How to Use the Eee PC as an Emulation Gaming Machine

The Eee PC is a revolutionary, small laptop. Falling into the category of subnotebook, this little machine has become an instant hit. The Eee PC is small, and costs between $300 and $500. It runs Linux on an internal SSD, and comes with a wide array of features, including 3 USB ports, a PC card slot, and the ability to run Windows.
With so possibility in such a small machine, the Eee PC has found a number of uses, one of which is ‘portable’ gaming. Emulators make computer console gaming a reality, and the Eee PC makes small computer gaming an even greater reality.

It’s very simple to turn the Eee PC into a gaming system. Follow the proceeding steps, in order, and you’ll be using the EeePC as a gaming unit less than ten minutes.

Step 1: The first step is to load the Asus with Windows XP. Many people wish to leave the machine loaded with Xandros, but that is not possible for two reasons: 1) the native OS will not allow you to upgrade the RAM, and 2) the emulators are not supported.

Step 2: Once the machine has been loaded with XP, you’ll need to upgrade the RAM with a 2GB DDR. 1GB is the minimum you need, but 2GB is the best for smooth playing.

Step 3: After the machine is ready, navigate to the internet and download the emulators for whatever consoles you wish to play. There are many to choose from, but the three most popular are Project64 (Nintendo 64), ZSNES (Super Nintendo), and Fusion (multiple Sega consoles). These programs are small in size, so they can be downloaded to either the internal SSD, or to a separate SDHC card.

Step 4: After you’ve installed the console emulators you want, find and download ROMs*. ROM is the term used for the copied games.

Step 5: Place all of the ROMs on an SD card, preferably one reserved for gaming to make gaming fast and easy. Open the emulator you wish to play, and tell it to load the ROM. Be sure that the games play. You will likely need to change the native resolution to 800 x 480, though some may auto-resize.

Step 6: You can use the keyboard as the controls, but that can be difficult. A USB PC game controller makes it easier. Simply plug in the controller (via the USB port), and set up the controls in the emulator.

Congratulations! You now have a full-functioning gaming subnotebook!

Note: It is illegal to download ROMs of copyrighted games. Obtain legal ROMs, or purchase a license to use them. The author and publisher of this article holds no responsibility for the use of this article.

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