Wat is Dolphin?

Dolphin is een GameCube en Wii emulator met hoge compatibiliteit tussen de meerderheid van titels voor beide platformen. Het werd eerst ontwikkeld als closed source in 2003 en is sinds 2008 open source.

Wat is de licentie van Dolphin?

When Dolphin went open-source in 2008, it was released under the GPLv2 license. However it has since been relicensed to GPLv2+. According to the license, you may use Dolphin and its source code for any purpose, but distributing Dolphin requires that the source code be released and attribution given. For more details, see the license document.

Wie heeft Dolphin gemaakt?

Meer dan 200 mensen hebben hard gewerkt om Dolphin te maken. De lijst van vrijwilligers staat [op GitHub] (https://github.com/dolphin-emu/dolphin/graphs/contributors).

Dolphin is op geen enkele manier bij Nintendo aangesloten.

Welke besturingssystemen worden ondersteund?

Dolphin is a cross-platform emulator that runs on Windows (7 SP1 and newer), Linux, and macOS (10.10 Yosemite and up). For their ease of use and additional graphics backend options, Windows is generally recommended for most users. Other Unix-like systems (such as FreeBSD) may work but are not officially supported. Operating systems are required to be 64-bit to run Dolphin.

As well, Dolphin runs on Android 5.0 and up on 64-bit Android devices. The Android version of Dolphin is in alpha and should not be expected to work as well as the PC counterpart.

Welke CPU moet ik gebruiken?

Dolphin is a dual core application that relies upon IPC (Instructions Per Clock) and clockspeed for performance. Additional cores will not make Dolphin go any faster, though an "extra" core that Dolphin isn’t using may help slightly by keeping background tasks from using the same cores as Dolphin.

Accordingly, the perfect CPU for Dolphin has high IPC, a high clock rate, and four cores or more. With four cores, Dolphin has two cores for the main emulation threads, a third core for other tasks, and another core for the operating system and background tasks to run without taking resources from the emulator.

  • Intel: For the most part, newer is better when it comes to Intel processors. Within a single generation of processors, the difference between i5 and i7 (hyperthreading/extra core counts) don't affect Dolphin very much. Newer generations will give higher performance per clock, and K series processors will allow for overclocking to gain extra performance. Be wary of U and Y series processors, as their reduced clockspeeds often struggle with Dolphin's workload.

  • AMD: Dolphin's workload didn't match the strengths of AMD processors until the Ryzen line. As such, we can only recommend Ryzen or newer for Dolphin among AMD's line of processors.

For more details, such as specific CPU recommendations, CPU comparisons, or what hardware you should purchase to get playable speeds on a specific game, please ask on our Hardware Forum before purchasing.

Note: For more information regarding CPU performance, please check out this handy benchmark that contains results from tons of users. It's important to remember that Dolphin is a console emulator with tons of optimizations and features. But, in the end, it does what the game instructs it to do. Some games only use features that are easy to emulate, and thus will run full-speed on just about any computer that supports Dolphin. Meanwhile, others struggle to run full speed at all times on even the most powerful of processors.

Welke GPU heb ik nodig?

Choosing a GPU for Dolphin is a fairly simple task. The more powerful the graphics card, the more pixels and enhancements you can throw at it before you’ll see slowdown. However, the biggest thing to watch for is making sure the GPU supports DirectX11.1 and OpenGL 4.4. Dolphin emulates a console that functions very differently from a traditional PC, and uses the latest D3D and OGL features to reduce overhead. If you do not have those extensions, performance will suffer.

  • NVIDIA: Any modern mid-range or better NVIDIA GPU will be able to play Dolphin in HD resolutions with Ubershaders quite well. Old (6+ years) and/or low end GPUs may struggle, and are not recommended.

  • AMD: Any modern mid-range or better AMD GPU will perform well in Dolphin with Ubershaders. AMD generally favors D3D over OpenGL, so we recommend D3D for these GPUs. Old (6+ years) and/or low end GPUs may struggle, and are not recommended.

  • Intel: Iris Pro iGPUs will handle Dolphin well in D3D in Windows, though there are driver issues with the other graphics backends on that OS. A full fledged discrete graphics card is still highly recommended. IGPs older than the HD4000 are not supported.

Hoeveel werkgeheugen heb ik nodig om Dolphin te kunnen gebruiken?

2GB of meer is aangeraden. De snelheid van het werkgeheugen, of het hoeveelheid werkgeheugen heeft geen invloed op emulatiesnelheid.

Welke versie van Dolphin moet ik downloaden?

The latest stable version of Dolphin is a good choice to start with: it works with a lot of games and is well tested. Development versions have the latest fixes and optimizations, but their constantly changing nature means that little testing has been done on them and unknown bugs may appear.

Our buildbot provides each revision of Dolphin in four variants on the main site:

  • Windows x64 for 64-bit Windows operating systems
  • macOS for 64-bit macOS computers
  • Android APKs for 64-bit Android

We no longer distribute Linux builds on our website, requiring users to build from source. Please see our Building Dolphin on Linux guide for instructions.

