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Japanese Game Installation Guide

Setting Your System Into Japanese | Turning CD Image Files Into CDROMs | Mounting CD Image Files Off the HDD

You may be wondering exactly how to play boys' love games, as they are in Japanese, and you have a very non-Japanese PC sitting right in front of you. I have written up a guide on how to set a Windows XP computer into Japanese. If you do not like my guide, yo may also find directions for installing Japanese on Windows XP here, and for Windows 2000, here.

Setting Your System Into Japanese

If you are running Windows 98 or Windows Millenium Edition, setting your system into Japanese is easier said than done. You will have to use a third-party program to give your system Japanese language support. This will not work with all games.

The main programs for Japanese language support are NJStar Communicator and AsianSuite. You will have to download and install one or both of these programs.

If you are running Windows 2000 or Windows XP, it is much easier to put your system into Japanese, as it has built-in support. Here is how to do it on Windows XP.

1. Go to Control Panel and double-click on Regional/Language Settings.

2. Go to the Languages tab and check the "Install files for East Asian languages." If it is checked and grayed out, as it is in my case, that means it is already installed. It will likely ask for your Windows XP CD to install the Asian language files. You will need to insert the CD to continue, in this case.

3. Go to the Advanced tab and under "Select a language to match the language version of the non-Unicode programs you want to use:" pick Japanese from the drop-down menu. Then hit Apply and Okay down at the bottom, and restart your computer. You may notice some symbols change (my backslashes now look like Yen symbols on some programs) but it will not impair any of your English programs.

Your XP machine should now recognize Japanese characters!

If you have a Macintosh, you can try the Mac Japanese Language Installation Guide created by yume on the Message Board.

Turning CD Image Files Into CDROMs

If you already have a CD of a boys' love game, then great! You can skip this section. This section deals only with turning CD image files into playable game CD-ROMs.

First, you will need to identify the type of image file it is. Different programs work with different image files. Here are the most common:

.ccd, .img, and .sub - These files are CloneCD image files. Either CloneCD, or another program like Alcohol 120% can burn these to be a game CD-ROM.

.cue and .bin - These files are Nero or CDRWin files. You can also burn them using Alcohol 120%.

.iso - This is somewhat the "standard" CD image file, and can be burned with Roxio EZCD Creator, Nero, Alcohol 120%, CloneCD, and other programs.

There are other CD image file types, but those are the three I've personally seen and worked with. Information on the other types can be found at #YaoiForever's Boys' Love Games. For now, I will explain how to use these programs to burn a CD.

Burning with Nero

1. Open Nero, and cancel any Wizards that pop up. You should get the following screen:

2. Click on File, then go down and click "Burn Image."

3. Browse to either a .iso or a .cue file, select it, and then click Open.

4. Now make sure your blank CD is inserted and click "Write." That's it!

Burning with CloneCD

1. Open CloneCD. You should get the following screen:

2. Click on the second button of the CD with the pencil. It will say "Write from ImageFile" below when you hover your mouse over the button.

3. Browse to either a .iso or a .ccd file, select it and then click Open, and it's path will appear on the window. Then click Next down at the bottom.

4. Highlight "Game CD" and then click "Okay" down at the bottom. It will start burning the CD.

Burning with Alcohol 120%

1. Open Alcohol 120%. You should get the following screen:

2. Click on File and then go down and click on "Image Burning Wizard."

3. Browse to a .iso, a .ccd file, a .cue (or just about any other kind of CD image file) select it and then click Open, and it's path will appear on the window. Then click Next down at the bottom.

4. Click "Start" down at the bottom and it will start burning the CD.

After your CD is burned, then you just run it like you would run any game CD to install it. You may run into problems with this if your system is not set into Japanese, which is referred to further down the page.

Mounting CD Image Files Off the HDD

If you don't want to burn your game to a CDR, you can also play the CD image file off your hard drive using a third-party program to make a "virtual CDROM drive" in which to play the image file. Below is how to do this with Alcohol 120%.

Mounting with Alcohol 120%

First you will need to set up some virtual drives. Typically Alcohol 120% will automatically set up one when you install it, but if it doesn't, or you'd prefer to have more than one virtual drive, then do the following:

1. Open Alcohol 120%. Click on File, and then Options.

2. Click on "Virtual Drives" in the left pane, and then when the Virtual Drives window opens, in the drop down menu for "Number of Virtual Drives", set it accordingly. You will need to make sure you have at least one to mount an image.

Now to mount an image to the virtual drive.

1. Open Alcohol 120%. In the lower right-hand box of the screen, highlight your virtual drive. Then go up to Device, and down to "Mount Image."

2. Browse to a .iso, a .ccd, a .cue, or other type of CD image file that is on your hard drive, select it, and then click Open.

3. The image file will now appear in the upper right pane, and also next to the virtual drive in the lower left pain. Double-click the drive to run the image file. You can also go to My Computer and double-click the virtual drive shown there to run the image file.

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