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3. Your "import_extras" entry only references a directory and not specific files. In my experience the files must be specified for it to work.

Yeah sorry you need to add the file at the end like for example:

import_extras        /home/pi/.attract/mame-config/catver.ini

It was blank because I let the games db pull that information down for me now..I'm lazy :P

General / Re: Accidentally deleted FBA from my emulators list
« on: June 24, 2017, 04:26:52 PM »
Oh..I thought it was. My fault..but I don't remember having to install it...but it has been awhile  ::)

General / Re: Accidentally deleted FBA from my emulators list
« on: June 21, 2017, 12:29:06 PM »
I too am getting there... one nice thing is that some games will only play with one emulator or the other. I wish I knew which roms played best with which emulators so that I could use correct versions for best performing emulators. That is just going to come with more time and experimentation I suppose.

Here is a list, however I think these lists just show what roms work with what emulator/core, not which one is the best for that game: click the "copatability list" link there it's a google docs spreadsheet..that might help make things easier for you :D

I have a few things I am trying to iron out... primarily how to get those darn ROM names on the bottom of the screen either:

a) Gone and out of my life or;

bottom of the screen? that may have to do with the layout..I'm not at my pi though..

b) Show me the game names not ROM name

you don't need an xml list advmame will generate a "long name list" for you..

I answered that here:


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# Generated by Attract-Mode v2.2.1
executable           /opt/retropie/supplementary/runcommand/
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/
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executable          /opt/retropie/emulators/advmame/bin/advmame
2. Generate/rebuild your list again
3. Back out to your 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/
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 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

General / Re: New install, couple of questions
« on: June 20, 2017, 06:01:45 PM »
Yeah some of that is "hardware related" (that is the actual arcade machine worked like that.) That's why the "reboot". but glad I could help you.

The filters have always given me problems I'm not sure why. So I do it the "hard way" ;)

General / Re: Deleting MAME Roms outside my list ?
« on: June 20, 2017, 05:37:41 PM »
Glad I could help! :D I forgot about lightspeed. Thanks for reminding me! :)

General / Re: Filtering clones other than MAME?
« on: June 20, 2017, 05:36:24 PM »
I used RomDeleter it finds the hack and clones can even make your own search criteria. Works well! does exactly as it says! so make a copy of your set first..then use that. After you have everything shaved down you can delete your rom pack.

Here it is..but heed my warning!

General / Re: Deleting MAME Roms outside my list ?
« on: June 20, 2017, 07:37:50 AM »
Yes rom lister will delete them. You have to create a .bat file. It will copy by default. This is good. Make your list copy those games to another folder. Rename your original folder (or move to another drive). Don't delete them!...yet. Now rename the folder you copied all your other roms to and rename it to the path and folder. Go to attract mode and rebuild your list. Any games that do not work may have to do with missing bioses you just drop that back into your mame folder and your game should work.

I do this a LOT and it works well enough. It's not perfect but it helps a TON!

General / Re: New install, couple of questions
« on: June 20, 2017, 07:24:14 AM »
Yes progets is right on both counts.

In mame you can flip the screen for your cocktail games. However the only version of mame I know that does it "on the fly" is advance mame. that is to say it will filp games when you push a button. Good for the games that are 2 player alternating that mame doesn't flip itself. Moon patrol is cocktail but it doesn't work correctly in that mode. Advance mame will allow that.

As for some games being "too tiny" you might be referring to vertical games being displayed on a horizontal monitor. Again that has to do with mame itself. If you want help on that more post in the emulators thread.

General / Re: Accidentally deleted FBA from my emulators list
« on: June 19, 2017, 04:57:55 PM »
Yeah that is a problem. I am going to go through mine one by one and set them up. Yes I said that. But I think it will be worth it. I used rom lister and cut the number and size down considerably. Once I am done I plan on backing all my configs and settings up. I might image it (without the games of course!).

