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PostPosted: Thu 02 Dec 2010, 19:17    Post_subject:  Puppy Arcade 10
Sub_title: retro gaming puplet
 

Puppy Arcade 11 is here: http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=92414

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Puppy Arcade 10
Puppy Arcade lets you play retro games. Lots of them.

Download: puppy-arcade-10.iso (109mb, md5: fcb2fb36ff978cc6d9344b54f1676764)
(click link above, then scroll to bottom for mirrors)

- DevX - http://distro.ibiblio.org/pub/linux/distributions/puppylinux/sfs_modules-4/devx_420.sfs
- OpenGL Drivers - Nvidia - http://akita.scottjarvis.com/
- OpenGL Drivers - ATI - http://akita.scottjarvis.com/Ati-Catalyst-8.12-xorg7.3-k2.6.25.16.pet
- Other Drivers - wifi, etc: http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=34159

- All Nvidia Drivers for k2.6.25.16 are also here: http://www.revolutionvoice.com/dl.html

Extra packages: http://ppm.scottjarvis.com or see 3rd post, below

Many, many thanks to: Barry K (obviously), synth, Goblin, shinobar, afgs, zigbert, 01micko, technosaurus, dejan555, trio,
Makoto, Dingo, Nikukyo, ttuuxxx, GrumpyWolfe, Ale, tikbalang, Trip[ABK], Ambassador, ICPUG, tasmod, jpeps, and others...


Key Features:

- nice boot menu on the Live CD, which enables users to boot from CD, hard drive, etc
- boots straight to 800x600 desktop (xvesa), auto connect to net
- firstrun dialog start on first boot for easy desktop setup
- custom apps, tools and menus to improve your gaming experience
- much improved bios setup, gamepad setup and joypad-only navigation
- easy to install to hard drive with Frugal-Installer and Grub4DOSconfig
- based on TurboPup - with updated apps, including xvesa, rox, jwm and more
- much better support for low resolutions (640x480 and up)
- compatible with .deb and .txz packages (Debian Lenny binary-compatible)

Key Applications:

Rom-Loader
- an all-in-one frontend and rom-browser which supports a number of systems
- browse for roms, remembers your last used rom directories
- supports changing many important emulator settings
- remember all your settings in a config file
- integrated with RejoysStickCC to support joypad navigation (requires Xorg and RejoystickCC)
- integrated with BIOS-checker to auto install all required emulator BIOS or system files

RejoystickCC
- helps you use your joypad to browse, load (and even play) your roms with Rom-Loader
- helps you map any keyboard keys to joypad buttons (example: gamplay controls and emulator quit command)
- edit an emulators profile in the list, to add its keyboard controls (shown on screen) to your chosen joypad buttons
- load a profile to enable the chosen keyboard to joypad button settings
- make sure you click the 'Help' button for more info

BIOS-Checker
- automatically check, download and install any missing emulator BIOS files

Frontend-Chooser
- choose which emulator frontends are loaded by default for you systems
- choose either the emulators themselves or the custom made Puppy Arcade frontends

QuickStart
- a custom GUI with easy setup links, loads at startup (or after firstrun)
- choose a browser, your preferred MAME and Saturn packages, wallpaper and much more

Changes:
- added updated, improved main tools (rom-loader, quickstart, rejoystickcc, frontend-chooser, bios-checker)
- added jscalibrator and joystick (from debian lenny repo)
- added gparted-static-gtkmm1
- added grub4dosconfig 1.6.3
- added remasterpup2-100120
- added flash-installer dialog (by technosaurus)
- added frugal installer-1.4
- added vgb-3.5 (cli only)
- added desmume-0.9.6 (nintendo DS emulator)
- added scummvm-1.2.0 (debian lenny version)
- added swapfile-manager-v2
- added pburn 3.3.1
- added rcountry-20101201
- added quickstart-1.1-p4-xvesa (customised)
- added vlc-gtk-2.0 (works great)
- added sws (wallpaper tool, customised)
- added partview (customised)
- added muppyquickmount
- added smaller, faster Xvesa (~500kb, static version by technosaurus)
- added much improved 'pupdoom' a frontend for prboom (Doom game)
- added new wallpaper, updated the 'classic' wallpaper a little
- added custom startup script for wbarcc, to load profiles based on screen resolution
- updated desktop startup, faster, cleaned up processes (in /root/.xinitrc)
- updated browser-installer to support firedog-3.6
- updated default emulator settings for better gaming out of the box
- removed flash libs (replaced by the flash-installer)

