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Pandora Box 10th Anniversary - Adding Custom Games via USB

Step 1. Plugging in your USB drive

First, plug your external USB stick into your PC and locate it by opening file explorer and clicking on "This PC." It should be under "Devices and drives."

Step 2. Formatting your USB drive

Right click your USB drive and click "Format..."

Then check the box that says "Quick Format" under "Format options", and select "exFAT" from the scroll down menu under "File System". If you do not have the option to select "exFAT", "FAT32" should work as well.

 

Step 3. Eject the USB drive

Safely eject the USB by clicking on your disk tray (located on the bottom right of your taskbar) and right clicking the drive, then select "Eject USB Storage Device". Take the USB drive out.

Place the USB drive inside a powered on Pandora 10 Box and wait for 5 seconds, then take the drive out and put it back into your PC.

 

Step 4. Folder navigation

After plugging your USB drive back into your PC, double click on it. There will be multiple folders that have been created on the drive. Double click on the "game" folder.

Double click on "roms_user".

Here we have all the folders that we will copy our ROMs/games into.

 

Pandora Box 10 uses specific folders to find added games, listed below:

  • Atari 2600: roms_atari26
  • Atari 7800: roms_atari78
  • Atari Lynx: roms_atarilynx
  • Dreamcast – Light Gun Games: roms_dcgun
  • SEGA/Dreamcast Naomi and Atomiswave: roms_dc_naomi_aw
  • FB Alpha/FBA: roms_fba
  • FB Alpha/FBA 2012: roms_fba2012
  • FBA2012 – FB Alpha v0.2.97.30 ROM set: roms_fba2012
  • Nintendo Famicom/NES: roms_fc
  • Nintendo Super Famicom/SNES: roms_sfc
  • Gameboy, Gameboy Color, Gameboy Advance: roms_gb_gbc_gba
  • MAME2003 – MAME 0.78: roms_mame2003
  • MAME2010 – MAME 0.139: roms_mame2010
  • MAME2003 – MAME 0.78 (with QOL improvements): roms_mame2003plus
  • Sega Megadrive/Genesis: roms_md
  • MSX2: roms_msx2
  • Nintendo 64: roms_n64
  • Nintendo DS: roms_nds
  • PolyGame Master: roms_pgm2
  • Sony Playstation: roms_playstation
  • Sony Playstation – Light Gun Games: roms_playstation_gun
  • Sony Playstation Portable: roms_psp
  • Super Famicom: roms_sfc

 

Step 5. Adding games!

There are many websites that have ROMs of games available for download. For this tutorial, we will be using https://www.romsgames.net/. Browse the website of your choosing, pick your favorite game and download it.

After the file successfully downloads, click on "File Explorer" and navigate to your "Downloads" folder. Right click on the newly downloaded file and select "Cut".

 

Navigate back to your USB drive, right click and select "Paste" to put this file into the appropriate folder. For this game, we will be placing it in the roms_fc folder, as it is a Nintendo Famicom/NES game.

You will have to rename the ROM by right clicking it and selecting "Rename". Every word should be separated with a -, no spaces.

To check the file name extensions, you will need to install WinRAR. Pick the latest version and follow the installation instructions. Right click the ROM and open it with WinRAR. If the extension name is not correct, right click the ROM in WinRAR and click "Rename" from the menu.

 Make sure that the extensions for file names are in all lowercase (i.e. Zelda-The-Legend-of-Zelda.nes, not Zelda-The-Legend-of-Zelda.NES). The correct file extension names are listed below:

  • Atari 2600: .a26/.bin/.zip
  • Atari 7800: .a78/.bin
  • Atari Lynx: .lnx/.o
  • Dreamcast – Light Gun Games: .cdi/.gdi/.chd/.cue/.bin/.elf/.zip/.7z/.lst/.dat/ .m3u
  • SEGA/Dreamcast Naomi and Atomiswave: .cdi/.gdi/.chd/.cue/.bin/.elf/.zip/ .7z/.lst/.dat/.m3u
    • FB Alpha/FBA: .zip/.7z
    • FB Alpha/FBA 2012: .zip/.7z
    • FBA2012 – FB Alpha v0.2.97.30 ROM set: .zip
    • Nintendo Famicom/NES: .nes/.zip
    • Nintendo Super Famicom/SNES: .sfc/.smc/.zip
    • Gameboy, Gameboy Color, Gameboy Advance: .gb/.gbc/.bin/.rom/.gba/.agb
    • MAME2003 – MAME 0.78: .zip
    • MAME2010 – MAME 0.139: .zip/.7z/.chd
    • MAME2003 – MAME 0.78 (with QOL improvements): .zip/.chd
    • Sega Megadrive/Genesis: .smd/.zip
    • MSX2: .rom/.ri/.mx1/.mx2/.col/.dsk/.cas/.sg/.sc/.m3u
    • Nintendo 64: .n64/.v64/.z64/.bin/.u1/.ndd/.gb
    • Nintendo DS: .nds/.bin
    • PolyGame Master: .zip/.7z/.chd
    • Sony Playstation: bin/.cue/.img/.mdf/.pbp/.toc/.cbn
    • Sony Playstation – Light Gun Games: bin/.cue/.img/.mdf/.pbp/.toc/.cbn
    • Sony Playstation Portable: .elf/.iso/.cso/.prx/.pbp
    • Super Famicom: .smc/.fig/.sfc/.gd3/.gd7/.dx2/.bsx/.swc

     

    After you ensure that all files are correctly named and in their proper folders, you can remove your USB from your computer and plug it into the Pandora Box 10's main board. Happy gaming!

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