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  1. Having some trouble getting DICE to work. I went out and grabbed all of the correct ROMs from my MAME set and placed them in properly named folders. Then I tried launching the dice.exe and used the menu to select "New Game". As soon as I do, DICE seems to crash. So, I tried launching a game from the command line using "dice antiaircraft" Upon doing so, DICE will load but will not load the game. From here, it will intermittently allow me to navigate to the "New Game" screen without crashing. There doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to it. The same gamename will sometimes work and sometimes will crash DICE like launching it from the UI will. Also, I noticed that DICE would tell me that I did not have the properly named .zip file where it should be. For example, it will state, "rom/antiaircraft.zip" isn't there and so the game will not run properly, but... I was under the impression that it needed the .zip file in it's own directory as indicated in this post by @spycat I've found, however, that it didn't run the game (even when it wasn't crashing and would let me get that far) until I had a copy in the roms/ directory (not a gamename specific subdirectory). Thinking this is what it really wanted, I moved all of my zip files out into the main /roms directory only to find that without the subdirectory also present with the .zip in it, some games would also not work there. I know this post is a bit rambling but it seems like one odd issue after another with this emulator and I'm just curious if anyone has any pointers. Youtube is pretty empty when it comes to tutorials on this. I'm guessing this is because the interest in TTL games isn't that high anymore. With all of this said, I read in a post from back in 2015 or so that the MAME team had received permission from the creators of DICE to integrate their work into MAME. Has any appreciable work been done in this area that anyone is aware of? Are there any other alternatives for running these types of games in 2021? I appreciate any guidance or information anyone can provide. Thanks, D2010
  2. @ajhickin I just happened to stumble across this post while doing some research on AAE and saw your last post regarding the Tiger Game.com I have configured mine by adding a new emulator called game.com that points to the mame64 executable. To make it work, you have to add gamecom -cart1 to the default comand-line parameters so MAME knows that you are attempting to launch the given ROM using the gamecom machine MAME is programmed to emulate. When adding ROMS, just select your game.com rom directory as you would for any other system, select the game.com emulator, specify that you are importing Tiger Game.com games for the platform, and off you go. I added the Tiger Game.com in the Associated Platforms, as well. Maybe not the most elegant way to do it but I intend to do the same with the CD-i, Intellivision, and Vectrex when I get around to it.
  3. demosthenes2010

    eXoDOS v5

    Just discovered eXoDOS in my journey to complete my Launchbox setup. I have pretty much every single NA console and have just now started getting into Home Computer emulation. I still need to get my Apple II, Amiga, C64, Amstrad, ScummVM, etc... stuff imported and DOS was on my list. I feel like eXoDOS will pretty much cover all of my DOS needs. Gonna grab some GOG packs for everything 9X. A quick question - Which is the "correct" link to stay updated on the project - https://exodos.the-eye.us/ or https://www.retro-exo.com/exodos.html Are they related somehow? Both are first page results for Google search. Gonna join the Discord to stay in touch that way, too. Thank you so much for your efforts! This is really a great piece of work you've put together!
  4. Hello All, I've collected every arcade platform I'd care to collect up to the TeknoParrot stuff. I've collected several dozen consoles up to the PS2. I've just never bothered to put much effort into the older computer platforms. In your opinion, which ones must I absolutely include in my collection if I am building a collection that captures "the essence" of North American gaming history? Meaning, I probably don't want to include the BBC Micro or Fujitsu machines but AM interested in including the Atari 8-Bit Computers, Commodore 64, Amigas, Apple IIs, annnnnd? What else? I'm hoping someone who is highly interested in this area can help me trim down the list to the essentials so I capture those machines that had a real impact from the 8-bit computer era. I don't want to forget any major platforms that had real contributions but I also don't want to go overboard and grab every single platform ever just so I can have one game on one platform that was ported to something else I already have on my list anyway. Thanks to all of the informed and helpful people who always pop up to give me advice! ?
  5. This may help provide a little guidance. Outside of that, though, I think it depends on how extensive your setup is. For example, do you have Daphne set up for laserdisc games? Are you using a batch file for it? Is it using a ./ to just indicate the root drive where the command is being run from or do you have the entire path specified like f:/launchbox/emulators/daphne/daphne.exe. If you keep all of the drives the exact same, you should be able to mitigate much of this but in my experience the larger a system you build out with multiple emulators and batch files etc... the harder it gets to keep a Launchbox setup portable unless you take portability into account at every step. Good luck!
  6. Hey guys, in case you check back in on this thread, I did find one more I'd like to emulate outside of MAME. I think I'm going to use Kronos to emulate ST-V games because it has greater compatibility than MAME for a few. In the last few days I've configured Demul to emulate System SP, Gaelic PVR, Naomi 2, Cave CV1000 and Hikaru. Sure you can't think of any other one offs I should really consider? Also, since you are both apparently vets in all of this, I noticed that there is one Hikaru game that nobody seems to have. Virtual-On Force is missing from everywhere that I look but it was a notable title and I'm starting to wonder if perhaps it was just never dumped. Let's say I was interested in contributing to the community a bit and grabbing a copy. Either of you know where I'd start to figure out who to get it to?
