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#4247683 You THEN vs. You NOW

Posted by RamrodHare on Fri Mar 29, 2019 6:53 PM

I've tried quite a few controllers, but I still like my rebuilt CX 40s the best. My issue with my hands is likely arthritis.

#4247219 You THEN vs. You NOW

Posted by RamrodHare on Thu Mar 28, 2019 11:54 PM

I'm much better at games now, but they don't hold my interest as long now. Partly because I'm just older, but I think some of it has to do with my hands hurting after a while. I just wish I had at least one friend who was willing to play Combat with me. I managed to get my father to play it a couple of times, but he doesn't like any type of game, at all. Never has, never will. My friends refuse to play anything that isn't PS3 or newer. I really need to find better friends. LOL

#3957301 Info for those using a PSP for emulation. Cheap Memory Card alternative.

Posted by RamrodHare on Fri Feb 9, 2018 12:04 AM

Some of you may already be aware of this, but I thought I'd take the time to post about it for those who don't know. The PSP is a really good handheld emulator system, but the cost of the Memory Sticks are a real pain.


The Sony Memory Cards for the PSP are really expensive. Especially new ones. Most PSP games are rather large and having emulators with loads of games takes up space pretty quick too. If you already have a Sony brand 32GB card, I don't think my info will be of much use, unless you want a second 32GB card.

OK, on to my point.


There are white adapters that fit the PSP and allow you to use two micro SD cards at one time. After testing, I found this to work with two 16GB micro SD cards perfectly! Once formatted in the PSP, it sees it as a single card. I paid $4.19 with free shipping for the adapter on eBay and got a pair of 16GB Sandisk micro SD cards for $15 with free shipping. That means for a little less than $20, I now have a 32GB card in my PSP. I intend to try and test the adapter with larger cards as well, but for now, this is still MUCH cheaper than the Sony cards and works just as well. Another plus, is that most people already have some micro SD cards kicking around, since so many things use them now. That means you may only need the adapter. If you happen to have two 32GB micro SD cards, you could test the adapter with them. If it works, you now have a 64GB card for your PSP!


A little more info on the adapter.

It's white and says  PhotoFast CR-5400 MS Pro Duo Dual Slot Adapter Micro SD HC. I've read on some forums that the newest PSP firmware (both factory and custom) allow the PSP to now recognize up to 256GB, but this adapter may not be compatible with micro SD cards bigger than 16GB each, which is why it needs to be tested. There's also a black adapter, but I'm not sure if it is any different, other than the color.


The PSP can emulate almost all the older systems, so if you are going that route and only have an 8 or 16GB card, this is a cheap way to upgrade your storage capacity. 


I'll try to test it with 32GB cards soon and let everyone know if it works or not.

#3956216 Help me pimp out my Vader!

Posted by RamrodHare on Wed Feb 7, 2018 9:33 PM

Everyone has their own opinion of what looks good and what doesn't. Gold plating the switches sounds nice to me, but it's probably cost prohibitive. I think they are aluminum sleeves over a plastic switch, so you might be able to have them anodized with the color of your choice. Some people have managed to drill a hole in the end of the power switch and put a tiny LED inside it, which I think looks cool, but it weakens the switch. For my Vader, I drilled a small hole next to the power switch and put a color changing RGB LED in it. Now when it's on, the LED changes colors. You could mount an LED inside the case, near the vents and have it shine out through the vents, kind of like accent lighting. Depending on how good your modding skills are, you could also file out the ATARI logo on the front and place some frosted glass or sanded clear plastic behind it, then light it from inside with an LED. I think one of the color changing RGB LEDs would work great for that. One LED doesn't use enough power to need a separate power supply, you just add a resistor to the positive side of the LED and connect it to the 7805 regulator (which you should replace with a new one). You can get a complete refurb kit from console5.com. It comes with all the parts you need to replace, plus a few you don't. It's only around $12 if I remember correctly. Oh, you should also get the Best Electronics, Lifetime Gold PCBs for your joysticks. I'd also recommend new inner handles and rubber boots. I went all out when I redid my joysticks. I even replaced the fire buttons, springs, retaining rings and screws. I basically have brand new joysticks now. you can also buy rebuilt ones from Best Electronics, for about $15-20 than doing it yourself. Oh, if you haven't already, get a Harmony Encore cart. No more switching carts, just load the entire 2600 library onto an SD card and put it in the Harmony, then select the game you want to play from the list. It's the best investment I made for mine. Lastly, if you do an AV mod, don't go cheap. I've had horrible luck getting a cheap board that had decent video quality. Get a UAV board from Bryan here on the forums. It's the best video quality you can get for a decent price and the board looks nice too. Those kind you see on eBay for $10 or so are garbage. The UAV bypasses everything and connects right to the TIA chip, so you get a really clean signal. I think that's about everything I can think of, but if you have questions, feel free to ask. Most of us are pretty helpful. :)

#3949389 Yars’ Revenge color question

Posted by RamrodHare on Wed Jan 31, 2018 12:02 AM

Yes. :grin:







OK, I thought that was a funny answer at first, but then I felt like it might come across as rude, which made me feel bad. :woozy:

The colors can vary from console to console and from TV to TV. If you want to post a screenshot, we can look at it and maybe be more help. Chances are, if it's red, then it's OK. Have you tried on different TVs to see if that changes it? If not, that might be the place to start. There is a color pot on the 2600, but there's no need to adjust it until we see a screenshot.

