overall very disappointed with side 2,
build quality is great, the cart looks amazing
Hmm I know the feeling where you are disappointed when something you bought does not do what you expected. There must be going something wrong somewhere. Give it some time.
One thing I don't understand. When I read your first post, I read that a lot of things work fine.
You also tell us that build quality is great, and that the cart looks amazing.
How in the world is it then possible that you are overall VERY disappointed.
Key features do work great right? The thing you want to do is a feature that is still in BETA development phase, and original SIDE doesn't even have this feature.
MyIDE took over 10 years to work decent... and still MyBIOS is suffering from bugs.
That's not a problem, on that side of the world is also still development.
I think support of Candle, Lotharek, FJC, and others (like stryker in SIC thread) is great, and helpful. I am sure they will help you, so please provide more information. I think they are REALLY interested in specific exemples of games that do not work on your setup.
It can only get better when you give that info.