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PostPosted: Thu Mar 25, 2004 6:20 pm 
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What Do I Do With RAR Files?

A lot of people have been asking a lot of questions about RAR files. Because all of the BOR mods are being uploaded as RAR files, I thought I would make this topic to explain what RAR files are, and what you need to do with them. Here goes:

A RAR file is very similar to a ZIP archive. RAR is simply a slightly different method of compressing and archiving files. Because the BOR modders are only able to upload 5 megabyte files, they are required to split their mods into several RAR archives.

Here is what you do with them:

1) Download all of the RAR files listed by the author. (If DCSteve lists 13 separate RAR files, then you need to download all 13 of them). All of the files will have the same filename, except that they will end with a different number.

2) Download WinRAR from http://www.rarlab.com/

3) Install WinRAR.


4) Right-click on the first RAR file in the set and select "Extract here".

5) Then, the files that were contained within the archive will appear in the directory. Many of the BOR mods are CDI files, which are DiscJuggler disc images. A few of the BOR mods are simply BOR.pak files.

If you want to play these mods on your PC

1) Follow the steps above. If there is a CDI file inside the RAR files, then you will need to follow steps 2-5. If there is a PAK file inside there, then you simply need to make sure it is named "BOR.PAK", and place it in the same directory that contains your BOR.exe file. Then, when you click on BOR.exe, it will open the PAK file you just put in there.

2) If you get a CDI file, download and install ISOBuster. Then, open ISOBuster and go to the "File" menu.

3) Choose "Open Image File", and locate the CDI that you just unzipped.

4) All of the files that are contained within the CDI will appear in the right hand pane of ISOBuster. Locate "BOR.PAK" and right-click on the file.

5) Choose "Extract BOR.PAK" from the menu that appears. Browse to the directory that contains your BOR.exe file, and extract the PAK file to that directory. Then, when you click on BOR.exe, it will open the PAK file that you just put in there.

If you place BOR.PAK in your BOR directory, it will overwrite any other files that are currently named "BOR.PAK". If you would like to keep your original PAK file, I suggest copying all of the contents of your BOR file, and pasting them somewhere else on your harddrive, before you extract the BOR.PAK file to that directory

How To Make Your Own BOR Mod

If you are interested in making your own BOR mod, then here is some information you should know:

First of all, you should go to http://senileteam.segaforums.com/bor_editpack.php and download the BOR mod edit pack. This package will provide just about everything you need to create your own mod. The only things it doesn't provide are the sprites and the creativity.

Secondly, you will need a graphics program. The only freeware one I am aware of that is capable of handling these particular graphics, is "GIMP".

Also - it has been suggested that you pick up Pakplode. As soon as a link is found for it, we will add that to this post.

Good luck.

Please, if you have any suggestions on useful resources, post them in this topic.

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Last edited by curt_grymala on Sat Jul 03, 2004 3:56 pm, edited 4 times in total.

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why didn't you say so. :D


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dum question but If I burn em on cd will they work on dc or pc

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No. Rar files are basically the same as zip files. They will be treated the same as any other zip file.

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So, if I'm making a mod how exactly do I split files using WinRAR?

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There is an option in the WinRAR "Archive name and parameters" dialog for "Split to volumes, bytes" where you may enter the desired size, or, select from one of the options, when you are creating the RAR file...

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Here is a pic of what you want to look for:

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After the recent findings with DCSteve's Megaman RAR file set, I edited your post slightly. His RAR files would only work for me if you extracted the first file.


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Thanks for taking care of that Mel.

I also edited my post to add information on "How To Use These Mods On Your PC", since that is a commonly asked question.

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I think somebody (preferably a mod) should make a list of stuff to help modders out with tutorials, resources, etc. Well, then again, curt said that there was going to be a part like that on the BoR Mod Site.

Well, add these to the site:
http://www.wickedgifs.com A site owned by a popular emulaion site called EmuAsylum. I haven't seen how many sprite rips they have, but they might have a lot, especially telling from what they have at the EA forums (you gain more sprite anim's as you increase your rank there)
http://www.wickedgifs.com/tutorials/gen ... tml#wizard This tutorial should really help newbies.


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Thanks trent. I will probably add those in the near future.

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Hey, man. I'm new to the BOR mods and I wish to play them on my Dreamcast. I'm trying to get a hold of you because you seem to know what you're doing. My problem is with the .RAR files the mods come in. Every part I download all has the same .RAR extension, so when I double-click one, it only unpacks one part of the image file. Can you please help me out with this?


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If you get an image file, with no errors from WinRar, then it actually extracted the image from all of the RARs together.

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Is it possible to put more than one mod on a CD using the sbi file of BOR (I am assuming that sbi file is simply the game engine with no pak files).


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The BOR SBI file is actually the loader that Ian Micheal made. It will allow you to put four mods on one disc. You will have to follow the instructions that come with it.

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http://www.emureactor.dk/forum/boards/v ... php?t=2607
That's my list of sites related to Graphic Design, maybe you can post that (or sites from it) on your site also, considering it has links to good programs other than The GIMP.

The one I have on Emuasylum is much more updated, but EA is down for right now.


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One question , what is gimp and can it run on windows 98? is it safe to download???


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would like to see someone sticky some info on how to put multiple BORs on one CDR (if it's possible)!

need to try out some mods! :wink:

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djray wrote:
would like to see someone sticky some info on how to put multiple BORs on one CDR (if it's possible)!

need to try out some mods! :wink:


There are some SBI's for certain mods. You can find those in the BOR section at DCHelp.

For any BOR mods that don't have specific SBI's, you are probably best to download the SBI for Ian Micheal's BOR Mod Loader. You can get that from Sbiffy!com. I believe it only allows you to put four or five different mods on one disc, though.

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thanks for the info, curt!

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