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General / Re: Roms work in AM but not in Mame64 (not kidding)
« on: July 21, 2018, 01:54:08 PM »
 @informix okay I have to ask is everything starting correctly when using Attract Mode? (Thus games are loading no errors no crashes?)

I am not too sure what the problem is myself. I have the same problem..from the mame GUI I get an error.. however everything works when started from AM just fine. So I have not bothered to look into it.

To update your mame set (the easy way) you need a program called CLRMame Pro (or another rom manager) https://mamedev.emulab.it/clrmamepro/#downloads and you need a .dat (data) file from here http://www.progettosnaps.net/dats/

BEFORE YOU RUN CLRMAME PRO ON YOUR ROMS MAKE A BACKUP COPY OF THEM..YES THAT MEANS CHDS AS WELL!!!!!

this video should help https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0h5wvz1fjN8
no i did not make the video I am not to blame for anything there!

you are correct about maybe getting a new rom from a better board or a new missing rom or even a renamed rom. And that is about it honestly you can use and OLD rom set in a never version of mame..IF..the rom has NEVER been updated at all...i.e. the info never changes. However as said above..well that happens quite often for many roms every update. So you may be missing a rom that the newer version of mame wants..or it may just be updated and you don't have the updated one so mame gripes.

A rom manager does four things mainly...it merges your roms..fixes your roms..updates your roms..and checks for missing roms

Fixing may just mean renaming..but sometimes it's resizing..
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Updating means that it sees that a new rom has been added to a existing rom and opens it places the missing (new) file(s)into your original.

Merging means is puts all the roms into one zip (parent and clone together (can waste space that way) but can make it easier to manage

Missing..well it checks for missing roms


More about romsets here http://docs.mamedev.org/usingmame/aboutromsets.html
and here http://www.xente.mundo-r.com/mame/Update286.html yes it gets technical

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Announcements / Re: Version 2.4 sneaking in!
« on: July 21, 2018, 12:42:14 PM »
In the next version I want it Attract Mode to pay off my debts...Okay Okay..I know let's be realistic..you can't make it do that.

But I DO expect to make my coffee for me in version 2.5  :P

No problems that I can see on Linux 64-bit smooth and awesome as always great job guys :D

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Well that was my fault then.. I assumed it would overwrite your old list and not append to it...

Easiest way to fix the would have been just to delete your list (arcade.txt) as a file (no need to open and erase just delete it) and then let AM rebuild the list from scratch.

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Gonna have to try that one..a lot easier than how i did it for sure!  ::)

I have my FBA daphne and mame roms in one list as well. It's a pain to do with Emulation station though. MUCH easier to do with Attract Mode..even though i did it the "hard way". Here's hoping the PI4 will allow AM to run silky smooth..I'm about done with the ES side of things..making it to where I can switch from ES to AM and back whenever I feel like it :D

I'm wanting to set up my PI not by system but genre..most that use my pi don't care about the system. Most just want a fighting game or puzzle game ect..but that is for a different thread...

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You need to install advance mame you can not pull the xml out of it and use it.

Here is your problem... to generate an xml file (at least in mame) you call mame FIRST then add the command option to make it spit out the xml.

So you MUST point attract mode to the mame executable and then it reads the xlm inside the exe (sort of)

So yes:
1.download and install advance mame on to your pi using the retropie menu.
2. edit the mame/arcade/ emulator config file (example arcade.cfg) you can edit it directly from the pi or through ssh

 follow my guide link above.


if you are still stuck...


if there is no exe file (or bin in this case for linux) then you CAN NOT generate a list because again when you generate the list using the option..it looks for the executable so that it can make it cough up the xml...no executable no xml period.
That is how most (if not all) emulators generate the names list..the mame core is not a "real" executable..thus not xml..or long file name list (dkong instead of donkey kong)

That being said..are you connected to the internet when you generate your list? if you are before you generate your list..make sure you are conected to the internet and change the info source to the gamesdb.net..NOW try to generate your list it SHOULD work...

if you can not get on line with your pi (and I assume you can) or the gamesbd is down for whatever reason...THEN you can try the "hard way" as a last resort (following my guide)

another option is to set up attract mode on your PC and download advance mame and set up attract mode to use advance mame as the executable, tell it where your roms are, and then use the listxml as a source. you can then copy the game list over to the pi and overwrite the old one

if you are still stuck let me know

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*facepaws*oh yeah..DUH!  ::)

okay pibuilder you CAN NOT use the listxml option to make a list on the pi...retroarch cores do NOT have that option. You MUST use a "real" emulator (in this case advance mame) because it has a list xml to build a proper list from.

How ever...

You SHOULD be able t0 build one making sure that you are connected to thin internet and you choose the games.db as a source for information. Note that if the games.db is down for ANY reason..you're toast..(i.e. no list). The best thing to do like  progets said is to try my method http://forum.attractmode.org/index.php?topic=1764.msg12450

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Themes / Re: Hello-Nintendo Theme
« on: July 18, 2018, 12:11:14 PM »
Awesome work Dal1980. Love the theme keep it up! and I want more systems too..but take your time...but i want them ALL by tomorrow!  :P ;)

I'll watch with anticipation take your time no rush.

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Announcements / Re: Version 2.4 sneaking in!
« on: July 18, 2018, 11:36:59 AM »
About time you code monkeys got it together! I had to ration the banana intake for them to encourage them to work faster  ;)

(No really guys that is awesome. LOVE my AM :D Thanks for all your hard work!  8) )

P.S. Always remember people E=MC2 

That is More Code=Errors   Have to be patient and give them time..never want to rush perfection right?  ;)

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I have to +1 hermine here that is usually the problem in this case 99.6% of the time..even I forget from time to time.

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General / Re: Roms work in AM but not in Mame64 (not kidding)
« on: July 18, 2018, 11:30:27 AM »
Yes I find I have the same problem as well. it may have something to do with the software lists? Don't quote me on that.
But if I have an older chd for KI works fine from the command line..from the gui I get the error...soooo..thus my guess...

Never tried updating the chd and then trying..as long as it was not broken i didn't fix it  ;)

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General / Re: thegamesdb.net
« on: July 06, 2018, 09:47:23 AM »

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General / Re: Artwork Won't Scrape!!?
« on: July 06, 2018, 09:44:20 AM »
The gamebd.net is under going some changes I think.  Stelh's scrapper will not work nor will Emulationstation. So it is not just Attractmode that has the problem. I ran into this a few weeks back..the the games DB worked..now it doesn't. Like I said think they are undergoing changes to the website. Gonna have to wait this one out folks.

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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 3DO 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. they are smaller than a bin or iso but chd is still smaller overall..but this emulator can't read/understand a chd

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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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