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Makaron Test 11/1 
23rd-Nov-2008 05:34 pm
New version awaits you on SendSpace :)

This time the package includes NAOMI emulator as well. And I've modified the code a bit, let's hope this will make the Data Execution Prevention exception go away.
Both executables can now reside in the same directory, but because of that there are some minor changes:
* Dreamcast BIOS/FLASH filenames must now start with Dreamcast_ prefix.
* NAOMI BIOS filenames must start with NAOMI_ prefix.
* The main configuration file for NAOMI emulator is now called NAOMI.ini

And yes, you still need to extract and decrypt any NAOMI games you wish to run from the GDI image. It's also possible to extract them from CHD files.

Remember to install the runtime libraries for MSVC 2008 SP1 if you get those silly "not installed correctly" errors.

UPDATE: It seems I forgot to put the newly compiled Makaron executable into the package. Sorry :)
Redownload, I've updated the link. Also, if you add "aniso = 0" to the Settings section it should disable anisotropic filtering. Not really tested.

UPDATE 2: To clear some confusion - executables in the package are the MT (multi-threaded) ones, even if the names don't suggest it. I don't think I will be making separate ones for single core/CPU systems anymore. There are several reasons behind it:
1) More and more people have multi-core PCs now (they don't even sell E6600 anymore!)
2) MSVC links against MT libraries by default (probably because of (1), not to mention single-threaded versions are kinda frowned upon)
3) MT executables can still be run on single-core systems (the performance drop due to locking used isn't that big and frankly older PCs struggle with Makaron anyway)
4) I have 2-core CPU myself so obviously I want to use its full potential whenever possible (I actively develp Makaron that way, so testing non-MT version is a waste of my time)

If in doubt, check the debug output window or the logfile. It should say "Version Test 11/1 (MT)".

Also, there is a silly bug that causes the FLASH files to be written back to disk without the "Dreamcast_" prefix. Keep that in mind in case you're unable to set the clock properly - you will need to rename the file yourself. I already fixed this so it will work as expected in next version. And yes, the digital filering isn't yet perfect as it seems to mute BIOS menu sounds too much.
23rd-Nov-2008 05:23 pm (UTC)
You rock man!!!
6th-Feb-2009 05:37 pm (UTC)
how do u fix vista sound as it is all clicky in the emulator is it the way its supposed to be or is vista messing it up and can you make it any better from config this emulator rocks.
23rd-Nov-2008 05:35 pm (UTC)
Simply awesome! Thanks very much for your hard work.
23rd-Nov-2008 06:14 pm (UTC)
Why Dreamcast version used old bios and flash form ? (bios_region.bin) (flash_region.bin)
23rd-Nov-2008 07:07 pm (UTC)
Hm... Don't tell me I uploaded the wrong file again...
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23rd-Nov-2008 06:49 pm (UTC)
DEP error still prevents Makaron (DC) from running under Vista.
23rd-Nov-2008 07:18 pm (UTC)
The error message I'm getting says I have an incorrect side-by-side configuration (Vista 64-bit)?!?!
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24th-Nov-2008 12:31 am (UTC)
I can't get my BIOS to work with this version (64-bit Vista).

The time setting is never saved and I can play the GDI tracks but not load the GDI based game.
24th-Nov-2008 04:10 am (UTC)
The author when in emulator customisations to appear possibility to expose the high resolution of video?
P.S. Forgive me my bad English. :)
From Russi with love...
26th-Nov-2008 07:12 am (UTC)
How come you don't package the emulator with the MKFro frontend? It seems to work fine and many people would enjoy your emu more with this to use - they just don't know about it. It hasn't been mentioned anywhere for quite a while. Just curious - might prevent some people from bitching about not getting the thing to work. That might gain you more support, more testers, more feedback which will lead to the progression of the app. That, or just incorporate a UI some time like I know you got to be planning. Your emulator is much more advanced, much more compatabe than its appearance lets on. :)
26th-Nov-2008 10:19 am (UTC)
Because I always forget? I don't use MKFro myself so I don't even have it on my HDD... When testing Makaron I do lots of runs using exactly the same settings so INI files work best for me.

