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Offline Zerker

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Re: Adaptors
« Reply #45 on: 28/Apr/2012 12:24:33 PM »
Let me pre-order and give you more money :D

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Re: Adaptors
« Reply #46 on: 01/May/2012 02:19:22 PM »
Little update re: the three adapters I've currently got in the pipeline (SMS, N64, GBx). Everything will be delayed a bit -- more Q3 or Q4 than Q2/2012, I'm afraid. On the other hand, the N64 one is VERY likely to get controller ports. The GBx will come with cartridge auto-detection (in earlier versions, you'd have to hit a reset button to trigger re-detection).

Does this mean the Retrode 2 will be able to handle N64 Controllers from the Adapter?

Great process!!

I really want to backup my saves, and replace the battery and game on. :)
Lots of SNES and Gameboy and N64 games to save here.

And of course play my games with this device on my HDTV with the original controllers and cartridge is amazing!

I did read that the Gameboy can't re write the save files back to the cartridge at this moment?
Or is that already fixed?

Thanks for your time!
« Last Edit: 01/May/2012 04:56:07 PM by Adr990 »

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Re: Adaptors
« Reply #47 on: 01/May/2012 07:29:24 PM »
Does this mean the Retrode 2 will be able to handle N64 Controllers from the Adapter?
[...]
I really want to backup my saves, and replace the battery and game on. :)
Lots of SNES and Gameboy and N64 games to save here.
[...]
I did read that the Gameboy can't re write the save files back to the cartridge at this moment?
Or is that already fixed?
In the same order:

My current plan is to build the N64 adapter in a similar way to the Codemasters J-Carts, with two extra controller ports on board. Since I'm still waiting for the shipment of a controller, I haven't had the opportunity for some serious development yet.

Yep, at the moment GB can only read but not write saves (SRAM only; don't know if there are any other types). It's not a "fix" that's missing but something that I need to sit down on, and implement. Hope to have it done in time for the next production run (the more features are on the factory firmware, the more folks can happily use their Retrode without additional updates).

N64 saves of any kind are currently not supported. If at all technically possible, they will take a long time to get right.
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Re: Adaptors
« Reply #48 on: 01/May/2012 07:49:48 PM »
Good thing to hear about the Gameboy save backup coming along. :)

As for the N64, I suppose as those are newer they will hold on for a longer while, so no hurry there then. haha

Thanks for your reply, and thanks for Retrode!

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« Reply #49 on: 01/May/2012 09:58:56 PM »
N64 and GBA mostly use nonvolatile saves (flash, EEPROM), so data retention shouldn't be that much of an issue there anyway.
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« Reply #50 on: 02/May/2012 01:23:14 AM »
Hmm yea I just thought of that too actually, but you said it way before me posting now.

So that's no big deal indeed, on the N64 it's just a handful I believe, and those you can probably transfer to the Memory pak.

As for the GBA, I think there are more battery cartridges on the GBA. But even so, not much.

Now hopefully the Retrode will be in my hands very soon, really excited for it.
Also for the fact that I can play games on my flatscreen without having this blurred picture ofcourse. :)

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Re: Adaptors
« Reply #51 on: 03/May/2012 04:21:07 AM »
I wonder how many people would be interested in Atari Jaguar adapter. I don't own any Jaguar or Master System games yet, but I might consider buying the adapters and looking for used games for those systems.
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« Reply #52 on: 03/May/2012 03:24:23 PM »
I wonder how many people would be interested in Atari Jaguar adapter.

I was actually looking into building a Jaguar adapter and have searched for it multiple times but cannot find the pinout.  If someone has it and can post it that would be helpful for someone.

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Re: Adaptors
« Reply #53 on: 03/May/2012 04:12:15 PM »
I wonder how many people would be interested in Atari Jaguar adapter. I don't own any Jaguar or Master System games yet, but I might consider buying the adapters and looking for used games for those systems.

I'll take one too! :)
« Last Edit: 03/May/2012 04:14:01 PM by Matthias_H »
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« Reply #54 on: 03/May/2012 05:43:45 PM »
I was actually looking into building a Jaguar adapter and have searched for it multiple times but cannot find the pinout.  If someone has it and can post it that would be helpful for someone.

I managed to find this:

http://justclaws.atari.org/devcats/dox/cartridge.htm#CART

Hope it helps.
« Last Edit: 03/May/2012 05:46:23 PM by Ness and Sonic »
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Re: Adaptors
« Reply #55 on: 03/May/2012 05:48:49 PM »
I wonder how many people would be interested in Atari Jaguar adapter.
I was actually looking into building a Jaguar adapter and have searched for it multiple times but cannot find the pinout.  If someone has it and can post it that would be helpful for someone.

I was going to have a look into this when I got the Atari Lynx adapter working (not quite there yet), now I don't have to :)

I found this when I was looking for Jaguar cartridge info ...Doh, few seconds late on that one (Ness and Sonic posted a link to the same docs while I was typing this).

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« Reply #56 on: 03/May/2012 06:46:37 PM »
Thanks to both of you for the info!

I was going to have a look into this when I got the Atari Lynx adapter working (not quite there yet), now I don't have to :)

If I can make it. I'll look into it, but can't promise anything.

EDIT: I just saw that the Jaguar has 31 data lies, which the SNES or Genesis doesn't have half of that.  I'm not an electronics expert, but I have a feeling that would be a problem.
« Last Edit: 03/May/2012 06:59:27 PM by MasterOfPuppets »

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Re: Adaptors
« Reply #57 on: 03/May/2012 08:03:00 PM »
It's all about the pin count. If the total number of lines needed is more than, say, 40, things get VERY messy.
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Re: Adaptors
« Reply #58 on: 03/May/2012 09:47:43 PM »
I don't have a Jaguar, but I would consider getting one if there were a Retrode plugin ;)

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Re: Adaptors
« Reply #59 on: 25/May/2012 02:25:39 PM »
Just had my retrode2 arrive yesterday and worked as expected.
Looking forward to the public release of the upcoming adapters (mostly n64)