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==Can I play MAME on an arcade monitor or on a TV screen?==
 
Yes, MAME can be used with real arcade monitors, and using such a monitor will give you a much better arcade picture than a computer monitor. However, you need a video card that supports 15 kHz output, or in some cases 25 kHz if your monitor is medium res. Driving a 31-48 kHz VGA, SVGA, or XGA signal to an arcade monitor can ''damage it permanently''. For more details and help on making this work, please see the [http://arcadecontrols.com/ Build Your Own Arcade Controls] website and forums.
 
  
For the use of MAME on a TV screen, you need a video card that provides TV-out support. The picture quality will be lower than a monitor, however many people have reported good results because most raster games in MAME run at low resolutions. If you use a TV connection, using S-Video, Component, or RGB Scart inputs will often lead to better results than composite or RF inputs.
 
 
For some examples of what MAME looks on a computer monitor, an arcade monitor and a TV screen, see [http://www.oscarcontrols.com/monitors.shtml this monitor output comparison] courtesy of [http://www.oscarcontrols.com/ Oscar Controls].
 
 
==Can I play vector games on a vector monitor?==
 
Indeed you can. With the [http://www.zektor.com/zvg/ Zektor's Vector Generator], you can use a special DOS-only version of MAME on a suitable vector monitor or Vectrex game console.
 
 
==How do I get the best look with MAME on an LCD display?==
 
==Can I take a picture of my screen while I am playing?==
 
Yes. At any time you can take a snapshot of all the active video screens (there may be more than one). By default, the '''F12''' key is configured to take a snapshot. The resulting file or files will be placed here:
 
 
mame.exe
 
snap/
 
    <gamename>/
 
      0000.png
 
      0001.png
 
      (etc)
 
 
PNG files are viewable in most image programs, and directly in Explorer under Windows by double-clicking them (assumes you have Windows XP or later).
 
 
==All the games appear sideways on the screen (ie. rotated by 90 degrees).==
 
==Why do I get lots of screen tearing when I play certain games?==
 
==When will MAME use Direct3D/OpenGL to emulate 3D games?==
 

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