Retro display solutions (monitors, TVs, CRTs, flatscreens, upscaling, calibration)

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  1. oculi

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    Good to know, cheers!
     
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    elvis Old school old fool

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    I heard some rumours that a few HATs aren't working on the 4, but it could all be BS. I'm waiting for more technical people to post their findings.

    At the very least, the GertVGA666 is confirmed working, which is great news.
     
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    Compatibility should be solid as the CPU is a custom job for the RPF.
     
  4. greencamel65

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    Has anyone updated their RetroTINK-2x to the latest firmware revision?

    Adds PAL60 support along with other things

    I'd like to do mine however can't justify the cost of the gear to do the upgrade.
     
  5. power

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    480p support would be nice!
     
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    I don't know what's involved with flashing it but "the gear" seems to officially be a PicKit3 and a special ICSP cable. For the casual hobbyist I'd hope you could just solder some wires or a pin header to the ICSP pads on the board, and use a Raspberry Pi or USB->I2C cable with a PC.

    Edit: https://www.pedalpc.com/blog/posts/...ller-using-a-raspberry-pi-or-orange-pi-plus-2
     
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  7. badmofo

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    It sounds great but it also sounds like those with the v3.1 PCB (like me) won't be able to take full advantage of the new firmware without some impossible hardware mod...? The firmware process update is outlined here:

    http://junkerhq.net/xrgb/index.php?title=RetroTINK2X#Firmware_Upgrade

    And yes the price of "the gear" turns me right off, oh well.
     
  8. WuZMoT

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    How many tink2X users do we have on here?

    power and I have discussed and I'd consider buying the gear and having a go at flashing mine and his.

    looks like the gear would be about $85 AUD without shipping (I'm assuming the $43 cable link is USD not AUD - maybe can be found cheaper?) the pickit3 is only $20 on ebay.

    If we have a few users willing to throw maybe... $30? at the situation (including shipping etc) we can maybe get everyone to send there's to 1 location to be flashed or take turns forwarding the kit around the country to each other to do our own.

    I'm by no means volunteering to flash other peoples unless I've done mine and am comfortable doing others. But if a third person is interested in Brisbane and the cost can be split 3 ways with no extra postage that would pretty much get it over the line for me.

    Prediction: I have a couple of drinks tonight and order everything anyway.
     
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    i will drive past your house and throw my tink at it, come back in a couple hours.
     
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    I'd be keen to have mine flashed & Brisbane based.. $30 sounds good to me (less if we get more people?). Busy the next couple of weekends however.
     
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    I attribute most of my games and hardware collection to beer.
     
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    to pick up your broken tink out of my garden? :lol:
     
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    either way it's a result.
     
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  14. WuZMoT

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    RE: Retrotink2X firmware upgrade gear
    I've received the Pickit3 already and checked it works.
    Just ordered the tag connect cable now, had a couple of bills to sort out first.

    I paid an extra 3 USD for fedex priority over economy so it will probably be here in a couple of weeks.

    Total cost ended up being about $140 (AU)

    will keep everyone posted on how it goes and then we'll work out community flashing plan for those interested.
     
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  15. WuZMoT

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    Expensive limited purpose cable, Check.

    TC.jpg
     
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    Thanks for blazing the trail :thumbup:
     
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    power and I are planning to do some work on our OG Xboxes next weekend. We happen to have 2 that are the same model/version and he also has a Retrotink2X that I intend on flashing that day assuming mine goes fine. If everything goes to plan and we have time I want to try and do a side by side comparison of identical hardware/game/scene but with 1 Tink updated and 1 on stock firmware. Both Tinks are PCB 3.1 as well so we have the opportunity to toggle between them with literally everything identical except the firmware. I'm hoping we see some merit in the new flash but it might be indistinguishable depending on the game/motion?. The other problem is the delay of the input switching will make it difficult to distinguish if it is very subtle as our eyes will adjust to a second or two of black screen between input switching. I will probably jack them both into my HDMI switcher as well to ensure the input on the TV does not change so that it's settings remain identical as well.

    We have a lot of work to do prior to that so we'll see how we go.

    I already have the software loaded for the flash since I made sure it detected the Pickit3 correctly. Flashing a Retrotink should be the most trivial part :shock:
     
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    we're breaking your shit first WuZMoT
     
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    I'm interested to see how the new firmware handles 60hz modified PAL consoles, such as a Master System.

    I actually went out and purchased an OSSC just to fix this as the original firmware on the retrotink didn't have pal60 support, meaning that when you flicked the 60hz switch you would either get a black and white image or washed out colour, and sometimes no image at all depending on the console.
     
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    yeah i pushed PAL60 from the xbox into my Tink and it didn't like it.
     

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