Thanks goes out to K-COMM, DATEL and Loser
NOTE: I did not write any of the 'FAQ' or 'CAETLA Installation' documents
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Caetla FAQ v1.0 ============================================================================== Table of Contents: 1. Introduction - What is Caetla? - What does it do? - What do I need to get started? 2. Installation - Knowing your Comms link port number - On with flashing the rom! 3. Caetla - Menu translations/explanations 4. Caetla tools - psexe.exe ============================================================================== 1. Introduction What is Caetla? Caetla is an Action Replay ROM replacement that adds a great deal of functionality to the PSX. What does it do? Allows uploading and execution of Grey and Yaroze executables CD Functions - MOV/STR viewer - Audio player PC <-> PSX transfers - Memory card - VRAM - Files Cheat functions (for people that play games) VRAM viewer Memory card management Bypassing of Sony startup screens when booting games :) What do I need to get started? You'll need a PSX (obviously), Action Replay (or Gameshark), Comms Link and proper cable. Be sure to get a REAL Action Replay, not that cheap knockoff piece of Asian crap version. If you do, you are screwed. However, the knockoff piece of Asian crap Comms Link will work just fine, as will the actual Datel Comms Link. Also, you'll need a brain. 2. Installation Knowing your Comms link port number First off, you need to know what port your Comms link card is set to. (You can change/set the port by changing the jumpers on the Comms link.) If it's 320 (Caetla default) it's not terribly important then. If it's other than 320, you will have to let the caetla tools know which port to communicate with. With any Caetla tool, there is a -p option, which allows you to specify the port number. Here's an example: psexe -p3 myfile.exe <-- will send over myfile.exe through port 330. Key: -p option accepts 0-3 where 0=300, 1=310, 2=320, 3=330 ALERNATIVELY, you can set the Caetla environment variable 'port' to the port you want using the above key, and Caetla will work properly without the -p option. Drop it in your autoexec.bat and never worry about it again: 'set port=3' On with flashing the rom! Now the fun stuff. 'psupdate.com' is the rom flasher you'll use as follows: 1. Turn on your psx 2. Type psupdate -px caetla.bin (x = your port number!) 3. Reset your psx 4. Hit enter on your PC keyboard 5. Wait like a good little kid 6. Caetla screen now pops on! 3. Caetla - Menu translations/explanations Main menu translation 1. Boot CD 2. Boot CD with hook 3. Code entry/management 4. Memory card management 5. VRAM viewer 6. CD functions 7. Configuration For the braindead among us, O is accept and X is cancel in the menus - Boot CD Duh, boots the CD. - Boot CD with hook Boot the CD, with the ability to use Caetla tools during Game-time. For example, you can use 'timdown.com' during a game to take a snapshot, it will save a tim image to your pc, and then resume the game. - Code entry/management Coming Soon. - Memory card management 1. Slot Copy - Copy a single save slot to another card 2. Card Copy - Copy an entire card to another card 3. Slot Erase - Erase a single save slot from a card - Yes/No - Defaults to No 4. Card Erase - Erase an entire card - Yes/No - Defaults to No 5. Exit - VRAM viewer Directional Pad - Pan around L1 - Increase horizontal resolution R1 - Decrease horizontal resolution L2 - Switch vertical resolution (240/480) R2 - Switch bit depths (16/24) /\ - Change placement of status window O - Speed up panning in combination with directional pad X - Exit - CD functions When using a PSX CD you are able to view the MOV/STRs on the disc, or listen to just the audio from the MOV/STR. Great for those out there who think that FMV is the best part of the game. And with some games, it is. If you have an audio CD in, you can play the tracks, nothing fancy but it gets the job done. - Configuration Coming Soon. 4. Caetla Tools psexe.com - This is the tool that allows you to upload to the PSX The Caetla homepage provides an example of how a Net Yaroze batch file would be translated in psexe commands. The example is as follows: Net Yaroze AUTO file for Terra Incognita local dload maketmd.dat 80090000 local dload makemap.dat 800ae000 local dload makedemo.dat 800af000 local dload se.vh 800b0000 local dload makemime.dat 800c0000 local dload maketim.dat 800d0000 local dload se.vb 80110000 local load terra.exe Equivalent psexe commands psexe -x libps.exe psexe maketmd.dat -d80090000 psexe makemap.dat -d800ae000 psexe makedemo.dat -d800af000 psexe se.vh -d800b0000 psexe makemime.dat -d800c0000 psexe maketim.dat -d800d0000 psexe se.vb -d80110000 psexe terra.exe This should be enough information for even the most pea brained person to comprehend the use of psexe.
