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How to use the WinKawaks CPS1/CPS2/Neo-Geo emulator
« on: Wednesday May 04, 2011, 05:01:28 PM »
So, you want to start playing some good ol' CPS1/CPS2/Neo-Geo games, but MAME is too complicated and cumbersome? Then welcome to the world of WinKawaks, the ePSXe of arcade emulation. There are a few things you need to do before you can play your roms, but after you configure everything, running the games is a breeze.

1. Where do you get the emulator?
    - You can get the current version of WinKawaks at their home site here. As of this writing, it is at 1.63.

2. I got the emulator, where can I get the games?
    - As of this writing, I am not at liberty to link you to any rom site that host the roms that can be played using this emulator. I suggest using Google and search for "MAME roms". Note that not every MAME rom can be played in Kawaks, as it only plays Capcom CPS1/2 and SNK MVS titles.

3. How do I run the emulator?
    -After you download it, unzip the files into a folder and run the WinKawaks.exe file. After a few tests on your system, it should appear like this:



To find out what roms you can play, click on File > Load Game, or alternatively, press Alt + L



You absolutely NEED the neogeo.zip bios file to run the Neo-Geo titles. You just have to put the .zip file inside one of the folders for your rom files (preferably the "neogeo" folder). A quick google search will give you the bios file.

The roms showed here are the only games that you can play on this emulator, so don't go and try to run Tekken 3, NBA Jam or any other unsupported rom files.

When you find the game that you want to play, search google for that rom and download it. Remember to put it in the proper roms folder included in the Kawaks zip. (cps1, cps2 and neogeo)

4. Can I make the emulator search the roms at a different location instead of the roms folder?
    -You can, by configuring the paths where the emulator looks for the files it needs. You can find this by clicking File > Configure Paths.



By clicking "Browse", you have to direct the emulator to the folder where your roms are stored.

After directing the emulator to your roms, click the "Scan for new" button, as shown here:



5. How do I change the buttons?/Can I use joysticks and other hardware to play this?
       -For this, I will shamelessly plug my response to someone who wanted to know how to use his controller for Kawaks, which can be found here.

After you do all of these, the only remaining thing to do is sit back and enjoy your arcade experience!

If you have any other questions, feel free to ask in this thread.
« Last Edit: Monday May 27, 2013, 07:17:51 AM by v3 »

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Re: How to use the WinKawaks CPS1/CPS2/Neo-Geo emulator
« Reply #1 on: Friday May 06, 2011, 04:48:02 AM »
"The roms showed here are the only games that you can play on this emulator, so don't go and try to run Tekken 3, NBA Jam or any other unsupported rom files."

So like, only the games shown when clicking "Only Available" are working on the emu?

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Re: How to use the WinKawaks CPS1/CPS2/Neo-Geo emulator
« Reply #2 on: Friday May 06, 2011, 01:44:24 PM »
"The roms showed here are the only games that you can play on this emulator, so don't go and try to run Tekken 3, NBA Jam or any other unsupported rom files."

So like, only the games shown when clicking "Only Available" are working on the emu?
No, the all the games supported by Kawaks are shown if you click the "All" bubble. If you click on the "Only Available" bubble, it will show you the games that you have in your system.

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Re: How to use the WinKawaks CPS1/CPS2/Neo-Geo emulator
« Reply #3 on: Saturday May 07, 2011, 05:29:58 PM »
Okay, so generally, out of the buttons shown in your image



What are the most common ones? I'm getting a Razer Onza which is like a 360 controller except with 2 more bumpers behind. Is it enough for comfortable play?

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Re: How to use the WinKawaks CPS1/CPS2/Neo-Geo emulator
« Reply #4 on: Sunday May 08, 2011, 07:45:25 AM »
On the non-fighting Capcom games, the first 3 buttons are the most used, while all the face buttons are used for the fighting ones. The Neo-Geo games, on the other hand use these buttons most of the time:



As for your second question, it's enough for a decent and comfortable gaming experience.
« Last Edit: Sunday May 26, 2013, 03:48:34 PM by v3 »

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Re: How to use the WinKawaks CPS1/CPS2/Neo-Geo emulator
« Reply #5 on: Thursday January 10, 2013, 07:41:11 PM »
sir , i put my roms file in roms - > neogeo folder , but when i try to scan new roms , after search there is nothing to show. what will i do ?

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Re: How to use the WinKawaks CPS1/CPS2/Neo-Geo emulator
« Reply #6 on: Friday January 11, 2013, 12:40:52 AM »
You most likely need the neogeo.rom bios file. Neo-Geo games need that one file to run.

EDIT: Also, holy crap, I forgot about this tutorial. Can't believe I did something like this before.
« Last Edit: Friday January 11, 2013, 12:45:23 AM by v3 »

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Re: How to use the WinKawaks CPS1/CPS2/Neo-Geo emulator
« Reply #7 on: Friday January 11, 2013, 10:19:29 AM »
sir , my some roms run propery , and some roms are not detect by scan .

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Re: How to use the WinKawaks CPS1/CPS2/Neo-Geo emulator
« Reply #8 on: Friday January 11, 2013, 04:42:14 PM »
Can you provide a screenshot of your ROMs folder? I'm assuming you have all your ROMs in one folder, or have 3 or so folders for them. I need to see what's inside of them.

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Re: How to use the WinKawaks CPS1/CPS2/Neo-Geo emulator
« Reply #9 on: Monday January 21, 2013, 06:44:13 PM »
Where should I extract the neogeo BIOS?

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Re: How to use the WinKawaks CPS1/CPS2/Neo-Geo emulator
« Reply #10 on: Tuesday January 22, 2013, 02:58:46 PM »
You don't extract the bios. The zip file itself should be inside one of the rom folders (most likely in the Neogeo folder).

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Re: How to use the WinKawaks CPS1/CPS2/Neo-Geo emulator
« Reply #11 on: Sunday July 06, 2014, 05:41:16 PM »
Hello, im new here so here's the thing

I downloaded kawaks and i properly downloaded the neogeo.zip file whatever and placed it in the rom sectio (neogeo) folder. and i have downloaded some roms like metal slug and such yet they never come out when I search them. onlt the (cps2) games come out. why is that what am i doing wrong. i have done everything the internet, youtube and god says. WTF..!!!

Post Merge: Sunday July 06, 2014, 05:42:37 PM
Hello, im new here so here's the thing

I downloaded kawaks and i properly downloaded the neogeo.zip file whatever and placed it in the rom sectio (neogeo) folder. and i have downloaded some roms like metal slug and such yet they never come out when I search them. onlt the (cps2) games come out. why is that what am i doing wrong. i have done everything the internet, youtube and god says. WTF..!!!

Post Merge: Sunday July 06, 2014, 05:43:04 PM
Hello, im new here so here's the thing

I downloaded kawaks and i properly downloaded the neogeo.zip file whatever and placed it in the rom sectio (neogeo) folder. and i have downloaded some roms like metal slug and such yet they never come out when I search them. onlt the (cps2) games come out. why is that what am i doing wrong. i have done everything the internet, youtube and god says. WTF..!!!
« Last Edit: Sunday July 06, 2014, 05:43:04 PM by Edgar1418 »