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Advanced MAME Launcher User's Guide

AML root window

AML's root window looks like this:

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The number of MAME Machines (about 30.000) is astonishingly big and it would be not practical nor convenient to browse all of them on the same list. Hence, AML includes a set of filters that will show only the Machines that meet the filtering condition. There are 4 kinds of such filters:

1) Main filters Machines (with coin slot), Machines (no coin slot), Machines (mechanical) and Machines (dead).

Machines (with coin slot) roughly correspond with the arcade machines and Machines (no coin slot) roughly correspond with console/computer/calculator Machines (the ones formerly in MESS). Dead machines are those with preliminary driver status (do not work) and have no controls (you cannot interact with them in any way). The Main filters are mutually exclusive. For example, Machines (with coin slot) actually means Machines with coin slot and not mechanical and not dead.

2) Binary filters Machines [with CHDs], Machines [with Samples], Machines [BIOS].

The binary filters define ON/OFF conditions. For example, a given Machine may have CHDs or not, may be a BIOS or not, etc.

3) Catalog filters Machines by Category, Machines by Manufacturer, etc.

When you enter these filters you are shown a catalog defined by the filter. For example, if you enter the Machines by Manufacturer filter you are presented with a list of all manufacturers, if you enter one manufacturer then the whole list of Parent machines by that manufacturer is shown.

4) Software Lists

Allows you to navigate the ROMs defined on each Software List database.

AML Parent Machines list

When you enter any of the filters a list of Parent Machines is displayed:

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Every item in the list contains the name of the Machine and a set of flags at the end.

Machine name example with flags
Code:
Dino (rev B) Rc-- [Dev][BIOS][Clo][status]
| | | | |------- Driver status flag
| | | |------------- Parent/Clone flag
| | |-------------------- BIOS flag
| |------------------------- Device flag
|------------------------------- Machine status flag

Machine status flag

The Machine status flags reports whether a Machine has ROMs, CHDs, Samples and Software Lists. After the main MAME database has been created you will see either - or ?, meaning that the machine does not have Roms, Chds, Samples or software Lists or the machine have them, respectively. The ROM scanner will check the existence of the ROMs/CHDs/Samples and change the ? flag into the appropriate lower case letter or upper case letter.

Code:
RCSLD
|||||- Device flag
||||-- Software Lists flag
|||--- Samples flag
||---- CHDs flag
|----- ROMs flag

- Does not have ROMs/CHDs/Samples/SLs
? Machine has ROMs/CHDs/Samples but ROMs have not been checked
r Missing ROMs/CHDs/Samples/SLs (you cannot run the machine)
R You have the ROMs/CHDs/Samples/SLs (you can run the machine)

Driver status flag

The Driver status flag reports about the quality of the emulation of the Machine. It may have any of these 3 values.
Code:
empty Driver status is Good
[Imp] Driver is Imperfect. It works but emulation may have some glitches
[Pre] Driver is Preliminary and emulation not working.

AML Machine Parent/Clone list

When you enter any parent Machine a new window containing both the Parent and Clone Machines is shown. If you click on any Machine in the Parent/Clone list MAME will be launched to play that Machine. Note that you will need to have the corresponding ROMs/CHDs to execute the Machine.
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RE: Advanced MAME Launcher - MAME frontend for Kodi - by Wintermute0110 - 2017-01-15, 17:36


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