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General / joy numbering by device ID in windows 10
« on: September 16, 2019, 08:49:36 PM »
A while back I asked if attractmode could use device ID's in windows instead of Joystick numbering.  Windows 10 reissues joystick numbers and is not consistant from boot to boot.  Really sucks.  MAME works with a ctrl.cfg file that makes mame assign a specific joystick # to a specific Device ID, works great.  I need this with attractmode.

Emulators / MAME slow rom loading and exiting
« on: August 22, 2018, 11:45:19 AM »
I have had this trouble for a while now, so I'm not sure what is causing it.  I have windows 10x64 (all latest patches) and MAME.200b (tried older ones also).  When I run mame64.exe and pick rom, it takes 3 seconds to come up (it used to take .5 second) and another 2-3 seconds to quit rom and get back control in mame.  Any ideas?  thanks

I did try turning off MS defender, which I thought worked, but still slow.  I thought it was fast for 1 game load, but can't repeat.


PS. I did a clean install of Win7 on another computer and MAME.200bx86 runs super fast, so I assume it has something to do with Windows 10x64 and one of the latest updates.  Anyone running Win10x64??

General / windows joystick numbering
« on: June 23, 2017, 08:41:37 AM »
I'm having some issues with joystick numbering in AM.  Does anyone know how this is done.  What I'm looking for is a way to specify a number for each joystick by its USB device ID.   MAME has this capability now by using controller files and using something like

<mapdevice device="Generic   USB  Joystick   product_00060079-0000-0000-0000-504944564944 instance_719b54d0-567f-11e7-8001-444553540000" controller="JOYCODE_5" />
I'm looking for something like this.  Windows is very strange how it assigns numbers to joysticks upon boot, its not always the same.  Thanks

General / startup options
« on: May 30, 2017, 04:45:43 AM »
I'm looking for a way to start AM with a certain Display loaded.  Hopefully through a command line argument.  Any ideas on how to load a certain display on startup?  thanks
I got it to work with different configs loaded using -c arguement, but this is not perfect as I don't want multiple copies of AM around, just a different display loaded.

If I get this to work I have an incredible idea and will show a very cool video of my setup

General / usb controller unplugging causes error
« on: May 22, 2017, 03:10:47 PM »
I posted this in the bug report section, but thought this might be  better place as I'm not sure if its a bug or a limitation.  anyway, I totally Love this FE, definitely the best I have ever used. I have removable control panels for my mame cabs. I have run into an issue where if AM is running browsing games and I switch a control panel (usb ipac2), AM gets into a non responsive state. see link for error message. Any ideas?

I tried adding to the if statement
 && (move_duration > 0)  to eliminate the error, but still no control once the usb controller is removed and reinserted. 

So close to a perfect mame machine but I have to quit out of AM now inorder to change control panels

I can post a youtube vid of this happening if needed

General / windows 10 version 1607 trouble
« on: August 10, 2016, 08:20:39 AM »
Has anyone upgraded to this version yet.  The taskbar has got some new "features" but stays on even during launch of AM, so some real estate is lost.  I can check the auto-hide on desktop option, but it seems to still take up some real estate even though its not visible.  Curious on others experiences.

General / am crashes sometimes when removing usb device
« on: August 01, 2016, 04:56:59 AM »
I have made a new mame cabinet with interchangable control panels (each with its own ipac-2).  Sometimes when I'm in AM and I unplug the control panel, AM crashes.  I don't really want a keyboard installed so this is a fairly large problem for me.  I'm starting to use a program that will monitor a program and restart if it detects a crash, but this seems like a poor workaround.  Anyone else see this behavior.  its not always reproducable but happens often enough that I wanted to bring it up.  Love AM, its the best FrontEnd I have ever used.  Thanks guys

Scripting / screen saver changes
« on: July 14, 2016, 10:11:13 AM »
I'm trying to change up the default screen saver, but have troubles.  I usually just get a black screen, so I messed some stuff up. I see that

had a similar idea that I also want.  Can anyone help me out.

I want it to be like hyperspin and spin my wheel to a random game and play its video (sometimes with sound and others without).

Love this FE

General / upgrading
« on: February 28, 2016, 04:37:35 AM »
When upgrading AM, is there a way to easily copy over new files over existing installation.  I dont want to setup my emulators and settings everytime AM is upgraded.  Thanks for the new version, it seems to run emulators in Windows x64 better than before (ie altirra, etc)

General / run program before and after emulator
« on: February 09, 2016, 02:51:46 PM »
Is there a way to run a program before an emulator is launched and another program when finished before going back to AM?

General / some emulators dont start riht
« on: January 28, 2016, 02:30:11 PM »
With my 1.62 under windows 10, some emulators such as Altirra 2.7, and applewin are not working.  It was working before (pretty sure) with older AM.  What happens is it just sits at the AM screen, but I hear the emulator running, but I can't task switch to it or anything.  Very strange.  Also a very strange thing, when opening up task manager I see that AttrackMode has been renamed to "Graphical Front-End for command line emulators"  Any Ideas (seems like video drawing conflicts)

Scripting / screensaver help
« on: November 28, 2015, 07:29:56 AM »
Is there a way to have a screensaver just randomly rotate through my current list and after a certain amount of time repeat.

Scripting / fe.gameinfo
« on: August 27, 2015, 01:02:46 PM »
Not sure what I'm doing wrong, but I can't get updated return values when using fe.gameinfo.  when doing this the value returned does NOT change even though it should when I can selection (its a different emulator)

local emu = fe.add_text( fe.game_info(Info.Emulator), flx*0.01, fly*0.01, flw*0.3, flh*0.03 );

any ideas.  Im trying to display a different image depending on the emulator that the selected game runs under.   Thanks

General / info_source
« on: July 29, 2015, 05:43:22 AM »
What do the Info_Source and system parameters mean in the emulators cfg files.  Not sure what they do.  Thanks

General / intro video
« on: June 12, 2015, 06:19:28 AM »
Is there a way to play an "intro" video upon startup of attractmode.  I found a great video on this forum that I would like to play everytime I start up the cab.

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