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Caetla Installation =================== Download Caetla and the Caetla tools, and unzip them. It's a good idea to copy the tools to a directory in your path. Caetla setup takes place from a DOS prompt. If you are not using a Comms Card at the default port number of 320, you can use the '-p' parameter with the tools, but it's better to set an 'environment variable' - type: SET PORT=p (where 'p' is the correct value for your setup - run CAEFLASH with no parameters and you'll see a list of values for 'p', eg. 0 for a Comms Card on port 300 10 for an XPLORER on LPT1, etc.) You should also insert 'SET PORT=p' in your AUTOEXEC.BAT. You can type 'SET' to see a list of your current environment variables. Caetla installation has 4 stages: 1. Check for compatibility 2. Backup your current ROM 3. Flash Caetla 4. Configure Caetla 1. Check for compatibility Power off the PSX and type: caeflash -T for an Action Replay or Caetla'd XPlorer: caeflash -T -XT for an un-Caetla'd XPlorer: Power on the PSX and press a key on the PC. You'll see this: [Hardware information] Hardware type : PAR1 EEP-ROM MID : BF / DID : 07 This EEP-ROM is supported. Is hardware-type right? (y/n) Enter 'y' to continue. Now you'll see this: [Writing test to EEP-ROM] EEP-ROM : 1F01FC00 - 1F01FFFF(PAR1) Would you like to test writing to this range?(y/n) Enter 'y' to continue. If it completes normally, your current AR ROM can be reflashed. If not, you can't install Caetla on this Action Replay. Most AR clones use a hacked version of Caetla anyway, so you might still be able to use the Caetla tools with an 'un-flashable' AR. 2. Backup your current ROM Power off the PSX and type: caeflash -b BACKUP.ROM for an Action Replay or Caetla'd XPlorer caeflash -XT -b BACKUP.ROM for an un-Caetla'd XPlorer Power on the PSX. Your current ROM will be saved to 'BACKUP.ROM' on the PC. 3. Flash Caetla Power off the PSX and type: caeflash CAETLA.BIN for an Action Replay or Caetl'd XPlorer caeflash -XT CAETLA.BIN for an un-Caetla'd XPlorer Replace 'CAETLA.BIN' with the name of the Caetla ROM eg. CAETLA.035 Power on the PSX. If the Caetla menu is not displayed on the PSX, hold down L1+L2+R1+R2 on the pad and reset the PSX. 4. Configure Caetla Select PAL/NTSC: Caetla will initially start in NTSC mode. To change to PAL, press 'SELECT' and 'L1' on the PSX pad, move the box on the screen to the left and press 'O'. You can change back to NTSC by the same method. Select Japanese/English: Caetla will initially start in Japanese. To change to English, press 'SELECT' and 'L2' on the PSX pad, move the box on the screen to the left and press 'O'. Set the hardware type: Select "Configuration" from the Caetla main menu. Choose "PAR/GS" for Action Replay, or "X-Plorer" in "Hardware Setting". Return to the main menu. To remove Caetla: ================= Power off the PSX, and type: caeflash BACKUP.ROM Power on the PSX. (Caeflash can re-flash XPlorer '.FCD' files)