I hadn’t even heard that so that’s good to know.
this is what it turned out to be, I think I got it sorted now. it wasn’t the lost progress so much as not knowing what happened and if it might happen again, so I think this was just from updating recently
also I have yet to ever get a disc based emulator that’s not ps1 to load anything in retroarch and the playlist scanner only recognizes like a third of the isos. if it weren’t for other people saying otherwise I think I would of just assumed saturn and dc emulation never went anywhere and wasn’t playable. I’m pretty sure I have all the bios stuff, so I don’t even know what the deal is there.
I was proud of myself the time I got the punisher arcade game running though, since I was never able to puzzle out how the hell to get mame to do anything outside of retroarch before, I did have to hunt down some decade old forum post to figure out I needed some specific file that wasn’t in any bios collections for some reason to get sound working though.