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alexxi
January 29th, 2009, 03:20
Step 1(Download):
Download a dolphin version from here:
Xtreme2dmax (http://www.xtemu.com/index.php?ind=downloads&op=section_view&idev=30)(the one I mainly use)

other links:

daco (http://www.nyleveia.com/daco/)
omegadox (http://www.jaaku.net/omegadox/DolphinWx/)/omegadox2 (http://cid-c3b40b7cce647774.skydrive.live.com/browse.aspx/Public/DolphinWx?view=details)
others (http://www.dolphin-emu.com/forum/viewthread.php?thread_id=19)

For 32 bit windows: Dolphin x86 SVN Revision XXXX?
For 64 bit windows: Dolphin x64 SVN Revision XXXX?


Step 2(extract):
Extract the file with winrar (http://www.rarlab.com/download.htm) into a folder(ex: "Dolphin_v1999")


Step 3(run the emu):
run "DolphinWx.exe"


Step 4(Configuration):
Go to Options==>Configure==>Plugins
It should look like this:
http://img176.imageshack.us/img176/9747/dolphinconfighs2.png
Select the plugins that you want to use and click config.

-the only plugins that need any configuration are the graphics and pad, you can ignore the others.

-if you have a dual-core cpu, go to Options==>Configure==>Core,and check "Enable dual-core" (for some reason you get a speed boost with single cores too)

-If you want about 1-2fps boost from some games (and no sound) select the DSP-Null plugin.


Step 5(Select/run game):
Click on the browse icon(yellow Star) under the Options menu and select the directory/folder where the gc games are, you can press it again to add on other directories/folders (if you select the same dir twice you'll see the game twice on the list).
Run the game by double clicking its icon(or Ctrl+O/File==>Open)


If you get any of the errors below download and extract the specific dlls to the Dolphin folder(ex: "Dolphin_v1999")

error loading dll Plugins/Plugin_PadSimple.dll :Module not Found
xinput1_3.dll (http://www.dll-files.com/dllindex/dll-files.shtml?xinput1_3)

error loading dll Plugins/Plugin_VideoDX9.dll :Module not Found
d3dx9_39.dll (http://www.dll-files.com/dllindex/dll-files.shtml?d3dx9_39)

...if you still get a error loading the DX9 plugin try other dlls from:
I recommed trying d3dx9_36/_37/_38 first.
http://www.dll-files.com/search.php?s=d3dx9_



Dolphin FAQ(short version)/long version (http://code.google.com/p/dolphin-emu/wiki/Facts_And_Questions):

Q: Does this game work? What games are buggy or do not work?

A: Please check here:clicky (http://forums.ngemu.com/dolphin-discussion/113685-broken-games-list.html) and clicky again (http://forums.ngemu.com/dolphin-discussion/113878-wii-compatibility-list.html) , also search around the forums, else you need to try it yourself.

Q: I get a TLB Error!

A: Sometimes it is not really a TLB error, if the error is related to TLB, TLB support will NOT be added to Dolphin for now, see: clicky (http://forums.ngemu.com/dolphin-discussion/112179-tlb-fixable-future.html)

Q: Audio does not work!

A: Not all games have working audio yet, the audio are still in development, see:clicky (http://forums.ngemu.com/dolphin-discussion/109797-audio-support-dolphin-read-if-you-new-dolphin.html)

Q: My game break when Dual Core mode is enabled

A: Dual Core mode is currently buggy, so some game will break under that mode

Q: The game runs very slow

A: Do not expect to get high FPS in all games, Dolphin is still in development and needs a fast CPU to run it (eg: 2-4+ Ghz SSE2 supported processor)

Q: The game fails to boot!

