Once you have MAME installed, the next step is to configure it. There are several ways to do this, and each will be covered in turn.
If you are on Windows, the MAME executable will be called
If you are on Linux or MacOS, the MAME executable will be called
First, you will need to cd to the directory where you installed MAME into.
If, for instance, you have MAME installed in
C:\Users\Public\MAME you will
need to type
cd C:\Users\Public\MAME into the command prompt.
Then you have MAME create the config file by typing
-createconfig. MAME will then create the
mame.ini file in the
MAME installation folder. This file contains the default
configuration settings for a new MAME installation.
The steps for Linux and MacOS are similar to those of Windows. If you
installed MAME using the package manager that came from a Linux distro, you will
mame -createconfig into your terminal of choice.
If you have compiled from source or downloaded a binary package of MAME,
cd into the directory you put the MAME files into.
Then you will type
./mame -createconfig into
your terminal of choice.
You can then need to edit the
mame.ini file in your favorite text editor,
e.g. Notepad on Windows or vi on Linux/MacOS, or you can change settings
from inside of MAME.
This is the easiest way to get started. Start MAME by opening the MAME
icon in the location where you installed it. This will be
mame on Linux and macOS.
Once MAME has started, you can either use your mouse to click on the Configure Options menu selection at the bottom center of your screen, or you can switch panes to the bottom one (default key is Tab), then press the menu accept button (default key is Return/Enter) to go into the Configuration menu.
Choose Save Configuration to create the
mame.ini file with default
settings. From here, you can either continue to configure things from the
graphical user interface or edit the
mame.ini file in your favorite