  7. It strikes me that perhaps there is different matching logic occuring on the Scan For Added Roms feature vs the Import ROM feature. Might that explain the difference in Launchbox's ability to recognize new games?
  8. Screenshots showing - a.) That I have the ROM folder correctly defined for where I store my Atomiswave ROMs through the "Edit" feature when rightclicking on the Atomiswave platform within Launchbox - b.) Showing the response from Launchbox when I ask it to scan for added roms - c.) Launchbox recognizing another ROM file that is sitting in that directory when it is specifically selected using the Import ROM feature - Please let me know if I can provide any additional details.
  9. Hello All, I've recently been shoring up my collection in a few places. Today, I decided to complete the various arcade boards that demul can emulate and I ran into something interesting. I discovered from this thread - That I did not have a complete collection of my Atomiswave games as I'd thought so I went and found the ROMs I am missing. You can see the ones that I was previously missing selected in this screenshot - Next, I went into Launchbox and I did a Scan For Added ROMs for Atomiswave and the system only recognized one game, "Sushi Bar", to import and search for metadata on. After completing the import, I went back to my games directory and decided to search for one of the specific ROM files to see if it was a legitimate game. In this case, I chose ftspeed.zip which is the ROM for Faster Than Speed. When I used "Import" and then "ROM Files", selected the ROM file in question from the same directory that Launchbox had just scanned, and then went through the process, Launchbox found the game and imported it. I have double checked under "Edit" for the platform that Launchbox is pointed at the correct directory. So, my question is, why did Launchbox only import one of the new ROMs when using "Scan For Added ROMs" but then have no problem when I manually selected the file and imported it on it's own. I regularly shore up my collection by finding packs of ROMs that were not included in a smaller pack I started with. Is this a common issue or did I experience a one off? I only ask because I now think it is possible that for some of the very large sets (over a thousand GBA games, for example) that perhaps there were some which were not imported that should have been and I'm not sure how I'd even begin to reconcile them all when my collection is now over 12,000 games across dozens of systems. Thank You for any help you can provide with this!
  10. I know this is an old thread but I've been looking for this for a few days. Thank you!
  11. @Retro808 Thanks! I'm probably just going to keep using Flycast for Dreamcast, Atomiswave, and Naomi for now. If I run into a game I want to play that has graphical or audio issues then I guess I'll switch but for now I'm following the old, "if it ain't broke don't fix it" mindset. I'm not a stickler for accuracy or anything so long as I can have fun with it and have technically added it to my collection. Demul will just be used for those arcade boards I have not yet configured.
  12. I'm trying to break out my Naomi, Naomi2, Hikaru, Atomiswave, etc... platforms not with Playlists but with Actual Arcade Platforms. I started off using Flycast in Retroarch for Dreamcast, Naomi, and Atomiswave but when I realized that only Demul can emulate some of the other arcade hardware, I went out and retrieved that. Now I'm using various websites to figure out which titles were for which arcade board and I am segregating the ROMs out that way. My thought is that I add Demul as an emulator in Launchbox, add each arcade board as a platform, and then import each set of roms from their respective folders separately. Does this sound like the correct approach? Also, a little off topic, but does anyone know if Virtual-On Force was ever even dumped for the Hikaru board? In every "complete set" I find, that one is missing. I'm not asking for the ROM as I know that is against the rules. Rather, I'm curious if anyone has ever even dumped it before? Might be my little contribution to the community who has given me so much if I can find a copy and learn how to dump it myself. I'm up to over 12,000 games now in my collection and would like to make a small mark of my own if I can.
  13. Hi All, I noticed that when I edit games to update the metadata, there are occasionally what appear to be exact duplicate records listed. Are there minute details I am missing between them? I tried to check field by field to see if there were any differences but they appear to be exactly the same. Also, do they link to the images/videos in the Launchbox/EmuMovies database? I am not sure how the logic behind that specific mechanism works. Just curious if one is a better selection than another. Thanks!
  14. I've been trying to clean up some of my collection and manually add images where Launchbox can't find them through either the LB Database or EMUMovies. One such example is Entex Super Space Invader 2 from the MAME set. The source file is named hh_hmcs40.cpp and while Launchbox does seem capable of identifying the manufacturer and such, it can't seem to assign a game ID to it, regardless of which combination of spellings I use for the game name. So, I went out and found some images and added them using the Edit Game - Images section of the application. This appeared to work but I'm wondering, does LB then import the images I attached from a folder on my desktop into a Launchbox directory or is it referencing them from the folder I'd originally saved them in (which happens to be on my desktop). I ask because I'm attempting to make LB portable and if I go through the effort to add all of these images and LB doesn't know to create a local copy on my portable HD, then when I go to unplug it from my desktop and into another PC, those images would again be missing.
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