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  1. I want to offer an honest warning about the Sega 32X Video Noise Fix by Kevtris as posted by SmokeMonster on RetroRGB. Disclaimer: I have massive respect for Kevtris, SmokeMonster and Bob and the crew of RetroRGB and the following is hopefully CLEARLY independent of anything having to do with any of them. I've been working with some in the gaming community on the 32x experience. I wanted to share my 32x hardware experiences with the community. My most recent work includes recapping a working 32x in the way Console5 intended, PRIOR to the Kevtris fix. That means, use the current cap kit, but without altering the lower board C30 ceramic cap and on the top board, C17 getting the Console5 originally suggested 470uf 10v cap. ALL WAS GLORIOUS today with this configuration. Sound and picture was very sharp running through the HD Retrovision cables. I loaded the complete library of games and took notes on my component video Panasonic CRT array. I wanted to observe video noise from other artifacts and share them. Was I seeing 'noise' or something else? I soon concluded that video artifacts on the borders might be a CRT issue or overscan area while other things like white pixel flicker on Sega logos might be the 'noise' Kevrtis mentioned, or I might see the noise only via composite. - Star Wars - noise or gfx glitch on right side of screen both on real cart and MegaSD rom - Spiderman Web of Fire - gfx glitch below, then title screen above city green lasers and pink overscan - Blackthorne - Sega logo has white flicker, then 8 pixel specks of white on title screen, upper left - RBI baseball - When swing connects with ball, speckles come before switch to new screen. - Shadow Squadron - flicker on top screen before launch - WWF Raw - top flicker Funny, I might remember these things on screen back in the 90s. I then moved the CRT HD Retrovision setup to a 40 inch Samsung LED tv via Genesis HDMI cable (Pound brand I think). White and washed out aside due to the cable, though MOST of the above issues went away! Star Wars still had the gfx artifacts on the right side of screen, and I wanted to see if I could get rid of flicker on some title screens in games so I tried the Kevtris fix, involving replacing two capacitors. Here is where it went wrong: 1. Perfectly working 32x, recapped per Console5 specs prior to the Kevtris fix. 2. After fix, now I have a problem where some gfx is not showing. I.E. Star Wars - Logo only half comes in, and some gfx appear. Sound is perfect but no imperial destroyer before famous credit crawl. I think this means that the Genesis side is working but the 32x side is not. Again, the problem is NOT Kevtris. The fix requires a (MICROSCOPIC!!) Surface Mount ceramic capacitor replacement. HERE IS THE PROBLEM: Unless you have the experience, and the magnification via microscope, from my experience, it is not worth messing up your 32x for! I have a magnifying glass, but trying to get the right leg installed without solder bridging with the surface mount next to it is VERY hard. Being fair, I am still fairly new to surface mount component repairs. Unless you are on your A game in soldering, AND your 32x requires this upgrade, I'd say pass it to a pro or stick with the standard re-cap. That said, please PM me if you or someone you recommend does 32x repairs.
  2. I want to offer an honest warning about the Sega 32X Video Noise Fix by Kevtris as posted by SmokeMonster on RetroRGB. Disclaimer: I have massive respect for Kevtris, SmokeMonster and Bob and the crew of RetroRGB and the following is hopefully CLEARLY independent of anything having to do with any of them. I've been working with some in the gaming community on the 32x experience. I wanted to share my 32x hardware experiences with the community. My most recent work includes recapping a working 32x in the way Console5 intended, PRIOR to the Kevtris fix. That means, use the current cap kit, but without altering the lower board C30 ceramic cap and on the top board, C17 getting the Console5 originally suggested 470uf 10v cap. ALL WAS GLORIOUS today with this configuration. Sound and picture was very sharp running through the HD Retrovision cables. I loaded the complete library of games and took notes on my component video Panasonic CRT array. I wanted to observe video noise from other artifacts and share them. Was I seeing 'noise' or something else? I soon concluded that video artifacts on the borders might be a CRT issue or overscan area while other things like white pixel flicker on Sega logos might be the 'noise' Kevrtis mentioned, or I might see the noise only via composite. - Star Wars - noise or gfx glitch on right side of screen both on real cart and MegaSD rom - Spiderman Web of Fire - gfx glitch below, then title screen above city green lasers and pink overscan - Blackthorne - Sega logo has white flicker, then 8 pixel specks of white on title screen, upper left - RBI baseball - When swing connects with ball, speckles come before switch to new screen. - Shadow Squadron - flicker on top screen before launch - WWF Raw - top flicker Funny, I might remember these things on screen back in the 90s. I then moved the CRT HD Retrovision setup to a 40 inch Samsung LED tv via Genesis HDMI cable (Pound brand I think). White and washed out aside due to the cable, though MOST of the above issues went away! Star Wars still had the gfx artifacts on the right side of screen, and I wanted to see if I could get rid of flicker on some title screens in games so I tried the Kevtris fix, involving replacing two capacitors. Here is where it went wrong: 1. Perfectly working 32x, recapped per Console5 specs prior to the Kevtris fix. 2. After fix, now I have a problem where some gfx is not showing. I.E. Star Wars - Logo only half comes in, and some gfx appear. Sound is perfect but no imperial destroyer before famous credit crawl. I think this means that the Genesis side is working but the 32x side is not. Again, the problem is NOT Kevtris. The fix requires a (MICROSCOPIC!!) Surface Mount ceramic capacitor replacement. HERE IS THE PROBLEM: Unless you have the experience, and the magnification via microscope, from my experience, it is not worth messing up your 32x for! I have a magnifying glass, but trying to get the right leg installed without solder bridging with the surface mount next to it is VERY hard. Being fair, I am still fairly new to surface mount component repairs. Unless you are on your A game in soldering, AND your 32x requires this upgrade, I'd say pass it to a pro or stick with the standard re-cap. That said, please PM me if you or someone you recommend does 32x repairs. I kinda have two threads about this, one on Desoldering woes or journeys and this more specific one about the 32x.
