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  1. The first ROM Pack on the Collectorvision site contains 60 games for $75, which seems a pretty good deal. The second ROM pack contains 35 games for $75, still a good deal because these games tend to be newer releases. But I think it would be good if we had the option to buy the ROM files individually for, say, $5, because a lot of people will already own quite a few of the games in the compilations and may only be interested in some of the games included. For example, there may be three games in the first compilation that a fan wants - he could pay $15 for those three games rather than $75 for lots of games that he isn't after or already owns. Personally, I am after Galaga, Juno First, Rollerball and Lock N Chase from the first compilation, but I just can't bring myself to pay $75 for all the other stuff as well. Would Collectorvision ever consider allowing individual purchases of ROM files as an alternative to buying the ROM packs?
  2. The file ends in .col, so do I need to change the extension to .rom or bin to get it to work on the Atarimax cartridge?
  3. I never heard back from Batari, so I have one broken Harmony Encore sitting here...
  4. I'll send a message to batari and see what he says. So good to play Space Rocks again🙂
  5. Yeah that seem the best option. And the only option really, cause I've not got much use for it now! I also think there is a chance it could be made to work again, even though it could be a bit complicated to do so.
  6. The update is that I received a Harmony Cart in the post today at the sorting office and tried it... and it works! Well well, thank goodness for that. The older one continues to not work at all and seems utterly fried. I would like to thank Batari for his help in this very awkward situation. Looking at this sub-forum, it doesn't seem too common that a harmony encore stops working completely, and that's what worried me. I'm just wondering if there's anything I did that could have caused it. All I was doing was turning it on and off to play games, and often only a couple of times per session. Maybe it was just a dud cart. Who knows?
  7. I'm not sure what to do next to be honest. I'm not sure how to remove the corrupt usb device driver.
  8. I finally have the right cable, but when I attach it to my PC it says "the last USB device you connected to this computer malfunctioned and Windows does not recognise it." Does that make the Harmony beyond repair?
  9. I got the cable in today, a day later than advertised from an Ebay seller, took it out the packaging and... he sent me the wrong bloody cable. Talk about frustrating? 🥵😡
  10. And that could well be it! I am using a cable without knowing whether it's 4 pin or 5 pin. Didn't even though the differences existed. I use the cable for a digital camera and a Dictaphone device, and while I see on ebay that mini b 5 pin cables can also be used for cameras, I'm pretty sure that's why it's not being recognised, so I've ordered a 5 pin cable off ebay and I'll see what happens later this week when I get it.
  11. It's a big problem though because the PC is not recognising the Harmony Cart when I connect it. The red dot appears at the bottom of the pop up menu to show this. My USB cable works fine on that PC for recognising other devices, so the problem must be with the cartridge. It seems totally dead.
  12. I bought a Harmony Encore Cart in 2018 and have been playing it again recently, trying out some of the great Homebrews with melody enhancement. I was playing Space Rocks these last few days, and this morning when I turned the Atari on and selected it from the menu, I got the spinning ball in the middle of the screen as you do. But the spinning ball never went away, so after half a minute I turned the console off. I turned it on again to find a blank screen, then several more power cycles gave me various colours, vertical bars and sustained high pitch noises. In other words, it's buggered!! I tried some other carts and there's no problem. I have to say I'm deeply disappointed because I've only been using the cart for less than two years on and off, and that's it broken already? My Cuttle Cart from 2001 still works fine, so I'm a bit angry. But are there any miracle suggestions to try and fix it?
  13. Your page certainly has a lot of tasty alternatives that I never knew of before. The ball shape on the controller with the extended shaft is a good idea.
  14. But... I thought you could use the second controller keypad to select the difficulty level?
  15. Those Ruggers Customs Megadrive controllers (NOT Genesis 😁) are really something special, no doubt about it. Most games are covered by it that I can think of. Maybe some games like Ladybug need all the numbers for the options menu, but for the game itself, the controller just about does everything necessary👍
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