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OFFLINE Last Active Feb 13 2019 2:08 PM

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In Topic: Top of the line replacement power supply for the Atari 2600, etc

Fri Jan 25, 2019 3:45 PM

If that was the case it would be trivial to calculate it using Ohm's law.
But there's no need for that as the max current is clearly indicated on the power supply: 0.67 A

BTW, I prefer using a 7.5V regulated supply which keeps the 7805 regulator cooler.
 


In Topic: Bee Ball - 2600

Fri Jan 25, 2019 8:16 AM

Decimal flag seems to start at 0 most of times when you power on the console, but  at very random event it could start at 1 and then I got problems.

Yup, I can confirm that in my short tests the D flag seems to be cleared most of the time when first powering on the console. But sometimes it gets set after a few power cycles, and chanches seem to increase if you try a different cart first. It's like if, once the flag is set by the previous cart, its status tend to persist on subsequent powercycles.
I tested 4 consoles from different eras and was able to replicate the glitch at least once in all of them.

 

I only noticed this glitch on my hardware like 2 times ever, and I thought was a cartridge connection problem, which was solved by re-inserting the cart (actually power cycling the console fix it).

Yeah, I think anyone would assume it's caused by dirty contacts in the cart slot or the power switch. And the fix is the same too: power cycle the console.

"Rescue Terra I" is an original release that has the same bug (you can see it glitching sometimes when starting the rom in Stella 6)
 

The game also have others small glitches that really annoys me, sorry about that.


I find it a really good game. The concept is interesting, graphics are really nice and it's fun to play. I will definitely revisit it in my next playsession. (and try to find the easter egg!)

In Topic: Bee Ball - 2600

Fri Jan 25, 2019 4:20 AM

I just played a few rounds and scoring seems to work the same both in Stella 6.0 and real hardware for me. Remember that you can only score a point if you have the serve (indicated by the arrow on the bottom of the screen). That's mentioned in the first post:
 

- Added serve rules (like in old volleyball rules). You need serve ball to score a point.
See the pointer in score.



As for the garbled gfx, that's actually a bug in the game: it doesn't initialize the decimal flag. You won't see this if you just load the game from the harmony menu (as the menu itself clears the D flag), but it might happen randomly when putting the game on a real cart.

In fact It happens on my hardware if I flash the harmony in single game mode too.
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If it happens, you just have to powercycle the console until the glitch goes away. (Better leave the console off a few seconds before turning it on again, if you do it too quickly, it seems to keep the last state of the flag)

In stella, do the same by resetting the game with CTRL+R.

Stella 6.0 defaults to randomized CPU state, which is a more accurate representation of real hardware, while in Stella 5.x the default was to have it cleared (you can change that behaviour in the "developer tab" if you like).


In Topic: Looking for odd console owners!

Sun Jan 20, 2019 12:09 PM

I tried again and you're right: if I leave the console cool down for a while before testing those two games, I get the same kind of behavior.


In Topic: Looking for odd console owners!

Sun Jan 20, 2019 4:34 AM

Late 2600 Jr PAL (1991 copyright on the box):

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(I used NTSC roms for these screenshots, and my TV shows PAL color loss with odd number of scanlines)

 

Pesco

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Masters of the universe

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Kool-Aid man (took a while to understand that I have to set the left diff to B to make it run...)

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Thunderground

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Spider Fighter

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G.I. Joe

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Cosmic Ark

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Hmove test

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PAL 7800

this one gave some trouble with bus stuffing and needs a couple minutes of warmup to stabilize its behaviour. I posted a video of the hmove test on the Stella github pages (https://github.com/stella-emu/stella/issues/246):

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Pesco

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masters of the universe

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Kool-Aid man

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Thunderground

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this game needs a while to stabilize on this console. here are a few pictures taken while it was warming up:

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Spider Fighter

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G.I. Joe

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Cosmic Ark

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I have a few other consoles (including a working Tournament table arcade board), but it might take a while before I can test them (they're on storage and a few need some repair work).