MAME Emulator – Help!

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  • #84320

    mac2298
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    Ok, I want to start off by apologizing and making clear that I am a huge noob. I just got my Pi a little less than 3 months ago, and haven’t used it as much as I would have liked. So far, I’ve just set up some Dos Games and I want to get some MAME games on it. I downloaded some roms, put them in the mame folder, and each game appears twice in emulation station. One copy of the game looks like this:._Pacman and the other looks like this: Pacman. I click on them, and the one with the ._ in front sends me to the terminal, gives a quick message about MAME, and goes back to ES. If I click the other version, it gives me a message exactly like so:

    035145:02 FILE NOT FOUND
    035145:02 FILE NOT FOUND
    ERROR: required files are missing, the g
    ame cannot be run.

    Complete with the g in game being cut off. Exactly the message I get. I’m assuming that the rom I found must be corrupt or something, but 5/7 of the games I downloaded give similar messages. One of the other games just sends me back to ES after briefly displaying the terminal, while the other one actually works. I’m a bit lost at this point… why is the one game working? Are all the others corrupt? They came off of a website where they were popular downloads and no one else reported problems, so I can’t imagine that’s the issue. Is there an extra step that I’m just missing? Thanks for your help and patience!

    #84333

    Floob
    Member

    Many MAME games are variants of the parent rom. Hence you may need multiple roms to run one version of the game.

    For example, this game: http://www.mamedb.com/game/fireshrkd
    needs a parent rom of fireshrk.zip

    To be safe, if you install the full romset it should work.
    A popular (good compatibility with mame4all-pi) romset version is 0.37b5

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    #84347

    mac2298
    Participant

    Thanks for the reply! I’ve seen some stuff about romsets, but never really knew what they were (I gathered they were rom packages, but I wasn’t sure if that was compatible with RetroPie or not). I also saw some stuff about parent roms, but for the most part the roms I have didn’t say they needed it. I’ll go back to the website where I found them and take another look. Thanks again!

    #84355

    mac2298
    Participant

    Update

    So, I’m still not entirely sure what the romset version is. Is it a file I can download, or are mame roms just a particular romset version and I have to make sure that they’re this .37b5 version? Also, I downloaded a parent rom for one of my games, pacman, and put the zipped file into the mame section, just like I would do for any other game. Neither game worked. The same thing happened. Can anyone give me a bit more specifics on how to run mame games? Thanks for all your help.

    #84364

    Floob
    Member

    The easiest way is to get the whole set. So for example, I’m sure there would be a torrent or nzb file that contains all 2,000+ zip files. It should be about 2GB.

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