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Hard EverDrivin'! Flash cartridges & ODEs

ShakeWell

Slam Master
(he, etc.)
Had to mess about a little to get the Action Replay reflashing utility to work (Prof. Abrasive helped me super fast via Discord), but it's great. I had a memory card all set up already, so it's been smooth. Loving it.
 

Sarge

hardcore retro gamin'
Finally ordered an EverDrive 64 2.5. Was pretty cheap - I had $50 of store credit at SAG, and they have a $10 off coupon, so I got out under $60 shipped. Will enjoy messing around with some of the anti-aliasing codes for sure, and it'll be nice to not drag my carts out every time I get the N64 itch.
 

ShakeWell

Slam Master
(he, etc.)
Finally ordered an EverDrive 64 2.5. Was pretty cheap - I had $50 of store credit at SAG, and they have a $10 off coupon, so I got out under $60 shipped. Will enjoy messing around with some of the anti-aliasing codes for sure, and it'll be nice to not drag my carts out every time I get the N64 itch.

Mine should be here this week!
 

Sarge

hardcore retro gamin'
Sounds like we're both in for fun times. (Of course, you've got a Satiator now, so of course you're having fun! :) )
 

ShakeWell

Slam Master
(he, etc.)
True! Apparently, there's a bug with some games that use the 4MB cart? X-Men vs. Street Fighter was a bust for me (not a huge deal, since I own the official disc), but Final Fight Revenge worked fine? Anyways, the Prof is on it.
 

Sarge

hardcore retro gamin'
Huh, weird. Was X-Men vs. Street Fighter one that showed problems with other solutions? I figure he'll get it for sure, though.
 

Sarge

hardcore retro gamin'
Got my ED64 in today. Got to fiddle around with the no anti-aliasing patches, which I think overall improves things. To get real clarity, I'm sure I'd need to go the deblur route, but this certainly helps a lot of games in my opinion. Textures and objects look cleaner, especially from distance, at the cost of increasing dithering. I think in most cases, I'm willing to make that trade, especially on a CRT.

I also ran into a weird issue with Donkey Kong 64 crashing, and apparently it's something to do with the new OS, 3.05. KRIKzz added support for the 2.5 and 3.0 in that firmware, but I ended up dropping back down to 2.13 and it now works swimmingly.

I don't think this changes my opinion of the N64, but it certainly makes it easier to goof around with when I do get the urge to play it. Yanking down all my carts is a pain. Oh, and being able to back up my controller pak saves before they die is a good thing, too!
 

ShakeWell

Slam Master
(he, etc.)
Yeah, I honestly have barely messed with mine, since it came right between my Satiator and XStation, so I need to make some time to play more with it.
 

Sarge

hardcore retro gamin'
Well, that's completely understandable. Saturn + PSX > N64 any day, in my book. Talk about an embarrassment of riches, though! You have the three big fifth-gen consoles covered by high quality ODEs/flash carts. :)
 

Mr. Sensible

Pitch and Putt Duffer
I came very close to pulling the trigger on a GC Loader last weekend, but instead I reassessed the current state of my other disc-based consoles to determine which one would actually benefit the most from an ODE. Since most of my Dreamcast games currently exist as burned images on CD-RW media anyway, I decided that my DC was a better candidate for an optical drive replacement and picked up this GDEMU clone board on Aliexpress for about $40. I also ordered a 3D-printed GDEMU remote SD mount kit to fill in the empty space after removing the disc drive, as well as making it easier to insert/eject the SD card. Pretty excited to see this thing in action!
 

John

(he/him)
I just hooked up my old Wii, and am looking into hacking it to load GC games, since that looks like the easiest way to go. I haven't checked what OS version it's at, but anyone know if there are any that are unhackable?

I'm mainly looking at it for GC games, but there's a couple Wii titles I don't have anymore that my kids would like. I've got the Wii Component cables, but it looks like they add a bit of softness compared to OG Gamecube component cables. I still have those cables, but the only GC I still have is one without the digital out port. It looks like the Wii Dual mod to put in RGB/HDMI is sold out forever, so upscaling through my OSSC will be the best I'll ever get.
 

Sarge

hardcore retro gamin'
It's not so much the component cables adding the softness, it's the Wii itself, although apparently later models are better. Makes me think I should try to track one down...


(Apparently, both of mine are 01 revisions, so basically launch-era Wiis. That has advantages and disadvantages, but one of the benefits is being able to install BootMii into boot2 as brick protection.)
 
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muteKi

say "fish don't exist" to my face, motherfucker
Well the one thing about the GC output is the same thing that makes the original component cables so expensive -- that port outputs a digital signal, and the encoder chip to get the component signal is in the cable itself. The corollary is that with different encoding you can easily make an adapter cable that outputs to HDMI and that has proper HDMI output. The Wii does that conversion internally, which means that on the one hand it's very easy to get cheap component cables for it, but on the other hand means that just getting a pure digital signal means having to mess around with PCB traces.
 

Sarge

hardcore retro gamin'
Yeah, that's pretty much it. Whatever they're using for the encoder in the Wii isn't as good as the encoder in the Gamecube component cables.
 

John

(he/him)
Just checked, my Wii's version 01, so a Wii Dual kit's not an option. We originally had two, like we had two gamecubes, but apparently downsized sometime in the last decade. Will still look into homebrew options.

Gamecube component cables are going for $300 now on ebay?!? I'll still keep my cables, but that's insane. Maybe I'll get lucky and be able to find a DOL-001 model for cheap around town.
 

Mr. Sensible

Pitch and Putt Duffer
Yeah, it's completely bughouse how expensive the official GC component cables are. If you've already got a set then you may as well hold out for finding a DOL-001; the console itself should be super-cheap compared to those damn cables.
 

ShakeWell

Slam Master
(he, etc.)
If you have a GC, there are other pretty solid options, though. Stuff like the Carby or the EON GC HDMk2 are good solutions that are way cheaper than official component cables. (For my part, a viewer sent me a PAL GameCube with SCART cable, so that's what I use, along with my Framemeister.)
 
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