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Nov 14

2008-11-14

I have made some nice changes to my Red Box PCB so it now has AdvanceMenu as frontend. This of course looks much better than the very basic menu that came with it. Also supports animated previews of all games and has a nice trance track as background music. I’ve created a kick ass animation at startup as well. :D I’ve also upgraded the sad Centrino 1100mHz CPU to a bitchin’ PIII 1400hHz that I got from eBay. Perhaps later I’ll also upgrade the memory from 256 to 1GB. Not sure how much memory DOS can handle though.

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  1. Pedro

    Great website! I also have a Red Box pcb and would also like to modify the frontend and add roms to it. I have a few 4Gb cf cards to experiment on. I have tried to add roms wihout success. Any tips you care to share?

    1. emphatic

      Thanks.

      Well, it’s not that hard to change the gamelist but there are some obstacles you’ll have to accept to be a pain in the ass:

      1. You’ll need to be running 0.106 roms. Finding these might be hard, but if you know how to use a rom-manager to change the set you’re already in possession of. It’s doable though. If you get the Windows build of AdvanceMAME 0.106, it’s good to troubleshoot your roms’ compability.

      2. You need to know how to make a memory card bootable. Not as easy as it sounds.

      3. You must have this exact model: http://www.arcadegames.se/sv/produkter/spel/multikort/gamebox-redbox.html or I’m not sure the mod I tried will work, as it’s setup to work with the card’s onboard video.

      If you have a PC setup to boot off the USB port, you can use that to test your card before you put it into your RedBox. Just change the startup order in BIOS to begin with USB. This way you won’t have to crawl into your cabinet or take the RedBox apart for each test. Sure, you won’t be able to test any games on your computer, but the boot up will tell you if the card’s formatted correctly etc. Testing the games is better with a Windows build of AdvanceMAME 0.106

      Here’s an archive containing all the files you should need: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=BXVB4T2D

      Unzip the contents of the ”myredbox” folder to the root of your memory card and put your roms in the ”rom” folder

  2. Pedro

    Hi

    Thanks for the link. I have installed the software and a few roms. However they are from 0.133 romset and are not recognized in advancemame. I have searched through a few forums to find out how to make them compatible with 106, but to no avail.

    I tried using romcenter but it asks me for a .dat file, which I can’t seem to file on my hard drive. I tried searching on google, but no luck there either. I look for info on the redbox, but only found broken links. I read on some forum that a guy managed to add roms to the original arcadeos software that came with his redbox, but he doesn’t discuss how he did it. I tried to pm him, but no response.

    I would really appreciate some advice from you.

    1. emphatic

      You’re supposed to be able to create the .dat file from within clrmamepro (pointing it to your 0.106 MAME .exe), but personally, I’ve never done it. I just downloaded my roms from http://romhustler.net/ and other sites that have the roms for download as they tend to be out of date. Try them with a Windows build of AdvanceMAME, so you won’t have to jump through hoops (connecting the RedBox etc) for nothing. Perhaps creating the .dat file from regular 0.120 MAME will work? http://mamedev.org/oldrel.html

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