View Full Version : o man NO ONE will ever believe this

May 8th, 2006, 04:49 PM
First, my apologies if this post seems out of place, as their didn't appear to be a specific area for such discussions. I don't accept that it's off topic - video games, whether coin-op or console, are full blown puters in their own right. And emulation is just as relevant to collecting IMHO. But anyway, I got MAME running for the FIRST TIME today, not 1 hour ago! Isn't that a friggin travesty or what? I guess I never really bothered much, since having downloaded it EARLY IN THE YEAR 2000!!! The actual version I played with was probably from some p2p network in the winter of 2002-3. Tried out 2 games - Alien Syndrome and Rolling Thunder, 2 old favorites.
I just had to get that off my chest.
Ok, so where do you folks go for all your ROM needs? I'm not asking specific to MAME, but anything, C64, Amiga, Atari ST, etc. And I guess the stuff for actual computers aren't really roms. I wish there was one great big DVD somewhere (or series of them) with all the groovy games and whatnot from the past.

May 25th, 2006, 06:12 PM
(I apoligize right now in advance If I break any rules about ROM/Emulation discussion)

If you just got MAME running, then I'm suprised! Mame is a command prompt/DOS based program! (I compile the beta releases weekly)

The first thing you should do when you get mame is create a .ini file (do so by typing "mame -createconfig" in Mame's root directory) & configure the program to your needs (Things like Resolution, turning off DirectDraw, etc...)

My favorite ROM site is <a href="http://www.rom-world.com">Rom-World</a>. Some ROM sets from that site are incomplete, & you'll sometimes have to search google for a set with the 1 dumped ROM you don't have.

Be sure you download the latest MAME release from <a href="http://www.mame.net/">MAME.net</a>. They make alot of progress with each release. For example, since '05, they've changed the color values on pacman. In fact, their next release will feature a completely reprogramed video rendering system.

June 23rd, 2006, 04:32 PM
I like MAME32fx (http://mame32fx.altervista.org/home.htm) to play the roms. The best place (IMHO) for MAME roms (and roms for pretty much everything else, except there is absolutely no Nintendo or Sony) is the Pleasuredome (http://www.pleasuredome.org.uk/). Once you are there click on "Full Roms & Extras" for all your ROM-y goodness. http://th3zone.com/forum/images/smiles/15.gif

NOTE!: This is a *RATIO* site... so you are expected to give back what you take if you want to be around for the next release! http://img115.exs.cx/img115/9916/z4dwink.gif



June 23rd, 2006, 04:49 PM
I use rom-world.com

They have EVERYTHING, competely free, no voting or anything (though they do try to push you to).

...Everything, except Sonic & Mario games (They removed them to avoid lawsuits) They even have all the beta versions of StarFox 2 for the SNES (The game was never released!!!)

July 20th, 2006, 12:02 PM
On a similar vein, we had an old busted Golden Axe arcade machine, and since I was unable to revive it, I pulled the whole ROM board. I have it tucked away somewheres at work, if anybody likes ROM boards...

July 20th, 2006, 12:07 PM
Did you throw away the machine!? Because it was a Jamma machine, meaning that you could put THOUSANDS of other games into the same cabinet! Even Golden Tee & a Neo-Geo MVS Mobo!

July 20th, 2006, 01:31 PM
You don't know how busted it was. Maybe the display was cracked, loose buttons and generally awful exterior. OTOH, if it was in that condition, what are the odds that the motherboard still is functioning?

July 20th, 2006, 02:27 PM
The frame was toast, the back of the CRT had some problems, and it was missing some kind of secondary board that connected the motherboard with the controllers and CRT. The board itself looks pristine...

And where I work, NOTHING is ever thrown away! :)

July 20th, 2006, 02:33 PM
Can you define "toast"?

EDIT: By the way, where are you located?

July 20th, 2006, 10:14 PM
14749 Hesperia Rd., Victorville, CA

You can see our warehouse on Google Maps - it's fairly large (the current satellite image shows a lot of roof damage from high winds that has already been repaired).

I can't remember specifically now, but I don't think the cabinet was worth making a PC or arcade conversion out of.

July 20th, 2006, 10:17 PM
Boo Google Maps! Yay Google Earth 4 Beta!

So you're saying the cabinet's already thrown out, or not? Because you said your work never throws anything away, but you speak of the cabinet as past tence. I'm confused....

EDIT: Nevermind, 444 Mi. away. That...That's like 666's cousin of unlucky numbers or something! (Plus it's too damn far away!)

July 20th, 2006, 10:27 PM
We RECYCLE computer parts!

We have separate boxes for CRT, power board, yoke, transformer, motherboard, dirty metal, copper, aluminum, etc. - the arcade machine was thoroughly dismantled into little tiny pieces and disseminated as commodity material to various buyers.

I scarcely consider that throwing it away!

July 20th, 2006, 10:58 PM
NOOOOOO! You've killed Golden Axe!!!! You better stay away from Dragon's Lair! (or else....)

July 21st, 2006, 12:33 AM
I should note that trueCycle has a second facility up in Placerville, which is MUCH closer to Sacramento...not sure of the exact address at this time, and I don't think the QA staff up there is very knowledgeable about vintage computers.

July 21st, 2006, 01:03 AM
NOOOO!!! The vintagocity that must endure destruction so close to the holy city of the Sacramentians!!!! How can the almighty Shwartzineggar allow this!?

July 23rd, 2006, 05:58 AM
What is the option to recycling what can be recycled? Putting it all on a big dump and pour concrete over it all, so people don't have to see it? The number of collectors is limited, and the number of people who have space to store a lot of half or completely broken equipment is far less. My question is how well the materials can be recycled and reused, so not most of it anyhow ends up in a dump, in so small amounts of each mineral that it is not worth mining in the future.

July 24th, 2006, 06:23 AM
Nothing we sell ends up in a big dump. It's all demanufactured and sold as separate commodities to buyers who are interested in the copper, steel, aluminum, plastic, glass, etc. content, and who have the facilities to process it in an ecologically safe manner.

Nothing is really recognisable by the time it leaves our facility, having been crushed in a bailer as well as forcibly dismantled and sorted by material type.

EVERYTHING that comes in is recycled - you have to remember that this is California! The government pays us to be able to do that. Plus, it's illegal for most of the waste we handle to be put into landfills in the first place.

July 24th, 2006, 06:26 AM
So...Is there any possibility of someone buying anything (undestroyed) from the Placerville plant?