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  1. Version 2.15

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    A LaunchBox plugin which caches extracted ROM archives, letting you play games faster. Also allows launching individual files from archives, and loading preferred file types from an archive. New in v2.15 New extract-xiso option for Xbox iso conversion Full iso files (redump) automatically converted and cached in xiso format Supports both zipped and unzipped iso files Requires extract-xiso.exe to be added to the ArchiveCacheManager\Extractors folder Reduced archive cache path lengths, avoiding path too long errors Small performance improvement when checking many file priorities Smart Extract uses Priority to select file from archive in case where individual ROM file not previously selected Fix incorrect path for auto generated M3Us when Launch Path is not Default Fix background thread issue when Batch Cache Games window closed while still calculating archive sizes Interface tweaks Description When a compressed ROM (zip, 7z, rar, gz, chd, rvz, etc.) is first extracted, it is stored in the archive cache. The next time it is played, the game is loaded directly from the cache, virtually eliminating wait time. As the cache size approaches the maximum size, the oldest played games are deleted from the cache, making room for new games. Features Skip the extraction wait time for recently played games. Configurable cache size and location. Configurable minimum archive size (don't cache small archives). Option to extract all discs in a multi-disc game, and generate M3U file. Option to copy ROM files to cache without extraction. Option to keep select ROMs cached and ready to play. Select and play individual ROMs from a merged ROM archive. Batch cache feature for extracting or copying multiple games to cache at once. Filename and extension priorities per emulator and platform (cue, bin, iso, etc). Support for additional archive formats (chd, rvz, etc) Support for Xbox iso to xiso conversion Badge to indicate cached games Example Use Cases Why use Archive Cache Manager? Here's some example use cases. ROMs located on NAS or external storage, where disk read or transfer time is slow. ROM library maintained as accurately ripped/dumped collections, where specialised compression formats not an option. Extract and play archives from location other than LaunchBox\ThirdParty\7-Zip\Temp, such as platform specific folder (for RetroArch Content Directory settings). Playing ripped PS2 games with PCSX2 where the disc image is bin/cue format, avoiding the "CDVD plugin failed to open" error message. Playing zipped MSU versions of games, where need to launch the rom file instead of the cue file from the archive. The library contains GoodMerged sets, and you want a quick way to play individual ROMs. Installation Download the latest release from https://forums.launchbox-app.com/files/file/234-archive-cache-manager/ or https://github.com/fraganator/archive-cache-manager/releases Unblock the download if necessary (right-click file -> Properties -> Unblock) Extract this archive to your LaunchBox\Plugins folder, then run LaunchBox / BigBox. Within LaunchBox, ensure the emulator or emulator platform has the "Extract ROM archives before running" option checked. Uninstallation Quit LaunchBox / BigBox, then navigate to the LaunchBox\Plugins folder and delete ArchiveCacheManager. Delete the archive cache folder (default is LaunchBox\ArchiveCache). Usage Extracting and Caching Archive Cache Manager runs transparently to the user. All that is required is the emulator or emulator platform has the "Extract ROM archives before running" option checked. Extraction and cache management is carried out automatically when a game is launched. Cache and extraction behaviour can be modified in plugin's configuration window. Multi-Disc Games To use the multi-disc cache feature, check the "Multi-disc Support" option in the Archive Cache Manager config window. The next time a multi-disc game is launched, all the discs from the game will be extracted to the cache and a corresponding M3U file generated. If the emulator \ platform supports M3U files (as configured in LaunchBox), the generated M3U file will be used when launching the game. Otherwise a single disc will be launched, and swapping between cached discs can be done manually in the emulator. Batch Caching Games Multiple games can be cached at once using the Batch Cache Games window. Select one or more games in LaunchBox, then right-click a game and choose the "Batch Cache Games..." option. A window will popup displaying the list of games, and begin checking the extracted ROM sizes. Once the checks are complete, click the Cache Games button to begin caching. Games are cached according to the plugin's emulator and platform settings. A game may be extracted, copied, or no action taken if it doesn't match a caching rule, or it's already cached. Each game's caching progress will be displayed in the Status column, and a progress bar at the bottom of the game list shows the overall caching progress. If there are any errors while caching, an error message is displayed with the option to continue or