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General / RetroPie Build - What games do you use alternate emulators?
« on: July 17, 2017, 01:54:05 AM »
AM on Pi is pretty great but obviously is limited on performance. Using alternate emulators makes a bunch of games more playable. What games are you using alternate emulators?

I use mame2003 as my default emulator. If you use RetroPie to set this up the changes are in the /opt/retropie/configs/all/emulators.cfg. Here's a few changes that I use to play Golden Tee games and some of the Street Fighter III games.

emulators.cfg
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arcade_gt97 = "advmame"
arcade_gt98 = "advmame"
arcade_gt99 = "advmame"
arcade_gt2k = "advmame"
arcade_altbeast = "lr-mame2010"
arcade_astorm = "lr-mame2010"
arcade_hsf2 = "lr-mame2010"
arcade_jojo = "lr-fbalpha"
arcade_jojoba = "lr-fbalpha"
arcade_redearth = "lr-fbalpha"
arcade_sfiii = "lr-fbalpha"
arcade_sfiii2 = "lr-fbalpha"
arcade_sfiii3 = "lr-fbalpha"
arcade_sfz2al = "lr-mame2010"
arcade_ssf2t = "lr-mame2010"

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General / How do you run Attract-Mode on your Pi?
« on: February 02, 2017, 01:20:54 AM »
I'm curious how people get their Attract-Mode build on the Raspberry Pi. I know there are advantages and disadvantages to each of these methods. What flavor is your Pi?

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General / Request for a "Tutorial" main forum thread
« on: January 15, 2017, 12:59:19 AM »
I think this would be a helpful part of the forum. People tend to not search for their solutions but tend to follow instructions (if available) when setting things up, especially if they can watch a video (videos can be hosted elsewhere, if needed).

I have answered a few PMs on how to do certain things and I could put them in a new thread that will likely get lost, I think they may be better suited for another undefined part of the forum. This would also be a great area to move or link all of the "How To..." posts. I would also like to see parts of the "read me" files broken down a little in here, no offence but 70% of people don't know they exist or get bored reading them before they get to the part that could have helped them.

In relation to some of the requests for "Pi" specific topics, I think that if someone might write a full Pi build "How To" so we don't have tons of questions about the many flawed/outdated Pi images people can and will download.

What do others think?

P.S. If you have an option for moderator approval before going live that would be smart too.

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General / Raspberry Pi F.A.Q.
« on: January 13, 2017, 02:09:38 AM »
1. 90% of your issues will be resolved by making sure that you running the latest Raspbian, RetroPie and Attract-Mode. Please update these aspects of your Pi before asking questions.

Upgrading Raspbian. (Raspbian wiki - https://www.raspberrypi.org/documentation/raspbian/updating.md)
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sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get upgrade

Upgrading RetroPie. (RetroPie wiki - https://github.com/retropie/retropie-setup/wiki/Updating-RetroPie)
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sudo bash ~/RetroPie-Setup/retropie_setup.sh
Choose option "U Update all installed packages"

Upgrading all aspects of Attract-Mode. (Attract-Mode wiki - https://github.com/mickelson/attract/wiki/Compiling-on-the-Raspberry-Pi-(Raspbian-Jessie))
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cd ~
mkdir develop

sudo apt-get install cmake libflac-dev libogg-dev libvorbis-dev libopenal-dev libjpeg62-turbo-dev libfreetype6-dev  libudev-dev libfontconfig1-dev

cd ~/develop
git clone --depth 1 https://github.com/mickelson/sfml-pi sfml-pi
mkdir sfml-pi/build;cd sfml-pi/build
cmake .. -DSFML_RPI=1 -DEGL_INCLUDE_DIR=/opt/vc/include -DEGL_LIBRARY=/opt/vc/lib/libEGL.so -DGLES_INCLUDE_DIR=/opt/vc/include -DGLES_LIBRARY=/opt/vc/lib/libGLESv1_CM.so
sudo make install
sudo ldconfig

cd ~/develop
git clone --depth 1 git://source.ffmpeg.org/ffmpeg.git
cd ffmpeg
./configure --enable-mmal --disable-debug --enable-shared
make
sudo make install
sudo ldconfig

cd ~/develop
git clone --depth 1 https://github.com/mickelson/attract attract
cd attract
make USE_GLES=1
sudo make install

cd ~
rm -r -f ./develop


2. If you started with anything other than the latest RetroPie image directly from the RetroPie website, ask the creator of the image for solutions to your problems. They will be better suited to answer them since Attract-Mode can be built and configured many different ways.

