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Themes / Re: Elegante theme showcase [example video and screenshots] [WIP]
« Last post by jedione on June 29, 2020, 03:18:08 PM »
if this could be on pie 4,  i would be in heaven
Themes / Re: PCCA Hyperspin theme conversion for Attract-Mode [Beta Release!]
« Last post by pcca-matrix on June 29, 2020, 02:52:43 PM »
Hi all,

as I have very little free time, I asked Yaron to take care of presenting the theme and managing the thread.

I prefer to keep the time I have to improve the script.

I hope you find it useful, I would continue to improve it and add new features over time.

if you find a bug please open an issue on github, I'm sure to see it and it's easier to manage.

Have fun  :D
Themes / Re: PCCA Hyperspin theme conversion for Attract-Mode [Beta Release!]
« Last post by jedione on June 29, 2020, 01:04:57 PM »
good stuff , nice work, and thanks for sharing.....bro....going to check this out...asap
Themes / Re: PCCA Hyperspin theme conversion for Attract-Mode [Beta Release!]
« Last post by hedergim on June 29, 2020, 10:40:34 AM »

very good, accompanying ...
Themes / PCCA Hyperspin theme conversion for Attract-Mode [Beta Release!]
« Last post by Yaron2019 on June 29, 2020, 12:14:12 AM »
Hi All,
Per the request of the original developer of this project - the user known in this forum as PCCA-MATRIX, I am proud to present the Attract Mode community with a Masterpiece of coding:
the 'PCCA Hyperspin theme conversion for Attract-Mode' layout, which enables the Attract Mode frontend to use original Hyperspin themes as-is. The project is currently in an advanced beta development stage but is completely usable. It was my pleasure in the last few months to interact and support PCCA-MATRIX in his development efforts as a tester and as a linguistic "expert" ;)

Since it basically runs authentic Hyperspin themes, the PCCA layout works a little different from other Attract Mode themes.
When used, it will look for themes in a directory structure similar to that used by Hyperspin. This is easy to set up.

1. Download the PCCA layout from here:
(this page also includes detailed instruction on the options pcca provides).

2. Unzip and from the 'modules' folder copy the 'hs-animate' folder to your attract/modules/ folder.
From the 'layouts' folder, copy the 'pcca' folder to your attract/layouts/ folder.

3. Within your attract/layouts/pcca/ folder, create a new folder called 'my_themes' (for example) - this is where you will store all your Hyperspin themes.
If you want, you can place this folder outside of the 'pcca' main folder, but for the purpose of this tutorial it will be within it.

4. To make things easy, I highly recommend downloading the official Hyperspin install so we can use it's default media library as a basis for our own themes folder:
Unzip it and copy the CONTENTS of its 'Media' folder (not the Media folder itself!) to our own 'my_themes' folder that we created within 'pcca'.
When done, you can delete the Hyperspin install folder and zip file as we have no more use for it!

If you take a look at these default themes you will see two types of folders: 'Main Menu' and folders named after systems (like 'MAME' or 'Sega CD' for example).
Within the 'Main Menu' folder you will place all the Hyperspin themes that you want 'pcca' to use for the main menu.
Each system folder will house the Hyperspin themes relevant to that system.
In both cases, the Hyperspin themes must have the same name as the system Display names in Attract Mode.

5. Launch Attract Mode and go to Attract Mode's general options screen (called "configure") by pressing the 'Tab' button:
In Configure->Startup Mode set to 'Show Display Menu' and in Displays->Display Menu Options->'Allow Exit from 'Display Menu' set to 'No'.
THIS IS MANDATORY and pcca will not work properly without this step.

6. Go to Attract Mode Configure->Displays->'Display Menu' Options->Menu Style / Layout and set it to 'pcca'.
This tells attract mode to use pcca as it's main menu theme. This is not mandatory and should be done only if you want pcca as your main menu layout as well.

