I tried to fix this for three days before posting this. I see all the stickies above but I can't figure this out.
I've been using MaLa no prob for a few months. A few days ago I noticed a game wasn't showing up in the All Games List for MAME (in MaLa). I think it was Raiden DX. I couldn't find it anyways. Hmm is this a clue? Wondering now...It IS in the MAME list, in MAME itself.
So I refreshed the main game list in MaLa, and all
the titles in the All Games List disappeared.
I have tried 3 different MAME versions with no issues, and have now settled on one (Mame64 / 173). MaLa points to the correct folders for that version. I still have the other versions of MAME installed.
My Favorites list is still intact in MaLa.I've tried the following:- Refresh Main Game List
MaLa tells me "no controls.ini set". I've never had one as far as I know.
I hit "okay" then after a few minutes:
"No games were added. Ensure XML file is > .84"
I'm using MaMe 173 so I assume that's what it refers to. From my research this seems to be true.
Next, I open the MaLa options and click "Create XML File". All check boxes are unchecked in Collection Options.
When that's finished, I close the options window and MaLa tells me I have "no games in the main list. Refresh?"
I click yes, and the process repeats ("no controls.ini found", etc.)
I'm guessing somewhere along the line that MaLa got mixed up with my switching of MAME versions. But I don't know how. I've quadruple checked all my paths. My "fav" games all play fine from MaLa.
I understand that MaLa looks at the XML file to create the game list. Again, MAME itself shows all the games. I tried opening the XML file in a few programs but it's too big apparently, which is odd to me.
I can't add any new games to my favorites without the main list, otherwise I wouldn't care I guess.
I'm afraid to try anything else because I don't want to lose any settings or screw anything up further.
Does anyone have any suggestions? It has to be simple but I'm just not experienced enough to find the problem.