#3947496 UnoCart-2600 : a DIY SD multi-cart for the 2600

Posted by RamrodHare on Sun Jan 28, 2018 11:00 PM

Cool, where is the source? ;)


#3947465 UnoCart-2600 : a DIY SD multi-cart for the 2600

Posted by RamrodHare on Sun Jan 28, 2018 10:14 PM

This is interesting. My question is, How does this compare to the Harmony Encore, as far as cost?

 I can see this being a fun project to build, but cost would be a major factor. 

The Harmony Encore comes ready to use, where this requires some work.

If you could create the same thing for the 7800, That would indeed be VERY interesting.

#3943344 Plague (Atari 2600)

Posted by RamrodHare on Tue Jan 23, 2018 11:43 PM

Yes needs color.

 For what this game is meant to be about, I feel like the less color it has, the better it get's the theme across. The mushroom bit with all the colors works, due to the hallucinogenic properties of the mushroom. Most of the game should be kept "dark" to go along with the overall tone of the game. Spies in the Night was a Homebrew that was B&W only and it pulls it off amazingly. I feel like this game has the same potential.


MemberAtarian, Keep doing what you're doing .Make the game the way YOU want to make it. The direction you are going in is working great so far, don't let any of us steer you off course. 

#3938952 Red Sea Crossing

Posted by RamrodHare on Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:22 PM

Any price in mind?

It's free and I already called dibs! :P

#3938942 Taiwanese "Light Sixer" w/joysticks, paddles, box, original manual, etc

Posted by RamrodHare on Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:12 PM

OK, In your other topic, you said- "I recently snagged an original wood grain 2600 at an estate sale, with box, manual, tv box, etc."

Now you say you found it in the attic? You also say you have a Vader, but in your other thread you said you only have Activision Hockey. So, what do you play on your Vader? I was thinking about trying to come up with the money to buy this, after our PMs about it, but, these discrepancies worry me. 

I wish you luck on your sale, but I'm no longer interested. :(

#3938149 Is this a good deal?

Posted by RamrodHare on Wed Jan 17, 2018 10:34 PM

$30 sounds like a good price to me. ;-)

#3937063 downloading games to the 2600

Posted by RamrodHare on Tue Jan 16, 2018 8:01 PM

 He just wants someone else to do the work for him.


atari181 may be right. It's possible that he just doesn't understand how the Harmony works.

However, I've been seeing a lot of posts on game forums where people are too lazy to hunt down the games they want. Like they are somehow entitled to have everything handed to them without having to do anything on their own. I'm not saying that's what's happening in this case, but it has become more common lately. 

#3936584 downloading games to the 2600

Posted by RamrodHare on Tue Jan 16, 2018 8:43 AM

I can see that your trying to convince me that harmony is superior and in some ways it is, but the reason I came to this idea was because I didn't want the labor of downloading every rom out there, not to mention the questionable legality of it. So when a new home brew is released it will just be there to download and play.

So, it's too much "work" to download a full rom set and put it on a micro SD card to play on the Harmony Encore? :(

 If that's the case, how do you even manage to get out of bed in the morning? :grin:

As far as the legality, If it worries you that much, then just buy all the games on actual carts. :-o

Once the card is loaded with all the roms, it's not a big deal to add a new homebrew when it comes out. :P

I feel like you are trying to reinvent the wheel and that's not going to happen. People are perfectly happy with the Harmony Encore and there's no reason why they shouldn't be. 

You're trying to convince people there's a problem when there isn't one. :?

#3934745 Porting the newest version of Stella to the PSP.

Posted by RamrodHare on Sat Jan 13, 2018 8:31 PM

Thanks for the info. I hadn't considered the hardware limitations of the PSP.  Now I can stop wondering why no one had updated it. :-D  

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#3934089 How many of you are emulation converts?

Posted by RamrodHare on Fri Jan 12, 2018 8:56 PM

My first experience was with an NES emulator. I liked being able to play the games I had when I was younger, plus the ones I never had the money for. I had so much fun with it that I started getting emulators for every system I could, so I could play them on my PC. I even bought a controller adapter that worked with Gamecube, PS1&2, USB and Xbox controllers. I mostly used a PS2 controller. Then I got my Gameboy Micro and a flash cart and went crazy. I was just blown away by all the different emulators there were. Later, I got a PSP, hacked it, and had more systems/games than I could have ever imagined when I was a kid. So, yeah, I like emulators, without them, there would be a ton of  consoles/games I might never have known about or ever played. Most emulators aren't perfect, so there's still a place for original hardware, I just have to pick and choose what hardware I like the most and can afford.