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General Arcade & Retro Chat' Special Championship Edition

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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,596 ✭✭✭ Jack burton



    Yeah it's a long term fatigue I'm worried about getting.

    Im back in work next week regardless and have no more time off to take so fingers crossed.



  • Registered Users Posts: 8,670 ✭✭✭ Doge


    The arcade version of Sunset Riders has been ported to Mega Drive by some clever folks and makes the official Mega Drive port look like pong!

    Great video here comparing it to the Arcade, SNES and official Mega Drive release:





  • Registered Users Posts: 5,596 ✭✭✭ Jack burton


    That looks fantastic!

    Be excited to play that when it's finished



  • Registered Users Posts: 31,741 ✭✭✭✭ o1s1n


    That looks absolutely amazing!



  • Registered Users Posts: 4,728 ✭✭✭ DaveyDave


    Covid is rampant at the moment, every other person in the office getting sick, friends of friends getting it. Hopefully everyone has a speedy recovery and looks after themselves!



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  • Moderators, Computer Games Moderators Posts: 8,469 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Andrew76


    Thankfully everyone in this house has managed to dodge it so far, just a few of the youngsters waiting on their vaccinations now. It's impressive how it manages to adapt and become more transmissable though, crap for us humans ofc. 😊



  • Registered Users Posts: 5,596 ✭✭✭ Jack burton


    Literally just back from getting pcrs for the whole family myself.


    Can't wait to get back to normal now



  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Computer Games Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 33,896 CMod ✭✭✭✭ CiDeRmAn


    We seem to be seeing most people picking it up, but I think people who are asymptomatic are in the majority, which is good news.

    As long as we see it being as transmissible as Omicron but not as lethal as Delta, we'll be okay, though there is no guarantee that this will persist with future variants, certainly one that combines the two would be devastating.

    Fingers crossed we will emerge from the worst of it all over the Spring, though I wonder how long it will be before large gatherings in pubs and clubs feel safe again



  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Computer Games Moderators Posts: 47,102 CMod ✭✭✭✭ Retr0gamer


    It will be endemic at this stage, we will probably end up getting flu and Rona shots from now on. The good news is that evolution favours more highly transmittable but less dead diseases so hopefully this is it having engineered itself to being less lethal.



  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Computer Games Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 33,896 CMod ✭✭✭✭ CiDeRmAn


    Yes, the discussion here in the Health Services is a duo shot of Cocid/Flu each year, and my sense is that anti-virals will take the lethality out of it.

    Fingers crossed Omicron is the way forward too, the only thing that can out compete it is a more transmissible variant, hopefully the mortality rates will be even lower.



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  • Registered Users Posts: 6,231 ✭✭✭ Inviere


    What solder are folks using for general repairs/work on older consoles etc? From what I see, 60/40 leaded 0.5mm multicore seems to be recommended....but can't seem to see anywhere (on mobile anyway) that sells this type...



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,764 ✭✭✭ Colonel Panic


    I use RS Pro stuff from RS electronics and they do 60/40 0.5mm as far as I remember.

    I think I’m using something a bit thicker for through hole soldering on older consoles.



  • Registered Users Posts: 6,231 ✭✭✭ Inviere


    Cheers I'll take a look at the RS Pro stuff :)



  • Registered Users Posts: 8,670 ✭✭✭ Doge


    I'm using Kester and more recently bought a wider guage of solder from Farnell, MULTICORE / LOCTITE branded. Kester is great but it's mainly sold from the US so can be tricky to buy.


    Be sure to RTFM for the solder you buy to see how you go about cleaning flux, it may not need to be cleaned at all.

    I used to think I needed to clean off the flux on my Kester solder and it always left a chalky residue when cleaned which was annoying but one day I learned it didn't need to be cleaned after asking in a Facebook group who pointed it out in the datasheet!

    Did you get yourself a desoldering station yet inviere?



  • Registered Users Posts: 6,231 ✭✭✭ Inviere


    Cheers Doge. Yep I've been buying up equipment bit by bit over the weeks. I went for those Proskit ones you mentioned a while back, a desoldering station & a soldering/hot air rework station too. I want to get all the ancillary bits right though, flux, solder, etc. I got by with low end stuff for long enough, I want to step up a bit now and improve things all round.



  • Registered Users Posts: 31,741 ✭✭✭✭ o1s1n


    Does this mean you're back in the modding game? :D

    Not that I've anything left that you haven't modded already...!



  • Registered Users Posts: 6,231 ✭✭✭ Inviere


    I probably will yep, maybe more repair/servicing based though. I won't hit the level of The Last Bandit in terms of fault finding/diagnosis etc (logic analysis and so forth), but I want to be able to move beyond simple through hole stuff and onto more complex jobs like surface mount chips/components etc. I used to get by with the most basic of basic tools like a plug in soldering iron, spring loaded solder sucker etc...it's just so off putting using basic crap that makes jobs x10 harder than they need to be.

