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    I have just purchased a MAME arcade machine and being new to this I wonder whether someone can help. The machine has a small form factor Pentium computer with hard drive, video card and Mame software. It has Game Launcher as the frontend program and also the program Xtree Gold.
    On the hard drive is some extra ROMS and I have been tranfering them using the Xtree program to the main menu of the machine.
    What I want to do is download some ROMS from the internet to my arcade machine but it doesn't have a floppy or CD drive (the arcade machine computer). So is there anyway I can do this ? Someone mentioned to me a USB or an external drive....any ideas ?

    Thanks
    Mjr074

  • #2
    Hi Mjr074,

    Welcome to Aussie Arcade.

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    Is your mame machine connected to yor home network or the internet? If so, easy as. If not, a USB memory key or DVD or CD will suffice. You DL (DownLoad) them to your home PC, then transfer to either a USB key or CD or DVD disc. Easiest way is to network you mame machine to your home pc and share the net connection or direct connect to the net and DL. If you need more elaboration on how to perform these tasks, just ask.

    Regards,
    Ian
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    • #3
      1st what versions of windows is it running? also does it have a usb input

      the other thing you can try is install a crossover cable to it

      BTW Xtree Gold is not licensed software

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      • #4
        My Mame machine isn't connected to my home computer.
        I'm thinking maybe the easiest way is USB and I need to have a look and see if it has an usb input. Would this be on the back of the hard drive ?

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        • #5
          It's not running any version of Windows its in DOS. It would be alot easier if it was I think. What's a cross over cable ? And I didn't know that about Xtree Gold, no wonder I can't find anything on the net about Xtree and Mame cabinets

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Mjr074
            It's not running any version of Windows its in DOS. It would be alot easier if it was I think. What's a cross over cable ? And I didn't know that about Xtree Gold, no wonder I can't find anything on the net about Xtree and Mame cabinets
            can you goto the DOS prompt and type "ver"

            what does it return

            Xtree is oldschool dos. it is not part of the operating system and is used by people unfamilar with the command line interface (CLI)

            it is also. not free

            based on what you have told me your machine would unlikely have a USB connection. Happy to be proven wrong though!

            My suggestion is rip out the machine, bung in a cd drive and install win98se and something like Game Launcher

            I would be interested on what size hard drive you have

            BTW where did you get this machine from anyway?

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            • #7
              Does DOS evn support USB?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by RetroBorg
                Does DOS evn support USB?
                You can set USB keyboard compatability in your BIOS for DOS. For other devices, I don't think there's support in MS-DOS.

                FreeDOS is compatible with MS-DOS, is free (hence the name) and adds support for all "new" stuff like LBA32 hard disk access, FAT32 (larger than 2GB partitions and hard disks), DMA (faster access to drives), etc, etc. Check it out and see if it adds USB support:
                http://www.freedos.org/
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by alessiman
                  can you goto the DOS prompt and type "ver"

                  what does it return

                  Xtree is oldschool dos. it is not part of the operating system and is used by people unfamilar with the command line interface (CLI)

                  it is also. not free

                  based on what you have told me your machine would unlikely have a USB connection. Happy to be proven wrong though!

                  My suggestion is rip out the machine, bung in a cd drive and install win98se and something like Game Launcher

                  I would be interested on what size hard drive you have

                  BTW where did you get this machine from anyway?
                  I typed in 'ver' and it says MS-DOS 6.22
                  I brought the cocktail machine from www.classicgames.com.au

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                  • #10
                    Just to add to that I have typed in FDISK/STATUS and it says :
                    Disk - 1 Mbytes - 4090 Usage - 50%
                    Drive - C Mbytes - 2045

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                    • #11
                      The arcade computer also seems to have an USB connection.

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                      • #12
                        Personally, I would just removed the HDD from your mame machine, slave it up to your main machine....copy whatever you want over to the mame HDD then remove it, and hook it back up to your mame machine.
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                        • #13
                          This is not a job for a computer novice, if you wan't to install any more software onto this PC then you are going to have to install new hardware (floppy drive and possibly a CD-ROM). Or remove the hard disk from them machine from the game and install it into another PC as a slave. There are other options such as connecting 2 computers together using a null modem cable.

                          I can help you with these steps if you feel confident as I am familiar with the sofware build in the machines from classicgaming (they copied the HDD from one of my machines a few years ago).

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                          • #14
                            Thanks for that. I don't feel very confident enough to start installing new hardware. I was hoping the options like connecting 2 computers or an USB would be easier.
                            I've learnt more about Mame machines since I brought mine and maybe I can get my hands on a cheep computer one day and try from scratch.


                            Mjr074

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                            • #15
                              Just thought of something else and that is that I've got an old laptop computer and it runs PC Dos 6.3 and Windows for Workgroups 3.11 The arcade computer runs Dos 6.22 anyway I can connect the two ?

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