SDL MAME/MESS for Mac Updated

SDL MAME/MESS for Mac updated to (stable) v146, it can be obtained from the new location of their website in both 32bit and 64bit versions here.

MAME for Mac OS X v.145u6

The experimental version of MAME for Mac OS X now sits at version 145u6. The Universal binaries are no longer supported, so if you have a PPC still then it’s time to upgrade. Let’s peep the changes. Find it in the Box File Widget or from their website.

0.145u6
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MAMETesters Bugs Fixed
----------------------
- 04741: [Sound] xmen: Instruments in the music are playing back at
         the wrong volume (hap)
- 02675: [Sound] rdft, rdft2: Music used in the boss levels of Raiden
         Fighters and Raiden Fighters 2 play (Mssion 1-3, 2-3) slower
	 than the original. (Sonikos)
- 04734: [Crash/Freeze] tylz: Crash after OK (Pugsy)
- 04743: [Crash/Freeze] pzloop2jr1: Black Screen (Tafoid)
- 04735: [Crash/Freeze] breywood, shackled: Black screen (stephh)
- 04737: [Original Reference] ckong: correct manufacturer found for
         Crazy Kong (Falcon?)

Source Changes
--------------
Change DirectInput joystick acquisition method to be non exclusive.
[bdam]

toaplan2.c: Correct the video (character layer) offset for 1945 Part-2
(Chinese hack of Battle Garegga) [Dave Haywood]

dc: Fix the maple hookup and controllers and add the missing maple irq
[O. Galibert]

galaxia.c: Improved colors and hooked up cvs stars circuit. [hap]

Hooked up TMS9928 and PIA devices to Baby Pac-Man video CPU, gives
some gfx if you press the service switch [Angelo Salese]

pgm.c: Continued refactoring of the protections, including improved
notes.  Moved some code into the states and split states by protection
type.  [David Haywood]

Set the correct cpu in mpu5.c driver and split a few alternate
revisions into clone sets.  [David Haywood]

Decrypted the rest of the gambling sets in igs_m027.c.  No further
advancements in visible emulation to report, though.  [iq132]

Redumped sound roms in funcube2 and funcube3 [Guru, Yasuhiro Ogawa]

Improved irqs in Little Robin, and added preliminary sound to it
[Angelo Salese]

model2.c: Added the I/O Controller rom (Z80 based) for Rail Chase 2
[Brian Troha, The Dumping Union]

Converted gamtor.c to use VGA device (doesn't work though due of a
weird banking problem) [Angelo Salese]

m68k: add preliminary on-board peripherals to 68307 and 68340
[David Haywood]

SDL: Fix formatting of chdman man page [wallyweek]

Allow compilation with compatible system-installed versions of libjpeg
and libflac [wallyweek, R. Belmont]

Solved the remaining issues with Raiden 2's sprite decryption.
[Andreas Naive]

Major driver modernization changes [Miodrag Milanovic]
- Added 4th parameter to all address maps
- Added missing state classes
- Removed ADDRESS_MAP_MODERN define

rastan.c: Add dipswitch locations to the Rastan sets. [Brian Troha]

namcos21.c: Added Namco game prefix to the Winning Run 91 set. Added
minor documentation about the System21B two board stack. [Brian Troha]

nmk16.c: Fixes some issues and cleaned up the video sources a bit
[trap15]

Fixed ymf271.c core timer allowing for greater accuracy. [Sonikos]

BFM Scorpion 4 Hardware:  [David Haywood]
 * General update which fleshes out some of the 68307 code (not 100%
    correct hookups, just improved logging and enough to get us
    somewhere).
 * Added various devices to the SC4 emulation, added a default layout
    showing the VFD, to which most of the earlier games will now write
    'Initializing'.  Timers and other devices still need to be
    implemented properly before they actually initialize.
 * Put the actual SC4 hardware emulation in drivers/bfm_sc4h.c so that
    it doesn't get lost in the swamp of sets (scrolling through a file
    is quite hard when it's almost entirely set definitions)

mirax, miraxa (mirax.c) [stephh] :
 * Fixed Dip Switches and Inputs (after verification of the Z80 code)

Implemented flip screen support to Mirax [Angelo Salese]

galdrvr.c: Added preliminary protection emulation to Monster Zero.
[hap]

