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Is it possible to scale an emulator's video to see more of the level?

Short answer: No One thing to keep in mind about older systems (both for video games and home computers) is that memory used to be a luxury. They didn't have gigabytes (or even megabytes) to spare of ...
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Is it possible to scale an emulator's video to see more of the level?

There are two ways to do this: one generic and one game-specific. Watching the scroll seam The Nintendo Entertainment System has 2 KiB of video memory in the Control Deck. This is enough for 256x480 ...
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How can modern Arcade machines have thousands of games while the originals could only hold one?

First, we must understand a fundamental: Technology has improved and miniaturized a great deal since the arcade machines of the 70's and 80's. The smartphones that we hold in our hands today are more ...
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Is it possible to scale an emulator's video to see more of the level?

Yes, the requested goal most certainly can be done. This claim isn't just blind theory: Something very similar already has been done. First of all, I acknowledge the difficulty mentioned by others. ...
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What does a BIOS file do in an emulator like 'MyBoy!'?

BIOS is actually an acronym standing for Basic Input/Output System. It is a term used to refer to the set of computer instructions that are built into the system which initialises the hardware when it'...
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MAME shows 'the selected game is missing one or more required rom or chd image' error message

Some things that might have tripped you up: MAME will show a lot of games as "available" that aren't really. I think they mean "compatible" more than "available" here. You can run MAME with the ...
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How do I evolve Kadabra to its final form without trading it?

You have to get a certain emulator (I think it's a plug-in I'm not sure) called VBALink. You can find it here: http://www.vbalink.info/ You can then link up 2 running VGB emulators. You can also ...
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Can you speedrun Bomberman with an emulator?

There is nothing much that could stop you speedrunning on emulator if you would like to. Not like the game would simply self destruct to prevent you speedrunning, lol. But that means the question is ...
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Is there a way to limit max credit number or coins inserted on mame?

And it will not be that fun if putting credits is an unlimited action. I had the same problem with my RetroPie cabinet. To solve this I devised a joystick system with an integrated credit counter. ...
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Is it possible to install linux on a steam machine?

The Steam Machines all run a custom version of Debian called SteamOS. While usually you are jailed within the Big Picture mode, Valve does provide a method to escape to a full-on Linux desktop: Head ...
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Is it possible to trade Pokemon from one Nintendo DS emulator to another?

Since networking is disabled on emulators, it is not possible. Desmume website states that wifi is not emulated and not supported. I assume the case is the same with the other emulator. Another ...
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Are the old Sega games free to use or they are still under some license?

It is illegal to download free copies of Sega’s games. Under US copyright law, works created after January 1st 1978 are usually protected for at least 70 years. You can legally purchase ROMs for ...
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Is there a way to move Pokemon from a ROM to a Physical cartridge?

Yes you can. However you need some special hardware. First you need a Flashcart. A flash cart is an special cartridge which allows the use of homebrew in the DS. Homebrew software is software ...
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Where do Nintendo ROMs (GBC/GBA) come from?

The information will be kept general and unlinked here for obvious reasons, but there are pieces of equipment that can accept a GBA cartridge, and then connect to a PC. That would allow read access ...
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How can I automatically restart mGalaxy (MAME) if it crashes?

You could create a batch file that automatically starts the application, and if it stops, to start it again. Instead of running the program, you would run this file instead. @Echo off :Start mGalaxy....
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Do non-Kanto Pokemon evolve before getting the National Dex in a randomised Fire Red?

You will need the National Dex to evolve Shuppet. Depending on the randomizer you use, you should have had an option to enable the national dex. The randomizer may include a tooltip on why that is ...
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Disabling music on gba Final Fantasy Tactics Advance

It is not possible to adjust sound balance in-game (reducing the volume of music without simply reducing the volume of all sounds). I have found no mention of it in a comprehensive walkthrough, or in ...
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How do I optimize PCSX2's performance?

I recently got a PC rig capable of entry-level VR, so I assumed I'd be able to play PS2 emulated games easily enough. Boy was I wrong, Shadow of the Colossus (the only game worth playing in my book ;-)...
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Game saves on emulators

Most emulators also have a 'save state' function, that works outside of the game itself. It basically takes a snapshot of the game at that moment and you can load that directly, instead of starting ...
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How can I copy a ROM from a DS cartridge to my computer?

There is no way to dump DS cartridges without using either a DS and some kind of flash cart or perhaps a 3DS and homebrew... unless you are willing to make your own custom hardware (no simple task). ...
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Emulated version of Twilight Princess has a strange water texture in Dolphin 4.0

This issue was fixed on March 10, 2016 with Dolphin 4.0-9158. According to the official Dolphin Progress Report for March 2016, this issue was caused by a bug in Apple's OS X Graphics Drivers. It was ...
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Game emulation legally

I'm not a lawyer. I'm a guy who reads legal stuff on the internet. This is my personal understanding of how it works. From Wikipedia: According to all legal precedents, emulation is legal within ...
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Problem playing NES games on an Emulator

The easy way to check the controller is to use Windows' built-in controller diagnostic screen. It can be tricky to find, at least on recent versions of Windows this procedure should work: Plug the ...
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Trouble importing SNES ROM with Higan on Mac OS X

Super late answer, but I hope it helps someone at least. In order to emulate anything on higan you need to get the manifest.bml and the ipl.rom for whatever system you're emulating. You can find ...
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Will shiny Pokemon appear when playing Pokemon on an emulator?

Shininess is determined by values inherent in the pokemon, so shinies are just as likely in an emulator.
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Unwanted Menu Shown in PSX Fullscreen Mode

Right click the psxfin executable, go to properties, go to compatibility, tick disable fullscreen optimizations. You're welcome, it was bothering me too!
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Did Game Boy emulation exist for the 486 era (MS-DOS and Windows 3.1)?

Yes. Virtual Gameboy was the first gameboy emulator available and was first released on MS-DOS. Today there are various other emulators available that also run on MS-DOS, such as CBEboy, cingb, NO$...
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How can I get Kega Fusion full screen mode working on Windows 10?

STRATEGY: We will make some configurations in Windows 10 using its available compatibility modes, configure Kega Fusion and configure and use a tool called DXWnd ( https://sourceforge.net/projects/...
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Can I transfer my save file from a different emulator to My Boy?

The short answer is that what you're trying to do is not very likely to work at all, no matter how hard you try. After further research however, there is one thing you can try. What can you try with ...
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Why is reading/writing memory cards slow in PS1 emulators?

It absolutely has everything to do with timing. Keep in mind that though the PS1 was advanced for it's time, it was still pretty basic by today's standards. Both CD read times were fixed as we're ...
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