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General / Re: Demul In AM
« on: Yesterday at 10:09:06 PM »
The post above is correct. The "other setting" would be specific to your install.

A search would find your answer. http://forum.attractmode.org/index.php?topic=503.msg7514#msg7514

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General / Re: How do you set up individual consoles with MAME?
« on: June 23, 2018, 09:52:51 PM »
Create a separate "Emulator" for each system. You will need them anyway since the launching of each system from the command line will be different.

Here are two samples. You'll need to change the paths for your setup

Nintendo Entertainment System.cfg (using MAME)
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# Generated by Attract-Mode v2.3.0
#
executable           \Emulators\MAME\mame64.exe
args                 nes -cart "[romfilename]"
rompath              \Roms\Nintendo Entertainment System
romext               .nes;.zip;.7z
system               Nintendo Entertainment System (NES)
info_source          thegamesdb.net
artwork    boxart    \EmuMovies\Nintendo_NES\Box_3D;\EmuMovies\Nintendo_NES\Box
artwork    boxbackart    \EmuMovies\Nintendo_NES\BoxBack
artwork    cartart   \EmuMovies\Nintendo_NES\Cart
artwork    fanart    \EmuMovies\Nintendo_NES\Background
artwork    marquee   \EmuMovies\Nintendo_NES\Banner
artwork    snap      \EmuMovies\Nintendo_NES\Video_MP4_HI_QUAL;\EmuMovies\Nintendo_NES\Snap
artwork    title     \EmuMovies\Nintendo_NES\Titles
artwork    wheel     \EmuMovies\Nintendo_NES\Logos

Sega Genesis.cfg (using MAME)
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# Generated by Attract-Mode v2.3.0
#
executable           \Emulators\MAME\mame64.exe
args                 genesis -cart "[romfilename]"
rompath              \Roms\Sega Genesis
romext               .gen;.zip;.7z
system               Sega Genesis
info_source          thegamesdb.net
artwork    boxart    \EmuMovies\Sega_Genesis\Box_3D;\EmuMovies\Sega_Genesis\Box
artwork    boxbackart    \EmuMovies\Sega_Genesis\BoxBack
artwork    cartart   \EmuMovies\Sega_Genesis\Cart
artwork    fanart    \EmuMovies\Sega_Genesis\Background
artwork    marquee   \EmuMovies\Sega_Genesis\Banner
artwork    snap      \EmuMovies\Sega_Genesis\Video_MP4_HI_QUAL;\EmuMovies\Sega_Genesis\Snap
artwork    title     \EmuMovies\Sega_Genesis\Titles
artwork    wheel     \EmuMovies\Sega_Genesis\Logos

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Scripting / Re: Search string for mutiple fields
« on: June 19, 2018, 10:33:58 PM »
Are you talking about filters/tags or one of the search plugin/module features?

The type of things you describe are usually done by most people with filters and/or tags. Once these filters or tags are in place you can further refine their results with a search plugin/module with the game name.

To directly answer your question, yes it's possible in a plugin/module. It would increase search times and might deliver results that wouldn't make sense to a lot of people. I'm not saying this concept is bad but I think others have managed this in another way.

P.S. See if this might help http://forum.attractmode.org/index.php?topic=2297.0 I used to have a full write up here http://forum.attractmode.org/index.php?topic=1165.0 but it seems to be gone.

5
@moderators - What happened to this original post?

P.P.S. If anyone has the original post, please re-post it.

Update - I replaced the OP with the help of hermine.potter. When I went to edit the post, it was there but had messed up characters (maybe for the migration?)

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Themes / Re: Help with the language.
« on: June 19, 2018, 09:16:44 PM »
We can see that each area/file is using a different character. Pájaros vs. Pßjaros vs. Pájaros (which of these is correct?). We know this is the issue but not why.

