Anyone running a server for Gr8net?

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By Meits

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25-10-2020, 23:10

Normally gr8net browser is "dumb" and requires (required?) the rom type in the file name.
Pencioner automated this, but it's not foolproof yet, so if a rom won't start, there might be the reason.
Maybe if you get reports on which files that are (after someone ran into it), you could add it to the file name? What to add should be documented, in the manual I think.

By Pencioner

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26-10-2020, 08:06

@Meits It's heuristic algorythm (i got the idea from one found in openMSX but improved as that one has a lot of problems and had errors on detection, which probably was the reason why they finally used a hash database for rom types detection instead). It also has possibility to add kind of a "signature" to handle roms which detection fails. It is not a hash signature, so if it detects type, even if it is wrong - it can't be fixed by signature, only failures can. I have added signatures for roms from GoodMSX which were not detecting. But sometimes roms are having a false positive as ASCII16 - most notably the games which are DSK to ROM converted (like some Kai Magazine games). So, if you update me with which ones are failing, i can check and if it can be fixed with a new signature i can update Eugeny so he can add those in new firmware version, and if those are false positives - currently only adding a '{}` part to filename is possible (though, if there's enough demand, i might think of improving the autodetection for those cases in autodetection code)

By Meits

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26-10-2020, 10:53

Pardon my ignorance, but isn't this reinventing the wheel twice? Any opf(x)(sd) seems to do it always right on any MFR. Maybe Mr Pazos has a clue how to fix it?

By Pencioner

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26-10-2020, 12:08

Not really. Life on Earth (for example) is detected as ASCII16 by opfxsd which is wrong of course, and do not work until you specify right mapper type manually in command line. It is Konami5 (SCC) rom. So i guess the same detection problem persists accross multiple autodetections over there (f.e. SD/MMC v4 of Sharksym has the same problem, it doesn't detect those dsk to rom conversions mapper type correctly). So, dare i to repeat - please, send me info on which roms detection is not correct, i will check if i can add a signature and send to Eugeny.

Meanwhile, if you updated to latest fw of GR8NET - in boot menu if you press TAB you can change mapper type. It is useful when game doesn't start so you can press reset and try different mapper on reboot, because the rom data is still there until you power computer off Smile

By tfh

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26-10-2020, 17:28

Ok... Updated the server so it only allows connections from Gr8net. I want to make this server MSX only. Other devices can use my normal download section.

If you would like something added, please feel free to ask or submit.

Is there a list of active Gr8net servers?

By Max-me

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26-10-2020, 17:51

How do you guys connect to this site from the MSX? Using the call netbrowse command? Because no matter which argument I use, it always connects to the default location oO

By Meits

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26-10-2020, 17:56

Check the manual ;)

I know it's often hard to understand cuz it's huge and technical. But there's your answer :)

By Sylvester

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26-10-2020, 20:01

try:

_NETSETHOST(“msx.file-hunter.com”)
_NETSETPATH(“/”)
_NETBROWSE

By ray2day

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26-10-2020, 21:28

Quote:

Ok... Updated the server so it only allows connections from Gr8net. I want to make this server MSX only. Other devices can use my normal download section.

Good work! Cool

By Max-me

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26-10-2020, 21:31

Sylvester wrote:

try:

_NETSETHOST(“msx.file-hunter.com”)
_NETSETPATH(“/”)
_NETBROWSE

Yes that works Big smile Still got a lot to learn about this adapter. Indeed the manual is very technical, but the answer is in it (especially now i know what to look for Tongue ).

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