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06723 DIP/Input Major Always 31 days ago 25 days ago
Tester demotester View Status Public Platform MAME (Official Binary)
Assigned To Duke Resolution Fixed OS Other
Status [?] Resolved Driver einstein.cpp
Version 0.190 Fixed in Version 0.191 Build 32-bit
Summary MESS-specific 06723: einstein [hustler, starq]: Keyboard is not responding!
Description According to pictures on Einstein Reborn site, the 3 games seem to have been working in mame/mess before:

- Hustler ...................... www.tatungeinstein.co.uk/games/hustler.htm
- Les Flicks .................. www.tatungeinstein.co.uk/games/lesflics.htm
- Starquake ................... www.tatungeinstein.co.uk/games/starquake.htm

In the current mame/mess is not possible to get into pictures shown on above links, as the keyboard is not responding!
Steps To Reproduce mame -einstein hustler (or starq), type DIR if needed and then game name to run!
Additional Information Summary of problems find in the einstein driver:

1) In the swlist marked as working but has a "keyboard not responding" problem!
- Husler ...............................(fixed in 0.191)
- Les Flicks .........................(fixed in 0.191)
- Starquake .........................(fixed in 0.191)
- Southern Belle ...................(fixed in 0.191)
- Tournament Snooker ..........(fixed in 0.191)

2) In the swlist marked as not supported + has a "keyboard not responding" problem!
- Cluedo .............................(fixed in 0.191)
- Deadzone .........................(fixed in 0.191)
- Elite .................................(fixed in 0.191)
- Monopoly .........................(fixed in 0.191)
- Scrabble ..........................(fixed in 0.191)
- Starbase ..........................(fixed in 0.191)

3) In the swlist marked as not supported + on Einstein Reborn site all mentioned as not supported in mess!
- Buzz Off / Shark Hunter
- Druid
- House of Usher ...................(fixed in 0.191)
- Konami 4 Game Arcade
- Le Mans
- Norseman / Backgammon
- The Wreck
- Theatre Europe
- Time Bandits .......................(fixed in 0.191)
- Turbo Chess / Draughts

4) In the swlist marked as working but the mouse not responding! (is the joystick/mouse emulated?)
- Mouse Art ...... EDIT: According to manual it can work also w/o mouse, i.e. w/ keyboard!

5) In the emu Xtal Basic PRINT TI$ always gives "000000" !? (opened in new MT06728) ..........(fixed in 0.191)

NOTE: An updated swlist can be found on the Einsten Reboren site!

PS. The Tatung Einstein has characteristics very close those of the MSX computers and the Einstein Reborn site seem to have all the needed hw-sch/docs,
and because as it is the only available emulator of Tatung Einstein, mame/mess driver maybe should deserve to get more love/attention! (IMHO)
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Affected Sets / Systems einstein [hustler, starq]
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No.14310
demotester
Tester
29 days ago
edited on: 29 days ago
Tested with an older messui 0.129 from Einstein Reborn site and all 3 mentioned games works fine here.
Now, someone should investigate from what version it becomes broken.

Ps. Also for info, the game Attack of the killer tomatoes (not in swlits) works fine in newer 0.190 but fails in 0.129.

BTW. The Highway game size in swlist = 1722368?, while "normal" size is 215296. Checking the file in HexEd shows that contains 8 equal 215296 files in one file ?

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No.14312
demotester
Tester
29 days ago
edited on: 29 days ago
Hmm, it seems that PRINT TI$ does not work in Xtal Basic? (updated in Additional information and opened new MT06728)

mame -einstein xtaldos

then in DOS type: XBAS EINSTEIN (enter) and choose automatic mode...
it will wait forever as TI$ doss not work in the emu! In the emu Xtal Basic PRINT TI$ always gives "000000" !?

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No.14327
demotester
Tester
25 days ago
edited on: 25 days ago
Thanks for fixing the problem in most mention cases, only a few left to still not working! (see in updated Additional Information)

BTW. I noticed a big drop in performance in new 0.191 version with einsten driver!
Max I get now in xdos is 45%-50%... on 0.190 I get 100% and with fast >200%.
If the big drop in performance is the price for the driver improvement, I guess it says: is time for a modern PC. :(
(Hopefully there is still left some place for driver speed optimization.)

EDIT: Some of still not booting is possible to start from XtalDOS by typing DIR and game name! (except: 4game, druid, theatre)