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  1. Yeah, RetroPie just works so well and supports so much. :) I have run Faux86 on my Pi3 and it worked really well. I tried it on my Pi4 and could not get it to install, let alone run, but its also not supported yet. I fully understand the problem of not having enough room. haha I also use PCem for DOS emulation on Windows. I actually like it more than DOSBox, but still use both.
  2. The Pi3 can easily handle most all classic consoles easily, I really like mine. I have looked at a lot of those Chinese "clones" over the years, but never actually picked one up. I have read and watched a lot reviews on popular models, and seriously looked into getting one many times. What ended up stopping me was my plans to drop a Pi Zero W into RetroFlag's GPi case and "make my own". I just really like RetroPie and it's configurability/compatibility with so many systems and emulators. That, and I am used to working with it. :) Still, there are a lot of them out there that get pretty decent reviews for how "cheap" they are.
  3. So it's more of a "closer to metal" solution, hence better performance. Not as close as actual hardware, but closer to emulating from within an OS, etc. If I am reading it correctly? Grrr... The more I think about it, the more I wanna play with it... lol I do really like the Pi hardware, and use it for more than emulation, but I also like to try different things and tinker. I may still circle back to it, I just have that feeling it will eat at me. haha
  4. I was looking at MiSTer not long ago actually, over the past couple weeks. That looked like a really cool project and something I would have loved to try out! Sadly, the overall price of the hardware, especially since I already have a lot sunk into my Pi's, and looking at doing a handheld using the Zero and GPi Case... How well does it work? Do you like it?
  5. I am curious what everyone uses for their "Retro Gaming". What hardware do you use? Modern, classic, emulation, controllers, other things, etc. Basically, how do you do most of your retro and classic gaming? For me, it's 99% modern hardware and emulation. Like I have said in other threads, I don't have the room or time to have a house full of classic hardware that I know I would if left to my own devices. So, I condensed and moved it almost all to emulation. On my Windows/Ryzen based PC, I use WinUAE 64 (Amiga), PCem (PC/DOS), MAME, and DOSBox for most of my classic hardware emulation. With a spattering of other software for my console or machine specific needs. I also buy up a lot of old/retro and indie/remake games on Steam to play directly. Here is what I use for a vast majority of my gaming, outside of my "modern" PC... I am a huge fan of the Raspberry Pi (as you may have gathered form other threads), I am currently running 3 of them, either with RetroPie or the latest Raspberry Pi OS. You can see the Pi 4 8G model sitting there with an Ice Tower cooler since I have it overclocked. I mainly use that for N64 and other emulation the Pi 3 can't handle all that well. Speaking of the Pi 3, that's sitting in the Sega Genesis style MegaPi case, and it's where I do most all of my 8-bit, 16-bit, and Arcade emulation. I have it setup using RetroPie of course, and it took me weeks to get it setup and looking/running just the way I wanted it. Lastly, there is an original Pi 1 B+ sitting in that NES style case next to the MegaPi, and it mainly gets used for 8-bit and earlier games, though since I got the Pi 3 setup, it has not seen much use and I am thinking of re-tasking it. You can also see the C64 Mini in there, for what it is, it's an awesome little device, as many of you probably already know. Right below that is a Sega Genesis portable from AtGames that I have had for years. It has seen a lot of use and is still working wonderfully! Finally, the controllers! For me, this is where I have the most fun! Yeah, I like to be as close to the original "feel" as possible when I play, especially when it comes to console emulation. So I managed to put together a nice collection of my favorite controller styles, all with modern USB hardware. I am lacking an N64 and Sega Genesis style controller because the SNES ones work just as well for my needs. Though I still want one of each, just becasue. haha The SNES controllers from 8BitDo (SN30pro) are awesome! Very comfortable, responsive, and all the buttons needed to handle just about all your input needs across most platforms. The NES ones are a set I got off Amazon for about $12 I think it was, and shockingly, they work and feel great. The stand alone SNES controller is what I was using before getting the 8BitDo controllers. The Atari style joystick is from Hyperkin, and is an excellent quality option, with 6 buttons, for your Atari and joystick emulation needs. My wife picked it up for me and and I love it! The Nintendo Switch controller was one I picked up for playing games on the switch with my daughter. I was using it on my PC and RetroPie for a long time. Great controller, just not "retro" enough for me. haha At last, we have the Mayflash Arcade stick taking up all my space! I love all the other controllers, but for that true classic arcade feel, you need micro-switches! So I picked it up on Amazon as well. It's a fantastic controller that's easily maintainable and up-gradable for a good price. Also, wired is a feature, not a hindrance in my humble opinion. I really dislike wireless controllers. So there you have it, that's how I handle my "retro gaming", how about you?
