This is not an official FAQ and it's not supported in any way by Connectix.
I don't take any responsibility for any damage that some of software below could cause in your system.
Q: I got VGS demo, where do I get VGS full?
Q: Does VGS run in Windows 2000 or Windows XP?
Q: Does VGS run in Windows Me and/or DirectX8?
Q: Does VGS run in Pentium 4?
Yes it does. If yours doesn't work, try updating your sound and video card drivers.
Q: Windows hangs when I press Esc key. How do I solve this?
Q: How do I run in window mode or change the screen resolution in VGS?
It seems to be a conflict between the video drivers and DirectX. I had this problem before, but now it's gone after I reinstalled Windows.
An user reported me that he solved this converting the tnkXfs.dat to EXE with the Video Patch
Q: I get a black gap at the bottom of the screen in VGS 1.4
Q: Is there any patch for VGS that add scan lines, bilinear filtering or D3D acceleration?
It's a bug in the version 1.4 and Connectix is aware of this problem.
It's already fixed in CVGS 1.41.
Q: Some games don't work in VGS. How to make them work?
No. You can use ePSXe or PSEmu Pro
that have these features through the plugins, or wait until Connectix decide to add them...
Q: Why Final Fantasy 9 fails at end of disc 2? I'm using Kalisto's release of FF9
Q: Why VGS crashes with scsiport.pdr or scsi1hlp.vxd error and then system hangs on?
Q: What CD Emulator can I use with VGS?
Try deleting the Nero's file C:\Windows\System\iosubsys\nerocd95.vxd. Updating to the newest version of Nero also fixes the incompatibility of this driver with VGS.
Q: Why my "original" PSX CD are ejected on VGS?
Q: Does VGS work with backup CDs?
Q: Does VGS support 3D hardware acceleration?
Q: I receive a VxD error. Now what?
Q: Why I get "The CONNECTIX VGS.EXE file is linked to missing export MFC42.DLL:6663"?
Several users have reported errors with memory modules, specially with 192MB RAM or above. Try using only 128MB RAM.
Another solution for some VxD errors is disabling the Direct3D acceleration in the Display tab of DXDiag, that is found in C:\Program Files\directx\setup
Remember to enable it again
, if you plan to run other emulators or games that use Direct3D.
Other users have reported solving their problems uninstalling Nero or needed to do a dirty reinstall of Win9x. Also Voodoo 1.05.00 seems to have problems, try driver version 1.04.00 installed together with DirectX 7a.
Another tip: Checking the SINCHRONIZE DATA TRANSFER (in device settings/ cdrom / properties) help with some problems under Windows ME.
Some users report that running an earlier version of VGS 1.3 or 1.4 or the VGS Tester fixes some crashes in VGS 1.41.
NOTE: If your system is working fine, DO NOT CHANGE ANYTHING!!!
Q: How do I copy/delete my saved games in the memory cards?
Try downloading the latest MFC42.DLL
To replace this file with a newer version:
1. Download and unzip the mfc4261.zip
2. Shutdown and select Restart in MS-DOS mode
3. From the DOS prompt type:
copy c:\temp\mfc42.dll C:\windows\system\mfc42.dll
4. Type EXIT
and press ENTER to return to Windows
A simpler way is placing the MFC42.dll in the emulator directory.
Q: Where to download save games?
Q: My joypad isn't working with VGS?
These are some links where you will find saved games, mostly for bleem and GameShark:
You may try to convert them to VGS with my conversion tools
Q: How do I increase the compatibility of VGS?
Q: What is GAMES.TXT?
Q: Chrono Cross movie hangs after the battle with shadow of LynxAnother?
is for Connectix VGS
the same NEMU64.INI is for NEMU64, or the ULTRA.INI for UltraHLE (these are populars N64 emulators).
It contains a set of settings that increase the compatibility of the emulator, just placing the file in the same directory of Connectix VGS.exe.
the fact is that the file works and eliminates the need of use many patches floating in the net, including the VGS Generic Patcher
Q: Final Fantasy 9 hangs playing movies or show corrupted memory cards?
Try checking the box SINCHRONIZE DATA TRANSFER in Device Settings/ Cdrom / Properties.
Q: How may I speed up VGS?
All you need is apply Psytek's FF9 Fix 5
or the 501xx's Limited Edition 2
to VGS 1.41, and place GAMES.TXT
in the same directory of Connectix VGS.exe.
If you're using the pirated version of FF9 from Kalisto, you will have all kind of problems and I'm tired of being answering the same over and over, even when I have lot of alternatives in FF9 Patches Section
Q: Any other way to speed VGS?
Obviously with a faster hardware. But there are some speed up tips through software that may help a bit:
- Try using the SpeedUp
utility, close all unnecesary tasks (except the 4-5 in the top of the list), free all posible RAM and set tnkXfs.dat to a higher priority..
- Gamespot has some tweaking tricks here.
- Try incresing the available memory.
You may use RamBooster
- Try adjusting your CD performance
You may use Winboost 2000
or manually through Control Panel\System\Performance\File System\CD-Rom
- Try increasing CD cache
You may use CD-Quick Cache
- If you have a Voodoo card, try tweaking it:
There are some tools at www.3dfiles.com
- Try using VGS without any other background application.
You may use GameBoost
Q: How do I connect 2 PSX pads to the PC?
Some users report that turning off the sound inside some games reduce the frame skipping.
Q: Why my Dual-Shock controller does not vibrate with VGS?
Q: How do I know if I have DirectX 7a installed?
VGS doesn't have implemented the force feedback. I've heard that some joypads can emulate it through the volume level of the sound FX.
supports force feedback.
Q: What is a PSX ISO?
It must show: DirectX Version: DirectX 7.0 (4.07.00.0716)
Q: What is a PSX BIOS?
PSX ISO is usually refered to an image backup of a PlayStation CD. They are created with CD-R software, like: BlindRead (*.ISO), WinOnCD (*.C2D), CDRWin (*.CUE + *.BIN), Nero (*.NRG), CloneCD (*.IMG). An ISO file may contain both data and audio tracks in a single file. And it is usually of hundreds of MB.
ISOz is also the term used to refer pirated copies of CDs. You may use IsoBuster
to read/extract the content of a ISO without burn a CD.
Q: What is a DexDrive?
BIOS is a file containing the image of the ROM of the Playstation (operating system, instructions, etc). It's required by many freeware PlayStation
emulators, like ePSXe and PSEmu Pro
. VGS or Bleem do not require a BIOS file.
Q: What is tnkXfs.dat in VGS?
DexDrive is a physical device that you attach to your real Playstation, to transfer data to/from the PC and the PSX.
For additional info, visit: DexDrive.com
. Most of the memory card converters
translate from MEM to DexDrive format (GME).
is a file created every time you run CVGS and required by the VGS Video Patch
for 800x600 and 1024x768.
This file of 1960KB (in v1.41 full) remains in your C:\Windows\Temp
until you delete it.
You should not mark this file (or create one in Temp) as read only, VGS will not work if tnkXfs.dat can't be created.
Try renaming tnkXfs.dat
. You will discover that it gets the VGS icon!!
It seems that VGS is compressed in some way and this file is the uncompressed one.
won't run if you double click it. It requires some tweak in the registry to make it work.
Another trivia note: Using a WindowSpy utility, it shows that the name of Windows Class of VGS is "CVGS Double-Secret-Probation Mutex