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  • Keymaster
    Member since: 19 June 2020

    Mame32 is an emulator that faithfully reproduces those games that were once only found in arcades and that were available for another system, namely the Neo-Geo.
    After opening the emulator you will find a screen divided into various blocks: top menu, categories on the left, games in the center and possibly a screen of the game on the right. The first thing to do is to change the language, so you will need to click on the menu options -> language and set the Italian language. The next step is extremely important, in fact you will have to go to the menu by clicking options -> directories and here you will have to set all the paths to make your emulator recognize games, roms, screens and so on.

    For example, under the heading “Show directories for:” you will click on the drop-down menu, choosing for example the first entry “ROMs”, from here you will have to tell the program in which folder the ROMs are located (games), then you will move under “Directories:” and click on the first path you find and click on “Delete”. Now you have to click on the two signs of minor and major (<>) and then click on “Insert” (or on Browse …) and choose the path where your ROMs are located.

    This procedure must be repeated for practically every directory. The most important are the following: ROMs, Snapshots, Config, State, Ini Files, Memory Card, High Scores.

    Once this is done, click on the menu options -> interface options and set the interface options, such as “Allow game selection by a joystick”, “No offset for clones missing parent in view” and “Show Game Caption”. Then go to the options menu -> default game options to find the real heart of Mame32.
    Here you will find several tabs to be set and many parameters that we will try to make you understand.

    Display: we advise you to set “Enforce Aspect Ratio”, “Throttle”, “Sleep when idle” and on Frame Skipping select “Draw every frame” (the latter option can give some problems if your PC is not very powerful).
    Advanced: set “Use DirectDraw” under the heading Rendering (make sure you have updated your DirectX), then put the check mark also on “Stretch using hardware” and set the Clean stretch on “Auto”. Under the Resolution item, we recommend setting the one on your desktop, so when you use the Alt + Tab function it will take you a few tenths of a second to switch from the game to the desktop. Under Image Enhancement we would like to recommend the “Maxim Stepin’s HQ2x” filter. A good filter is for example “Andrea’s Scale 3x”, even if for some it could be too aggressive.
    Direct3D: we recommend setting “Use Direct3D” for better image quality and setting the following values: Filter “Anisotropic”, Effect “None”, Prescale “Auto”.
    Sound: the sound must be enabled by putting a check mark on “Enable sound and sound CPUs” and then also flagging: “Use Samples” and “Resample if samplerate does not match”. We therefore advise you to set the Samplerate to “44100” while for the Volume Attenuation value the speech of the Image Enhancement applies, ie this value is subjective and therefore you can adjust it as you see fit.
    Controllers: here you can enable joysticks and gamepads if you have them, to do so close the Mame32, insert the gaming device, reopen the Mame32 and return to this screen, then enable the “Enable joystick input” item and on P1 (therefore player 1) assign your controller. We also recommend putting a check mark on the item “Enable mouse input” and “Enable pointing stick input”.
    Miscellaneous: nothing special here, set all the items under “Use additional game artwork” (including the latter) and if you want set “Use transparent in-game menu” as you like.
    BIOS: this tab contains all the currently installed BIOS. If you have downloaded all our packages, here you will have no problem and therefore you can leave everything as it is.

    Finally, I remind you to set all the keys after starting the game (often to start the game you have to press the “OK” keys and then press “Enter” to the next screen) and also know that there is an additional menu after opening the game (generally openable via the TAB key). Here you will also find the “Dip Switches” command which will allow you to set many interesting functions, such as lives, difficulties and more. Furthermore, some games have extra settings, which can be set by pressing the F2 key.

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