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Newer MAME versions lag to load in Windows 10

Thu Jan 31, 2019 10:39 pm

Hello all,

New to the forum, and getting back into emulation after a long hiatus. I apologize in advance if this is the wrong forum for troubleshooting my issue, if so, please direct me where I should go...

Anyway, my previous experience with MAME dates back to 2006 or 2007, so I'm sure I've missed quite a lot. I have recently attempted to install MAME on a newly built gaming computer, using the latest version of MAME (.206). Everything works with my old romset, but loads very slowly. Upon running the .exe there's ~30 second black screen before the UI loads. Upon selection of a rom to play, it can hang on a black screen for 1-2 minutes before it loads. To try to troubleshoot this, I went and downloaded some legacy versions of MAME to see if they had a similar issue... I was by no means exhaustive but interestingly the earliest 64-bit version works beautifully, other than having a less than desirable interface, the interface and rom I was trying (puyo) both load in well under one second. Any ideas what I'm missing here? Any help is appreciated!


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Re: Newer MAME versions lag to load in Windows 10

Sun Feb 03, 2019 1:45 am

Hi Jms,

Experiment with different video output modes. Launch MAME from the terminal "cmd" with these parameters to experiment:

-video bgfx
-video d3d
-video opengl
-video gdi (last resort! very limited in functionality)

When you find the option that gives you the best performance you can make this configuration the default in the config file "mame.ini" in the line 253. Like this:

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# # OSD VIDEO OPTIONS # video opengl

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Re: Newer MAME versions lag to load in Windows 10

Mon Feb 04, 2019 8:19 pm

You have two issues. This will fix slow program start.
Open mame.ini in text editor.
Change UI setting to read:

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# CORE MISC OPTIONS # drc 1 drc_use_c 0 drc_log_uml 0 drc_log_native 0 bios cheat 0 skip_gameinfo 1 uifont default ui simple ramsize confirm_quit 0 ui_mouse 1 autoboot_command autoboot_delay 0 autoboot_script console 0 plugins 1 plugin noplugin language English

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