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    Quote Originally Posted by kryptonyte View Post
    First thing is to make sure if your cocktail is wired for JAMMA. Some older cocktail cabinets are not JAMMA wired and you will then need either a cable harness to JAMMA adapter or to rewire the cabinet to JAMMA. If your cabinet is newer and/or already JAMMA you are set. However, please attach a pic in your other "AA Intro thread post" and some members there can assist you with that. If you do end up using a Pandora's Box (or clone), you may need an extended JAMMA harness to ensure you have buttons 4,5,6 per player wired up if you wish to play games that use 6 buttons ie Street Fighter etc. You can usually purchase an extended JAMMA harness with a Pandora's Box.

    As for Pandora's Boxes that flip to player two, I'm not really aware of PB's that offer that functionality. It is usually only vertical games that flip and very uncommon for horizontal games to flip. There used to be an old 276 in 1 multicade board that would flip all games from a few years ago, but I don't believe they are being sold anymore.

    However, if you want vertical games that flip to player 2, your best options would be as follows:

    60 in 1 Arcade Classics icade/Multicade vertical board (~ AU$45):
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Jamm...612694453.html

    Pandora Box clone that can be hacked (~ AU$80):
    https://www.aliexpress.com/store/pro...838625347.html

    If you purchase this specific PB clone, it is a hardware version that you can simply swap out the MicroSD card with a new MicroSD card and download hacked software/image online which includes more games, better emulators & can also include home console games ie SNES, Sega MegaDrive whilst being displayed in a nicer interface ie Emulation Station etc.

    Download one of these images and write it to a new MicroSD:

    Vertical cocktail image with ~ 130ish games 8Gb MicroSD card required & will screen flip on player 2:
    https://mega.nz/#!rNonjDAZ!bCVD3-NMK...T3gzNeTIa_07O8

    RetroPan 32gb MicroSD card required (includes home consoles etc):
    https://mega.nz/#F!fhMwERZC!D2NZnO8LccAqQ1AJ-nuBbw

    RetroArcade 16g bMicroSD card required (Arcade only):
    https://mega.nz/#F!mkEAAbAa!EroFuPbWPRYKGTQLg6m2Ew

    The two Retro images above can also start in vertical mode if you hold P1 button whilst powering on your arcade machine, otherwise they will start up in horizontal mode by default.

    Once you download any of the above files, extract using WinRAR, insert your new MicroSD card of the correct size into your PC and use Win32 Disk Imager ( https://sourceforge.net/projects/win32diskimager/ )to write the file to MicroSD card. Then just unscrew the Pandora's Box, remove the existing MicroSD card from the motherboard (keep it as a backup) and insert your new card with the freshly written image. Plug it all back together and you should be good to go.

    More info about the images, hacking Pandora's Boxes and assistance with using them can be found here:
    http://www.jammaplus.co.uk/forum/for...penpb4-project

    You can also get a vertical shoot 'em up/shmup Pandora's Box that includes only more recent vertical shooting style games. However this does not do screen flipping on player 2.

    King of Air 51 in 1 (~AU$60):
    https://www.aliexpress.com/store/pro...506489706.html

    Sorry this is a long post, hope it helps!
    Fantastic lot of info there @kryptonyte I managed to download the other images and they seem to work or at least boot up fine (once I worked out 2 non-readable partitions are created and not to format them) but I have other issues with my Panadora's 5s box clone boards controls not working in my Atomiswave SD cab but that's for another thread. Thanks heaps.

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    Hey @kryptonyte, is there an alternative to the link to jammaplus you mentioned as the link seems to be broken.

    Just want to try and understand how the custom builds are made or maybe just add or remove roms or change game settings which I was hoping that link would shed some light on. What I have been wanting is a multi-game cart that can work on a horizontal monitor on my cocktail and play 80's vertical games in cocktail flip mode, 80's horizontal games in flip mode (for those originally made for it) as well as playing later horizontal games in non-flip 1 or 2 player mode (fighting games?).

    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Claude View Post
    Hey @kryptonyte, is there an alternative to the link to jammaplus you mentioned as the link seems to be broken.

    Just want to try and understand how the custom builds are made or maybe just add or remove roms or change game settings which I was hoping that link would shed some light on. What I have been wanting is a multi-game cart that can work on a horizontal monitor on my cocktail and play 80's vertical games in cocktail flip mode, 80's horizontal games in flip mode (for those originally made for it) as well as playing later horizontal games in non-flip 1 or 2 player mode (fighting games?).

    Cheers
    Unfortunately @Claude jammaplus forums closed in June 2018 after 14 years. I'm not aware of any publicly available forums with recent discussions/help on Pandora Box hacking. If you manage to find one, let me know!

    You can modify the files on the partitions on the SD card, but will need to mount them under Linux (or use a Windows/Mac tool that enables mounting of Linux partitions) to then edit the config files, roms etc. I recall reading some discussion on this on jammaplus late last year, but have never attempted it myself. I believe the hacked builds are built on Retropie, so should be relatively easy to modify - based upon how well documented it is to modify settings on Retropie running on the Raspberry Pi.

