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KnoppiXMAME 1.0 Released 212

Ant writes "KnoppixMAME is a bootable arcade machine emulator with hardware detection and autoconfiguration. It works automatically on all modern and not-so-modern hardware, including gameports and joysticks. It is powered by Knoppix Debian GNU/Linux, X-MAME, and gxmame." Update: 06/19 23:18 GMT by S : Although there are earlier versions in the release directory, looks like V1.0 hasn't made it onto the FTP just yet. Meanwhile, Jim points out the AdvanceCD image, which is "..also a bootable ISO image of a minimal Linux distribution containing MAME, but weighing in at 16 MB rather than 200 MB so there is more room for ROMs."
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KnoppiXMAME 1.0 Released

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  • Not quite yet. (Score:5, Informative)

    by mcgroarty ( 633843 ) <brian.mcgroarty@gmai[ ]om ['l.c' in gap]> on Thursday June 19, 2003 @07:11PM (#6248717) Homepage
    To save people some frustrated hunting, it's not available just quite yet [freshmeat.net], but will be soon.

    Be patient, unlike certain slash editors, who should have made sure the file was actually in the directory they were pointing to. :-)

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 19, 2003 @07:11PM (#6248720)
    About: KnoppixMAME is a bootable arcade machine emulator with hardware detection and autoconfiguration. It works automatically on all modern and not-so-modern hardware, including gameports, CowboyNeal and joysticks. It is powered by Knoppix Debian GNU/Linux, X-MAME, and gxmame.

    Changes: ROMs can now be put on the CD ISO without having to remaster/recompress Knoppix. /ramdisk/home can also be copied to the root of the ISO to make configuration changes persistent. Networking support is now enabled and supported with xmame and gxmame. XMAME has been updated to 0.69 and gxmame to 0.33. Xv is now the default display mode; it can be changed by using the "dga" option on the boot commandline. The ISO is now 100MB smaller, at 200MB.
  • by bedouin ( 248624 ) on Thursday June 19, 2003 @07:21PM (#6248811)
    Save yourself the time and download them like everyone else does. Most of the Genesis games were what, 512kb? Hit up a ROM channel on IRC.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 19, 2003 @07:22PM (#6248813)
    You'd need to desolder the ROMs from the cartridge and read them with an EPROM reader. The pinouts are often different from EPROMs, so that's another thing that needs to be dealt with. (with some wires and an IC socket or 2)

    Sega CDs are just CDs. Really easy to copy these days, and I've heard the Sega CD console has no protection (so it can actually run games on CD-R).
  • by lmfr ( 567586 ) on Thursday June 19, 2003 @07:34PM (#6248915) Journal
    I have a Knoppix DVD disc, along with other live-cds. (And a RH 9 + Mandrake 9.1 install DVD, if anyone is interested.)

    As far as Knoppix is concerned (or any other program), there is no difference in media but the size. The filesystem is, as in a CD, ISO9960 with rock-ridge extensions. (Normal video DVDs also have an UDF filesystem, but it isn't required nor does it conflicts with the ISO9660 one.)

  • Re:But does it... (Score:2, Informative)

    by selfabuse ( 681350 ) on Thursday June 19, 2003 @07:36PM (#6248927)
    I can't say that this version does (Haven't DLed the whole thing yet) But I've never had a problem running standard issue Knoppix in VMWare ..download the ISO, tell VMWare to boot off it, and away you go
  • by jesse.k ( 102314 ) on Thursday June 19, 2003 @07:47PM (#6248981) Homepage
    Mame currently supports games like King of Fighters 2001 (60mb), Area 51 (which has a 300mb HDD image file) and several other more modern games.

    It's true Pac-Man is only a few KB, but if you want to play some of the more current games, you'll appreciate DVD media.
  • Re:ROMs (Score:2, Informative)

    by Ryan Amos ( 16972 ) on Thursday June 19, 2003 @08:11PM (#6249140)
    Actually some of the neo-geo roms are huge.. 64 and 128 megs each. MAME also supports a lot of newer games, which are significantly larger than Ms. Pac-Man. MAME also supports some 5000 or so games, so even if they were all less than 256k, that's still much larger than the size of a CD.
  • by Mensa Babe ( 675349 ) on Thursday June 19, 2003 @08:40PM (#6249346) Homepage Journal

    While we're at it, I'd like to see a linux distro (possibly based on Knoppix) that boots into Freevo automatically... (or whatever media player/jukebox, as long as I can hook my PC to a TV)

    'The MoviX project [sourceforge.net] is a series of three different tiny Linux CD distributions containing all the software to boot from a CD and play multimedia files through the MPlayer, the best multimedia player in the Unix world:

    • eMoviX: a micro Linux distro meant to be embedded in a CD together with all video/audio files you want, so that the CD will be able to boot and automagically play all files;
    • MoviX: a mini CD Linux distro able to boot directly from CD and load in RAM a console interface to MPlayer. From the interface you can easily play DVDs, VCDs, audio/video files Audio CD, internet radios, TV, you name it!
    • MoviX2: same as MoviX, but it makes use of X and makes use of the nice MPlayer GUI.

