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Subjectfeatures: Zip DeCompression and ROMS speification? new Reply to this message
Posted byAnonymous (24.17.219.122)
Posted on06/03/01 02:28 AM



Here's a few suggestions, if you get the time:

- Zip decompression built in
- Ability to specify ROMs directory

One great advantage to MAME32 for the desktop is the ability to dump dozens (I have 114) roms in their own ZIP file, keeping them very organized (you don't have to unzip all 1000+ files to play the games). This would also help people like me that try to cram just 4 or 5 games on the handheld cause I don't have enough ram (HP 548 32mb w/8meg 'free' card. 128mb ONE day.. soon maybe).

The other feature of the ability to specify the directory of the ROMS would help as I plan on storing my ROMs on one flash card, and MP3s on the other.

Eric
Eric@cdc.net




SubjectRe: features: Zip DeCompression and ROMS speification? new Reply to this message
Posted byTekhmaster
Posted on06/03/01 01:47 PM



> Here's a few suggestions, if you get the time:
>
> - Zip decompression built in
> - Ability to specify ROMs directory
>
> One great advantage to MAME32 for the desktop is the ability to dump dozens (I
> have 114) roms in their own ZIP file, keeping them very organized (you don't
> have to unzip all 1000+ files to play the games). This would also help people
> like me that try to cram just 4 or 5 games on the handheld cause I don't have
> enough ram (HP 548 32mb w/8meg 'free' card. 128mb ONE day.. soon maybe).
>
> The other feature of the ability to specify the directory of the ROMS would help
> as I plan on storing my ROMs on one flash card, and MP3s on the other.
>
> Eric
> Eric@cdc.net
>

MameCE3 all ready has ZIP support. In fact I didn't know that it even worked if you unzipped the files.
Just put each game Rom (in Zipped format) into the ROMS folder. You do not gain any extra space by zipping multiple zipped ROMs into a single file, becuase they are already compressed as far as they can be.

Providing the ability to specify the ROM directory is a good idea, i'll add it to the To-DO list.

At this time you do have many options on where to store your zipped files. MameCE3 allows you to keep them in the following places:
\Program files\Mamece\Roms\
\My Documents\
\My Documents\Roms\
\Storage Card\Program Files\Mamce\Roms\
If you manually install the Program you can replace \Program Files\ with the place that you install it ( ie if you wanted to install it in \MameCE\ ).

So you can currently keep your favorite game in main memory and leave all the other games on the storage card. :)


Cheers,
-Techmaster


SubjectRe: features: Zip DeCompression and ROMS speification? new Reply to this message
Posted byAnonymous (24.17.219.122)
Posted on06/03/01 03:21 PM



> > Here's a few suggestions, if you get the time:
> >
> > - Zip decompression built in
> > - Ability to specify ROMs directory
> >
> > One great advantage to MAME32 for the desktop is the ability to dump dozens (I
> > have 114) roms in their own ZIP file, keeping them very organized (you don't
> > have to unzip all 1000+ files to play the games). This would also help people
> > like me that try to cram just 4 or 5 games on the handheld cause I don't have
> > enough ram (HP 548 32mb w/8meg 'free' card. 128mb ONE day.. soon maybe).
> >
> > The other feature of the ability to specify the directory of the ROMS would
> help
> > as I plan on storing my ROMs on one flash card, and MP3s on the other.
> >
> > Eric
> > Eric@cdc.net
> >
>
> MameCE3 all ready has ZIP support. In fact I didn't know that it even worked if
> you unzipped the files.
> Just put each game Rom (in Zipped format) into the ROMS folder. You do not gain
> any extra space by zipping multiple zipped ROMs into a single file, becuase they
> are already compressed as far as they can be.
>
> Providing the ability to specify the ROM directory is a good idea, i'll add it
> to the To-DO list.
>
> At this time you do have many options on where to store your zipped files.
> MameCE3 allows you to keep them in the following places:
> \Program files\Mamece\Roms\
> \My Documents\
> \My Documents\Roms\
> \Storage Card\Program Files\Mamce\Roms\
> If you manually install the Program you can replace \Program Files\ with the
> place that you install it ( ie if you wanted to install it in \MameCE\ ).
>
> So you can currently keep your favorite game in main memory and leave all the
> other games on the storage card. :)
>
>
> Cheers,
> -Techmaster
>

Hey, Eric again...

So it does support .zip files? humm... I manually installed MameCE3 into the \program files\mamece3 directory. I placed my 'test' rom of Spy Hunter in \program files\mamece3\roms as specified. I work start MameCE3X (the extended version) and wait for it to load (man.. it's slow with all of those games).

Once loaded I never got any games to pop up in the list. I would wait, thinking it was 'decompressing' or compiling a list. Nothing ever showed up.

Even after unzipping the ROM zip (all 20+ files), never ever showed up still.

I've now moved the entire MameCE3 directory to: \Storage Card\MameCE3 and the ROMS in MameCE3\ROMS. Still no change/listing when executing the app, but freed up my main memory.

Btw, the installed would not work on my HP 548 (hence why I did a manual install). The error was "Unsupported device" on the installer file on the desktop. Tried downloading the installer for the Xtended version, same results. I just manually installed it. Humm...

Thanks for the quick response!
Eric




SubjectRe: features: Zip DeCompression and ROMS speification? Reply to this message
Posted byTekhmaster
Posted on06/03/01 10:26 PM




> Hey, Eric again...
>
> So it does support .zip files? humm... I manually installed MameCE3 into the
> \program files\mamece3 directory. I placed my 'test' rom of Spy Hunter in
> \program files\mamece3\roms as specified. I work start MameCE3X (the extended
> version) and wait for it to load (man.. it's slow with all of those games).
>
> Once loaded I never got any games to pop up in the list. I would wait, thinking
> it was 'decompressing' or compiling a list. Nothing ever showed up.
>
> Even after unzipping the ROM zip (all 20+ files), never ever showed up still.
>
> I've now moved the entire MameCE3 directory to: \Storage Card\MameCE3 and the
> ROMS in MameCE3\ROMS. Still no change/listing when executing the app, but freed
> up my main memory.
>
> Btw, the installed would not work on my HP 548 (hence why I did a manual
> install). The error was "Unsupported device" on the installer file on the
> desktop. Tried downloading the installer for the Xtended version, same results.
> I just manually installed it. Humm...
>
> Thanks for the quick response!
> Eric
>
The load time is dramatically improved in my development copy. expect it in the next release.
MameCE3 is based on Mame.36 final code. Prehaps you are using a ROM from an older (or newer beta) set. Try downloading a new rom. Also try some of the simple games like frogger and pacman for your tests. They run the best and should be easier to find.
The 548 must have a differnet CE id than the previous version. I'll look into it.


Cheers,
-Techmaster


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