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Posts posted by pimpmaul69

  1. 41 minutes ago, OLD CS1 said:

    I have grown a bit disillusioned with the Mini, and thus anything else THEy will put out.  I guess all of the promises have been met, but we still lack an easy way to manage multi-disk games and joystick support still is not to my liking.  As well, this is probably a minor inconvenience, as most of the games we can run these days are G64 or D64 images which have been cracked or otherwise no longer need two disks or more.


    Meh.  What keeps me going is the awesome home-brew stuff that keeps coming out (and older stuff I keep stumbling across.)  I just ordered a clam's worth from RGCD.  Mainly my Mini is for travel, and most of what I do is on real iron, anyway, as I am not traveling much (i.e. not at all) these days.


    I have concluded that the Classics and Minis are good enough to replace real iron on the entertainment stand; the NES Classic (with Hakchi,) Sega Genesis Mini (with Lunar,) the ColecoVision Phoenix, and THEC64 Mini are good enough to replace their forebears, so at this point all I need is the TI-99/4A and Atari 7800 on the shelf taking up comparatively massive amounts of space.  I am considering ejecting my NeoGeo X Gold -- oh, how I would love to use its controllers with the 64 Mini.


    My "simple" wish list for THEC64/Mini:

    • More controller support (NeoGeo X Gold, Sega Genesis Mini, NES Classic, etc.)
    • Ability to swap disk images in virtual menu
    • Printer capabilities (either via a USB-parallel port or PostScript, though PS will probably cost licensing)
    • XU1541 compatibility to use real Commodore and compatible disk drives

    On the full size you can swap disks in the menu. Wish they would release that as an update on the mini. As far as the controllers go i can edit the gamecontrollerdb.txt to support other controllers. I however do not own a neo geo x so if you wanted me to set that up you would have to ship the controller to me so i can set it up then i would ship it back to you. I have the genesis mini and the retrobit official 6 button controller for the genesis mini so i could add those as well. 

  2. 9 hours ago, Hwlngmad said:

    I don't imagine they will update the Mini for a lot further, if at all considering it looks like their efforts have shifted to the full sized unit.  BTW, THEVIC20 can now be ordered from Amazon UK and shipped to the States.  I saw that at 1:30am this past Saturday and went ahead and ordered it.  I do realize it is just a tweak of the THEC64, but I find the Vic more aethetically appealing than I do most versions of the C64.  Now, if they did a THEC64C with the GUI in it, that would be something.

    I would disagree about updating the mini. There will probably be an update when the vic20 is out. The last update was for both the mini and full-size when the full-size came out. 

  3. 24 minutes ago, wongojack said:

    I knew about the SNES pad, but not Retronic.  Good tip.  I wonder if the Stella Adapter works.  I own one of those already and a device called the Ultimate PC Interface which serves a similar purpose . . .


    Still, I don't think that is good enough.  For a comparison, I recently went looking for an old PC game from 1999.  I found a version on internet archive that worked.  When I plugged in my Xbox controller, it took all of 20 seconds for me to configure it to work with software created over 20 years ago.  The mini should be the same.

    There is a program on the pc for creating cjm files. You can make a universal file that works for all games that sits in the root of your usb and then make separate cjm files for any that need any special change like setting pal or ntsc. And without editing the gamecontrollersdb.txt you cant use a stella adapter or a upci. 

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  4. 21 hours ago, 4ever2600 said:

    I've always wanted one and that one is beautiful! If Tifany doesn't want it, I'll take it for sure!


    20 hours ago, 0078265317 said:

    I pmd first.  He will let me know how much shipping is?  Then I will decide.


    On 7/18/2020 at 9:29 AM, Tifany said:

    PM sent


    4ever2600 give me your zip code so i can get shipping quote. 

    to everyone interested i will offer it to everyone in order. So if one person declines i will offer it to the next person and so on...

  5. 1 hour ago, Video said:

    Very nice. If I didn't hate PayPal or be interested.


    Looks a lot nicer than what I'd do, almost pro.


    As for compatibility I seem to recall issues with some special carts, and homebrew, but I've not modded mine, so that's speculation. I'd rather bring an original console back than hack it up for parts.

    And thank you. I have 25 years experience in modifying electronics and i am all about making something look as professional and factory as possible. 

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  6. 1 hour ago, Video said:

    Very nice. If I didn't hate PayPal or be interested.


    Looks a lot nicer than what I'd do, almost pro.


    As for compatibility I seem to recall issues with some special carts, and homebrew, but I've not modded mine, so that's speculation. I'd rather bring an original console back than hack it up for parts.

    The 7800 i used as a donor was smashed and a cat had chewed the power wire right at the brick and the connector so that wasnt salvageable at all. It was free though with two joysticks so i wasnt going to complain. 


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  7. 18 hours ago, fdr4prez said:

    Look here:



    And then if you look in there you will also find my post that has a list of incompatible games that are compatible if you use a harmony cart. 


    19 hours ago, 0078265317 said:

    How much are you asking?


    And are there any games that dont work or all carts work.

    I was hoping for about $35usd plus shipping. 

