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Postby battlecat » Tue Apr 01, 2008 6:30 pm

Hi:

I know that Wah!Cade works with the most excellent XMAME which for convenience is located as a deb file for many users in Synaptic or as a RPM file for download. What I was hoping to do is get some help learning how to make a .deb and .rpm so that I can make Advanced Mame into a custom file.

Currently it is a pain in the rear to download, fix, compile, and install Advanced M.A.M.E. Unfortunately Advanced M.A.M.E. is not located in any of the Synaptic Repositories. Thus making it much harder to get and use Advanced M.A.M.E. for us Ubuntu users.

So if there is anyone who wants to help out in the Advanced M.A.M.E. package project drop me a line.

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Postby amacieli » Fri Apr 18, 2008 12:48 pm

After intensive investigation, I think I found out that SDLMAME is the most up-to-date Linux MAME out there, and regularly maintained. AdvanceMAME used to be well-maintained but now the guy doing it apparently has stopped and gone on to other things.

Practically, this means that some games may not work with AdvanceMAME particularly if you get a refresh of your ROMs from Rom Burner or elsewhere. I got mine refreshed recently, and rtype.zip stopped working altogether with AdvanceMAME.

So far, SDLMAME has worked with everything I've thrown at it (except for Wahcade, but I'm still working on that!). And there's a .deb file for it too - go to http://apt.ludomatic.fr/?hl=en for instructions. Super-easy to install (i.e., apt-get install sdlmame), and super-easy to configure. I set autoframeskip to 1 to stop the sound from being choppy (a problem with all the newer MAME emulators apparently).
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Postby battlecat » Fri Apr 18, 2008 1:32 pm

SDLMAME is the most up to date OS portable version of MAME out there right now. It will play almost any rom that is not been updated to much.

The nice thing about Advanced MAME is that while it is both older and it is no longer activly developed it does work really well on a low end machine with a smaller amount of RAM and a smaller video card.

I have found that SDLMAME demands to much of the system itself and thus makes the roms play slower or not at all on anything but the latest hardware. This is from my experience trying it on several different types of high end and low end machines.

I prefer not use my newest machine to play pacman so I have bought several p3 with 256-512 megs of ram and ADvanced MAME is right for those systems.

As a note Advanced MAME uses roms up to version 0.106 and lower. This means that some of the more advanced roms from 2006 and up don't either work well or at all. But I don't mind as I do not use those that I don't own the boards to.

I am glad that you have investigated SDLMAME. Perhaps you can become the resident expert on it. The forum can use all the help we can get to improve Wah!Cade.

Thanks!
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Postby amacieli » Fri Apr 18, 2008 3:55 pm

SDLMAME works pretty well on my non-overclocked eee, in case anyone is crazy enough to try that.
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Postby SeTTleR » Sat Apr 19, 2008 1:01 pm

Hi,
I have used advmame for a while, but not it's heavily outdated. It has some nice features for getting it to work on cabs, so I gave it a try. But now I moved to sdlmame because it is actively maintained and up-to-date. The thing is, sdlmame does not have as much options as advmame and there are some issues with resolutions on my cab, so that some games are not really playable. I'm working on that for a time now, but couldn't manage to get this work correctly :-( I did not notice any speed issues with sdlmame. This is a thing that depends on the roms you try to play I think.
So both mame forks do have some advantages and disadvantages in my opinion.
For the package things: I compiled advmame on my own.. couldn't manage to find some debs for that. sdlmame should be ok for most of the users.
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Postby battlecat » Sat Apr 19, 2008 1:31 pm

Hi again!

It is really nice to see a civil debate and conversation about each of the version of MAME out there. This should develope into something that might be useful for those newbies out there who want to use Wah!Cade but want to have a choice of MAME flavors.

I would love to see Advanced MAME be turned into a deb file. As soon as I have a chance I will investigate doing so unless someone else knows how to do this already.

One big advantage to me is that SDLMAME does have a .deb file for people to download.

Thanks for the debate and keep it up on here.

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