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    Wizardry Llylgamyn Saga on Super Famicom
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    Probably some kind of RPG or maybe Thunderforce IV

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  1. Then they’d think it an enhanced Apple II+. Can’t win.
  2. I tried a few minutes with it, and the anime feel immediately put me off. The dungeon graphics seem clunky and bad as well, in a distracting way. I'm no graphics snob, hell, I'm replaying Wizardry 1 on an actual Apple IIe presently. When I have more time I'll try to give it a fair shake. Cutesy elf-girls with annoying voices may be the cost of Japanese die-hards keeping Wizardry alive.
  3. Huh - I was thinking King's Bounty required a IIe enhanced or IIc. I'm going to have to give it a try tonight.
  4. You don't need a IIe enhanced to run 2.4.2. https://prodos8.com/ I have a IIe enhanced kit on order, but I suspect it'll be quite a while before it shows up. I'm going for it because there are a few games that require an enhanced, and ProTerm requires enhanced as well.
  5. Long time computer lab tech is retiring at my work, and IT is giving me first dibs on cleaning out his storage area before they recycle it all.

    1. ClassicGMR


      Nice. Treasure hunt time!

  6. No. Saturn was a super-scalar system that they panicked and tried to turn into a 3D system way too late, never even released a Sonic game on it, cost too much... While Sony came out of the gate firing on all cylinders. Even Nintendo struggled against the PS1, what could Sega have hoped to do?
  7. I'm just impressed with all the timing that must have been involved in setting up the audio. A stock Apple II doesn't have enough memory to hold an entire floppy, so it has to have delays built-in to give it time to write chunks to disk - all without being able to talk back to the disk server and tell it to wait on sending more data.
  8. I'd been seeing some weird crashes and refusals to boot from ProDOS on my Apple IIe, so I decided to run some tests. The built in diagnostic said everything was fine. Using the Apple IIe Diagnostic Software, it said there was a main memory failure, and running MECC's (the people who made Oregon Trail) Computer Inspector told me there was a problem in the auxiliary memory but main memory was fine. Ugh. I ended up using RAM Test Utility and it gave much better information. It was able to tell me that the problem was a stuck bit in my auxiliary memory, and even which chip it was. I swapped the chip with another one on the board to test, and the error moved to that socket so I knew I'd found the problem. I really lucked out in that all the DRAM was both socketed and the sockets were numbered. Problem. This board uses 4264 DRAM, and that's scarce on eBay or otherwise. Google told me that 4264's are backwards compatible with the more common 4164, but not vice-versa. I decided to risk $20 and ordered a big ol' tube of 4164 chips in the hope that they used 4264's because they were cheaper or more available at the time. Swapped the chip out, and success! Fixed all the sporadic problems I'd been having. Next up: Have a IIe enhancement kit on order, and once it shows up I'll be able to run ProTerm with the WiModem232 that came in last week. I'm already active on a few BBS's, so I look forward to checking into them from the IIe rather than SyncTERM or DOSBox/Telemate. I ordered a 3D printed case for it, but I'd love to get an old 2400 baud modem and replace its guts with the WiModem. But those are actually more expensive than I'm willing to pay, so itty bitty 3-D printed for now it is.
  9. @bluejay Did you ever get your Apple II up and working? I've been learning to get one up and running as well.

    1. bluejay


      Oh, I was out of town for a while and totally forgot about it. I should probably get back to fixing that damn 80 columns card!

    2. deepthaw


      @bluejay If you still need help drop me a line. I just got done fixing what sounds like an identical problem on my own system.

  10. If that's not working, make sure caps lock is on. I'm just learning how to use an Apple IIe myself, and a stupid number of older programs won't accept lower-case versions of single-character responses.
  11. Have you gotten ADTPro setup? There’s diagnostic software to test your cards. Both apples, control, reset. Should show KERNEL OK if it sees no errors.
  12. If you've ever soldered, the power mod for 4-ports isn't difficult. I'm terrible at soldering and pulled it off. Every time I want to play my 5200, I just get angry at the controllers. And I don't feel like spending the money to have Best fix them up. To be honest, my 5200 is more of an accent piece in my retro-cave than something I actually play at the present. (Okay, Missile Command actually plays really well with the stock controllers, to be honest. And I think I'm alone in enjoying Pole Position. And Pac-Man's good.)
  13. Think I have the Raspberry Pi setup to host ADTPro. We'll find out when my null modem and serial <-> USB cables show up tomorrow...

  14. deepthaw

    Apple IIe

    Those are expensive... I saw a post where somebody said to user printer paper soaked in alcohol put inside a floppy sleeve. Is that for real?
  15. It's been a good week for retro pick-ups. Snagged a 27" Trinitron (KV27S42) off FB Marketplace for free. Several people have done RGB mods on this set, so there's plenty of diagrams out there to use. The retro-nook is coming together faster than expected. I prefer the older curved models over the WEGA, mainly for weight and aesthetic reasons. (I think the WEGA sets are frankly ugly.)
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