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# Generated by Attract-Mode v2.2.1
#
executable           /opt/retropie/supplementary/runcommand/runcommand.sh
args                 0 _SYS_ arcade  "[romfilename]"
rompath              /home/pi/RetroPie/roms/arcade
romext               .zip
system               Arcade
info_source          listxml
import_extras        /home/pi/.attract/mame-config

That is part of your mame (Advance).cfg above..
1. Change

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executable           /opt/retropie/supplementary/runcommand/runcommand.sh
to
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executable          /opt/retropie/emulators/advmame/bin/advmame
2. Generate/rebuild your list again
3. Back out to your list..to make sure it worked
4. Go back to the config and change:


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executable          /opt/retropie/emulators/advmame/bin/advmameback to
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executable           /opt/retropie/supplementary/runcommand/runcommand.sh
Now everything should be fine.

It's misunderstood a lot and it's a problem that is asked A LOT. The other lists are made from the rom name itself. Most "non-arcade" roms are "long-named" already. Mame doesn't work that way however. It uses the list XML to generate those. The "problem" with retropie is that it uses a script to start the emulator ect. When you generate a list for mame it reads the mame.exe (or binary) on a pc, but retropie is not setup that way at default. Most of us use mame directly on a PC..so you never notice it. By changing this for retropie temperately you create the "environment" of a PC (which is what mame needs at first).

basically it's like this:
You generate your list..AM says "Hey I want a list"..the script says "Ok here is what is in there". (Actually the script does nothing..attract mode just looks in the folder and makes a text list of the names of all the files that have the matching extension you've set.) And so you get a rom name list.

If you point your executable to a mame.exe (binary) then AM says "I want a list." then mame says "ok let me check mine and match them for you. thus you get a long name list.

But you want to change your executable back to the retropie script so you get your options back and everything works as it should

Hope this helps everybody! :D

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General / Video snaps playing sound twice?
« on: January 30, 2017, 02:54:25 PM »
Now I am not sure what is going on here at all. And there is no output to give sorry. Thus why I am so stumped.

It seems to me that my snaps are playing twice. Now the video seems to be fine and not jerky or stutters. However the sound is weird.
Now the sound is fine. And as I scroll I have no problems. However if I let sit on the second pass the sound seems to "echo". On a third pass is sounds like it's coming from a public speaker set up..like you'd find in in a football field. On the fourth pass it so bad I can't even make it out. The longer it sits the worse it gets. If I change games or come back from the screensaver the sound is fine. It is only when it sits for a few minutes on the same video snap. And not just one snap..it effects all of on them.

Anybody else encounter this?

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Emulators / The game you suck at 25 years later
« on: January 21, 2017, 09:41:02 AM »
So I realized I was old one day because one of my favorite games I played, bought it new the week it came out, I can't even beat the computer anymore!

So short story:
   My girl friend, her brother and I were playing Super Bomberman 2 for the snes. I had won and got the Golden Bomber. However I got the clogs..so I was slow from the start! We played five rounds...it took 13 rounds actually. We ended up in a 3 way tie at four wins each..I did manage to pull off the win..even with being slower than them at the start! :)

What game and system did you kick butt on and now 20 years later even the computer kicks yours?

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Emulators / retroarch genssis-gx core 4-player
« on: January 11, 2017, 07:11:38 PM »
Yeah ok so I'm bending one of my own rules here...but to be fair I DID ask on the fourm..

https://retropie.org.uk/forum/topic/6994/problem-with-4-player-megadrive-genesis-with-lr-genesis-plus-gx
https://retropie.org.uk/forum/topic/4124/4-player-on-sega-genesis-mega-drive-not-working

however you'll notice not one reply..yeah I could wait..but i'm being impatient

I have tried looking this up for a month now..fond many -old- posts no solution that was presented worked at all..(either that or I am missing something)

most posts say "go to options -> controls -> player 2 and change to 3 button +teamplay setting"

well I go there and the options I get are "retropad" and "none"...that's it...no 3 button teamplay

so..question is..has it been removed or am I missing something?

I know how to enable "multitap" for SNES, PSX..and the NES seems to be "automatic" when using the nestopia core..I haven't tried N64 yet...

so if any of you have some fox kibble for me to nibble on and gets this working that would be great!

-cheers!

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General / pi is hot 83C
« on: January 08, 2017, 09:55:33 AM »
Ok so I noticed when running attractmode it makes my pi HOT. Now I know running video and sound wheels all that are going to be work on the cpu...I get that no need to tell me...

