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 Post subject: What version or fork of MAME are you using?
PostPosted: Tue May 07, 2019 12:18 pm 


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Curious to know what MAME you're all using.


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 Post subject: Re: What version or fork of MAME are you using?
PostPosted: Tue May 07, 2019 1:48 pm 


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regular ass mame. 0.195 I think, whatever comes packaged with Ubuntu
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 Post subject: Re: What version or fork of MAME are you using?
PostPosted: Tue May 07, 2019 2:29 pm 


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I use the last version of MAMEplus. I need some more free time to figure out GroovyMame and the latest mame (209?)*, but for some reason they're not recognizing my rom directories... either that or I need to finally enter the 'dome' and redownload 10s of GBs of roms. :|

*until I get those roms working and Shephardus' autofire/custom button hack tested, the latest mame is basically worthless. I, uh, am glad it can emulate refrigerator calculators or Tiger Electronics or whatever, but its accessibility towards users who play and enjoy games has... been called into question. I remember when I got a ver. of mame working (maybe 197, or 204), and after a few plays immediately switched back to MAMEplus, thinking to myself "well, this version sucks."
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PostPosted: Tue May 07, 2019 2:58 pm 


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EmperorIng wrote:
I use the last version of MAMEplus. I need some more free time to figure out GroovyMame and the latest mame (209?)*, but for some reason they're not recognizing my rom directories... either that or I need to finally enter the 'dome' and redownload 10s of GBs of roms. :|

*until I get those roms working and Shephardus' autofire/custom button hack tested, the latest mame is basically worthless. I, uh, am glad it can emulate refrigerator calculators or Tiger Electronics or whatever, but its accessibility towards users who play and enjoy games has... been called into question. I remember when I got a ver. of mame working (maybe 197, or 204), and after a few plays immediately switched back to MAMEplus, thinking to myself "well, this version sucks."


It was the mention of autofire in another thread that made me create this thread. It's a little annoying having to turn on autofire in MAME for every game so I thought I would see what everyone else was using to see if there is a better solution that I can try out.

Would you recommend MAMEplus over GroovyMame? I use Windows 10.


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 Post subject: Re: What version or fork of MAME are you using?
PostPosted: Tue May 07, 2019 3:26 pm 


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At this -current- moment yes because I haven't been able to get groovymame fully working like I want it. Still working on that. MAMEplus is still pretty compatible with a large list of shmups, except (as far as I know) the last few Cave games released in arcades (and I might be wrong about that, excepting SDOJ). I use Windows 10 as well and do not have any issues running MAMEplus. Autofire stays on in the game you set it on, though you will need to enable it on a game-by-game basis as far as I know.

On the plus side, MAMEplus will remember and keep your custom button/auto settings which makes it very convenient.
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 Post subject: Re: What version or fork of MAME are you using?
PostPosted: Tue May 07, 2019 4:39 pm 


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At this -current- moment yes because I haven't been able to get groovymame fully working like I want it. Still working on that. MAMEplus is still pretty compatible with a large list of shmups, except (as far as I know) the last few Cave games released in arcades (and I might be wrong about that, excepting SDOJ). I use Windows 10 as well and do not have any issues running MAMEplus. Autofire stays on in the game you set it on, though you will need to enable it on a game-by-game basis as far as I know.

On the plus side, MAMEplus will remember and keep your custom button/auto settings which makes it very convenient.


Sounds good, I will go with MAMEplus I think. If I need to play any other Cave games I can just go back to regular MAME.

Still, I'm interested to hear what others are using for the sake of discussion.


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ShmupMAME for games that run fine on it and have improved/reduced input lag, AutoMAME (MAME + the autofire/custom button functionality from MAMEPlus) for everything else.
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BareKnuckleRoo wrote:
ShmupMAME for games that run fine on it and have improved/reduced input lag, AutoMAME (MAME + the autofire/custom button functionality from MAMEPlus) for everything else.


Cheers!

I could also just drop the .diff file in my normal MAME folder, right?

I'm not sure how to configure it...


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Just updated to groovymame 0.209 using the MAME+ portable GUI. love this shit.
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Boring old vanilla MAME 0.207 here. Before that I stuck with 0.185 for a while.

I intend to try Groovy when I have a valid reason to switch to something other than integrated graphics.
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 Post subject: Re: What version or fork of MAME are you using?
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The last version of MAME Plus!, based on MAME v0.168. I should be using ShmupMAME, but oh well.

I keep the latest version of MAME around when I think to grab it, but to be honest I don't know why I even bother.
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 Post subject: Re: What version or fork of MAME are you using?
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KAI wrote:
Just updated to groovymame 0.209 using the MAME+ portable GUI. love this shit.


This one?

https://*************.net/downloads/file/1221-m-gui

Is it really MAME version-agnostic? Seems its last version is from 3 years ago.


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It is, I'm even using an older version of that pGUI and works perfectly with the lastest mame builds (and old ones like blackoak's build, which i use frecuently cause some old drivers are better for 3d games).

btw, beware of sharing fishy links on the farm.
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I edited my post in case, thanks. Speaking of fishiness, I've read it's chinese and designed to fix your romsets, have you checked if it messes with the registry or tries to connect to the internet?


