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Can't see my vectrex overlays in mess #42251 06/20/08 05:06 AM
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Greetings to all.
I am currently in the process of setting up an emulation cabinet and tinkering with software but seem to be unable to see my Vectrex overlay artwork.
I am using mess latest version (0.125)on windows xpsp2, and have loaded overlay files(png format) into the artwork directory and setup the path correctly(i think).
When I start any vectrex game, it loads up and plays fine but no overlay visible.
I have checked that the overlay option is selected but still no overlays!
I thought the names of the files may have been wrong but renamed everything to match - still no luck.
Anyone actual got this working and could offer any suggestions?
Thanks

Re: Can't see my vectrex overlays in mess [Re: Steve64] #42252 06/20/08 06:20 AM
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0.125 Windows binary GUI
Vectrex driver
I need to mark in the Properties > Miscellaneous > Artwork options > Bezels to see the overlays.

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Re: Can't see my vectrex overlays in mess [Re: Anna Wu] #42256 06/20/08 01:42 PM
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Thanks for suggestion, didn't exactly work but when trying it out I found the MESS info file for vectrex which listed some additional info and led me to redownload my artwork files. (I didn't have a ".lay" file with the earlier pack.) anyway I have now managed to get my overlays/bezels to show up when playing games (Hooray!) although I still have to select manually each time via the Tab key menu. Still not sure how to have them be selected automatically but at least I can now play.

Re: Can't see my vectrex overlays in mess [Re: Steve64] #42258 06/20/08 03:24 PM
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Originally Posted By Steve64
Thanks for suggestion, didn't exactly work but when trying it out I found the MESS info file for vectrex which listed some additional info and led me to redownload my artwork files. (I didn't have a ".lay" file with the earlier pack.) anyway I have now managed to get my overlays/bezels to show up when playing games (Hooray!) although I still have to select manually each time via the Tab key menu. Still not sure how to have them be selected automatically but at least I can now play.


So far I know, only a selection by hand is possible.

Re: Can't see my vectrex overlays in mess [Re: Anna Wu] #42261 06/20/08 07:10 PM
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Works using WIN32 mess.exe for me, but not under Linux with no explanation as to why -- you have to use the Video Options under the TAB menu options by hand. But from the DOS command-line, for example:

mess vectrex -cart mess/image/vectrex/'armor attack by gce (1982).bin' -view 'Armor Attack overlay'

Re: Can't see my vectrex overlays in mess [Re: The Flying Ape] #42262 06/20/08 07:17 PM
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Try latest SVN - -view is now a core option and is handled entirely in the core. So if it still doesn't work you're doing it wrong and/or have artwork turned off in your .ini. (Double quotes " instead of single ' would help depending on what shell you use).

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Re: Can't see my vectrex overlays in mess [Re: The Flying Ape] #42273 06/21/08 01:53 PM
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Originally Posted By The Flying Ape
...from the DOS command-line, for example:

mess vectrex -cart mess/image/vectrex/'armor attack by gce (1982).bin' -view 'Armor Attack overlay'


To denote folders in Windows or DOS you do not use (/), you need to use (\). I am using Win XP SP2.

If I use this line (Just tested under 0.125):

D:\MESS>mess.exe vectrex -cart d:\mess\software\vectrex\armor.zip -view 'Armor Attack overlay'

I receive the error:
Error: unknown option: Attack


If I use this line:
D:\MESS>mess.exe vectrex -cart d:\mess\software\vectrex\armor.zip -view "Armor Attack overlay"

The correct game loads but the overlay does not. MESS brings up the last overlay I viewed. I have the vectrex.lay file inside vectrex.zip, along with all the correctly named *.png file, and the overlay is named "Armor Attack overlay" inside the lay file.

Thinking perhaps there is a problem if there are spaces, multiple and/or long names assigned to the overlay, I modified the information in the vectrex.lay file to read "Armor" instead of "Armor Attack overlay". This time I did not receive an error message if I use an apostrophes ('), as well as still not receiving an error message if I use quotes ("). However, as was the case when I received no error before, the artwork overlay does not change, but brings up the last overlay I viewed whether I used the apostrophes or quotes.

Manually selecting the overlay (Hitting 'Tab' key and navigating to Video Options) works perfectly. However, it still appears you cannot have MESS select the overlay automatically repecting the Vectrex driver (At least under Windows XP).

-Trebor

Re: Can't see my vectrex overlays in mess [Re: Trebor] #42278 06/21/08 03:44 PM
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in principle simply using

-view Armor

with neither ' nor " (btw " is the correct thing to put if your filename or path contains spaces, in any shell not only with MAME/MESS) should pick up the closest match among the png. anyway I have no way to test this at the moment


Re: Can't see my vectrex overlays in mess [Re: etabeta78] #42314 06/22/08 02:35 PM
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Originally Posted By etabeta78
-view Armor


It does not work. I tried it with having the armor.png file zipped within vectrex.zip as well as placing armor.png in the artwork folder. In both cases MESS brings up the last viewed overlay.

I also tried -view Armor.png. Same results.

Re: Can't see my vectrex overlays in mess [Re: Steve64] #42349 06/23/08 04:06 PM
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MESS 0.125 Windows binary

If I use follwing parameters :
mess.exe vectrex -cart C:\Emulator\Mess\Software\Vectrex\Cartridge\Armor.zip -view "Armor Attack overlay"

It show me the right overlay.

mess.exe vectrex -cart C:\Emulator\Mess\Software\Vectrex\Cartridge\Armor.zip -view Armor

It show me not the selected overlay.

Edit: It seems, something was wrong in vectrex.ini file. After deleting, it works in both cases.


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