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Linux OpenSUSE 11.4, SNES9x, Kega Fusion

  1. Insert game cartridges in the Retrode’s slots, and connect game controllers.
  2. Connect your Retrode to a USB port of your computer. The device should be detected and automounted; no drivers will be needed.
  3. Locate the mounting point of the Retrode. In the Linux file system, it will show up as a subdirectory of /media, and as a link in your file browser windows. For instance, you could see something like this:
    Retrode file listing as displayed under Linux

Setting up an SNES emulator (here: SNES9x)

  1. Download a Linux binary package for SNES9x . The latest version can be found on http://snes9x.ipherswipsite.com/. Make sure you obtain the right version (32 vs. 64-bit operating system). Unpack the archive to a destination of your choice. Here, we assume that the binary file (named snes9x or snes9x-gtk) is located in the directory ~/bin/snes9x/snes9x-1.5.3 .
  2. Open ROM file from Retrode in emulator. Navigate to the RETRODE directory in a file browser window. You should see a file with extension .sfc named after the cartridge in your SNES slot. Right-click on that name, then specify the SNES9x binary file to open it with. You may also want to make it the default application by checking the respective box:
    SuSE - Open SNES with application...
  3. SNES9x starts up and loads the game. You should see the game intro playing, but you may not yet be able to control it.
  4. Open the SNES9x preferences dialog:

    Navigate to the joypad settings:

    Click on the entry for “Up”, and hit the corresponding direction on the controller. Proceed in the same way until all controls are configured. Repeat for Joypad 2, etc. Note: You can also use Sega controllers to play SNES games, and vice versa.
  5. Done. You can now hit “OK” and start playing your favourite SNES games.

Setting up a Sega emulator (here: Kega Fusion)

  1. Download a Linux binary package for Kega Fusion. The latest version can be found on www.eidolons-inn.net/tiki-index.php?page=Kega. Unpack the archive to a destination of your choice. Here, we assume that the binary file (named Fusion) is located in the directory ~/bin/kega .
  2. Open ROM file from Retrode in emulator. Navigate to the RETRODE directory in a file browser window. You should see a file with extension .bin or .sgd named after the cartridge in your Sega slot. Right-click on that name, then specify the Fusion binary file to open it with. You may also want to make it the default application by checking the respective box:
    SuSE - Open Sega ROM with application...
  3. Kega Fusion starts up and loads the game. You should see the game intro playing, but you may not yet be able to control it.
  4. Configure controllers. Open Fusion’s config dialog via the menu entry “Options — Set Config”.
    Fusion - Set Config
    Navigate to the “Controllers” tab, and select the Retrode as input device for player 1 (and other players, if desired.) NOTE: Under Windows, Fusion displays four controller devices, which are (in this order): left SNES port, right SNES port, left Sega port, right Sega port. Under Linux, the four controller ports will likely be recognized as a single joystick device with 8 axes and 32 buttons.
    Select controller device
  5. Define the controls. Hit the “Define” button and follow the instructions, pushing the requested gamepad controls. Note: You can also use SNES controllers to play Sega games, and vice versa.
    Define controls
  6. Done. You can now hit “OK” and start playing your favourite Sega Mega Drive / Genesis games.
  7. (optional) Copy SRAM files. If you want to load the game progress from your battery-backed cartridge saves, copy the respective SRM file over to Fusion’s configuration folder in your home directory. You will want to update your Retrode to the latest firmware to achieve optimal compatibility.

Windows XP/Vista/7, ZSNES, Gens

  1. Insert game cartridges in the Retrode’s slots, and connect game controllers.
  2. Connect your Retrode to a USB port of your computer. Wait until the operating system is done detecting the device. No drivers will be needed.
  3. Find the drive letter of the Retrode. You can find the drive by opening “My Computer”. On the drive, you should find a file named RETRODE.CFG (a text file to configure certain settings), and one or more files named according to the game titles. For this tutorial, let us assume the drive letter is F:
  4. Find four game controller devices in your Control Panel. The controller ports on the Retrode are mapped in the following order: Left SNES port, right SNES port, left Sega port, right Sega port. Please confirm that your connected game controllers are working.
  5. Download and unzip a Windows binary package for ZSNES. The respective files can be found on http://www.zsnes.com/.
  6. Download and unzip a Windows binary package for Gens. The respective files can be found on http://www.gens.me/.
  7. To be continued…