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    Hmm, is anyone using a PS2 emulator?

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    PS2 Emulator

    Im extremely experienced in emulation, Ive used every emulator from the early Mame (arcade emulator) to the GBA emulator for Palm pilots. I even have one of the original Bleem retail cd's.
    I considered using a PS2 emulator, a PS1 emulator, an XBOX emulator,a Nintendo Game Cube Emulator, as well as Sega, Atari and several other systems. My intent for this program was to make the car computer as independant of other hardware as possible. All of my movies that I have are all DVD rips and only occupy 250 to 600 megs of space each, so I no longer use the DVD drive. I have about 6 gigs worth of mp3's on my car pc. And with the Nintendo 64 emulator -> I have over 300 games, which only takes up another 3 or 4 gig, each file is from 5 to 32 megabytes. In researching the emulators mentioned above; I found that PS2 Iso's (ripped games) take anywhere from 2 to 8 gig each. So on the average 40 gig hard drive, I can only get a couple of games on it. I found that PS1 Iso's (ripped games) take anywhere from 300 to 600 megabytes each, again on the again on the average 40 gig hard drive you can only get a couple dozen or so games on it, The XBOX and Nintendo Game Cube emulators are still in their infancy and only play a couple of available public domain games, and their CD formats are not pc based so to rip a game you have to place the XBOX or Game Cube on a computer network and use special software and configurations; These games also take up to 8 gigs each of hard drive space. I felt that the XBOX and Game Cubes werent even worth considering. I also found that the PS1 emulator was poor in graphics and load time and 30% of the games wouldnt even run on the most reliable emulator. My decision to run the N64 emulator was based on the fact that you can get hundreds of games on a hard drive and run them at a very high quality video with low requirements at very high speed. They load as fast if not faster than the actual console, and The emulator is fully compatible with windows joysticks, where I ran into problems with the PS1 and other emulators. If there are some really excellent games for PS2, XBOX or Gamecube that the user wants to put on their car pc. Most likely the game was ported for PC as well, and its just a matter of installing the game and then putting it in the external apps module.
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    Mobile Impact Updated!!!

    I have completed the reported bug fixes and requests for Mobile Impact. I have not come across any errors or bugs in this new version, so I am calling this one a release candidate.
    The updates/fixes are:

    Bug Fixes:
    Compatibliltiy issues with Freedrive. -> Fixed
    In External Programs, when moving the mouse over any buttons causes text to flicker. -> Fixed
    In Images, VOL# flickers when moving mouse over buttons. -> Fixed
    Pressing the Mute button to unmute does not work. Have to hit the VOL+ button which does not set the volume back to the same level. -> Fixed
    When running an External App (Notepad), music stops playing... -> Fixed
    When opening screen with graphical scrollbars the scrollbar doesnt show until an item in the list is clicked. -> Fixed
    4 character file extensions not showing up in filelists. -> Fixed


    New Features:
    Media Player Module: -> Fullscreen Visualization with mini media control bar
    Media Player Module: -> Visualization only goes to full screen when in mini media control bar mode.
    Hide cursor: -> Setting in skin chooser to set cursor to be regular or hidden
    N64 Module: -> Embeded Project 64 within the module. Created a mini control button bar to access other parts of the program without having to close Project 64.

    SKINS:
    How about some alternative skins for this thing, so I can bundle it with the releases.
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    Wow, you have been busy. If I could skin, I'd be working on one for this. I may just have to start playing and figure out how to do it. Did you ask for your own sub forum yet?
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    Quote Originally Posted by sfay93
    Did you ask for your own sub forum yet?


    Shhhh, you don't ask, you get given if you pass certain criteria.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enforcer
    Shhhh, you don't ask, you get given if you pass certain criteria.
    Ahhhh, my bad. Disregard my previous statement then.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sfay93
    Ahhhh, my bad. Disregard my previous statement then.
    I sent an email and havent gotten any response yet. I will be patient. What criteria would that be by the way?

    Program Info: I had some problems with packaging this release about 10 minutes ago and so I replaced the download with a good copy, so if you downloaded in the last 10 minutes you may get some errors in the program. Its fixed now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by reddeath30
    I sent an email and havent gotten any response yet. I will be patient. What criteria would that be by the way?

    1. Not asking to have your own forum.

    2. Moderator/Admin noticing you have your own software that is for the community and not a commercial product that is using the forum members as hamsters (oops sorry Guinea pigs)

    3. evidence of enough members using and testing it and thinking it worthy.


    there are probably some others, but at the end of the day it's the mods/admin discretion.


    But whatever you do , don't go asking for one. You should see the flames when someone else did.

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    addition.

    I've been checking in and out the past few days on the progress of the new front end and I wanted to give you (reddeath) congrats for taking on an embitious project such as this.

    For those of you who are planning on using this or any free software please keep in mind that typically these poeple are doing this on thier spare time and only for YOUR good.


    My input thus far:


    Interface does look a bit like some older front ends (that weren't really successful, I'm not saying they weren't any good) and I think that may deter some poeple.

    I'm not too sure if your planning on implimenting a skinning system but the trend around here seems to lean towards having one built in.

    I'm just tickled pink to see the game emulator I think that truely makes your front end stand out from others. This is something that our front ends need which is new ideas.

    After reading your logic on why you chose the N64 emulator, I would probably have done the same. I'm sure that in your heart you'd love to be able to play PS2 or Ps1 games through your car pc but by your careful research you've proven that its not the best gaming solution.


    Closing thoughts/comments:

    I thought about releasing my front end but honestly I don't have the time to really keep up with the support. It's almost like a full time job, so good job so far and stay motivated !
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    Compliments - Skinning

    Thank you for the glowing compliments. People displaying this kind of gratitude really makes it all worth it! Regarding skinning. I will continue sharing the program to everyone free of charge, and free of donation requests.

    Skinning:
    Mobile Impact has the ability to be skinned. I always liked the way that the early versions of Winamp could be skinned, so I modelled it similarly.

    Skinning Instructions:
    In the installation directory: C:\Program Files\Mobile Impact\Skin Templates the user will find that every screen has been stripped bare of all graphics leaving the outlines of where all the controls are. All the user would need to do is create a normal, hover, pressed, and in some cases audio skin for each of the modules. The user can look in the default skin directory for a guide of which skins are required. The filenames need to be the same as well. Then when the new skin is complete, copy the files to a directory under the C:\Program Files\Mobile Impact\Skins directory; open the skin chooser screen and select the directory that the files reside in. The program will know if there are files missing and wont allow it to be saved unless it is complete.

    Notes:
    Some of my programming techniques are simplistic and moving the controls would alter their functionality. I also specifically wanted the main media controls on the edges of the screen for ease of operation. You will notice that the volume buttons are located in the top right and top left corners of the screen. The previous and next track buttons are located on the bottom left and bottom right corners of the screen as well. All of the controls are large enough to be easily pressed in any of the modules making it easier to use on a screen as small as a 7" which is my test model.

    Keep up the compliments (compliments will get you everywhere!!!) heh heh, I look forward to seeing any new skins.
    Mobile Impact
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