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    Default Problem with mame (black screen)

    I have been playing the last few days with my very old pc (PIII 550, 256mb, i740 graphics) and i have installed mame 0.84 on it and found some compatible roms for that version and using some old version of mala frontend.
    I have problems with some games (king of dragons, cadilacs and dinosurs, sf...), the games dont start, it just shows black screen and the monitor goes on standby, no sound is played. After I press ESC it turns back to mala. Other games like 1943, raiden, metal slug run fine, even mortal combat starts but it goes very slow (but it sill starts normally). The roms are good, tried them on my newer PCs with the same version of mame and mala and they run ok.
    Any help would be appreciated.

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    what mame version are you using, you may wan to us 0.90 or less for that cpu. Mind you, you must also get .90 roms.
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    Im using 0.84 version and mala 104. As I said, roms are for 0.84 version and are working all perfectly on my newer PCs with 0.84 vesion of mame. I cant understand why some games work on old pc and some wont even load.

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    Is the newer computer amd maybe? If so maybe you have the non intel based mame ( not sure if they even did that back then, just a guess ). Other then that I agree very strange.
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    Yes, the newer PCs are both AMD. Ill try to change the GPU and see what happens if no one else had the same experience. i740 is a realy bad GPU.

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    There should be a mame download and a mame amd download or maybe 6x86 ) download. I forget but if you have a amd the amd download are optimized for that chip and the normal mame down load is optimized for intel. Not sure it will fix the issue but its all I can think of.

    this should be the 84 build for intel.
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    Ive downloaded the file but dont know how to use it?

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    do what? Its a zip file man, un zip it? I dont understand what you mean..
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    I did, but i dont see any mame.exe or something like that to start the emulator, just a bunch of strange files, nothing like a standard mame download.

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    hahaha, ok my bad, I gave you the source...

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