  8. On 7/7/2020 at 2:58 PM, wongojack said:

    Did they ever make it easier to use other controllers with the mini?  I know in this thread that @pimpmaul69 had talked about updating the controller files.  Did they ever incorporate your work into an official update?

    I didnt pursue it any further. They identified an issue with a ton of controllers with both analog and dpads and were supposed to add the fix. Not sure if the full-size got the fix as i dont have one but the Mini never did. 

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  9. 2 hours ago, marioxb said:

    Hey ByteKnight, you mentioned your Ultimate board only works on (I think) Atari Flashback 3 and up. Is that just because of the controller placement? Because I found a broken Atari FB 2 in storage. I'm guessing a regular PC version of the Flashback interface would be better in this case? 

    Atgames didnt start making atari flashbacks until the 3. So they are designed different from curt vendell’s flashback 2 and 2+.  

  10. On 2/3/2020 at 12:38 PM, Wizzard said:

    I do not have a paddle yet, but I tried another joystick I bought from Ebay. This one.


    It works partially. The fire buttons work, but when using this controller FB X warned me that "wireless controllers are not supported with paddle plugged in" or something like that.

    So it knows it is not an original FBX controller and it is acting strange.


    Seems like it constantly changes the directions from left to right, but up and down direction works (in game, tried Strategy X)

    Also, the menu movement works fine, without issues.


    I tried that joystick also on my Rambo clone console and it works fine there, without issue. So this joystick is not very suitable for FB X, in my opinion.



    That is an atari 7800 controller. Not compatible with a 2600 except running 2600 on a 7800. 

  11. On 2/23/2020 at 5:48 AM, Atariboy said:

    The Flashback 9 doesn't work with Atari 2600 paddle controllers without modifying the controllers. Have you confirmed that your set of 2600 paddle controllers works with original hardware? Sounds like there may be a short in the cable that splits off to to the right paddle. 


    And I hope this doesn't sound insulting, but you're talking about these controllers, correct?




    I ask since as I recall on my Flashback 9, AtGames allows the standard joystick to control the built-in paddle games. But I suspect it's a workaround that may only work for single player paddle games. My system isn't connected at the moment since the Retron '77 has taken its place, but I'm thinking that perhaps joystick #2 can't be used by a 2nd player in paddle games since the right controller port where the joystick is plugged into is supposed to be where the 2nd pair of paddles are inserted for a 3rd and 4th player. 

    What needs modified on the 2600 paddles to work on flashback? I played a paddle game just fine and both players worked for me. And the flashback 9, 9 gold and x use stella 3.xx which allows use of both paddles and joysticks. 

  12. On 1/2/2020 at 8:31 PM, Serpentor said:

    I was looking at a teardown of a FB9 Gold and noticed a structure labeled "antenna" on the mainboard that is identical to something I noticed on the FBX deluxe.  It may be possible for someone with expertise beyond mine to enable bluetooth on this and get the wireless controllers from the FB9 Gold to work with the X.  I am not sure if the X has the radio on the board (don't even know what to look for).



    Any chance you can take better quality pics of the motherboard so i can see traces and numbers and chips so i can compare to flashback x to see if i can just buy a flashback 9 and steal all the bluetooth circuits and put it all in the flashback x. The flashback x motherboard has spots on the backside where i believe the ic chips for the bluetooth plus some capacitors go. Plus the oscillator and other caps on the top side. 

  13. 5 minutes ago, lamasutra said:

    I have made some progress.
    I have found, that my rootfs and kernel partitions were corrupted. I tried some backup from sega system, which used same rk3036 cpu. It booted up to the menu, but only fire button on joystick is working.
    Maybe kernel has special driver for atari joysticks. Can someone confirm that ?

    Well now that you did this can you flash the firmware for the atari fb 9 from sd card slot? The reason the fire button and joystick work is because they are the same pinout on a sega genesis. The other buttons on the atari fb p1 joystick are not common to anything else. 

  14. On 1/20/2020 at 5:45 PM, rennervision said:

    I'm thinking about getting the FBX.  (My first Flashback!)  Has anyone tried it with driving controllers?

    I am going to test the driving controller, keypad and trak-ball as soon as my replacement fbx comes in. I static shocked it touching the switches and now the otg and pc syncing no longer works so i cant test games on my hdd. So i sanded the chrome off of the square part off the switch covers that touch the actual switches and will swap these ones out when the new system arrives. 

  15. 7 hours ago, LoTonah said:

    Dumb question: has anyone updated the Mini using the Max software?  I'm wondering how different the hardware actually is.  I'm not gonna try it, I only have one of them... anyone not using theirs now that they got the bigger brother and want to tinker? 

    The updates are all the same. There is no available software specific to the full size c64. 

  16. 2 hours ago, eightbit said:

    Yeah, I am thinking the Vic mode will stay with the full sized model as well. That's OK. I am going to buy it anyway. It will be the easiest way to get a PAL VIC connected to a large modern TV!

    You can switch between pal and ntsc on the system to accomodate whatever game you are playing since hdmi doesnt care about ntsc and pal so no issues outputting either one. 

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