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#51 Mika73 OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Jun 28, 2018 11:08 AM

Does F18Amk2 work with PAL Colecovision ?


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#52 grips03 OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Jun 28, 2018 7:33 PM

details on MK2 here:

http://codehackcreate.com/archives/592

 

and here:

http://atariage.com/...80138-f18a-mk2/



#53 omf OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Jun 29, 2018 5:35 AM

to be fair,  these threads do not mention PAL compatability



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Posted Fri Jun 29, 2018 5:54 AM

I just pointed out there is a thread about MK2.

 

It's best to ask Matthew about PAL in that thread.

 

However, Matthew does say:

 

"

Wow! Now if it could do 50hz that would be really awesome, but I suspect not.

Sorry, no 50Hz.  Too much of a hassle since it ties in to more than just video output.  Video is not easy, and there really are other things I want to do in life other than implement all the possible permutations of all the video modes of all the retro computer systems.  :-)"



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Posted Fri Jun 29, 2018 12:39 PM

It's worth noting though, that he is talking about 50hz sync rate. The incompatibility with the PAL console is something wrong with the interrupts not firing (or being detected) correctly. This area of the MK2 got a rework, but I don't know if he's tried it in the PAL console yet.

Regardless an F18A in a PAL console will turn it into a 60hz console.

Edited by Tursi, Fri Jun 29, 2018 12:40 PM.


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Posted Tue Jul 3, 2018 2:40 PM

It's worth noting though, that he is talking about 50hz sync rate. The incompatibility with the PAL console is something wrong with the interrupts not firing (or being detected) correctly. This area of the MK2 got a rework, but I don't know if he's tried it in the PAL console yet.

Regardless an F18A in a PAL console will turn it into a 60hz console.

im happy with 60hz pal :)



#57 Mika73 OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Oct 19, 2018 6:24 AM

Any news about this?


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Posted Wed Oct 31, 2018 12:26 AM

Yes, I have a fix and I am testing.  I don't currently have all the games mentioned as "not working" in the various threads, but I'm trying to dig them up.  This is a firmware update, no hardware changes necessary, so if you made modifications in the past based on my suggestions, please revert to the original hardware configuration.  Let me know if you have an EU console, a way to update your F18A (i.e. JTAG programmer or SD-cart for running the in-system update), and are willing to test.  I don't want the test firmware getting on too many systems, but if it proves to fix the problems then an official release will follow quickly.

 

Edit:

Games I have tested on the EU CV loaned to me (very very very much appreciated) that were reported as not working:

 

Bolder Dash

Pitfall

Space Fury

Donkey Kong

Moon Patrol


Edited by matthew180, Wed Oct 31, 2018 12:29 AM.


#59 Mika73 OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Oct 31, 2018 12:22 PM

This is great news.

I have European France SECAM Colecovision.

One game that didn’t work was River Raid.


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Posted Wed Oct 31, 2018 1:03 PM

I have Atari Max SD cartridge for Colecovision.


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