I just noticed that it runs at 83C when attract mode is idle. Now this is a stock (non overclocked) .. with a heatsink..no fan rasp pi3

I noticed when I start a game (any so far) it will drop to 60c (normal) so..the safe operating temp is?? what for the pi- 80C right?

anybody else notice this with their pis?

I just don't want to re-bake my pi..I hate burnt crusts... ;)

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General / Proposal for new catagory thread here
« on: January 02, 2017, 10:41:09 AM »
Let's start a new thread for rasp pi problems that way we can separate them from the pc problems. ..That is unless the pi is going to take over the world  ;)

and it needs to be part of the "main" group..it does pertain to attract mode problems after all...

Good idea or no??

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Emulators / The future of emulation
« on: November 26, 2016, 11:20:39 AM »
So which is best? A lot of emulators are not being updated and are still 32-bit. Maybe Retroach has something here but they don't have the same feature set as a stand alone emulator. They might get that worked out though...

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General / List tips and tricks (or customizing your list)
« on: October 22, 2016, 11:38:55 AM »
READ THIS FIRST:

1. Understand I am not responsible if you destroy or delete your setup and hard work. You were the one that chose to try this. I did not threaten or make you do this!
2. Before attempting this: back up your attractmode folder!!!!!!!
3. You will need a basic working understand and knowledge of the spreadsheet program you are using.
4. You will need to understand and know how to set up attract mode and make it work before attempting this.
5. This is a quick explanation it is not meant to be a in-depth guide.
6. The mini-walk through is just an example for you to do if you want to so that you understand how this works
7. Refer to number three
8. Refer to number two
9. Refer to number one

To make "custom lists" in Attract Mode is easy. You could build one using rom lister and import them. Yes. What about some other ways?

I'll give you a few examples:
1. I have merged my Daphne and my DICE games/lists into my Mame list. They are arcade games aren't they? :P

2. Want to show off the cab right? So you have a fighting game "tournament" just to get that guy to shut up about how good he is at (insert game name here). You could filter them using filters easy enough..but you are missing some games. You know the console only fighters (yeah they were bad/good/whatever but still this is just an example. So you can merge them all into one list.

3. You can make a list of games across systems that are your favorites then you don't have to scroll to find them.

4. Let's say you have many emulators and don't want to scroll to each one be it different emulators or different versions of mame. (I have a system that runs 3 versions of mame, daphne and final burn alpha) I combined them into one "arcade" list.)

5. You have cue bin files but only want one game listed (of course!) You can use this to get rid of them and have a clean list renamed and organized how you want them. (Good for optical disc based systems)


Well I'm going to show you how to do it. I say this is easy and it is. However it can be time consuming depending on the type of lists you want.

First you need tools:
1. A text editor
Windows Notepad (NOT wordpad)
Linux vim, nano, leafpad
Mac TextEdit

2. A spreadsheet program
Windows Excel, Libre Office
Linux Libre Office, Open Office or Gunmeric
Mac OS X Numbers

3. Time and Patience.

First create your list(s) normally. From here you have two options:
1. You can create a new (blank) list
     or
2. You can use a "main" list (ex. mame list)

To create a blank list make a new "emulator". You will need to create a list of some kind of list first just scan a one rom you copied over to a temporary folder. Now open your lists folder and open the list you created..or your "main" list in your text editor. Next open your second list in your text editor. Highlight the entire thing. (Windows , Linux Ctrl+A Mac (insert here)) Now copy it (Windows, Linux Ctrl+C Mac (insert here)) Next in your first/main list place the cursor at the beginning of the first blank line..now paste the contents there. (Windows, Linux Ctrl+V mac (insert here)) Now the first line of that text would be headers..we don't need those because they are already at the top of our first/main list (that is where they belong) so erase that line.

Now save your list. If you open this "emulator" in Attract mode it would be a merged list..however it will not be in alphabetical order so that is where or spreadsheet program comes in to play here. Now you want to copy the entire new list now paste it into your spreadsheet program (make sure you have A1 highlighted). When you do it will ask you for the delimiters. You want to make it (;) Then it will paste correctly in each cell and column. Now you want to highlight the entire thing and sort the list alphabetically. (each program is different.) Make sure to have each column highlighted or your list will be "weird"!

From here you can add or delete any information you wish..but always leave the Name column alone! Last you want to save it as a a csv file you can name it whatever you wish. Now rename the csv file to a txt file. (Ex. mame.csv -> mame.txt) The name of the list will be the "emulator" name. Open Attract Mode and you should see your new combined list!

Some tips and tricks:
'98
'99
2000

2000 will always come first....but it's not in order now. You can cut the "98 99 games" and then paste them above the 2000 games listing and then save it. Attract Mode will then display them "in order".