Here are things you could test:
1. try the "basic" layout in AttractMode (yours looks custom and it could be something in your layout.nut)
2. do you have the same issues with game roms or just these songs? (i.e. show us entries of a romlist.txt that was created by AM and not your script and let us know if it works properly)
3. from the console/command line do a "dir" on your rom folder and your artwork folder. also do an "echo" on the romlist. do these show the same correct characters here on the windows command line (outside of AM)
4. i know when I setup a Linux based OS I tell it to use EN_US_UTF-8. If I use EN_UK_UTF-8 most of my keys work properly but some don't work such as "$" since they are specific to the region. I don't remember ever needing to specify anything that specific in windows but I'm from the US and speak english which are both defaults for windows. you might check this out (I don't know if it's accurate) https://stackoverflow.com/questions/1677655/charset-for-spanish-windows.

P.S. I see you have mentioned compiling AM in this thread http://forum.attractmode.org/index.php?topic=2278.0. Are you using an official AM download or one you or somebody else compiled? Have you tested your issue with older versions of AM?

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Themes / Re: Help with the language.
« on: June 18, 2018, 06:56:33 PM »
What OS are you using and have you properly set the language, keyboard, location, etc. settings?

If your OS is Linux you should see the console messages/errors from AM. If you're using Windows you can try...
1. Download the console version of AM from here http://attractmode.org/download.html.
2. Extract the attract.exe file and rename it to attract-console.exe.
3. Place this file in your existing AM install folder and run it. You should see what's happening in the console window as you scroll through the games.

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General / Re: Help to compile attract-mode in windows 10 64bits
« on: June 17, 2018, 06:45:32 PM »
I’m pretty sure you are refering to building with mingw. I’m talking about native VS compiler.

Yes, that's correct but it's what is mentioned in the original post.

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General / Re: Help to compile attract-mode in windows 10 64bits
« on: June 17, 2018, 12:47:15 PM »
I haven't compiled on Windows for over a year. I don't remember it being that difficult. I do remember that you had to deal with dozens of .dll files which I didn't like. You had two choices, copy all of the .dll files to the AttractMode directory or set a "path" in the OS to point to all of the .dll files.

Are you guys taking these .dll files into account? A Windows compiled build will not work without them.

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I just mentioned this in another thread and thought it might help you.

The SD card bus on a Pi is very slow to be compatible with most SD cards. You can overclock this aspect and you will see a significant performance gain. This is risky and you would need to use a top notch SD card for it to work (like a high end Samsung or Sandisk). Any SD card not up to the task will get corrupted on the first boot so make sure you make a backup before trying. Adding "dtparam=sd_overclock=100" to the config.txt will double the speed of the SD card bus on the Pi.

P.S. I'm assuming you already know that you can overclock the CPU, GPU and RAM on the Pi.

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Emulators / Re: Best Compression for Specific Emulators
« on: June 16, 2018, 11:35:34 PM »
The MSU hacks sound interesting but aren't you going in the wrong direction in terms of space? LOL

I have seen the Phoenix emulator get a lot of hype lately. I don't like the fact that it's not in English (I know there's a patch) and it doesn't support launching games from the command line. I know game launching can be done with other tools but it hasn't interested me enough to try it. Truth be told, I play MAME games 95% of the time on my cabinet. I mostly only play console systems when my brothers come over and want to relive rivalries of games from our childhood.


If you're trying to pack your SD card for a Pi a couple other good tools include:

NDSTokyoTrim - This will shrink GBA, NDS and 3DS roms by eliminating the white space at the end of the roms.

PSX2PSP - This you might already be using. It converts games to PS1 games to .pbp. Version 1.3 can do batching. The newer 1.4.2 can't do batching from what I remember since it calls every rom the same name.


Another option to increase space on Pi would be to use a USB stick (a nano one would barely stick out of the Pi), this could double or triple your space for under $50. Since this would be an additional drive you could even use a file system that natively supports compression (the ext4 partition (the large partition of RetroPi) doesn't natively support compress but there are 3rd party tools that could also be used there).