  6. That's a pretty cool looking classic car, has a 60's Russian vibe to it? I am not very good with identifying automobiles, save for general details, with very few exceptions. haha I was using a similar version of the "Retro Neon City" wallpaper a while back. There are a few good ones out there. I like it!
    To see shareware again ... the memories ... I love it! Thank you David for releasing this! The game is a pure joy to play, and to be honest, it makes me look forward to playing a full version on the actual hardware in the future! It also makes wish I still had my C64 for the full game, but for now, I will have to stick with emulation for that version, or load it on The C64 Maxi or Mini. This is "retro gaming" done proper!
  7. Exactly! Some of the coolest things start out as a "just for fun" project.
  8. I love seeing all these other computers that I never knew existed! The TI99/4A, my first, and still a favorite. I never owned a Zenith PC, but I did see them around. Found it funny back then that a TV/Radio company was making computers. Then again, seems like everyone was trying to break into that market at the time. Just like in the 90's when Magnavox tried the home game console market. Never even heard of Orange Logic either. Sounds like neat little system though! That thing looks cool! It has that metallic copper industrial look to it, almost like it would not look out of place in a Star Wars or Aliens film set of the era. Thanks for sharing!
  9. The YM2610 was a great chip, I always loved the "arcade" style sound, and this chip (and other similar ones) was at the heart of a lot of arcade cabinets. :) I am already a fan of Metallica and Motley Crue. I guess I forgot to mention the 80's/90's also included rock. I am just not a fan of many bands past the early 2000's. For my rock needs, I mainly turn to names like GnR, Def Leppard, AC/DC, Aerosmith, KISS, Poison, Ratt, and other such "hair metal" of the era. Though I actually like and listen to far more than I can list here. I don't go much "heavier" than Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Skid Row, Motorhead, or bands like that. TO be honest, I don't listen to much of it these days, unless I happens to be on the radio. My musical tastes definitely lightened up as I got older. :)
  10. For me, it's mainly 70's/80's music, and 80's/90's country. Though I listen to songs from a wide range of genres, with only a few exceptions. I don't care for opera, but I do like classical and instrumental. I don't like most metal or rock where the singer is either screaming or sounds like their trying to eat the microphone. Lastly, I don't care for must that feels "hateful" or "negative". I listen to music to relax, unwind, or be happy. More relevant to retro-tech, I really enjoy a lot of old video game music. There were a lot of good songs written for games, some of my favorites being from the Castlevania franchise, Blaster Master, and Mega Man franchises. I also used to love Amiga "mod" music, using old school "trackers" to see what I could come up with, and play what I found on different BBS and other boards back then. So much fun!
  11. The word "clone" just isn't used enough anymore, now we just call anything not from a mainstream manufacturer a "knockoff". lol Back then, while some "clones" were indeed of poor quality, many were not bad, and some were great, just underrated and never hit the mainstream for whatever reason. Yeah, I used my Plus/4 mainly for productive work at the time, but I did have about a dozen games for it if I recall, most on cassette of course. I actually liked the built in word processor and owned the 1551 drive. I just wish it had done better, but I fully understand why it didn't do well and it was at least much better than the C16. Though the C64 and Amiga 500 were my favorite all time computers in the Commodore lineup. :)
  12. Speaking of "odd" computers, we all remember the Commodore Plus/4. Not a popular computer, but I actually liked mine. Anyway, ran across this on Amazon, and had to laugh. This would have been the most powerful computer on the planet in 1984. I love how they had to note "NOT AN AMD Ryzen 7- the year was 1984!". haha I just had to share it. https://www.amazon.com/Commodore-Computer-Vintage-Retro-Gaming/dp/B07H4XBY4M/ Same here. Even with all their flaws, the sheer variety of different computers and styles back then was exciting! They spent a lot of money on the Adam, tried so hard to market it, and keep the price down. It just had too many flaws and didn't stack up to it competition. A real shame really, it was neat. Especially the fact it could create and EM field and damage your tapes/disks nearby. I mean, it had shielding, not sure what they did wrong, but that was huge. As was it's high failure rate.
  13. Thank you! Sometimes, half the fun is in the troubleshooting. Makes getting it working all the more rewarding. :)
  14. Excellent! Can't wait to see it. And... Just got it working! My "stock" A500 settings were not so stock after all. I dove WAY too far into this. I finally just deleted my A500 profile, ran the A500 Quickstart settings, bumped the CPU speed to 200% and drive speed to 800%, working like a charm! Sort of a "nuke" solution since I am not sure what I was overlooking, but it worked. So now I setup an "LCP" profile so I can play it with one click. I'm a happy man, with a happy LCP!
