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Maximus Arcade Frontend and the X-Arcade
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8th of January, 2014

Maximus Arcade is a commercial computer-based software that allows for seamless interaction with multiple arcade and console emulators while keeping the Windows environment hidden. Although best suited for use in arcade cabinets, it can be configured for use in a kiosk or simply running on a computer with a keyboard, trackball, or gamepad. Maximus is the only frontend that you have to pay for, but its features make it well worth considering.

Easy Maximus Arcade setup for X-Arcade on MAME:
  1. Download and install MAME™ as instructed.
  2. Download Maximus Arcade , we suggest 2.10 or higher (30 day trial), install it to the default location.
  3. Download X-Arcade cfg file, Unzip to the MAX 2.10\Frontend\preferences subfolder where you installed Maximus.
  4. In Maximus Arcade Preferences, choose the 'Controller' tab, then 'Setup 1' subtab, and choose 'X-Arcade' (NOT 'X-Arcade Tankstick') from the drop-down list next to 'Controller Layout'. Do the same for Setup 2.
  5. To enable Trackball; under the 'Controller' tab, 'Input' subtab, 'Mouse'subtab, put a check next to 'Capture Mouse/Trackball'.
  6.  Under the 'Configuration' tab, select 'MAME' from the drop-down list, and next to 'Executable" click the '...' button and navigate to C:\MAME Plus!\ and click on 'mamep.exe' to select it. Next to "Command Line" add "-ctrlr X-Arcade" without the quotes.
  7. You will add ROMS to the MAME/roms directory as instructed in the MAME guide. When you add ROMs to MAME, you will need to open Maximus Arcade, right-click anywhere on the screen and choose "Refresh Game List".
Advanced Maximus Arcade setup for X-Arcade on command line versions of MAME:
  1. Install/extract a command line version of MAME, usually to c:\MAME
  2. In the MAME folder you will need to open the file "mame.ini" with notepad and change the line that says "ctrrlr" to "ctrlr                     X-Arcade".
  3. In Maximus Arcade Preferences, you will need to go to the "Configuration" tab and next to the "Command" box add "-ctrlr X-Arcade" without the quotes. So it would now say "%file -skip_gameinfo -nowindow -ctrlr X-Arcade".
Maximus Arcade Documentation and Help

Maximus Arcade Forum

Maximus Arcade FAQs

Maximus Arcade GUI Button Layout:
Maximus X-Arcade Layout

Function: X-Arcade
Scroll Up Joy Up
Scroll Down Joy Down
Scroll Left
Joy Left
Scroll Right
Joy Right
Page Up  Joy Left
Page Down Joy Right
Page Up Letter Button 2
Page Down Letter
Button 5
Select Button 1
Previous Menu
Button 4
Favorites Button 3
Add Favorite
Button 6
Exit Game (return to Maximus)
Start 1 + Left Pinball - (if it does not go back to the list of game, spin Joy1 and try again.)
Exit Maximus Arcade
Start 2 + Right Pinball

There is a known bug with exiting Maximus Arcade, click here for info and workaround.

More help:
Arcade Controls Forum: Maximus Arcade

Here's a great video showing how to get it setup.

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