  3. Thank you Steven! Do the 4 titles you mentioned have different music, extra scenes or content that would make them interesting to load vs. just playing the USA releases of them?
  4. If going by the latest Hyperspin Hyperlist, the current Sega CD game count is: Sega CD TOTAL GAMES: 171 1.20 3/06/2016 They use the method of complete USA rom lists, then any Europe region games exclusive from the USA ones, and lastly the Japanese ones that are either in English or fully playable without needing to know Japanese. Finding reliable Mega-CD images has been tricky, and harder still is finding a good list of European and Japanese titles to add to a Mega-SD. I don't intended to get a complete set of Japanese Cd games I'll never be able to play, but somewhat Smokemonster inspired, some may be fun for a variety or reasons, like different music, uncensored curiosity, missing or extra scenes, etc. what I have so far: I made an Everdrive themed and named folder called: "3 Sega CD & Mega-CD (JAPAN)" Which currently has: Annett Futatabi (Japan), Egawa Suguru no Super League CD (Japan), Final Fight CD (Japan) (Rev A), Heavy Nova (Japan), Sangokushi III (Japan), and Sonic The Hedgehog CD (Japan) I am also sifting thru temp folders to decide on naming and file structure and have some of these: Surgical Strike (32X) (USA) (finally got hold of the Sega CD 32x one) EUROPE: Bloodshot (1995)(Acclaim)(EU) [T-88045-50] [Also called "Battle Frenzy"] JAPAN: Cyborg 009 (1993)(Riot)(JP) [T-49054] Devastator Dynamic Country Club - 3D Golf Simulation (1993)(Sega)(JP) [G-6017] EARNEST EVANS_JP F1 Circus CD (1994)(Nichibutsu)(JP) [T-71014] Game no Kandume - Sega Games Can Vol.1 (1994)(Sega)(JP) [G-6032] Game no Kandume - Sega Games Can Vol.2 (1994)(Sega)(JP) [G-6033] Night Striker (1993)(Taito)(JP) [T-11014] NINJA WARRIORS Pro Yakyuu Super League CD (1992)(Sega)(JP) [G-6010] Sengoku Denshou (1993)(Sammy)(JP) [T-24034] WonderMega Collection (Bundled with Victor WonderMega RG-M1) (1992)(Victor)(JP) [T-60064-10] OTHER: Battle Frenzy (2003)(Good Deal Games)(US) - [0] BATTLETECH - Gray Death Legion (2007)(Good Deal Games)(US) Bug Blasters - The Exterminators (2000)(Good Deal Games)(NTSC)(US)(Track 1 of 2) [Shows as 'The Exterminators'] Burning Fists (USA) (DW0298) Citizen X Beta (2002)(Good Deal Games)(US) Marko (2003)(Good Deal Games)(US) Star Strike (2000)(Good Deal Games)(US) UNRELEASED: Battle Frenzy (USA) (Unreleased) (DW0103) Bug Blasters (USA) (Unreleased) (DW0204) Burning Fists (USA) (DW0298) Citizen X (USA) (Unreleased) (DW0102) Marko (USA) (Unreleased) (DW0104) Star Strike (USA) (Unreleased) (DW0230) PROTOTYPES: Johnny Mnemonic (Disc 1 of 2) (USA) (Proto) (DW0292) Johnny Mnemonic (Disc 2 of 2) (USA) (Proto) (DW0292) SUPER_STRIKE_TRILOGY Sonic CD 920 (USA) (Proto) (DW0187) Audio Only or CD+G: Hot Hits (USA) (DW0158) Rock Paintings (USA) (DW0124) NON-REVISED [Earlier version of games that REDUMP likely omitted over revised versions]: Amazing Spiderman (USA) (v0-199308) (DW0202) Blackhole Assault (USA) (v0) (DW0247) Bram Stoker's Dracula (USA) (DW0088) Compton's Interactive Encyclopedia v2.01R (USA) (DW0236) Eternal Champions (USA) (v0) (DW0234) Sega Classics - 4-in-1 (USA) (v100) (DW0281) Sewer Shark (USA) (v1-199210) (DW0228) Any additions to what exists outside of the REDUMP sets are welcomed, be they edutainment titles, foreign language that is still easy enough to play, or even games like Snatcher where if you beat the game in English, you might play other regions to see the edits or bonus material.
