When unzipping RAR files do i need to do anything with the NFO files

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  1. barnsleyfan
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    Not sure if the right forum, but a search was fruitless. New to all this, but i have downloaded some RAR roms and find that some contain just an NDS file but some also contain an NFO file. What is the purpose of the NFO file and do i need to copy this onto my microSD card.

    Also, is it safe to rename the ROMS and if so, how do the cheat databases know which games to update if the names change

    Many thanks
     
  2. geokilla

    geokilla GBAtemp Regular

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    You can rename the ROMs and your games will still run fine. As for the cheat database, it depends on what flash kart you have.

    I just delete the NFO files since there's basically no use for them.
     
  3. bug2000

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    The NFO is for reading. Try opening it with notepad and you'll understand.
    As for the cheat database, it's working based on the rom headers.
     
  4. Curley5959

    Curley5959 CCC Member!

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    You only need the .nds and the Game ID for a game is how the cheats determine which game is which..
     
  5. InuYasha

    InuYasha Professional Coke Fiend

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    Usually most files contain a nfo,jpeg/gif(of the boxart)and sometimes a txt file or whatever stating where you got it from or the group and the most important part which is the nds file(which is the only one you really need) unless you like to collect the boxart pictures......
     
  6. MyauChanDesu

    MyauChanDesu Kamineko is GOD.

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    NFO files are just the information about the ROM. and no, you don;t need to copy it to your flashcart
     
  7. Xylez

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    the NFO is just an info file, you don't need to put in on your flashcart
    and yes you can just change the name of your rom, cheats work with game ID's and not with names
     
  8. daiyong

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    Just a .nds will work.
     
  9. Hehe Moo

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    What does an ARP file do then?
     
  10. daiyong

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    Maybe the cheating system uses it.
     
  11. Hehe Moo

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    Hmm... yeah that could be true because I couldn't find that on Cooking Guide..
     
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    Why do people use .nfo files? Why not a plain old .txt which would do the same job?
     
  14. InuYasha

    InuYasha Professional Coke Fiend

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    I'll never understand it myself either,the txt file will have like a brief sentence and the nfo holds all the rest of the stuff......
     
  15. Raika

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    The NFO is not neccesary, just delete it....And the cheats will work even though you rename the rom, because the cheats read the Game ID, not the rom name. [​IMG]
     
  16. CorruptedAngel

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    the nfo normaly contains info about the hacker group, in any form of warez. it is used because it cant be scanned by legal teams on the net, without being downloaded. but if the legal teams downloaded it they would be breaking the law. this keeps the hacker groups info safe basicly
     
  17. InuYasha

    InuYasha Professional Coke Fiend

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    Well i've seen the nfo files before but I never knew it was used as a form of protection......
     
  18. galneon

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    The NFO file is a scene standard and without it, scene organization would be nearly impossible. It's not as relevant in the DS release scene as say the PC release scene where instructions and/or serial numbers are provided. It's an old standard and still very important.