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  1. DerHof2007

    Autodelete roms and media?

    Ok, just so you know if your artwork/videos are named for the game instead of the rom name this doesn't work. I'm going to just paste the post here that 'yamatetsu' posted for me in BYOAC. When I first read this I thought it was extremely over complicated and I almost dismissed it. After I actually did it, it was incredible simple. You'll need a text editor like Notepad ++ ... I think he actually made my first file for me but I later learned how with this. Notepad++ In his post he also explains how he used this batch file to test all his games out. For deleting all the artwork you can go through the complete MAME set in 10 minutes with this. I have my collection whittled down to just over 200 roms and this allowed me to eliminate about 200,000 worthless files. So here is the post... I was just going to link it but didn't know if I should link to another forum here. If you want that then let me know. Here is a copy of the post. The biggest hassle for me is having to start each game manually. To avoid this, I use a batch file. The games. I go into the roms directory and start a DOS prompt. Then I make a .bat file that contains the name of all the game roms. dir /b >mametest.bat Now I start a text editor that has a 'macro' feature, opening mametest.bat. I put the cursor at the beginning of line 1. Now I make a macro that puts 'mame ' in front of every rom name (without the ' of course), then goes to the beginning of the line and then goes one line down. Then I use the macro until every line in the .bat is done. Now I have a batch file that starts every .zip file in the roms folder automatically. I move mametest.bat into the MAME root folder. I start a DOS prompt and start mametest.bat. The first game is launched. When I exit it, the next one is automatically started. When I find a game that I like, I use ALT+TAB to switch to the DOS window, where I can see the name of the rom that is now running. I copy that rom to a backup folder. For convenience I use a file manager that uses two windows, one is set to the roms folder, the other to the backup folder, so that I just need to drag the rom from one window to the other. After that, I ALT+TAB back to MAME and exit the game. Rinse and repeat. When I'm tired of testing the games, I ALT+TAB to the DOS window to get the romname of the current game, then I close the DOS window, this also shuts down MAME. Then I edit mametest.bat, deleting all the lines up to and including the last game I tested. When I start mametest.bat the next time, it will pick up where I stopped. After everything is done, I have a backup folder that contains all the games I want to keep, BUT any needed files like BIOSes and drivers are missing. So I go to the MAME root folder and rename the roms directory to romsbackup, then I rename the directory containing my wanted games to roms. Now I make a new mametest.bat, but this time only using the games that I want to keep. If a game doesn't run, the .bat will start the next one. Now I ALT+TAB to the DOS window to see which file(s) the non-working game is missing. In DOS-mode, MAME kindly provides the info. It states that rom 'xy' is not working, missing 'so and so', having looked in 'xy' and, for example 'namco79'. So I know that namco79.zip is missing. This I copy from the romsbackup directory to the roms directory. The game will now work. Rinse and repeat for all games. When I'm done, I start the mametest.bat again and make sure that every game is working. When done, I can safely delete the romsbackup directory. The artwork. I go into the artwork directory and make a new directory named 1. I go to the MAME root directory and copy mametest.bat to the artwork directory. Back to the artwork directory. I edit the mametest.bat, replacing the word 'mame' with 'copy' and '.zip' with '.zip 1\'. I start mametest.bat. This results in the .bat copying all the needed artwork files to the '1' directory. After that, I delete every .zip file in the artwork directory and move every file in the 1 directory to the artwork directory. Now the artwork directory only contains the artwork files that I need. Flyers / manuals. Should be the same process as with the artwork, except that mametest.bat doesn't need to be edited. Just copy it to the flyers / manuals folder, create the 1 directory and start mametest.bat.
  2. DerHof2007

    Autodelete roms and media?

    Hey Dude... Sure, no problem at all. A little tied up at the moment so let me get back to you tomorrow on this when I get a chance to dig up the info. I can't take credit for this. I had help from someone in the BYOAC forum a while back. I'll post all the info tomorrow night.
  3. DerHof2007

    WinVice fullscreen problem through Rocket Launcher

    I don't have any full screen issues with Winvice... If I need to go from joy1 to joy2 I just take one step to the right in front of my cabinet 😎 But also easy enough to set up a hot key like Zombeaver said.
  4. DerHof2007

    WinVice fullscreen problem through Rocket Launcher

    Must have been an issue with just copying the folder from one pc to the other. I had to do a reinstall to get the settings to save. As for the whining it seems to have disappeared with the new install. I still get a pop on boot and shutdown... I'll experiment with that later.
  5. DerHof2007

    WinVice fullscreen problem through Rocket Launcher

    CCS64 question. Now that I'm playing around with this emulator again... I remember why I stopped using it and went to Vice. This was a while ago but I remember having this same problem back in the day. There is a mild high pitched whine in the background while the emulator is running... and sometimes popping at times especially when closing. Anything is settings that may be able to stop this? I don't have this at all with WinVice Also now that I am messing with this in my cabinet I can't seem to get CCS to save settings. I change screen size/fast load etc. but after I shut it down these settings are changed back to default. Doesn't it just auto save on exit?
  6. DerHof2007

    WinVice fullscreen problem through Rocket Launcher

    Of course... I'm kind of baffled that I didn't think to do this as I use AHK for C64 already for games that use minimal keys. Trying this out but not having any luck yet. Good to know. I like this option. Like you said it wont be necessary for most. I think I've found roms for almost all games that boot directly to the game. The main ones that need interaction are the ones with cheat codes or docs... which I wont use much anyway. For games like that I have 2 versions and will mainly choose the one that boots directly. I hear about the C64 experience... I'd love to know my accumulated wait time for games to boot from back in the day, LOL. Thank you for the help. I think CCS64 may be my new primary emulator!
  7. DerHof2007

