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    Yes of course, all the I-Pac does is convert button presses to keyboard commands, so as long as you set up Windows to accept the "external keyboard" it will work just fine.
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    I thought I would be running dos...? Do you run dosmame inside win98?

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    Aah right, I thought you were sticking with Win98.

    In DOS I don't know if it will pick up the external device. It will possibly pick a PS/2 device but not USB.

    I don't know if there is a way to make that work in DOS.
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    Aah Miscommunication! I am installing win98 to run the dos version like you originally suggested

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    It'll work fine on Win98. The ipac is just a keyboard encoder, so Windows sees it as a USB keyboard rather than a joystick. Its just a keyboard without many keys.

    With the system you have, there won't be a significant performance hit from running inside Win98 rather than DOS, so you may as well take advantage of it. Win98 is really just a layer over DOS anyway so all the usual DOS programs behave pretty much as normal from within Windows, making it nice for old emulators.

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    But how will the ipac inputs get mapped to keyboard keys ? Don't you need software to Map the inputs on the encoder to keys on the keyboard? Is there such software for win 98?

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    I haven't taken the time to understand the problem here, but you can always encode the keys on a different machine (with a different OS) if needed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kynrek View Post
    I was just given a laptop with a pentium 3 1ghz, 256mb ram and winxp any suggestion on software for making it a dedicated mame box?
    I use a similar machine as a file server and occaisionally test MAME stuff. Its fine on XP as long as you stick to the 80's and earlier, using an early build of MAME. You should get more RAM though. Its likely very cheap. Check which sticks you need on the Crucial website and then go find em cheap somewhere else. Depending on the laptop you MIGHT be able to upgrade the CPU. I've done that on several of my Dell units. The documentation is so easy to find that it makes it pretty easy.

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    UK, I can't seem to find a version of mame that actually runs in dos the one I have says this program cannot be run is DOS mode. It's version .66 though...

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    There is a DOS specific version of most of the earlier years, so you will often find a DOS, Windows, Linux, ARM etc. version of each version number.
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