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Emulators / Re: Best Compression for Specific Emulators
« on: June 16, 2018, 11:23:24 AM »
I was expecting some ideas not a tutorial!  :o

Thank you!  ;D

Sadly I found msu hacks for the snes couple of days ago..so I effectively turned a few snes games into ISOs lol (2.5mb to 456mb!)
But they sound AWESOME! :D

Yeah don't get me wrong I would love for the pi to run everything..but it's not made for that..maybe in ten years? I am just trying to put as much as I can on the pi and get that off my PC I don't have a high end pc and I have a small HDD..that and well everybody wants it plugged into the TV... we'll see what the PI4 has.. I am hoping the new Raspberry PI zero (0.2?) will be built off the new pi 4 specs..yeah in two years maybe..but then I can get a stack of them

I have a USB drive I run everything from works great for me..just hate having to "haul an extra piece around"..that and they like to put it on top of the spare CRT I have. I saw a SNES build where they built the HHD into a snes cart and "stuck it in the machine" might do that.

I also want to point out that for 3D0 using the phoenix emulator you can use it to compress the roms down (binar it's called). It is actually just a little bit smaller than a chd of the same rom.

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Emulators / Re: Best Compression for Specific Emulators
« on: June 14, 2018, 02:01:20 PM »
Awesome work thank you for that progets!

You are coming from a PC side looks like..

What about a Raspberry PI?...why do you need space..well because your SD is small on a raspberry pi! ;P

Okay so here are my findings:

PSX (Psx-ReARMed)
     Crash Team Racing
ISO 605.7 MB difference of 0
IMG 605.7 MB difference of 0
BIN 605.7 MB difference of 0
CSO 421.9 MB difference of 183.8 MB
PBP 372.9 MB difference of 232.8 MB  <--- WINNER!
CHD 317.9 MB difference of 287.8 MB*

*Psx-Rearmed can not use a chd format but that is a 55 MB difference...add it across 10 games or so.well you get my point..

Mega Drive/Genesis:
         3 Ninjas Kick Back
BIN 2.1 MB  difference of 0
ZIP 917.8 KB  difference of 1232.6 KB (1.2 MB)
7z 741.9 KB  difference of 1408.5 KB (1.3 MB)

So compression is a GOOD thing for the PI on space...but you trade that for speed (thus slower load times), as stated by progets in the original post. With smaller ROMs (Atari, NES..ect. Might not make a big noticeable difference compressed on loading. And I am not even sure how much space you would get all together..but with a small SD card..yes even a 128GB..well space is important! I don't have $1,000 for a TB SD Card..I can't wait until I can afford one though..but hard drives are cheap :P

Question... know any good programs that will mass compress roms..or any ideas how to do it?

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Emulators / Re: Mednafen emulator
« on: April 05, 2018, 10:37:16 AM »
mednfen is VERY picky about the bios..I had this trouble also..and still do to a degree. you MUST have the right name and the right hash and file size for it to work correctly.

some pages that may help you:

https://mednafen.github.io/documentation/psx.html
https://forum.fobby.net/index.php?t=msg&goto=2763&

some games i can get to work..others I can not...as for which ones exactly i couldn't tell you.

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Themes / Re: SNES Classic Theme
« on: February 12, 2018, 08:21:05 PM »
Still waiting...

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General / Re: Attract mode booting to blank screen
« on: February 02, 2018, 06:19:13 PM »
I can not load my image at the moment.. however if you need to get a terminal you can press Ctrl+Alt+F2 (or F3 or F4 of F5) that gets you to where you have control.

as for a boot interrupt you can hold shift key in noobs...however I think the build is on raspian...

so i take it attract mode was set up and still is you just want to go to ES again? have you tried the tab get to get to the setup menu of attractmode and then rebuilt the attract mode "system menu"? The only other thing I can suggest is that you SSH into your pi and change the user start files NOT the boot files) not sure how to do it exactly I can look it up if need be...

For now let it boot totally..then drop to a terminal also note that the F4 key might drop you to a terminal as well) and kill AM) enable SSH:

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sudo raspi-config (press enter)
under interfacing options go down and enable SSH...
then type

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ifconfig (press emter)
take note of your ip address (ex.192.168.xxx.xxx)
grab filezilla and then log in with it...that way you can get access to the files you need to change

as for EXACTLY how to do it..I'll have to get back you..unless someone beats me to it....

might be the "hard way" but better than nothing..

