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Posted 28 August 2004 - 05:08 AM

StepmaniaX - Stepmania for XBox - v5

http://xport.xbox-scene.com

http://www.stepmania.com/stepmania/


What's New :

- Option to turn Banner display on/off


This will solve the song skipping problem on the Music Wheel. Some banners
take a long time to load and result in skipping on the music wheel.
Go to Options -> Graphics Options -> Show Banners and turn it off
to stop the music wheel from skipping.


Stella, Gnuboy, SMSPlus, FCEUltra, HUGO, NeoPop, DGen, Bochs, HUGO-CD,
FMSXBox, Bliss, WinSTon, Gens, Z26X, StepmaniaX, PCSXBox, XBoyAdvance,
DOSXBox, AtariXLBox, MirrorMagicX, KoboX, MaelstromX, MarblesX, Vice64X,
Vice20X, VicePETX, KegsX, XPired, AdamX...
what's next?


Enjoy!


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StepmaniaX - Stepmania for XBox - v4

http://xport.xbox-scene.com

http://www.stepmania.com/stepmania/


What's New :

- Resizable Game Screen


Use the Left and Right thumbsticks to change the size/position
of the game screen.


Stella, Gnuboy, SMSPlus, FCEUltra, HUGO, NeoPop, DGen, Bochs, HUGO-CD,
FMSXBox, Bliss, WinSTon, Gens, Z26X, StepmaniaX, PCSXBox, XBoyAdvance,
DOSXBox, AtariXLBox, MirrorMagicX, KoboX, MaelstromX, MarblesX, Vice64X,
Vice20X, VicePETX, KegsX, XPired...
what's next?


Enjoy!


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StepmaniaX - Stepmania for XBox - v3

http://xport.xbox-scene.com

http://www.stepmania.com/stepmania/


What's New :

- Using 3.9 Alpha 7 sources

- Fixed PAL issue (I believe)

- Scores are now saved correctly

- JPEG support

- Can run from DVD ( sortof - see notes below)


===============
Important Notes
===============

There are changes to the file contents of the directories. You'll need to
completely reinstall StepmaniaX using this v3 package. (Delete the old
version first - don't just overwrite.)


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Running from DVD
================

First off, the ideal way of running StepmaniaX is from the HD. Stepmania
loads lots of resource files (sounds, images) so if you are running from
DVD media, things will probably stutter/putt along. However, if you
are determined to run from DVD, then do the following:

Install Stepmania 3.9 Alpha 7 for Windows on your computer. Set it up
and add all the songs you want to put on the DVD. Run Stepmania for Windows
so that it reads all the songs and caches the information. After doing so,
unpack the XBox package into a directory. Copy the entire contents
of these Windows Stepmania directories over the XBox package :

Songs
Cache
Data

Basically you are replacing the XBox Songs, Cache, Data directories with
the Windows ones. Now use an XBox ISO creation tool (e.g. SimpleXISO)
to create an XBox compatible ISO image of the XBox directory, burn to a disc
and you're done.

I've tested this method and it works for me. However, the playback can be
choppy. You might want to change the Options so that textures and sounds
are not freed from memory. (Do this from the Options menu)




Stella, Gnuboy, SMSPlus, FCEUltra, HUGO, NeoPop, DGen, Bochs, HUGO-CD,
FMSXBox, Bliss, WinSTon, Gens, Z26X, StepmaniaX, PCSXBox, XBoyAdvance,
DOSXBox, AtariXLBox, MirrorMagicX, KoboX, MaelstromX, MarblesX, Vice64X,
Vice20X, VicePETX, KegsX...
what's next?


Enjoy!


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StepmaniaX - Stepmania for XBox - v2

http://xport.xbox-scene.com

http://www.stepmania.com/stepmania/


Firstly, I'd like to thank the developers of Stepmania for making this program.
It is truly one of my favorite things to play. They deserve all the credit
for this, especially since the most recent CVS source code has preliminary
support for XBox already. I just took it the "last half-mile" or so.

I would very much appreciate it if someone from the official Stepmania
development crew would get in contact with me via :

http://forums.xbox-s...ODE=4&MID=29881

I'd like to merge the changes I made into the official CVS sources. I know
Stepmania.com has a BBS/forum system also, but I am not comfortable giving
out my email address to gain access to it.

So, here's what many of you have been waiting for :


What's New:

- StepMania 3.9 alpha 6 sources (Alpha 7 came out just as I was finishing
this up....but I just wanted to get this one out since it was practically
done already. I'll get around to upgrading to alpha 7 soon.)

