/vr/ help me with this. I have an old computer gathering dust and I would like to turn it into an emulation machine. I was thinking of hooking it up directly to a TV and make the pc boot directly to some program that would start the emulators. I was wondering if any of you guys have experience with this or any advice, or if it's achievable at all?
'Kids'. Basically it's a bunch of younger people coming in to jump on the retro bandwagon.
It's also why you see a lot of "What's your favorite GBA/PS2 game?" and "Real consoles and games suck, emulation4lyfe!" posts all the time now.
i get coming here when you're underage (fuck, i was 15 when i first started posting here back in the day)
i cant really word what im trying to say here, but i think its weird how nowadays people can make it all the way to 4chan internet wise without picking up basic shit like googling
i guess 4chin isn't so obscure anymore
I have a similar problem. I've been trying Emulation Station and it's pretty good so far, but how exactly do you set it up to work on boot? I've searched for it but I'm not getting any specific instructions.
Basically I'd like to boot directly to the program without actually having to enter windows and having to deal with the keyboard/mouse.
Good contribution. You are really making /vr/ a great board.
In response to OP, I know there's a way to make Windows automatically launch emulators on startup, but there might be a Linux distribution out ther made to do just this. Look around on Google, I'm sure there's plenty of guides out there.
>not booting into windows
this is impossible. the emulator relies on the operating system for interfacing with hardware.
>not dealing with keyboard and mouse
write a batch file that launches your emulator, and then kills explorer.exe, and whatever other superfluous processes are running. put this batch file in your startup folder.
you'll still need to interface somehow to actually choose a rom, though, so I'd suggest looking into an application to map controller input to mouse functions.
the linux way would be functionally the same as the windows way, but done through "Linux stuff" (initd and shell scripts instead of startup folder and batch files).
linux could possibly be more flexible though if you wanted to fuck around with runlevels and shit, but I haven't done that in so long I wouldn't even remember how to talk about it.