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General / Re: needing some serious help!
« on: January 24, 2018, 08:37:11 PM »
Well all I can suggest is put linux on the machine. If you are trying to install groovy arcade then it is linux. Arch I believe.

If you are willing to wipe the drive and install just a linux desktop and then attract mode go for it.

Use Lbuntu. But you will have to compile attract mode yourself..I think..the repo maybe updated..and if it is... easy..

However if your hard drive is not available to groovy arcade then you may have the same problem with linux. Try another distro..

is windows all you can install on the machine?

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General / Re: HQ Video snaps freeze
« on: January 17, 2018, 10:49:50 AM »
Since you are on a PC you can use Steven Selph's scraper. The videos WILL work on a PC however you will have to compile it but it will work.

     You just have to batch encode them with handbrake you can do that from the command line I did a "full" batch of videos for arcade for my pi. (The pi doesn't like 60fps @ 640x480...heh.) The scraper works but it brings down unusable videos. Just let in run over night or while at work. Or create a batch file and run that.

Here i did it for you This will convert them with the x264 encoder to a size of 640x480 @60fps with a volume drop of -20:
1. Copy it to the folder you have your videos located
2. Open it in notepad
3. change the output paths using search and replace
4. change -o path/ to the output folder you want (e.x. create an output folder inside the folder your videos are in)
     A. open the empty folder you want your videos to go in and then copy the path from the bar at the top and paste it into the "replace with" bar.
5. So now you have for example -o /arcade/videos/output/ (yes you need the -o and space! and the ending /) in the replace with box.
6. then click replace all
7. then save the file
8. now double click the bat file or

run from the command line
      a. Press windows key+r
      b. Type cd then the path to your videos folder (the folder you dropped the bat file into copy it from file explorer and then into the command window if you want) ex.
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cd games/arcade/videos
then type
Code: [Select]
clihandbrake.bat press enter

if it throws any errors let me know (copy and paste it here (and note double clicking it will not produce and output if there are errors )) you can stop it by pressing ctrl+x
note not all videos will be found to convert..this is normal.

[Took me longer to type all that then it did to make the batch file!   :o ]



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General / Re: External Disk Attract and Enulationstation
« on: January 17, 2018, 10:11:49 AM »

I have, for example, Atari2600 roms. For the No Attract Mode I have to copy in the folder retropie-mount/roms/atari2600 and the system recognize the roms.
For the Attract mode I have to copy in piroms/atari2600 and the system recognize the roms.

Ok so I am guessing here that no Attract Mode means EmulationStation. Am I correct? If so please just say Emulationstation

Second let me made sure I understand:
1. You want all the games and media on the external HDD with just the operating system. configuration files on the SD card.correct?
     Easy to do. (I assumed that you already have done it.) If everything is on your HDD..

I do not know why you have two folders of roms for the same system. That is not needed. If the path  retropie-mount/roms/atari2600 works with emulationstation then all you have to do is set up Attract mode to use that path as well.

1. On the main Attract mode screen Press the Esc button
2. Go to emulators
3. Go to Atari2600
4. Got to roms path
5. Enter  retropie-mount/roms/atari2600 there
6. Press Escape
7. Now go down to generate list (if is asks to overwrite your list say yes)
8. When done press Esc twice (you should be back on the main screen)
9. look at your atari 2600 list

This can be done with every path (for videos, marquees, etc.) Just point it to the path that is shown. Note that is you are looking at the path over ssh or sfpt (a network) you will NOT get the right folder. You need the local path on the pi.

I find your path strange though normally the path starts with /media/usb0/ for an external device on the pi. That is where you should be looking for your hdd...from beyond that you can have whatever path you want.

Remember when using a HDD you MUST have it powered separately the pi can NOT power the pi by itself it was never designed to do that!

read through these write-ups here an see if they can help you as well:...

http://forum.attractmode.org/index.php?topic=1777.msg12521#msg12521
http://forum.attractmode.org/index.php?topic=328.0
http://forum.attractmode.org/index.php?topic=344.0

if you can get attract mode and emulationstation to read your roms  and make a list from the same folder (or different if you want) tell me. THEN we will work on making work and switch between them.

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General / Re: External Disk Attract and Enulationstation
« on: January 15, 2018, 05:59:58 PM »
Thanks a lot...  :D

I want to have shared roms in EmulationStation and Attract Mode.