There is UI planned but I always have 100 other things to work on :) Also I'm not so good with human interface design, though I now have some idea of how it should look like.
The most important things right now are the ability to configure Maple devices and GD/CD swapping on-the-fly. The second one should ideally work in fullscreen mode as well, and that's where I can't really decide on how to do it. One way would be to implement fullscreen switching on demand, but that means the menu will have to wait even longer...
26th-Nov-2008 01:31 pm (UTC) - Hyperneogeo64
Tank´s for the version 11/1 now works on Vista 64 without disabling DEP, perfect emulator and perfect framerate on all of my favorite DC games and 100% compatible with my Radeon 4870.

Some mirrors for Makaron 11/1 :


Tank you Deunan.
26th-Nov-2008 02:32 pm (UTC) - Re: Hyperneogeo64
Which drivers are you using on your Radeon 4870 that you don't get glitches?
26th-Nov-2008 01:32 pm (UTC) - Hyperneogeo64
Tank´s for the version 11/1 now works on Vista 64 without disabling DEP, perfect emulator and perfect framerate on all of my favorite DC games and 100% compatible with my Radeon 4870.

Some mirrors for Makaron 11/1 :


Thank you Deunan.
26th-Nov-2008 05:07 pm (UTC)
This release works great on my Vista x64, as every other one before.

Only annoyance that's still not fixed for me, my analog triggers are still reversed. (I need to press them for Makaron to consider them as unpressed)
27th-Nov-2008 11:58 am (UTC) - new MKFro

i work on a new version of MKFro.
(with Naomi support and few other things)

i hope i can release it in the next days.


28th-Nov-2008 04:51 am (UTC) - Re: new MKFro
Good job slrhui.
27th-Nov-2008 10:45 pm (UTC) - Ready 2 Rumble Boxing [USA NTSC Version]
Ready 2 Rumble Boxing displays at the wrong resolution? The image is stretched so that only the top half of the display is shown at all times.
28th-Nov-2008 12:39 am (UTC) - GDROM.ini

i cant get the gdrom.ini to boot any cdi games. im sure i typed in the correct directory in which the games are in. It works on the previous versions of makaron.

28th-Nov-2008 11:26 am (UTC) - Stupid Invaders
You know because the game Stupid invaders don´t load ?
29th-Nov-2008 01:22 pm (UTC) - Two Players
How i configure the second controller in Makaron and Naomi ?
1st-Dec-2008 10:04 am (UTC) - Re: Two Players
For NAOMI you can't. I mean the framework is all in there but I don't read 2nd player key mapping from the INI file so there is no way to make it work.

As for Dreamcast - it's possible but requires a bit of thinking :) You need to configure controls for a player and then manually edit MakaronPAD.ini and reassign PortA mapping to something else (that is, PortB, C or D). Repeat for all connected controllers and there you go. You might need to edit Maple.ini too in order to assign plugins to ports (especially if you want rumble or have problems with it).
29th-Nov-2008 06:11 pm (UTC)
Worked great until I updated to the latest november directx runtime. Now it only take me to the bios menu and not running the games. Any suggestions?
29th-Nov-2008 07:53 pm (UTC) - Not Running Games
Same problem with me, it takes me to the bios and does not run any games.

Can anybody help?
30th-Nov-2008 03:29 am (UTC) - SlashOut
Thank you for the emulator. I've been waiting for years!!

As a comment for SlashOut, an error message pops up just before the boss in stage 2 "Mansion of Baron Bambola",

Critical error


I've heard of similar error for game Ikaruga.

