I haven't actually gotten mame to work, just too many other things going on. From what I understand, no matter what version you're using, it seems that you can't just set up a directory with your roms and launch the app. I'm fairly certain - at least to get things started - you need to have a rom image somewhere in the / directory. Then you should be able to configure it. (I get this impression from a successful I once did and when I ran it - forgot which version - it complained about not finding some particular roms.) Try the readme files again and see if you overlooked something.
Hey John , thanks for the tip . I actually didnt't have any time to deal with this , but i got this week off from work so i'll see what i can do about it