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DamienD 06 March 2015 18:50

DamienD's SNES DVD... [REVAMP]
 
Hello there my long, lost EAB friends,

Hope that everyone is well?

Sort of disappeared for many years... Real life [blah] [blah] [blah] and not much time for gaming if I'm honest.

Anyway; I recently purchased a new laptop for my twin brother in Sydney. As he's not very good with computers, I thought I'd revamp my "SNES DVD" so that he can play (see original thread here "http://eab.abime.net/showthread.php?t=22669").

It now works on the following operating systems:
  • "Windows XP".
  • "Windows 7".
  • "Windows 8".
  • "Windows 8.1".

I have now completed the work / tested thoroughly etc. New features are as follows:
  • New "setup" file to handle "Windows XP" / "Windows 7" / "Windows 8" / "Windows 8.1" computers.
  • "Box" images added to the "LusSpace" frontend.
  • Reviewed / optimised settings for "Snex9x" and "Zsnes" emulators.
  • "Microsoft Xbox" controller remapping for "Windows 7" / "Windows 8" / "Windows 8.1" (as things vary from "Windows XP").
  • Added a new game to "LusSpace" frontend; "Nightmare Busters (E)":
http://i62.tinypic.com/5yyceg.png http://i60.tinypic.com/65vn04.png http://i57.tinypic.com/xfqmoh.png


The process is the same as with the previous DVD i.e:

  • After the autorun starts select "Run Setup".
  • Go through the main options "1)" + "2)" (plus sub-menus) and once happy select "3)".
  • You can launch the autorun and select "Run Setup" anytime to change options.

Just like before everything can be run from DVD or from your hard drive. Running from the hard drive is the preferred option as access speeds are far better than from a DVD drive. Also both emulator settings can be applied.


Screenshots of the new DVD / Setup menus are attached:

Autorun:

http://i58.tinypic.com/23vcioj.png

Main Menu:

http://i59.tinypic.com/25q6vlv.png

File Locations + Desktop Shortcut Setup:

http://i59.tinypic.com/32zlx0l.png

Local Hard Drive Setup:

http://i62.tinypic.com/34np3y8.png

Emulator Selection:

http://i59.tinypic.com/svjuy8.png

Snes9x Emulator Setup:

http://i59.tinypic.com/29lzmdk.png

Snes9x Controller Setup:

http://i59.tinypic.com/2zipir4.png

Zsnes Emulator Setup:

http://i57.tinypic.com/33egzsx.png

Zsnes Controller Setup:

http://i58.tinypic.com/111owmx.png


That's everything out of the way. I wanted to share this with you guys even though I know it's not "Amiga" related ;)

Jumped on the "EAB File Server", tried to create a directory called "DamienD" under "Uploads" and then upload the .ISO file. Both actions failed...

If somebody could sort out my ftp rights I'll start uploading immediately.

Ciao,
D

Hewitson 06 March 2015 19:13

I hate to say this as it looks like you've put a lot of work into it, but it looks far more difficult to use than the actual emulator.

DamienD 06 March 2015 21:05

Quote:

Originally Posted by Hewitson (Post 1008436)
I hate to say this as it looks like you've put a lot of work into it, but it looks far more difficult to use than the actual emulator.

LOL; no offence to you Hewitson but are you seriously trying to tell me that pressing one key on 5 screens is harder that doing the following:

  • Downloading all ROMS.
  • Downloading both emulators.
  • Downloading the frontend.
  • Downloading the frontend title / game / box images.
  • Extracting all of the above into a sensible file structure.
  • Learning how to / configuring each emulator (display settings, sound settings, general settings, controller settings, save states path etc).
  • Learning how to / configuring the frontend.

Even for an person experienced with emulators all of the above would take time to setup :agree

Read again one of my opening sentences; related to my brother. This would be a difficult task for a computer novice.

