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#102975 - 12/09/15 12:10 PM PC98
EoceneMiacid Offline
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Hi,

I'd like to run some software on the PC-98 (using the PC9821 driver). The thing is, images for this platform are probably the hardest to come by, and I haven't been succesful in finding any that are listed in the softlist.

The majority of software I manage to find come in .hdi format, which MAME apparently does not support. I can convert a .hdi using chdman (using createhd) and then load that, but then the system just boots to NEC N-88 Basic. I presume I need to create a blank hd image and install MS-DOS in it, and copy the game files in directories, then run the executable like 'our' DOS, or is there an easier way?

EDIT: The software list isn't too clear on the source of the software, it mentions the '13gb pack with ~90 rar files that's been floating around since 2011', which isn't too helpful. However I'm getting the '2013-03-04 NEC PC 9801 [TOSEC]', anybody know if these contain the same images?


Edited by EoceneMiacid (12/09/15 12:35 PM)

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#102976 - 12/09/15 01:10 PM Re: PC98 [Re: EoceneMiacid]
R. Belmont Offline

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Just go to Pleasuredome and get the "MAME 0.168 Software Lists CHDs" torrent.

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#102978 - 12/09/15 02:31 PM Re: PC98 [Re: EoceneMiacid]
crazyc Offline
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The HDD firmware is disabled by default. Enable it in Machine Configuration.

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#102984 - 12/09/15 06:36 PM Re: PC98 [Re: EoceneMiacid]
Haze Offline
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also this IMHO highlights one of the problems we face, people not preserving original media, but instead preinstalled stuff.
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#102986 - 12/09/15 09:46 PM Re: PC98 [Re: EoceneMiacid]
Darkstar Offline
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Whoa, it's now okay to talk about Pl*******Do** in plain? I remember a time when these kind of posts got moderated into oblivion ;-)

I think I once found a PC98 collection of mostly floppy images, but I'm not sure if I still have it (or where). I think most of that is now already included in the PD torrent anyway (it was only about 4gig or so). If there's interest I could take a look

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#102987 - 12/09/15 10:59 PM Re: PC98 [Re: EoceneMiacid]
R. Belmont Offline

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Because even telling people to type "MAME 0.168 ROMs" into Google wasn't working, MW switched to "f**k it, just tell them the sites" and I'm following suit. Anything that unblocks initial MAME setup I'm all for at this point.

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#103030 - 12/15/15 09:47 PM Re: PC98 [Re: EoceneMiacid]
EoceneMiacid Offline
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So your advice is to, uh, download a 1.312 TB torrent, just because I'm interested in less than hundred MB's worth (if that) of ancient PC-98 software?

That is absolutely no option for me, even if I were prepared to take this seriously. Data caps, for one.

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#103031 - 12/15/15 09:53 PM Re: PC98 [Re: EoceneMiacid]
R. Belmont Offline

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It's literally the easiest possible way to get fully up and running in MAME. And any torrent client made in the last 5 years lets you pick specific files out of the torrent.

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#103032 - 12/15/15 10:05 PM Re: PC98 [Re: EoceneMiacid]
LoganB Offline
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In any good torrent client, you can pick and choose what files/folders you want.

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#103033 - 12/15/15 10:13 PM Re: PC98 [Re: EoceneMiacid]
EoceneMiacid Offline
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Okay yeah, this works for me.

I assumed the contents were packed into one archive (like the ones on archive.org), making choosing files impossible. When I queried about that here, I got the response that this was done intentionally to make sure all software was preserved, not just the popular stuff.

EDIT: I assume the software list for this system isn't fully completed yet? It doesn't contain Rude Breaker, which is a nifty little shmup by Compile, for example.


Edited by EoceneMiacid (12/15/15 10:27 PM)

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