When my arcade cabinet PC (circa 2002) finally gave up the ghost in early
December, I refreshed it with a used machine from ebay. It was a Win 7
was known not to play well with it. So I selected
MaLa, which many people have recommended over the years.
This page will cover just the very basics of the installation, and some screenshots of
settings pages that I found valuable.
The first thing to do is to hop over to the MaLa
website. From the download page, grab the most recent version (in my
case, it was 1.74). Follow the instructions in the download. I ended
up creating an Arcade
folder on the C:\ drive, and adding the folders
within that (as shown below). That made my life a lot easier.
For the most part, I just moved the mame folders from the old machine
(actually from a network backup of the entire system) to this new folder
structure. I kept with the same two MAME versions, .92 and .96.
I took the parts of the Mamewah layout I'd been using the past ten years and
created a layout. I won't go into any specifics of how to do that
document is found on the BYOAC forums
, and another
is on the MaLa site itself
. There is so much
you can do with the layouts. I just needed to ensure there was a
functional frontend available for the New Year's Eve party scheduled for our
When you start the MaLa Layout
application, it will default to the generic layout. You can
create a new one (or pull up an existing one) from the menu.
This shows the finished layout of mine. It
looks very close to the
Mamewah one. Which is what I was shooting for.
Once you have your layout sorted out, then you can begin making the
modifications You can reach the configuration screens by starting MaLa, and
right-clicking to reach the menu.