It would be perfect if Makaron supports online networked play for 4 players game :)
1st-Dec-2008 01:20 pm (UTC)
hello deunan, i have been using makaron scince test 9 but i can not work out how to use test 11. I can get it to start but instead of booting the game it just takes me to the bios screen. I have tried everything.
Is there anything i can do?
1st-Dec-2008 02:30 pm (UTC)
Is BIOS asking you to set the date and time?
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1st-Dec-2008 05:18 pm (UTC) - mkfro new version in progress screenshot

under this adress http://rapidshare.com/files/168996106/MKFro.png

you find a screenshot of the new version. Which is in progress.

greetings slrhui
2nd-Dec-2008 08:42 pm (UTC) - Problem Fixed!
Thankyou Deunan, makaron works fine now, it seems the problem was that the "image =" part of the ini was on the last line.

10th-Dec-2008 05:29 am (UTC)
excuse me Deunan

i upload 3 files for 1 game and i extract with 7z , this give me a folder
which i put in rom folder. And i go in "gd rom " bloc note (setting) and
i write c:\GD\4WheelThunder v1.002.gdi . It's dont work.

I must write "image" before ?
Make space ? or other thing ?

Maybe i dont use 7z and put the 3 fils in rom folder ?

help me

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15th-Dec-2008 10:19 pm (UTC)
Hey man - makaron pad cfg doesnt work on my genius maxfire blaze2:( after editing ini file it just shows for a while and then close:( can u fix the problem?
17th-Dec-2008 12:46 pm (UTC) - Umm.. I have Questions?
I keep getting this error message every time I try to boot the Naomi emu -"Error 01 This game is not acceptable my main board." I tried every conceivable bios file I could find, including the right one(s). I renamed each one I tried "NAOMI_BIOS_JP and the region is set to 0 by default in NAOMI.ini.

FLASH_JP is only needed for Dreamcast images, correct? I ask this because I have that too, and Makaron won't boot without it. The Naomi emu seemingly only needs the BIOS to boot, albeit with that "Error 01" message.

Also, when writing the path to a .gdi image i want to load, does both the dat file and bin/iso have to be in the same folder, or can I delete the image and just have it run off of the dat file? So let's say the path was C:\My image files\cvs2gd.bin Should I or shouldn't I add the extension .bin or should I omit it and just have cvs2gd at the end?

So above anything else, this error I keep getting, anyone know how to get around it?
31st-Jan-2009 06:49 am (UTC) - Controllers configuration

I only have a keyboard. How i configure the keys for Makaron?
3rd-Feb-2009 10:14 pm (UTC) - Re: Controllers configuration
to configure the controllers, for the moment i find one solution :

On the makaron's folder, open JVS.init and chang the key. If you want i Found one that is better then the original version. Just copy this text at the place of the older one in JVS.init :

test = 0x3b # F1
service = 0x3c # F2

start = 0x02 # 1
service = 0x0A # 9
coin = 0x06 # 5
up = 0x48 # ↑
down = 0x50 # ↓
left = 0x4B # ←
right = 0x4D # →
button1 = 0x2F # V
button2 = 0x30 # B
button3 = 0x31 # N
button4 = 0x22 # G
button5 = 0x23 # H
button6 = 0x24 # J

THanks to FTGTDY
6th-Feb-2009 05:38 pm (UTC)
how do u fix vista sound as it is all clicky in the emulator is it the way its supposed to be or is vista messing it up and can you make it any better from config this emulator rocks.
3rd-Mar-2010 04:26 pm (UTC) - BIOS problem
i have tried everything described here, but makaron still doesn't boot ANY games, for an unknown reason...
I renamed FLASH_USA.bin to _DREAMCAST_FLASH_USA.bin but when I run makaron, it still takes me to BIOS screen, without asking to set the date and time... it just takes me to bios screen and nothing happens...
i've tried 6 different bios (USA, JP and EU from 2 different packages)
i don't know what to do anymore...
my GDI image is in "C:\sr\sr.gdi"
makaron simply DOESN'T BOOT ANY GAME!
any suggestions? I want makaron to, at least, boot a game...
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