3. Videos don't play, stutter, turn grey, etc.. Enable hardware video decoding or use lower resolution videos.
 
To enable hardware video decoding: Configure-->General-->Video Decoder = mmal (if you can't select "mmal" run the steps for Attract-Mode upgrade in F.A.Q. #1)

4. I have random weird things happen when I exit a game or use a RetroPie configuration menu. This is an old known bug, run the steps for Attract-Mode upgrade in F.A.Q. #1 to fix it.

5. Some emulators like Daphne and Advance MAME run behind AM (a.k.a. in the background), my RetroPie runcommand dialog doesn't show in AM, or my RetroPie Setup Menu doesn't work properly in AM. Configure-->General-->Window Mode = FullScreen Mode

6. How can I access the /home/pi/.attract/ folder from Windows without using 3rd party software? You can use the RetroPie GUI that is described here http://forum.attractmode.org/index.php?topic=821.msg8138#msg8138.

You can do it from the command line like this:
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sudo nano /etc/samba/smb.conf
Add these lines to the end of the file
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[attractmode]
comment = attractmode
path = "/home/pi/.attract"
writeable = yes
guest ok = yes
create mask = 0644
directory mask = 0755
force user = pi
restart the samba service
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sudo /etc/init.d/samba restart

7. How can I easily create custom wheels across mutiple emulators using the AM GUI? See this thread http://forum.attractmode.org/index.php?topic=1165.msg8455#msg8455 .

8. I have a lot of roms, how can I skip a page or a letter at a time?

Set these controls:
Configure-->Controls-->Previous Page
Configure-->Controls-->Next Page
Configure-->Controls-->Previous Letter
Configure-->Controls-->Next Letter

9. How can I add menus to switch booting from Attract-Mode to EmulationStation and vice versa? How can I run RetroPie Setup options from Attract-Mode? This post has a script to setup it up http://forum.attractmode.org/index.php?topic=1311.msg9542#msg9542

If you want to manually create a menu for the RetroPie Setup options in Attract-Mode see this post http://forum.attractmode.org/index.php?topic=869.msg6679#msg6679 . (Make sure you set Configure-->General-->Window Mode = FullScreen Mode)

10. In MAME emulators I see the romnames and not the friendly/nice looking game names. See these posts http://forum.attractmode.org/index.php?topic=1764.msg12450#msg12450 and http://forum.attractmode.org/index.php?topic=1665.msg11810#msg11810

11. I misconfigured my controls and now I can't make changes to correct them.

Reset your inputs to the default input mapping.
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nano ~/.attract/attract.cfg
Replace the entire "input_map" section with the defaults listed below
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input_map
configure            Tab
prev_letter          Up+LControl
next_letter          Down+LControl
filters_menu         Left+LControl
next_filter          Right+LControl
configure            Escape+Up
edit_game            Escape+Down
add_favourite        Escape+LControl
prev_letter          Joy0 Up+Joy0 Button0
next_letter          Joy0 Down+Joy0 Button0
filters_menu         Joy0 Left+Joy0 Button0
next_filter          Joy0 Right+Joy0 Button0
configure            Joy0 Up+Joy0 Button1
edit_game            Joy0 Down+Joy0 Button1
add_favourite        Joy0 Button0+Joy0 Button1
back                 Escape
back                 Joy0 Button1
up                   Up
up                   Joy0 Up
down                 Down
down                 Joy0 Down
left                 Left
left                 Joy0 Left
right                Right
right                Joy0 Right
select               Return
select               LControl
select               Joy0 Button0
default             back exit
default             up prev_game
default             down next_game
default             left prev_display
default             right next_display
Restart Attract-Mode

12. How can I get rid of the terminal/console text I see when I launch a game or exit a game? Check out this post http://forum.attractmode.org/index.php?topic=1642.0.

13. How can I have Attract-Mode default to my "Favorites" romlist instead of the "All" romlist? See this post http://forum.attractmode.org/index.php?topic=1613.0.

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1. Create a master romlist of all your games. (This will take a while to build if you have many systems and/or roms.)
    Configure-->Emulators-->Generate Collection/Rom List-->Set all of your game emulators to “Yes” and then click “Generate Collection/Rom List” and enter the name “All Systems”
2. Setup Search, Filter, Favorites and Tagging (if you haven’t already)
    Configure-->Plug-ins-->KeyboardSearch-->Enable=Yes
    Configure-->Plug-ins-->KeyboardSearch-->Trigger=Custom1
    Configure-->Controls-->Custom1=S
    Configure-->Controls-->Filter Menu=F
    Configure-->Controls-->Add/Remove Favourite=A
    Configure-->Controls-->Add/Remove Tags=T
3. Go to your newly created “All Systems” Display/Wheel and check it out

Once you create a master romlist that contains all of your games there are many ways you can use it. Here are just a few examples.