Moved all drivers to using the paletteram helpers defined in the
driver_device base class. The palette base is now specified via an
AM_SHARE of "paletteram" or "paletteram2". The driver_device base
class now finds these pointers and places them in
m_generic_paletteram_8/_16/_32 and m_generic_paletteram2_8/_16/_32.
[Aaron Giles]

Removed machine.generic.paletteram*, and machine.generic entirely.
Removed AM_BASE_GENERIC/AM_SIZE_GENERIC as they don't apply anymore.
[Aaron Giles]

Changed required_/optional_shared_ptr to support set_target with base
and size for manually configuring a shared pointer, and a new allocate
method for dynamically allocating (and registering the memory for save
states). [Aaron Giles]

Converted memory_private to memory_manager and moved global memory
operations into methods on it. Converted the less-popular cases over
in drivers that used them, leaving the bank management APIs global for
now. [Aaron Giles]

Add logic to ensure that shared pointers are checked to be of the
right width. The primary upshot is that if you declare
AM_SHARE("paletteram") in an 8-bit memory map, then only
m_generic_paletteram_8 will be populated, and m_generic_paletteram_16
will be NULL. But it applies to all required_/optional_shared_ptrs
declared, so make sure they are of the right type. [Aaron Giles]

Added code to cdrom.c to compute and verify ECC codes for mode 1/2
sectors. [David Haywood]

Added CD compressor template which separates subcode data from sector
data, removes redundant ECC data prior to compression, and uses
separate compressors for each part. Defined LZMA and ZLib CD
compressors based on this and made them the default for CDs.
[Aaron Giles]

Redumped sprites rom of lhzb2 [Guru]

Decrypted sprites in lhzb. Decrypted tiles and palette in lhzb2 and
slqz2. Added inputs and memory maps in these games, pending protection
simulation [Luca Elia]

Move driver list/enumerator to new file drivenum.c/.h. Move
game_driver definition and constants to new header gamedrv.h. [Aaron
Giles]

wldarrow.c: Added service inputs, allowing battery RAM to be
initialized in test mode, making the games close to playable. [hap]

namcos10: Fix banking for Mr. Driller 2, first stab at the encryption
[O. Galibert]

misc sc4/68307 updates + prelim peripheral hookups, allows most sc4
sets to run their sound rom checks [David Haywood]

rastan.c: Cleaned up Parent/Child order. Corrected ROM names and added
additional information / notes. [Brian Troha]

New games added or promoted from NOT_WORKING status
---------------------------------------------------
Fun River [Sara S.]
unknown Japanese horse gambling game (preliminary) [hap, Paul Swan]

New clones added
----------------
Rastan (US) [Stefan Lindberg]

New games marked as GAME_NOT_WORKING
------------------------------------
Quiz Show [hap, Siftware]
Dragon World Pretty Chance [Smitdogg, Tjeerd Carter]

SDL MAME .145 and beyond

SDL MAME now has a stable .145 release and a .145u1 (experimental) release. You can find both releases in the Box File Widget or go check out their website. And don’t forget, “make sure you have installed the SDL runtime library first!”

SDL MAME Updated to v0.144 (Stable)

SDL MAME for Mac has been updated to version .144. This version is a “stable” version, as opposed to the “experimental” ones. You can download it from their homepage or from the Box File Widget on the homepage.

0.144
-----

MAMETesters Bugs Fixed
----------------------
- 04526: [Documentation] m4bigapl and clones: The correct description
         is "The Big Apple (Mdm)".
- 04525: [Documentation] ep_smoke: The correct description is "Holy
         Smoke! (Impulse) (EPOCH)".
- 04527: [Documentation] m4uuaw: The correct description is "Up Up and
         Away (Barcrest) (MPU4)".
- 04522: [Documentation] m5bwaves: The correct description is "Brain
         Waves (Barcrest) (MPU5)".
- 04523: [Documentation] m4click: The correct description is "Clickity
         Click (Barcrest) (MPU4)".
- 04524: [Documentation] j6rh6: The correct year is 2002.
- 04520: [Documentation] j2supsft: The correct description is
         "Supashifta (Jpm) (MPS)".
- 04519: [Documentation] nudgeit: The correct description is "Nudge-
         It".
- 04521: [Documentation] j6cas5: The correct description is "Casino
         5ive Liner (Jpm) (IMPACT)".
- 04500: [Documentation] ep_simbg: The correct description is
         "SIMPSONS - Duff Beer Guide"
- 04517: [Documentation] j2cshfil: The correct description is "Cash-
         Filla (Pcp (MPS)".
- 04516: [Documentation] j5suphi: The correct description is "Super
         Hi-Lo (Jpm) (SYSTEM5)."
- 04515: [Documentation] megaaton: The correct name is "Meg Aaton".
- 04514: [Documentation] mousn_l1, mousn_l4, mousn_lu, mousn_lx: The
         correct description is "Mousin' Around!".
- 00504: [Graphics] hharryu, dkgensan: They have some background
         misplacement. (Roberto Zandonà)

