just slogging away through the games. I ran the rom splitter and ended up with about 200+ games in the list ... only half of which actually work .. same problem as before.
I think I need to locate an older mame version, and figure out how to run a rom check that will tell me what will work with the exe I'm running. I know that exists out there somewhere, but cant seem to locate it right away.
the other possiblity is just to go back to running mame32 (v.9x) instead of the command line mame (v.117).. but that has the added gui overhead associated with it, and I'm a bit short on the memory in the cab. I need at least another 128mb in there to really run things smoothly.
oh well, back to work now.