'' the emulation and go back to GUI to change some settings (PAD) or work with cheats. Some PCSX2 versions are quite unstable so you will not able to go back to the game ('''Run''' - '''Execute''').
 
* '''ESC''' -- Use to ''pause'' the emulation and go back to GUI to change some settings (PAD) or work with cheats. Some PCSX2 versions are quite unstable so you will not able to go back to the game ('''Run''' - '''Execute''').
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* '''Tab''' -- Switches between Turbo mode and Normal mode of the frame limiter.
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* '''Shift+Tab''' -- Switches between Slow motion mode and Normal mode of the frame limiter.  
 
* '''F1''' -- Stores the current game state into one of 10 game quick slots. When you've started the game the number of this slot is 0.
 
* '''F1''' -- Stores the current game state into one of 10 game quick slots. When you've started the game the number of this slot is 0.
 
* '''F2''' -- Cycles through all 10 quick slots (so you'll be able to save/read to/from another slot). It's recommended to save often and to use different slots for it.
 
* '''F2''' -- Cycles through all 10 quick slots (so you'll be able to save/read to/from another slot). It's recommended to save often and to use different slots for it.
* '''F3''' -- Loads the currently selected game slot. You may have problems with graphics/sound if your configuration differs from the configuration the slot has been saved under (for example you have changed GDSX to ZeroGS). Some rare (or early) PCSX2 versions can also be unstable after loading. You may or may not be able to use the quick slots from the different PCSX2 version (when you change the main PCSX2 executable) so do not forget to save to memcard through the game interface periodically.
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* '''F3''' -- Loads the currently selected game slot. You may have problems with graphics/sound if your configuration differs from the configuration the slot has been saved under (for example you have changed GSdx to ZeroGS). Some rare (or early) PCSX2 versions can also be unstable after loading. You may or may not be able to use the quick slots from the different PCSX2 version (when you change the main PCSX2 executable) so do not forget to save to memcard through the game interface periodically.
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* '''F4''' -- Toggles framerate limiter
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* '''F5-F9''' -- GSdx (or another Graphics plugin) specific hotkeys (see [[GSdx#List_of_ingame_keys|GSdx]])
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* '''F10''' -- Enables/disables logging (not tested)
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* '''F12''' -- Starts/stops a video recording (see [[GSdx#List_of_ingame_keys|GSdx]])
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=='''References'''==
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