Changing the game name to whatever you want. (say for example the DICE emulator) just change the Title listing (ex pong to PONG) Leave the Name listing alone! that is what AM needs to load the game! (This is great for the ZiNC emulator as you can rename 2 to Street Fighter EX.)

Ok now the mini-walkthrough:

1. move/copy your attract folder somewhere else on your computer so its safe. We will be starting from scratch.
2. delete your lists from the lists folder and your emulators from your emulators folder
3. start attract mode and create two new emulators (let's use mame and nes)
4. set them up like normal (remember to generate lists for both emulators!)
5. Quit attract mode
6. navigate to the attract/romlists folder (in linux .attract/rom folders)
7. open one of your lists and copy it...all off it! (crtl+A)
8. Open your spreadsheet program. and paste it in starting from A1
9. Paste it using the semi-colon ( ; ) as a separator
10. open your other list that you wish to add to the bottom (last used) row in your spreadsheet and paste it like above
11. SAVE the new spreadsheet!
12. From here you may change, add, delete, rename, sort as you please.
      a. NEVER change anything in the Name (A) column! (However you do need to add it in your sorting..or your list might load asteroids instead of pacman :P )
      b. NEVER change anything in the 1 row. N-E-V-E-R these are your headers...if these are missing or changed your list is useless! (or may not load or cause AttractMode to crash)
      c. Ctrl+Z (undo) is your lifesaver here!
13.  Let's assume that you have merged the MAME and NES lists and that you want to have them sorted by name.
14. You want to highlight everything (ctrl+A) then sort by Title (the header in the B1 cell) This is the column that is shown in the list in Attractmode. (The Name is what your emulator uses to start your game that's why it never changed.)
15. You now have (for example) two jousts donkey kong and pacmans
16. delete the donkey kong and the pacman that have MAME beside them under the emulator column (C) Don't delete the text delete the entire row! (no empty spaces in between text.)
17. delete joust that has NES in the Emulator (C) column.
18. Under the Title (B) Column change pacman to pac is the man.
19. Now save your list as a text.csv (or csv) file (YES THIS ONE! because that is what type of file that attract mode creates..thus NEEDS to work!)
20. go back to the rom lists folder and rename the list to name.csv to name.txt.
21. start attract mode and look at your new list start pac is the man...notice the nes emulator comes up and it's still pacman. Quit the emulator.
22. Start donkey kong..notice it's the nes emulator not the arcade version.
23. Start the joust emulator and notice the mame emulator comes up. Quit the emulator.
24. quit attract mode
25. copy/move your attract mode folder back to where it belongs
26. now you can make you lists the way you like!

This should be able to be done on a raspberry pi that uses Atrractmode also However you will want to copy the list to a "real" computer to do this and them copy it back to the pi...it will be much easier and faster. Coping the list to a computer from the pi is an exercise for the user. Although I'm sure you can ssh in and open it up in your file manager on your "real" computer easily.

I have done this many times and have had great results.

Questions..problems? Ask me.

Happy gaming! :)

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Emulators / MOVED: can not load any game
« on: October 06, 2016, 08:51:05 PM »

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Emulators / MOVED: Mame software list import issue
« on: August 20, 2016, 10:44:42 AM »

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Emulators / Console emulation and stuff
« on: August 13, 2016, 04:31:42 PM »
Share your links for emulation stuff here. Just the link and a brief description will be great. Please note I DO NOT maintain any of the stuff on these links..these are just reference. Also unless otherwise stated everything here is for windows XP or higher. If supported on other platforms it is listed in parentheses. (if these work on mac os..please let me know via pm so that I can update it.)

single system
   Atari 2600
      http://stella.sourceforge.net/  (linux repository)
   
    Mattel Intelivision
        jzIntv   http://spatula-city.org/~im14u2c/intv/ (mac linux)

   Atari Jaguar
      Virtual Jaguar https://www.icculus.org/virtualjaguar/

   Famicom /Nintendo Entertainment System (NES)
      Fceux http://www.fceux.com/web/download.html (linux repository)
      Nestopia http://nestopia.sourceforge.net/ (mac linux (repository))
   
   Super Famicom / Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES)
      Zsnes http://zsnes.com/  (linux repository)
      Snes9x http://www.snes9x.com/ (linux)
      Higan   http://byuu.org/emulation/higan/ (linux repository)
 
   Nintendo 64   
      Mupen64plus http://mupen64plus.org/ (linux repository)
      Cen64 http://cen64.com/
(Project 64 not included because of rumors of malware)