General / Re: New install, couple of questions
« on: June 19, 2017, 04:54:07 PM »
Well You don't have to download them all over again..the roms come in "update packs" and are normally MUCH smaller. You use a rom manager like CLRmamepro to update the roms to a new version . So my suggestion is use the version of mame you have roms for..Unless there is a feature or game that you JUST have to have. I use advanced mame for most of my roms. It's still maintained and it uses a rom set older than dirt. (1.06) from 2006. About the only game it will not run is Killer Instinct (1 and 2) and that has to do with the code. It will run fine in stock mame. (This is only a problem in linux..with windows advmame will run KI just fine.) If it wasn't for that I wouldn't use the newer mame. It is a LOT of work to keep up with..especially now that it's updated once a month. But this is just my opinion mind you. :P

You have to have all the files..list.xml. (comes in mame..mame makes one) controllers.ini, catver.ini, nplayers.ini. Well you really only need the listxml.xml. Check youtube for a tutorial I had to  :-[

As for the artwork emumovies is the only good place...or hyperspin. But emumovies is better for attract mode I think.

Ahh mamewah! love it still use it on an older WinXP machine. Works fine. I had a problem with the movie snaps as well. I had to convert them to avi [from mp4]. So might try converting one or two to see if that will do it.

What OS are you on?

General / Re: Steps needed to force hardware Video Decoder?
« on: June 18, 2017, 06:13:42 PM »
I don't think there is a way to enable "hardware acceration" on a PC as mml (hardware acceleration for the pi) is well..for the pi. However I agree with you there has to be something. It wouldn't make a lot of sense otherwise. I have looked "everywhere" on the net as well for that. However a linux user might be able to do it..that is what the pi uses. Windows uses a much different type of hardware acceleration (directx maybe?) so The would have to be added into the code. That would be up to Ray on that one.

General / Re: New install, couple of questions
« on: June 18, 2017, 06:08:20 PM »
1. You might need to update your roms. The new updates for mame are every week now. You MUST have the correct rom version for your version of mame. (It's a pain I know). However I run two versions of mame myself. Sometimes it is not the rom version. Sometimes one mame version works better than the other. You can run two versions of mame just make them separate emulators. I use Advmame (mostly) and "stock" mame (for the TWO games advanced mame won't run..*grumble*). Your artwork should work no matter what "arcade" emulator you are using as mame has a standard of naming roms. Just point the second emulator to the same path the first one uses for artwork.

Once you make your list you can combine them into one list and when you start your game am will start the correct emulator

2. You would purge duplicates by filtering. Better yet use Romlister to create a bat file..move the ones you want to keep..delete the rest.

3. As far as I know yes it is only by default. You can change that in the controls settings.

General / Re: sdlmame romname instead of game name
« on: June 17, 2017, 10:56:21 PM » did I learn a TON today!  I installed arch in a vb and got everything compiled! RAY-- UPDATE THE WIKI for compiling attract on arch!  ;)

ok..well it seems that I WAS confused. So I have to ask you: Did you make a "standard user"? As far as I can tell you cannot make a list as root at all..I have tried. You need to have a normal user and a home folder. Logging in as "root" and trying to make a list gives me rom names every time. A "normal user" works as it should every time. Granted you are not connected to the "big bad internet" after installing everything. Using root as a user is very bad practice even if you are not connected.

So again make a standard user..just give that user the ability to sudo. Then try to make a list and report :)

General / Re: Accidentally deleted FBA from my emulators list
« on: June 14, 2017, 08:50:58 PM »
do me a favor...

do you have your roms in the mame2003 folder?  Drop a few into the arcade folder and then see if you can change emus.

Like I said I have all mine in the "arcade" folder. The choices i get are:

1. advmame-0.94
2. advmame-1.4
3. advmame
4. lr-fbalpha
5. lr-imame4all
6. lr-mame2003

if i put my roms in the mame2003 folder then i have no choices to choose from. See if that helps you.

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