Difference between revisions of "IQue/CD-ROM"

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[[File:IQue_Three_CDs.png|thumb|All three iQue CD-ROMs.]]
 
[[File:IQue_Three_CDs.png|thumb|All three iQue CD-ROMs.]]
iQue released three '''CD-ROMs''' in China. They never had an official English title, so conjectural titles have been supplied; first is the iQue CD-ROM (on the far left), then the iQue DS CD-ROM (in the middle), and lastly the [email protected] CD-ROM (which is larger than the other two).
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iQue released three '''CD-ROMs''' in China, two of which were bundled with a handheld. The discs are, from left to right, the iQue GBA SP CD-ROM, the iQue DS CD-ROM, and lastly the [email protected] CD-ROM.<ref name="thread3">[https://tieba.baidu.com/p/2926626086 Baidu Tieba thread #2926626086]</ref>
  
Information on the CD-ROMs were originally discovered on Baidu Tieba threads.
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Information on the CD-ROMs was discovered on Baidu Tieba threads by Castaway2000.
  
== iQue CD-ROM ==
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== iQue GBA SP CD-ROM ==
 
[[File:IQue_CD-ROM.jpg|thumb|The CD-ROM itself.]]
 
[[File:IQue_CD-ROM.jpg|thumb|The CD-ROM itself.]]
The '''iQue CD-ROM''' is supposedly the first CD-ROM released by iQue; its ISBN is ISBN 7-900381-45-7.
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The '''iQue GBA SP CD-ROM''' is supposedly the first CD-ROM released by iQue, and it was released in 2004. Its ISBN is ISBN 7-900381-45-7. The iQue GBA SP CD-ROM was bundled with iQue GBA SPs.  
  
 
=== History ===
 
=== History ===
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Two days later, on October 8, H_N_Kirby asked for a copy of the disk, which went unnoticed until about two weeks later, on October 24th. He explained that the disk could be read by a computer, which SAYZZA was initially unaware of.
 
Two days later, on October 8, H_N_Kirby asked for a copy of the disk, which went unnoticed until about two weeks later, on October 24th. He explained that the disk could be read by a computer, which SAYZZA was initially unaware of.
About a month later, on November 22, 2014, SAYZZA uploaded the disc's files to Baidu Pan but did not share the CD as an ISO. As of February 2017, the link is dead, and the iQue CD-ROM has yet to resurface.<ref name="thread1">[https://tieba.baidu.com/p/3335760398 Baidu Tieba thread #3335760398]</ref>
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About a month later, on November 22, 2014, SAYZZA uploaded the disc's files to Baidu Pan but did not share the CD as an ISO. As of February 2017, the link is dead.<ref name="thread1">[https://tieba.baidu.com/p/3335760398 Baidu Tieba thread #3335760398]</ref>
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On March 29, 2017, Castaway2000 managed to get a Baidu account (with the username DKC2intheSky), and messaged H_N_KIRBY (in English), wondering if he still had the CD-ROMs. H_N_KIRBY happened to speak English, and he kindly reuploaded the disc and to Pan Baidu (along with the [email protected] disc). Castaway2000 then mirrored the iQue GBA SP disc to the [http://archive.org/details/iQueGBASP-CDROM Internet Archive].
  
 
=== Files ===
 
=== Files ===
[[File:IQue_CD-ROM_root.png|thumb|left|Root directory of the iQue CD-ROM.]]
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The iQue CD-ROM has a 4MB GBA ROM named "iQue_reader", which doesn't feature the .gba extension at the end, a note from Dr. Wen, two .avi videos advertising iQue Player and iQue GBA titles respectively, and the [email protected] software.<ref name="thread3" /><ref>[https://ia601507.us.archive.org/isoview.php?iso=/17/items/iQuehomeCDROM/%E7%A5%9E%E6%B8%B8%E5%9C%A8%E7%BA%BF.iso Directory listing for iQue GBA SP CD-ROM]</ref>
Even though the disc is lost, some pictures on Baidu Tieba reveal the original file names. The iQue CD-ROM has a 4MB GBA ROM named "iQue_reader", which doesn't feature the .gba extension at the end. To run iQue_reader in emulators, the user must add the .gba extension at the end.
 
