admittedly i've only been really following the hard-core emulation scene for about 6 months or so, but there are a few things i still wonder about. lately we've had a bunch of major rom releases (svc chaos, samsho5, mslug5, kof2k3). each of these releases has been plagued with problems that stem from p roms needing hacking. that is to say, to get these roms to work in kawaks/nebula, the p rom hacks are needed. this is because the current versions of those programs don't know how to properly decrypt the p roms. my lack of understanding of the internal workings of these sorts of things irritates me, as it does others, no doubt. i would therefore kindly ask that some who are in the know enlighten us as to what's up. some people create their own compiles of mame (james comes to mind; keep at it, man, great job) that are able to run the latest roms without hacks, which is fine for them. i, however, really do prefer kawaks to mame, which means i have to wait at least a week after the rom is released for someone to come up with a hacked p rom. what i don't understand is why that process takes so long. to create a compile of mame that runs a new rom, you need a specific driver for the rom. once this is known, is it really so hard to create a tiny little program that applies the routines in the driver to the rom so that it becomes playable in kawaks/nebula? like i said, i know nothing about the technicalities involved; i'm merely curious about it, is all. speaking of kawaks, i have seen a winkawaks romcenter dat file whose header includes a reference to kawaks 1.48; anyone know if this version will be released soon? should be pretty nice, includes drivers for some of the latest roms. and on a related note, why is that the loaders that are needed to enable the running of the latest roms on kawaks are limited to kawaks 1.46? kawaks is closed-source, but it seems to me that since we have loaders someone out there should be able to create a loader that can run with 1.47b, which is the latest version that's actually obtainable.