Anyway, of course you entitled to your opinion.

lesta_smsc 06 March 2015 21:40

I think this a great project! Kudos to you! Some people are more computer literate as we know and so may find this tedious. However, even I like this! Such a simple tool and would be very keen to get hold of this when and if possible! My uncle would love this as he's great at playing the games... The issue is getting it to work for him and this would solve that! :)

Regards to FTP. Have you made an account?

TCD 06 March 2015 21:54

Welcome back Damien :)

Please have a look at this post about how to create an upload account: http://eab.abime.net/showpost.php?p=...&postcount=780

DamienD 06 March 2015 22:01

Quote:

Originally Posted by TCD (Post 1008465)
Welcome back Damien :)

Please have a look at this post about how to create an upload account: http://eab.abime.net/showpost.php?p=...&postcount=780

merci beaucoup TCD; will get uploading ;)

TCD 06 March 2015 22:10

Neato ;) I'll grab it and have a try this weekend :great

lesta_smsc 06 March 2015 22:21

Please can you update once uploaded :)

ransom1122 06 March 2015 23:06

I've got snes emulated on a million consoles. But I guess adding this wont hurt. Is this just a one off upload or are you looking at creating other emulator packages like this?

I see you've included two Emulators. Any reason for this. I'm assuming each emulator would play all roms, or is one better then the other?

Also I see Microsoft Vista is missing from the list of operating systems? I have vista Won't it work on that?

Greyfox 06 March 2015 23:11

Can't wait to try it out Damien , many thanks for your tireless effort to bring this to the masses, this is a quality release, cheers fella :)

ransom1122 07 March 2015 00:16

Can't wait to try nightmare busters never heard of it as well :great

DamienD 07 March 2015 00:32

Quote:

Originally Posted by TCD (Post 1008469)
Neato ;) I'll grab it and have a try this weekend :great

Please do ;)

Quote:

Originally Posted by lesta_smsc (Post 1008473)
Please can you update once uploaded :)

Currently at 81% uploaded but for some reason ftp speed is slowing down over time.

Quote:

Originally Posted by ransom1122 (Post 1008478)
I've got snes emulated on a million consoles. But I guess adding this wont hurt. Is this just a one off upload or are you looking at creating other emulator packages like this?

Well, I am emulator mad (as most people who remember me when I was a Global Mod here would say).

I have soooo many systems / games it's not funny. Just go through some of my old posts.

Anyway; no solid plans for new packages as yet.

Quote:

Originally Posted by ransom1122 (Post 1008478)
I see you've included two Emulators. Any reason for this. I'm assuming each emulator would play all roms, or is one better then the other?

Both are very good. Added choice because it's good to and one may run better on an OS (this was really more the case in Windows XP days).

Quote:

Originally Posted by ransom1122 (Post 1008478)
Also I see Microsoft Vista is missing from the list of operating systems? I have vista Won't it work on that?

Never had Vista. It's the one OS that I didn't install.

Should work though; pretty similar layout to Windows 7 in terms of file structure and I've used environment variables in all my batch files so...

Give it a bash and let me know if it doesn't work. If not I'm sure I can fix quite quickly.

ransom1122 07 March 2015 01:14

Thanks for the info, I'll let you know if it works with vista. Give everyone a holla when the upload is complete :great

Leffmann 07 March 2015 01:19

I think Nightmare Busters was a game that was completed, but never made it onto cartridge and into the stores. The guy who owns the IP (presumably) used to visit here, and the game is currently being sold commercially on newly made cartridges.

DamienD 07 March 2015 01:34

Quote:

Originally Posted by Leffmann (Post 1008501)
I think Nightmare Busters was a game that was completed, but never made it onto cartridge and into the stores. The guy who owns the IP (presumably) used to visit here, and the game is currently being sold commercially on newly made cartridges.

Oh; if that's the case the I probably shouldn't include...

...and I was just about to say the file has completed uploading.

<< file now removed by me >>

I'll remove "Nightmare Busters" from the DVD and re-upload tomorrow.

ransom1122 07 March 2015 01:58

Does that mean you have to remove the images in case you get sued as well? :rolleyes

A simple Google search of nightmare busters reveals many download pages and even an online play of the game.