On November 23, 2014, H_N_Kirby posted a follow-up thread to SAYZZA's thread, where he investigated the iQue_reader file in specific. The ROM contains a Chinese Mario comic.<ref>[https://tieba.baidu.com/p/3427101259 Baidu Tieba thread #3427101259]</ref>
 
 
 
On August 13, 2015, Xiesiqi12345 asked H_N_Kirby if he had the iQue CD-ROM, and he reposted a different link to the CD-ROM. That link is also dead.<ref name="thread3">[https://tieba.baidu.com/p/2926626086 Baidu Tieba thread #2926626086]</ref>
 
 
 
On November 15, 2016, H_N_Kirby posted a picture of the files in the root of the iQue CD-ROM. The root has a setup.exe file, an autorun configuration, and a help file. It is unknown what the SERVER file does. The "iQue_reader" might be in the "demo" folder because the ROM is a demo.<ref>[http://tieba.baidu.com/p/4863055217 Baidu Tieba thread #4863055217]</ref>
 
  
 
=== Gallery ===
 
=== Gallery ===
 
<gallery>
 
<gallery>
File:IQue_CDROM_Splash_Screen.jpg|Splash screen.
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File:IQue_CDROM_Splash_Screen.jpg|Splash screen of the [email protected] software.
 
</gallery>
 
</gallery>
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== [email protected] CD-ROM ==
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The '''[email protected] CD-ROM''' was released sometime in 2004 and is essentially an offline mirror of osc.idc.ique.com (except for some files such as the wallpapers). It even includes all of the encrypted iQue Player games on it.<ref>[https://ia601507.us.archive.org/isoview.php?iso=/17/items/iQuehomeCDROM/%E7%A5%9E%E6%B8%B8%E5%9C%A8%E7%BA%BF.iso Directory listing for [email protected]]</ref>
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On March 29, 2017, H_N_KIRBY uploaded an iso of the disc on Pan Baidu in response to when DKC2intheSky (aka Castaway2000) was asking if a download link for [email protected] & iQue GBA SP CD-ROMs were available. Castaway2000 reuploaded the [email protected] disc to [https://archive.org/details/iQuehomeCDROM Internet Archive].
  
 
== iQue DS CD-ROM ==
 
== iQue DS CD-ROM ==
 
[[File:IQue_DS_CD-ROM.jpg|thumb|Image of the CD-ROM.]]
 
[[File:IQue_DS_CD-ROM.jpg|thumb|Image of the CD-ROM.]]
The '''iQue DS CD-ROM''' is another CD-ROM created by iQue. Its ISBN is ISBN 7-900381-68-6, and H_N_Kirby sometimes uses the ISBNs to differentiate between the iQue and iQue DS discs.<ref name="thread1"/>
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The '''iQue DS CD-ROM''' is the third and last CD-ROM created by iQue. Its ISBN is ISBN 7-900381-68-6, which H_N_KIRBY sometimes uses to differentiate between the GBA SP and DS iQue Discs.<ref name="thread1"/>
  
 
The iQue DS CD-ROM is the only disc archived entirely thus far. It can be found on the Internet Archive: http://archive.org/details/iQueDSCD
 
The iQue DS CD-ROM is the only disc archived entirely thus far. It can be found on the Internet Archive: http://archive.org/details/iQueDSCD
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* '''/ (Root)'''
 
* '''/ (Root)'''
 
** readme.txt - Just briefly explains what the PC_DEMO and DS_DEMO folders are for.
 
** readme.txt - Just briefly explains what the PC_DEMO and DS_DEMO folders are for.
 
== [email protected] CD-ROM ==
 
So far, the '''[email protected] CD-ROM''' is only known from a picture where it's grouped with the iQue and iQue DS CD-ROMs. It is large in comparison to those two discs. It is unknown what files are on the [email protected] Disc.
 
