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makaveeti

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Listing games on home screen instead of collections
« on: May 19, 2017, 08:58:44 PM »
Hi Guys,

I've been doing some digging and I am struggling to work out how to get RetroFE to display all my games (regardless of console) on the home screen instead of the collections. I only have an interest of playing around 30-40 games hence the reason for doing this.

Can anyone advise how I do this please?

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Re: Listing games on home screen instead of collections
« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2017, 09:32:33 PM »
You would need to create a collection (for use on the menu, not an actual full collection!) of ALL the games you want (just use the sub list or an include text) and call it All Games or something.
Change the settings.conf in the root folder to point to All Games

Default Option:
Code: [Select]
# specify the name of the first collection to load on start
firstCollection = Main

Change to whatever collection you want:
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# specify the name of the first collection to load on start
firstCollection = All Games

By doing that, RetroFE will always go straight to the Games list for that collection.

EDIT:
Read here for sub-collections: http://www.retrofe.com/wiki/index.php?title=Collections
« Last Edit: May 19, 2017, 10:35:23 PM by JonahUK »

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Re: Listing games on home screen instead of collections
« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2017, 09:44:38 PM »
You can set the primary list in the settings.conf or just set it up in main instead. Instead of the menu.txt file that's normally there, just create an empty  <collection>.sub file for every collection you want to include, and it will automatically pull in every game from each of those collections.

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Re: Listing games on home screen instead of collections
« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2017, 09:47:28 PM »
Do what Pieter says above :)
He knows what he's talking about!

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Re: Listing games on home screen instead of collections
« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2017, 10:25:05 PM »
Do what Pieter says above :)
He knows what he's talking about!

There's a first time for everything, I guess. ;)

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Re: Listing games on home screen instead of collections
« Reply #5 on: May 19, 2017, 11:07:11 PM »
EDIT:
Already known, nothing to see here, move along :)
« Last Edit: May 20, 2017, 09:52:10 AM by JonahUK »

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Re: Listing games on home screen instead of collections
« Reply #6 on: May 20, 2017, 07:24:37 AM »
That's how I put my shutdown and Kodi buttons on the Main menu. :) You don't even need to create a collection for it; you can just put the exe/bat/sh file in the roms directory of your main, and set up your launcher accordingly.

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Re: Listing games on home screen instead of collections
« Reply #7 on: May 20, 2017, 10:18:45 AM »
Thank you very much guys. I did the following:

1. Create 'all games' folder under collections
2. place empty .sub file for collections that I want to appear e.g. Sega Genesis, Super Nintendo Entertainment System

The above creates a new collection on the main screen called 'All Games' and when I go into it, all the games I am interested in are listed in the sub menu.

There is one problem - If I edit the settings.conf file to point to 'All Games', the games are not listed like a typical sub menu, each game is listed as its own system. Is there a way to overcome this?

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Re: Listing games on home screen instead of collections
« Reply #8 on: May 20, 2017, 11:43:53 AM »
Yes, change the layout.xml of the theme or use a different theme. 😀 Aeon Nox is set up to show a different view for menu index 0 and 1. It's not that hard to change though; I can have a quick look if you can't figure it out.

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Re: Listing games on home screen instead of collections
« Reply #9 on: May 20, 2017, 03:28:39 PM »
I'm using the Ergo Proxy theme. I attempted to fiddle with the layout.xml file however I'm not achieving the results I want. Can you offer me an edited layout.xml file please?

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Re: Listing games on home screen instead of collections
« Reply #10 on: May 20, 2017, 05:33:05 PM »
That's how I put my shutdown and Kodi buttons on the Main menu. :) You don't even need to create a collection for it; you can just put the exe/bat/sh file in the roms directory of your main, and set up your launcher accordingly.

Would it be possible to create a exe/bat/sh for shut down and another exe/bat/sh which will send the user back to the main menu (activate the ESC key) ? .... it will serve the purpose to imitate a *exit menu* ... this *exit menu* would have 2 entries (exit + back ... or whatever else) ... then every layout can create a custom xml for this "collection"

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Re: Listing games on home screen instead of collections
« Reply #11 on: May 20, 2017, 07:31:43 PM »
You can only create launchable items this way; I could create a special key if you can describe the behaviour properly. 😀

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