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cannot run colecovision
« on: May 25, 2015, 03:28:54 AM »
I do not know what args to use for colem, vcoleco or mess64ui

Here is my cfg

# Generated by Attract-Mode 1.5.2
executable           D:\attracmoded151\emulation\ColEm\ColEm.exe
args                 -cv
rompath              D:\attracmoded151\emulation\ColEm\Colroms2
romext               .rom;.zip;.col
system               colecovision


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Re: cannot run colecovision
« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2015, 01:21:38 PM »
your argument(s) is wrong. You need -cv "[romfilename]" or something like that

you need to have an understanding of how the command line works to make attract mode work.

executable mame.exe
arguments [name] (or [romfilename]) you need qoutes around your rom name if there are spaces (e.g. "mario bothers")
extention .zip;.gens;.bin;.iso (whatever)

because all attract mode does is "type the command in the command line for you" thus when you set up attractmode up it fills in the information for you that way you do not have to have a full keyboard attached. In other words all attract mode does is make it to where you can use "special" controls (e.g. arcade stick or a joypad) to type into the computer instead of typing on a keyboard or clicking a mouse every time you want to play a game.

  The problem is emulators have different ways to run them from the command line. So the programmer of attract mode (as well as all other front end developers) make a "generic" start method. This is because command line (thus any program (yes even if it has a gui it still goes to the command line!)) syntax or word structure. (yes it is and language term it has nothing to do with computers) is the same no matter what program it is. The executable, the options, the files to open (if any) , the extension. So the command line sees: 'mame.exe C\ -no sound' which it what information needs to start. (that tells the computer to run the program "mame" and for the program mame to run (or open the file) named "dkong" (donkey kong) in the path the c drive in the folder "roms" that is a (zip)ped (compressed) file (as opposed to dkong.jpg that is a picture file) and when you start this program with this file do not play sound.

Windows is a GUI for the command line in Windows. It was built to make computers easier and more appealing for people to use because they don't want to type or because it looks ugly (and companies want money). All Attract Mode is is a Graphical User Interface (GUI) for your emulators so that you don't have to see the (or use) the command line. You can "remove" the gui that comes up in windows and replace it with attract mode! Yes you CAN run a computer without a GUI!'s just not as easy

Sorry to rant...and it is not aimed at you personally in any way. It is just here for people who are starting out on this so they can read and understand. Emulation is NOT easy and I was lost at first too. Give it time. Read, learn,read, share, and have fun. After all the work it is worth it.
« Last Edit: May 25, 2015, 01:33:56 PM by akafox »
People want life easy..then complain about it