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  1. Interesting. I think a recap will be the best first step to diagnosing this. Or else you could be chasing your tail. I'll be following!
  2. Is that just with the SD cart? or all carts? I know our SD cart retains its memory if you don't power it off long enough and it can boot in an undefined state.
  3. No problem, and one more thing comes to mind with the SD cart issue. We have a large zenner on our board across the 5v rail as a last line of defence to your motherboard if your FET fails. If you fet does fail, or the regulator circuit lets peaks of 5.7v or greater into the system, our LCD kit will shunt that current to protect the LCD, Mike and Suzy. As caps age, they can't sustain high peak currents so when the SD cart is accessing the SD card, this uses quite a bit more current than normal operation which would causes the buck converter to work harder, without healthy caps when the load is removed the voltage can spike, triggering our protection. This would likely brownout both our LCD and the CPU in the lynx... I guess we'll know more when you finish up the refurb
  4. Unfortunately that is a dead pixel in the LCD. Both the factory and ourselves test these screens before they ship and I guess they can slip past both of us. We'll get a new panel off to you. Let us know how you go with the re-cap and if that fixes the Flash cart issue or if you want to swap out the LCD PCB too
  5. Hey everyone, just to address the variants in the lynx2 chipsets There are basically two variants, the first using the same bios/init code as the lynx1 (It doesn't set the vblank interval timer so it never generates a vblank and the screen will roll until the game sets the vblank. This results in the splash screen on most games rolling until the game starts and its stable. These systems are identified by the motherboard version C104129-001 and we have a firmware specific for these systems. This is noted on our product page and a unique product page for these systems in on our site if you have this motherboard revision) The second uses the traditional Lynx2 chipset so this is not an issue. Different chipsets will not affect the way a game is loaded, or cart compatiblity or anything like that. It is purely the lack of a vblank signal to the LCD. Why is this problem on an aftermarket LCD and not the original? The FPGA in our kits takes a finite time to boot, a few uS, where the original LCD is ready to go at power up. It counts the lines and will re-sync its self. Ours cannot, and for these systems we use the CPU's vblank signal for synchronisation. I'm sure it has been repeated on this forum but it really is VERY important to recap and replace the regulator components in your Lynx. They are a timebomb and as they age, the 5v line can drop or sag or can introduce ripple which will cause all kinds of issues regardless of the cart or screen used. If the fet or driving circuit fails, your Mike&|Suzy is dead. If adding a 100nf cap (c7) can restore system operation I would definitely suggest you service you console. You're welcome to send the kit back - free return shipping - and we'll repair or replace it when stock is available. If using a SD cart is enough to brown-out your CPU, You really should consider refurbishing your console.
  6. If you select all, and drag them over to the SD, the file you select to drag will be the first file that is copied, then the rest below it, then looping back around from the start until that file.. if that makes sense?
  7. I've been away since mid last week helping family move interstate. I'm back and working on filling orders sitting on my bench. I'll be heading away again on the 23rd. You're welcome to get in touch through email, discord etc if you're concerned about your order. Discord is our primary social channel and we post updates on shipments/pre-orders/delays there.
  8. The ribbons are for the Revision 5 PCB design, as Igor says, they're only for the new PCB design with the flex ribbon connector on board. The reason we have these as an optional extra is our previous order of flex ribbons from PCBWAY arrived with about half of them laser cut off center, resulting them being useless. We listed half the kits without ribbons, half with ribbons until we got hold of them to check for defects. These all turned out OK so we added the other half of the ribbons to the store for those that didn't manage to order one with the ribbon. The ribbons are in the store for those that ordered the soldered version of the Rev5, to convert it to solderless. If your PCB is NOT purple, they won't work on your PCB.
  9. With the older design discontinued, I don't think we'll release a ribbon for it. We can release gerbers if you wanted to get a flex ribbon made up at oshpark (I think they do one off's? Our factory has a large MOQ). Could be trickly installing it with the ribbon hard soldered to the pcb first
  10. I can log in again! Thanks Igor, In regards to the black or green resin shells, as many of you may know these were a quick fix to get these out as fast as possible while we battled with our Injection molding machines and molds. It appears the resin warped on some shells in the week(s) long journey to you and has caused a problem or two. Good news is we've got the new molds perfected and compatible with Lynx 1&2. We'll pop them up in the store, free of charge. We just need a way to get them to you. When Auspost resumes international letter mail, we can ship them out at our expense. Or if you have an existing order open in our store, shoot us an email and we'll add one in before we ship. Thanks for supporting our Flash cart and apologies if you were disappointed in the resin print shell quality. We're keen on making this right. Oh and regards to non LNX files, the firmware update I'm working on 'kind of' supports these. All genuine rom dumps of the correct size will be guessed as to their block sizes which so far seems reliable. Homebrew of a non standard ROM size (Say, 18kbytes) its *assumed* to be a 512kbyte ROM. This seems to satisfy most roms made with CC65. Without a header there's no way to be certain of the block size so if you can, add a header to your roms. Good to hear EEPROM support is working as planned!
  11. I'm not McWill so this info is just what has been reported in the gameboy discord. McWill buffers at 59hz and draws at 60hz for LCD and VGA video. This results in image tearing in moving images. Hope this answers your question Ben
  12. Jason picked up a prototype yesterday and has uploaded a quick video if you want to see it in action and what is involved.
  13. I'll be aiming for $50 for the NGPC kit, almost no work to install. A ribbon cable to insert, no shell cutting to fit the LCD in or anything, no soldering. Maybe a 3d spacer to get it all aligned or some hot glue if that's more your style. The image is slightly smaller than original, pretty similar to the existing backlight mod for it. JellyBelly customs said he'll be doing a custom lcd protector for it so it looks like its supposed to be in there.
  14. Yes, The doubled scan lines are drawn at the beginning of the following scan line. This means whatever the Lynx writes to the LCD will be accurately rendered on the LCD. The frame rate is locked to the Lynx's frame rate and technically should support up to 140frames per second though i don't know of any games which make use of this. It'll certainly need beta testing to reveal any bugs which aren't apparent with my limited game selection.
  15. The LCD used is the lq035nc111. I believe this is similar if not the same to what the competition uses and you can find them from about $3 to $10 ea on Aliexpress or Ebay. I ordered 10 of the cheaper $4 screens and 4 of them arrived with a dead pixel in one place or another. So keep that in mind. These LCD's have a built in self test where if you hold Vblank and Hblank active they'll strobe through R/G/B/W/black so you can easily spot a bad panel. Scaling is linear 2x in both Horizontal and Vertical so no distortion. I put a vote up on my FB if the kit should be solderless (Just a ribbon to insert in the Lynx2) and the response was keep it soldered to make use of the extra functions the Backlight button can provide, like varying the backlight intensity and scanlines. This is also required for the Lynx 1 anyway.
  16. Hi lordkraken, My lynx lcd kit will be usd$50, or $40 if you want to buy your own LCD. I should have the proto finished in a week and shipped off to atarigamer for testing the various videos modes. If all goes well I'll have a production run in store in around 6weeks. The first production batch of my GBC kits will arrive in 3 days and are $70. This will drop to $50 in future batches. The other systems will be priced very similarly.
  17. Hi! I'm new around here but would like to take a minute to say hello! I have quite a few new LCD kits coming out in the following weeks including the Lynx, GameGear, GBC, GBA, SP, NeoGeoPC, DMG, pocket and nomad. Happy to answer any questions you may have. Hopefully I can contribute something to this modding scene at a competitive price. Nice to meet you all! Ben
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