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General / Attractmode for windows not detecting Bluetooth controller
« on: April 07, 2019, 07:38:21 PM »
On my windows 7 emulation pc I modified the registry to run attractmode as the default shell instead of explorer so the system will boot up directly to AM.

I'm also using the legacy (non-nefarius) scp toolkit which lets me use ps3 or ps4 controller over Bluetooth and windows sees them as Xbox 360 controllers.

For some reason when the PC first boots up, attractmode doesn't seem to detect the controller after it's connected and working over Bluetooth and therefore won't respond to any input. I know that the controller is connected and detected by windows because It detects input in the usb game controller settings.

If I quit and relaunch AM it'll work fine but that's not a good solution since my goal is to have windows hidden and never have to use a mouse or keyboard on this machine except for maintenence. If I connect the controller via USB it'll start working in AM and I can then remove the USB and let it reconnect over Bluetooth and it will work fine until the next reboot. That's a little better than having to pull out the mouse and keyboard but still pretty annoying to have to plug it in every time.

It seems like attractmode is just not detecting that a new controller has connected when it connects via Bluetooth but something about connecting it to USB gets AM to detect it. I'm thinking there's probably a command that I could run in windows periodically via a script that would get AM to notice the controller without having to relaunch or connect it to USB first but before I go trying a bunch of different commands I though I'd check here to see if anyone has run into similar issues and found a fix already.

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Scripting / Snaps are playing upside down
« on: March 05, 2018, 07:30:14 PM »
These mp4 snaps play fine on my pi but when I decided to set up AM on my windows 8 tablet, all of the snaps are playing upside down. If I play them on the tablet in wmp or vlc, they're right-side up. It's not happening with every layout. For example, Attrac-Man is fine but Robospin is playing the snaps upside down. Is there a way to edit the nut file to flip the upside down snaps back to right side up? If not, is there some other way to fix this? I searched but couldn't find any posts about this.

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General / Which linux distro for my dedicated retro emulation PC
« on: March 07, 2016, 09:39:53 PM »
Hello!

I'm new here and hoping to get some advice from some other members. I'm looking to build a linux box dedicated solely to running attract mode and emulators. I was wondering which linux distro I should choose. My main concerns are minimal OS footprint, maximum performance, and high stability.

I have never used linux but I'm pretty knowledgeable when it comes to tech hardware and software. I have a basic understanding of coding/programming but nothing super advanced. I'll be building a budget PC with an LGA 1155 mobo and an Intel Celeron CPU with about 4gb of ram. It'll be running intel HD graphics out of an HDMI port on the motherboard to an HDTV in either 1080p or 720p. The PC hardware will go inside of a broken Nintendo NES. I want to be able to hide the OS as much as possible, boot strait to attract mode, control everything with game controllers (no keyboard and mouse after everything is configured).

I'm planning on primarily using ps3 and/or ps4 controllers with bluetooth connectivity and possibly NES controllers with USB adapters. I'm going in to this project expecting challenges and learning experience, so I'm not afraid of difficulties.

I've been using Hyperspin for a couple of years now and I'm looking to get away from Windows for future builds. If anyone is interested, I have a project log for my last build in the Hyperspin forum: http://www.hyperspin-fe.com/topic/2471-my-nes-pc/

My next build will be a streamlined, budget-conscious revision. If things turn out well enough, I may decide to ditch Windows and Hyperspin altogether and re-image my previous PC with linux/attract mode.

Hopefully someone can  provide some insight on which distro to start with. Any additional input is also welcome.

Thanks,

George

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