Tips:
- when using joypad navigation with rom-loader, use your d-pad where possible or try to disable 'analog' mode until game starts
- you need not setup an emulators rejoystick profile, if it's already configured to use a joypad (except 'Quit' keys, see next post)
- vlc cannot play local .flv or RealMedia files, but streams work Smile
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PostPosted: Thu 02 Dec 2010, 19:17    Post_subject:  

Enabling *FULL* Joypad Navigation in Rom-Loader

Requirements: a joypad or joystick, Xorg desktop (1024x768 or more recommended)

You can use your joypad to browse, load (and play) your roms, by using the RejoystickCC tool with Rom-Loader.

1. Plug in your joypad before the desktop loads up.

2. Open 'Menu->Setup->Setup Puppy Arcade->RejoystickCC'
(or Quickstart->RejoystickCC)

3. Edit the Rom-Loader profile, using RejoystickCC:

- Select the 'romloader' profile and click 'Edit'
- Two windows will appear: Rejoystick (left) and a list of the Keyboard Controls for Rom-Loader (right)
- To the left is rejoystick, showing all the buttons and axes found for your joypad
- To the right is the Keyboard shortcuts that you need to map to your pad

4. How to map the Rom-Loader controls to your joypad:

- Press a button on your joypad to see where how it is listed and numbered in the rejoystick menu
- Click on the button you want to use and you'll be asked to choose a keyboard key for that button, so do it.
- To use key combinations such as Alt+Q (Quit), you must map 'Alt' and 'Q' to separate buttons (and press them both at once)
- When you have mapped all the listed keys to separate joypad buttons, click 'OK'

- RejoystickCC will then save the profile.
- Rom-Loader will automatically load all required Rejoystick profiles, you do not need to load them manually.

5. To enable exit (from emulators) back to Rom-Loader via joypad:

- Edit the RejoystickCC profiles of the emulators you wish to use through Rom-Loader:
- Important: You must map *AT LEAST* the 'Quit' keyboard shortcut of the chosen emulators to your joypad

- You need not setup every button in an emulators rejoystick profile, if it's already configured to use a joypad, only the Quit command listed.

Example:
- Open RejoystickCC and edit the 'snes' profile in RejoystickCC, and map the 'Q' key to button09 on your joypad.
- When you press button09 during play, Snes9x-GTK (the actual emulator) will quit (and return to Rom-Loader)

6. To complete full, working joypad navigation in Rom-Loader, you must also:

- Enable joypad controls in your emulators directly, or map all the in-game controls (the keys listed) to your pad

REMEMBER:
- If you map *only* the 'Quit' commands, you must setup your joypads using the emulators themselves, to play the roms.
- To do this, you can open the actual emulators and use their menus to edit your controls.

Loading the default emulators, to edit their settings:

- You can easily load the emulators themselves by using the 'Fontend-Chooser' and setting all options to 'Default'
- You can then load the emulators themselves through the desktop icons or the Puppy Menu

Hope this helps.

