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General Discussion / Re: PC Engine/Turbografx plug in?
« Last post by Dadicus-Primus on 16/Jan/2019 04:35:25 PM »
Here are pics of the Plugin PCB in an aftermarket SNES shell:

Hello, long time retrode owner but new forum member here. Searched quite a bit to figure out how to back up hu cards and made my way to this thread. I was wondering if I could purchase one of the turbografx 16 plugins/adapters? I am very interested in backing up my very own hu card roms. Thanks!
Hi, I was wondering what has occurred with the NES adapter project since Dec 2016 :)
Support / Re: Certain Games not working
« Last post by MasterOfPuppets on 07/Jan/2019 02:10:58 AM »
I just tried Kingdom Hearts and it also came up as a 0kb file. I forced it to 32MB and the checksum matched DAT-o-MATIC. So you could use that as a workaround until someone can hopefully fix it.
Support / Re: Certain Games not working
« Last post by ssokolow on 07/Jan/2019 01:29:23 AM »
The first thing I do in a situation like this is to soak cotton swabs in the purest alcohol I have and clean the contacts on the cartridge until the swab comes away clean.

It should say something like denatured alcohol, isopropyl alcohol, or rubbing alcohol and the ingredients should not contain anything beyond some form of alcohol, aqua (water), and a bittering/denaturing agent like denatonium benzoate. (Be wary of "rubbing compound", which will often list stuff you don't want, like camphor, in the ingredients.)

If you're having trouble finding any of those at your local pharmacy or dollar store or equivalent, and you're of age to buy liquor, you can also use the stuff intended for adding alcohol content to mixed drinks, which is known variously as "rectified spirit", "neutral spirit" or "grain alcohol". In that case, try to find the stuff that's around 95% alcohol by volume (190 proof. Alcohol purer than this will actually pull moisture from the air to reach that balance).

I'm told there are also automotive products which are just denatured alcohol, but I can't remember which ones they are.

Whatever alcohol you use, I'd never settle for anything less than 70% alcohol / 30% water by volume and the higher the concentration the better.

Next, check dat-o-matic. It'll tell you the size and MD5/SHA1/etc. hashes for a good dump, so you can tell whether it's a problem with your dump or a problem with your emulator.

For all of them, you can try looking up the correct size on dat-o-matic and then setting the "force system" and "force size" options in case it's the Retrode's detection routines that are messing up.

I just recently suggested that to someone who was having problems with an unlicensed Genesis cart and that solved the problem.

For Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories, there are two things that come to mind:

1. GBA ROM headers don't specify the ROM size, so the Retrode has to guess. It could be you need to set the "force size" option to whatever dat-o-matic tells you, then truncate the file to get rid of garbage bytes at the end if it's between two sizes the Retrode will dump and you had to round up.

2. There are a lot of counterfeit GBA carts out there and they don't generally play nicely with the Retrode. If you've got a tri-wing screwdriver, the easiest way to identify them is usually to open them up and discover a battery in something that dat-o-matic doesn't list as using battery-backed SRAM. (And, in such a case, the game might be gone. Counterfeit GBA carts often store the game itself in the same battery-backed SRAM as the save data in order to cut costs.)

Here's a thread (with photos) on how to identify fake GBA carts. (Note that, though there's no corresponding photo, one reply points out that some fakes say AGB-004 on the back, which is a charger, not AGB-002, which is a GBA cartridge shell.)

I have no specific experience with SMS games, so I can't offer anything beyond the general advice for Zaxxon 3D.

P.S. To complete the set, here are my links for identifying fake GB/GBC, and fake SNES cartridges. (Sorry that some of the pics on the latter one are gone. The explanations of what they were showing should still be helpful though.)
Glad I could help. :)
Support / Certain Games not working
« Last post by speedyjohnny on 07/Jan/2019 12:46:07 AM »
Hello all,

I've backed up nearly my entire catalogue of games. Three of my games however are not working:

Centurion, Defender of Rome (Sega Genesis)

Zaxxon 3D (Sega Master System)

Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memory (Game Boy Advance)

I seem to be getting a good ROM file with Centurion, but it is not loading in my Fusion emulator.

For Zaxxon 3D I am not getting a proper ROM file. I know it can't be due to the fact that it is a 3D game because my other 3D games (Space Harrier 3D and Missile Defence 3D) work just fine.

And for Kingdom Hearts, I get a ROM file that is 0kb in size.

Any suggestions? Thank you.
General Discussion / Re: Compatible Game Listing for GBX/N64/SMS
« Last post by speedyjohnny on 04/Jan/2019 08:04:02 AM »
I've seen some of you mention forcing a game to be a particular size. I'm testing Kingdom Hearts for the Game Boy Advance and it is showing as only 0 bytes, and obviously does not work. Any suggestions?  I don't know how to change a file size... or if that's even possible.
General Discussion / Re: SEGA SMS/GG Firmware (FW v0.24)
« Last post by speedyjohnny on 04/Jan/2019 06:58:15 AM »
I probably sound like a newbie, but I just finished installing the latest Retrode 2 firmware, and it has not solved the problem I'm having with getting Zaxxon 3D from the Sega Master System to load the ROM file. All I get is NoName.ngp

But I see you have a firmware update specifically for the Master System plugin. Can anyone explain to me or send me the link of how to install it?

Thank you.
Support / Re: Retrode 2 not recognising N64 plugin
« Last post by Secadary on 03/Jan/2019 04:08:16 AM »
I have no words to thank you.
General Discussion / Re: DIY SMS/Game Gear Plug-in?
« Last post by Secadary on 03/Jan/2019 04:07:27 AM »
You have been very helpful
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