  15. Glad to know my memory is not as bad as I thought. I have 4 different ADF's now, all do the same. Of course, they may have all been imaged by the same person or method. I will get this figured out eventually. It was that very video that made me want to play it again! That and your C64 version longplay. Both great videos as always. To be honest, I don't think you have a video I haven't seen.
  16. That's a neat design with the plotter and color scheme, never seen that particular model, didn't even know it existed. I did see an MZ-800, but it was all beige, same shape, just with a tape drive. I know there were quite a few MZ variants, but never owned any. The 800 I seen was in a second-hand shop, no idea if it even worked, that was in the mid 90's sometime. It amazes me how many different "personal computers" existed, especially in the 1980's. Almost all of them incompatible with anything outside of their own line, and even within some of their own lines. It was definitely a different world, and in my opinion, a more exciting one.
  17. Glad I am not the only one. Perhaps it is just an issue with WinUAE. I have looked, yes, but not posted. Guess I will need to create an account over there as well.
  18. I do a LOT of retro emulation, having parted with most of my old hardware due to space and time constraints over the years. One of my favorite tools is WinUAE for my Amiga emulation needs, and it works wonderfully a vast majority of the time. I recently decided I wanted to play around with Little Computer People again, after seeing Perifractic's video on it actually, and I finally got around to it yesterday. I used to love that game and would let in run for hours on end as I played on my NES. Getting it up and running on WinUAE was a snap, and it runs great, save for one issue I don't remember having on the original hardware. I never played any other version except Amiga. I was curios if anyone here may remember this happening on original hardware, or having the issue running it via emulation. Basically, the colors for your character and dog change, it looks like between 3 different patterns, including all black. It also seems to be limited to the characters only, not the environment, and it happens as you play in real time. It's not different on each boot of the game, it changes as they move around on screen. Is my memory faulty? That's a very good possibility. I don't have my Amiga anymore to try it out. I took a few screenshots to make this easier. As you can see, the color pattern changes, it seems random as they move around, but I am not sure. This is how they are supposed to look... I have tried multiple different configurations from stock A500, A1200, and a LOT in between. Far too many to list here, and searching it online did not yield anything really helpful. Short of messing with memory configurations and no "Fast RAM" or expansions, that didn't help. The game plays just fine, the issue is purely graphical. I have also tried different disk images, all the same. Any ideas? Those familiar with the game and/or WinUAE? Edit: I have also noticed when my LCP plays music on the piano or record player, him and the dog flicker rapidly though the color patterns while the music plays. Odd.... Oh, and his name is "Tucker". lol Thanks!
  19. I was just too much of a Commodore "fanboy" back then. I often compared most other computers to Commodore, and in my 80's mind, most fell short. I think I expected more from Radio Shack since I was a huge fan of the company in general. My loss really. Either way, once I revisited the Color Computers, I really liked them. I didn't like the chicklet keys on the CoCo 1 or the flat keys on one of the CoCo 2 models, but I owned a CoCo 2 64K with standard keycaps and CoCo 3 128K. Loved them both. I ended up giving them to a friend and Tandy collector in 1999. I got to see a CompuColor II, at a "friend of a friends" house, it was before I owned or even liked computers, that didn't happen until 1981. The one thing I remembered the most was that keyboard! It did look so cool, so sci-fi. Especially since I was a Star Trek fan. I think that's why I liked the TI-99/4A so much, it was my first computer, and I thought it looked like it came out of a sci-fi movie. I often wonder if any of the hardware I owned is in a landfill now. If I could, I would give it all a proper home. As I got rid of my collections, they went to other collectors, but who knows.
  20. It's got a very clean look to it, never seen one of those before either, very cool! I had issues getting programs to work on the Adam as well, I remember some carts not wanting to load, but they worked in my Colecovision. Never did figure out why. The "heavy" construction from the 70's and 80's is something I actually miss at times. My first computer was a TI-99/4A, and I had a Peripheral Expansion Box with it. That thing was heavy! Almost all metal, housed it's PSU, disk drive, and expansion cards (many of them were in metal enclosures themselves). That thing weighed a ton, and oddly enough, I loved it. To this day, my modern system sits in an almost all steel case (HAF 932). I dislike plastic and thin sheet-metal cases. I think it's more due to quality and robustness than anything. I do a lot of work inside these machines, so I want them to hold up.
