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General Category => General Discussion => Topic started by: Wannado on 08/Apr/2017 08:17:38 PM

Title: Things I'm currently working on (stalled as of 2017-05-14)
Post by: Wannado on 08/Apr/2017 08:17:38 PM
Dear Retrode community,

in this post, I'd like to tell you about my recent activities and my plans regarding the Retrode firmware.


justin89's patch

You may have heard about the patch that justin89 submitted long time ago. I want to finally try and merge it into the firmware, step by step. To simplify that, I've split the patch up by the features it contains:

The small features 1 and 2 will be included (in a modified form) in the next release I'll publish. Superseded by skaman's work (http://forum.retrode.org/index.php/topic,361.msg2436.html#msg2436). See also "Plans" below.


Config file optimization

At the moment, I'm optimizing the config file. This is motivated by justin89's patch (which includes new config options) and other things.

To save buffer space, I've removed most of the help comments from the config file. As a replacement, I want to add a separate help file with more detailled descriptions (compressed, read-only). However, the current draft is still rather large even in compressed form. Apart from that, I've reduced the size of the parsing and printing code significantly.


Still issues saving to Phantasy Star IV and Shining Force from Kega Fusion

After the release of v0.21-beta (http://forum.retrode.org/index.php/topic,337.msg2392.html#msg2392), gliitch had reported that saving in above Mega Drive games still doesn't fully work for him (using Kega Fusion). The issues are the same as with v0.20-beta (http://forum.retrode.org/index.php/topic,337.msg2333.html#msg2333). Despite gliitch's assistance, I haven't been able to find the cause of the problems yet. See also below.


Plans

These are the things I'll try and do in the near future when possible (see reply #7 below), approximately in that order:
Title: Re: Things I'm currently working on
Post by: Sylver on 08/Apr/2017 08:53:47 PM
Nice plans ! Thanks for your work !
Title: Re: Things I'm currently working on
Post by: MasterOfPuppets on 09/Apr/2017 03:59:24 PM
Always great to see update to the Retrode. Thanks for all your hard work!
Title: Re: Things I'm currently working on
Post by: skaman on 09/Apr/2017 05:47:35 PM
I hope the SNES fixes allow my SA-1 adapter to work properly with Retrode.
Title: Re: Things I'm currently working on
Post by: Nori on 05/May/2017 08:04:47 AM
Wannado you are still the hero.
Title: Re: Things I'm currently working on
Post by: skaman on 06/May/2017 01:31:54 AM
SNES Enhanced code coming.  I've added support for most of the Enhanced chip carts and fixed some other issues.  More details once the code is posted to the code repository.
Title: Re: Things I'm currently working on
Post by: Nori on 06/May/2017 10:49:08 PM
Where can one find that? When you do post it I'd love to read it.
Title: Re: Things I'm currently working on
Post by: Wannado on 14/May/2017 12:29:47 PM
Hi, this is Wannado again.

The bad news

My plans have once again been defeated by reality. I've been incapable of working on the firmware code for the past two weeks and have no idea when I will be able to resume my work on this project. I didn't even finish the config file optimization so far. :(

The good news

In the meantime, two other people have started/resumed work on the code. One of them is skaman, who has made quick progress expanding SNES game support (see his post (http://forum.retrode.org/index.php/topic,361.msg2436.html#msg2436) for details). Great job, skaman! :)

skaman's fixes regarding HiROM/LoROM SRAM bank switching (for Brain Lord, The 7th Saga, ...) will probably render features 1 and 2 from justin89's patch obsolete. Features 3 and 4 (see my OP) are still worth merging.