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TypeXtra

Getting Started

Overview

TypeXtra was designed to make setting up TypeX and Nesica Systems more straightforward.

There are lots of different game sets out in the wild, so setup can be quite a confusing job. This aims to make it a few clicks job.

TypeXtra does not come with any “ROMS.” That would be illegal. If you own the system you are aiming to emulate, then you can secure a “ROM” image of the game to emulate on your PC.

Once you have the ROM/s you want, TypeXtra aims to make setup a 3 step process:

  • Point it to the direcotory/s in which your ROM/s reside
  • Click “Autoscan.” It will automatically identify most games if their folders contain a game.inf file (some roms don't)
  • Click “ISetup Games” to install an assured set of support files which will make the game run. This does depend on your ROM files.

Features:

  • Import other “Game Service” sets - ones that are designed to ensure games boot OK. Some of these have modified game executables, therefore they're not included with this distribution. However, see elsewhere for instructions on obtaining and importing.
  • Import “HD Exe” sets. The original game executables ran at lower resolutions. Some modified executables have been produced to have these games work at higher resolutions (not just stetch to fill your display, but to actually render at higher resolutions).
  • Customise what files launch the game, what file to monitor for the game ending and what controls setting application to use on a game-per-game basis.
  • Runs invisibly from command line - once you have your games set up, send it the short ort long game name and it will boot the game and close itself once the game executable has stopped. This helps with front end setups, where the front end will monitor for the temrination of the launch application (in this case, TypeXtra).
  • Create shortcuts pointing towards the game launch files in either the 'long' or 'short' game format. This can be used to have a front end launch a file directly by executing the shortcut, or, more helpfully, get the correct command line parameter to pass to TypeXtra to launch the game.
  • Audits the exe files and compares against a database of known working vs known rubbish roms (database in early stages)

Quickstart

N.B. These demo pics were taken on an older version of TypeXtra. Therefore, some of the settings pages have changed. Sure you'll figure it out ;)

The 1, 2, 3, 4 "Down 'n Dirty"

1. Setup your ROM folders

Notice all of the red crosses. Crosses = bad. Ticks = good. :) You need the first two ticks to launch a game and the last tick to know when it has finished.

Click Settings, Add and then add any ROM directories.

2. Scan your ROM Folders for games

This auto-locates games based on their game.inf values. Click the folder

3. Install Game Services

Once you have done the ROM folders scan, you should seen more ticks!

Now install Games services. This will install files such as launch files and controls files to make game setups complete. Click on the “injection” icon.

You should see something like this:

Note that a lot of the needed files are now automatically set up, with Game Folder, Launch File and Monitor File.

4. Update the database

program_files_typextra_helpdocs_assets_updatedatabse.jpg

This will do more detailed scanning such as scanning your exe's for thier checksums.

Good/bad exes

TypeXtra will let you know if it knows your exe and if so, whether it's good, bad or one with idiosyncracies. For example:

program_files_typextra_helpdocs_assets_exehash.jpg

Shows that there are some issues with this exe. Click on the icon for further details.

Fine Tuning

Let's say you know you have Arcana Heart 2 in your set. It's likely that this is a game without a game.inf file. Click on the Folder icon at the bottom:

program_files_typextra_helpdocs_assets_specifyfolder.jpg

This will open a folder browser and allow you to specify the game folder.

You can click the buttons to the right of this to specify the launch, monitor and controls file respectively. Be sure to “Install game services” and “Update Database” again once you've added more game folders.

Once you have things setup, all that's left is to click the Launch Game Button:

Shortcuts

Shortcuts will only be created for games that have a confirmed Folder and Launchfile. You can choose whether to further filter by “Confirmed Good.”

Command Line

SwitchParameterDescription
-gl“{Long Game Name}“Execute Launchfile for game of this 'long name' (as per the database).
-gs”{Short Game Name}“Execute Launchfile for game of this 'short name' (as per the database).
-hc{none}Force hide console on execute. Overides game setting.
-sc{none}Force show console on execute. Overides game setting.


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