stop. Tip: For games stored on a NAS or an external drive, use Batch Cache Games to cache a selection of them locally. Enable the plugin's Always Bypass LaunchBox Path Check option to allow the cached game to be launched directly, even if the network or external drive is disconnected! Selecting and Playing Individual ROMs From an Archive To play an individual ROM from an archive containing multiple ROMs (different regions, hacks, or discs), right-click it and choose "Select ROM In Archive...". A window will popup with a full listing of the archive contents. Select the desired ROM file, then click Play. That ROM will now launch with the configured emulator. The next time the game is launched via the normal Play option, the previous ROM selection will be automatically applied. To select another ROM, use the same "Select ROM In Archive..." menu. The same menu is also available in BigBox, though currently only supports keyboard input. Keeping Games Cached Games can be marked 'Keep' so they stay cached and ready to play. To keep a game cached, open the plugin configuration window from the Tools->Archive Cache Manager menu. From there a list of games in the cache is shown. Check the Keep box next to the game, then click OK. Badge The plugin includes a badge to indicate if a game is currently in the cache. It is available under the Badges->Plugin Badges->Enable Archive Cached menu. There are additional Simple White and Neon style badges, which can be found in the LaunchBox\Plugins\ArchiveCacheManager\Badges folder. Copy your preferred icon to the LaunchBox\Images\Badges folder and rename it Archive Cached.png. Configuration Configuration can be accessed from the Tools->Archive Cache Manager menu. An overview of each of the configuration screens and options is below. Cache Settings This page shows a summary of the cache storage and currently cached items, and provides options for cache configuration. Configure Cache Clicking the Configure Cache... button opens the cache configuration window. Configure Cache - Cache Path This is the path of the cache on disk. The path can be absolute or relative, where relative paths are to the LaunchBox root folder. Default: ArchiveCache If the cache path is set to an invalid location (LaunchBox root for example), an error message will be displayed when clicking OK. If the cache path is set to an existing path that already contains files or folders, a warning will be displayed when clicking OK. Click Yes to proceed, or No to go back and change the path. Configure Cache - Cache Size This is the maximum cache size on disk in megabytes. The oldest played games will be deleted from the cache when it reaches this size. Default: 20,000 MB (20 GB) Configure Cache - Minimum Archive Size This is the minimum size in megabytes of an uncompressed archive before it will be added to the cache. Archives smaller than this won't be added to the cache. Default: 100 MB Keep A Keep flag can be applied to a cached item. When set, the item will be excluded from cache management and not be removed from the cache. This is useful for less frequently played games which need to load without waiting (very large games, party games, favourites, children's games, etc). Default: Disabled Open In Explorer Clicking the Open In Explorer button will open the configured cache path in Windows Explorer. This button is disabled if the cache path does not exist. Refresh Refreshes the cache summary and list of cached items from disk. Delete Clicking on the Delete button will remove the selected items from the cache (including items with the Keep setting). Delete All Clicking on the Delete All button will delete everything from the cache (including items with the Keep setting). Extraction Settings This page provides settings for archive extraction and launch behviour. Each row in the table applies to the specified emulator \ platform pair. If a game is launched which doesn't match an emulator \ platform, the settings in All \ All will be used. Emulator \ Platform The specific emulator and platform for the settings to be applied to. Add a new emulator and platform row using the Add... button. Remove an emulator \ platform row using the Delete button. When a new row is added its settings will be copied from the All \ All entry, except for Priority which will be blank. Priority Files from an archive can be prioritized in the case where an emulator requires a certain filename or file type. This setting defines the filename or extension priority for the specified emulator and platform combination. The priorities are a comma delimited list, where the highest priority is the first entry, the next highest priority is the second entry, and so on. If a match is not found in the archive when a game is loaded, the priority in All \ All is used. A wildcard (*) can be used to perform partial filename matches. Examples include: bin, iso - Files ending with bin, then files ending in iso, then all other files. eboot.bin - Files named eboot.bin, then all other files. *(*E*)*[!].*, *(*U*)*[!].*, *[!].