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I registered to report a bug and relaized that the bug report subforum just links to github. Since I have no github account (the interface is horrible enough to keep me away, for anything) and already registered here, I was thinking if you don't want this bug report in here, then I would be grateful if someone posts following report in below paragraph to github on account (note the different semantics of "account" now) of me or him/herself if need be.

Ok, so I have set everything up for running MAME 0.78, and no matter what myriads of custom config (related to paths and args) I could come up with, the AM refused to launch emulator (just a brief "black screen" for a few milliseconds, after which attract mode GUI returned back). As I examined the log file (and attract-console), I saw no wrong. The paths and args expanded as intended and yet nothing happened. I copied that exact expanded commandline into console and executed with success. Ths was perplexing, very perplexing. I lanched DebugView to see if it had functionality to intercept and log the "commandline" (precesses and args) invoked by a given process (in this case, AM). While I had DEbugView open, I ran AM again, and suddenly...YES. I thought to myself: "wtf!!!". I exited AM, closed DebugView and ran AM again, and again it refused to launch emulator. I lanched DebugView again and repeated, and again AM DID lanch emulator. I wondered if it had anything to do with DebugView's window set to "always in front", so launched another app to verify, this time Task Manager. So I launched task manager with and without "always on top" (in that order), with the result of success and failure (in that order). I further examined by changing AM's window mode to the other options, and it becomes clear that..

Attract mode can only successfully launch emulator if..

1) at least one app (for example Task Manager) runs with it's window being in front layer ("always on top").
2) Attract-Mode runs in windowed mode.

    CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ (2GB RAM)
    GPU: ATI Radeon HD4550 (512MB VRAM)
    OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit

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