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Hyperspin Android "System Name" Settings (.ini) Files What’s covered... SYSTEMNAME.ini Rompaths App/Game Launching parameters Finding App launch parameters Basic customisation (All testing done on Nvidia Shield TV Pro) Before We Start... For the purposes of this tutorial I will be editing the .ini files with Notepad++ & screenshots on a Windows PC. You can use any Android or PC text editor to complete this task it was just simpler for the purposes of writing. If using a combined Hyperspin PC and Android setup then you can get more information on the different settings from the notes provided in the HyperHQ program. HyperHQ directly controls all of your .ini files located in Hyperspin/Settings NOT Hyperspin/Settings_Android For full original listings please see this post What is Needed: Your set of .ini files (Located in your Hyperspin/Settings or Settings_Android folder Text Editor (any will do or use Notepad++) The set of clean and preconfigured .ini files (Settings_Android.zip) Included in the Android base pack I submitted. SYSTEMNAME.ini Section 1 This is where all the magic happens and should be your primary concern... path= (<Not Supported>) rompath= This will be the file path that contains your games for the specific system you are setting up. There are many options so I have listed the most common below If your games are contained within your Hyperspin directory then absolute paths are not required. Games stored in this location (Hyperspin/Emulators/Sega Mega Drive/roms) would have rompath=Emulators/Sega Mega Drive/roms If your games are stored locally on the internal storage of you device the entry could be rompath=/sdcard/”rom folder”/”next rom folder” OR rompath=/storage/emulated/0/”rom folder”/”next romfolder” If your games are stored on an external USB HHD or USB thumb drive you will need to add the USB ID to the rompath (You should be able to see the ID by using ES File Explorer or alike) rompath=/storage/A2CA0AEBCA0ABC13/”rom folder”/”next rom folder” If stored on a Network Attached Storage (NAS) device you will need to create and share a folder at the root level of your NAS and mount the NAS to your Android device rompath=/storage/”NAS Name”/”Shared Folder”/ exe= This line will launch the emulator/application The specific commands written here are easily found in the forum and THIS post contains the most common ones If you can’t find the launch command you need you can try an app like Quick Shortcut Maker. Install and run QuickShortcutMaker and it will detail all the apps you have installed and provide the different launch commands for the apps. (You will need to play about with this to get it right) romextension= This line should contain ALL file extensions for the games you are trying to launch, comma separated NO SPACES (Remember that support for compressed files like .7z and .zip is VERY limited in Android so MOST games need to be UNCOMPRESSED and be supported by the emulator) Extensions are also REQUIRED for the filtering system in Hyperspin parameters= This line contains commands to launch a specific process for the app launched from the exe= line, also found in the post linked above. These commands have be discovered by forum users and of course Reznate, by mainly contacting the app developer to request them pcgame= This line is for the purpose of creating a system wheel that launches multiple apps. It will only launch the app or Android game without passing any parameters. The exe= line is ignored. If set to TRUE you will need a specific SYSTEMNAME.xml in /Hyperspin/Databases/ You use the app launch command as the “game name” entries in the .xml file Here is an example of a system wheel database named KODI. Setup to launch KODI apk and ES File Explorer apk Section 2 This is the start of customising your setup!!! themes_only= If set to true Hyperspin will filter your games list to ONLY show games that have a theme of MATCHING name located in /Hyperspin/Media/SYSTEMNAME/Themes Remember ALL Artwork/Themes/Videos and Rom file names MUST match the <game name=”example game”> tags in the SYSTEMNAME.xml roms_only= If set to true then Hyperspin will filter your games list to only show games that are found in the rompath provided AND matching the extensions provided also If you get “Missing rom file” error check your .ini rompath= and extensions= lines and make sure your rom file names match your database xml “game name” tags Section 3 This is where you enable/disable the transition videos that play when moving between games in your systems games list wheel. (The Hyperspin logo swooping across the screen and similar) reload_backgrounds= true or false Override Transitions are .flv videos stored in each one of your systems video folder. If named as a specific game matching your SYSTEMNAME.xml, they will play when moving onto that game in the wheel list Location Hyperspin/Media/NAME_OF_SYSTEM/Video/Override Transitions Finishing Touches The other options in the .ini files for each system are adjustments to the look of the games list wheel text (if not using images), game text (text in bottom left of screen