* - GoodMerged style, prioritizing European 'good' ROM dumps, then USA 'good' ROM dumps, then other region 'good' ROM dumps, then all other files. Note that the priority is applied to all archives, even if they are not cached. The fallback All \ All priority is the basis for the contents of the multi-disc M3U file generation. Be careful removing entries such as cue, unless a specific emulator \ platform is used to handle cue and similar file types. Default: All \ All | mds, gdi, cue, eboot.bin PCSX2 \ Sony Playstation 2 | bin, iso Action The action to take when processing a ROM file. Extract - Extract an archive to the cache. Non-archive files will be passed directly to the emulator. Copy - Copy the game file to the cache. Archive files will copied, but not extracted. Extract or Copy - If the game file is an archive, extract it to the cache. Otherwise copy the game file to the cache. Default: Extract Launch Path The path within the cache to launch the game from. Useful for managing common settings in RetroArch which are based on the game's folder. Default - The archive folder in the cache, which is in the form <Filename> - <MD5 Hash> Title - The game's title set in LaunchBox (e.g. Final Fantasy VII) Platform - The game's platform set in LaunchBox (e.g. Sony Playstation) Emulator - The emulator title set in LaunchBox (e.g. RetroArch) Games will always be extracted \ copied to the <Filename> - <MD5 Hash> location. If the Launch Path is set to something other than Default, the corresponding folder will be created within the cache, and NTFS hardlinks will be created which point to the extracted \ copied files. Default: Default Multi-Disc Check this option to enable multi-disc support. When enabled, the following actions occur when playing a multi-disc game: All discs from a multi-disc game will be extracted \ copied and added to the archive cache. M3U files will be generated, with the name based on the M3U Name setting. The M3U contents will list the absolute path to one cached file per disc, where the file is chosen based on the emulator \ platform file priority, or the special All \ All priority. If the emulator \ platform supports M3U files, the generated M3U file will be used when launching the game. Default: Enabled M3U Name The name of the M3U file created when launching a multi-disc game, and Multi-Disc is enabled. The M3U file name is used by some emulators to create a save file and match settings. Game ID - The unique ID for a game, generated by LaunchBox. This is the same M3U naming convention used by LaunchBox (e.g. 2828d969-4362-49d5-b080-c2b7cc6f7d59.m3u) Title + Version - The game's title and version combined, with (Disc N) removed from the version (e.g. Final Fantasy VII (Europe).m3u) Default: Game ID Smart Extract Check this option to enable smart extraction, which will only extract a single file from an archive if a number of rules are met. See the Smart Extract Settings section for details. Default: Enabled chdman Check this option to extract a chd file to cue+bin files using chdman. The executable chdman.exe must be copied to the folder LaunchBox\Plugins\ArchiveCacheManager\Extractors. Default Disabled DolphinTool Check this option to extract rvz, wia, and gcz files to iso files using DolphinTool. The executable DolphinTool.exe must be copied to the folder LaunchBox\Plugins\ArchiveCacheManager\Extractors. Default Disabled extract-xiso Check this option to extract and convert full iso files to Xbox iso files using extract-xiso. Supports both zipped and stand-alone iso files. The executable extract-xiso.exe must be copied to the folder LaunchBox\Plugins\ArchiveCacheManager\Extractors. Default Disabled Smart Extract Settings When enabled, the Smart Extract option will check if it's possible to extract only a single file from an archive. For merged archives containing multiple ROM versions and hacks, this avoids the need to extract a potentially large number of files to play a single game. Smart Extract will extract and launch a single file from an archive if the following conditions are met: All of the file types in an archive are the same, excluding files with Metadata Extensions. OR All of the file types in an archive are Stand-alone ROMs, excluding files with Metadata Extensions. The file to extract will be (in priority order): The individual file selected through the "Select ROM in Archive..." right-click menu. The first file which matches a configured Priority. The first file in the archive. Stand-alone ROM Extensions A comma delimited list of file extensions which can run stand-alone (no dependencies on other files). Default: gb, gbc, gba, agb, nes, fds, smc, sfc, n64, z64, v64, ndd, md, smd, gen, iso, chd, gg, gcm, 32x, bin Metadata Extensions A comma delimited list of file extensions which indicate ROM metadata, and aren't required to play a ROM file. Default: nfo, txt, dat, xml, json Plugin Settings Always Bypass LaunchBox Path Check When enabled, bypasses LaunchBox's check that a game's application path (ROM file) exists before launch. If a game is cached and the source ROM storage is slow or unavailable, the game will still launch immediately. The bypass check happens automatically if the extract action is Copy, or the file is not zip, 7z, or rar. Default: Disabled Check For Updates On Startup Enable this option to check for plugin updates when LaunchBox starts up. This is a simple version check of the latest release on github, and nothing is automatically downloaded or installed. If a new update is found a message box will appear shortly after LaunchBox is started, with the option to open the download page in a browser. Default: On first run, a message box will appear asking the user if they'd like to enable the update check. Source Code This plugin is open source, and can be found on github: https://github.com/fraganator/archive-cache-manager
