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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

Still confused getting this working... can I download from windows onto my desktop Advance MAME; somehow just drag & drop a file (.xml file it produces ?) into my RPI3B+ Using WinSCP ? I tried this already as Attract Mode doesn't seem to care about .xml files within my rom folder. Still not really clear on this process, or do I need to exit out of Attract Mode, go back into Emulation Station, Download under experimental packages Advance Mame on the RPI3B+ At that point I'm still confused about what to do.



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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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@ pibuilder
You're using an RPI?
I'm using a Windows System. But I think it's the same steps:

start AM > press TAB key > choose your displayname of mame (in my case : mame) > on 'Info Source/Scraper' choose : listxml > Generate Collection/Rom List

After this, I've got the correct names (instead of filenames)

And here are my display settings of emulator system mame

Yes I'm using an RPI3B+ I anticipate on placing it within a dedicated arcade cabinet. Unfortunately this didn't seem to work & I followed exact instructions from your post... As you can see the problems still present as an example of these games etc..as you can see the bottom text shows the MAME .ZIP name not the game name still:



I followed the exact instructions still didn't fix / resolve my issue:



Also when I go to
WinSCP


 it doesn't look like it generated any .xml file etc, I know it would be under the "L's" as list.xml but it claims within ATTRACT MODE that the list was generated however I still have the same issues it's still showing the mame .zip file names. I see another link to another method I'm going to try that as an alternative to getting these to show properly within attract mode.

Again though I'm using MAME .78u lite set pus neo geo plus dragson's lair, along with mame 2003. I'm NOT USING Advance Mame. I don't even have advance mame installed on my retroPi.
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Scripting / Re: Possible Attract-Mode BUG: Listbox not fade correctly.
« Last post by Oomek on Yesterday at 06:53:44 AM »
Most likely you forgot to add sel_alpha property to the list
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General / Re: Poll: What systems do you use most (85%+) of the time?
« Last post by bundangdon on Yesterday at 04:44:10 AM »
For me, all of the above  :D
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General / Re: Multi Monitor not working
« Last post by hermine.potter on Yesterday at 01:20:20 AM »
Finally figured out, how it works on Windows.

Maybe this is helpful to anybody who wants Multiple Monitors / Multi Displays / extended screen view for artwork / show marquee on second 2nd screen:
Tested on :
AM version 2.3 (WinXP, Win7, Win10) 
AM version 2.4 (Windows 7, Windows 10)

>this is my setup:


>settings in Windows:
-two displays (windows is set to extended view)
first display : Windows primary screen; shows AM
second display : extended; shows marquee artwork

>settings in AM:
start AM > press TAB key > General > Window Mode > set to 'Fillscreen (Default)' or 'Fullscreen Mode'

start AM > press TAB key > General > Enable Multiple Monitors : Yes

start AM > press TAB key > Plug-Ins > MultiMon : Enabled

if something is wrong/not correct with your cable installation, you only see this window (maybe your cable is broken => check):


if everything is wired correct, you see more options. In my case I've chosen marquee artwork for second display:


>other layouts:
works with the standard layouts and own/user layouts too.
Tested with
cockpit theme
robospin
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Announcements / Re: Version 2.4 sneaking in!
« Last post by hermine.potter on Yesterday at 12:48:44 AM »
Thanks.
Tested on Windows 7 and Windows 10.
x86 and x64.
Works perfect.

short info:
version 2.4 doesn't longer supports native Windows XP/WinXP.
shows different missing .dll errors / .dll files not found
If you're using WinXP use version 2.3
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General / Poll: What systems do you use most (85%+) of the time?
« Last post by progets on July 18, 2018, 11:07:39 PM »
How do you use Attract-Mode?
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General / Re: How to get attract to detect game from cd tray
« Last post by progets on July 18, 2018, 10:47:34 PM »
I would agree that this method is dated... probably obsolete. It could be done using RocketLauncher, creating a script or using "dummy" .txt files that are named the same as your games.

The question is why would you want that setup and is it worth the configuration time vs. converting your CDs/DVDs to files (which would load and play faster and require no physical intervention)?

Check these out to see how most do it today http://forum.attractmode.org/index.php?topic=2290.msg15484#msg15484 and http://forum.attractmode.org/index.php?topic=2307.15
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