  5. I was unaware it could not be used for 2 button games. Not having some mode switch was a limiting and odd decision. I have read others say the Hori Fighting Commander PC 6 button works in both modes, so perhaps that one covers all games? Also, I found this list of 3 button and 6 button games: http://www.neo-geo.com/forums/showthread.php?273661-6-button-and-3-button-games
  6. Have you tried the Avenue 6, [6 button pad]? I am thinking that soon I need to reduce and consolidate my controller choices. I don't think I'll mind playing fighting games of the PCE library with a genesis pad.
  7. Would anyone be able to kindly offer advice on how I can look at the schematics of a 32x and learn how to follow them? I specifically hope to trace that problem of the blue wire seen above on pin 8 of the lower pcb's ribbon connector. I've stared at schematics and have yet to figure out how what I am looking at translates to a pcb. I look at the one, then the other and have yet to find a "you are here" sign I can make heads or tails from.
  8. Hey, my post and icon are there in your picture too. I think that's a first for me. :) That is important info that the Genesis d-pad on the mini feels different than the original. I already have real Genesis controllers and a bliss box with a Blister waiting in the wings. I think I will probably stick to that. Sorry Sega. I don't have the Avenue Pad 3 or Shuttle controller so I may keep an eye out. I'd probably be fine playing 3 or 6 button PCE/Cd games with my Saturn controller though.
  9. Thank you for the comparison pic. If I got the mini it would be for the new 3 button controllers for Mister and I'd sell the console or have it somewhere pretty.
  10. Great! I only have turbo and core-grafx controllers so Japanese style white PC-Engine pads would be preferred actually in my case. I have a bliss box and many adapters (sadly, no PCE/TG16 yet) and sold my USB hub to get the BlisSTer which I should get in the mail soon. Sega's six button pads are agreeable better in almost every way, but for launch titles and a few exceptions, I like the feel of the fat OG 3 button controller. Maybe I'll wait for the Sega mini to drop down to Playstation classic prices. I can already use my real 3 buttons on real hardware so I should just stop controller collecting. I also forgot to comment that since the announced TG16/pce minis, I wondered how they would make the already small pce any smaller without it looking like an everdrive hucard where they may as well make a keychain out of it.
  11. I am glad I will have the option to buy turbo pads separately. I was going to wait for the price to come down just so I could get the usb controllers. Sega should have sold the usb 3 button genesis mini controller separately too. If Konami were smart, they would surprise everyone and pull a NeoGeo mini inspired move and announce later this year a Christmas edition that's the SuperGrafx. If they don't do it at all, I'm just baffled at the lost opportunity. I have a PC Engine, TG16, Mister, Everdrive, I'm holding out on a SSDS3 for Mister support and have a pi for PCE-CD for now.
  12. I've now desoldered the 32x cart connector and replaced it with one from a spare Genesis 2 to see if the cartridge slot was the issue. I at least like the tighter fit for both genesis games and 32x, so if nothing else, it was worth it, though it did not fix the problem. In the pix you can see a clean top and bottom of where the pin connector was, then a pic where the deeper pins (site rotated the pic) on the left are theGenesis 2 and the more copper showing on the right is the old 32x one. You can then see a Genesis Hockey game NHL 96 where the video still glitches, and then Star Wars 32x doing the same behavior as when I started. Remaining remedies: Could the top board's copper coil have a defect that would cause this (if so where do I get a replacement when I don't even know what it is?)? I have heard that if a previous owner used the wrong power supply then the voltage regulator could need replacing. I also have the new problem of blue wire seen above on pin 8 of the lower pcb's ribbon connector. I hope someone sees my last plea for knowing an alternate place I can solder that wire to on that end. Otherwise, I may be looking for help finding a 32x pro repair I can send it to. I feel so close yet so far.
  13. Actually, your suggestion inspired me to come up with my own remedy. I stared at the thing, tried pushing the peg with a screwdriver, and thought I needed something smaller. Then it hit me! Soldering iron tip. If it is on, the heat might even inspire the metal a bit. I pushed the hot solder pen from topside with a little downward pressure, and it worked like a charm! I'm not reusing the pin connector so even the little melted plastic on the connectors support holes aren't a problem- this helps to not damage your board with screwdrivers or other means of force. I highly suggest trying this method, especially starting with project and junk boards.
  14. Wow Keatah, thank you! I had no idea that my cap kits from Console 5 already incorporated these into them. I just thought their caps were some high end quality Japanese ones. I now have one more reason to love Console5.
  15. So glad to hear! Want to work on my extra one I have had all the problems with?
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