  
 
== References ==
 
== References ==

Latest revision as of 05:25, 30 March 2017

All three iQue CD-ROMs.

iQue released three CD-ROMs in China, two of which were bundled with a handheld. The discs are, from left to right, the iQue GBA SP CD-ROM, the iQue DS CD-ROM, and lastly the [email protected] CD-ROM.[1]

Information on the CD-ROMs was discovered on Baidu Tieba threads by Castaway2000.

iQue GBA SP CD-ROM

The CD-ROM itself.

The iQue GBA SP CD-ROM is supposedly the first CD-ROM released by iQue, and it was released in 2004. Its ISBN is ISBN 7-900381-45-7. The iQue GBA SP CD-ROM was bundled with iQue GBA SPs.

History

On October 6, 2014, SAYZZA started a new Baidu Tieba thread, where he asked what the iQue CD-ROM was. He found the disc while going through his old stuff.

Two days later, on October 8, H_N_Kirby asked for a copy of the disk, which went unnoticed until about two weeks later, on October 24th. He explained that the disk could be read by a computer, which SAYZZA was initially unaware of. About a month later, on November 22, 2014, SAYZZA uploaded the disc's files to Baidu Pan but did not share the CD as an ISO. As of February 2017, the link is dead.[2]

On March 29, 2017, Castaway2000 managed to get a Baidu account (with the username DKC2intheSky), and messaged H_N_KIRBY (in English), wondering if he still had the CD-ROMs. H_N_KIRBY happened to speak English, and he kindly reuploaded the disc and to Pan Baidu (along with the [email protected] disc). Castaway2000 then mirrored the iQue GBA SP disc to the Internet Archive.

Files

The iQue CD-ROM has a 4MB GBA ROM named "iQue_reader", which doesn't feature the .gba extension at the end, a note from Dr. Wen, two .avi videos advertising iQue Player and iQue GBA titles respectively, and the [email protected] software.[1][3]

Gallery

[email protected] CD-ROM

The [email protected] CD-ROM was released sometime in 2004 and is essentially an offline mirror of osc.idc.ique.com (except for some files such as the wallpapers). It even includes all of the encrypted iQue Player games on it.[4]

On March 29, 2017, H_N_KIRBY uploaded an iso of the disc on Pan Baidu in response to when DKC2intheSky (aka Castaway2000) was asking if a download link for [email protected] & iQue GBA SP CD-ROMs were available. Castaway2000 reuploaded the [email protected] disc to Internet Archive.

iQue DS CD-ROM

Image of the CD-ROM.

The iQue DS CD-ROM is the third and last CD-ROM created by iQue. Its ISBN is ISBN 7-900381-68-6, which H_N_KIRBY sometimes uses to differentiate between the GBA SP and DS iQue Discs.[2]

The iQue DS CD-ROM is the only disc archived entirely thus far. It can be found on the Internet Archive: http://archive.org/details/iQueDSCD

History

On March 17, 2014, H_N_Kirby posted a picture and info on his then-newly-acquired iQue DS CD-ROM. He even posted an ISO of the disk on pan.baidu.com.[1]

Files

Compared to the iQue CD-ROM, the iQue DS CD-ROM does not have as many files. The file timestamps range from January 2005 to March 2005; this suggests that the disc was released in early-mid 2005. The files are listed below:

  • /DS_DEMO/
    • Video_Audio - a 16MB iQue GBA ROM. Just like iQue_reader, Video_Audio does not have the .gba extension at the end and is also only playable with that extension. An Internet Archive reupload of both ROMs features the .gba extension. Despite its directory name, Video_Audio is a GBA ROM, not a DS Demo. However, the name may be appropriate since this ROM allows the player to watch a promo of others using their iQue DSs for Pictochat.
  • /PC_DEMO/
    • molihua.wav & zizhudiao.wav - Ordinary Chinese music.
    • demo.avi - Demo promotional video of others playing Pictochat on their iQue DSs. The same as on Video_Audio ROM except better quality. See the video here: https://archive.org/details/IQueDSPictochat
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    • readme.txt - Just briefly explains what the PC_DEMO and DS_DEMO folders are for.

References