X-Box upgrade - Install emulators/roms

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NeverSayDie
X-Box upgrade - Install emulators/roms

Years ago I bought an X-box off a guy that had over 3K old school games installed on it. Everything from Atari to Nintendo 64. Heck the only NES game I looked for and couldn't find was Excite Bike. You can imagine how much fun I had with that thing. The 1st game I played was Ninga Gaden and although I hadn't even thought of the game in close to 15 years I still remembered what power ups were where. Good times. It was great since you only had one box to plug into your TV and no disks to scratch or cartridges to blow in *lol*. Plus you could still play regular X-Box games athough it was strongly suggested I use a non upgraded system if I wanted to play on X-Box live Surprised

Years ago I bought an X-box off a guy that had over 3K old school games installed on it. Everything from Atari to Nintendo 64. Heck the only NES game I looked for and couldn't find was Excite Bike. You can imagine how much fun I had with that thing. The 1st game I played was Ninga Gaden and although I hadn't even thought of the game in close to 15 years I still remembered what power ups were where. Good times. It was great since you only had one box to plug into your TV and no disks to scratch or cartridges to blow in *lol*. Plus you could still play regular X-Box games athough it was strongly suggested I use a non upgraded system if I wanted to play on X-Box live Surprised

 

Anyhow I gave it to my younger brother and now it's broke *lol*. The guy I originally got it from is long gone and no one I've talked to seems to know how the upgrade was done.So I'm turning to my fellow GUG's hoping any of you might know how. I know very little about emulators/roms but here's what I've pieced together.

Defenitions (defined by me so they may be wrong)

ROM - The file(s) that make up an individual game. I'm not sure how to make a ROM, but that shouldn't be an issue since there are plenty of them out there already. Also not all ROM's are the same so they won't all run with the same emulator.

Emulator - The program that runs a ROM. Basically it imitates the original console's operating system. This means if you have a NES ROM you'll need an NES emulator to play it.

X-Box - Okay so if you need this defined maybe this isn't the thread for you. However the guy I got mine from did mention that not all X-Box's are the same. The 1st ones he made he had to take apart and install a special chip in order to get them to work. Then he figured out a way to do it with out the chip (which is the version I bought), but some of the newer X-Box's wouldn't work.

Skin - This is what ties everything together. When I turned on the X-Box without a disk it didn't goto it's normal start up screen. It went to what was called a skin. From there I would pick what type of system I wanted to play, NES, Sega, etc. Then I'd be given a list of games to chose from. The layout of every list was different. For instance the NES list was just the names of the games as text while the Nintendo 64 list had pictures for each game. There were tons of skins to chose from. From what I could tell some just changed the way the screen looked, but some obviously had features others didn't. For instance some skins let you play MP3 files that had also been download to the hard drive. I was warned that some of the skins would let me delete files so I shouldn't mess around with anything unless I knew what I was doing.

Upgrade Procedure

This is the little I got out of the guy on how the upgrade is done.

1st off he had a certain James Bond game that was needed. There was some glitch in this paticular game that allowed access to the X-box's hard drive. How or why? Heck if I know.

2nd He hooked the X-box up to his PC via USB cable and transfered everything over.

Well that's all I know. Told ya it was "little".

 

So that's all I know on the subject. Anyone out there who can fill in the blanks and/or correct what I think I know? And any suggestions on websites/torrents to download the necessary files? If not don't worry, I'll update this as I figure out things on my own in case anyone else in interested. Thank god for Google!

 

   

   

Stevie
Re: X-Box upgrade - Install emulators/roms

My 11-year-old son and I "discovered" emulators a few months ago during torrent searches for some old games.  They have them for PC's - I didn't know they had something similar for X-Box.

Speaking of the PC type.. the emulator is also as you described.  It is a vehicle or application that plays a ROM which is the game.  The emulators I found were stand-alone and didn't require installing.  I was surprised at the small size of some of these ROM files.  what.. I think some were like 50KB.  50kb for a game that used to be in a cartridge the size of a pack of smokes.

And the games, there are tons!  I found all the old Atari and Sega (Master System 8-bit and Genesis 16-bit)  games and we spent days trying all the old games I used to obsess with in my 20's.

BTW.. video game consoles were made available to the public in my early teens and I had an Atari and played Pong with the Pong "paddle controller".  And I was pretty good at Duck Hunt!  Haha!

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