Welcome to Ragnar's mini(?) FAQ. For matters related to his uploads & things~
Q: I downloaded a game with a .epme extension, how do I extract it?
Q: What the heck is a PAR2 file, and how do I use it?Spoiler warning:To protect my re-uploads after the Megaupload takedown, I'm sorta mauling the filenames of my games. On good filehosts I can't tag them with clear filenames anymore, so I'm just posting the stock number, and changing the .rar file extension to .epme (named after the mainsite, Emuparadise.me). This change may look confusing, but it's superficial and won't impede your use of the files in any way.
For simple extraction it's best to just use 7-zip, it should be able to handle all the files I upload, without the need to recombine.
If you'd prefer Winrar you may need to un-split the files first with HjSplit. I always span files larger than 200MB with HjSplit Also, you may need to change the .epme file extension back to .rar. Or you can simply associate .epme to Winrar.
Here's a simple guide on how to extract a HjSplit file with 7zip.
First up, make sure all the files are in the same folder and are named consistently, meaning if one of the files came from a mirror that_added_underscores_everywhere_you'll need to cleanup the filenames. Once you think you're ready right-click on the 001 file, you should see these 7-zip options:
Simply click "Extract Here" and it'll extract. It's that easy "Extract to" may get confused if there's a period mark in the filename, but if you want more advanced features simply click "Open archive".
Q: Do I need to download all these links to play?!Spoiler warning:Basically a PAR2 file is used for error checking, and it has recovery data built right in. So if by some chance your download was corrupted, you should be able to simply fix the file instead of redownloading. Provided of course, that I gave you enough recovery data to cover any of your damages.
I'm posting PAR2 files with my uploads because I'm intentionally damaging my files before submitting them to filehosts, so they can't simply view the guts of a file with a hex editor to easily see what it really is. It's a kinda extreme step, but they seem to be looking, so I have to...
Using PAR2's is easy. First you need a program to handle them, I suggest QuickPar:
If you aren't using Windows (or if you just wanna check out the alternatives) you can skim a list of available programs on Wikipedia:
Anyways, once you have QuickPar installed. Simply place the PAR2 file in the same folder as your downloaded files, then give it a double-click. It'll scan your download, if all is well it'll tell you it's ready to recover your stuff. So click on the Repair button, down on the bottom right corner. QuickPar will do it's thing, and output a nice functional file for you to enjoy. No need to recombine or any other weird stuff I've been known to do, I'm setting these up to try and make your life easy~
Q: How do I download with JDownloader?Spoiler warning:Yes. You'll need everything.
In the case of multi-disc games you can get away with just getting the first disc to start. But eventually you will need those later discs too...
Q: JDownloader can't open your DLC? It's giving some container server error...Spoiler warning:Ok, I'll show you the basics. Firstly, download and install JDownloader. The "Offline Installers" are best, they're usually listed at the bottom of the downloads page.
When you first start up JDownloader it may start auto-updating, as it needs a bunch of current plugins to connect to various filehosts. Let it finish updating before doing anything.
Once it's ready simply double-click on the .dlc file you saved from here (drag and dropping onto JDownloader works too). That should load up the download links on the Linkgrabber tab on JDownloader:
From there simply click "Continue with all", and the links will be moved to the Download tab. Then click the Play button (the > arrow) on the top left and JDownloader will get to work. If JDownloader doesn't defeat the hosts captcha recognition on it's own it'll nag you to do it:
Plug in the correct code and it'll start downloading
Q: JDownloader says "fatal error" when downloading from MediafireSpoiler warning:This is a random persistent bug in Jdownloader, it doesn't have anything to do with the specific DLC file you're attempting to open.
If you encounter this error you can try and work around it in 2 ways:
1) Simply try and load the DLC file in a different manner. There are several ways to load DLCs. You can double-click the DLC file, you can drag & drop the DLC onto Jdownloader, you can simply right click on the DLC and Copy it so the Linkgrabber will catch it, or you can use the menu option Links>Add Links> Add Container (or Ctrl+o if you want a shortcut).
2) If the first easy options don't work you can try and update Jdownloader. You can do this by pressing the little globe icon on the top right (or hit Alt+a). If you happen to be 100% up to date and it's still not working you'll have to downgrade by uninstalling and reinstalling the program.
Q: I hate JDownloader, do I really need to use it?Spoiler warning:Gah, I don't know why JDownloader isn't fixing this. Mediafire has added a random captcha that'll occasionally pop up, JDownloader (and every other manager?) fails to load it, and it causes that fatal error. Mediafire logged your IP address when assigning the random captcha on you, and will re:hit you with it on every link you attempt to get, till you fill it out.
To get past it simply use your internet browser to download a Mediafire link like a normal person would. If the links you're attempting to get are in a DLC file you can just Google down any random Mediafre link, it doesn't matter what you try and download.