    Supported formats are all formats supported by MPlayer, most noticeably DivX but more in general any AVI, MPG, QuickTime, MP3, OGG/VORBIS and a few others'.

  • by agrippa_cash ( 590103 ) on Thursday June 19, 2003 @09:05PM (#6249499) Homepage
    Yes, it is that simple. And if you want to install it on your HD, it is quite easy. Especially compared to getting MAME to work on my Linux box (ARGH). The only downside to Knoppix is that you don't know any more once you are using Linux than before you started. Then again, that could be a plus.
  • Re:Can I buy ROMs? (Score:1, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 19, 2003 @09:09PM (#6249531)
    Yes. Emu on CD. [brfree.com.br]
  • by angle_mark ( 472962 ) on Thursday June 19, 2003 @10:10PM (#6249947)
    Well, on my laptop dos/windows mame is a lot faster than the linux version. Its a celeron 433 and I can play neo-geo games at full speed under dos or windows but can only manage 15fps using the xview video driver under linux. Of course its probably just the unoptimised trident cyberblade xfree drivers holding performance back. Haven't had time to other methods. Also I have a nice big powerful (at least in comparison!) Athlon desktop system with Radeon 9000 pro. Linux mame rocks in that :-)
  • by drfreak ( 303147 ) <dtarsky@gmailTOKYO.com minus city> on Thursday June 19, 2003 @10:34PM (#6250082)
    Hi everyone, I'm the author of KnoppiXMAME. The file wasn't available yet on ibiblio when I updated the project status on freshmeat. I didn't think it would generate an announcement on the main page, and I certainly didn't think it would be slashdotted!

    I've mailed the ibiblio maintainers and am waiting for a response on the status of the ISO file I uploaded about three days ago. In the meantime you can grab the ISO directly from me by opening an ftp session to yummy.dyndns.org. It's only 128K up, so whoever gets it first please put some mirrors up!

    - Daniel R. Tarsky
  • I have one of these called a Multi Game Hunter. Amazingly enough, it works on both Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis. It has a 2.0MO (2 megabyte unformatted capacity - what we call 1.44MB in PC-land) floppy drive in it, which I actually had to replace, unfortunately breaking the little tabs that hold the floppy module together in the process. The floppy module unplugs from the unit itself, so I guess they were planning either to be able to replace them when they broke, or to be able to upgrade to some other form of storage.

    The multi-platform capability is provided by the use of two different cardedge sockets on the base of the unit, and two different adaptors; One fits into any version of sega genesis (US, UK, JAP) and the other fits into any version of super nintendo. I don't know if the units change their language based on the language of what you plug them into.

    The top of the unit has two slots, one for super famicom games and one for any type of genesis games. It also comes with an adapter to allow you to plug super nintendo games in. The whole thing runs off an original sega genesis/mega-drive power supply, not the later-model one which also powers the game gear and nomad.

    The machine will read MS-DOS formatted 720k and 1.44MB floppies, as well as writing its own format which is somewhat higher-capacity, I seem to recall the high density format being around 1.7 or 1.8MB. If a game will not fit on one disk it will break it up into two equal-size parts. There are assorted utilities around the 'net which I have downloaded which will convert between the most popular emulation formats and the MGH format, and split the files if necessary.

    While mine is somewhat damaged (the floppy drive case is, as I said, broken) I would be willing to sell it... for about $300. :) I also have a shitload of game floppies, which it is illegal for me to provide you with, but you can always download illicit rom images and convert them. I can, at least, provide you with the conversion utilities. In any case you can use it (when coupled with the appropriate system) to copy games onto floppies, and then transfer them to your PC; it also makes dandy backup copies of your games. The machine also emulates various forms of SRAM, allowing you to save games to floppy on games which normally have battery-backed memory to save them.

  • by GammaTau ( 636807 ) <jni@iki.fi> on Thursday June 19, 2003 @11:36PM (#6250517) Homepage Journal

    Erm, well according to the freshmeat page, it's licenced under the GPL. So presumably the source code is available somewhere.

