What Retro Console Activity did you get up to today

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    Daft_Munt

    Daft_Munt Member

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    Yeah but DC in raid 5 is stupid/doesnt work. :confused: <sarcasm/>


    I have one, but cannot test FW, my other doesnt.
     
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    This image took 8 hours of my life to generate.

    Who can guess what it is?

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    a test pattern, but what kind of test pattern....
    SBS 3D patterns ??
     
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    I have a fair idea but I'll leave the guessing up to others
     
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    I have absolutely zero idea... Pool testing kit?
     
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    I laughed, because it kinda does. :lol:

    I'm using a colorimeter to measure differences between NTSC and PAL Nintendo Famicom/NES outputs.

    From here, comparing RGB palettes on MiSTer.

    More gory details to come later on how I did it.

    And a huge thanks to you for the Everdrive cart loan. Couldn't have even started this without it.
     
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    It took ages to find a Gold Series Manhole example that didn't have problems in the LCD glass. This one was a bit of a gamble because the failed reflector could be hiding LCD issues. I took a chance, bought it, and things turned out just fine. :) Manhole was later re-released as part of the New Widescreen series with new updated graphics, a bigger screen, and blue casing. Same gameplay mechanics though.

    The oval-shaped staining is indicative of a failed reflector film that sits behind the LCD glass.
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    Failed reflector (top) compared to new replacement (below).
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    Et voilĂ ! A fairly quick and straight-forward job (for once).
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    Adi, how many of those G&W have you got? Very cool
     
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    About 45, I think, maybe a few more. About 60 G&W games were released all up, but the problem is that from here onwards, the prices of the ones I don't have get really crazy. $800-$1k for Panorama Mickey Mouse, $1700 for Mario The Juggler - that ballpark. :tongue: I'm at the stage where it's a matter of wheeling and dealing to snap up boxed examples at excellent prices and fund the purchase with my unboxed one. I'm also keeping an eagle eye for those rare occasions such as op-shop finds or "mum is selling the kids' old toys".

    Edit: should also add that I exclude any example with LCD bleeding or "shadowing" (dark spots between the sprites), and almost every example in the Silver Series (Ball, Vermin, Judge, Flagman, Fire) has those problems. So, even if I was prepared to pay the crazy prices, it's extremely hard to find acceptable examples.
     
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    ummm. I'll dig out my Fire and test it.
    such a simple game.
    two buttons, three positions you can place your guys, hours of entertainment :)
    but man can it get hard quick on game B :o

    edit - i played the hell out of this game. love it.
     
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    Is it the first edition Fire, part of the Silver series, or the later re-issue in the New Widescreen series? The latter was much more common in Australia -- it has a blue fascia, bigger screen, updated graphics. :) It doesn't suffer the same bleed and shadowing problems to the extent that the Silver series model experiences.
     
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    its an original silver :)
     
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    are you clicking through to each one ?

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    hopefully elvis will explain these more to us
     
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    Good feedback. I'll make the links a bit bigger.

    I'm not good at the GUI stuff. :lol:

    I could honestly crap on about this for days. Is there a specific thing you wanted to know?

    The more questions asked here, the more I can add to the FAQ to hopefully make it more obvious what the hell I'm doing. All feedback appreciated!
     
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    my gameboy color doesn't work anymore. I think it might be the batteries left in and now the substances left by the batteries has a effect on it working.
     
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    The "substance left behind" is corrosive, and is slowly destroying all the metal it comes in contact with. Try your best to clean it up without damaging the Gameboy itself.

    AA batteries use an alkaline paste as their electrolyte, which is what does the damage. You can neutralise this with a light acid (household vinegar is ok), but you still need to clean up afterwards as the vinegar itself is also mildly corrosive (far less so than the battery paste), and will do damage if left on metal for days/weeks.

    I'd recommend a purpose-made PCB cleaning spray like this one: https://www.jaycar.com.au/electronic-circuit-board-cleaner-spray-can/p/NA1008

    Or 98%+ isopropyl alcohol. It helps to scrub with a nylon brush (you can buy these purpose-made for electronics, or a toothbrush works well too). Make sure when scrubbing any chunks of the paste, you don't push them inside the unit.

    I would open up the Gameboy and check the internals as well. If that paste has leaked through to the Gameboy PCB, you need to clean it off there as soon as possible.
     
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    Doing as elvis suggested might even get it to work again if it has a bit of corrosion bridging some traces/contacts on the PCB.
     

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