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Jess Ragan

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Sour Pi

Wed Jul 4, 2018 4:22 PM

Frankly, I'm getting fed up with this thing. I've went through at least four different builds, and there's always something wrong with one of them. The version of Recalbox is pretty good, for the most part, but it can't handle many 2600 games, and those are exactly what I'm in the mood for at the moment. I tried another build called Hercules, and while THAT runs 2600 games just fine, it's a couple of years old and staunchly refuses to update. Yes, I've tried the guides I've found on emulation sites, and have even entered some code in Linux, precisely what I was trying to avoid when I started using Recalbox in the first place. I've also got a build of RetroPie (separate from the one I tried when I first got the Raspberry Pi), and while it runs... okay, it's got unprofessional transitions to the games and makes it impossible to permanently change settings. I try to select "change core settings," only to be told "I'm afraid I can't do that, Jess," while the Pi tries to shut off the life support in my house.


So I ask you, AtariAge-a-maniacs, is there a way to update individual emulators in a Recalbox or Retropie build? Or is all that baked into the software and can't be changed? These programs do an amazing job of hiding everything from the user, including the location of the emulators. There's supposed to be an option to switch emulators and cores for each system in Advanced Settings, but it looks like I don't really have a choice. If the build is set to use FCEUX, for instance, that's what it's going to use, even if I'd like to try NEStopia or QuickNES instead. It's frustrating enough that I want to make up my own game... it's called "Pitch the Raspberry Pi at the wall until it stops working."

Alley Cat Remeow

Sun Jun 10, 2018 9:40 AM

I remember playing the original game in the computer lab at high school all the time. Several attempts have been made to revive Alley Cat, but this looks like the first version to really understand what made the first game work and expands upon it with new stages. I haven't played it yet, but the clips I've seen look extremely promising. You can even play with up to four cats if you want!



My Classic Xbox is a Classic BASTARD

Wed Aug 16, 2017 6:54 PM

So I heard about all the neat things you can do with a hacked Xbox, and picked one up from an online auction. Unfortunately, the only neat trick my Xbox seems to do is piss in my eye from ten feet. It was working fine UNTIL I attempted a soft mod, using Softmod Installer Deluxe. I backed up the my files, as instructed, then ran the soft mod, as instructed. Except it wouldn't actually RUN the soft mod, telling me that the "batch process failed." Repeated attempts to make it work went nowhere, so I decided, "Okay, I'll just restore the files and return to this later."


I restored the files. When I returned to it later, I discovered that my dashboard was gone, replaced with Error 13. Well, fuck me. However, I could still boot games, so it seemed like a temporary setback. I could just come back to it in a little while and fix whatever problems it had after I bought the right equipment.


Yeah, right. I fired up the system a day later and Error 13 became Error 16. Evidently if the Xbox hasn't gotten power for a while the clock dies, and if the clock dies and it can't find a working dashboard, it decides that it won't even TRY to work, at all, with or without discs. Once this happens, the instructions tell me, I am "fux0red." Oh, but there's a solution! Wait wait, you're gonna love this.


-Get a friend with a modded Xbox.
-Unlock his HDD with eeprom management from AID or XBMCID.
-Than, place his HDD in your Xbox.
-Boot with your chip on.
-Now the Xbox DOES find a dashboard when you boot in original mode and you can set the time in the MS dashboard clock settings.
-Shut off Xbox and remove your friends HDD
-PLace his HDD back in his Xbox and lock it again
-Install your HDD
-(clock has been set) So boot up with AID / XBMCID.
-Install normally whatever you wanna install
-lock HDD
Oh yeah, sure, that's no problem. I'll just find someone in the vicinity with a console that hasn't been actively supported for a decade, then ask them to open the thing and swap hard drives several times. ARE YOU FUCKING OUT OF YOUR GOURD?! What the hell kind of "easy and newbie friendly solution" is that?
I spent money on the Xbox. I spent more money getting peripherals and software for the Xbox so I could use it. Now it's looking like I'll have to spend even more money to get it fixed. At this point it would probably just be cheaper to buy an entirely new Xbox, except of course if I screw up the softmod on that, I have two boat anchors instead of just one. In other words, I'm hosed no matter what path I choose.
This was supposed to be easy? Nothing about this has been easy... NOTHING. "Easy" is running one of a dozen exploits on your Wii and putting the Homebrew Channel on it. "Easy" is putting two files on your PSP's memory card and running one of them to hack the system. "Easy" is installing Henkaku Enso on your Vita, by visiting a site and then installing a VPK file. Easy is NOT buying weird peripherals from China, digging up an old flash drive the old-ass Xbox can recognize, putting files on it with an arcane file transfer program, putting said files on the Xbox's hard drive, running an exploit game, starting the exploit, and ruining your Xbox because the damn soft mod wouldn't start!
Forgive the outburst. Wasting my time and money on absolutely nothing tends to get me a little cranky.

Xbox Classic breakaway cables/controllers

Sun Aug 13, 2017 5:56 PM

Anyone got a spare? I sent out for a cable, but it arrived broken. =(


Sat Aug 5, 2017 5:48 PM



Er, anyway. I wanna get crisper graphics out of my older game systems without spending a crapload of money in the process. I'm thinking I should buy an SCART cable, then connect that to an SCART to component adapter, then that to a flat screen television. Sounds simple enough, but I've worked with A/V enough to know that it's rarely that simple. I've looked up the pinouts for SCART, and it looks like the connections are pretty straightforward... there are pins for red, green, blue, the two sound sources, and ground for each of these. Straight wire to wire connections typically don't work, though... you'll often have to have transistors and resistors and capacitors in the middle of the circuit, to strengthen and refine the signal enough for the display to recognize it.


(It's a big pain in the ass, is what it is.)


But yes, I'm wondering if I could just get the two items shown in this post and get SOME kind of component signal from my GameCube. This is one of the newer models without the digital video port so I'm not expecting 480p quality here, but using this SCART connector and component adapter should at least yield 240i or 240p output, right? I mean, look, I don't wanna spend a fortune on a Framemeister or something silly like that, but I gotta be able to get a sharp enough picture for the Game Boy Player that will arrive next week.