>> Wednesday, November 4, 2009
I think it's a little difficult to try the MESS CD-i driver ourselves. I'm trying to get a detailed tutorial here on how to get MESS running including the CD-i driver, but I don't have a lot of experience with it yet. With the help of the community though there's enough space to experiment. This post will give you some raw help on where to get the files and how to get starting.
The best start is to look at the MESS Emulator tutorial at Atariage. In this tutorial, they focus on learning to play GCE Vectrex games by using MESS. However, the procedures outlined in this tutorial apply to any of the game platforms that are supported by MESS, including the new CD-i driver.
To play CD-i games by using MESS, you need the following: 1. The latest MESS version. 2. CD-i BIOS ROM. 3. CD-i game ROMs
You can download the latest MESS build right here. Now, You need to unzip BobZ's automatic MESS SVN build (download here) over the latest "official" build, otherwise your CD-i driver is way out-of-date.
Then you need to put one of the exact ROM images that MESS CD-i currently supports in the roms/cdimono1 folder; it supports either cdi200.rom or cdi220b.rom. Using CD-i Link (from cdifan's CD-i Emulator) you can obtain the ROM from your CD-i player. Otherwise, google might help you too :).
Finally you need to get one or more chd images and put these in the software folder. You can use chdman (included with MESS) or cdifile (get it here) to create one.
Finally run MessUI and off you go!
Devin: "I like the CHD method of archiving software as well, it really does condense the ISO down saving much needed space on the hard drive. That's probably the one advantage over CD-i Emulator although you can't beat the simplicity and functionality of CD-i Emulator. Doubt this will change either as MESS has to maintain a level of complexity to incorporate all the systems it emulates!"
Thanks to cdifan and the crew at Atariage for some help here!