Source Changes
--------------
Fixed up the flicky and clones (system1.c) Dip Switches after a fair
amount of playtesting.  Also, added some specific set notes related to
oddness/differences observed. [Tafoid]

Start of input ports cleanup in the Toaplan drivers:
[Alex Jackson, kanikani]
 * Removed some unused macros from toaplipt.h
 * Fixed polarity of DIPLOCATIONs in toaplan2.c
 * Added some missing inputs

Fixed tms99xx STCR command [Michael Zapf]

xmultipl: fixed tilemaps offsets [Roberto Zandona']

SDL: Add TAP/TUN networking capability and shell script for
configuration [Carl]

Added some common country and language names to the default strings,
and removed some unused and/or redundant strings [Alex Jackson]

Various improvement to Amiga FDC system [O. Galibert]

ipf: Describe the remaining fields [O. Galibert, SPS]

Rewrote NCR539x SCSI emulation from scratch [R. Belmont]

More Toaplan input fixes: [Alex Jackson, kanikani]
 * Added DIPLOCATIONs and missing inputs to twincobr.c, wardner.c,
    toaplan2.c
 * Added information about ingame test/debug features to comments in
    toaplan2.c
* Unified toaplan2.c inputs with the other Toaplan drivers

Converted neogeo MVS driver to use software lists in preparation for
multislot support [David Haywood]

neogeo.c: fixed kof98 on non-Windows builds [Alex Jackson]

Added per-channel volume control to ES5505/ES5506 sound chip, and
hooked it up to the Taito F3 driver [Angelo Salese]

Added a preliminary ES5510 DSP DRAM input/output latches support in
Taito F3 driver, fixes sound in Ring Rage and Riding Fight
[Angelo Salese]

Implemented FRC hook-up to Sega System 24 HW, fixes missing SFXs to
Bonanza Bros. [Angelo Salese, Phil Bennett, Charles MacDonald]

6522VIA: Implemented CA2 pulse output mode, and output interrupt state
only when it changes. [Curt Coder]

6532RIOT: Output interrupt state only when it changes. [Curt Coder]

hikaru: added 0.84 BIOS [Arzeno Fabrice]

New games added or promoted from NOT_WORKING status
---------------------------------------------------
Dirt Dash [Phil Bennett, hap]
Galaxy Game [Mariusz Wojcieszek, hap, Quantum Leaper]

New clones added
----------------
King of the Monsters 2 - The Next Thing (prototype)
  [Tormod, Kevin Eshbach, f205v, Smitdogg, The Dumping Union]
Alien Front (Rev T) [Arzeno Fabrice]
House of the Dead 2 (prototype) [Arzeno Fabrice]
18 Wheeler (Rev. A) [Arzeno Fabrice]
Zero Team (set 5, Korea, Dream Soft license) [Guru, gp-lee]

New games marked as GAME_NOT_WORKING
------------------------------------
Gunbalina (GNN1 Ver.A)
  [Yohji, hap, Krusty, B. Munger, Brian Troha, D. Edwardson, Kevin
  Eshbach, R. Weidinger, J. Kretschmer, Smitdogg, The Dumping Union]
Arcana Heart Full [Tormod, Smitdogg, The Dumping Union]
Melty Blood Actress Again [The Dumping Union]

QMC2 Updated – MAME Front End

There is a new build for Mac OSX QMC2 users. Grab it from the Box File Widget that is located on the right hand side of the blog homepage. It has been split up into parts due to the file size restrictions. Here is a little more information from the homepage.