- Health Meter Bar bug fixed

- Sync'ing bugs fixed

- MP3 bugs fixed

- Default Joypad configuration maps to DPAD as well as A/B/X/Y

- Keyboard support

- OGG support

- You can remap the Joypad configuration if you have a USB keyboard.
If you do not have a USB keyboard, do *not* select the option to remap
input controls. If you do, you will not be able to do anything (since only
the keyboard is read on that screen) and you will be forced to reboot.


Stella, Gnuboy, SMSPlus, FCEUltra, HUGO, NeoPop, DGen, Bochs, HUGO-CD,
FMSXBox, Bliss, WinSTon, Gens, Z26X, StepmaniaX, PCSXBox, XBoyAdvance,
DOSXBox, AtariXLBox, MirrorMagicX, KoboX, MaelstromX, MarblesX, Vice64X,
Vice20X, VicePETX, KegsX...
what's next?


Enjoy!


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StepmaniaX - Stepmania for XBox - v1

http://xport.xbox-scene.com

http://www.stepmania.com/stepmania/

Months before the official DDR game comes to platform, I give you StepmaniaX!

Please note that this NFO does not contain instructions for how to use Stepmania.
If this is your first time playing with Stepmania, then I suggest you download the
Windows version first. Consult the stepmania website noted above and read up
on the Stepmania documentation. This StepmaniaX package will run without
any modifications/additions, but it will only contain one sample dance song. It is
up to you do add the songs you desire.

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Installation
------------

First, ensure that the StepmaniaX package you have contains lots of graphics
and MP3 files. It has come to my attention that some very foolish people have
been stripping my original packages of necessary files. They take out the
/MEDIA directory sometimes or they will remove BIOS files necessary for emulators
to run, etc. If the StepmaniaX package you downloaded does not contain lots
of graphics and MP3 files, then *IT WILL NOT RUN*. All of the files are
*necessary*.

If your package does not contain all of the graphics/MP3 files, then I suggest
that you download the Windows Stepmania 3.0 final file from here:

http://prdownloads.s...al.exe?download

After downloading it, install it on your PC, then upload the entire Stepmania
directory to a directory on your XBox. Now copy the XBE file into the Stepmania
directory along with the /MEDIA directory. When you are finished, the directory
structure on your XBox should look like this:

<DIR> Announcers
<DIR> BGAnimations
<DIR> Cache
<DIR> CDTitles
<DIR> Courses
<DIR> Media
<DIR> Music
<DIR> NoteSkins
<DIR> RandomMovies
<DIR> Songs
1,404,928 stepmaniax.xbe
<DIR> Themes
<DIR> Visualizations



Please note that as of this time StepmaniaX will only run off the HD - do not
attempt to run it from DVD/CDRW media.


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LOADING
-------

Simply run the XBE file. When it starts, you will see some text messages
on the screen telling you the progress of the files it is trying to load.
When it finishes loading the song files, you will be presented with the main
StepmaniaX title screen.

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HOW DO I USE MY PS/PS2 DANCE MATS?
----------------------------------

Get a PS2->Xbox controller adaptor. The one I have is called "Total Control"
from Team5 and it works great. I'm sure any others will work just as well.

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XBOX CONTROLS
-------------

Any controller plugged into any of the 4 XBox ports can perform certain actions
while running StepmaniaX:

LANALOG/RANALOG - Use these to adjust the screen.
DPAD U/D/L/R - These correspond to the dance arrows and also menu scrolling
START - Select/Start
BACK - Cancel - hold this button down while playing to back out
BLACK/WHITE - Only used during gameplay. These will adjust the beat offset.
If you notice that the dance steps seem to be a bit before or
a bit after the actual music, then use these buttons to
make adjustments until it plays the way you want it to.
LTRIGGER/RTRIGGER - Only used during gameplay. These will adjust the BPM value.
If you notice that the dance steps start off OK, but
gradually drift more and more out of whack, then you should
use these buttons to adjust the BPM value until it plays the
way you want it to.

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RESTRICTIONS
------------

The following restrictions may or may not be removed in a future release :

Does not support OGG files. Only use MP3 files.
Does not support AVI/MPG or any other kind of movie file.
Can only run from the XBox hard drive.
Can not use the Song Edit screens

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TROUBLESHOOTING
---------------

Q: It used to work, but now I just get a blank screen. What happened?
A: The stepmania.ini file was probably changed. Delete it and restart.

Q: I have a PAL XBox and it doesn't seem to work.
A: Make sure widescreen and/or progressive settings are off.
Try both PAL/50 and PAL/60.

Stella, Gnuboy, SMSPlus, FCEUltra, HUGO, NeoPop, DGen, Bochs, HUGO-CD, FMSXBox,
Bliss, WinSTon, Gens, Z26, StepmaniaX....what's next?


Enjoy!





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