NUC devices are a great alternative to the Pi without the limitations. Of course they cost more but they are small and portable PCs (4.5" x 4.5" x 2") and you can usually pickup a used one for pretty cheap. Once you add up the cost of a Pi, power supply, SD card, case and USB hard drive you probably have over $100 invested. A used NUC can hold a 2TB+ drive and if you find a good deal a used would cost less than $200. I know that everyone can't afford a NUC and that's understandable. I don't understand people that spend $500+ building a cabinet and then put a $40 Pi in it.

I guess I should also mention that the SD card bus on a Pi is very slow to be compatible with most SD cards. You can overclock this aspect and you will see a significant performance gain. This is risky and you would need to use a top notch SD card for it to work (like a high end Samsung or Sandisk). Any SD card not up to the task will get corrupted on the first boot so make sure you make a backup before trying. Adding "dtparam=sd_overclock=100" to the config.txt will double the speed of the SD card bus on the Pi.


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/home/pi/.attract/attract.cfg if you installed AM from the command line.

/opt/retropie/configs/all/attractmode/attract.cfg if you used the RetroPie setup menu.

IMO - There are quirks/drawbacks/issues using the RetroPie setup menu to install AM. If you recently "upgraded" AM (or everything) in the RetroPie setup menu, it's likely your issue.

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attract.cfg continued
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display Sega Master System
layout               unified_systems
romlist              Sega Master System
in_cycle             yes
in_menu              yes
filter               All
filter               Favorites
rule                 Favourite equals 1
filter               "Most Played"
sort_by              PlayedCount
reverse_order        true
rule                 PlayedCount not_contains 0
filter               Action
rule                 Category contains Action
filter               Adventure
rule                 Category contains Adventure
filter               Fighting
rule                 Category contains Fighting
filter               Platform
rule                 Category contains Platform
filter               Puzzle
rule                 Category contains Puzzle
filter               Racing
rule                 Category contains Racing
filter               "Role Playing"
rule                 Category contains Role-Playing
filter               Simulation
rule                 Category contains Simulation
filter               Shooter
rule                 Category contains Shooter
filter               Sport
rule                 Category contains Sports
filter               Strategy
rule                 Category contains Strategy

display Sega Genesis
layout               unified_systems
romlist              Sega Genesis
in_cycle             yes
in_menu              yes
filter               All
filter               Favorites
rule                 Favourite equals 1
filter               "Most Played"
sort_by              PlayedCount
reverse_order        true
rule                 PlayedCount not_contains 0
filter               Action
rule                 Category contains Action
filter               Adventure
rule                 Category contains Adventure
filter               Fighting
rule                 Category contains Fighting
filter               Platform
rule                 Category contains Platform
filter               Puzzle
rule                 Category contains Puzzle
filter               Racing
rule                 Category contains Racing
filter               "Role Playing"
rule                 Category contains Role-Playing
filter               Simulation
rule                 Category contains Simulation
filter               Shooter
rule                 Category contains Shooter
filter               Sport
rule                 Category contains Sports
filter               Strategy
rule                 Category contains Strategy

display Sega 32X
layout               unified_systems
romlist              Sega 32X
in_cycle             yes
in_menu              yes
filter               All
filter               Favorites
rule                 Favourite equals 1
filter               "Most Played"
sort_by              PlayedCount
reverse_order        true
rule                 PlayedCount not_contains 0
filter               Action
rule                 Category contains Action
filter               Fighting
rule                 Category contains Fighting
filter               Platform
rule                 Category contains Platform
filter               Racing
rule                 Category contains Racing
filter               "Role Playing"
rule                 Category contains Role-Playing
filter               Shooter
rule                 Category contains Shooter
filter               Sport
rule                 Category contains Sports
filter               Strategy
rule                 Category contains Strategy

