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General / Re: Set theory maths needed ?
« Last post by jimmer on November 10, 2018, 03:17:15 AM »

I've done quite a few panels :)

I have a custom clip system, and each panel has a Pro Micro ATmega32U4 (£3).
Panel swap video

For myself I always have a working Defender panel, and sometimes I have a Robotron and a Missile Command but I keep robbing the controls from them when stocks run low!
General / Re: Romlist wheel display error
« Last post by goz on November 10, 2018, 03:04:32 AM »
Thanks for the response, progets. I tried both suggestions and neither worked (it shows up a ‘blank’ game where the blank line is in the romlist.. So strange.
Announcements / Re: Version 2.5.0
« Last post by Dangun_Feveron on November 10, 2018, 02:04:42 AM »
When an art miss it shows the previous instead leaving an empty space, I don't like this behaviour.
But I really love AM and the infinite way it can be skinned!
Thanks for this amazing front-end raygun!

I'm having this same issue. When there's missing artwork, it automatically places a screenshot of the previous game instead of leaving it blank. Haven't seen this issue before with previous builds, including the daily/nightly release just a couple days before version 2.50 was released

Same bug for me (Windows 10 x64). I'm reverting back to v2.4.1 because v2.5 shows the previous game's artwork if the current one has none. For example, Contra has the flyer of Continental Circus. I hope it will be fixed soon.

EDIT: A fix is in the works Great!
General / Re: attract mode 2.5.0 for retropie
« Last post by progets on November 10, 2018, 02:00:57 AM »

or look at the wiki

If you originally installed AM from the RP menu, look at the Pi FAQ warning.
General / Re: Set theory maths needed ?
« Last post by progets on November 10, 2018, 01:31:02 AM »
I'm glad you got this sorted out. I like your control panel. Do you have a picture of the one you swap out?

How do you swap your control panels? Do you have separate encoders on each panel and just move a USB connection?

Another forum member (ArcadeBliss) has a cabinet that has multiple control panels that he swaps out. You might look at some of his posts for more tips (they are older and I think he's using RocketLauncher). I can give you solid advice but my control panel isn't removable... today.
General / Re: AttractMode doesn't remember last lunched game
« Last post by progets on November 10, 2018, 01:12:20 AM »
This should be pretty simple and you mention it works but just not when you reboot. Is it possible that you are trying to launch AM too quickly after you reboot for your hardware? When you reboot, let the OS sit doing nothing for 10 minutes before running AM, maybe background processes or dependencies haven't had time to start (since your're using XP I'm guessing your hardware is old).

How launching the last game on start in the AM FE works:
- there is an entry in your attract.cfg file like "startup_mode         launch_last_game"
- the file contains the information of the last game played (though it's cryptic). make sure this file is not read only and has the proper permissions if using the NTFS file system

You can make sure these files are correct and don't have permission issues but since you say it works right when you don't reboot makes me think they're fine. How are you launching AM in the OS and how are you shutting down AM and the OS? This is more likely your issue.
General / Re: Bear with me and this bug report please (AM not launching emulator).
« Last post by progets on November 10, 2018, 12:47:21 AM »
1. the mame emulator mame.ini "rompath" must always be set correctly otherwise split romsets or roms that use .chd files won't work
2. mame.cfg AM file must contain the rompath to build an AM romlist but doesn't need to be used for "args" statement (because the mame.ini "rompath" takes care of this)
3. you should never configure the AM exit key option unless the emulator doesn't provide this option (this should be blank in the AM mame.cfg)
4. you can use RA to run the mame2003 core but let there be no mistake that the RA mame2003 core and the the full mame .078 elmulator operate differently (in some cases better and in some cases worse)

See this post of links to other options that will help you to the correct fix
Themes / Re: Theme name
« Last post by Favdeacon on November 10, 2018, 12:24:49 AM »
You could of said that in a better way.
Why?  There was nothing malicious in his comment.  He didn't call you blind nor did he say you were an idiot or anything of the sort.   Lol relax man.
Well, I can understand how it can be seen as taunting if your question is met with the counterquestion if it was a trick question, even if it wasn't meant that way.

People have different sensibilities. If we don't know the person we're talking to, we should choose our words carefully and wisely, especially on the net with people from many different nations and cultures. That doesn't mean that we have to weigh every single word, or that we can avoid every possible misunderstanding, but if we learn from the other that we hit a sore point, I think it's better to show understanding and clear up any misconceptions than to tell them they shouldn't feel the way they feel, just because (we think that) we wouldn't in their place.

General / Re: what is the best way to optimize performance?
« Last post by progets on November 10, 2018, 12:16:31 AM »
what is the best way to optimize performance....

Spend money. LOL.

But really, as others have said, use less intensive layouts. AM itself is very light weight compared to other FEs. Some layouts and HQ videos used can tax your system resources. Hardware acceleration can help with video rendering but only if you make sure that your videos (and OS) can use it. Not using videos at all would make for a very light (but possibly boring) layout.

In short, use a layout that suits your hardware or spend money to buy better hardware. In this case money can fix it but is it needed or worth it?

P.S. To put layout performance into layman's terms (how much each of these effect your system will depend on your hardware)
1. if you search the layout.nut and see "surface" entries it will take a performance hit
2. if you look near the beginning of the layout.nut and see a lot of "fe.load_module" or "fe.do_nut" entries there will be a performance loss
3. if the layout.nut contains "shader", "blend", "blur" or "scanline" there's a performance drop
General / Re: The dreaded MAME black screen on exit
« Last post by progets on November 09, 2018, 10:45:11 PM »
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