Lr-Mess and GX4000 setup not working
Hi all, i have searched forum for help but couldnt find any.
I am trying to get Amstrad GX4000 up and running in MESS, it is supposed to work according to the wiki and github for lr-mess.
I have compiled, got all my XML files so assume all went well. I created / roms/gx4000 and inside i placed the software list verified DAT'd cartridges zipped in .bin format.
I dont see anything come up in emulation station at all so not sure if i have to do anything more? I checked for the 3 lines that are supposed to be added to /opt/retropie/configs/all/retroarch-core-options.cfg and they are there so thats ok.
I then moved them (due to reading something) all the roms to /roms/mess/gx4000 and sadly still the same.
Q... Am i supposed to see something come up on to the emulation station bar or load some other way? do i have to enter the GX4000 system manually somewhere?
Any help apreciated even if its not specific to the GX4000 system but maybe another system in MESS.. may shed some light on my problem.
@a7mag3ddon not that many systems work on lr-mess. You need advmess
How do i install that?
@a7mag3ddon go to intellivision.us and on the tabs on the left choose ultimate console. Scroll down and select the 3.2 file. Then you need to copy the /opt/retropie/configs/mame-advmame and /opt/retropie/emulators/advmame from the zip file. Roms go into /opt/retropie/configs/mame-advmame/image/"nameofsystem"/ bios file goes into /opt/retropie/configs/mame-advmame/roms/"nameof system/ then you need to look in /etc/emulationstation/es_systems.cfg in the zip file, look for channel f and copy it to yours but change everything for the system you are using. Do the same with /opt/retropie/configs/channelf/emulators.cfg
Now you have to add 0777 permissions to every file and folder that you add in /opt/retropie/configs/mame-advmame/ and /opt/retropie/emulators/advmame/ this includes all your roms. This system is really really picky and will not work if you dont. Make sure you add your bios files too with permissions.
Im only doing GX4000 (there is no bios) and i thought the permissions were 755 ? maybe thats whats wrong because i set them to 755 when i was ftping them across.
Im still unsure why Lr-Mess doesnt work for this, i couldnt get the roms to even show. Wiki says it should work.
I got the zip, there is no mention of Amstrad GX4000 at all.
@a7mag3ddon yes because the guy that compiled it and posted the zip doesnt use it for anything other than astrocade and channel f. You have to add the folders and files yourself. No need to recompile. The system compatability is still in the emulator. Thats why i explained adding the files for other systems.
Also as i stated you need to edit the es_systems.cfg to add the system you want. The roms wont show up until you add the info in there pointing to the that systems roms.
@a7mag3ddon i forgot. You also need to add /opt/retropie/configs/channelf/ to your system as well.
I still cant get this going, i copied everything from the ZIP like you said, created a config folder for channelf and set permissions to 777 on everything i added and im still not getting anything on the menu bar.
In the end i also replaced the top entry in my ES_config with
<fullname>Fairchild Channel F</fullname>
<command>/opt/retropie/supplementary/runcommand/runcommand.sh 0 SYS channelf %ROM%</command>
checked there are .bin files in /opt/retropie/configs/mame-advmame/image/channelf and there are about 5 sample games and still nothing.
Ive even copied exactly what you said into word and broken it down into steps, and followed them exactly.
@a7mag3ddon you need to rename everything from channel f to the system you are using. In the emulators.cfg you need to change it from channel f to the system you are using as well.
Also i dont know what the file extensions are for the roms you have so you need to change the extensions from .zip or .bin in both the es_systems.cfg and emulators.cfg to be whatever extension your roms are. But if the roms are showing up it is because you dont have the es_systems.cfg looking for your roms in the right place or .zip or .ZIP are not the correct extensions. I am going to see if i can get this working
file ext are .bin so all good, but even so, there are samples included in the ZIP files which are copied over as part of your instructions as they are in a sub folder.
even if i left everything as is, and edited my files like you said i should end up with at least CHANNEL F and icon on the menu bar but nothing.
If i could get that far i would at least know it was working, then modify the cfg's to point to my games rom folder etc.
Ok so an update. It is possible advmess does not support this system. I tried to get it running with no luck.
So how about lr-mess? The wiki says gx4000 is supported so should work.
Any chance of trying that? I couldn't get it picking up my games either.
@a7mag3ddon i got it to show the games. They just dont load.
Does not work in lr-mess. I created everything i needed to get it to try to boot but selecting a game just boots to the rgui. I didnt expect it to work. When you install lr-mess it adds the configs for the systems it supports.
@edmaul69 I don't understand why you would say that, I compiled it and it did create the gx4000.xml that's needed to run hose carts so it should run them. They even specifically say on the wiki that it runs bem so I am at a loss.
@a7mag3ddon where is this xml for lr-mess located? i cant find one on my system
Check your BIOS folder after compilation and see if a folder named “mame” exists. Within it should be a folder named “hash” that includes a bunch of xml files.
If there is a .xml file then it's supported as the install only creates them if supported.
You will see a gx4000 one in there.