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General / Official AM icon
« on: November 06, 2018, 03:18:13 PM »
I was wondering if the AM icon bundled with the Windows build is the official one for the FE. You'd think it is, but the image of an arcade button with a person on it doesn't seem to be used anywhere else on the site or the community so maybe it's not. I ask because I use custom icons for the programs I launch from the dock, and I always base them after the official icons.

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Emulators / Re: Best Compression for Specific Emulators
« on: November 05, 2018, 08:33:34 AM »
I'm replying you here so that more people see this great post. Thank you SO much for this tip! I had no idea any type of lossless/almost lossless compression existed at such level. I've almost halved the size of my PlayStation collection, and I'm looking forward to doing the same for other systems, in a format that is also "cleaner" (at least in terms of being a single file).

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General / Re: RetroArch works but shows a black screen
« on: October 31, 2018, 05:25:57 PM »
Thanks a ton once again! it was solved by changing to d3d, which actually solved some other issues I had. I've been using open gl until now because last time RA wouldn't launch last time I tried in d3d, but it seems I installed the correct something between then and now.

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General / Re: Roms into subfolders
« on: October 29, 2018, 11:17:01 AM »
Thank you so much for the throughout explanation! I'd never been able to figure this one on my own. I do wonder though how most people do it if they don't use subfolders, specially for systems were the games are generally in multi-part formats. For example, in Saturn, one game is at least 2 files, and up to 30+

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General / Re: RetroArch works but shows a black screen
« on: October 28, 2018, 08:56:01 PM »
The Window one fixes it, but it's very undesirable because it runs windowed instead of fullscreen, I see the taskbar, and so on. Any other solution?

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General / RetroArch works but shows a black screen
« on: October 28, 2018, 05:04:38 PM »
I'm having a really weird issue. I'm on Windows 8, and AM seems to load up games on RetroArch just fine, except all I see is a black screen. I know the game has loaded because I can hear the sounds, and I can control it with my joystick, but the thing is completely black. The only way I can see the game is if I Alt+Tab out of RA, and into it again.

It also doesn't happen if I launch them from retroarch.exe, without AM.

I have no idea what's going on. Here's my attract.cfg, and the .cfg for one the emulators: https://pastebin.com/bVM0bLSB / https://pastebin.com/K4EEWDJu

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General / Re: Meaning of "emulator" in regards to displays
« on: October 27, 2018, 04:25:35 PM »
Thanks guys. One last question, how come I can't change the name of the emulator after its set up? I know it sort of doesn't matter since it's an internal thing (since you can change the name of displays), but say I wanted to change them - would it be okay if I change the name of the .cfg file, and then rebuild the rom list?

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General / Re: Roms into subfolders
« on: October 27, 2018, 09:56:54 AM »
e.g. zsnes:
if folder-name and romfilename are identical (C:\attract\EMU\zsnes\roms\mygame1234\mygame1234.smc)
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executable           C:\attract\EMU\zsnes\zsnesw.exe
args                 -m "[romfilename]\[name].smc"
rompath              C:\attract\EMU\zsnes\roms\
romext               <DIR>

set as rom-extension <DIR>
and set as argument for zsnes -m "[romfilename]\[name].smc"

just adjust config to dreamcast arguments.

How does this work if I have multiple extensions on the folder?

I don't understand this. What does "multiple extensions on the folder" mean? Do you mean "multiple extensions in the folder"?

This is an old thread. What OS? What emulator? What folder structure?

Yes, multiple extensions in the directory. So for Dreamcast I've got games in .cdi and gdi

Sorry it's an old thread, but it has good info on the issue so I thought it'd be be better to revive it. It's Windows, any emulator since I'm more concerned about the folder structure working than the particular command (for the sake of an example, say it's nullDC), and I have all my games in their own subfolders. So Dreamcast > Crazy Taxy > Crazy Taxi.cdi

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General / Meaning of "emulator" in regards to displays
« on: October 26, 2018, 07:17:13 PM »
Should I setup an "emulator" thinking on the display, or the emulator itself? Because, for example, I use Gambatte for both Game Boy and Game Boy Color, and those are two separate systems, for which I want separate displays. So should I make Gambatte (Game Boy) and Gambatte (Game Boy Color) as separate "emulators" (even though they're the same .exe)? Because otherwise I get confused with how to separate them into two displays - I mean, how would I do it, considering I'm providing "Gambatte" with both GB and GBC directories of ROMS, GB and GBC directories for artwork, etc.

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General / Re: Hyperlist.xml
« on: October 26, 2018, 06:08:12 PM »
Thanks much for the reply. I've been looking at a number of threads, but I'm not sure what I'm looking for when it comes to most optimal. Do you mean the thegamesdb scrapper is better than this?

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General / Re: Roms into subfolders
« on: October 26, 2018, 05:59:56 PM »
e.g. zsnes:
if folder-name and romfilename are identical (C:\attract\EMU\zsnes\roms\mygame1234\mygame1234.smc)
Code: [Select]
executable           C:\attract\EMU\zsnes\zsnesw.exe
args                 -m "[romfilename]\[name].smc"
rompath              C:\attract\EMU\zsnes\roms\
romext               <DIR>

set as rom-extension <DIR>
and set as argument for zsnes -m "[romfilename]\[name].smc"

just adjust config to dreamcast arguments.

How does this work if I have multiple extensions on the folder?

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General / Hyperlist.xml
« on: October 26, 2018, 11:52:14 AM »
Hey guys. Trying to set up AM for the first time. I come from RetroFE, were the metadata for games is handled from root folder > meta > hyperlist, were there are dozens of .xml files with the name of the systems, containing info for the games of that system. So the one for Super Famicom goes:

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<?xml version="1.0"?>
<menu>
  <header>
    <listname>Super Famicom</listname>
    <lastlistupdate>11/26/2011</lastlistupdate>
    <listversion>1.3 Final</listversion>
    <exporterversion>HyperList XML Exporter Version 1.3 Copywrite (c) 2009-2011 William Strong</exporterversion>
  </header>
  <game name="2020 Super Baseball" index="true" image="2">
    <description>2020 Super Baseball</description>
    <cloneof></cloneof>
    <crc>0d77933e</crc>
    <manufacturer>SNK</manufacturer>
    <year>1993</year>
    <genre>Sports/Baseball</genre>
    <rating>Other - NR (Not Rated)</rating>
    <score>4.6</score>
    <players>2</players>
    <enabled>Yes</enabled>
  </game>
...

The way it works is - if there is a filename matching the <game name>, it appends all its info to it.

So I'm wondering how can I import this into AM? If not possible, what's the equivalent?

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