    It'll be nice to be properly able to replace chassis caps etc with the desoldering gun, remove/replace chips and forth. There's still a few bits and pieces I need, and I want to do a few jobs of my own first (couple of Amiga's here need cap kits, DMG-01 IPS kit, C64 cap kit, etc etc.)



  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Computer Games Moderators Posts: 47,102 CMod ✭✭✭✭ Retr0gamer


    Could you microsolder a messiah ship on my PS2? 😋



  • Registered Users Posts: 6,231 ✭✭✭ Inviere


    Maybe in due course, I need to get back up to speed with small stuff like that. I had a quick look there at an installation video....it'd probably be easier to just import a Japanese PS2!



  • Registered Users Posts: 3,808 ✭✭✭ KeRbDoG


    With the FreeMCBoot, is there a need to modchip a PS2 anymore?



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  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Computer Games Moderators Posts: 47,102 CMod ✭✭✭✭ Retr0gamer




  • Registered Users Posts: 31,741 ✭✭✭✭ o1s1n




  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Computer Games Moderators Posts: 47,102 CMod ✭✭✭✭ Retr0gamer


    I've my Modded PS2 modded again with free McBoot so I'm fine :D I'll leave Inviere alone. I just know from trying to get someone to mod my PS2 back in the day that it was a pretty gruelling job.



  • Registered Users Posts: 3,808 ✭✭✭ KeRbDoG


    From watching videos of it, yea - looks a little crazy. I only used a modded PS2 last year for the first time and that was using FreeMCBoot. Before that I just used a 'test' console for my 'Tokyo Bus Guide' madness :D good times



  • Registered Users Posts: 31,741 ✭✭✭✭ o1s1n


    Are there any old consoles left that are still difficult to mod I wonder, or is everything bypassed with ease now?

    I suppose things that can't be easily modded with a proper 50/60hz switch or RGB like the PAL N64 and NES are still a bit of a pain.

    How about the Gamecube? With the Wii being so easily softmodded kind of removes the need to get a working solution for that. I think that's probably the only console I have left which is completely untouched.



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,764 ✭✭✭ Colonel Panic



    NTSC GC region mods are easy enough. Small pads though and pulling off the heat sinks is a pain.

    I think the Xeno mod chip is pretty easy to install, but the soft mod trick using save game exploits works on the GC so it’s easy to boot Windwaker, load a save and be dumped into a game loader menu.

    NES is all about tools and patience.



  • Registered Users Posts: 5,596 ✭✭✭ Jack burton


    I think I'm the only person who doesn't have a heap of modded consoles. Lots of mine are stock. Just bought NTSC models instead of modding.

    I do want to get one of my MDs fully modded with that RGB Chip I saw a while ago. Looks fantastic when it's done



  • Registered Users Posts: 3,808 ✭✭✭ KeRbDoG


    NTSC GC - the easy mod just allows US/JAP switching, you'd still need the Xeno mod (very easy to install) if you wanted a way to spin -Rs but at this stage. I'd say anyone anyone still using the GC would just pop in a GD-ROM emulator right?



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,764 ✭✭✭ Colonel Panic


    Aye, @KeRbDoG, an ODE is the way to go with the GC these days. Literally plug and play!

    I thought booting Swiss then using a burned disk would work, but maybe not!



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  • Registered Users Posts: 612 ✭✭✭ 80s Synth Pop


    Yes the GC loader ODE is great. Such simple install and no need to region mod the switch.


    Can you believe mmmonkeys console modding website is still going after all these years. It must have been 20+ years ago I modded a SNES following his guides. https://mmmonkey.co.uk/


    Ended up doing lots of console mods a few weeks ago while in covid isolation. Not sure if the toxic fumes were a good idea at the time :D

    Gamecube: GC-loader ODE. Also have the HDMI adapter too but that was just plug and play at the back. Didn't bother with the region mod as swiss boots from the ODE and bypasses it.

    SNES 1-chip: super CIC, 50/60hz switchless mod with coloured LED mod to show the region it is currently in.

    NES: RGB mod

    N64: RGB mod

    Dreamcast: genuine GDemu ODE installed, Dev bios, silent norturna fan, resetting controller pcb fuse, rechargeable Cr battery, pico psu.


    Fixed a few arcade PCBs too. 3x Naomi's with bad RAMs/Fans and a Bad Dudes. I actually find SMD stuff so much easier than through hole now and soldering is a relaxing hobby.

    @Inviere have a look as enamel coated copper wire. https://ie.rs-online.com/web/p/copper-wire/7790690 The stuff saves tons of time as there is no need to use wire stripper.



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