|Mame Display optimistations
This is the second page of appendixes. what follows is some updated information on the tools used by Marshall and tweks for individual games, about 500 of them :)
I have written this supplement to update some of the items in the original document.
A Word 97 version of the document is available here. If you have questions, E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
First, I obtained a program called sort info from Emumannens website Using this tool I was able to sort MAME games by video mode. I didnt go through the entire list, but in 600 games, I was already up to 14 different screen modes, not counting modes with the same screen size but different refresh rates (which I dont think would matter). Since MAME is now over 2500 games, this means the total number of modes required must be well over 60.
What does this mean? Well, obviously the method I was originally using will never work for every MAME game.
Secondly, Unirfrsh has a new homepage The program is also now shareware ($15.00 with a 21-day free trial). Rob has added sizing and positioning controls to the interface. This means that it should be possible to set up several different modes in Unirfrsh (in different directories) (all using one monitor mode) and support different resolution games using one monitor mode. Unfortunately, I havent found free time to experiment with the program.
Finally, since I had the resolution data, I decided to update the Quick Mode chart to show predicted results. Data is as of MAME 37B10. There are currently nine independent modes being used. Note that some games have the same name (Star Wars as a Galaxy Wars clone). I have tried to make note of this, but I cant promise I caught them all. Other than that, the names come straight from the MAME source code. (Next time around, I may list the games by their eight-letter name (bzone, for example) as these are always unique). Games shown in BLACK are verified to work at the settings shown. Games shown in TEAL are games that I would expect to work with no problem (same arcade resolution and frequency as the verified games) (In some cases, the drivers arent working yet for these games). Games shown in BLUE are games that should work fairly well at the specified settings (same or similar resolution in the primary direction and similar resolution in the secondary direction and same refresh rate). Games shown in red are games that MIGHT work at the specified settings (similar resolution and refresh rates, but not identical to the verified games).
QUICK AND IMPORTANT NOTE FOR THOSE THAT DONT WANT TO READ THE LONG MAIN DOCUMENT: While this chart was built using a Diamond Stealth S220, any game in the same row of the table will use the same aspect ratio and display full screen at the same resolution (MAME -aaaxbbb). Therefore regardless of your hardware, you can find a game in the list and try to run it at the selected resolution and adjust the monitor to be full size. If you cant run at that resolution, pick ANY resolution which will display full size and adjust properly. Once that is set-up, all other games on the same row will display very near full size when run at that resolution. Select a different resolution for games in other rows and all of the games in that row should display very near full screen at THAT resolution, etc.
Quick Mode Reference - Diamond Stealth S 220 and KDS VS-7E (Nine independent modes)