    WinVice fullscreen problem through Rocket Launcher

    But the C64 cursor keys are the arrow keys on the keyboard. I'm not using game controllers... my setup is in a cabinet so my joysticks are mapped to the keyboard. Player one being the 4 arrow keys for the joystick. So when setup like this in Vice or CCS64 they wont function as the cursor keys because they are mapped to the joystick. I suppose I can just map a couple player 3 or 4 buttons for this task with AHK... I do this already to assign key functions to player buttons for certain games. How would I map the cursor keys? For example if I want my player 1 button one which is mapped as A to be B then I would simply add a::b to the AHK file. What would the command be to map A as the cursor down button? a:: ??? Let me ask you this since you seem to be 'The Man' for C64. How can I use my PC mouse for C64 games like Lemmings? Is this possible? Also just booted up a game that has a typical cracktro in the beginning requiring me to press a key to continue. Loading time... another screen with options for me to select... then more loading time. So I got to the final loading page and did a save state. Got my new files. Restarted CCS64 and dragged the new file into and INSTANT start to the game menu. A good bit of my games I've acquired roms that boot straight to the game with no intros anyway but for the multiple ones that don't is there any reason I shouldn't do this with every one? Any disadvantages? Also gonna check out your web page later. Looks cool!
  8. DerHof2007

    Switching from Hyperspin! Starting the process

    Hey thank you. Considering getting one of these. I have no experience with a second monitor for marquee... If I wanted to for systems without marquees can I have some sort of video or animation playing instead of a static picture?
  9. DerHof2007

    WinVice fullscreen problem through Rocket Launcher

    Can you give some details on that disc playlist type option? I'm running this in a cabinet and looking for the easiest way of disc swapping. Is this what the 'Fliplist' thing is? You have me looking into CCS64. I used this many years ago... probably my first 64 emu before I went with Vice. I definitely like the max speed option. Is there a way to have not put the banner across the middle of the screen announcing the fast load every time it uses it? One thing I'm liking better about CCS64 is that in Vice some D64 games don't load unless drive settings is set to '1541-II' and 'True Drive Emulation' is ticked. But this also makes most of the other D64 games not load. I was actually going to have 2 folders with 2 different setups of Vice setup and have games run with whichever version worked. After testing CCS64 just now it appears to load both types and I did nothing at all with the settings. 3 Specific games that have this issue are 'Lemmings', 'Legacy of the Ancients', and 'Ultima VI'. Another issue I'm trying to figure out with my cabinet is on some games with cheats you need to use the cursor keys to scroll up or down to select the various cheats. My cursor keys are assigned to joystick one. So in Vice I have to disable the joy keys then make the selections then enable the joy keys again. In CCS64 I don't see any way to quickly disable the joy keys but I see I can hit alt-k to bring up a 'insert key stroke' menu that will let me select cursor down. Is there a way for me to just assign a specific 'hot key' to do this automatically?
  10. DerHof2007

    Switching from Hyperspin! Starting the process

    Cool, mine is about 29X7. You did say over at BYOAC that they cut this to size, correct? Also, China is pretty big... can you elaborate, please
  11. DerHof2007

    Switching from Hyperspin! Starting the process

    Nice cabinet :-) Can you post the actual dimensions of your marquee monitor... and a link to where you bought it? I didn't realize you could get something like that in a custom size. I made the transition myself from HS a while back. So much happier... none of the old problems! I have recently incorporated RocketLauncher back in the mix though for 'Pause' and 'Bezel' support.
  12. DerHof2007

    Any way to choose a particular rom when launching a game

    Thank you much.... I had this feature disabled in BB>options>Game Menu All good now!
  13. DerHof2007

    Any way to choose a particular rom when launching a game

    Thank you. I should have been more specific. While this worked great in LB... I should have mentioned that is for my cabinet... running Big Box. I don't see any way to select a second app there. I was hoping something would be in the selection screen after choosing the game but nothing.
  14. Working on my C64 system. I have various versions for many games. Some that boot instantly into the game and others that have the crack intros with options like documentation or cheats. I'll mostly want to just boot directly into a game but occasionally I may want to use a cheat or whatever. Is there a way that after you click on a game that you can select a specific rom to use before launching? Or will I simply have to make multiple entries for those particular games?
  15. DerHof2007

    Commode 64 keyboard mapping

    I'm running Winvice for my C64. For player one in my cabinet the joystick is mapped to the cursor keys. Player 2 is mapped to number pad 2,4,6,8 For some of the C64 games when they are launched they include documentation that you can scroll through. The problem is that you need the up and down cursor keys to do so. This is an issue because for my P1 joystick to that uses the cursor keys to function I have to have 'Enable joy keys' ticked in the options. When that is ticked the cursor keys do not function as keyboard inputs. Is there a way to map the keyboard cursor keys to another keystroke so I can have to functionality of both of these options at once? I can theoretically just click on options and tick/untick 'Enable joy keys' as needed but this isn't practical in a cabinet running the emulator at full screen.... and there is no keyboard shortcut to access this option in Winvice. Changing my P1 controls is not an option at this point as it would affect all of my other emulators.
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