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 64-bit, and Mamewah 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 here.  One very nice 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 house.  

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 old 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.

The first spot I hit to make changes was the MAME screens.  


These two screens I changed so that I can scroll through the game list very fast.
I changed the keymapping in MaLa to match how I moved between favorites, and the two versions of MAME.
These two screens show how my second version of MAME was added.