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General / Additional Info in Romlists for Consoles
« on: November 07, 2015, 10:29:25 PM »
I've just started adding consoles to attractmode and really wanted to have all the additional information like year, manufacturer, category and players included in the romlist.

What did you do to create this?

I'm using No-Intro ROM set for cartridge based consoles. The issue I have is:
  • Generating a romlist with attractmode doesn't obtain this information.
  • The No-Intro DAT file doesn't contain this information

I read where @akafox created his own NEScatver.ini file. Thats a great idea. Like he mentions it can be a lot of work. It may not work for me as I would have to do a bunch of renaming because of the No-Intro title format.

I'm wondering what solutions people have come up with?

  • Does "Scrape Artwork" complete it? (testing now)
  • Can you scrape or another website to get this?
  • Use a HypserSpin XML file ( and obtain the information from their? (I'm still trying to come up with an excel statement to do this. The HyperSpin XML's don't contain the number of players.

General / Re: Tags
« on: November 07, 2015, 06:22:24 PM »
@akafox - Away from the PC while typing that post.... I was on my phone but lets not neg on brevity in posts especially from mobile devices.

@liquid8d - That's exactly what I was doing and how attracemode works with regular expressions. I'll just work with that method for now.

P.S Thanks for the help guys.

General / Re: How to set up attract mode step by step
« on: November 06, 2015, 01:23:14 PM »
Thats exactly what I had, so I', not sure why it's not working.

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import_extras        ..\Emulators\GroovyMAME_1.66\ini\catver.ini;..\Emulators\GroovyMAME_1.66\ini\nplayers.ini;..\Emulators\GroovyMAME_1.66\ini\controls.ini
If I look at my \romlists\mame.txt file though the control information is in there.

General / Re: Error generating MAME romlist: std::out_of_range
« on: November 06, 2015, 01:18:19 PM »
Just our of curiosity did you audit your mame rom set (clrmamepro,romvault)? Perhaps there is a fix that will lead you to the rom that is the culprit.

General / Re: Showing subversions / duplicates with MAME
« on: November 06, 2015, 03:54:20 AM »
Why not just un7zip the file, then recompress it as a .zip?

Also without using attractmode launch the rom with mame and post the output
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c:\mame_folder>mame.exe romname -v >romname.txt
I'm going to make assumptions.

Your /romlists/mame.txt does contain

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umk3r10;Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 (rev 1.0);mame;umk3;1994;Midway;Fighter / Versus;8P alt / 2P sim;0;joystick (8-way);good;1;raster;umk3;;
umk3r11;Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 (rev 1.1);mame;umk3;1994;Midway;Fighter / Versus;8P alt / 2P sim;0;joystick (8-way);good;1;raster;umk3;;
umk3;Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 (rev 1.2);mame;;1994;Midway;Fighter / Versus;8P alt / 2P sim;0;joystick (8-way);good;1;raster;;;

Your umk3.7z file does contain all the .bin files. Double click on umk3.7z to check that. I'm assuming your umk3.7z doesn't have a .zip file located in it.

Your /attracemode/emulators/mame.cfg file contains
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romext               .zip;.7z;<DIR>
Your mame.ini file has your rom path set.
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rompath                   /mame/roms

General / Re: Tags
« on: November 06, 2015, 03:43:07 AM »
I appreciate your help and I know the format of my example was wrong (as I was away from the PC while typing).
Back in front of the PC I took a look at the "Extra" column and it is used by chd and mechanical.

Just to clarify what I'm interested in knowing is if the filename.tag can be used as the filter.

From using attract the answer is no. Personally I think my best option is just to write a filter under fighting.txt.
rule     title contains "King of Fighters"
rule     title contains "Mortal Kombat"
rule     title contains "King of Fighters"

Themes / Re: New Theme - newGrid - (with Youtube preview)
« on: November 05, 2015, 07:42:53 PM »
I just seen your theme and like it.

My suggestions are:
- Include # of times played, perhaps in top left corner
- reduce the size of the # of games
- Can you make the selected game move forward or become bigger

General / Tags
« on: November 05, 2015, 06:22:06 PM »
Is it possible to create a filter based on the tag file name rather than the contents in it? From my testing the answer is no, and it is easy enough to use a regular expression, just wondering if there is some other way?
Now I'm just using tag contains kof or tag contains mk or just using name contains mk.

e.g. tag layout is.

I thought another method would be to use the "Extra" tag in the romlist file. What typical information do you put in extra?
My example of using it would be like..
then write a filter Extra equals MK.


General / Re: attract mode keeping focus
« on: November 05, 2015, 11:49:08 AM »
Seeing as I just read a similar post. To Quote.

General rule, if your emulator works on the command line it should work with AM. Post your config, so you can get help.

General / Re: How to set up attract mode step by step
« on: November 05, 2015, 02:19:06 AM »
controls.ini if anyone knows of an updated one please let me know!

Did you mentioned the above statement due to an error importing controls.ini? Does your import work for controls.ini?

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[Import ..\Emulators\GroovyMAME_1.66\ini\catver.ini] - found info for 30164 entries.
[Import ..\Emulators\GroovyMAME_1.66\ini\nplayers.ini] - found info for 32192 entries.
Unsupported import_extras file: ..\Emulators\GroovyMAME_1.66\ini\controls.ini
 - Removing any duplicate entries...
 + Writing 32197 entries to: D:\Arcade\AttractMode\romlists/mame.txt

I suggest you post the configuration file. Most likely it's an error in there.

Alternatively take a look at using rocketlauncher -

General / Re: Showing subversions / duplicates with MAME
« on: November 04, 2015, 06:04:43 PM »
You will have to provide some more detail and explanation. By subversions do you mean clones? Do you have a MAME merged set? What happens when you try launching mk3 through MAME, vs through attractmode?

The more detail the better.

General / Re: Portable mode or relative paths
« on: November 04, 2015, 05:01:00 PM »
Is there anyway to set a global variable for paths without specifying it in every .cfg file?



executable           $emulators\MAME\v0.163b\mame.exe

General / Re: ws2_32.dll Missing
« on: November 01, 2015, 01:44:16 PM »
My work around was to install the 32-bit version of attract-mode.

General / Re: ws2_32.dll Missing
« on: October 30, 2015, 04:49:25 AM »
No, I do not have spybot search & destroy installed.

My memory was a little off when I typed the error message as the subject. I am back in front of the machine in question and ws2_32.dll is located in WINDOWS\system32 and WINDOWS\SysWOW64. The files are different sizes.

The error message is:

attract.exe - Entry Point Not Found
The procedure entry point inet_pton could not bee located in the dynamic link library WS2_32.dll

Downloading the DLL file and replacing the original produced the same error message.

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