  2. Archive Cache Manager View File A LaunchBox plugin which caches extracted ROM archives, letting you play games faster. Also allows launching individual files from archives, and loading preferred file types from an archive. New in v2.15 New extract-xiso option for Xbox iso conversion Full iso files (redump) automatically converted and cached in xiso format Supports both zipped and unzipped iso files Requires extract-xiso.exe to be added to the ArchiveCacheManager\Extractors folder Reduced archive cache path lengths, avoiding path too long errors Small performance improvement when checking many file priorities Smart Extract uses Priority to select file from archive in case where individual ROM file not previously selected Fix incorrect path for auto generated M3Us when Launch Path is not Default Fix background thread issue when Batch Cache Games window closed while still calculating archive sizes Interface tweaks Description When a compressed ROM (zip, 7z, rar, gz, chd, rvz, etc.) is first extracted, it is stored in the archive cache. The next time it is played, the game is loaded directly from the cache, virtually eliminating wait time. As the cache size approaches the maximum size, the oldest played games are deleted from the cache, making room for new games. Features Skip the extraction wait time for recently played games. Configurable cache size and location. Configurable minimum archive size (don't cache small archives). Option to extract all discs in a multi-disc game, and generate M3U file. Option to copy ROM files to cache without extraction. Option to keep select ROMs cached and ready to play. Select and play individual ROMs from a merged ROM archive. Batch cache feature for extracting or copying multiple games to cache at once. Filename and extension priorities per emulator and platform (cue, bin, iso, etc). Support for additional archive formats (chd, rvz, etc) Support for Xbox iso to xiso conversion Badge to indicate cached games Example Use Cases Why use Archive Cache Manager? Here's some example use cases. ROMs located on NAS or external storage, where disk read or transfer time is slow. ROM library maintained as accurately ripped/dumped collections, where specialised compression formats not an option. Extract and play archives from location other than LaunchBox\ThirdParty\7-Zip\Temp, such as platform specific folder (for RetroArch Content Directory settings). Playing ripped PS2 games with PCSX2 where the disc image is bin/cue format, avoiding the "CDVD plugin failed to open" error message. Playing zipped MSU versions of games, where need to launch the rom file instead of the cue file from the archive. The library contains GoodMerged sets, and you want a quick way to play individual ROMs. Installation Download the latest release from https://forums.launchbox-app.com/files/file/234-archive-cache-manager/ or https://github.com/fraganator/archive-cache-manager/releases Unblock the download if necessary (right-click file -> Properties -> Unblock) Extract this archive to your LaunchBox\Plugins folder, then run LaunchBox / BigBox. Within LaunchBox, ensure the emulator or emulator platform has the "Extract ROM archives before running" option checked. Uninstallation Quit LaunchBox / BigBox, then navigate to the LaunchBox\Plugins folder and delete ArchiveCacheManager. Delete the archive cache folder (default is LaunchBox\ArchiveCache). Usage Extracting and Caching Archive Cache Manager runs transparently to the user. All that is required is the emulator or emulator platform has the "Extract ROM archives before running" option checked. Extraction and cache management is carried out automatically when a game is launched. Cache and extraction behaviour can be modified in plugin's configuration window. Multi-Disc Games To use the multi-disc cache feature, check the "Multi-disc Support" option in the Archive Cache Manager config window. The next time a multi-disc game is launched, all the discs from the game will be extracted to the cache and a corresponding M3U file generated. If the emulator \ platform supports M3U files (as configured in LaunchBox), the generated M3U file will be used when launching the game. Otherwise a single disc will be launched, and swapping between cached discs can be done manually in the emulator. Batch Caching Games Multiple games can be cached at once using the Batch Cache Games window. Select one or more games in LaunchBox, then right-click a game and choose the "Batch Cache Games..." option. A window will popup displaying the list of games, and begin checking the extracted ROM sizes. Once the checks are complete, click the Cache Games button to begin caching. Games are cached according