In the External drive EmulationStation want a retropie-mount folder and attract mode want a piroms.

Can I switch one of the two??

Thanks

I'm sorry I don't fully understand what you are wanting here. You don't have to have anything on the sd card except the operating system..you can store everything on the hdd as far as attract mode or emulationstation is concerned. However in order for us to get it working I need to know what you are storing on each device.

to answer your first statement:
   Your roms can be shared between emulation station and attract mode...however again you have to set the path to the roms in attract mode for them to be found. if they are on the external drive then you need to put that path into the config files for attract mode. If they are on an sd card (assuming you are using a raspberry pi) then you make sure the path is set to the correct path on the pi.

That being said..you need to tell me what you are using to run retopie on.
       1. Are you running retro pie on a PC or a raspberry pi?
        2. If it is on a PC what operating system are you running?
        3. You need to tell me where your roms and artwork are being stored
        4. What is on the HDD and what is on the sd card (if you are using a pi)

If you can not tell me that then I can not help you. It is not that i do not want to..it is that i can not because I do not have information to start problem solving with.

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General / Re: External Disk Attract and Enulationstation
« on: January 15, 2018, 05:44:55 PM »

Mac OS 10 you can use Automator to create an action to bulk strip those tags from the file name. Automator comes bundles with OS 10.4+

My guess since he/she is using emulation station and attract mode, they are likely using retropie.

Thank you for that information.  :D

I assume that as well however i need to know if the op is on a raspberry pi or PC retroPie can be installed on a PC and it works the same as the rasp pi..however paths will be different of course. I need to know this information so I know what i am working with.

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General / Re: External Disk Attract and Enulationstation
« on: January 14, 2018, 02:15:38 PM »
You have to use Attract Mode OR Emulation Station You can not use both.

To set up attract mode all you have to do is set your paths to the directories to the items. (Marquees, Flyers, Snaps, etc.)


1. I need to know if you are on a PC and if so what operating system you are running in order to help you!
2. Are you loading your roms and artwork from the HDD? or just the artwork?

If you are using a PC then use the full path that your file browser program lists in the address bar to your artwork folder and use that information into the attract mode config file. If you do that then here is some other things to know:


Note that if you set up emulationstation and scraped the artwork through there the artwork WILL NOT work. This is because emulationstation adds "tags" to the artwork (i.e. -marquee -video) so Attract Mode does not see them and use them. To fix that you have to rename all the art work removing the "tags" (i.e. gng-video.mp4 to gng.mp4) There is a problem with that though..now you "break" Emulation from working now. If you are not going to use Emulationstation any longer no big deal..if you want to use both there is a "quick" fix...

Rename all your artwork. (use Bulk Rename Utility for windows or pyrenamer for linux [it's in your repository]). Then MAKE A BACK UP or your gamelist.xml from emulationstation. Next open it in a TEXT editor (windows users better to use notepad++ here because you HAVE to save it as a linux file..wordpad and the like will use windows encoding and thus make your list unsuable to linux) Finally search and replace -video.mp4</video> with .mp4</video>. This will strip the "tag" from there and emulation station will still read the information and work as normal..and you can switch back and forth between Attract Mode and Emulation Station.

If you need more help let me know.

(Sorry mac users i don't own a mac..anyone with a mac if you do this please post software tools and links.)

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General / Re: What the hell is "Arcade" - emulator?
« on: January 08, 2018, 12:26:48 AM »
I have everything dumped into my arcade folder..if you had to put a quarter in to get in to start it's in there. Everything. All my roms are mixed. I have some that work with mame 2003 some that work with advmame 1.4 some with advmame 3.5 some with fba and some with mame 2010. and yes even daphne.

Just note that it is a pain to set them up..yes I did it one by one per rom..and STILL working on them. The last thing I want to do is "fix" the controls. that is trackball and spinner games..ones that will work I keep..if i can not set them up to use a joystick they are out..

it can be done IF you are willing to do it..but it is time and patience.

Note that any time will show up even if it has an empty folder in it. You have to make sure you have the correct romset as well for the right emulator!

As for your reference to "Arcade" you are seeing the script that is used in retropie..NOT an executable or binary. Retropie DOES NOT call any program directly only a script..and this one is called "arcade". Any game you run from the arcade folder used that script to launch..this is true from any system..the scripts are named by system for ease of use and programing (of course).

