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General / Re: joy numbering by device ID in windows 10
« on: September 17, 2019, 10:00:42 AM »
OMG, THANK YOU, I never saw this config page.  This will work fine for my setup (I have 8 control panels that can be attached to my cabinets for various games, so they play like they were designed to be played.  Not sure but I think this will work great, Thanks again!

I will have to test if AM will still work if it doesn't detect a joystick ID, will it skip it or change it to default, etc, as I remove a panel when not using it and ID change on the fly in windows with my setup.

Failed, fu*k.  I was so excited, but sometimes AM will assign a controller to joy2 when I have told it to use JOY0 (which should show up as Joy1 in controls I think).  Wondering if I can help out debugging this for devs.  Please tell me what I can do to help out, as this would help me and possible others out.

Do you think the nightlies would help out at all?

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.

Themes / Re: How can I update an older version of attract mode?
« on: February 24, 2019, 12:02:20 PM »
I upgraded my 2.41 to 2.51 today buy just overwriting all file included with the attract win64 zip overtop of my install directory.  All config files remained as there are non in 2.51 win64.

I of course backed my old version up before doing this and recommend you do the same in case of any troubles.
good luck

Any chance of getting an updated version of this?  Any way to use without usb drive (I know its readonly so power can be cut without fear of corruption).  Maybe more partitions on microSD.  Thanks

Emulators / Re: MAME slow rom loading and exiting
« on: August 23, 2018, 09:13:23 AM »
I figured more info out.  I reinstalled a clean windows 10x64 Pro (version 1709) on one of my MAME cabs and MAME/AttractMode are running great again.  Instant start of Rom and instant exit.  Something is messed up with 1803 Windows 10.  Stay away if you run MAME.

Just curious if anyone else had run into this issue.  (I have 4 mame machines in my house and all had the same issues)

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 / Re: Joystick Identification switches after every restart
« on: November 05, 2017, 06:52:25 PM »
you can add multiple joy codes to control AM.  If your using MAME you can set Joy ID's also.  I  feel your pain as I have this issue with my multiple Panel attactment setup.

General / Re: So is this thing dead then?
« on: August 11, 2017, 12:09:53 PM »
Any updates in the distant future?  I want easier sub menus, but nothing is really missing.   

General / Re: debug Attract-mode with Microsoft Visual Studio?
« on: August 11, 2017, 12:07:43 PM »
I would like to know how to do the same.  Maybe VS2015, or VS2012

General / Re: run program before and after emulator
« on: July 13, 2017, 04:21:24 PM »
Has anyone created a pluging to run before/run after functionallity?

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 / Re: startup options
« on: May 30, 2017, 10:47:13 AM »
what I have now is a program running in the background waiting for a NFC tag.  When it detects one it reads it and runs a program I wrote that closes an instances of Mame, AM, any win Games I have installed, etc.  It then launches AM with a specific config, which loads certain displays.  This works fine except I have to have different directories setup and stuff.  I thought it would be easier if I could tell AM to load a specific display, but I guess this works.  I will upload a video of this very soon as this is awesome stuff.

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 / Re: Are there any pc users here
« on: May 30, 2017, 04:43:42 AM »
get back to VP, just kidding

General / Re: usb controller unplugging causes error
« on: May 23, 2017, 05:10:22 AM »
I have an idea that might work.  I can create a AutoHotKey script to Kill AM and restart AM.  I then put a button on the cab that runs this script (Hidden and only exposed when replacing control panels.  Will test this out later today to see if this works, crossing fingers

I got it to work, more testing is needed, but it seems to work with this AHK script hooked up to a button on my cab to reload AM.

#NoEnv  ; Recommended for performance and compatibility with future AutoHotkey releases.
; #Warn  ; Enable warnings to assist with detecting common errors.
SendMode Input  ; Recommended for new scripts due to its superior speed and reliability.
SetWorkingDir %A_ScriptDir%  ; Ensures a consistent starting directory.

;Windows Key + A will run this routine
  Runwait, taskkill /im attract.exe /f
  SetWorkingDir, C:\Emulation\FrontEnds\AttractMode
  Run, "C:\Emulation\FrontEnds\AttractMode\attract.exe",,,myPID
  ;Msgbox Pid=%myPID%
  Sleep, 750
  WinActivate, ahk_pid %myPID%

Not sure why I have to have some sleeps in there, but it would not always work without them, any ideas on improving script??

Hope this helps someone else out there who might need to do something similar

Well still not perfect, but much better.  I still have to hit Alt-Tab once ever 10 or so times.  Any ideas on this one?

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