I remember when MAME started and running in DOS was very hard for me back in the day. I grew up running an Apple IIc. So understanding the PC world was tuff. Over the years I collected the MAME Roms and never really had issues. Id say back to .135?... The CHD files hit the scene and had to get them all, not understanding that they all do not run yet. Still back then, running MacMAME on my G5 Power PC Tower. Well fast forward to the past 2 years and a Window user now. I discovered the pleaseuredome site and started to redo everything. I was so happy things were working well. Prob with torrent usage, you have to seed. For a while Xfinity slowed my bandwidth down to the point I had to make a reset of my PC. If I started the seeds again, it just slowed and slowed never to give back. Adding a VPN helps but still seems slowed up. So now I am looking for other resources to stay on top of the MAME scene So far this site is great. Now for the questions I would like to be answered. 1: If I have an older ROM file from a few versions back, will it still work on the newest version of MAME? I don't have to re-download a full 63Gig of data? I just started using a ROM manager and learning it's ways. It has been running for 2 days fixing roms, not sure what that accomplishes, hopefully something good. 2: Love NeoGeo games, seems like my last update (0.202) my NeoGeo sets don't seem to be compatible. When starting in MAME I would get a compatibility error and then they will work. I downloaded another set that is current and will try with 0.218. Anything to change on this? 3: I just finished building my first arcade cabinet, retired PC from work, 2 players, Happs controls, 8 Button and 2 start selects, made my own graphics and wrapped the box in designs. I am running a DVI to HDMI converter and looking forward to running everything by next week. Still need a trackball + spinner... little out of my budget right now. Been using it on my TV with great success.
So last thing I am asking is there a procedure on each release I should do? Assuming, download update packs only? Just keep on top of things?
Using the ROM manager, will tell me (somehow) to fix or replace missing ROMS.
Oh, does anyone have a good way to use a analog control to work well with a joystick? Like a racing game/steering? (need that spinner...)
Any help is appreciated to this old guy here.... thanks in advance.