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clrmame Discussion / Re: "Use Add-on Paths" Doesn't work?
« on: 21 November 2016, 12:50 »
Yep, I had no problems finding the right DAT.  I forgot to mention another reason I wanted to use an older version.  I hate having to update my romset whenever MAME is updated, since I can't download files it can be frustrating.  By picking the MAME 2010 core in Retroarch I can just pick a set and forget about it.  I'm not a bleeding edge player who likes to have the latest and greatest sets and features.  I have a certain set of games I like, and so long as they play well, I'm happy.  If I have further troubles I'll consult your considerably knowledgable help, thanks!

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clrmame Discussion / Re: "Use Add-on Paths" Doesn't work?
« on: 21 November 2016, 12:06 »
I know you're trying to help, and I apologize for frustrating you.  I think that there are things you are explaining that I'm not fully understanding and you are not fully understanding my goals.

I have older ROMs, which I don't want to alter.  Because they're older, they won't "just play" with the newest version of MAME.  However, if I change them to one of the milestone versions that are emulated via Retroarch, I can play them.  If I change them to the latest MAME, I end up with 100+ gbs of ROMS, and some of the major ones I want to play aren't included because my files are too old.  I have limited space, and as I discovered, 2010 gives me the perfect package in a manageable space.  Once I used the rebuilder with that DAT, it worked perfectly.

I've read several articles and watched several videos and they have all said to use the rebuilder for making a new set from existing ROMs.

Thank you again for your time.

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clrmame Discussion / Re: "Use Add-on Paths" Doesn't work?
« on: 21 November 2016, 02:32 »
Okay so I decided to go with the MAME2010 dat file, even though the set is bigger than I want, and all my problems went away.  Thanks for trying to help!

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clrmame Discussion / Re: "Use Add-on Paths" Doesn't work?
« on: 20 November 2016, 20:29 »
I want playable games though, and my sets are old enough that I'd rather convert them to another older set that it will actually be able to fulfill.

So the scanner actually alters the files??  Or is that only if you have the "fix" option checked?

Also, why would the scanner do things that the rebuilder doesn't?  This is extremely confusing.

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clrmame Discussion / Re: "Use Add-on Paths" Doesn't work?
« on: 20 November 2016, 15:31 »
I told you, it's not by choice.  I have old MAME roms that I can't use because they're old.  Therefore I want to convert them into a version that is currently playable.  If there's a better way please tell me.

Which leads me to my next question, does scanning actually do anything besides give you a report?  Should I be scanning before I rebuild?  I assumed that rebuilding scans first and then changes the ROMs to fit the new DAT.

I'm sure MAME is simple to you, but to many users such as myself it's ridiculous.  The ROMs are always changing and there are so many different versions you have to look them up, download a DAT file and hope you can make your ROMs work.  Then, even when it formats them, many still don't work.  It's so frustrating for me. 

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clrmame Discussion / Re: "Use Add-on Paths" Doesn't work?
« on: 19 November 2016, 22:11 »
Because MAME is stupid complicated.  I have one older complete set, and one newer complete set.  As I'm sure you know, you can't just stick any old MAME set into any emulator.  Therefore, I don't have an emulator that plays either of those two sets.  So I'm trying to find a set that I can convert them into that an emulator WILL play.  For example, I'm trying to compile a MAME 2003 collection since Retroarch supports that.

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clrmame Discussion / Re: "Use Add-on Paths" Doesn't work?
« on: 19 November 2016, 21:49 »
So if I have two MAME collections in two folders, and I want to compile a third collection in a third folder, what catagory should I enter the two source folders under?  Right now I put them both under the Add Path drop down, would that be correct?

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clrmame Discussion / Re: "Use Add-on Paths" Doesn't work?
« on: 19 November 2016, 19:36 »
Okay maybe I know what I did wrong.  I added multiple folders to the ROMs catagory instead of the Add Paths.  I switched them over and now it seems to be working.  So what exactly is the difference between ROM paths and Add Paths?  I'm not seeing a proper explanation in the documentation.

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clrmame Discussion / "Use Add-on Paths" Doesn't work?
« on: 18 November 2016, 03:32 »
So I want to use two source directories for the rebuilder, but when I add the directories and put checks next to them, then check "Use add-on paths" I immediately get a dialog saying that I have 0 files.  However if I scan, it finds the files fine.  If I add one of the two directories, it has no problems, same if I only use the second directory by itself.  It's only when I check the add-on paths that it fails.  Any ideas?

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