So with the newest mame (214) build it seems cps1 is broken. I tried with updated romsets and it just gets stuck on a black screen before booting out. Load 1941 for an example.
On going issues since mame-libretro 200? and later.
Taito GNet is broken. Gnet freezes upon load on the initial boot and never gets to the “loading” progress bar. Some F3 cart games freeze upon load on initial boot with a green screen.
Both load fine on mainline mame but not libretro. Gnet on mainline mame asks what bios V1 or V2 to load up at boot and then enters the progress bar.
The only way I can play these are on Mame2016. Go by RC was recently fixed with controller support so its unplayable in Mame2016.
Also I could never get the Xavix driver to load the “Let’s Play” Namco / Taito series. There is no special bios to these games. Haze said they should just boot. They are like a “Game and watch / Jakks Pacific” type roms.
Maybe whomever maintains Mame-libretro might want to take a look at these issues when they can.