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Help with Retron 77, Stella, Cartridges

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Short answer: Forget the cartridge port, it is only a marketing gimmick.

 

Long answer: The cartridge port cannot handle all types of carts. Carts with ROMs which are <= 4K or ROMs with 8K or 16K and using Atari's standard bankswitching should work (but even here there are exceptions). All carts containing different ROMs will not work. People have created compatibility lists, search the forums to find them.

 

But all the ROMs will work from SD card.

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5 hours ago, Thomas Jentzsch said:

Short answer: Forget the cartridge port, it is only a marketing gimmick.

 

Long answer: The cartridge port cannot handle all types of carts. Carts with ROMs which are <= 4K or ROMs with 8K or 16K and using Atari's standard bankswitching should work (but even here there are exceptions). All carts containing different ROMs will not work. People have created compatibility lists, search the forums to find them.

 

But all the ROMs will work from SD card.

Thank you for the info but maybe I was not clear. I was able to play carts before using Stella. I bought Circus Convoy and want to play it in HD on my Retron 77 but do not have the rom for the game How do I get cartridges working again?

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18 minutes ago, goldengalaxiesgaming said:

Thank you for the info but maybe I was not clear. I was able to play carts before using Stella.

Circus Convoy? Definitely not on R77! 

 

The cart only works on the original consoles.

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26 minutes ago, Thomas Jentzsch said:

Circus Convoy? Definitely not on R77! 

 

The cart only works on the original consoles.

I played Circus Convoy on my original console and really like it. Wasn't sure if it would work on the Retron 77. Most of my original carts worked on my Retron 77 but Pitfall would not play. Why wouldn't Circus Convoy play on the Retron? And is there a way to once again play the carts that did work?

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I already explained above with CC does not work at cart on R77.  If your other carts once worked on R77 then try cleaning them if your want to go through that hassle instead of using Stella directly. 

 

 

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I was thinking about pirchasing a retron 77, I do not have any 2600 system right now (but I did as a kid growing up, pre Apple 2). 
 

Is there some kind of cartridge to rom hardware/software that can be used to make a rom file for any of the homebrew that don’t offer a rom download instead of physical cartridge?

 

I really don’t want the clutter of physical cartridges, but still want to support the few remaining developers on the 2600 with a purchase. 

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This hardware is called a ROM dumper (actually the same thing that exists very rudimentarily in the R77). But it still doesn't work for all games, especially ARM enhanced games cannot be easily dumped.

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On 4/13/2021 at 11:54 AM, Thomas Jentzsch said:

Circus Convoy? Definitely not on R77! 

 

The cart only works on the original consoles.

 

Really? Wow. I'd like to support them with a purchase, but to only work on an original console seems extremely limiting. I get that they don't want pirating, but they are also preventing purchasing if that's the case.

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This is not their fault, but solely the fault of the R77. The cart slot is a fake. Actually it is a only a very rudimentary dumper, which is used to read the plugged in carts to be then played in Stella. And this dumper supports only very few types of carts.

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As Thomas said, it has nothing to do with piracy protection and Audacity Games is not actively preventing the cart from working in non original console.
The fact is simply that a modern replacement for an Atari 2600 is not available so far, so the original is the only option, if you want to play actual cartriges.
You can buy a digital copy (rom) together with the cart, and you can play that on the Retron 77.

 

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