    Perhaps try contacting zanac who created the hacked image (another user then added the roms and uploaded the builds to Mega to share with everyone). Perhaps you can contact zanac via his GitHub page to see if he will assist with your query:

    https://github.com/zanac/OpenPB4

    Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kryptonyte View Post
    Unfortunately @Claude jammaplus forums closed in June 2018 after 14 years. I'm not aware of any publicly available forums with recent discussions/help on Pandora Box hacking. If you manage to find one, let me know!

    You can modify the files on the partitions on the SD card, but will need to mount them under Linux (or use a Windows/Mac tool that enables mounting of Linux partitions) to then edit the config files, roms etc. I recall reading some discussion on this on jammaplus late last year, but have never attempted it myself. I believe the hacked builds are built on Retropie, so should be relatively easy to modify - based upon how well documented it is to modify settings on Retropie running on the Raspberry Pi.

    Perhaps try contacting zanac who created the hacked image (another user then added the roms and uploaded the builds to Mega to share with everyone). Perhaps you can contact zanac via his GitHub page to see if he will assist with your query:

    https://github.com/zanac/OpenPB4

    Good luck!
    Excellent. Thanks for all that, I will try and mount the partitions and mod to my needs if it's easy enough.

    Cheers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Claude View Post
    Excellent. Thanks for all that, I will try and mount the partitions and mod to my needs if it's easy enough.

    Cheers.
    You do realize Pandora is just using an older version of Mame don't you.
    The point of a Pandora box is simple plug & play.

    Modding a Pandora box is like hacking someones hack.
    You might as well just set up Mame to your personal preference to achieve the same result and probably do a better job at it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ozfalcon View Post
    You do realize Pandora is just using an older version of Mame don't you.
    The point of a Pandora box is simple plug & play.

    Modding a Pandora box is like hacking someones hack.
    You might as well just set up Mame to your personal preference to achieve the same result and probably do a better job at it.
    I guessed it was based on MAME but I do like the simplicity of the hardware platform used on the clones. And the modded MicroSD images above were close to what I want for one of my machines so thought I'd try it out. All part of the fun for me (when I have time).

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    Well I doanloaded a program call ext2fsd and was able to easily mount the Linux partitions (1 is readable, 1 is swap space or something) and was able to easily find the relevant folders which I should be able to modify for my needs. Thanks again @kryptonyte

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    I bought a PB 4 last year and tried the hacked images. I could never get the PB hack to work though. I bought the recommended SD card, but still had no luck. I could get the MAME hack to work and the one that had MD, PCE, SFC, 64 etc working but that PB image with games added never worked.

    I am planning on getting the PB6 but it seems like it is still a bit sucky. It is a shame JAMMA+ is gone because I have not been able to find any of the information for hacking since it shut down. I wonder if the PB6 can be hacked to play better versions of MAME etc? I skipped 5 because of the idiotic decision to make a JAMMA board not work on 15hz arcade monitors!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Segasonic91 View Post
    I bought a PB 4 last year and tried the hacked images. I could never get the PB hack to work though. I bought the recommended SD card, but still had no luck. I could get the MAME hack to work and the one that had MD, PCE, SFC, 64 etc working but that PB image with games added never worked.

    I am planning on getting the PB6 but it seems like it is still a bit sucky. It is a shame JAMMA+ is gone because I have not been able to find any of the information for hacking since it shut down. I wonder if the PB6 can be hacked to play better versions of MAME etc? I skipped 5 because of the idiotic decision to make a JAMMA board not work on 15hz arcade monitors!
    I was able to get the images to work - all of them, on my PB4+. It now runs as a PB5. I still have the images. Any idea what happened to everyone from JammaPlus.co.uk ? I imagine the work continues.

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    Pandora's Box 4s image

    Quote Originally Posted by turbogaming View Post
    I was able to get the images to work - all of them, on my PB4+. It now runs as a PB5. I still have the images. Any idea what happened to everyone from JammaPlus.co.uk ? I imagine the work continues.
    Extract these and write them onto an 8gb micro SD card using win32diskimager 1.0.0
    I don't remember if you have to copy your key file over to the sd after you are done.. it's been a year since I looked at it and the original forums I worked with are gone.

    1
    https://mega.nz/#!FQoF1CzS!8RszIiQ5-...yJFzQ8Pf33q-6U
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    https://mega.nz/#!sRwSURiT!C2KNmaE1_...xiUK5QWAp4Nif8
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    https://mega.nz/#!0ZRDHLiB!euVXR_YqD...BBFwD9vVrxvNXc
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    https://mega.nz/#!AAhi0RqA!xruwwgs-g...jGAONdh3TGtbFo
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    https://mega.nz/#!kMB0iIYR!hdxSGU_zL...OxfE6x44WOJg00
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    https://mega.nz/#!9FwwjZJR!9UiR5flhX...Dox2xNCzqZmeLM


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