@ConradCopernicus upgrading to a newer pi model would be beneficial. Alternatively you can also try using just the standalone pcsxrearmed emulator found in the optional packages section of retropie setup. It's not a libretro emulator so you may need to manually map your controls and game compatibility is not as good, but performance should be better.
@mitu I checked out those points you recommended and they all seem fine. Im going to seem like total idiot now.. Everything else was fine but I just had to update the retropie setup. Then I updated the emulator again. I updated everything not too long time ago so I had no idea it could be that. I even uninstalled and re-installed the psx emulator and updated it before doing this. Now im wiser and can potentially help some other people in the future.
I really appreciate your help, it pushed me to right direction.
I know this is a necro, but I just discovered some quirky stuff that may help some folks out in this same situation.
I am working with the latest retropie on a 3b+ (usb mount roms), and in the process of building it out I noticed probably half of the psx titles I try wouldn't play at all (back to es after rgui), while the other half played perfectly. Similar to the OP's situation, these happened to be ringer titles for me... I wasn't going to give up on these without a good fight. I tried 4 different ROMs of the same game and none worked. I tried 3 different bios downloads, including mixing some of the files together, without success. So guess what randomly worked for me?
Converting the zipped cue/bin roms to chd v5 using the chdman.exe script, lol... so worth the shot in the dark!!!
I learned how to make such chd's in the process of getting reicast working, and noticed an excerpt in the retropie psx docs about chd compatibility. I already downloaded 4 slightly different copies of one of the games and none of them work. So what was there to lose by trying just one of those downloaded cue/bins as a chd. Sure enough it worked!!! So I converted the rest of the non-working psx titles to chd, and now they all work!!!
It's a 4xwin situation too... gets non-working roms to work + reduces file size + reduces file count + (this is a big one) the games load up like 100x faster using chd vs bin/cue!!!
You said you use lr-pcsx-rearmed but I think that emulator uses /opt/retropie/configs/psx/retroarch.cfg for controls not PCSX-ReARMed.rmp. Did you check that config? Do your controllers work in NES or others?
I appreciate your input. In regard to your late comment on the other topic, I was just following what was suggested.
Please refer to dankcushions comment, as I stated before my intent is not to annoy y'all experts in the subject.
I am just looking for help , not soft attack. Don't get me wrong, I understood your point behind the post . It is just frustrating that it triggered an immediate accusation as being a spammer.
But anyway I guess people will never change.
Thank you for the correction.After the comment I tried to correct the misunderstanding but I guess the 2nd topic is locked . lol.
Whatever, I can probably continue to poke around and find someone with a true desire to help.
I wish you both a very blessed evening.
I have figured it out. I had to download 7z1604 and unecm. I also had cuemakerdotnet previously downloaded. After some time I was able to convert my files to .bin and .cue.
The Metal Gear Solid .7z files I had to use each of them to finally create the correct files. For Syphon Filter 2 I downloaded new .7z files. When I ran the files through 7z1604 it created .bin and .cue files for me.
I tested Metal Gear Solid and the game loaded. Played just a the first part and it worked fine, both graphics and audio. Syphon Filter 2 worked perfect too.
I just tried 2 different versions of Dukes of Hazzard for USA with both lr-pcsx-rearmed and pcsx-rearmed and neither of them would load. Got the black screen.
Must not be compatible with the current version of pcsx on the Raspberry Pi :(
Bummer. Thanks for trying. I'll keep trying with each update release. This project has me wanting to play it so much that I'll probably get out the Playstation and the game this weekend to play it old school style.
When i update retropie from 4.0.1 to 4.0.3 (or 4 i don't remember) i got a lot of problems. Controls stopped working insidee psx games, and the bios wasn't been detected! I put the bios in the psx roms folder and it works.... But I don't get why they launch update that breaks user configuration completely