7. Set each system you have in the display menu list to 'pcca' if you want this system to use Hyperspin themes. For example:
Configure->Displays->Mame->Layout and set to 'pcca'
Configure->Displays->Nintendo Entertainment System->Layout and set to 'pcca'

8. In any of the systems that uses pcca, go to 'Layout Options' and set the 'Media Path' option to where you store
your Hyperspin themes. for example: C:\attract\layouts\pcca\my_themes
This needs to be done ONLY ONCE. pcca will use this path as a starting point to find all the Hyperspin themes that you have.
Example: 'Configure->Displays->Mame->Layout Options->Media Path' and insert the above path to the 'my_themes' folder.

Short Video of setting it up through the Attract Mode menus:

You should now be able to run and use any original Hyperspin theme on your Attract Mode setup.

We welcome all the community to use, test and provide feedback on this amazing project!

Please report bugs and issues here:

We hope you enjoy it,
PCCA-MATRIX & Yaron2019  8)

General / Re: Is it possible to automount cd images into a virtual drive?
« Last post by hermine.potter on June 28, 2020, 10:01:57 PM »
Would like to show two more options, getting images to emulator:

1) using another emulator + integrated mount options:
you already know, that there exists another emulators.
but this should be mentioned, that meanwhile many of them have an integrated mount option support.
so preloading of images is not necessary.
for example bizhawk (emuhawk) is a multi-system emulator and supports TurboGrafx.

2) using a general batch file to mount dynamic image file and starts it in emulator, using commandline parameters : %1:
for example, to mount a DVD-video-image with WinCDEmu (image mounting freeware tool) and start it in VLC:

-create a batchfile (for example : START.bat):
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@echo off
"C:\Program Files (x86)\WinCDEmu\batchmnt.exe" /unmountall
"C:\Program Files (x86)\WinCDEmu\batchmnt.exe" %1
"C:\Program Files\VideoLAN\VLC\vlc.exe" dvd:///d:/ --fullscreen

-set in VLC-settings the ESC key as Close-Hotkey

-in AM:
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executable           cmd
args                 /c C:\attract\EMU\DVD\START.bat "[romfilename]"
rompath              C:\attract\EMU\DVD\ROMS
romext               .iso;.img
system               PC
exit_hotkey          Escape

AM starts START.bat with rompath + romfilename as commandline parameter.
inside the batch file, %1 takes this rompath + romfilename and mounts the image to next empty drive D: (you can define a specific drive too. See commandline parameters of WinCDEmu).
VLC starts playback of "inserted DVD on drive D:"

Themes / Re: The Great Themes Collection v5.1.1 [Released!!!!!]
« Last post by Yaron2019 on June 28, 2020, 12:18:54 AM »

I only use the "game & watch" or clones that you can download from retroarch.

Couldn't you make a theme for these consoles?

You should try make it yourself, you have the code from my theme. I don't use retroarch for these handhelds.
General / Re: Certain MAME titles not loading
« Last post by progets on June 27, 2020, 06:57:26 PM »
Make sure your MAME emulator mame.ini file has the path(s) to your roms.

Run the attract-console.exe to see the AM output in the console.
General / Certain MAME titles not loading
« Last post by Jimmyintheroc on June 27, 2020, 04:21:05 PM »
First Post!

I've been messing with Attract Mode for a few months and I'm really enjoying it. I've run into a strange problem recently with certain MAME titles not launching. I'm using ARCADE64 as the emulator that AM calls, and launching the games from within that app it works fine. The same games (and it's only like 3 of them) give me the 'rom not found' when running them from AM. I've checked the rom and favorites text files in AM and they look fine; and this problem only started happening a couple weeks ago. Any suggestions on where to look? Is there a way I can see what command AM is sending to the emulator exe?
Themes / Re: The Great Themes Collection v5.1.1 [Released!!!!!]
« Last post by Jate on June 27, 2020, 10:27:22 AM »
I have some games that are in the "units" folder but they don't come out.
The roms must have the same name as the image in the "units" folder?
Are the roms in the "units" folder?
And what videos do you use? The videos that I have have the casing of the machine:

Yes, the roms need to be the exact same name as in the units folder.
The roms are not contained in the theme because Attract Mode is not a roms download website.
I downloaded the videos from here:


You have put the game & watch that works with the mame, but I did not know that mame now emulates these consoles ...  :P

I only use the "game & watch" or clones that you can download from retroarch.

Couldn't you make a theme for these consoles?
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