display Sega Game Gear
layout               unified_systems
romlist              Sega Game Gear
in_cycle             yes
in_menu              yes
filter               All
filter               Favorites
rule                 Favourite equals 1
filter               "Most Played"
sort_by              PlayedCount
reverse_order        true
rule                 PlayedCount not_contains 0
filter               Action
rule                 Category contains Action
filter               Adventure
rule                 Category contains Adventure
filter               Fighting
rule                 Category contains Fighting
filter               Platform
rule                 Category contains Platform
filter               Puzzle
rule                 Category contains Puzzle
filter               Racing
rule                 Category contains Racing
filter               "Role Playing"
rule                 Category contains Role-Playing
filter               Simulation
rule                 Category contains Simulation
filter               Shooter
rule                 Category contains Shooter
filter               Sport
rule                 Category contains Sports
filter               Strategy
rule                 Category contains Strategy

display Kodi
layout               unified_systems
romlist              Kodi
in_cycle             yes
in_menu              yes
filter               All
filter               Favourites
rule                 Favourite equals 1

display Sony PlayStation 2
layout               unified_systems
romlist              Sony PlayStation 2
in_cycle             yes
in_menu              yes
filter               All
filter               Favorites
rule                 Favourite equals 1
filter               "Most Played"
sort_by              PlayedCount
reverse_order        true
rule                 PlayedCount not_contains 0
filter               Action
rule                 Category contains Action
filter               Adventure
rule                 Category contains Adventure
filter               Fighting
rule                 Category contains Fighting
filter               Platform
rule                 Category contains Platform
filter               Puzzle
rule                 Category contains Puzzle
filter               Racing
rule                 Category contains Racing
filter               Role
rule                 Category contains Role-Playing
filter               Simulation
rule                 Category contains Simulation
filter               Shooter
rule                 Category contains Shooter
filter               Sport
rule                 Category contains Sports
filter               Strategy
rule                 Category contains Strategy

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attract.cfg
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display MAME
layout               unified_systems
romlist              MAME
in_cycle             yes
in_menu              yes
filter               All
filter               "Clean List"
exception            Name equals pacman
rule                 Title not_contains bootleg|prototype
rule                 Year not_contains ?
rule                 Manufacturer not_contains bootleg
rule                 Category not_contains Mature|Casino|Mahjong|Multiplay|Quiz|Rhythm
rule                 Players contains 1|2|3|4
rule                 Control contains joystick
rule                 Control contains 2-way|4-way|8-way
rule                 Status equals good|imperfect
rule                 DisplayCount equals 1
rule                 CloneOf not_equals .*
filter               Favorites
rule                 Favourite equals 1
filter               "2 Player Simultaneous"
rule                 Players contains sim
rule                 CloneOf not_equals .*
filter               "No Clones"
exception            Name equals pacman
rule                 CloneOf not_equals .*
filter               "Most Played"
sort_by              PlayedCount
reverse_order        true
rule                 PlayedCount not_contains 0
filter               Adult
rule                 Category contains Mature
rule                 CloneOf not_equals .*
filter               Climbing
rule                 Category contains Climbing
rule                 CloneOf not_equals .*
filter               Driving
rule                 Category contains Driving
rule                 CloneOf not_equals .*
filter               "Fighting Scrolling"
rule                 Category contains Fight
rule                 Category contains Scrolling
rule                 CloneOf not_equals .*
filter               "Fighting Versus"
rule                 Category contains Fight
rule                 Category contains Versus
rule                 CloneOf not_equals .*
filter               Flying
rule                 Category contains Flying
rule                 CloneOf not_equals .*
filter               Maze
exception            Name equals pacman
rule                 Category contains Maze
rule                 CloneOf not_equals .*
filter               Platform
rule                 Category contains Platform
rule                 CloneOf not_equals .*
filter               Puzzle
rule                 Category contains Puzzle
rule                 CloneOf not_equals .*
filter               "Run & Jump"
rule                 Category contains Run Jump
rule                 CloneOf not_equals .*
filter               Shooting
rule                 Category contains Shooter
rule                 CloneOf not_equals .*
filter               Sports
rule                 Category contains Sports
rule                 CloneOf not_equals .*