Dolphin does not support 32-bit operating systems. To check if your version of Windows is compatible with 64-bit applications, open the Start Menu, right click on Computer and select the Properties option. A window should appear, showing "64-bit operating system" as the System type if your Windows version can run Dolphin x64. If you are running a 32-bit operating system, you should upgrade to a 64-bit version to better utilize the abilities of your hardware.

On Android, Dolphin also requires 64-bit (ARMv8 AArch64). To see if your Android phone has the necessary requirements, simply run the APK, and Dolphin will alert you.

Do note that sometimes the buildbot is not always around for a build, and various revisions may not have built correctly for all OSes. If this occurs, it will be fixed in a short time.

"This program can't start because MSVCP140.dll is missing"

Dolphin now uses Visual Studio C++ 2015 for Windows compiling, Windows users must have the 64-bit Visual C++ redistributable for Visual Studio 2015 installed in order to use development builds. The runtime has a minimum system requirement of Windows Vista SP2 and Windows 7 SP1.

Also, remember to extract Dolphin's files from the archive to a folder on your computer instead of running Dolphin directly from inside the archive.

"This application has failed to start because XINPUT1_3.dll was not found"

You need to install the latest DirectX runtime from Microsoft or make sure you have the latest Xbox 360 Controller Drivers installed.

"The application was unable to start correctly (0xc000007b)"

Dit type fout treedt meestal alleen op bij het uitvoeren van een 64-bits Dolphin-build, terwijl 32-bits builds prima werken. Wanneer mensen deze fouten tegenkomen, zoals de vcomp100.dll of xinput1_3.dll die ontbreken, hebben ze meestal 32-bit build van deze bestanden via het internet gedownload en verwachten ze dat het goed werkt met 64-bit applicaties.

Als u last heeft van dit probleem, verwijder dan alle handmatig gedownloade DLL-bestanden die zijn opgeslagen in uw systeempaden en in het pad waar het Dolphin is opgeslagen en installeer ze in plaats daarvan opnieuw met de juiste runtime-installatieprogramma's. Raadpleeg de twee bovenstaande vragen voor meer informatie.

Mijn Laptop/Nieuwe GPU presteert niet zo goed als dat hij zou moeten presteren.

Laptops and modern GPUs use a variety of tricks to reduce their power consumption and overall temperature. Underclocking, reducing voltages, using integrated instead of discrete graphics, etc. Sometimes these tricks get in the way of Dolphin, and the system needs a little help to use it's maximum capabilities with the emulator. Use the links below for assistance.

Ik heb de knoppen ingesteld voor een tweede GC controller maar het werkt niet

Zorg ervoor dat de geëmuleerde GameCube port 2is geconfigureerd als een standaard controller in het GameCube tab van de hoofdconfiguratie venster. Als de controller nog steeds niet werkt, kijk dan of het spel wel een tweede GameCube controller ondersteund.

Hoe kan ik mijn PS3 of PS4 draadloze controller met Dolphin gebruiken?

Install the ScpToolkit driver package to get Windows to recognize your controller as a bluetooth device, or to connect a PS3 controller to your system. They can then be used in the Dolphin GCPad and Emulated Wiimote configuration.

Mijn audio stottert!

Sometimes when you're running a game you may run into occasions where Dolphin is unable to run full-speed. Because the emulated console isn't running full-speed, it doesn't output as much audio as Dolphin needs. As such there end up being gaps in the audio, commonly referred to as audio stuttering by users.

This is not actually an audio issue, but a performance issue. Audio stuttering can be avoided by running Dolphin full-speed, or, in the latest development builds, activating time-stretched audio. Time-stretched audio will "stretch" the currently output audio over the gaps, allowing the game to sound more natural at the cost of some audio latency.

Game "X" werkt niet goed

Even with a decade of work, Dolphin isn't a perfect emulator. This means you may encounter various issues that range from minor sound or graphics defects to game breaking errors and crashes. In order to provide users with as much information as possible, the Dolphin website hosts a wiki with thousands of pages dedicated to games and various features of the emulator. Game Specific pages often list problems a game has, solutions, and what settings are needed to make it run as accurately as possible.

If you find a bug in a game that isn't listed on the Wiki, please checkout the issue tracker and see if it is reported there. If it isn't, feel free to report the bug you found so that the developers are aware of the issue. Be aware, one of the rules you must follow before reporting an issue is make sure the issue isn't already fixed on the latest development version.

Dolphin versnelt wanneer ik het graphics menu open?

Dolphin is configured to run as fast as possible by default. However, for some games, that will cause a lot of problems, and they need more accurate and more demanding settings to run properly. For user convenience, many games have had these settings preconfigured in the "GameINI", a file with custom settings for each game.

