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Coinops 4 - How to disable Locks (run Arcade only)

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The following is a guide on how to run Coinops 4 - with arcade games only (which normally causes CO4 to lock). This guide does not require that you modify any files or "hack" CO4; instead, we will employ a simple system save file exploit.

 

This will allow you to run Coinops 4 (locked versions) as you see in the video below (just arcade games).

 

 

 

 

Just follow these simple steps and you'll be on your way to an Arcade only Coinops 4

 

1. Download this file

 

https://hotfile.com/...Unlock.rar.html

 

2. Unrar the file - after doing so you will find two folders: UDATA and TDATA

- If you haven't tried to install Coinops 4 (or older versions) on your system - you'll need to place the folder from the UDATA folder (acade444) into the UDATA folder on your E:drive. Then do the same with the contents of the TDATA folder.

-If you have already tried to run coinops 4 (or previous versions) on your xbox - you will need to go to the E:drive on your xbox and locate the UDATA and TDATA folders. In both folders you'll find the folders with the same name as the files you downloaded (acade444). You'll need to delete these folders and put the new ones in their respective places.

 

3. Before you transfer over Coinops to your xbox (or if you already have) you'll have to clear out the following folders (leaving them as empty folders)

 

DoomWADS

KI1

KI2

roms16BitConsoles

romsConsoles

RomsN64

RomsN64HiDef

 

------- NOTE ------- you will have to go through the videosextra folder yourself and remove the vidoes that correspond to the games you removed (eg. PSX, SNES, Genesis, Amiga, etc.)

 

4. Now, if you have done everything correctly you should have Coinops 4 transferred over to your xbox (which should equal about 23gb's) and you should have the downloaded UDATA: acade444 and TDATA: acade444 in their respective places. All you have to do now is click on coinops 4 and you are good to go! You will notice that coinops will not run the initial startup and rom scanning - this is because you already placed the files acade444 files in the TDATA/UDATA. This makes coinops think it has already scanned your roms.

 

Caveats to this method - Since this is not a true "hack" (you are simply making coinops think you still have all of the roms and that you're just running the "arcade game filter"), you cannot hit rescan roms. If you do, coinops will realize that you only have about 1600 roms and you will be back to start (NO YOUR XBOX WILL NOT EXPLODE - this just means that the lock will be reinstated - so when you try to click on a game - the screen goes black, as if it is going to attempt to launch the game but then it just returns to the rom selection screen. If this happens to you, don't worry. All you need to do is delete the acade444 files and replace them with the ones you downloaded.

 

You can delete games from the arcade list, but you will have to do so one by one (via the coinops menu option "delete rom"). If you want to get rid of a certain rom, you will also have to go and delete its corresponding video (via FTP or Filemanager), if you wish to save more space.

 

The reason this all works is simple - I put the whole CO4 (minus KI1 and KI2 because I already have those elsewhere on my xbox and I don't like CO4 to replicate some of my other emulators due to problems this commonly causes) on my xbox, then I turned on the arcade only filter. At this point everything is good - CO4 knows that all of the roms are there (or at least 3000). Then I exited out of CO4 and simply deleted the contents from the folders that were mentioned above (via FTP). So even though you deleted all of the console games - CO4 doesn't know, because you didn't ask it to rescan. Then I simply copied the UDATA and TDATA folders that correspond to CO4 and made them available.

 

I know some people may get concerned about using these methods

 

"What is going to happen when I apply an update to CO4?"

"I heard that my xbox will explode if I apply an update to a "modified" CO4!"

 

I recommend that before you apply any updates - you revert the saved files back to start by simply deleting the acade444 folders in the TDATA and UDATA folders. After you do this it will be as if you've never installed CO4 on your xbox!

 

What if I want to add arcade games?

The only way to do this is to ask CO4 to rescan the roms - which as you know will place CO4 in a locked down mode (because you won't have over 3000 roms). The only way to add arcade roms to CO4 (at this time) is to do this entire process yourself (move CO4 over to your xbox in its entirety, then add the games you want - rescan - then apply the appropriate filter - exit CO4 - then delete the games/videos that are not being shown by your filter).

 

I don't like that you left out KI1 or KI2!

Unfortunately, for you - this is the way I setup my CO4 and if you use my save files you'll be stuck with my configuration. If you want to add KI1/KI2 you'll have to do the whole process yourself (as described above).

 

Please let me know if you have any questions!

Edited by Emu Newbie

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well, congrats to you... but it sounds similar to the old way of getting around the non-arcade roms. but i think you able re-scan w/o issues in previous versions.