A: Not all games are compatible in Dolphin yet, you will have to wait for a fix



Extras: wii_videos (http://forums.ngemu.com/dolphin-discussion/114229-wii-videos.html)/GC_videos (http://forums.ngemu.com/dolphin-discussion/115581-gamecube-videos.html)/wii_compatability (http://forums.ngemu.com/dolphin-discussion/116181-wii-compatibility-list-will-updated.html)
please make this thread sticky.:bow:

akira911
January 4th, 2010, 10:05
oh my holy dolphin! thank u man i dont need to update direct x with your guide!
also i dont encounter errors. SO how can access this page again easily?

ulaoulao
January 4th, 2010, 14:34
SO how can access this page again easily? - Use the bookmark or favorite feature of your browser?

Jale
January 7th, 2010, 06:42
It is highly advised to keep DirectX up to date.

Alexander_13
January 7th, 2010, 15:36
how can I transfer a fire emblem path of radiance save file for gamecube to use it on the wii version of fire emblem radiant dawn? with dolphin emu I need a special tool or something?

Mupen64 Man
January 21st, 2010, 01:03
I think you did a really good job on this faq! You should also put the system requirements for the emulator. Should be a sticky if you ask me,

alexxi
January 21st, 2010, 04:15
Thanks, and I can't edit my post-.-
well, some of the things I posted are outdated, some games require specific settings but dolphin is getting near perfect and less games require specific settings, you can even make tool-assisted speedruns on it but that is still not perfect.

New link for Daily builds:
-from mamario (http://www.dolphin-emulator.com/)
-and here (http://forums.dolphin-emu.com/forum-6.html) you can find other threads for more builds.

...and for system requirements(recommended*):
Processor: Any Fast CPU with SSE2 supported (recommended at least 2Ghz). Dual Core for speed boost.
Graphics: Any graphics card that supports Direct3D 9 or OpenGL 2.1(intergrated chips can work with older version of the emulator)
Ram: At least 2GB.
*you can run GC games with lower specs and possibly Wii games too but at very slow speeds.
..and more, clicky (http://forums.dolphin-emu.com/thread-4.html)

abhijith45
January 23rd, 2010, 10:05
Ummm,how do I open fire emblem radiant dawn iso?When I open it it remains at the booting stage.I downloaded it from***********

alexxi
January 27th, 2010, 14:52
I don't know every specific game that works on dolphin, and don't post where you get roms/isos.

wodash
January 29th, 2010, 01:52
Having a problem with Dolphin emu not recognizing wiimote plugin
when I try double clicking on the game I want to play. These pops up:

"Error loading Plugins/Plugin_Wiimote.dll: can't read info"
"Can't init any Wiimote Plugins"
"Couldn't init the core. Check your configuration."

at first i also have this problem "error loading dll Plugins/Plugin_PadSimple.dll :Module not Found" but it was fixed with the input fix posted here

my specs is as following

amd athlon 64 processor 3500+ 2,21ghz
1gb RAM
GeForce 7100 grapchics card

and i'm using dolphin R4776, a friend told me to use the latest dolphin and see if that fix the problem and i DL ed X64-r4971 but the problem is the same as above

can anyone help?

Xewtwo
January 29th, 2010, 06:10
I don't suppose there's a plugin for this that supports linking to Virtual Boy Advance games, would there?

Mupen64 Man
February 6th, 2010, 10:20
Not just yet, Dolphin still has to develop a ton of things before someone can make a plugin such as that.

Mupen64 Man
February 6th, 2010, 10:23
Having a problem with Dolphin emu not recognizing wiimote plugin
when I try double clicking on the game I want to play. These pops up:

"Error loading Plugins/Plugin_Wiimote.dll: can't read info"
"Can't init any Wiimote Plugins"
"Couldn't init the core. Check your configuration."

at first i also have this problem "error loading dll Plugins/Plugin_PadSimple.dll :Module not Found" but it was fixed with the input fix posted here

my specs is as following

amd athlon 64 processor 3500+ 2,21ghz
1gb RAM
GeForce 7100 grapchics card

and i'm using dolphin R4776, a friend told me to use the latest dolphin and see if that fix the problem and i DL ed X64-r4971 but the problem is the same as above

can anyone help?

Your specs just don't quite cut it, you'll need Duel Core Duo at the very least to make a game playable on Dolphin. But, what you could try is updating your DirectX and see where that gets you.