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#1 pimpmaul69 OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Nov 28, 2011 6:38 PM

i took apart the new atari flashback 3 to show the boards used in them.
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I like the fb3 sticks because they have more throw than any other atari joystick. i dont feel like im fighting it.

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Posted Mon Nov 28, 2011 8:50 PM

So what do you think of this product? I have read only one detailed review so far. How does it compare to the FB 2/2+?

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Posted Mon Nov 28, 2011 11:03 PM

i have not found a problem yet except that i cant mod like i did like one of my fb2+'s. got lucky got one at a thrift store for 3 bucks and one at a yard sale for 4 bucks. what were the odds i would get 2 fb2+'s. if you dont like stiff controllers like me, these ones are 1000 times better.

Edited by pimpmaul69, Mon Nov 28, 2011 11:04 PM.


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Posted Mon Nov 28, 2011 11:16 PM

i bought one couple days ago. love the joysticks! wish i had'em years ago.

i heard about the system being "based around compact flash"? i know about the bootleg with the sd & pre release rumors of FB3 having sd slot. naturally, when i first bought mike i opened it up to take a peek inside (if you use a razor, patience, & a little hot breath, you can safety remove the sticker covering the 5th screw & replace the sticker without damage). the motherboard is far less modder friendly than FB2. no test pads or silkscreen. there's the arm cpu, what appears to be the BIOS rom, a blank spot for another prom, & a soic flash rom (presumably where the game bins reside). I've seen similar layouts on other pnp boards. the bins might be hacked for compatibility or contain special header info. i don't have the ability to rip the data. but the binaries usually can be found by comparing/grep'ing them to existing rom dumps. that being said it is probably possible to reflash any set of roms to the system, but how cool would it be to use a memory card to upgrade games / run homebrews. a cf card is parallel & functions like ata. i think it could be possible to add a cf (perhaps with addition of a mcu) to one of the BIOS rom spots or the flash rom spot. has anyone looked in to this? I'm kinda at a dead end without being able to get a bios & rom dump. also need to know which arm cpu is in there.

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Posted Tue Nov 29, 2011 5:09 PM

That picture of the boards is interesting, because it differs dramatically from pictures posted earlier from another forum member's FB3. The general product identifier is still "AR2660," it seems, but the entire board(s) layout is different, and they've switched to a glob top instead of a fully packaged ARM. The earlier model has a "V2" on its boards, along with a date of 2011-05-18, while this one, if I'm reading through the blurriness right, has a "V3.3" on its main board and a date of sometime in July. I wonder how many of the earlier revision (which came in that E3-revealed awful, awful initial box, according to that post) were made before they switched over.

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#6 pimpmaul69 OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Nov 29, 2011 6:10 PM

do u have links to the pics of other system by chance?

edit: nm. didnt realize you posted a link

Edited by pimpmaul69, Tue Nov 29, 2011 6:11 PM.


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Posted Tue Nov 29, 2011 6:16 PM

and yes it is v3.3. and sorry about "bluriness". i am taking pics with my iphone.

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Posted Wed Nov 30, 2011 2:34 AM

I still have not picked up a flashback 2 would like a 3 but at 65 thats to steep!

#9 pimpmaul69 OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Nov 30, 2011 10:41 AM

I still have not picked up a flashback 2 would like a 3 but at 65 thats to steep!

i bought it for 30 at king soopers. also walgreens sells them for that price

Edited by pimpmaul69, Wed Nov 30, 2011 10:41 AM.


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Posted Wed Nov 30, 2011 3:18 PM

bought mine at Kroger's black fri (just went in to find dinner) for $24.99.

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Posted Wed Nov 30, 2011 3:58 PM

Thanks for the pics of the internals as I really didn't want to open mine up. I agree about the joysticks and commented on the throw back when I did my own review: http://www.armchaira...m/neo/node/4346 . I honestly don't think this in any way compares with the 2 and 2+, which are more accurate and are moddable. However, I think, particularly for <$40, it's a great value for the new joysticks alone. It also works very well with original paddles without having to do anything special to make them work. While some of the colors and game speed are off (and one game, Secret Quest, is actually unplayable), it's still a solid selection of playable games for those not bothered by the relatively minor variances.

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Posted Sat Jan 7, 2012 4:07 PM

Is that console using a ARM processor or similar? Probably hard to modify if it does.




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