One of our awesome users Shane came up with the idea of playing games on their device, the community was blown away at what they thought couldn’t be achieved. Things got even better, Shane wanted to share how he done this……now this is what a community is all about!
So…..without further adieu here is the complete walk through Shane has prepared for you in his own words.
[We want to say a huge thank you to him for sharing it with us, we really appreciate it.]
PLEASE READ ALL BEFORE STARTING
I DO NOT TAKE ANY RESPONSIBILITY IF ANYTHING GOES WRONG. THIS IS YOUR CHOICE. BUT I ALWAYS RECOMMEND MAKING A BACKUP OF YOUR CONFIG BEFORE TRYING ANYTHING NEW
I don’t work for DreamState. I am just a user like you. I’m am sharing this, as it has worked for me and it should work for you. If you follow the instructions step-by-step and take your time you will be very pleased with the results.
Things you will need:
1. Download emulator.retroarch file from HERE.
2. A Game Boy Advance game from HERE or you can download them directly by using Freeroms Downloaderfound in Add-on Installer or Total Installer.
3. A hard drive or USB stick.
We’ll show you how to make the proper folder later in tutorial.
4. Go to Programs on device and you should see ROM COLLECTION BROWSER (if not can find in XBMC.orgrepo and install).
5. Download Putty for Windows HERE or Terminal on Mac (already on Mac, no need to download).
6. You also need to tweak a setting in Prometheus. Go to Settings – Appearance – File Lists and turn on Show Hidden Files and Directories (See Below)
Go to Settings – Add-ons – Install from Zip and install the zip file you downloaded in #1 above.
Open Putty and log in with your devices IP address. Username is root and password is openelec
Type in the following lines and click enter after each (or copy and paste):
chmod +x /storage/.xbmc/addons/emulator.retroarch/bin/*
ls -l /storage/.xbmc/addons/emulator.retroarch/bin
/storage/.xbmc/addons/emulator.retroarch/bin/retroarch –config /storage/.xbmc/addons/emulator.retroarch/config/retroarch.cfg –menu
Ignore the warnings
On your TV you should see a new screen. Scroll down to Settings and click X on your keyboard. Scroll down to Config Save on Exit and click X to change to On. Click Z to go back one screen and then scroll to Quit Retroarch and click X. Then close Putty.
Go to Programs – Rom Collection Browser and click Yes when prompted to create new one.
CLICK ON SCRAPE GAME INFO AND ARTWORK ONLINE
An Emulator Params keyboard will pop up and it will say: “%ROM%”
**Find the right one for your game from: http://sourceforge.net/p/zaggxbmcaddons/wiki/Core%20List/
For this time type: vba_next ” %ROM%” for Game Boy Advanced (make sure there is a space between next and “)
Click done and find the path to your ROMs on your hard drive or usb on next screen. Click ok and a new keyboard will pop up asking for the File Mask
For game boy advanced type: *.zip,*.gba or whatever applies to file extension.
Takes you to a screen that says Game Boy Advance Artwork
Find the Drive you have your files on and go to the appropriate folder.
You will be asked if you want to add more collections here but for now choose no. You can add more later.
WHEN PROMPTED CLICK IMPORT GAMES AND THEY WILL LOAD.
Now you are good to go. All games will be found within Programs – Rom Collection Browser.
You can use your keyboard to play.
To exit the game just click Esc on keyboard and it will take you back out to main screen.
Adding a Controller (eg PS3 controller)
Plug in controller then putty into Prometheus and type the following
You will be prompted to click various buttons on the remote in order to customize it.
Go to Programs – Freeroms Downloader and click C to bring up Context Menu and go to Add-on Settings and set the download path and click OK
Go to Programs – Freeroms Download and click it go to Super Nintendo and find the games you want to download.
Setting Folders On Hard drive or USB
You need to make 2 folders for each category. First folder is Game Boy Advanced and then inside that folder make one called GBA ROMS then you will be good to go. Slide the ROM into the GBA ROMS folder. If you are using Super Nintendo Games, the first folder will be SNES and the one inside will be SNES ROMS, and so on.
Once again, we’d like to say a HUGE thank you to Shane for this brilliant guide! If you’re on Twitter, give him a follow HERE , the guy has a wealth of knowledge.