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How to add new systems to Maximus Arcade

If you would like to, you can download the Following Skin/Theme for Maximus (I simply labeled it Maximus Arcade 6) that already has included the art for the systems I list here.  Don’t use this them if you use DOSbox, T1-99 calculator, visual pinball, or Sinclair.

Click Here to download my theme. The theme is setup for 1200 X 700 Screen Resolution.</p> <p style=”>If you use a different setting you’ll have to go into the theme editor to center and resize the images for your screen size.  I recently upgraded to a different monitor and noticed this.  If anyone knows how I can save it to automatically do this please let me know.

the theme is setup for 1200 X 700 Screen Resolution. Keep in mind that in order to integrate new systems I took out old systems.  So if you use these themes keep in mind which systems have been replaced for the newer systems.  Also, you need to have the emulators running outside of Maximus Arcade. If you can’t figure that out please search and and find the guides for each emulator.  Each emulator has specific guides and forums that can provide help. The hyperspin board has people who are pretty knowledgeable about makaron (the naomi emulator).  I will post this in the Maximus Arcade forums once I finish this and refine it, but at the moment it seems that most people who could use it are here on byoac (since Maximus is not as frequented anymore).

Also to give everyone a frame of reference Here are my system specs
2.6 ghz i7
ati radeon 4850
8 gb ram
64bit, Windows 7

Ok so here are the systems I used to install the new emulators (I put the emulators I used in parenthesis)

Texas Instruments tI-99/4 => Nintendo Wii ( Dolpin_2.0_RC1_x64)
Visual Pinball => Naomi (Makaron T13)
Sinclair ZX Spectrum => Nintendo DS (no$gba 2.6a and no$zoomer)
DOSbox => Nintendo Gamecube (same as Nintendo Wii)

Nintendo Gamecube and Nintendo Wii[/b][/u]

I used the latest revision of the Dolphin emulator to install the Gamecube and Wii.  For those new to this emulator, the Dolphin emulator started off as a gamecube emulator and was later expanded to include Nintendo Wii games.  To have good emulation, you need a pretty fast cpu (not necessarily the best graphics card). Notice that tatsunoko vs capcom runs pretty slow on my system (2.6 ghz i7, ati radeon 4850, 8 gbs ram, 64bit, Windows 7)

recommended cpu speed for gamecube =?? for Nintendo Wii = 3.0hz dual core


Let’s start off with the gamecube first.  Before setting it up in Maximus you want to make sure you have games launch into full screen automatically.

Ok now launch Maximus Arcade and then pres ctrl p to go into the preferences.

  1. go to the DOSbox config screen
  2. enter the path to Dolphin.exe for the executable and the path to your rom folder
  3. in the command line box put “/e %file”
  4. change the art, if you downloaded my theme you are done. I moved the system to be right after n64, you might want to do the same

Nintendo Wii

Follow the same steps I outlined for the gamecube, but using the Texas Instrument Config screen.


Ok for this one  you have one step to do before setting it up in maximus arcade

open the Makaron .ini file and edit the file so that it reads “fullscreen=1” it usually will say “fullscreen=0” setting it to 1 makes it launch into fullscreen.

For this system you simply

  1. Go to the Visual Pinball Config Screen
  2. Setup the executable and point it to the naomi.exe and point the roms paths to wherever you have your paths

That’s it, you may have to setup your controllers outside of Maximus, that’s a whole issue on it’s own.  I have found helpful guides on the Hyperspin boards.

Nintendo DS

The Nintendo DS takes the most time to setup, I will provide a mini guide to setting up no$zoomer.

  1. Download No$zoomer and no$gba 2.6a (you have to donate to get the latest version.  I believe the donation is 2 or 3 dollars).
  2. Open no$zoomer and it will ask you to point it to the no$gba.exe, navigate no$zoomer and point it to this.
  3. Open no$zoomer, run a game as a test, does it work? If your answer is yes, move on, if not try step 1 and 2 again.
  4. Under Options check off “start in full screen”
  5. Under “Other” go to Key Assignments.  You Want to assign the following keys to buttons on your control panel (if you never want to make one screen fullscreen and always want to see both screens you can skip 5a and 5b)

5a. Separate Window –  Under the key assignments look under “View Options”, this will break the the two screens apart.  If you press the key (whatever key you assign to this option) again, it will stack them back on top of each other vertically. When you are in fullscreen mode, this makes the main screen full-screen and separates the bottom screen.  Most likely the bottom screen will be blocking your view, luckily you can freely re-size the second screen.  I resized it a tiny size and placed it in the black border on the left.  no$zoomer will remember where you left it and at what size, from now on it will always resize the bottom screen and put it on the left when you separate the windows.

5b. Replace the Screen – Under the View options, this will make the bottom screen the top screen.  This is useful when the bottom screen is the main screen.
Ok, you’re done setting up the emulator.

To setup the Nintendo DS..

  1. Go to the Sinclair ZX Spectrum
  2. Setup the executable and point it to the no$zoomer.exe and point the roms paths to wherever you have your  paths
  3. Make sure to add .nds to “media extensions” in maximus arcade when in the sinclair menu in maximus arcade on the “configuration” tab, and the tab near the bottom of the screen “scan”. Put “.nds” there with the other file extensions listed.  Otherwise it won’t know the nds games are roms and will never scan them.  Hence, it won’t show up.
  4. 4th. On the “Exit” tab under the “configuration” tab in maximus arcade, I checked the box next to “close specific processes opened during launch” and entered “No$gba.exe,No$zoomer.exe”. (You can add xpadder to that list if you use it) It exits properly now.  Woo hoo!

*update* I just found out that desmume also does fullscreen (just be sure to check off show toolbar so it disappears during fullscreen).  Unfortunately, you have to press alt+enter to do fullscreen, you can easily do this with autohotkey. there’s no other way, but this emulator is compatible with more games than no$gba and doesn’t have issues with scratchy sound.

Additional TIPS

  1. Make sure to click off rescan folder option in Maximus Arcade
  2. Make sure you can run games outside of Maximus before trying to run them inside Maximus
  3. Don’t forget to assign the player 1 and player 2 buttons (in no$gba you have to choose save)
Categories: Miscellaneous
  1. kamuz
    August 27, 2010 at 8:14 PM

    hi , do u have any idea how run ps2 games??

  2. wii
    August 29, 2010 at 3:50 PM

    Hi nice skin, thanks for that!
    I have problems with dolphin: After playing a game, i exit it via the key i selected in maximus arcade for exiting the emulator, but then dolphin will not work the next time…

    so what? is there another possibility to exit dolphin (or only vi internal exiting routines?)

  3. Chris
    February 15, 2012 at 11:43 PM

    Great guide. Any chance of a re-upload of the GC theme?

    • shateredsoul
      February 16, 2012 at 9:02 AM

      sorry, i haven’t used maximus in a long time and didn’t back up the theme. Can anyone reupload it if they have it?

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