Console Tapwave Zodiac
Name GuineaPig for Zodiac
Description GuineaPig is a freeware
open source emulator of several consoles of the early to late
1980's and early 1990's, including the SEGA Genesis (Megadrive),
the NEC TurboGrafx (PC Engine) the Sega Mastersystem and the
Game Gear. GuineaPig is built up entirely from Charles MacDonald's
excellent emulators including Genesis Plus, SMS Plus and TGemu.
As of the alpha 001 release, GuineaPig requires an OS5 high
resolution device with an expansion media card. I will likely
build a mode soon so it can run on low res OS5 devices like
the Treo 600. Its possible I'll build a mode so it can run
without an expansion card, but for now it requires ROM's to
be on expansion media.
Memory requirements vary by emulation module; the Genesis
module is the big boy; the SMS/GG and TG16 modules have much
A lot of memory is needed in these early releases of the
Genesis module, so many older OS5 units won't be able to run
it. But memory requirements are going down with each revision,
so if you're running out of runtime RAM and getting errors,
keep trying as new versions come out. (Remember, theres device
runtime RAM and storage RAM. Its the runtime RAM thats small
and we need lots of)
For example, the TH55 couldn't run the 001 version of the
emu, but sure should be able to run the 004 version!
For now its a bit basic, but the app is yet young. You'll
need to have an expansion card (SD card, memory stick, compact
flash, etc) to use the emu.
Install GuineaPig.prc to your device (wherever you want it
As of 006 and later, install any emulator modules you desire;
genesis.emu for genesis, smsgg.emu, or pce.emu for example.
(They go in /PALM/Programs/GuineaPig with your ROMs)
After running GuineaPig at least once, you can just hotsync
.smd files over to your expansion card. (.bin and other extensions
are not managed for hotsync due to potential conflicts, but
will work fine in the emu!)
Note that you can use .bin or .smd for Genesis, .gg for Game
Gear, .sms for Sega Mastersystem, and .pce for PCEngine (TurboGrafx16)
games. You need the appropriate emulator module (.emu file)
to run the games of course.
If you're confused about getting the files to your card, consider
using a card writer (USB SD writers are cheap at your local
computer shop), Card Export software, hotsync, rename-trick,
etc. Use Filez or FileCaddy (both are freeware) to move it
around and rename it if needed.
You put your cartridge game ROMs and emulator modules in this
directory -- /PALM/Programs/GuineaPig
ROMs must (for now) be unzipped; so no .zip files!
Thats it. Just run GuineaPig :) Pick a ROM from the listing
and hit Go!
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