> That makes total sense. I just wish there was a way with existing ones that there > could be some kind of data extrapolated from them without it having to be booted. > Guess it will simply be a waiting game until someone can emulate some of these beasts > enough to show a boot-up and go from there.
If you extract the data from the chd then you may see it in a hex editor, it's likely that people haven't bothered to do it.
You could also write it to a hard drive and boot it on real arcade hardware. This is a good test of whether the dump is good as well.