   PCE / TurboGraphics-16
      Hu-Go!  http://www.zeograd.com/ (linux)
      Turbo Engine   http://aamirm.hacking-cult.org/www/turbo.html
   
   Sega Master System (SMS)
      MEKA http://www.smspower.org/meka/
      Kega Fusion http://www.carpeludum.com/kega-fusion/ (Linux)

   Sega Genesis / Mega Drive 32X & CD
      Kega Fusion  http://www.carpeludum.com/kega-fusion/ (linux)

   Sega Saturn
      Yabause   https://yabause.org/ (repository)
      SSF   http://www.geocities.jp/mj3kj8o5/ssf/index.html (japanese - 日本語)

   3DO
      Freedo http://www.freedo.org/ (linux)
      4DO http://www.fourdo.com/
       Phoenix http://www.arts-union.ru/node/23 (Russian - Русский язык) (linux)
 
   Sony Playstation (PSX)
      ePSXe http://www.epsxe.com/download.php (mac linux)
      PcSX-R https://pcsxr.codeplex.com/ (linux)
      PCSX2 http://pcsx2.net/ (linux)
      Xeebra http://drhell.web.fc2.com/ps1/ (japanese- 日本語)

multi-system
messui   http://hbmame.1emulation.com/index.html
mameui   http://www.progettosnaps.net/mameui/
mess        http://www.progettosnaps.net/mess/repository/
(As of version 0.174? MESS and MAME have mergered thus if you have this or a newer version of MAME you have MESS!)
retroarch  http://www.libretro.com/ (linux repository)
mednafen http://mednafen.fobby.net/ (linux repository)
Final Burn Alpha http://www.fbalpha.com/downloads/ (linux with wine)

Hand-Held:
         Nintendo Gameboy https://sourceforge.net/projects/vbam/ (linux repository)
         Sony Playstation Portable http://ppsspp.org/
 
Mentions:
        WinKawaks (neogeo)
        ProSystem 7800 (Atari 7800)
        neopop (neo-geo pocket)

Artwork:
        http://www.progettosnaps.net

Rom Managers:
      rom vault   http://www.romvault.com/ (linux with wine)
       clrmamepro   http://mamedev.emulab.it/clrmamepro/ (linux with wine)
       clrmamepro help http://easyemu.mameworld.info/clrmameguide/clrmame-guide.html
       rom deleter   https://sites.google.com/site/plumology/romdeleter (linux with wine)
       good tools   http://www.allgoodthings.us/ (linux with wine)
       dats for rom managers http://datomatic.no-  intro.org/index.php?page=news or http://www.progettosnaps.net/dats/

Translations:
http://superfamicom.org/translations
http://www.romhacking.net/translations/

Other Tools:
   close emu http://lustark.com/closemul/
   Instasheller http://www.gameex.com/instant-sheller-and-shelling-guide/
   Antimicro https://github.com/AntiMicro/antimicro/releases (linux)

Miscellaneous:

   Overclocked remix http://ocremix.org/
   Killer Instinct sound track on Vinyl http://www.ign.com/articles/2016/07/12/killer-instinct-soundtrack-coming-to-vinyl

All links alive as of August 2016.

I left out systems that are only ten years old deliberately. Also I tried not link to "emulator sites" rather to the emulators home page as they usually have the newest versions. If I have missed something (emulators, tools, ect.) reply here..of course only if they meet the above criteria.

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Themes / A question and thanks
« on: May 08, 2016, 10:19:39 AM »
Hey to all of you that are making themes thank you. You guys are very good at what you do..and talented. They say the clothes make the person. You are dressing Attract mode up sharp and making it look like it's buying fine clothes! ;)

This is coming from a person who has no "idea of art". I can't think in that way..but I am always fascinated by it..so take that how you want to. :P

I've noticed a lot of "balanced" themes here (elegance and simplicity) hard to do. Thanks for your hard work I guess is what I am saying..thanks for making Attract Mode look the best!

As for the question...(and I am going to make myself out as an idiot here lol) I don't know where to get these themes. (except through the forums..which are getting tough to navigate..you are busy people! :P ) I know on the github there are other themes..but what do you think about a central location for the themes for download? and/or then maybe a option to download them from within Attract Mode? (have to get with ray on that one)

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General / Attract Mode 2.0 debs (updated working)
« on: May 05, 2016, 02:58:39 PM »
OK so I had to go back to 15.10 and build. However I did test them out on 16.04 and it worked fine as far as I could tell. Use it enjoy it. Any problems let me know here.

64-bit

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