display Atari 2600
layout               unified_systems
romlist              Atari 2600
in_cycle             yes
in_menu              yes
filter               All
filter               Favorites
rule                 Favourite equals 1
filter               "Most Played"
sort_by              PlayedCount
reverse_order        true
rule                 PlayedCount not_contains 0
filter               Action
rule                 Category contains Action
filter               Adventure
rule                 Category contains Adventure
filter               Fighting
rule                 Category contains Fighting
filter               Platform
rule                 Category contains Platform
filter               Puzzle
rule                 Category contains Puzzle
filter               Racing
rule                 Category contains Racing
filter               "Role Playing"
rule                 Category contains Role-Playing
filter               Simulation
rule                 Category contains Simulation
filter               Shooter
rule                 Category contains Shooter
filter               Sport
rule                 Category contains Sports
filter               Strategy
rule                 Category contains Strategy

display Atari 7800
layout               unified_systems
romlist              Atari 7800
in_cycle             yes
in_menu              yes
filter               All
filter               Favorites
rule                 Favourite equals 1
filter               "Most Played"
sort_by              PlayedCount
reverse_order        true
rule                 PlayedCount not_contains 0
filter               Action
rule                 Category contains Action
filter               Fighting
rule                 Category contains Fighting
filter               Platform
rule                 Category contains Platform
filter               Racing
rule                 Category contains Racing
filter               Shooter
rule                 Category contains Shooter
filter               Sport
rule                 Category contains Sports

display Atari Lynx
layout               unified_systems
romlist              Atari Lynx
in_cycle             yes
in_menu              yes
filter               All
filter               Favorites
rule                 Favourite equals 1
filter               "Most Played"
sort_by              PlayedCount
reverse_order        true
rule                 PlayedCount not_contains 0
filter               Action
rule                 Category contains Action
filter               Adventure
rule                 Category contains Adventure
filter               Fighting
rule                 Category contains Fighting
filter               Puzzle
rule                 Category contains Puzzle
filter               Racing
rule                 Category contains Racing
filter               Shooter
rule                 Category contains Shooter
filter               Sport
rule                 Category contains Sports

display NEC TurboGrafx-16
layout               unified_systems
romlist              NEC TurboGrafx-16
in_cycle             yes
in_menu              yes
filter               All
filter               Favorites
rule                 Favourite equals 1
filter               "Most Played"
sort_by              PlayedCount
reverse_order        true
rule                 PlayedCount not_contains 0
filter               Action
rule                 Category contains Action
filter               Adventure
rule                 Category contains Adventure
filter               Fighting
rule                 Category contains Fighting
filter               Platform
rule                 Category contains Platform
filter               Puzzle
rule                 Category contains Puzzle
filter               Racing
rule                 Category contains Racing
filter               "Role Playing"
rule                 Category contains Role-Playing
filter               Shooter
rule                 Category contains Shooter
filter               Sport
rule                 Category contains Sports
filter               Strategy
rule                 Category contains Strategy

display Nintendo Entertainment System
layout               unified_systems
romlist              Nintendo Entertainment System
in_cycle             yes
in_menu              yes
filter               All
filter               Favorites
rule                 Favourite equals 1
filter               "Most Played"
sort_by              PlayedCount
reverse_order        true
rule                 PlayedCount not_contains 0
filter               Action
rule                 Category contains Action
filter               Adventure
rule                 Category contains Adventure
filter               Fighting
rule                 Category contains Fighting
filter               Platform
rule                 Category contains Platform
filter               Puzzle
rule                 Category contains Puzzle
filter               Racing
rule                 Category contains Racing
filter               "Role Playing"
rule                 Category contains Role-Playing
filter               Shooter
rule                 Category contains Shooter
filter               Sport
rule                 Category contains Sports
filter               Strategy
rule                 Category contains Strategy