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hmm there are 2 other ways that would allow you to rescan and customise your set

 

the dummy file method

 

1) make all your arcade games favorites in your rom list so not to mix these up with the dummys your gonna add

2) create a script on your pc to make empty dummy zip files you need to make 3000

3) use a mame84 dat to name all your empty zips so they are named like mame roms

4) FTP these across to your coinops set put them in your rom folder and rescan

coinops now thinks you have 3000+ roms and will unlock plus you can rescan now as well

 

the add more arcade games method

 

1) make all your arcade games favorites in your rom list so not to mix up your games with the ones your gonna add

2) find and add as many arcade roms as it takes to put you over the 3000 rom limit and put these into your roms folder now rescan

BTW the BAED 3 disc is good for this method as it has way over 3000 arcade games on it

you can rescan using this method as well

Edited by gamez fan

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you guys are bad bad people i need to be protected from this sort of thing the locks must be increased made tougher to beat its the only way normal innocent users like me can be protected from bad bad people in the scene i wanted to be able to play every game in coinops but now cause i tried this version all my console games

wont work now boo hoo its not my fault im too dumb to know how my emulators work and im too lazy to learn so i must go and ask someone for help now

please help please help me can anyone here me is anyone there

 

i blame you both for this you are bad bad people i hate you i hate you

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I haven't had a chance to try CoinOps 4 yet, but I assume the author will eventually release an unlocked version, as he did with CoinOps 3. Why not wait until then? I can't see the point of the space issue seeing as this is still a 23gb - obviously there is enough space on the HDD for the other roms. If you don't want to see the console roms, why not hide them with the filter feature?

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I haven't had a chance to try CoinOps 4 yet, but I assume the author will eventually release an unlocked version, as he did with CoinOps 3. Why not wait until then? I can't see the point of the space issue seeing as this is still a 23gb - obviously there is enough space on the HDD for the other roms. If you don't want to see the console roms, why not hide them with the filter feature?

 

This sort of experimentation should not be discouraged. Not being content with restrictions is how I first got into developing and CoinOPS itself is nothing more than a previously released program that has been tweaked and altered to suit the needs of someone else. This scene exists because there are users who aren't content to just follow and beg for what they want. My respect goes to anyone who rolls up their sleeves and tries to do these things for themselves.

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I haven't had a chance to try CoinOps 4 yet, but I assume the author will eventually release an unlocked version, as he did with CoinOps 3. Why not wait until then? I can't see the point of the space issue seeing as this is still a 23gb - obviously there is enough space on the HDD for the other roms. If you don't want to see the console roms, why not hide them with the filter feature?

 

This sort of experimentation should not be discouraged. Not being content with restrictions is how I first got into developing and CoinOPS itself is nothing more than a previously released program that has been tweaked and altered to suit the needs of someone else. This scene exists because there are users who aren't content to just follow and beg for what they want. My respect goes to anyone who rolls up their sleeves and tries to do these things for themselves.

 

it's like telling bunny when he hacked the xbox "STOP."

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you guys are bad bad people i need to be protected from this sort of thing the locks must be increased made tougher to beat its the only way normal innocent users like me can be protected from bad bad people in the scene i wanted to be able to play every game in coinops but now cause i tried this version all my console games

wont work now boo hoo its not my fault im too dumb to know how my emulators work and im too lazy to learn so i must go and ask someone for help now

please help please help me can anyone here me is anyone there

 

i blame you both for this you are bad bad people i hate you i hate you

 

The purpose of this thread was to use CO4 to play arcade only????

 

Why would you follow the instructions to follow an arcade only if you wanted to play non-arcade games in CO4?

 

If you downloaded the whole CO4, just hit rescan/reset and you'll reset the settings.

 

No harm done.

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Had to laugh at BP's latest comments , yeah I still read your site when I need a laugh mate and no I dont use CoinOps 3 or 4 didnt need to fill my drive with bloat .

 

How dare someone express their individuality or freedoms :) .

 

Why arent you happy to endlessly update a program with stuff you dont want .

 

I wonder if BP can even see that this move will actually work against his own project , no Im not trying to downplay it or stop it there is NO conspiracy .

 

No dats endless bloat , full rarred torrents thats have to be downloaded each and every time he says something new and astounding is afoot.

 

So far the only foot I see is either in your mouth or up your own A@# . Thanks for the entertainment on some dull nights though , and I dont mean your nice frontend either .

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Easy people. Let's keep it constructive and on topic. If you have anything to say to BP it's better that you do it over at his forum.

 

This thread is about disabling locks in CoinOPS 4.

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well ive made myself a coinops 4 standalone :-) using the 2 beta releases ive stripped out all the console cores the emulator is only 250mb now and im now gonna use emunewbies helpfull unlock file to get it working

thx alot emunewb for that helpfull file hmmmmmmmm what games to try 1st

 

 

 

BTW some might believe im doin this to to cause offence but no im just doin this cause i want to try out the mame72 games hope ya had these setup correctly

emunewbie :-)

 

hmm the save file is different for the beta after i loaded it i just swapped the files over i deleted the beta save and used emunewbies one although i did have to reneame it from acade444 to acade4aa

Edited by gamez fan

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