1. Press the “S” key to open the Search Plug-in and enter “Mario” then press the “Enter” key. This will show you all of your Mario games.
    To remove the search press the “S” key and delete “Mario” and press the “Enter” key
2. Create a filter for Mario games
    Configure-->Displays-->All Systems-->Add Filter-->Enter Filter Name=Mario Games-->Add Rule
    Target=Title
    Comparison=contains
    Filter Value=Mario
3. Create a filter for a Shooting Games genre
    Configure-->Displays-->All Systems-->Add Filter-->Enter Filter Name=Shooting Games-->Add Rule
    Target=Category
    Comparison=contains
    Filter Value=Shooter
4. Create a custom Display/Wheel for Mario Games
    Configure-->Displays-->Add New Display-->Enter Display Name=Mario Games
    Collection/Rom List=All Systems
    Global Filter-->Add Rule-->
    Target=Title
    Comparison=contains
    Filter Value=Mario
    (optionally you can hide the “All Systems” Display from “Show in Cycle” and/or “Show in Menu” after your done)
5. Create a tag group for Mario Games
    Press the “T” key-->Create new tag-->Enter new tag name=Mario Games
    Press the “S” key-->Search for:=Mario
    Go to a game you want to add and press the “T” key-->Add tag:’Mario Games’
    <repeat the step above until you have all the games you want to tag>
    Press the “S” key and delete “Mario” and press the “Enter” key
    Configure-->Displays-->All Systems-->Add Filter-->Enter Filter Name=Mario Games-->Add Rule
    Target=Tags
    Comparison=contains
    Filter Value=Mario
6. Create Favorites
    Go to a game you want to add and press the “A” key-->Add ‘<game name>‘ to Favourites?=Yes
    <repeat the step above until you have all the games you want to have in Favoritres>
7. Create a 80’s game filter
    Configure-->Displays-->All Systems-->Add Filter-->Enter Filter Name=80’s Games-->Add Rule
    Target=Year
    Comparison=contains
    Filter Value=198

Tip: The "All Systems" Display looks and works best when you use the same or simular "Layout" for all of your Emulator Displays.

If you found this interesting or helpful please let us know how you like to use your master romlist.

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General / New Source Code Strikes Gold!
« on: November 04, 2016, 11:57:14 PM »
- Added customized layouts for the displays menu/system selection menu
- Added ability to set image origin in scripts (for centre rotations etc)
- [rpi] Issue #266 - Fix for keypresses being cached w/ sfml-pi build
- Added layout options configuration for 'Displays Menu' layout
- Fixed "Toggle Layout" when used on the displays menu layout

What this means... a real Displays Menu! So long to issues with a keyboard hooked up!

Great work!

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1. a good looking (themed) system menu (a.k.a. Display Menu that is the default menu)
2. modify the search function to include an on screen keyboard (like ArcadeBiss has in his theme)
3. a Genre list (I know you can do this with filters but a separate input(s) to active a different sets of genre/other filters and/or different tag files.)
4. more predefined/standardized media paths for layout makers to include like: box. media (cart or CD), advert, snap, video, fanart, background, etc. I know you can do this now but it requires customization per theme.
5. sub-menus, so you could just have Atari, Sega, Nintendo, Arcade, etc. on the main menu then 2600, 5200, 7800, etc. on the sub-menu for example.

I love AM and I run it on several of my machines. It kicks butt on a Pi. My arcade cabinet and HTPC are still running another FE but I'm still not ready to make the jump. AM could be the best FE for all platforms but still needs some upgrades and some hype/social media/EmuMovies exposure to get it to the masses.

I know I should have put feature requests elsewhere but then it wouldn't fit the overall thought. Don't get me wrong, I think that AM is the only option for a Pi right now and a great option for everything else. I'd love to see it be the best option for every platform.


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General / What controls do you use for Attract-Mode?
« on: August 15, 2016, 01:14:50 AM »
What is your favorite method to play games and control Attract-Mode?

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General / What hardware do you run Attract-Mode on?
« on: August 15, 2016, 01:05:43 AM »
I'm curious how everyone is using this great frontend. Chime in and let us know your favorite hardware to run Attract-Mode.

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Anyone using this?

Works great as far as I'm concerned. The non-x version seemed to lag in the videos but I prefer the x-windows version anyways. My Pi's never crashed on screensaver mode like some have mentioned but they did just show a grey screen a few times. This seems to be gone now. I haven't seen a grey screen yet.

Any other thoughts?

BTW - I like the uni_cade layout/theme but it needs some adjustments. With this theme I use a wall of game boxes (game marquees for arcade) as a single flyer per system with HS wheel art and videos from emumovies. This provides a great experience and I wish I had it years ago before building a PC with a much more complex, time consuming and expensive setup.

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