Download the latest build of QMC2 for Mac OS X (x86, ppc) here: qmc2-macosxuniversal-0.34.dmg

Qt-wise, the package is self-contained, that is it already includes the Qt 4 framework (4.7.3). You only need to additionally install the SDL framework (1.2.14), which is required for MAME & MESS anyway on that platform. The binaries require Mac OS X 10.4 or higher and have been created and tested on 10.6 (x86 architecture).

If you want or need to build QMC2 from source (explained in this FAQ), note that XCode 4.x is currently NOT supported, only XCode 3.2 (due to a Qt limitation; community patches for qmake to support XCode 4 already exist, though)!

Please also note that there’s a Qt/Phonon bug that may cause a post-mortem crash on exit, which you can safely ignore (though it may be annoying). If it happens to you, there’s nothing we can do about it, but you can disable the annoying crash report dialog if you will:

$ defaults write com.apple.CrashReporter DialogType none

To re-enable the crash report, just replace none with prompt.

You may also look here for builds of intermediate/test releases (and the latest final release): Mac OS X packages

SDL MAME v0.143u3

SDL MAME now sits at an experimental version of 143u3. This version is for OSX 10.6+ users only. As usual, grab it from the Box File Widget or from their homepage. Now without further ado, here are some of the changes.

0.143u3
-------

MAMETesters Bugs Fixed
----------------------
- 04443: [Sound] flower: hanging note in sound (hap)
- 02505: [Sound] asurabus: Sound effects are looping. (hap)
- 04319: [Sound] tengai, tengaij: Bomb sound effect drags on after
         activating. (hap)
- 04447: [Graphics] pblbeach: Incorrect sprite stretching during
         gameplay (Angelo Salese)
- 04446: [Graphics] kiwames: Sprites aren't drawn correctly
         (Angelo Salese)
- 04448: [DIP/Input] warofbug, zigzag: Unable to coin. (hap)
- 03301: [Crash/Freeze] polepos2a, polepos2b: Game does not
         start (hap)
- 04444: [Graphics] navarone: Cocktail Player 2 shot offset (hap)
- 04442: [Documentation] break: [possible] Wrong description
- 04438: [Crash/Freeze] All sets in zn.c: Crash after OK (smf)
- 04440: [Crash/Freeze] mquake: Crash before OK (smf)
- 04436: [Sound] sasuke: snk6502 Custom Audio pitched too high (hap)
- 04392: [Sound] polepos2, polepos2a, polepos2b: High-score music has
         a hung note throughout. (hap)
- 04434: [DIP/Input] hustler and clones: Missing Dip Switch (Tafoid)

Source Changes
--------------
m68k: 040 fpu ops are somewhat available on a 030 when the fpu is
added [O. Galibert]

cothreads: fixed to run on PowerPC Mac OS X [R. Belmont]

...

Various fixes to Aristocrat MK-V HW [Palindrome]
 * Fixed NVRAM & random crashes
 * Set default mode to game mode
 * Added watchdog timer
 * Dram emulator error fixed
 * External Video Crystal Error fixed
 * Fixed 2khz timer

New games added or promoted from NOT_WORKING status
---------------------------------------------------
Enchanted Forest (12XF528902, US) [FrasheR]
Arctic Wins (4XF5227H03, US)  [FrasheR]

QMC2 – SDL MAME Front End for Mac OSX

QMC2 is a GUI for use with SDL MAME and MESS. SDL MAME is much easier to use with a good front end. Just point and click. It originally started as one of the first front ends for UNIX. Go check out their webpage and pick up the app.

Download the latest build of QMC2 for Mac OS X (x86) here: qmc2-0.2.b20.dmgQt-wise, the package is self-contained, that is it already includes the Qt 4 framework (4.7.3). You only need to additionally install the SDL framework(1.2.14), which is required for MAME & MESS anyway on that platform.

The binaries require Mac OS X 10.4 or higher and have been created and tested on 10.6 (x86 architecture). If you need binaries for a different platform, you’ll have to build them from source (explained in this FAQ).

Please note that there’s a Qt/Phonon bug that may cause a post-mortem crash on exit, which you can safely ignore (though it may be annoying). If it happens to you, there’s nothing we can do about it, but you can disable the annoying crash report dialog if you will:

$ defaults write com.apple.CrashReporter DialogType none

To re-enable the crash report, just replace none with prompt.

You may also look here for builds of intermediate/test releases (and the latest final release): Mac OS X packages