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Not sure about that 1.8.2 version, but the one i'm using (1.5.0) it's just a simple frontend without any kind of features aside from that, and never tried to do anything funny on my pc, i can guarantee you that.
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I used to use MAMEUI on Windows but eventually the UI jumped off the rails and that was somewhere around when I finally switched to GNU/Linux full time. Now that I've settled in to regular terminal usage I've finally become comfortable just with vanilla MAME. When I want to play a game seriously (i.e., input recording), I skip the interface entirely and just run directly from a set of commands. For a time I was keeping my version usage linked to MAMEHub for input replay compatibility (still on v0.160), but I haven't used MAMEHub in a while and now I've just gotten lazy.
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ShmupMAME for games that run fine on it and have improved/reduced input lag, AutoMAME (MAME + the autofire/custom button functionality from MAMEPlus) for everything else.


Cheers!

I could also just drop the .diff file in my normal MAME folder, right?

I'm not sure how to configure it...

If you're on Windows just replace your MAME exe with the one in the download. The .diff file is if you want to compile from source (check out the source from GitHub, run "git apply <path to diff file>" to patch the source, follow instructions to build.

Naturally, that's the build I use. I keep .bat files for games I commonly play so I can double-click on those and directly start the game while recording an input file.
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 Post subject: Re: What version or fork of MAME are you using?
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Xyga wrote:
GroovyMAME of course.


Has autofire been added to one of the latest versions? If not, is there a way of doing something like doing what AutoMAME does and adding it in?
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BareKnuckleRoo wrote:
Xyga wrote:
GroovyMAME of course.

Has autofire been added to one of the latest versions? If not, is there a way of doing something like doing what AutoMAME does and adding it in?

Nope, lately saving osd sliders was added, including those only available when 'cheat' is on, but mame's current AF isn't part of sliders anyway.
Calamity was aware of expectations for superior AF support but at the time there was only the imperfect patch to work with, and I think he didn't have more clues than we do, so I guess we'd need to revive the topic with him and bring whatever info and assistance we can (not sure he knows about AutoMAME btw)

Or we wait for that hypothetical LUA plugin that might never happen because nobody interested knows enough to make it (or not enough for the full thing with a dedicated osd as Shepardus once noted is a bigger deal)
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^a little problematic xyga, please edit your post to be a little less alt-right
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Lolwut ? did I accidentally write 'autofürher' ? :(
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 Post subject: Re: What version or fork of MAME are you using?
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KAI wrote:
Not sure about that 1.8.2 version, but the one i'm using (1.5.0) it's just a simple frontend without any kind of features aside from that, and never tried to do anything funny on my pc, i can guarantee you that.


Bumping this now I finally tried M+GUI portable to say I'm really liking how faithful to the classic MAMEP it is and that it indeed seems to be light and portable. The only thing I'm worried about is about mame.ini. Seems the .exe has to be in the same directory that your mame.ini is (either, it will create it), but how can you make sure your mame.ini, romname.ini or drivername.ini won't ever be overwritten by the GUI whenever you happen to open the config. options?

Also, how did you manage to change the font color?

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 Post subject: Re: What version or fork of MAME are you using?
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The only bad thing of MAME+ GUI though is that it doesn't support software_list? You can launch a "console" of course and "mount" it with a game but it won't acknowledge the software_list subsystem nor give you the option to pick console/computer games directly from the GUI list itself?

I'm asking in case I'm missing something, because the original? MAME+ GUI did support MESS and its software_list system(?):

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https://forums.bannister.org/ubbthreads ... mber=47934


Does anyone have some experience with MAMEUI or IV/Play's latest versions in this regard?

http://mameui.info/


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I'm using the vanilla MAME 0.212 straight from the mamedev site, and I've been playing around with the later IGS beat-em-ups (KoV3, Oriental Legend 2). Does anybody know about a program to mimic the card readers? Or is there already a feature in base MAME I'm missing? A couple of features are limited to people using the cards.


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Figured I'd post my question here as opposed to making yet another Mame thread. So I've been thinking its about time I found a nice way to enjoy some more obscure titles like Dogyuun, Progear, Dangun Feveron etc. Titles that I can't easily get a hold off in my territory and ones that have had no home console conversions and remain Arcade only to this day (except USA/Japan regions like Dangun Feveron for PS4/XOne for eg.). I was looking at that King of Air multi JAMMA PCB but it seems a lot of hassle and the screen filtering/lag/sound issues are putting me off it, also it will be pricey since I don't have any gear for playing arcade hardware currently ( Supergun for eg. ). Can someone point me to a easy to an guide for getting started with whatever the best version of Mame for shmups is? I like the UI of RetroArch but i'm not sure if the Mame versions it supports are decent enough for more performance heavy titles like say Akai Katana? Everytime I start to research this I get lost in all the different Mame versions and types... There must be some simplified guide to get a basic configuration working on an LCD screen with stable emulation? Not looking for the most perfect experience yet, just a push in the right direction and will figure out things later on my own. Will be extremely grateful if someone has any resources on this that are noob friendly :oops:


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The vast majority of the old forks are outdated, misguided, and unnecessary. I think the latest release of GroovyMAME would suit your use case nicely.

viewtopic.php?f=6&t=64669 (This mentions the haynor666 build, but really, stock Groovy is okay)

http://forum.arcadecontrols.com/index.p ... msg1659367
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Thanks so much WelshMegalodon! I had never considered GroovyMame since I thought its aimed at CRT use mainly. Will give this a go at the weekend :mrgreen:


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 Post subject: Re: What version or fork of MAME are you using?
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Groovy mame is the best mame for both CRT monitors and flat screen users.

The version of mame should be chosen based on which rom set you have access to. The site I use has 198 roms so mame 198 is best for me. If you use the wrong mame for the rom set, half the games won't work. Very frustrating.

It's as simple as that.


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