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PostPosted: Thu 02 Dec 2010, 19:18    Post_subject:  

Additional Emulators and Files (optional):

Xe emulator - multi-system emulator
AudioOverload - play nearly any videogame music file
MAMEPGUI - lovely frontend for SDLMAME
ZSNES 1.51 - alternative SNES emulator, use this if SNES9x is no good for you..
DesMume - Nintendo DS emulator (needs a fast PC)
iNES - simple, reliable NES emulator
Zinc Emulator - emulator for (mainly) Namco arcade games such as Soul Edge, Rival Schools, Star Gladiator etc..
Yabause - SEGA Saturn emulator
SpectEmu - simple, alternative ZX Spectrum emulator.
MasterGear - simple and fast SEGA MasterSystem and GameGear emulator
Mednafen plus MednafenFE - multi sega emulator. Requires OpenGL.
GnGeo - fast NeoGeo emulator, no frontend
ePSXe - another popular PSX emualtor, requires Sony BIOS but not OpenGL (which is supported)
pSX - very accurate, fast PSX emulator.. Requires both OpenGL and Sony PSX BIOS!
MSX emulators - 2 MSX emulators, and the required MSX BIOS files
Commodore Manual - LOADS of stuff on how to use the commodore
USB Installer for Windows - easily create a bootable USB stick with the Puppy Arcade ISO

More packages and emulators at http://ppm.scottjarvis.com

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NeverThere


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PostPosted: Sat 04 Dec 2010, 13:05    Post_subject:  

Nice. Testing time.

I'm downloading it now. Wink
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Warrior522

Joined: 03 Aug 2010
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PostPosted: Sat 04 Dec 2010, 16:34    Post_subject:  

Been wanting to try this... Now, provided Fatdog cooperates...
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paokman


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PostPosted: Tue 07 Dec 2010, 07:37    Post_subject:  

Smile Thanks for this great distro! I want to report two problems that I've encountered:

1. I can't exit the fullscreen mode of the Genesis/MegaDrive Emulator, so I have to reset the computer!!!

2. I can't get my openGL driver to work with my ATI X1100, so N64 emulator won't work. Any suggestions?

Other than the above, Puppy Arcade is a fine distro, always useful for some retro gaming nostalgia!
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PostPosted: Tue 07 Dec 2010, 10:22    Post_subject:  

Quote:
1. I can't exit the fullscreen mode of the Genesis/MegaDrive Emulator, so I have to reset the computer!!!


You should probably read the docs on the emu first, but it actually shows you in the menu what key combo it uses. Alt+Return (Alt+Enter).

This release is great. I can already see speed improvement in much of the emulation. I'm not sure if this is do to the Linux kernel, Desktop, WM, or just the revision improvements of the apps themselves.

But all in all, it's looking like a solid improvement over PA9.

One side question I have is... I cant get the Playstation emulator (PCSX) to work with the X accelerated plugin. Does it not support MGA cards?

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PostPosted: Wed 08 Dec 2010, 05:41    Post_subject:  

For OpenGL drivers (which is required for N64), you are strongly recommended to read the 'Help Guide' and choose the appropriate drivers.

(Actually, I recommend you read it, all of it, just to get to know about the emulators..)

Of course, I can't test all OpenGL packages, as I only have 1 gfx card, but it's always a bit of trial and error..

- The first thing you should try is the 'xorg_xorg_dri' package in the Puppy Package Manager, this works for most generic cards...

- If that doesn't work, then remove it and move on...

- If you have an Nvidia card, then use the links in the Help guide.
- If you have a Radeon, you should also find the right drivers through the help guide.

- There are also MESA packages available for other cards (intel, etc?)

I would REALLY appreciate it if users who get OpenGL working could post the following:

- the graphics card model and version
- the pet file used to get OpenGL working
- a quick description of the install process (if not simply install, restart X)

This info will be very helpful for other users..
(and for myself to make a OpenGL-Installer app...Smile )

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PostPosted: Thu 09 Dec 2010, 05:46    Post_subject: long live the playful puppy
Sub_title: having linux side by side with windows is fun
 

Once again, you made my day. I am downloading it right now. I had much fun the last days configuring and tweaking PA9 and forgot all about the emulation side. Since yesterday i had also a hard time setting up a smba in PA9, in which i suceeded only partially. But again, after fresh PA10 install on a stick, i shall prevail.
There is a possibility to turn PA10 in a small smb-server with windows 7, right?
Is there a samba version you would prefer with your latest distro?

