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    RetroN 77

    Okay, so I dug out my extra Trooper and compared model numbers. I can confirm that the Trooper that ships with the Retron does in fact have a different number than the one that is sold separately. My joysticks have the same model numbers that yours do, and I do not have any of the original, inferior joysticks.
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    Auto Fire

    I've heard of this before, though I don't recall ever using it. Does anyone know if it was intended to be a hidden feature?
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    RetroN 77

    For what it's worth, my R77 does not wobble. IIRC, the original stick has mini tactile switches, causing one of the problems with that stick in that the switches were being crushed by normal usage. The 'Trooper' on the other hand is rubber dome based.
  4. This may be the case. Many receivers are analog video in-analog out, digital video in-digital out and do no video format conversions.
  5. I finally received my Ranger today. Good news and bad news- I was able to degrease and regrease the potentiometer. As a result, I'd say that the turning resistance is reduced by about 60%. It's much better for a game of Super Breakout on my 7800 than it was. I did some careful trimming to eliminate the knob's rubbing on the case of the controller. This is something that Hyperkin can and should fix. The pot is easy to disassemble by cutting the crimps off of two aluminum or tin rivets(pot shaft side) with an Exacto. The rivets still serve a purpose when reinserted, as they hold the plastic pieces together, although they aren't actually necessary to retain the metal(shaft) side as the well in the controller holds the pot securely enough. I suppose that the rivets could be replaced by screws if desired. I soaked the shaft in '3 in 1 oil` to break down the old grease, then used suction to remove the oil. I then filled the inner cavity of the metal with lithium grease and attached a tube to the outer shaft side with a bulb in order to create a vacuum and draw the grease onto the shaft, after which I cleaned away all of the excess with a qtip. The side of the pot(or at least the one in *my* Ranger) opposite of the shaft also has a tiny bit of sticky grease on a contact(physical not electrical) ring that rubs on the cover over the wiper assembly. I used a qtip moistened in IPA to remove the old grease from the cover and from the bottom of the wiper wheel, then applied a tiny bit of lithium grease to replace it. To reduce the slop in the knob, I put a single layer of electrical tape on the sides(only) of the reassembled pot casing. Now the bad news... I still don't like the paddle. The case of the controller is well designed and comfortable to hold at several different angles, but the knob leaves my 'knob hand' feeling cramped when I have it between my finger and thumb in such a way as to have enough travel without repositioning my finger mid turn. The knob is simply too small as it is positioned in the controller to be comfortable to use, at least for my medium sized hands. 'Increasing the resolution' of the pot via resistors isn't likely to be a good solution, as the amount of travel once reduced is(IMO) going to be too small for comfort(brain) for most people even if it allows for the knob to be cradled more comfortably by the fingers. The button works well, and the thumb stick is good enough for being a thumb stick(which I don't really like on any controller that I've tried) although the travel could be reduced by half, IMO(something that could be accomplished with the addition of resistors, though I'm not motivated to do so.) As it isn't being used as a real analog stick I don't think it needs to do ~50% travel before activating a direction as it is now.
  6. It sounds like I'll be modding mine when it arrives, then. My Flashback 8 paddles were extremely slow(sticky grease,) so I disassembled the pots, degreased the shafts and regreased with thin lithium grease. Travel on the knob can likely be addressed with a 300k, 500k or 1meg resistor in line with the pot.
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    RetroN 77

    There is at least one that has a built in hub with a few ports. Of course you can also plug a normal USB hub into the OTG cable instead, if you have one available.
  8. The dumper only knows how to load certain types of carts, and its firmware has not been updated with the newer Stella release for the Retron 77. My R77's connector still works fine, but I treat it gingerly, and always try to start my cart insertion at an angle(rotated left or right) to the slot, as the angle of the contacts seems to be fairly low, and I've found that if I try to simply insert a cart straight that doesn't have a steep bevel on it's PCB edge it will collide with the edge connector with a clunk rather than parting the contacts properly.
  9. Try deleting /stella/settings.sqlite3* so that Stella will recreate them. The current beta release has a bug that will eliminate paddle mappings under certain circumstances, and "defaults" will not restore them for you. I found that starting from scratch does restore working paddle defaults, however. Mappings can also be set manually, but it's a fiddly process for paddles.
  10. Without modifications, the wico doesn't speak the trak-ball 'language.'
  11. Try cleaning the contacts or use a different reader if you can. A read-only sd card usually is usually an indication of a connector issue in my experience.
  12. I think that the door looks great, although it does remind me more of a chest than a door. Is it my imagination, or does the player character accelerate faster in the 7800 version?
  13. Why not replace the battery? Does the controller have other wear related problems?
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    "Common" my ass

    O'Sheas had Jungle Hunt. Mine was dead out of the box.
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    z26 4.x

    I can confirm that 4.06 fixed the 'install' issue on a clean Mint Cinnamon system.
  16. Currently, the trak-ball does not work on the Retron 77 without using a 2600-daptor or similar device.
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    z26 4.x

    I had to manually create ~/.local/share/icons before z26 would create its menu entry.
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    z26 4.x

    Apparently, it's a bug. But the issue is controversial(like so many things linux related.) Adding the linker option "-no-pie" does produce a working z26 binary here that is detected correctly by nemo. IMO, PIE executables should be able to be identified by reading the ELF header. Oh well. I'm not really new to linux, I've been using unix-likes since 1993 IIRC. I just haven't been compiling anything on a regular basis lately, and I switched flavors just a couple of weeks ago as well.
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    z26 4.x

    Sorry for the noobish question. I built z26 on Mint Cinnamon "bionic." I also changed js1 fire to spacebar(horrors.) I just ran make, and after setting the resulting binary to executable, it runs fine from a terminal, but isn't recognized as an executable(other than in "Properties") and will not run from nemo. Any ideas about what is strange about my executable?
  20. That's entirely up to you. Many people keep the original card with its software unmodified as a way to easily restore the system to its 'stock' condition. There's no technical reason why you can't write the new firmware to your original card. That's what I've done.
  21. I was curious, and wasn't adverse to having an extra USB NIC around, so I tried the above linked lan adapter. The one that I received _does_ actually** have an RTL8152 chip, and it works with the R77. However, it didn't work for me when plugged directly into the OTG cable, only when plugged into an(unpowered, for what it's worth) hub. I've noticed this with a few devices, that the R77's USB doesn't seem to like to negotiate directly with some USB devices if they have been powered up before the R77, as they are when plugged directly into the OTG. So, in other words- if you have a USB device that 'should' be working with the R77 but isn't, try plugging it in directly(if through a hub,) or through a hub if direct before giving up. ** note that I'm not guaranteeing that purchasing the linked adapter will get you one that is compatible with the R77, just that it worked for me.
  22. The cart plays nicely on my 7800 and Retron 77. One small thing- if you want to share your score with someone, you'd better be quick. It's only displayed for ~20 seconds, and pause doesn't work on the end screen if you are using a 'real' 2600 compatible.
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