And I answered you other question but it got deleted.
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And I answered you other question but it got deleted.
Please note, there will be no discussion of obtaining ROM's here, this extract from the forum rules refers....
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It's always a good idea to read the rules that you agreed to when you joined the forum.......that way you won't break them.Originally Posted by TylerThomas
These are the PSX ROMs I have on a 4GB flash drive:
Crash Bandicoot 2
Crash Bandicoot 3
Final Fantasy VII
Cool Boarders 2001
Monster Rancher 2
These are the emulators I have on my iPad:
Emulators I'd like to buy:
These are the current storage devices I have:
1 2TB WD My Book Live
2 4GB flash drives
1 2GB flash drive
1 16GB micro SD card with SD card adapter
Storage Accessories I have or have ordered:
USB adapter (CCK)
SD card adapter (CCK)
iHustler power adapter
Storage devices I've used with my iPad before:
Seagate Goflex Satellite
Seagate Goflex Home
Apps that I use with my storage devices:
Packages that I use with my storage devices:
USB mounting toggle switch
Safari Download Manager
Safari Upload Enabler
Features of WD2go:
Open any file in a compatible app
Email file as attachment
Email file as link
AirPlay to Apple TV
Download for offline use
Features of WD Photos:
View as slideshow
Upload photos to drive from camera roll
Save from drive to camera roll
Email as attachment
Email as link
Post to Facebook
Upload to Dropbox
Open in any compatible app
Download for offline use
See HD version
Files I currently store on storage devices:
Devices I use them with:
Sony Vaio Laptop
Sony Vaio Desktop
32GB iPad 3
8GB iPod Touch 4G
Apple TV 2
Last edited by TylerThomas; 07-12-2012 at 08:12 PM.
Here are some screenshots of using the direct from storage device method for playing ROMs (tap the picture to see a larger view):
1) This is a picture of the interface of one of the emulators that supports this method. You see this screen when you open it afresh. This happens to be GBA.emu.
2) This is a picture of the "load game" menu. You should start out in this directory (/private/var/) when your loading a ROM with this method. You can see the "mnt" folder above "mobile".
3) This is a picture of the "mnt" folder. As you see mount 1 is showing. This means you successfully connected your storage device.
4) This is a picture of "mount 1" opened. In my case it's the contents of a 2GB flash drive that has GBA and SNES ROMs on it, along with some backup system files.
5) Since we're using GBA.emu this is a picture of the GBA ROMs folder opened. As you can see there is a list of all my GBA ROMs.
6) I picked the first game, which was Crash Bandicoot 2: N-tranced. This is a picture showing that it successfully loaded. This is in the portrait orientation mode. You can see the controls in the bottom half of the screen.
7) Finally this is a picture of the landscape orientation mode of the loaded ROM. This is the suggested orientation mode for using this method because it's less probable you will accidentally detach the storage device. (at least if your using a small sized device. I recommend using an SD card for this method.)
Last edited by TylerThomas; 07-12-2012 at 07:27 PM.
Another great resource when using external storage devices with your iPad are a couple software programs called 123CopyDVD Gold and 123CopyDVD Platinum. With the Gold version you can copy any DVD and make a backup file of it. With Platinum you can do the same with Blurays. These programs can convert the movie to Apple H.264 format and encode them for you so you can store them on your storage device and then watch them on your iPad. You can even convert the movies to formats made specifically for the iPad and even the generation of iPad you have as well as a lot of other formats such as ones for the Apple TV, the iPhone, etc. and other android devices if you have those. The Gold version is around 50 or 60 dollars I think and I'm not sure how much the Platinum version is ($75?). But I use the gold version for now and it's been a great investment because with the local pawnshops, Best Buy's sales, and the video store in town I've been able to buy a decent amount of DVD movies for 3-4 dollars or less a piece and then convert them to Apple H.264 encoding and store them on my WD MBL and can watch them with my iPad pretty much anytime I want to. I would say I saved around 7-12 dollars per movie as opposed to buying them with iTunes (I still use iTunes when they have a good deal or whatever).
But for people who want to watch movies on their iPad and not use all the local drive space (and only being able to house a fraction of the movies they could), an external HDD and 123CopyDVD is a great combination.
And as far as ROMs and emulators go, there are kind of two rules to go by...
Don't download a system BIOS file for your emulator or ROM image of a particular game and use them unless:
1) You're just trying them out and plan on buying physical copies of the systems and games that you're using if they are worth it to you after trying them and deleting and not using any BIOS file or ROM image that you've tried and are not willing to buy a physical copy of.
2) Only regularly using them as backup copies and alternate methods of playing them if you actually own physical copies of the system you're using a BIOS file for and the disk, cartridge, etc. of the game that you're using a ROM image of.
The way I understand it these are the "legal" and proper methods for using an emulator and ROM image and the only way that it's either not considered or not going to be considered piracy to use them. Because of the controversy about it and the problems with piracy that are going on, it's best to get in the habit of only using these kinds of programs and files in these ways. And the post I made just before this one was talking about making legal backup copies of DVDs that I own and have paid for for use on my iPad which as of more recent years has become officially legal to do and is not the same as piracy.
I do not anyway condone or promote the use of digital piracy. I am only suggesting people can use these kinds of programs and files, etc. in the ways that are being considered legal to do by most governments in light of the need and desire of people to watch movies and play games, etc. on their advanced computing devices, such as PCs, Macs, smartphones, iPads, etc. and only am using such things in those ways myself.
1) Most emulators and ROM images are of what are known as vintage or retro systems and games. These items do not sell at retail prices and can often be found for next to nothing. So practically, buying physical copies of them is not as unaffordable as you might think.
2) Look for games in vintage gaming stores, pawnshops, garage sales, etc. or online at vintage gaming sites and eBay. With these methods you ought to be able find copies of any game or system your wanting to use an emulator or ROM image of.
3) If your emulator doesn't use a system BIOS file (GBA.emu does not) and it completely emulates the system on its own then you don't need to own a physical copy of the console system. You only need a physical copy of the system if your emulator is using the BIOS file from the system (PSX4All does this).
4) You can find a nice list of emulators for your iPad by typing "emulator" in the search field in Cydia. Some of them are free, some are not. I don't think any of them are more than 6 dollars.
Last edited by TylerThomas; 07-12-2012 at 09:08 PM.
So I got my package today with the few small accessories I had ordered.
An SD card connection adapter
A USB hub
And the iHustler
I tested these items out to see what I could do with them.
With the SD card connection kit I could connect and mount SD cards and micro SD cards with SD card adapters up to 16GB in size.
With the USB hub I was able to connect a 4GB flash drive by itself, a 2GB flash drive by itself, and both at the same time. I tried to connect two 4GB drives at the same time and it crashed my iPad each time, so that didn't work. I also tried connecting 2 4GB drives and a 2GB drive at the same time and that didn't work either. It didn't crash my device but it wouldn't mount them.
With the iHustler I wasn't able to convert the power from a flash drive so as for my iPad to mount it. It appears the only transfer you can do with it is power, no data. However it does make it so I can charge my idevices with normally incompatible mediums.
So that's what I found out in testing these items out. Hope that helps someone looking into it.
Note: The USB hub had an input for a power supply. Since one wasn't included and I don't think I have a compatible one, I can't test it out, but with it plugged in you could possibly mount any external storage device that can connect with a USB and doesn't use it's own power.
Last edited by TylerThomas; 07-20-2012 at 05:38 PM.