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MAME4ALL v1.0
SCDS2 Emulation!
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Alekmaul has just released his MAME EMU for the DS2. The emulator supports the MAME 0.37b5 ROM set, see below for more information. Based on the included documentation this is a port of his Dingoo MAME4ALL build, which leaves open the possibility for future Dingoo EMU ports to the SCDS2.


Why v0.37b5 said:
You need MAME ROMS which are compatible with MAME 0.37b5. This is a relatively older version. Many of the later version MAME roms will not work. Some ROMS can be easily converted (using freely available tools), others cannot. Later versions of MAME tend to concentrate on compatibility as the cost of performance. Earlier versions are more in line with the hardware capabilities of our target machine. These earlier versions have some significant programming speedups which have been removed in later versions. Two examples are the use of internal 8-bit graphic rendering and dirty buffer handling.

Later versions of MAME with ALL the drivers included can easily reach a size of 40-60MB - more than the amount of RAM available to the SCDS2 (which is 32MB). So basically we're talking trade-offs here.

Thanks to Clookster via IRC for the tip!

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I've never heard of such an emulator like this before, even though I'm on the SC Forums almost everyday.

So this emulates games that have a ".mame" extension or what? I'm thinking about giving this emulator a try and possibly playing some retro games that I've never played before, especially since I started gaming in like, what, 2005?
 

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I am r4ymond said:
I've never heard of such an emulator like this before, even though I'm on the SC Forums almost everyday.

So this emulates games that have a ".mame" extension or what? I'm thinking about giving this emulator a try and possibly playing some retro games that I've never played before, especially since I started gaming in like, what, 2005?

MAME roms are .zip files. They contain the data for the game and you put them in the "roms" folder unzipped. It's a bit tricky to find working roms though. Go to this database to know what files you need.
 

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Finding compatible roms is a pain, so far all I've got working is Cadillacs and Dinosaurs and Micheal Jackson's Moonwalker. Both games lag even at full clock speed, but it's a pretty nice start.
 

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hullo8d said:
Finding compatible roms is a pain, so far all I've got working is Cadillacs and Dinosaurs and Micheal Jackson's Moonwalker. Both games lag even at full clock speed, but it's a pretty nice start.

your looking for MAME 0.37b5 files or information on how to convert a ROM to work with mame4all. there are many ports of mame4all for many systems, handhelds, phones, etc. finding info on converting is pretty easy.

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This is sweet news. I will test the hell out of this when I get home. It's freakin' great to own a DSTwo!

EDIT: Cannot, for the life of me, get any ROMs to run. Mortal Kombat II (A few different revisions of it, ones listed in the 'gamelist.txt' file), Golden Axe (Version 1), Hang-On, Cadillacs and Dinosaurs (World), and a load of other supposedly compatible games all give me an error message, Failed to initialize machine emulation, or something very similar.

I've been through the FAQ and I suppose some trial and error is in order in regards to the settings for the games, I just think it's a bit disappointing. And there's far too many plug-ins too. Maybe it'll become consolidated in future releases but I'm going to give this a miss for now. No disrespect to Alekmaul at all, it's only an initial release after all. (Sorry for the rhyme).
 

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kiafazool said:
so what roms work on this??????

Most (If not all) Mame4all formatted roms. I think only one or two games have outright refused to boot for me, and I have a couple hundred (Haven't tested them all yet).
 

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SixtySixHundred said:
This is sweet news. I will test the hell out of this when I get home. It's freakin' great to own a DSTwo!

EDIT: Cannot, for the life of me, get any ROMs to run. Mortal Kombat II (A few different revisions of it, ones listed in the 'gamelist.txt' file), Golden Axe (Version 1), Hang-On, Cadillacs and Dinosaurs (World), and a load of other supposedly compatible games all give me an error message, Failed to initialize machine emulation, or something very similar.

I've been through the FAQ and I suppose some trial and error is in order in regards to the settings for the games, I just think it's a bit disappointing. And there's far too any plug-ins too. Maybe it'll become consolidated in future releases but I'm going to give this a miss for now. No disrespect to Alekmaul at all, it's only an initial release after all. (Sorry for the rhyme).
You probably are using the wrong version of that game's ROM (remember that you need the 0.37b5 ROMset...if it's not that one, it might not work). Also, the reason it has so many plug-ins is probably memory constraints (like how scummvmDS has several versions supporting different games...MAME with all the drivers can end up being kinda big.
 

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squirrelman10 said:
what are some good games for this emu? im guessing these roms are illegal to obtain?
Just like any ROMs it would be something we can't just casually toss links to on the boards (for the most part, besides the odd public domain ROM or two). Also...I'm not 100% sure what this one does and doesn't support yet, but I do know some old classics work (Contra, Pac-Man, Black Tiger...I *think* Street Fighter works).

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This may assist people in converting a newer romset to work with this. Some of the links are outdated, but it's easy enough to google clrmamepro. I'm not sure if all ROMs converted this way will work though, but it's worth a try (all of them I've tried have worked so far).
 
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