CocoaMSX: New port of blueMSX to OS X

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By FiXato

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03-01-2013, 13:02

Wouldn't it be easier to install SL in a VM like Virtualbox? Smile

By uberjack

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03-01-2013, 17:47

My machine's too underpowered for that sort of abuse Smile

By cklayman

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05-01-2013, 02:01

Just tried running Cocoa MSX on my white MacBook 4,1 with 2.4 GHz processor, 6GB of RAM and Mac OS X 10.6.8. CocoaMSX seems to work fine but thee are a few issues. I cannot open the emulator in full screen, that menu is just grayed out. Secondly the processor utilization is kind of high (around 60%).

By Vampier

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05-01-2013, 07:39

yzi wrote:

Sorry for being ignorant, but in which way is this better than OpenMSX? I thought OpenMSX was already beyond perfect, but someone's going through all this trouble to get another emulator working on OSX so apparently I'm missing something very big.

openMSX isn't perfect but at this point in time it's as perfect as it's gonna get for now Smile

I like the idea of a choice like Fixato does; I just hope dvik and the blueMSX team will find time to release a new version one of these days.

By uberjack

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05-01-2013, 09:29

cklayman wrote:

Just tried running Cocoa MSX on my white MacBook 4,1 with 2.4 GHz processor, 6GB of RAM and Mac OS X 10.6.8. CocoaMSX seems to work fine but thee are a few issues. I cannot open the emulator in full screen, that menu is just grayed out. Secondly the processor utilization is kind of high (around 60%).

I fixed a number of issues in the last few days that should bring Snow Leopard functionality to par with Lion, with two considerable exceptions:

* Full screen mode is still unavailable on SL
* Keyboard/joystick key mappings are currently not configurable

The latest release can be downloaded from http://code.google.com/p/cocoa-msx/downloads/detail?name=Coc... - I'd appreciate any additional testing and/or bug reports - keeping in mind what I said about the two issues above :)

The processor (over)utilization thing is normal, as far as I can tell.

yzi wrote:

Sorry for being ignorant, but in which way is this better than OpenMSX? I thought OpenMSX was already beyond perfect, but someone's going through all this trouble to get another emulator working on OSX so apparently I'm missing something very big.

I love OpenMSX, I just refuse to use a launcher for a modern-day OS (especially one as sexy as OS X). It's what I used when I ran Linux (before the evil days of Gnome 3) - though I still refused to use a frontend and ran it from the shell.

At the time I started working on the port, I looked at OpenMSX as an option. I don't remember why I didn't go with it - it may have been that the guys who had started on aquamsx had already gotten it to compile on Xcode. If I recall correctly (I may be wrong), OpenMSX has to be built from the command line.

FiXato wrote:

1. Insert Cartridge/Disk/Cassette finder fails to show folders/files[/url]
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2. Enter Fullscreen option is greyed out. CMD+F doesn't work either.
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3. After reloading a snapshot I can't regain control over my game. It seems to enforce a constant right cursor keypress.
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4. ROMs load perfectly when selecting CocoaMSX from the "open with" context menu of Finder for ROM files. Can't test disk and cassette images as I don't know how to add support for other machines.

1 - Fixed in 1.0 sl alpha
2 - Won't be available until I'm done with the control configuration
3 - That seems to happen if you select 'Mouse' as one of the joystick devices - although I believe this is normal behavior, as it also happens on blueMSX. That said, joystick device selector was broken on SL in the version you tested (it works now), so it may just be that CocoaMSX _thought_ you were using a mouse.
4 - All open/save panels should now work

Thanks for testing, everyone

By Jorito

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05-01-2013, 10:18

How can I run other kinds of machines than the CBIOS MSX2?

By mars2000you

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05-01-2013, 10:57

You can download all the specific machines from the Resource page of the blueMSX website, then unzip them in the Machines directory (I guess the structure of the directories is the same as for blueMSX).

For the generic machines, there must be roms in Machines/Shared Roms. Copy there the roms from full blueMSX.

To select a machine :

You can also edit manually the blueMSX.ini file. Search for the "emulation.machineName" parameter.

By uberjack

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05-01-2013, 11:20

mars2000you wrote:

You can download all the specific machines from the Resource page of the blueMSX website, then unzip them in the Machines directory (I guess the structure of the directories is the same as for blueMSX).

In the newest version there's a "Show in Finder" button on the General tab, which will open the Machines directory in the Finder. There you can drop the same system ROM's as blueMSX - the emulator will pick them up the next time it starts.

By FiXato

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05-01-2013, 12:13

Do you need just the ROMs, or also the configuration files?

I'll give this new release a test later tonight.

By mars2000you

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05-01-2013, 12:22

The config.ini files are normally included in the emulator, the zipped files corresponding to a specific machine include also the config.ini file for this machine.

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