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Amiga, Atari, Amstrad, Arcades, Colecovision, Commodore (64/128/VIC20/PET), GameBoys (GB, GBC, GBA), GameGear, Genesis, MasterSystem, MS DOS, NeoGeo, NeoGeo CD, NES/Famicom, PC Engine/TurboGrafix 16, PSX, Scumm, SNES and ZX Spectrum.


1. The desktop
2. The control panel
3. Configuring emulators
4. Getting ROMs
5. Enable 3D acceleration (optional)
6. Accessing your drives
7. Saving your settings
8. Tips & Tricks
9. Version History

1. The desktop:

- no ROX desktop, all JWM
- left-click on the deskop for a small 'apps' menu, with links to the most useful apps and tools
- right-click on the desktop for the full puppy menu
- you'll see an animated icon bar at the bottom, showing all the emulators available
- left-click on the emulator you want to load, then browse for a rom file.
- right-click on the emulator icons to reset/refresh the menu
- you've got a start menu, quick links menu and taskbar at the very bottom, set to auto-hide
- the wallpaper can be changed by right clicking on any image any choosing 'Set as wallpaper'
- the file manager has all the most important bookmarks added already, in the toolbar

2. The control panel:

- a tabbed navigation panel showing most of the settings and tools available
- choose the 'Gaming' tab to configure your emulators config files
- if needed, use one of the network wizards to setup your internet connection

3. Configuring emulators:

Some emulators require not only roms, but BIOS files too.

- Amiga: Find and download a kickstart file (kick13, kick20, kick31), put it in '/usr/lib/uae' and rename (or symlink) to 'kick.rom'.
- Commodore:You'll need to download a pack of system roms, and extract to '/usr/lib/vice'
- Prboom: get doom2.wad or freedoom.wad. You already have '/usr/share/games/doom/prboom.wad' installed

NOTES: You are not allowed to own the BIOS of any systems that you have never purchased.
Mupen64Plus also requires OpenGL (3D acceleration, see below)

4. Getting ROMs

- I cannot include roms with this release, but here are some links where you can get them:
- Rom-World.com, Romhustler.net, Emuparadise.org, Snes-O-Rama.us, CPS2 XOR Files, ROM Keeper, LemonAmiga

NOTE: You are not allowed to own the ROMs of any games released commercially, that you have never purchased.

5. Enabling OpenGL (for 3D acceleration - only required for N64):

You'll simply need to download and install the correct dot pet file for your graphics card.
Then (optionally) follow the softwares' instructions and restart X.

nvidia-7186.pet for ancient nvidia graphics cards (riva TNT to Geforce 1).
nvidia-9643.pet for most nvidia cards (officially Gf2 to Gf4 but tested on Gf7 OK).
nvidia-100.14.19.pet for latest cards (Gf5 to Gf8).

All Nvidia drivers are available http://download.tuxfamily.org/nop/
More Nvidia info http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=22272

Alternatively, you could download NVIDIA-Linux-x86-180.22-pkg1_412.sfs to add a large collection of proprietry Nvidia drivers.

Catalyst 9.9: For newer cards, go to http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=46507
Catalyst 9.3: For older cards, go to http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=45601
You can find out which one you need at the pages above.

A few drivers and details about compatibility can be found at http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=44388
Finally, for one more .PET, you can check out http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=291587#291587

Here are a load of .PET files for SiS, framebuffer, 3dfx, Voodoo, Intel, Matrox, VIA and others - http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=48019

If you STILL can't find what you are looking for, then try a search at http://pupplinux.ca

6. Accessing your drives:

- all your storage drives can be found at '/mnt/' - but not until you 'mount' them
- left-click on the desktop and choose 'Drives' to see all your drives
- hard drives are listed as sda1, sda2, sda3 and so
- double-click on a drive to mount it, it will then open up in a file manager window
- after saving your settings (see below), you can use 'startmount' you open your drives at boot

7. Saving your settings

- choose 'pupsaveconfig' from the 'utility' menu to create your save file before you shutdown, so you don't lose any changes
- when you shutdown for the first time, you should be asked to save your session
- a nice menu should popup when you shutdown to help you create a savefile, if needed
- after creating a savefile, you will be asked whether to save to it or not, at each shutdown

8. Tips & Tricks

No hard drive:

- After booting, you can simply replace your Puppy Arcade live-CD with a CD/DVD full of roms.
- Mount the DVD/CD drive and your roms will be available at '/mnt/sr0/'

Hard drive/USB install:

- Put your savefile on the same drive as your roms, and your roms will be available at '/mnt/home/path/to/your/roms'

Create an easy to remember ROM directory:

- You can symlink your roms folder to /roms/ - so it's easy and quick to reach them
- To do this, type 'ln -s /path/to/your/roms /roms' in the terminal

9. Version history

All versions available are based on Turbopup Xtreme and Puppy Linux.
Visit the Puppy Arcade Download Page to see all files.

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