Procrastibuntu – How to Install Mame on Ubuntu 8.10


Yes, I know this is not education related, but hey it’s something fun to do during spring break… instead of going to the beach I’m stuck here preparing for a conference this coming saturday.  Oh well.  I found this simple guide that helps a lot.  First you have to install the core program, then a frontend.  A front end is something that helps you access the program from a graphic interface.  Otherwise you would have to use the termina.  I found this simple as can be guide.  I simplified it down even more… it works great.  The only problem is the screen size.  I can’t get a true full screen.  Let me know if you figure this out.

  1. Open a terminal ( applications< accessories< terminal) and type in the following:

    sudo apt-get install xmame-x xmame-sdl

  2. download this file
  3. open a terminal (or use the same one if you kept it open) and type in

    cd Desktop

    assuming you downloaded the file to the desktop

  4. then type in

    sudo dpkg -i gxmame_0.35beta2-1_i386.deb

  5. It’s isntalled

Now let’s configure Mame

  1. Go to Option > Directories, and in “Gxmame Directories” set the path to “/usr/games/xmame.SDL“.
  2. Now lets add your roms folder.  so add it on the “ROMs path” (you can add as many paths as you want). After that click on the tab that reads  “xmame basic paths”we need to add a  games folder.
  3. Nowgo to Option > Rebuild Game List
  4. Go to available.. if you have roms in your folder and it doesn’t show up, try closing and opening the program again. Otherwise try installign over.
  5. Enjoy!

Thanks to Daniel Adnrade for the original guide!


5 responses to “Procrastibuntu – How to Install Mame on Ubuntu 8.10

  1. mame is my favorite emulator, but linux has no good front ends, they need to port hyperspin or gameex over to nix

  2. Full screen:

    Edit your XOrg configuration file (I wouldn’t)

    OR use -ef or -scale at command line

    xmame.SDL -ef 1 -fullscreen

    ef 1 does scaling with some rendering tricks.

  3. retro… I agree. I even went as far as to pay for the current frontend I own. I know.. i know. It just has sooo many more options. Plus, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with supporting this project.

  4. does this work with the latest version of Ubuntu? I’m installing it right now to run a mame home arcade.

    • I wrote this up a while ago, things may have changed since then and I have since stopped using Ubuntu… too much work =) too little time

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