    As far as Knoppix is concerned, this issue was recently discussed on debian-legal list. See the answer from Klaus Knopper [debian.org]. I don't know the details of this modified version, though.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 20, 2003 @01:50AM (#6251180)
    This site www.freemameroms.com lists people willing to burn copies of roms for the cost of shipping + media.

    I don't see him now, but a few months ago I saw a guy who offered 30+ DVD-Rs for ~$240 with 109GB of ROMs. That's a lot of roms.

    Yeah, I thought a disk drive would be cheaper too.
  • by dq5 studios ( 682179 ) on Friday June 20, 2003 @01:54AM (#6251195) Homepage
    There are many many sites out there charging US$100 or more for MAME sets. It is in direct response to their actions that the Tombstone [tombstones.org.uk] Group was formed. Due to some provider problems they were shutdown for a time. To keep the scammers from taking over during their absence, Lazarus [usburners.com] and FreeMAMERoms [freemameroms.com] took over.
    There maybe other burning groups, these are just the ones I am aware of.
    If you want to know what I mean by scammers do a Google for "Emu on CD" for a Brazillian site. (Please don't give them any money)
  • by mushroom blue ( 8836 ) on Friday June 20, 2003 @01:59AM (#6251208)
    for cartridge games, you can find a rom dumper do do that. no need to desolder chips or anything. every cartridge system has a dumper made for it. a company named BUNG tends to make a lot of them. I have one of their N64 dumpers, and it works almost flawlessly.. except for needing a few bios flashes due to new protection schemes. note: rom dumpers are apparently semi-legal, but being I was only using it for my personal collection, i'd love to see someone bust me. :)

    for CD-based systems (TG-CD, Sega CD, Playstation), you can simply dump iso images of the files using your PC CD-ROM.

    fair use is a fun thing. it'll probably be harder to find a rom dumper due to the DMCA, but I'm sure a quick scour of the alt.binaries.emulators newsgroups will pop up a few people selling them.
  • by lmfr ( 567586 ) on Friday June 20, 2003 @04:25AM (#6251701) Journal
    The how-to will have to wait, as I currently don't have the time.

    1. rh+dvd-isolinux.tar.bz2 [uminho.pt], the isolinux directory, 9.3Mb.
    2. make sure full Mandrake 9.1 is in /mandrake91 and full RedHat 9 in /redhat9
    3. change redhat9/.discinfo, line 3, to 1,2,3
    4. for Mandrake, execute gendistrib --noclean --distrib path_to_/mandrake91 (gendistrib is in rpmtools-4.5-9mdk
    5. burn: growisofs -Z /dev/recorder -b isolinux/isolinux.bin -c isolinux/boot.cat -no-emul-boot -boot-load-size 4 -boot-info-table -J -pad -r -T -V "Mix" -v -f full_dir/
  • Re:Can I buy ROMs? (Score:2, Informative)

    by tmasman ( 604942 ) <(tmasman) (at) (yahoo.com)> on Friday June 20, 2003 @09:37AM (#6252964) Homepage
    Mame Rom Burners [usburners.com]
    But you didn't hear that from me...

    ~ tmasman
  • Re:Can I buy ROMs? (Score:3, Informative)

    by Eil ( 82413 ) on Friday June 20, 2003 @10:22AM (#6253431) Homepage Journal

    Do NOT, I repeat, do NOT buy any rom collections. Almost without exception, anyone that you might find selling emulator roms is doing so illegally. Especially the dimwits on eBay. Full and complete MAME romsets are available on the net if you look hard enough. There are several highly active newsgroups where complete romsets are posted regularly for almost every system imaginable. I know of at least one IRC channel where a few weeks' worth of downloading can get you just about every game released for every console, computer, and arcade game that existed. (Even a few newer ones like PSX, Dreamcast, and PS2.)

    If spending all of your free time downloading isn't your style, then you might look for someone who will burn you a copy of their collection. This is especially prevalient within the online MAME community.

    Happy hunting!
  • by Ramses0 ( 63476 ) on Friday June 20, 2003 @11:42AM (#6254353)
    Already on the knoppix CD's... but it's not enabled by default. All you have to do is "su - ; apachectl restart", and you're good to go. Play fun games with mount, and make sure you understand what you're doing so you don't get haxored.

  • A kind soul at PlanetMirror is now hosting KnoppiXMAME 1.0. I'll be updating the freshmeat page today.

    Here's where you can grab the files:

    ftp:// planetmirror.com/pub/knoppixmame/

    Share and Enjoy!

    - Daniel

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