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I have scanned some of the threads looking for information about this feature, but to little avail.

First, I need to know the exact place to put the disksys.nes BIOS files. Placing it in BIOS Roms in application support does not seem to do anything as Nestopia still gives an error

I tried to use F3 to bring up something, as Richard Bannister suggested, but nothing happens. What is supposed to come up and what does this feature do with FDS roms?

Finally, another suggested that the BIOS file needs to be in the same folder as Nestopia application. Is this the case?

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All you have to do is place disksys.rom (not .nes) in the root directory (where nestopia.exe is), that's it.

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"application support" suggests he's on a Mac so that doesn't apply.

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yes, that is the case. I should have mentioned that I was on a Mac.

Previous threads suggested most people use Nestopia on Macs..

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Hoping this is something simple, surely someone here is able to address this issue?

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Actually none of the regular posters/readers use NEStopia on the Mac, so you'll have to wait until Richard Bannister takes notice.

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I found the answer in the "About Nestopia.rtf" file included with Nestopia, of all places! It says the following:

Nestopia is fully compatible with Famicom Disk System games in .fds format. The file "disksys.rom" must be present in the same directory as Nestopia for these to work.

So rename the file to disksys.rom and stick it in the same folder as the Nestopia application.

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The manual? Well, I never! smile

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yes, I had hoped it was something simple, so I checked the manual hoping for that.

Didn't work unfortunately. When you say same directory, I don't supose the emulator needs to be in the same (hard drive?) as the BIOS files as well? I tried this kind of, but I may be doing it wrong.

I have my games on one drive, and the app support on the boot drive. Does this cause a conflict with Nestopia and FDS roms?

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New Folder
Put Nestopia in that folder
Put disksys.rom in that folder

Maybe it should say 'The file "disksys.rom" must be present in the same folder as the Nestopia application'

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I think there's an echo in here laugh

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No such luck with making a new folder.

It still tells me to put the disksys.rom file in app support, which also doesn't work.

It sounds like a dumb file or cache or something is causing a conflict

Maybe someone could post their working Nestopia (and relevant folders) on rapidshare (or some file sharing site) and I could just copy yours and paste it identically in the same spots, which should work. Had to do this to get the Internet working in Boot Camp once

Any takers?

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It would be illegal to distribute the Famicom Disk System BIOS

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Then put an empty file in its place, with the same name. Or take a screenshot? I'm thinking that some basic terms aren't being understood here, so words are going to fail unlike a concrete example.

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yes, maybe a screenshot would enough to get it working right.

Can you do as such, Blargg?

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bump for great justice!

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I don't know about others, but anyone bumping a topic without adding anything useful automatically gets bumped to my "posts to ignore" list. Read up on how to ask questions the smart way, specifically the section about urgency. BTW, I don't have any machines that will run the latest Nestopia anyway.

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Hmm, perhaps not enough time was given, apologies.

It seems that most have been dismissive of the issue besides your suggestions, so I naturally looked to you.

I guess that is one of a Mac program flaws. Short of rewritting the code yourself, there is only so many things you can do in order to fix occurring problems, and if you are unable, you are out of luck.

Oh well, maybe I have a eureka moment eventually. Until then, I'll continue checking the threads.

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Originally Posted By Oliver Surpless
It seems that most have been dismissive of the issue besides your suggestions, so I naturally looked to you.


I think most people are dismissive of the issue because you're the only person having this problem, so clearly the problem is with something you're doing, not Nestopia.

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Originally Posted By MooglyGuy
I think most people are dismissive of the issue because you're the only person having this problem, so clearly the problem is with something you're doing, not Nestopia.

I think that's why he posted, because he thought he was doing something wrong and wanted assistance. Even if people were only interested in bug reports, such feedback is useful for improving the program/documentation.

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Simply put, the fds bios goes in this directory:
/Users/<your user name>/Library/Application Support/Bannister/Nestopia/BIOS ROMs/disksys.rom

Open a Finder window, click on your little house icon with your name next to it, and navigate through 'Library', 'Application Support', etc.. until you get to 'BIOS ROMs', and put your disksys.rom file in there.

It must be named disksys.rom and not anything else.


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I don't doubt it is that simple..

Can you tell me how your hard drive is set up? Is everything for the emulator, FDS Roms, the Bios file, application support all on a single drive?

Given my lack of progress despite the apparent ease of FDS operation, it must be something stupidly simple.

So I want to duplicate your working FDS conditions exactly. Could you describe the emulator's layout, rOni?

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ok, FDS roms suddenly started working, guess the issue resolved itself.

It is both great and annoying when that happens. Oh well, thanks for the patience, guys and I hope the problems doesn't reappear.

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All new here, hi everyone!

Oliver, out of curiosity, where did you end up copying disksys.rom for the fds images to actually work?

You're not alone, i've been having the exact same problem over here on mac osx, with all files at the right places (pretty straightforward really...) Still .fds images show up greyed out, making them impossible to open...

Thanks a lot for your suggestions smile

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If the Windows and Mac versions of NESTopia aren't too much different, couldn't you just go to Machine > External > Disk System > Options… and click on the 'Browse' button to look for the BIOS? That's how I got FDS to work. <.<

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Thank you so much, nothing else was working. I got the disksys.rom file by googling it (It wasn't to hard to find), my guess is something that was disksys.nes can't simply be renamed disksys.rom and be expected to work.

Anyways, the instructions on the error were to put it in "~/Library/Application Support/Bannister/Nestopica/BIOS ROMs/disksys.rom" That didn't work. But putting it /Users/<your user name>/Library/Application Support/Bannister/Nestopia/BIOS ROMs/disksys.rom did.

Yes, it really was that simple.

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Anyways, the instructions on the error were to put it in "~/Library/Application Support/Bannister/Nestopica/BIOS ROMs/disksys.rom" That didn't work. But putting it /Users/<your user name>/Library/Application Support/Bannister/Nestopia/BIOS ROMs/disksys.rom did.


How about "~/Library/Application Support/Bannister/Nestopia/BIOS ROMs/disksys.rom" (note that Nestopia is spelled correctly, as opposed to "Nestopica")? ~ is a shorter way of specifying /Users/<your user name> to the command-line shell.

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I know this has been brought up numerous times here, but I just can't seem to get Nestopia to play any .fds ROMs. I've done exactly what was recommended and still can't get it to play any of the files. I've downloaded the disksys.rom, moved it to the BIOS ROMs folder in Bannister, all within the library (I've omitted a few folders in this description for the sake of not getting annoying and because we all know what folders those are). Is there anything that I'm missing? Some exact way of moving it into the folder BIOS ROMs that I may have fudged up? Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks again smile

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monosaturated, if you open the terminal and copy-and-paste the following command and hit return, what gets listed? (sorry to anyone who tried the paths in previous messages; I see now that ~ isn't expanded when single/double-quoted)

ls ~/Library/Application\ Support/Bannister/Nestopia/BIOS\ ROMs

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