Real quick, just wanted to show a very rough video of me using the XArcade Tankstick on the Raspberry Pi. I have the Trackball, Buttons and Joysticks all working. Gridlee has issues with it (has to have custom inputs set) but Street Fighter 2 and Missile Command worked “out-of-the-box”. I had to make a minor edit to the AdvanceMENU configuration file, but it looks like its working nicely.
I’m going to try a fresh re-install of PiMAME and try to recreate the results. I’m hoping to have a guide for this very soon ™.
My new Tankstick arrived today, courtesy of XGaming.com. They have asked me to test it and get it running on the Raspberry Pi. I only had a couple minutes to play with it, but I made a little unboxing video for everyone:
Size comparison of the Pi versus a Tankstick:
This thing has some heft to it! With the few minutes I got to use it, I notice why some users of the Raspberry Pi are having difficulties making it work right. It’s nothing wrong with the device, but with the way some of the software interprets the inputs. I have a couple of hunches and ideas on how to fix it, which I hope to get to within the next week.
PiMAME 0.5 is also coming along nicely. I’m reverting back to the 0.3 stack and just adding some minor modifications. That should be released on Friday.
Update: I have received numerous reports that this version is much slower than the previous one. I am reverting back to the previous Raspbian for PiMAME 0.5. That should fix the speed issues. The new release will be up this week. Thank you for all the feedback.
PiMAME is now built around the 2012-12-16 version of Raspbian.
AdvanceMAME 1.2 and AdvanceMENU 2.6 are installed.
PulseAudio has been removed.
Snapshots of supported games are loaded and will appear in AdvanceMENU.
The ROM uploader file size limit has been increased from 2MB to 200MB.
I recommend users exit out of AdvanceMENU at some point and run:
Overclocking the Pi from raspi-config greatly increases the performance of AdvanceMAME. You are also able to expand the filesystem to fill up the rest of your SD Card.
I am looking forward to all questions, comments, and suggestions! Have a great week.
On Monday Element14 will have more Raspberry Pi’s in stock. Get your credit cards ready. I will also be taking my first graduate course that same day. I am very happy and looking forward to working on my masters degree.
I now have a USB gamepad and I’m going to work on getting that setup. I’m currently working on PiMAME 0.4 and hope to have it released this weekend. I am incorporating as many fixes and improvements as I can. I really appreciate your feedback.
I am off work until the New Year!! I think I’m going to sleep until Sunday 🙂
First things first. Happy Holidays and an early Happy New Year to all my readers. All of you have been awesome. Thank you for all the comments.
I have used up over 100GB of bandwidth in a week. That’s AWESOME. I have never used so much bandwidth ever, yet alone in a week. Luckily I have generous bandwidth allotments between my two hosts, so hopefully I won’t have to scramble for mirrors again.
Expect PiMAME updates over the weekend. I am doing a lot to it. The next update should be great.
We had a secret santa in my department, and my co-worker was given a really cool light box since he is a freelance photographer. He did a little photo shoot of my DeskCade units.
This is a fully configured Raspberry Pi image that auto boots into AdvanceMENU and runs your MAME games for you. It includes a copy of a Free MAME ROM so you can see it working right from the start. SSH is already enabled, memory split is setup, and everything is updated.
Once you have it flashed to your SD Card, I recommend running “sudo raspi-config” and expanding the file system, otherwise you will only have a few megs of space left to use.
Please let me know if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions!
I just got back from seeing Wreck-It Ralph and here’s my verdict: Go see it right now. Not only was it a great story, it was a great homage to the entire gaming industry.
Today I also got an iPad Mini. I have an iPhone 4S and love it. At work I use an iPad 3 and have found it to be too big and bulky. This iPad Mini is amazing. It’s light, has a great screen, and fits my hand(s) perfectly. I’m even typing this whole post on the mini right now. So far it’s totally worth it.
I got AdvanceMESS compiled with sound but I have yet to test it. I have an issue where check install doesn’t like installing both mame and mess because they have some of the same executables (advcfg, etc.). If anyone knows much about Debian package creation I would love some help and advice.
I have an updated set of AdvanceMAME debs. This time there is sound, and a lot of the stupid tricks I had to do to compile have been resolved. It ended up being a libsdl issue and an older version of GCC.
Please uninstall the older .deb by entering this command:
You should now be set to run AdvanceMAME with sound!
If you want to compile AdvanceMAME yourself, make sure you install libsdl1.2-dev and gcc-4.7. After that make sure to do export CC=gcc-4.7 and export CXX=g++-4.7 on the command line. Then type ./configure, then make.