showing the year, manufacturer and game description) and Special Art settings. Note. I may do a further tutorial on this but right now I have run out of steam!!! Special Art is setup in the same way as the Main Menu.ini. Special Art C is for the Genre feature which is not supported on Android so can be ignored Game Text is best setup manually by changing the corresponding values for colour, shadow, colour ratio and position. To get the values use HyperHQ as directed below. You can also enable and disable what information is displayed. (Although the sticky post shows Not Supported I know that you can disabled the manufacture text from diplaying as I have this off in my MAME wheel) Wheel Text is best configured by using HyperHQ. Adjust the settings under the options Wheel Settings -> SYSTEMNAME -> Wheel -> Wheel Text Here you can find the colour HEX values and adjust the shadow and ratios to fit your themes Lift the settings from HyperHQ or an adjusted PC setup settings file and edit them here The last section I will briefly cover is... Navigation settings This section customises how your games list wheel responds. Most are self explanatory bar one use_indexes= true or false This setting along with your database SYSTEMNAME.xml settings determine in what order your games list is displayed. It also allows for proper use of the letter skip function for jumping through the games list by letter. If your games database xml is NOT in alphabetical order then you must have ONE game entry set to index=”true” AND set the above use_indexes to true. Now your games list will be ordered exactly as they are in the xml not alphabetically If there are no index=”true” tags in your database then Hyperspin will list your games alphabetically by game description. All official databases are ordered alphabetically with correct indexes this makes skipping by letter simple. If you have read this all you deserve a break and a pat on the back!! This has been a tough one to write so please comment if there are any mistakes. I will update them Hope this helps someone
Hyperspin Android Settings (.ini) Files What’s covered... Settings file directory location Global.ini & Betabrite.ini Settings.ini Main Menu.ini (All testing done on Nvidia Shield TV Pro) Before We Start... For the purposes of this tutorial I will be editing the .ini files with Notepad++ & screenshots on a Windows PC. You can use any Android or PC text editor to complete this task it was just simpler for the purposes of writing. If using a combined Hyperspin PC and Android setup then you can get more information on the different settings from the notes provided in the HyperHQ program. HyperHQ directly controls all of your .ini files located in Hyperspin/Settings NOT Hyperspin/Settings_Android For full original listings please see this post What is Needed: Your set of .ini files (Located in your Hyperspin/Settings or Settings_Android folder Text Editor (any will do or use Notepad++) The set of clean and preconfigured .ini files (Settings_Android.zip) Included in the Android base pack I submitted. Lets get stuff covered!! Settings file directory location For default Windows PC installation ALL your settings files can be found in the Settings folder of your Hyperspin directory (..Hyperspin\Settings) If you are not using your Hyperspin Android setup on a PC then leave them all in the /Settings folder If you are combining your PC and Android Hyperspin setups please create the following Settings_Android folder and place a copy of ALL your .ini files inside (..Hyperspin\Settings_Android) If you are using my Hyperspin Android Base Pack locate your settings files here Global.ini & Betabrite.ini These files are not required for Hyperspin Android and do not affect it Settings.ini Without a settings.ini file Hyperspin will still run, read and display the artwork and animations you have in your folders. This will display any override transitions you may have also (Override Transitions are little .flv video animations that play when switching between systems/games). Located in:- Hyperspin/Media/Frontend/Video/Transitions (Play when system specific not available, named what you want) Hyperspin/Media/Main Menu/Video/Override Transitions (Named as your Main Menu system entry) Note: If ‘<not supported>', then there is a hard-coded value or the parameter is ignored currently. The three options are explained below in a settings file example. Please see THIS post for further details on the Optimizer settings for PC installations Option 1 & 2 Option 3 Main Menu.ini This ini file configures how your Main Menu list will display. There are a few features that can be customised and some that are not supported. Note:- Your Main Menu systems list will always display vertically to the right. Video Path, Sounds & Wheel text are not supported Next is Special Art Special art is the animated .swf artwork usually for controls. Further reading can be found HERE So thats all I have for you on the core settings options. I will do a seperate post for the System settings where all the business happens!! Hope this helps someone and big thanks to badhemi for his settings files