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Offline zcal

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[SOLVED] Trouble dumping Star Fox 64
« on: 19/Jan/2019 07:48:02 PM »
I'm using the Retrode 2 with the N64 plugin and have been unable to get a good dump of my Star Fox 64 cart.  Whenever I try, the ROM file weighs 12 MB, is always named "Stararararararararar.N.z64", and yields an MD5 checksum of 78a8d7b5a19953345426166fa3c9c53a.  I've tested the ROM with the Mupen64Plus core on RetroArch and it just crashes RetroArch with a segmentation fault.  I have been able to get a good dump of all of my other N64, SNES, Genesis, and Game Boy Color carts that I've tried (validated against No-Intro's checksums).

Is Star Fox 64 not compatible with the Retrode 2?

Curiously, one other thing I've noticed is that my RETRODE.CFG file reports a firmware version of .25a-beta.  According to retrode.org, the latest version of the firmware is 0.19-beta.  Where is this from-the-future version number coming from, and could it be related to my Star Fox 64 issue?
« Last Edit: 03/Feb/2019 03:13:06 PM by zcal »

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Re: Trouble dumping Star Fox 64
« Reply #1 on: 20/Jan/2019 02:24:17 AM »
Star Fox 64 is definitely compatible - I dumped it with mine. This sounds like it's probably an issue with the cartridge itself, especially since you have other good dumps. Have you tried cleaning all of the contacts on your cartridge?

As for the firmware version: the site is out of date. You can find more info on the various subsequent firmware versions in the sticky threads in the General Discussion forum.

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Re: Trouble dumping Star Fox 64
« Reply #2 on: 22/Jan/2019 04:29:05 PM »
I haven't tried cleaning the contacts beyond the old blow on it trick (yes, I realize this isn't preferred).  The cart does work fine in my N64, and the contacts look clean on visual inspection.  I can try cleaning them for real if you think it still might make a difference.

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Re: Trouble dumping Star Fox 64
« Reply #3 on: 25/Jan/2019 01:03:23 AM »
Using a cotton swap with isopropyl alcohol is the only way to get bad carts to read, IME. If even one pin is dirty, you'll get a bad dump.

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Re: Trouble dumping Star Fox 64
« Reply #4 on: 03/Feb/2019 03:11:05 PM »
Finally figured this out.  I neglected to switch the Retrode's voltage from 5V to 3.3V.   :P

Interesting that some N64 carts appear to be tolerant of the higher voltage.  I got good dumps (No-Intro verified) out of 6 other games before Start Fox tripped me up.

EDIT: grammar
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