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executable           /opt/retropie/supplementary/runcommand/runcommand.sh
args                 0 _SYS_ arcade "[romfilename]"

every bit of that works together and calls that script..then it looks in that script for that "agrs" line

When i was using MAMEWah I had a game called dkong.nul a zero byte file. It was just a place holder so the game would be listed. From there on launch it placed the text dkong into the command line..which called a dkong.ini file..which was read and then used the command line configuration in that ini file to launch the game. Thus it allowed me to use more than one emulator but keep all my games in one folder. This is what RetroPie is doing. "Arcade" means nothing...just a placeholder..it depends on what emulator that script calls because you tell it to use that emulator instead of say advmame as a default.

Just so you know dkong will run in mame2010 just fine try that. As for your corruption problem with advance mame..that does not make any sense to me. No not saying it doesn't happen...this IS a computer and software we are talking about....just saying it weird beyond reason to me anyway.

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General / Re: What the hell is "Arcade" - emulator?
« on: January 06, 2018, 10:23:01 AM »
Are you asking what an arcade emulator is? 

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When I go to run Donkey Kong in my Nintendo Classics display, it references dkong.zip (Donkey Kong US set 1).  The emulator choice (in the description/options) indicates that it calls Arcade to emulate the game.

There are many "arcade emulators". MAME being the most popular..then you have ZiNC, D.I.C.E., Win Kawaks, Raine, Nebula. An arcade emulator is software that emulates the software of a hardware arcade cabinet. Or simply makes your computer be (or think it is) something else. A nes emulator makes your computer think it's a nes..etc...etc...

As for YOUR issue an arcade emulator on retropie is:
  1. A MAME libretro core
  2. A Final Burn Alpha libretro core
  3. Advance MAME (a stand alone emulator)
  4. PI MAME (a stand alone emulator)
  5. PI FBA (a stand alone emulator of Final Burn Alpha)

For your game you will want to use Advance mame  (advmame) or the mame 2003 core. Hell for that game you could use the mame 2010 libretro core. It will work just fine in advmame though (at least it does for me).

Your sound being off has nothing to do with retropie or advmame has everything to do with linux. This same problem occurs on linux PCs as well (spent two nights finding a solution long ago).

here is a snip of my advmame.rc (configuration) file: (it is found in /opt/retropie/configs/mame-advmame/advmame.rc)

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          from my pi:                                from my pc:
device_alsa_device default           device_alsa_device sdl
device_alsa_mixer channel            device_alsa_mixer channel
           ---                                  ---
device_sound auto                    device_sound auto

look at the lines I posted here from my pi...do yours have the same thing? If not try the sdl change.
To do this you need a keyboard attached to your pi. then:
 1. From emulation station..press F4 this drops you to a terminal (command line in windows)
 2. type
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cd / press enter
 3. then type
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sudo nano /opt/retropie/configs/mame-advmame/advmame.rc press enter
 4. use the arrow keys to move down to the line that reads device_alsa_device
 5. then change anything AFTER the device_alsa_device (i.e. default or sdl)
 6. press ctrl+x
 7. press y
 8. press enter
 9. now type
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emulationstation to get back to emulationstation

From emulation station start donkey kong but use the advmame emulator NOT the advmame 1.4 or anything else

post if you have any more problems. Also note that we here at attractmode have nothing to do with the retropie project. You would need to go to the retropie fourms. However also note that you are not using an official image so you will get little help there. We can try to help you here..but again an unofficial image..anything can be changed..thus causing problems...

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General / Re: generating list of only "working" games.
« on: January 06, 2018, 09:14:25 AM »
Thw word "working" here is just a filler term. Many games work..however many games only work if use the clone or bootleg.

That being said...

You could try romlister to make a list for attract mode with the games you want

Here is a tutorial on how to use it.

Only other way to do it is go game by game. Street Fighter EX does work in mame..however it does not work on my old cabinet machine. So you have hardware limitations as well.

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General / Re: HELP!! atari 2600 wont work
« on: January 06, 2018, 09:03:57 AM »
First of all I am going to assume you are running windows? Secondly stella should work quite easily.

However looking at your config file...

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executable           emulators\retroarch\retroarch.exe -L emulators\retroarch\cores\stella_libretro.dll
to me should be

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executable          C:\emulators\retroarch\retroarch.exe -L emulators\retroarch\cores\stella_libretro.dll
I could be wrong here..and of course replace C:\ with your drive letter...

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