I once read some very good advice about blogging, and that is to have a schedule and keep to it. This blog has been my brain dump, I post things when I think about them. I don’t really preplan for my posts. Something gets completed, it’s cool, I write it down. I’ve slowly gained a small community of some really cool people here, and I think it’s only fair to everyone that I at least post once a week regardless.
With that said, I’m going to post something every Friday. I hope you enjoy. Now on to the content!
I’ve been playing around a bit with the Raspbian release. I’ve started to recompile all the binaries I released, and will be posting them online once they are to my liking. I’ve found some hiccups along the way, but I seem to be working through them.
I really want to get Cave Story working without the lag every 5 seconds.
Get Quake3 running again (seems a commenter has been working on that!)
Recompile AdvanceMESS and AdvanceMAME
Recompile Gngeo and get full screen working right.
Get a frontend running that will work with these emulators
Get Love2D running.
I got my second Raspberry Pi in the mail yesterday. This one comes from RS. The big differences I’ve seen so far in the board itself is that the silkscreening is a little different, and the company that supplies the memory is different. In my Element14 board, the memory is Samsung. The RS board uses Hynix memory.
What started out as a funny thought is now reality. I spent about an hour splicing, soldering, taping, and heat shrinking this fun little cable together. It’s a microusb to microusb extension cable. I split it in half, cut off the data wires, soldered the ground cable back together, wrapped electrical tape around it, then soldered each end of the Vcc wires to the power switch. I taped them up, then tried to heat shrink as much as it as possible.
My frankenstein cable works 🙂
P.S.: All the items needed I got from Sparkfun.com (except the usb extension cable)
I got a request today to see if I could get Cave Story working on the Raspberry Pi. It took me about 4 hours but I’ve gotten a decent version running. This uses the NXengine open source cave story project, along with the english translation patch the freeware data files.
Let me know if you have any issues with the binaries or running the program. I’ve only ever played about 5 minutes of Cave Story so I’m not sure how well it’s running, but it seemed to be fine to me. Looking forward to the feedback.
Today I present the binaries for AdvanceMESS. The Multi Emulator Super System. MESS can emulate somewhere around 250 different home consoles and computers. It’s not perfect in any sense, but it works for most consoles.
I’m going to start this with saying that the Neo Geo is one of my favorite systems EVER. Over the years I’ve owned multiple Neo Geo Arcade Cabinets, tons of Neo Geo boards, and a drawer full of cartridges for the system. It’s an amazing piece of hardware. The first games came out in 1989, and the system had games still coming out in 2004. There is even a homebrew scene that is still running which releases a game every couple of years.
Last week I started messing with Gngeo, an open source Neo Geo emulator. I have gotten it compiled and running. King of Fighters 98 is running at 60fps. It looks lovely. The configuration was kind of a pain, but I think I have everything working right. So without further ado, below is the guide for installing and running Gngeo on the Raspberry Pi!
If you havent setup /dev/fb0 yet, just go ahead and do sudo chmod 777 /dev/fb0
Unzip the binaries. They should unzip to a folder called gneogeo
You should have 3 folders, the ones that matter are “bin” and “roms”. Inside “roms” you need to put in a neogeo bios file as well as any legally obtained game files you have. I will not give any hints or tips on where to obtain these files.
On the command line go into the bin folder (cd ~/gneogeo/bin), and type ./gngeo -i ../roms/
The first time it may fail, crash, lockup your pi, or even get into a small gui looking menu. Immediately exit (this can also sometimes cause a crash).
What this first run has done is create a hidden folder in your home folder called .gngeo.
Go into .gngeo (cd ~/.gngeo), and copy the config file you downloaded earlier. This setups the keys and some video stuffs.
Go back into the gneogeo/bin directory and run ./gngeo -i ../roms/
You should now see a gui, press enter on “load game”. You should see a list of roms available to you. Press up and down to get to your desired game, then press enter to start it.
Press 3 to give Player 1 a credit, 4 to give Player 2 a credit. Press 1 to start player 1, 2 to start player 2. Up down left and right control player 1, and z, x, a, and d map to the Neo Geo’s A B C and D buttons.
Press escape when done 🙂
So far I have played King of Fighters 98, Metal Slug X, and Samurai Shodown 2 at full speed with no issues 🙂
They are holding a contest to win a Raspberry Pi. From their site:
In order to win this pocket sized computer you must do your best to impress us by your geekyness and creativity. You should comment on this post with a link to a youtube clip that you’ve created to say/demonstrate why YOU should win the Rasperberry Pi.
You MUST be based in the UK as we will only ship this to a UK address.
Post your entry as a comment to this post and include the link to your YouTube clip.
Entries that don’t include our website URL and Raspberry Pi in their content will be excluded from the results.
All entries must be received by 21:00 UK Time on the 6th July 2012.
We will review the entries on the 7h July 2012 and announce what we thought was the most impressive video (content wise, not necessarily technically) by the 8th July 2012.
Only 1 entry per person.
The winner of the Raspberry Pi will be announced on the 8th July 2012
By entering our competition you agree for us to publish your youtube clips on our website www.lowpowerpcs.co.uk