  21. The cigarette lighter power option would have been awesome! About 20 minutes from where I lived was a huge computer/hardware reseller. Basically, they would go in and buy up all the "old" hardware from large compaines after they do upgrades, repair and sell hardware, and buy from other liquidators to sell on their floor. They literally had pallets of computers and racks upon racks of hardware for sale. No idea if they are still there, I moved away in the early 2000's, but I would go in a buy up barebone systems, get them up and running, and sell them in my small hometown. A nice little side-business at the time. Profits I sunk into my own computers and hardware. That's also where I got my first laptop. Looking back, I really wish I had given the luggable portable computers more of a chance, there are a few I would love to have today. Hindsight is 20-20, live and learn, and all that jazz. Edit: Wow, that place I would go to buy all my used hardware from is still around, and it looks like they have expanded a lot in the past 15+ years since I moved away. Now I want to to go back and see what they have. haha https://www.epcusa.com/about-us/
  22. I actually can't recall if our Radio Shack sold surplus or not, I don't think they did, but I could be wrong. I would have found that cool. :) I never owned the MC-10, in fact, back then I really didn't care for the TRS-80 line of computers. I was talking about that in another thread, while many people called the TRS-80 Color Computers "Coco", we called them "Trash-80's". It wasn't until many years later, after they were long obsolete, that I grew to appreciate them. I really never got into the small form factor computers of the era, with the only exception being the ZX Spectrum. Or any of the pocket computers, I just didn't see the point of them at the time. I have never seen one of those before, looks neat actually. I also never had any luggables, I didn't get my first "laptop" until sometime in the mid 90's I think it was. Pretty much for the same reason I didn't care for other portables or small form computers, they could not do what I wanted and were so expensive for what little they could do. That's how younger me looked at it anyway. haha
  23. To keep the retro computing theme going, what was the oddest or non-mainstream computer you ever owned? Perhaps something that was a commercial flop, rare, or just weird. Mine has to be the Coleco Adam. I got one in late 86 i think it was, second-hand from a local shop. It didn't work but I thought I knew the issue, and I was right, the PSU had stopped working. After replacing a blown capacitor, it was up and running. I also had another one given to me many years later (late 2000's). I tore through my photos but can't find any of my Adam, sadly, I got rid of it a few years ago. Taking up way too much space and kept having to me maintained. They were VERY prone to failure. I had the dual cassette version with no expansions and never owned the disk drive, but I did have a large games library since I had so many Colecovision games at the time. I also managed to snag some of the "Super" versions of the games, basically enhanced versions of games that came on cassette with "better/more" graphics, sounds, and sometimes more content than their cartridge counterparts. I had Super Buck Rogers, Super Donkey Kong, and DK Junior. I only had the "Smart Filer" (organizer software) and "Smart Basic" programs for it, and I managed to kill the Smart Basic cassette becasue I was unaware of a huge issue the system had back then. Overall, it was a neat system with far too many flaws, many I could not just look past. Especially compared to other systems. > It could release an electrical pulse that damaged cassettes or disks that happen to be close to the system when powering it on. Yeah, it had a friggin' EMP. lol > It booted to it's built in word processor software. It wasn't bad, but I much preferred loading into BASIC. The WP software was also glitchy and required a hard power reset to get out of. > You want BASIC, you have to load it from cassette. > The cassettes were proprietary, as were the drives, to maximize space and speed. They were not compatible with off-the-shelf cassettes. The loading of software was also done automatically, no load commands. > The PSU was located IN the printer. NOT the computer itself. So there was no option back then to use the Adam without the printer. It was also prone to failure. Here is a very good video I found that sums up the Adam quite well. I did have fun messing with it, but compared to Commodore or Apple, it just didn't stand a chance. Maybe that's one reason it was a huge flop. Either way, what's your story?
  24. For a while there, I had quite a few different machines running other than my main "DOS/Windows" PC. Mainly Commodore/Amiga and Tandy machines. By that point, I was picking up "obsolete" computers I had missed out on earlier, just to play with them. I had a good job and could afford to indulge, while in the 80's, I was still in school, and those computers we so expensive. By the 90's you could pick them up second-hand for pennies on the dollar. I really liked DOS, not really sure why, even when I had Windows installed I was still spending most of my time in DOS. It was Windows 95 that started to slowly pull me out of it, that, and support for most games was slowly moving out of DOS. I would have loved to have seen Commodore survive as well. The Amiga line of computers were so far ahead of most of the other home offerings, at least in my opinion. Like I said, I loved their graphical and sound quality, and it would indeed have been cool to see large developer support for "AAA" games on the platform. If it had only survived... I was actually torn between my love for my Amiga and moving to "PC". They both had pros and cons, but like I said above, the fact I could build/upgrade my PC and trick it out to make it do what I wanted sealed the deal. I am a very hands on hardware guy. Software and coding was fun, though I am not very good at it and have not done it in years, my love was in the hardware. Some people liked fast powerful cars, I liked fast powerful computers.
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