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Getting back into hobby, whatís new in 2020?
« on: October 06, 2020, 07:36:31 am »
So Iíve had my original ninja turtles cabinet sitting in the garage now for about 3 years which is way too long and Iím tired of my wife telling me to get rid of it lol. So embarrassingly Iíve forgotten all that I need to do to get everything running properly on my crt. I have an old pc that Iíll be using and I did have a video card that I used custom firmware with, but canít find that now. Any recommendations for video cards in 2020? What all else do I need software wise?
Hoping to have everything pretty simple and use GroovyMame with Coinops next arcade edition or something else super simple to use.
Any suggestions or quick refreshments of all that I need to do and get is much appreciated!

Cheers
Ryan

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Re: Getting back into hobby, whatís new in 2020?
« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2020, 04:41:08 pm »
The first step is to get rid of a wife that wants you to get rid of a TMNT original cab.   :D

From there, pretty much is the same thing for best results (low input lag + compatibility with demanding games):
CPU with 4ghz+ Overclocking capability + AMD/ATI video card from 2012-2016 timespan (supported list is on the crt-emudriver post/thread).

Recommend:
Any I5 or I7 Intel Processor from 2014 ( i.e I5 4690k/ I7 4790k) onwards with Overclock support ("k" digit after number) with matching motherboard that allows at least basically, no-voltage changing overclock.

AMD R9 380 (last, easy to find gpu with analog support. Some R9 390 have it but they're harder to come by, and a r9 380 is pretty much overkill already)

bear in mind this setting would be a "enthusiast setup". You can go for a lot less (specially in the gpu department) and save for other things, like SSD storage for faster  system/rom loading.


« Last Edit: October 07, 2020, 04:50:29 pm by Dacasks »

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Re: Getting back into hobby, whatís new in 2020?
« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2020, 01:51:20 pm »
Hey this is great! Thanks so much for the reply. I have a computer that I had used int the last, but itís from like 2008 and kinda slow now. Iíll probably look for something newer and faster but still inexpensive. I do have and ssd I will reuse though. And Iíll keep looking for my ATI graphics card as it has to be somewhere but maybe look for a newer one as well.

Is there an easy to use and graphically pleasing front end that works well with GroovyMame and crt? I like CoinOps next arcade, but not sure it would translate well to crt

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Re: Getting back into hobby, whatís new in 2020?
« Reply #4 on: October 12, 2020, 11:47:35 am »
Intel silently released a new budget CPU: https://www.pcgamer.com/intel-sneaks-out-a-sub-dollar100-quad-core-comet-lake-cpu-to-take-on-amd-ryzen/

At 3.60Ghz base with 4.30Ghz Turbo clock with 4 cores and 8 threads is already overkill, IMHO, for MAME standards.
It should also be well under 100 bucks.
On a scale of fakeness, from more genuine to more fake, we'd have:

1.- Plastic plants (cf. Fake Plastic Trees)
2.- Inflatable dolls
3.- Arcade cabinets with LCD monitors

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Re: Getting back into hobby, whatís new in 2020?
« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2020, 02:15:29 pm »
The problem of a new cpu/motherboard it's the lack of W7 support; i prefer an old one with W7 for a cabinet.

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Re: Getting back into hobby, whatís new in 2020?
« Reply #6 on: October 12, 2020, 02:48:39 pm »
Are there issues running GroovyMAME on win10? I've been using exclusively LTSB/LTSC version for quite some time now over win7 and I vastly prefer it: way faster booting and way better memory management.
On a scale of fakeness, from more genuine to more fake, we'd have:

1.- Plastic plants (cf. Fake Plastic Trees)
2.- Inflatable dolls
3.- Arcade cabinets with LCD monitors

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Re: Getting back into hobby, whatís new in 2020?
« Reply #7 on: October 14, 2020, 05:57:29 pm »
Are there issues running GroovyMAME on win10? I've been using exclusively LTSB/LTSC version for quite some time now over win7 and I vastly prefer it: way faster booting and way better memory management.

Nope, not really. Every 12 months or so they do a big "Creators' Update" which clears the registry of modelines and your unsigned crt_emudriver. I take a backup of my modelines, have a long VGA cable handy to reach a LCD monitor and just reinstall crt_emudriver. Not even a problem if you don't connect to the net.

You do still need to disable fast startup (power options>change what the power buttons do>show options currently hidden>disable fast startup) and stop and disable the service called AMD External Events Utility (Startmenu>type "services">right click on AMD EEU>stop and disable). But after that you should be good to go.

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Re: Getting back into hobby, whatís new in 2020?
« Reply #8 on: October 15, 2020, 07:12:37 am »
Nope, not really. Every 12 months or so they do a big "Creators' Update" which clears the registry of modelines and your unsigned crt_emudriver. I take a backup of my modelines, have a long VGA cable handy to reach a LCD monitor and just reinstall crt_emudriver. Not even a problem if you don't connect to the net.

Or if you use the Long Term versions (as said, LTSB/LTSC), which is why I've been using them since I discovered their existence. Just security and performance updates without new features or random crap creeping up with each update.

Just use the 1507 version which is the most crap-free one and still updated and have everything you'll ever need for your groovymame needs.

Interesting about the fast startup, why do you need to disable it?
« Last Edit: October 15, 2020, 08:28:30 am by donluca »
On a scale of fakeness, from more genuine to more fake, we'd have:

1.- Plastic plants (cf. Fake Plastic Trees)
2.- Inflatable dolls
3.- Arcade cabinets with LCD monitors