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HISCORE DIFF's for all MAME versions without hiscore support (108 - current)

The diff performs the following:
1) Adds hiscore support back into MAME
2) Removes all nag screens
3) Removes loading messages (decoding/decrypting/Updating Artwork, etc.) and the 'white box' when loading. (This was added to the diffs starting with hi_120)
4) Disables crosshairs by default. You can turn them back on in the game with F1 This was removed starting with hi_130u3 since MAME core now has the ability to change crosshair settings in the menu.
5) Tab button(menu) also pauses MAME and 1 acts as 'Enter'. Remove the inptport.c section if you do not want this(or just remove it from the ingame menu) This was removed starting with hi_124. You can configure this in the in game menu.

Starting with hi_127a (re-vamped 127 uploaded on 08-24) you now have the option to disable any of the patch functions via the mame.ini file. Add the following to the mame.ini file to disable the appropiate patch section:

disable_hiscore_patch   1   <- To disable highscore support. Set to 0 or omit it entirely from ini file to enable.
disable_crosshair_patch   1  <- To disable crosshairs off by default. Set to 0 or omit it entirely from ini file to enable. <- removed @ hi_130u3
disable_nagscreen_patch   1  <- To disable removal of nagscreens /white box. Set to 0 or omit it entirely from ini file to enable. <- removed @ hi_172c
disable_loading_patch   1      <- To disable suppression of loading/decrypting/etc messages. Set to 0 or omit it entirely from ini file to enable. <- removed @ hi_172c
skip_gameinfo   0      <- To disable suppression of gameinfo, nagscreen & loading/decrypting messages. Set to 1 to enable suppression.

For help compiling MAME, please see Mr. Do's excellent page. He's made it so simple, there's no excuse not to compile your own!

You can also get Headkaze's MAME Compiler to make compiling even easier. Great app for those not too familier with making your own builds!
Also, you will need the hiscore.dat file by Leezer in your mame directory. You can grab that over at
...and don't forget to create a sub folder under your mame directory named "hi"...that's it!
Starting with hi_124, all modifications are preceeded with comments detailing what is occuring. You can search the diff for "MKChamp" to find all the comments.
Here's the guide for what diff to download (change extention from .txt to .diff) -- Thanks for hosting them abelenki!
Credit to ozfalcon for the SDL portion....AND for keeping this going!!

Here's the link to the whole FTP site for all the patches...including new suppression patches made by ozfalcon:

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Additonal files....

edit - all files are contained in the original post

Great idea! I requested this be stickied...

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Since this thread has all the diff files so coveniently listed, here is a link to the previous Mame releases:

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Been lurking here for years and leaching off the knowledge but rarely post(you can tell from my stats)...
I'm so excited I've been able to contribute something worth a sticky ;-)
I'll use this to say thank you to all the people that have contributed to the success of my mame cabinet(especially mamewah, smog and howard...whom without their proggies, my cab would be a little more complicated)

hi mkchamp i have uploaded the latest mame 0.113u2 with hiscore support added to :- along with the latest hiscore.dat with a few more games added i hope you don`t mind me uploading the mame which was made possible with your hiscore.diff file.

many thanks,


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