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Errors and fixes

Error: "It failed in reading WNASPI32.dll"
Fix: I have Ahead's Nero installed with its most recent update. All I did to fix this problem was copy my WNASPI32.dll file from my /ahead/nero/folder to my SSF folder and the problem was fixed. If you haven't purchased the full version of Nero, there is a demo version available which should work as well from www.nero.com

Error: "It failed in reading a file."
Fix: This deals with the use of the Sega Saturn BIOS. Please rename your Sega Saturn BIOS to "boot.rom" and place it in your SSF folder where the executable is located.

Error: "Please restart SSF."
Fix: This occurs when you change a setting in SSF. The setting is saved in "SSF.ini". This is basically a prompt to restart the program for the settings to change.

Error: The game Iím trying to play says it isn't designed to be played on this system, or just goes to the Bios and won't load the game.
Fix: This is caused to the Saturn's Region protection. Just load SSF again, go to Options->Options-> and select the appropriate Area code for your game. Restart SSF, and the game should run.

On my system, these are the only problems I've ever had happen to me. Please refer to General Help for other possible solutions to your problems.

How do I play a game?

First, check to make sure you have all of the recommended updates in General Help. 
Secondly, check to make sure you have the Saturn Bios renamed "boot.rom" and in your SSF folder
Third, insert your Sega Saturn CD into your CD-Rom drive.
Fourth, Launch SSF.exe 

The first time you launch SSF, you will enter the Saturn bios to set the time, date, and language.

What keys on my keyboard correspond to the buttons on my Saturn controller?

Z key = A TRG
X key = B TRG
C key = C TRG
S key = X TRG
D key = Y TRG
F key = Z TRG
A key = L TRG
G key = R TRG
Enter key = Start TRG

F1 key = CD open
F2 key = CD close
F2 key = Reset
F9 key = Snapshot
F11 key = Window mode
F12 key = Full screen mode
Q key = Field skip +1
W key = Field skip -1

How do I speed up SSF?

Currently, Saturn emulation is very complex. The Saturn hardware is extremely complicated and synching all of its components is not an easy thing to do. The only suggestion I have is to buy faster/better hardware - but don't expect a dramatic improvement. One other thing worth noting is rebooting your computer and closing all background programs (such as anti-virus's) which eat up system recourses.

Where did "SMem.dat" and "SSF.ini" come from?

These files are generated by SSF.
SSF.ini saves setting to be used by SSF, such as region, CD drive, and other things.
Smem.dat I presume is where the Sega Saturn settings, such as clock, date, and language settings are saved.

SSF freezes after attempt to exit it.

I have this problem as well, and the only solution I have is to hit Control+Alt+Delete at the same time and close the program through Window's Task Manager.

What is TV Monitor Mode?

Basically, this dictates whether there will be scan lines like on a real TV or not. Not checking this option will remove scan lines, and allow for cleaner screenshots when compressed to a smaller resolution.

How can I change the default language for SSF?

In the /SSF/message folder, you will find a file called "default". Open this file and change the first line to the language you want - Just make sure for that language, you have a subfolder for it with translations of the error.txt and menu.txt


SSF doesn't use the windows registry, so just deleting your SSF folder does the trick.