to the plugin's emulator and platform settings. A game may be extracted, copied, or no action taken if it doesn't match a caching rule, or it's already cached. Each game's caching progress will be displayed in the Status column, and a progress bar at the bottom of the game list shows the overall caching progress. If there are any errors while caching, an error message is displayed with the option to continue or stop. Tip: For games stored on a NAS or an external drive, use Batch Cache Games to cache a selection of them locally. Enable the plugin's Always Bypass LaunchBox Path Check option to allow the cached game to be launched directly, even if the network or external drive is disconnected! Selecting and Playing Individual ROMs From an Archive To play an individual ROM from an archive containing multiple ROMs (different regions, hacks, or discs), right-click it and choose "Select ROM In Archive...". A window will popup with a full listing of the archive contents. Select the desired ROM file, then click Play. That ROM will now launch with the configured emulator. The next time the game is launched via the normal Play option, the previous ROM selection will be automatically applied. To select another ROM, use the same "Select ROM In Archive..." menu. The same menu is also available in BigBox, though currently only supports keyboard input. Keeping Games Cached Games can be marked 'Keep' so they stay cached and ready to play. To keep a game cached, open the plugin configuration window from the Tools->Archive Cache Manager menu. From there a list of games in the cache is shown. Check the Keep box next to the game, then click OK. Badge The plugin includes a badge to indicate if a game is currently in the cache. It is available under the Badges->Plugin Badges->Enable Archive Cached menu. There are additional Simple White and Neon style badges, which can be found in the LaunchBox\Plugins\ArchiveCacheManager\Badges folder. Copy your preferred icon to the LaunchBox\Images\Badges folder and rename it Archive Cached.png. Configuration Configuration can be accessed from the Tools->Archive Cache Manager menu. An overview of each of the configuration screens and options is below. Cache Settings This page shows a summary of the cache storage and currently cached items, and provides options for cache configuration. Configure Cache Clicking the Configure Cache... button opens the cache configuration window. Configure Cache - Cache Path This is the path of the cache on disk. The path can be absolute or relative, where relative paths are to the LaunchBox root folder. Default: ArchiveCache If the cache path is set to an invalid location (LaunchBox root for example), an error message will be displayed when clicking OK. If the cache path is set to an existing path that already contains files or folders, a warning will be displayed when clicking OK. Click Yes to proceed, or No to go back and change the path. Configure Cache - Cache Size This is the maximum cache size on disk in megabytes. The oldest played games will be deleted from the cache when it reaches this size. Default: 20,000 MB (20 GB) Configure Cache - Minimum Archive Size This is the minimum size in megabytes of an uncompressed archive before it will be added to the cache. Archives smaller than this won't be added to the cache. Default: 100 MB Keep A Keep flag can be applied to a cached item. When set, the item will be excluded from cache management and not be removed from the cache. This is useful for less frequently played games which need to load without waiting (very large games, party games, favourites, children's games, etc). Default: Disabled Open In Explorer Clicking the Open In Explorer button will open the configured cache path in Windows Explorer. This button is disabled if the cache path does not exist. Refresh Refreshes the cache summary and list of cached items from disk. Delete Clicking on the Delete button will remove the selected items from the cache (including items with the Keep setting). Delete All Clicking on the Delete All button will delete everything from the cache (including items with the Keep setting). Extraction Settings This page provides settings for archive extraction and launch behviour. Each row in the table applies to the specified emulator \ platform pair. If a game is launched which doesn't match an emulator \ platform, the settings in All \ All will be used. Emulator \ Platform The specific emulator and platform for the settings to be applied to. Add a new emulator and platform row using the Add... button. Remove an emulator \ platform row using the Delete button. When a new row is added its settings will be copied from the All \ All entry, except for Priority which will be blank. Priority Files from an archive can be prioritized in the case where an emulator requires a certain filename or file type. This setting defines the filename or extension priority for the specified emulator and platform combination. The priorities are a comma delimited list, where the highest priority is the first entry, the next highest priority is the second entry, and so on. If a match is not found in the archive when a game is loaded, the priority in All \ All is used. A wildcard (*) can be used to perform partial filename matches. Examples include: bin, iso - Files ending with bin, then files ending in iso, then all other files. eboot.bin - Files named eboot.bin, then all other files. *(*E*)*[!].