By opening the graphics menu, you are overriding the GameINI default settings and instead using the settings within the graphics menu, which will be the global defaults or whatever you last set them to. If you are playing a game that needs accurate but demanding settings, opening the graphics menu will disable those settings and result in a speed up. However, you will then be subject to the glitches and problems the GameINI settings were protecting you from.

See the Dolphin Wiki for details on what games needs which settings to run correctly and why.

Hoe kan ik Dolphin builden op mijn computer?

The build instructions are available on GitHub:

Wat is de beste manier om de ontwikkeling te volgen?

Builds are compiled for every development version of Dolphin and are available on the download page.

All of the Git commits are also available on GitHub where you can comment on changes and view new pull requests to get a jump on upcoming features.

Ik heb een idee om Dolphin beter te kunnen maken, hoe vertel ik het ontwikkelingsteam hierover?

De meeste Dolphin ontwikkelaars lezen de "Development discussie" forum. Als u daar een thread post heeft u een goede kans dat een ontwikkelaars of gebruikers u feedback komen geven.

Dolphin ontwikkelaars communiceren ook via IRC, wat beter is voor een snel praatje dan een forum. Bezoek ons op #dolphin-emu @ irc.freenode.net.

Ookal is uw idee erg goed, vergeet niet dat ontwikkelaars in hun vrije tijd aan Dolphin werken en niet per se tijd hebben om alles te implementeren wat gesuggereerd word. Indien het mogelijk is maak, eerst een schets van uw idee zodat u meer kans hebt om de aandacht te trekken van de ontwikkelaars.

Kan Dolphin niet meer CPU cores gebruiken om sneller te werken?

CPUs werken niet op deze manier.

Elke core in een CPU werkt in parallel. Twee taken kunnen goed werken in parallel als ze niet veel met elkaar hoeven te communiceren of op één enkele snelheid moeten werken. Bijvoorbeeld: bestanden comprimeren kan worden gedaan op verschillende cores omdat het comprimeren van een bestand en het comprimeren van een ander bestand twee opzichzelfstaande taken zijn die niet met elkaar hoeven te communiceren.

In Dolphin zijn de enige veeleisende taken die parallel kan werken de CPU, GPU en de DSP. Als je deze opbreekt in kleinere taken om op meerdere cores te werken is het zeer waarschijnlijk dat het juist trager wordt. Daarom gebruikt Dolphin alleen 3 cores en zal het niet alles van je 4 of 6 cores CPU gebruiken.

Waarom heb ik zo'n krachtige computer nodig om een oude console te emuleren?

While it's true the GameCube and Wii hardware is a lot slower than what you need to emulate the console using Dolphin, the hardware found in these consoles is also very different from what you can find in a gaming PC. For example:

  • Instead of an Intel or AMD x86 CPU, GameCube and Wii use an IBM PowerPC CPU. Games are programmed for this CPU: when emulating, every basic instruction a game runs needs to be translated to something a PC can execute. Depending on the instruction, this can take from 2x to 100x clock cycles, which explains why you need more than a 486MHz CPU to emulate a GameCube.

  • The RAM in these consoles is SRAM, smaller but faster than the SDRAM used in a PC. It is also shared between CPU and GPU, which makes operations like texture uploads (CPU memory to GPU memory) or framebuffer copies (GPU memory to CPU memory) a lot less demanding than they are on a PC.

  • The GPU is not using shaders: every graphics effect and every computation done by the game is executed directly by the hardware without an intermediate programming language. This does not match how a PC GPU works at all. Dolphin uses shaders on the PC GPU to translate what the GC GPU can do directly in hardware, causing it to run a lot slower.

  • A PC runs an operating system in order to be able to run several programs at the same time. A GameCube or a Wii does not have the same requirement and can directly execute things on the hardware without going through the operating system, making a lot of communication between chips faster.

This list is not exhaustive but should give you a good idea of what exactly makes emulation require a powerful computer.

Waar kan ik ISOs/ROMs spellen downloaden?

Short answer: You don't. Buy games and dump them with a Wii.

Long answer: Downloading commercial games is illegal and thus strongly frowned upon by the Dolphin developers. To prevent legal issues, this includes gray areas like downloading games which you purchased earlier. You don't necessarily need to own a gaming console by yourself because you can buy a game disc and dump them with a friend's console. On the other hand, copying a friend's game dump is considered illegal again.

For dumping games with a Wii, you'll want to install the homebrew channel and run an application like CleanRip.

Welke dumpformaten worden ondersteund door Dolphin?

Dolphin supports playing games dumped in the following formats:

  • GCM/ISO (uncompressed dumps, should be 1.4GB for GameCube games and 4.7GB for Wii games
  • GCZ (Dolphin can be used to compress your games to this format)
  • CISO
  • WBFS (not supported in Dolphin 3.0 or earlier)

Note that WBFS and CISO are lossy compression formats: they remove some of the unused information stored on the discs to make files smaller. As such, we recommend you try dumping your games as GCM/ISO if you get issues using a WBFS dump.