Okay...let's see how much of this I can tackle. Our regulars will correct me on whatever I mess up...
Originally posted by Hoop2004:
1. does MacMame simulate the screens like Windows Mame using the GPU (ie Directx to emulate triad,etc)
I guess MacMAME's equivalent to this is that it can use an OpenGL plug-in to stretch the video to full-screen (I highly suggest using it). I prefer it to the Windows port of MAME's resolution switching.
I'm not sure Windows MAME uses the GPU that much. MAME is mostly CPU-intensive.
2. I noticed that the version for the mac is .87 or .88 VS .90 on the windows, is it behind due to code issues or lack of maintainers?
The simple explanation is that MacMAME comes out less often that the Windows "main" version. It's a port of the "main" version and needs extra work.
3. Will my collection of Zipped .089 roms work? I have the entire 0.89 Windows roms in zip format including the picture files etc.. can I just dump those into a ROM folder, images to a snapshot folder etc..?
Pretty much unless ROMs were changed between 0.87 (MacMAME's current version) and 0.89...those may be broken. MacMAME looks for ROMs in the Documents->MacMAME->ROMs folder of your home directory. Just put the ZIP files there. Snapshots need to be in a IMAGES.ZIP in the Documents->MacMAME->Screenshots folder.
4. I am buying a trackball for tempest etc.. and I have a Microsoftgamepad which is usb and works on my PC, can I use these for MAc Mame?
As long as they're USB they should be fine. Check out the controller setup stuff in the MacMAME preferences first.
5. What kind of performance from a 1.42G4 Mini should I expect VS my 2.4Ghz P4 desktop I currently own? will it run all games ( I know stuff like NFL blitz will not since its slow on my PC also)
It should be on-par or maybe a little slower, I guess. I mostly play the classics, though. The newest games I like (the Metal Slug series) play great on my 667Mhz PowerBook with the OpenGL plug-in.
Just make sure you have enough RAM. The 256MB bundled with the Mac Mini is just not enough. Get 512MB or 1GB, especially if you're going to play bigger games.
6. The Svideo adapter how is it? any reviews on Mame and a Mini using regular TV sets.
I use S-Video output on my PowerBook a lot and it looks pretty good for movies and such. Yours should be pretty much the same (you got the DVI-to-S-Video adapter from Apple, right?). The MacMAME userinterface likes to be run at no smaller than the 800x600 resolution so you can see the entire panel but that'll look OK over S-Video I think.