How to setup openMSX on Macbook, please help!

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By Manuel

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25-02-2019, 21:57

ericb59 wrote:
Manuel wrote:

Eric: that works as well, but I means you have to redo this when you install a new version.

Sure... it's just a copy/paste to do... and ... there is no new version every weeks Wink

Try to put it in ~/.openMSX/share/systemroms then, no need to copy at all Smile

By Manuel

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25-02-2019, 22:00

gdx wrote:
Manuel wrote:

that is not recommended. You then tell openMSX to not use the sha1sums to find the correct ROM images.

I moved them to /systemroms and I did not notice any difference.

Well, if you put them "just" somewhere in the share/extensions and share/machines folder, they will not be found, unless the filename matches exactly with the path in the XML files. And that's unlikely if you just unzipped the folder. So perhaps you already have them in your other system ROMs folder like ericb?
Anyways, as long as it works, it's OK of course Smile

By k8track

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26-02-2019, 11:59

I still cannot run any .dsk files at all.

By Parn

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26-02-2019, 13:59

k8track wrote:

I still cannot run any .dsk files at all.

When you get to the point you showed in your last screenshot, what happens when you type FILES (and press Enter) in the MSX-BASIC command prompt?

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27-02-2019, 08:10

Parn wrote:
k8track wrote:

I still cannot run any .dsk files at all.

When you get to the point you showed in your last screenshot, what happens when you type FILES (and press Enter) in the MSX-BASIC command prompt?

Aha! I feel that I am one step closer. When I got to the BASIC screen, I had no idea what I was supposed to do next. So I typed FILES and got this screen:

Is that what it's supposed to look like? Could you tell me what the next step is? Assume I am an idiot and know absolutely nothing about any of this (as it's the truth), and please walk me through it. I appreciate it. Thanks!

By Manuel

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27-02-2019, 10:12

This disk seems to contain source code files. Try another disk image.

By Manuel

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27-02-2019, 11:35

Ah, forget about my last post.

This disk is not auto starting. You can start the game like this:
RUN"BALL.ASC"

You can make it auto starting as follows:
LOAD"BALL.ASC"
SAVE"AUTOEXEC.BAS"
Now it will autostart next time you boot the MSX with this disk.

By Parn

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27-02-2019, 13:20

@k8track, I'll try to explain the situation a little bit. As you may know, games on MSX can be cartridge-based or disk-based. When they are disk-based, they can start automatically, but not always will. Some protected games will start automatically no matter what you do with the disk itself, and if you insert one of these disks and try to list the files on it, you won't see everything or perhaps anything at all, or even just garbage.

The data on these disks may be arranged differently so you can't mess with them, or to obfuscate them from prying eyes. But others may be normal MSX-DOS disks with files you can see. In this last case, if there's a BASIC program named "AUTOEXEC.BAS" on the disk, it will be executed automatically (as the name indicates) if you let the machine boot with the disk inserted on the drive A:.

If there's no "AUTOEXEC.BAS" at all, you will just get an MSX-BASIC command prompt. There's another situation when you haven MSX-DOS system files on the disk; in this case, it will look and try to run an AUTOEXEC.BAT file instead, or present you with an MSX-DOS prompt. But this probably won't happen with game disk images.

So when this happens again, you just try to look for a file named "LOADER.BAS", or ".BAS", or ".ASC", or even ".LDR" or anything like it, and just use the BASIC command RUN "", with quotes, just like @Manuel did above. If you run the disk image directly from inside a ZIP file, though, you won't be able to modify it to be auto-starting like @Manuel did later.

By k8track

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27-02-2019, 14:52

Thank you both, this is very helpful information, a true Rosetta Stone. I'm finally starting to being able to get some of these .dsk files to run. It's a real learning curve for me as I'm not terribly familiar with all of this. But, I'm slowly making progress. Thanks again!

By k8track

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27-02-2019, 15:00

Also, this thread was helpful for me, helping me to narrow down the list of computers to a few good selections: https://www.msx.org/forum/msx-talk/hardware/what-best-comput...

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