DamienD 07 March 2015 12:58

Alrighty, re-upload complete!!! (without "Nightmare Busters")

This package has been tested quite thoroughly; the only thing I can image that may go wrong would be due to operating system language.

Saying this though, with "Windows 7" onwards I believe a user's "Desktop" folder is predominantly going to be "C:\Users\{username}\Desktop" where as with "Windows XP" it would change sometimes with different languages e.g:

Code:

German:
C:\Dokumente und Einstellungen\All Users\Desktop
 
 Hungarian:
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Asztal
 
 Swedish:
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Skrivbord

If you have don't have English as your operating system language and your "Desktop" folder isn't "C:\Users\{username}\Desktop" please let me know specifying what it's named. I can amend the setup files to suit and upload a very small patch (100KB roughly).

Quote:

Originally Posted by ransom1122 (Post 1008506)
Does that mean you have to remove the images in case you get sued as well?

Didn't create game / title screenshots for this game due to "LusSpace" using encrytped ".PNG" files. I couldn't work out what program created these unfortunately so my normal screenshots wouldn't load...

If anybody knows the answer to the above for reference that would be cool.

Quote:

Originally Posted by ransom1122 (Post 1008506)
A simple Google search of nightmare busters reveals many download pages and even an online play of the game.

Oh I'm sure that "Nightmare Busters" is easily found / downloaded. There's nothing stopping anyone from adding into this DVD themselves for personal use (see the "Read-Me" for instructions on how to add ROMS to the package / re-create the .ISO).

I just wont include it in my package.

DamienD 07 March 2015 13:34

Forgot to mention; here’s a site that has numerous “Playstation” / “Xbox” adapters which enable you to use them on a computer via USB:

http://www.mayflash.com/Products/

Personally I have the “Xbox” adapter and use this with my “SNES_DVD”:

http://www.mayflash.com/Products/XBOXXBOX360/PC020.html

Tsak 07 March 2015 14:34

Nice work! :great
But unlucky choice with the ZNES emulator... Though this remains fairly popular, it is considered obsolete and extremely inacurate (plus it is not supported anymore). Not knowing better, I had the bad luck to start with this... The emulator did run most of the games but -unfortunately- it did with huge lags and framedrops (for no apparent reason). Some games were still playable and you could only notice the framedrop with the slow playing music. Others (ex. Aladdin) simply crawled from the start.
Up to this day I regret not having the patience to look a bit further... this totally ruined my experience with FFIII which I did finish using ZNES.
At some point I saw a video with footage of FFIII running on real hardware and I was like... wtf! So I did my research and I finally settled with BSNES which instantly solved all issues I had. ;)

DamienD 07 March 2015 17:05

Quote:

Originally Posted by Tsak (Post 1008554)
Nice work! :great
But unlucky choice with the ZNES emulator... Though this remains fairly popular, it is considered obsolete and extremely inacurate (plus it is not supported anymore). Not knowing better, I had the bad luck to start with this... The emulator did run most of the games but -unfortunately- it did with huge lags and framedrops (for no apparent reason). Some games were still playable and you could only notice the framedrop with the slow playing music. Others (ex. Aladdin) simply crawled from the start.
Up to this day I regret not having the patience to look a bit further... this totally ruined my experience with FFIII which I did finish using ZNES.
At some point I saw a video with footage of FFIII running on real hardware and I was like... wtf! So I did my research and I finally settled with BSNES which instantly solved all issues I had. ;)

Hmmm, I originally created this DVD back in early 2006... At the time I chose the 2 emulators "Snes9x" and "Zsnes"; never did try "Bsnes".

Personally I like "Snex9x" better and that's what I mainly use. I've used "Zsnes" a little, but I never had the experiences that you've mentioned.

Just tried "Aladdin" in both emulators and exactly the same good performance for me ;)


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