*, *(*U*)*[!].*, *[!].* - GoodMerged style, prioritizing European 'good' ROM dumps, then USA 'good' ROM dumps, then other region 'good' ROM dumps, then all other files. Note that the priority is applied to all archives, even if they are not cached. The fallback All \ All priority is the basis for the contents of the multi-disc M3U file generation. Be careful removing entries such as cue, unless a specific emulator \ platform is used to handle cue and similar file types. Default: All \ All | mds, gdi, cue, eboot.bin PCSX2 \ Sony Playstation 2 | bin, iso Action The action to take when processing a ROM file. Extract - Extract an archive to the cache. Non-archive files will be passed directly to the emulator. Copy - Copy the game file to the cache. Archive files will copied, but not extracted. Extract or Copy - If the game file is an archive, extract it to the cache. Otherwise copy the game file to the cache. Default: Extract Launch Path The path within the cache to launch the game from. Useful for managing common settings in RetroArch which are based on the game's folder. Default - The archive folder in the cache, which is in the form <Filename> - <MD5 Hash> Title - The game's title set in LaunchBox (e.g. Final Fantasy VII) Platform - The game's platform set in LaunchBox (e.g. Sony Playstation) Emulator - The emulator title set in LaunchBox (e.g. RetroArch) Games will always be extracted \ copied to the <Filename> - <MD5 Hash> location. If the Launch Path is set to something other than Default, the corresponding folder will be created within the cache, and NTFS hardlinks will be created which point to the extracted \ copied files. Default: Default Multi-Disc Check this option to enable multi-disc support. When enabled, the following actions occur when playing a multi-disc game: All discs from a multi-disc game will be extracted \ copied and added to the archive cache. M3U files will be generated, with the name based on the M3U Name setting. The M3U contents will list the absolute path to one cached file per disc, where the file is chosen based on the emulator \ platform file priority, or the special All \ All priority. If the emulator \ platform supports M3U files, the generated M3U file will be used when launching the game. Default: Enabled M3U Name The name of the M3U file created when launching a multi-disc game, and Multi-Disc is enabled. The M3U file name is used by some emulators to create a save file and match settings. Game ID - The unique ID for a game, generated by LaunchBox. This is the same M3U naming convention used by LaunchBox (e.g. 2828d969-4362-49d5-b080-c2b7cc6f7d59.m3u) Title + Version - The game's title and version combined, with (Disc N) removed from the version (e.g. Final Fantasy VII (Europe).m3u) Default: Game ID Smart Extract Check this option to enable smart extraction, which will only extract a single file from an archive if a number of rules are met. See the Smart Extract Settings section for details. Default: Enabled chdman Check this option to extract a chd file to cue+bin files using chdman. The executable chdman.exe must be copied to the folder LaunchBox\Plugins\ArchiveCacheManager\Extractors. Default Disabled DolphinTool Check this option to extract rvz, wia, and gcz files to iso files using DolphinTool. The executable DolphinTool.exe must be copied to the folder LaunchBox\Plugins\ArchiveCacheManager\Extractors. Default Disabled extract-xiso Check this option to extract and convert full iso files to Xbox iso files using extract-xiso. Supports both zipped and stand-alone iso files. The executable extract-xiso.exe must be copied to the folder LaunchBox\Plugins\ArchiveCacheManager\Extractors. Default Disabled Smart Extract Settings When enabled, the Smart Extract option will check if it's possible to extract only a single file from an archive. For merged archives containing multiple ROM versions and hacks, this avoids the need to extract a potentially large number of files to play a single game. Smart Extract will extract and launch a single file from an archive if the following conditions are met: All of the file types in an archive are the same, excluding files with Metadata Extensions. OR All of the file types in an archive are Stand-alone ROMs, excluding files with Metadata Extensions. The file to extract will be (in priority order): The individual file selected through the "Select ROM in Archive..." right-click menu. The first file which matches a configured Priority. The first file in the archive. Stand-alone ROM Extensions A comma delimited list of file extensions which can run stand-alone (no dependencies on other files). Default: gb, gbc, gba, agb, nes, fds, smc, sfc, n64, z64, v64, ndd, md, smd, gen, iso, chd, gg, gcm, 32x, bin Metadata Extensions A comma delimited list of file extensions which indicate ROM metadata, and aren't required to play a ROM file. Default: nfo, txt, dat, xml, json Plugin Settings Always Bypass LaunchBox Path Check When