Carnivore 2 setup

By bartre

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16-09-2021, 01:27

Hey all,

Finally got my Carnivore 2 cart working with a CF card that I can read.
I've verified I can run the games already loaded in memory, but I'm a bit lost on what to do from here.
The next step in the guide says to upload the device firmware, but that's already done, right?

I guess the next step is to load more games with C2MAN, right?
Do I start that the same way as I started the formatter, just with C2MAN romname.mx2?
How does the CF card need to be set up?
Is there a way to add a shortcut for MSX-Basic from the main menu rather than fighting with the built in menus on these computers?

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By Briqunullus

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16-09-2021, 08:38

First step would be to add Nextor files to your CF card, so you can boot into DOS.

From there, you could put C2MAN on it as well, so you can manage the C2 menu. However, this is quite a tedious task, and I recommend you only do this for the games you play the most.

It's much more convenient to put Sofarun on the CF card. It's a game loader. It uses RAM instead of flash memory. If you put your ROMs into a zip file, you even get long filename support.

By Manuel

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16-09-2021, 20:58

Yes, use Sofarun. Normally, you don't need C2MAN at all. Configure the C2 menu to auto run the default entry and it boots directly to Nextor. From there, use Sofarun. That's what I do and I can recommend it (like Briqunullus).

By bartre

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19-09-2021, 22:36

Thanks guys.
After fiddling with it more I figured it out.
Rather than exiting the menu and going through the FS-A1 menu, needed to be holding delete to load nextor.
Got a few games on the menu of the cart, working great.

Now for sofarun, are you saying we can flash it to the menu of the carnivore like a regular rom, or are you suggesting a different solution?
I recall reading something to that tune, but I can't find it at the moment

By Manuel

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19-09-2021, 22:56

No, there is no need to flash it. You can just start it once you booted into Nextor and it will then be able to use the configurable RAM to load and run ROMs in. It's just a COM program you put on the CF card. Its website has quite some documentation about it.