Wait, screw that, I'm not going to make you Google when I can do it just as easily and save you the time. Here, Zelda on the NES: Download Links:
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Q: Megaupload died, please reupload ________!Spoiler warning:You need to use some sort of manager for .dlc files. There are some alternatives out there, which I haven't personally tried, but I've heard suggested before. You can give them a spin if you want:
There are almost certainly other alternatives too. If you have some favorite download manager it can't hurt to check if it works with them.
Q: I can't extract, 7zip says something is corrupt.Spoiler warning:I'm uploading stuff as fast as I can. I just have a normal residential broadband internet connection, so it'll take a loooooong time to get everything I had up before back up... For now I'm focusing on reuploading PS2 games, because the mainsite should cover most anything else you might need.
I'm not going out of my way to fill reupload requests, but if you really want something I don't mind if you ask, I might help. Maybe.
Umm, I'm kinda getting bored now. If you have any requests feel free to shot them at me, I'll see what I can do!
Well, my Mediafire account got taken out. I'm not super interested in reuploading normal full PS2 games, because the mainsite now has perfect 1:1 copies of nigh every PS2 game.
So I'm moving onto PSP games, and posting perfect 1:1 games. Something the PSP section sorely needs (seriously, I tried downloading a bunch of stuff, it was all crap IMO...).
Q: I want to play ______ game on an Emulator. How do I do it?Spoiler warning:Files can corrupt while downloading. Make sure any split files are all the exact same size (except for the last part which should be smaller), to ensure there aren't any incomplete downloads. If all the sizes match then you should check the release post a see if I've attached a .sfv file to it. You can use a .sfv with a program like QuickSFV to easily verify the checksum of your files. If it reports that one of the files is damaged you'll need to redownload it. If I've yet to make a .sfv for your game please ask for one, and I'll try to get you one ASAP
Q: I want to play ______ game on a console. How do I do it?Spoiler warning:I donno, ask Cookie Seriously, I don't have a clue, but don't bother Cookie First you should check these links:
Playstation 2 FAQ
Playstation and PSP FAQ
Sega system guides
If those don't answer your questions you may want to make a thread asking for help in the relevant section over in Everything Emulation. Also there's surely more guides and tips around, try reading around a bit, you might find just what you want to know
Q: I extracted a PS2 game, and it gave me some strange .i00/.i01 files... What do I do with these?Spoiler warning:
Q: I think the iso you gave me is ripped/corrupt/incomplete/bad!Spoiler warning:.i00/.i01 files are a simple split .iso format. I was posting games in that manner so oldschool FAT drive users could still use them. Annoyingly enough the .i00 file is still too big for Windows FAT users nowadays. They used to fit fine... I suspect Windows has started attaching a few bytes of header data or something to files, making them a touch too big Anyways, none of that is too important. Lets get down to what you want to do with them.
-If you're playing with Swap Magic or a Modded PS2: You've got nothing to worry about. Just load the .mds controller file into ImgBurn (or the image burning software of your choice) and burn as you would normally.
-If you're playing with ESR on a console: Here's the annoying catch. You need to unsplit the image to ESR patch it It's not difficult to do, I have 2 usual ways I suggest someone does it.
-1st way. Mount the image using the .mds to a virtual drive (Daemon Tools for instance). Then rip an ISO from the virtual drive using ImgBurn (or whatever image ripping software you prefer). That's it, you've got yourself a joined image
-2nd way. Use HjSplit, I said it was a simple split .iso format, didn't I Rename the files like this:
Game Name.i00 --> Game Name.iso.001
Game Name.i01 --> Game Name.iso.002
Then open HjSplit and join the files. It'll run over it for a few minutes (It's progress bar may get confused), once it says joining completed you're good to go.
-If you're playing with an emulator: 2 options. 1st, simply load the .mds into a virtual drive like Daemon Tools, and play the game with a CD/DVD plugin on PCSX2. 2nd, simply follow the unsplitting options I suggested for ESR users above. Then you'll just have a standard ISO.
Q: What's the RAR file password?Spoiler warning:Noooo~ Virtually everything I upload I've personally ripped 1:1 images from original discs I own. If I'm not ripping something myself I try to be up front about it. When there's any question of data corruption I follow the old tried and true ripping method of ripping multiple ISOs and comparing them to ensure they're identical So yeah, if you're having playback issues on an emulator, it's not the fault of the image...
Edit: Oh, a fair chunk of the PSP games I'm uploading aren't my personal rips. I like leaving my games sealed nowadays ^^ Anything I've downloaded is verified against whatever online CRC databases I could scour, so they're all good.
Q: How can I ever repay you for ________?Spoiler warning:As a matter of principle I don't like to password files. With the Megaupload takedown, the handful of passworded files I did have are long gone. So 100% of my files are password free. If your compression app is asking you for a password it's possible it's just flaking out, I've seen both WinRar and 7zip do this. If one of those is doing it to you it's best to just try the other It's also possible a corrupted download could cause that error, use those sfv's I post to be sure that's not the problem.
Spoiler warning:Uhh, it's no big deal, I like helping. Simply clicking the :thanks: button in the bottom left corner of my posts will make me happy