|Using MAME on an Arcade Monitor|
Video Cards, MAME and Arcade Monitors
In order to get the video output of your PC running directly on an arcade monitor/TV -
MAME has to be able to reprogram a given video card's timing registers to run
at the correct horizontal scanrate
It does this by writing directly to the VGA regsiters on the card
but these days the VGA 'registers' are not physical registers at all -
instead, the register set is emulated by the card in software to comply with VGA standards
What this means is that reprogramming these registers may not produce the expected results,
especially if they are set to values well below or above the normal VGA 'envelope'.
Which is exactly what we need to do to generate an arcade compatible/TV mode
What follows are a list of known working and non-working cards
Video Card/Chipsets which are known to work
Video Card/Chipsets which DO NOT work
So, what's the best video card to use with MAME on an arcade monitor ?
before I get to that, I really like to stress one thing -
One of the reason's that MAME is such an incredible piece of software is that it's open source
- if it lacks something, if it emulates a game incorrectly, if you've spotted a bug...
you can download the source - add, change, fix - contribute
The 'best' video card to use with MAME on an arcade monitor is any recent ATI card
but especially a 3D Rage Pro II
because that's what all the arcade modes and the ATI SVGA driver in MAME we're developed on
but there's nothing to stop you from downloading the MAME source and adding modes/drivers
for whatever card you're using....