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General Discussion / Re: Birthday!! Join the party and win
« on: 30/Nov/2012 01:20:11 PM »
Just received my N64 Plug-in prize! Thank you very much.

Surprised that it is not the most recent version with the controller ports, but it is still appreciated.

Thanks again

Controllers are strange beasts: the proof is in how they feel.

So many I have bought in the past feel bad. They makes the efforts of Nintendo, SEGA, etc, seem inconsequential when it does in fact require great skill, research, development and planning. I've been disappointed with far too many third-party controllers, and that was one of the reasons I bought a Retrode - to use the original, best controllers.

I guess what I am saying is: I'd have to try one of these before I even thought about buying.

General Discussion / Re: Retrode Utility for Mac OS X
« on: 09/Oct/2012 04:42:15 PM »
Excellent, and way better than my approach of a command line app.

Also, I'm really interested to see the next version of OpenEmu. Looking good.

General Discussion / Re: Retrode on Acer Revo RL70
« on: 28/Aug/2012 05:34:00 PM »
CPU wise, it is of course limited. Anything more complex than PS1 emulation (PS2, Saturn, GC, Wii etc) is out of the question. That is fine as I don't want to run anything more recent than PS1 and N64.

I was surprised that it can do Amiga A1200 emulation without any problems.

When configuring everything, it helps if you keep the output resolution as close to the native resolution of the emulated system as possible - so there are less pixels to shift around - and let your TV do the upscaling.

As well as my Retrode, I have also connected separate USB adapters for PSX and N64 controllers. So I've got proper controllers for all my favourite platforms.

I'll keep this thread updated with my experiences.


General Discussion / Retrode on Acer Revo RL70
« on: 28/Aug/2012 03:04:33 PM »
I was hoping that the Raspberry Pi would be powerful enough to run the game emulators I was interested in, but that looks to not be the case. So I set about looking for an alternative system: I found the Acer Revo RL70 nettop PC.

It has 4GB RAM, 6xUSB, WLAN, LAN, HDMI, VGA, SPDIF, memory card reader, headphone & mic sockets. Wireless keyboard and mouse, too.
It runs an AMD dual core E-450 processor, at 1.65GHz, with AMD Radeon HD 6320 graphics.

And it can be mounted on the back of a TV  8)

I have it setup using Windows XP and a bunch of emulators under the Maximus Arcade frontend. MAME, MD, SNES, Amiga.
I also have OpenElec installed for XBMC as a media player.

Similar to this video:

Works a treat with my Retrode. :)

I'm happy to answer questions if anybody wants to do the same thing.


@JonY all your external links are badly formed. Please check them

General Discussion / Re: How to: upgrading firmware on Mac OS X
« on: 07/Jul/2012 11:26:32 AM »
I don't use homebrew, but thanks. Good to see there's an alternative.

Personally I prefer to simply copy an app, rather than install a package manager and then install a package from the command line.

General Discussion / Re: Feature suggestions
« on: 26/May/2012 09:28:21 AM »
As crazy as this sounds I don't use any other type of controller with my Retrode.

Maybe it's time to buy a SNES or MD controller.

Well I spent £0.69 after not being able to find anything similar.

Perhaps I could have programmed one, but that would have taken far more of my time than £0.69 is worth.

Time is money. I'm happy to buy this and support the developer.

General Discussion / Nice little joystick tester for Mac OS X
« on: 24/May/2012 07:08:25 PM »

Mac App Store $0.99/£0.69

Works well with the Retrode in my testing.


pushing up diagonal left and fire on my one-button SUZO joystick

General Discussion / Re: Feature suggestions
« on: 24/May/2012 02:55:24 PM »
Thanks for adding my feature suggestion of HID selection using a connected controller. It's as useful as I had hoped!

I have a couple of related thoughts:

1. Could something like the following ASCII art be added in the CFG by default?
So you always know where to go to see which direction you need to hold to make the setting change you desire.

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;              0: Off
;   1: 4Joy+M    |
;            \
; 2: 2Joy --     +     [START] Store setting
;            /
;       3: KB    |
;              4: iCade

2. When using a one-button Atari joystick the startup HID mode setting is ALWAYS stored (even though there is no START button on such a joystick). This behaviour is fine by me, but it might work better if the single button on such a controller could be used to optionally store the setting as can be done using a controller with a START button?

General Discussion / Re: How to: upgrading firmware on OS X
« on: 24/May/2012 02:42:03 PM »
I've just updated

It now includes a shell script for easy updating.

Steps for flashing Retrode are now greatly simplified.
libusb installer will still need to be installed.

1. Unzip and your new retrode firmware to the same directory.

2. Terminal
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$ cd /your/unzip/path/here/
$ ./

3. Follow the prompts...

For those interested, the script contents is at:

Thoughts appreciated as to whether I should update the first post with this new, easier method.


Support / Re: SNES Controller issues? Update to firmware v0.17g
« on: 03/May/2012 12:07:55 PM »
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sudo dfu-programmer at90usb646 eraseerases the firmware, not the settings file

General Discussion / Re: How to: upgrading firmware on OS X
« on: 19/Mar/2012 05:18:49 PM »
You're welcome

Good point, I never realised.

I type pico and get nano (2.0.6)

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