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Setting up Retroarch for MAME ROMs


dizny71
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Is there a tutorial somewhere or can someone walk me though how to setup Retroarch to work with MAME ROMs? I have a few ROMs that I can't seem to get to work using the newest version of MAME. They worked under older versions of MAME but the new one gives me errors when I try to run them. Some of the games in question are Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Xevious, and Road Blasters if that helps. I thought that trying Retroarch might let me run these titles that I'm having issues with but I can't find any tutorials on how to set it up. I got the MAME core and set it to run in Lunchbox but when I try to run the ROMs I get either nothing or the screen pops up quickly then closes. I set the main directory in Retroarch for my ROM directory but I haven't set any other directories in Retroarch. I wasn't sure where to point them. I hope that gives enough info on what I'm trying to do and the steps I've taken so far. Thanks. Also, if Retroarch isn't the best solution for this, I'm open to any ideas.
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RetroArch isn't generally the best for MAME, but it should be fine as it's getting updates more frequently for MAME. The games can be in any directory, shouldn't need to specify anything in RA for MAME specifically. I know the tutorial I created mainly dealt with regular MAME, but I recall showing off RA. As long as you got a 174 or 175 pack, import them in to LB with the MAME Importer. Should honestly work. RetroArch crashing like that generally means a BIOS issue.
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Just as an FYI in case anyone runs into a similar problem, I was able to get my issue fixed with the various ROM files. My Atari BIOS file was apparently corrupted. I replaced it with a newly downloaded one and all the ROMs that were having issues now work. So my advice for anyone who's having ROM issues (and take this with a big ol' block of salt since I'm brand new to all of this) is check three things: 1. The parent ROM 2. The BIOS for the ROM 3. the ROM file itself So far one or all of that list has fixed every ROM file that wouldn't load. Of course, now that I've said that...Wink
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