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I run MAME Plus! on my Mame machine. http://mameicons.free.fr/mame32p/

You picked out an IPAC, which is what I did, too. Once you have it hooked up to your PC the buttons should respond as if they were a keyboard, even the default keyboard layout that is present. You can load up the IPAC key remapping utility for other buttons, too. It is really useful, since it let me map my two pinball buttons (left and right) to the Configuration Menu in MAME Plus! and I could set everything up I needed right in there. The way I have it set up now, I don't even need a mouse or keyboard to load anything, even to shutdown Windows, it's all done with my player one stick and buttons.

I have my machine setup to Power On Any Key in the BIOS so I just hit a button and the arcade machine boots up into Windows, and then loads my MAME Plus! client. Then I just use my player one stick to scroll up and down and a button mapped to Enter to start.

I knew that I would have to use an actual keyboard and mouse from time to time, so I built a pop-out tray that slides out of the wood control panel and then slides back underneath my joysticks and buttons to be concealed by the fold-up front.

Heh, I have to admit that I played my first MAME game (Joust) when my arcade machine was still in pieces inside a hollow unpainted wooden shell, was a real thrill to see those pixels on my 21" CRT. That was back in December 2004 or thereabouts, the old cabinet is long overdue for a rebuild. Enjoy yours when you get it all done!
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downloading mameplus now. going to give it a whirl.

ideally, id like a mame front end that can be flipped 90 degress, but im getting tired of looking for one.

id actually aready founf the ipac programming thing. very handy indeed.

oh and i changed the paint job, the centre is now all black (front bezel to kick plate)
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In MAME Plus! you can rotate the screen if you want. I think it's under Options > Default Game Options > Global and check the box. Or click on Game if you want it to affect just the selected rom.

I've been using 0.78 for ages, the newer one looks a hell of a lot better. It updates for 8816 games too, 0.78 only recognizes 4728, wow they've been busy.

I'd recommend you grab the High Score.dat file and throw it in the same directory as your MAME.exe so it remembers your scores after you quit, too. The History and MAMEInfo give the client a bit more meat, too.

Really what would save you the most amount of time is to find a MAME torrent where someone has put together all the extras, like Flyers, Cabinet photos, Icons and other artwork. There are definitely some good, recent compliations floating around out there.
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what im really aftrer is the ability to rotate the interface, not just the games.

im looking into maximusarcade and im still trying to get to grips with dazz's hyperspin, which i love, but im not sure ive got the patience to get it all up and running smoothly.

thatnks for the info over the highscore.dat.

and yeah, im looking at some compilations - fucking HUGE!!! 20GB!!!

thanks again.
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Game Ex is about the only FE you'll find right now that supports vertical resolutions. V2.0 of HyperSpin will have vertical resolution support, but we will probably not have a release until after the first of the year.

The next version is going to be really nice and will have MANY new user suggested features added.
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im all over hyperspin dazz.

im even making my own flv's of my favourite games.

very cool indeed.
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