enabled, bypasses LaunchBox's check that a game's application path (ROM file) exists before launch. If a game is cached and the source ROM storage is slow or unavailable, the game will still launch immediately. The bypass check happens automatically if the extract action is Copy, or the file is not zip, 7z, or rar. Default: Disabled Check For Updates On Startup Enable this option to check for plugin updates when LaunchBox starts up. This is a simple version check of the latest release on github, and nothing is automatically downloaded or installed. If a new update is found a message box will appear shortly after LaunchBox is started, with the option to open the download page in a browser. Default: On first run, a message box will appear asking the user if they'd like to enable the update check. Source Code This plugin is open source, and can be found on github: https://github.com/fraganator/archive-cache-manager Submitter fraganator Submitted 01/03/2017 Category Third-party Apps and Plugins  
  3. What does this solve: Manually applying xDelta patches Manually downloading xDelta patches Requirements: 7zip AutoIt xDelta Internet Connection How: Upon execution of the script, it will unarchive any 7z, Zip, Rar files you have & get the CRC-32 value of the file, then use this to download the correct xDelta patch, then apply the patch. Then afterwords you will need to process the resulting file with ClrMamePro & DAT from No-Intro for proper naming and archiving. Instructions: Install 7zip if it's not already installed on your system. Install AutoIt and set it to execute scripts when double clicked. Now Right Click on Desktop and select "New\Folder" from the context menu, and Rename it "NDS Rom Update". Now open the folder "NDS Rom Update" and Right Click on it's background and select "New\Folder" from the context menu, and Rename it "Bin". Now once again Rick Click on the folders background and select "New\Folder" from the context menu, and Rename it "Fix". Now download & extract xDelta into "Bin" folder. Now download the AutoIt script "NDS Rom Update.au3" from this thread and save it to "NDS Rom Update" folder on your Desktop. Now open Windows Explorer or whatever your favorite File Manager happens to be and navigate the location of your ClrMamePro backups. i.e. "C:\Program Files\clrmamepro\backup\No-Intro\Nintendo - Nintendo DS (Decrypted)\" Now copy all the files there and any that might be under a folder called "_unknown" to your "Fix" folder. Now finally execute the AutoIt script "NDS Rom Update.au3" by Double Clicking it and if all went well after some time you'll get a dialog box saying the batch has completed...and you should have the resulting files in a new folder called "Fixed" Next time you run ClrMamePro use "Add-Paths" under Settings to add Fixed as one of the paths, you'll also need to check "Use Add-Paths" under ReBuilder then when you press the "Rebuild..." button it should pull in the new files. This is an old script of mine...and basically forgot about it...till I just did an audited on my NDS roms...600 M.I.A....ran this..did another audit...came down to about 200 M.I.A....so a big improvement. Your mileage will most certainly very. NDS Rom Update.au3
  4. Hi, I just recently discovered Launchbox and I'm loving it, the interface is amazing and very beautiful, but I have a problem, the roms that I have for some consoles are in the goodmerge format, that is, there's a 7z file for each game and inside this file are all the versions of said game, the problem is when I run any of these games Launchbox just chooses automatically one of the roms inside the 7z file, is there a way for me to choose which file will be launched?
  5. First my games for both systems are in .ccd, .iso, .sub format and compressed in .7z format. Also I have Gens core setup for Sega CD and Mednefen core setup for Saturn. When I set these up many months ago both systems worked fine. Launchbox would uncompress and load games on both systems. Fast forward to yesterday and I tried to play some Saturn and it will start the decompression process then when that was done it would not load the emulator or game. I have unzipped a couple of games and confirmed working in Retroarch Standalone. So, I guess my question is does anyone know what could be causing this to fowl up. This prompted me to check all my disc based systems and found Sega CD the only other one exhibiting this same behavior.All my other disc based systems still work fine and all are compressed. Thanks for reading.
  6. I have a lot of zipped games with the exact same "Media (CD-ROM)" sub folder. The same emulator plays zipped games without the "Media (CD-ROM)" sub folder when you have the "Extract ROM archives before running" checked. Is there anyway to point the emulator to that folder after being unzipped.
  7. It seems like RetroArch is the preferred emulator. From I can understand it does not support compressed roms. Is there a list of systems/roms that be used in compressed format? I realize some emulators support different formats but they might not be the best one for the job. Just trying to save space when possible. Thanks!
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