display Super Nintendo Entertainment System
layout               unified_systems
romlist              Super Nintendo Entertainment System
in_cycle             yes
in_menu              yes
filter               All
filter               Favorites
rule                 Favourite equals 1
filter               "Most Played"
sort_by              PlayedCount
reverse_order        true
rule                 PlayedCount not_contains 0
filter               Action
rule                 Category contains Action
filter               Adventure
rule                 Category contains Adventure
filter               Fighting
rule                 Category contains Fighting
filter               Platform
rule                 Category contains Platform
filter               Puzzle
rule                 Category contains Puzzle
filter               Racing
rule                 Category contains Racing
filter               "Role Playing"
rule                 Category contains Role-Playing
filter               Simulation
rule                 Category contains Simulation
filter               Shooter
rule                 Category contains Shooter
filter               Sport
rule                 Category contains Sports
filter               Strategy
rule                 Category contains Strategy

display Nintendo 64
layout               unified_systems
romlist              Nintendo 64
in_cycle             yes
in_menu              yes
filter               All
filter               Favorites
rule                 Favourite equals 1
filter               "Most Played"
sort_by              PlayedCount
reverse_order        true
rule                 PlayedCount not_contains 0
filter               Action
rule                 Category contains Action
filter               Adventure
rule                 Category contains Adventure
filter               Fighting
rule                 Category contains Fighting
filter               Platform
rule                 Category contains Platform
filter               Puzzle
rule                 Category contains Puzzle
filter               Racing
rule                 Category contains Racing
filter               "Role Playing"
rule                 Category contains Role-Playing
filter               Simulation
rule                 Category contains Simulation
filter               Shooter
rule                 Category contains Shooter
filter               Sport
rule                 Category contains Sports
filter               Strategy
rule                 Category contains Strategy

display Nintendo Game Boy
layout               unified_systems
romlist              Nintendo Game Boy
in_cycle             yes
in_menu              yes
filter               All
filter               Favorites
rule                 Favourite equals 1
filter               "Most Played"
sort_by              PlayedCount
reverse_order        true
rule                 PlayedCount not_contains 0
filter               Action
rule                 Category contains Action
filter               Adventure
rule                 Category contains Adventure
filter               Fighting
rule                 Category contains Fighting
filter               Platform
rule                 Category contains Platform
filter               Puzzle
rule                 Category contains Puzzle
filter               Racing
rule                 Category contains Racing
filter               "Role Playing"
rule                 Category contains Role-Playing
filter               Simulation
rule                 Category contains Simulation
filter               Shooter
rule                 Category contains Shooter
filter               Sport
rule                 Category contains Sports
filter               Strategy
rule                 Category contains Strategy

display Nintendo Game Boy Color
layout               unified_systems
romlist              Nintendo Game Boy Color
in_cycle             yes
in_menu              yes
filter               All
filter               Favorites
rule                 Favourite equals 1
filter               "Most Played"
sort_by              PlayedCount
reverse_order        true
rule                 PlayedCount not_contains 0
filter               Action
rule                 Category contains Action
filter               Adventure
rule                 Category contains Adventure
filter               Fighting
rule                 Category contains Fighting
filter               Platform
rule                 Category contains Platform
filter               Puzzle
rule                 Category contains Puzzle
filter               Racing
rule                 Category contains Racing
filter               "Role Playing"
rule                 Category contains Role-Playing
filter               Shooter
rule                 Category contains Shooter
filter               Sport
rule                 Category contains Sports
filter               Strategy
rule                 Category contains Strategy

display Nintendo Game Boy Advance
layout               unified_systems
romlist              Nintendo Game Boy Advance
in_cycle             yes
in_menu              yes
filter               All
filter               Favourites
rule                 Favourite equals 1

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If you have more than a hundred roms in a display it can take a long time to find the game you want to play. If you have thousands of roms in a display it's even worse. Filters in AM are dynamic and fast. They can help you find the game (or type of game) you want play very fast. Your games will need the proper xxx.txt files in the "romlists" folder for them to work (meaning scraped by thegamesdb.net correctly or using mame.xml files) but they can be magical. Below is a post of part of my attract.cfg that holds these settings that I hope will help many people navigate their systems better.

See next post(s)... apparently this one had too many characters. Make a backup copy of your attract.cfg before making changes. Leave out any sections below of this file that don't start with the word "filter".

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