Play zip files (games)

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By Louthrax

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09-05-2020, 23:17

Yes, but SofaRun has a “cache” system on SD card / HD: files are only uncompressed at first launch (no more unzipping if you relaunch a game). Choosing to compress or store in ZIP files is up to you, depending on storage fee space and amount of games you want.

By rodri

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09-05-2020, 23:38

Hi. I also use megaflashrom and VG8235 without memory expansion, that´s it, with only 128kb. Is it posible to play zip files with SofaRun?

By Hypersoft

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10-05-2020, 09:23

I think yes.
Buy maybe An expert van answer that question

By Meits

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10-05-2020, 11:02

It does not run it from the zip file. It unpacks and runs it. So you have all your available ram back.

By Louthrax

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10-05-2020, 12:03

rodri wrote:

Hi. I also use megaflashrom and VG8235 without memory expansion, that´s it, with only 128kb. Is it posible to play zip files with SofaRun?

Yes, it's possible, but you'll need to use an "old" version of COMMAND2.COM that uses a bit less memory compared to the newest ones (you need at least 2 segments free IIRC). Contact me if it does not work of if you need details.

By rodri

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10-05-2020, 14:29

Thanks,Louthrax but where i can find these "old" versión of command2? And if i finally find It, how shoul i use It?

By rodri

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11-05-2020, 22:26

Hi. I've already found v2.32 version of command.com. The question is that the megaflashrom kernel works with nextor and I don't know which version of command.com runs. How can i know the version? and if i must change It, how can i do it?
Bye.

Rodri

By Louthrax

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11-05-2020, 22:58

Hi rodri,
I’ll need to check the procedure again. You’ll also need a version of MSXDOS.SYS and remove NEXTOR.SYS, and call a tool named FAT16.COM IIRC.

In all cases, make a backup image of your “working with NEXTOR” card. I’ll try to remember all the stuff tomorrow and give you more details (maybe a step by step procedure).

By Louthrax

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12-05-2020, 13:31

So, tested here on my VG-8235 with only 128KB RAM, and a MegaFlashROM SCC+ SD (non expanded), flashed with Nextor kernel 2.1.0:

  1. Format a 4GB SD card on your PC, choosing FAT16 type (that's important, do not just delete files).
  2. Copy the NEXTOR.SYS and COMMAND2.COM files from this ZIP file at the root of your SD Card.
  3. Install SofaRun and your ROMs the usual way.
  4. Launch stuff on your MSX !

You should be able to launch most of ROMs and disks images, even from inside ZIP files. Let me know if that's not the case. Of course, some games (mainly disk images like the SD Snatcher Project Melancholia translation) won't work because they require by themselves extra mapper memory.

By rodri

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30-10-2020, 05:53

Thank you very much Louthrax. I have been offline during this time due to personal problems. As soon as I have a moment, I will do some tests and I will tell you the result.

Bye.

Rodri

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