Thanks sc0ttman

I love my playful puppy
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PostPosted: Sat 11 Dec 2010, 06:35    Post_subject: Re: long live the playful puppy
Sub_title: having linux side by side with windows is fun
 

cafedurst wrote:
Since yesterday i had also a hard time setting up a smba in PA9, in which i suceeded only partially. But again, after fresh PA10 install on a stick, i shall prevail.
There is a possibility to turn PA10 in a small smb-server with windows 7, right?
Is there a samba version you would prefer with your latest distro?

Thanks sc0ttman

I love my playful puppy

I'll have a look around, but I don't use SAMBA, and removed it from Puppy Arcade about a year ago (I think its still missing!)...

So you would need to add the full SAMBA package, with its libs as well, probably... Most of the newer samba apps and packages around are for Lupu, these will not work in Puppy Arcade...

But you should be able to get the original samba that came with puppy4, through the puppy4 repo at ibiblio... Which is here:

samba server: http://distro.ibiblio.org/pub/linux/distributions/puppylinux/pet_packages-4/samba-3.0.26.pet

samba client: http://distro.ibiblio.org/pub/linux/distributions/puppylinux/pet_packages-4/samba_client-3.0.26.pet

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PostPosted: Sun 12 Dec 2010, 19:01    Post_subject: the right pet for the Geforce Go 7300
Sub_title: finally a winner
 

and the winner is (Tada) : NVIDIA-96.43.07-k2.6.25.16.pet
from http://download.tuxfamily.org/nop/

After several others this pet worked fine on an acer 5611 - 300 @ 1280 x 1024 /16 for me and improved graphics output drastically. My testtool was mupen64, which started in fullscreen.

(gratefully exloring the miracles of PA9 instead the dungeons emulated in ancient systems)
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PostPosted: Wed 15 Dec 2010, 18:40    Post_subject:    

Thank you all for your answers! This is a distro that makes want to be a kid again, stuck infront of my screen and play all-day long!!!
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PostPosted: Sat 18 Dec 2010, 01:46    Post_subject: suggestion  

im one of those people who cant stand to have the settings changed. would be awesome if you could make it with a lockdown feature. so that once its running how you like, then you can remove any chance of inexperienced users accidentally changing things. that would make this a true cabinet OS.

btw this is seriously good stuff... i might use this as my cruch to quit smoking crack
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PostPosted: Sun 19 Dec 2010, 07:26    Post_subject: Re: suggestion  

XiaolinDraconis wrote:
im one of those people who cant stand to have the settings changed. would be awesome if you could make it with a lockdown feature. so that once its running how you like, then you can remove any chance of inexperienced users accidentally changing things. that would make this a true cabinet OS.

btw this is seriously good stuff... i might use this as my cruch to quit smoking crack

I am not on puppy at the moment, I'm stuck on ubuntu at work...
But here's how to do it, from memory... (I think!!)

At shutdown, you should be asked whether or not to save to your save file, if you are using a usb install.. (PUPMODE 13, maybe?)

1. So, you must force puppy to think its on a 'usb' install by adding 'pmedia=usb' (or something similar) to the boot options, in either syslinux or grub..

3. Then, you can edit /etc/rc.d/rc.shutdown and find the line that says 'Save this session?' and make the answer always equal no (no=1, by the way)..

Then your session will never be saved, but your save file will still get loaded at bootup. Very Happy

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PostPosted: Sun 16 Jan 2011, 00:30    Post_subject: Puppy Arcade 10 runs very slow  

Hello all,

I had just set up Puppy Arcade 10 on a USB flash drive set to automatically boot on any machine. I have set it up to play Mame arcade games.

Now, while the booting part works great, the trouble I am having is that the games play slower than they should. I have SDLMame for comparison and it runs much faster there.

Would anyone know what would be the cause of the problem?

Thank You,

Geo
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