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San Francisco Rush 2049 was great fun. I too played the demo (stunt mode, mainly) to death before getting the full game a long time later. I think it was one of the last games I got for the DC.

 

But the thing that always bothered me about the stunt mode was that it was too random whether I'd land upright or not. Sure, I could be careful and slow down my car's rotation in order to be certain of bringing it in for a gentle landing. But eventually, all of the score records came from times when I'd kept the car rotating/spinning/flipping at full speed, and just got lucky with it landing successfully. So I ended up setting records that would be impossible to match intentionaly.

 

Fortunately the stunt mode wasn't the only fun thing about the game: the races were good too!

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What’s the easiest solution for connecting to a TV which supports 720p as a minimum? I tried a pound cable but got ‘resolution not supported’, so obviously 480p is no good. It doesn’t have any legacy connections, only hdmi. I don’t need the best picture quality, as long as it looks half decent, doesn’t require much fiddling around and doesn’t break the bank.

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Dunno if it helps but I have a 24" Dell monitor that I use for all my retro stuff. Packed to the gills with DVI, VGA, composite and even a HDMI port on the back but it won't run anything past 720.  The TV is a bit borked as it won't always recognise stuff plugged into the HDMI slot so I ended up buying a chap HDMI to DVI converter. The digital signal is identical so there's no data loss or difference beyond having to use an extra 3.5 lead for audio.

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17 hours ago, Nathan Wind said:

What’s the easiest solution for connecting to a TV which supports 720p as a minimum? I tried a pound cable but got ‘resolution not supported’, so obviously 480p is no good. It doesn’t have any legacy connections, only hdmi. I don’t need the best picture quality, as long as it looks half decent, doesn’t require much fiddling around and doesn’t break the bank.

 

13 hours ago, Ninja Doctor said:

Ossc I think or a retrotink? Don’t know much about those though. 

 

lol

 

I know this sounds daft, but have you checked the pound cable is really plugged in to the back of the DC? Mine's really stiff and I have to push quite hard for it to click into place , or I get a no signal error too.

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Yeah, I tried it on a different telly and it’s working. The main TV for it typically just seems to be one of those few which isn’t happy accepting a 480p signal.

 

Edit - it’s a ‘resolution not supported’ message rather than ‘no signal’, so the telly is acknowledging it.

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37 minutes ago, Nathan Wind said:

Yeah, I tried it on a different telly and it’s working. The main TV for it typically just seems to be one of those few which isn’t happy accepting a 480p signal.

 

Edit - it’s a ‘resolution not supported’ message rather than ‘no signal’, so the telly is acknowledging it.


What about if you try different HDMI ports or set a port up to PC mode? Some TVs have funny quirks like that.

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In celebration of RE3 coming out, I've decided to pick up two of my all time favorite games for the Dreamcast. Now I only need to hunt down a copy of RE2 for the Dreamcast and I'll have all three, sadly Dreamcast titles are pretty hard to find in my country.

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I got into it with someone on FB, who claimed that retrobit don't make wireless pads, and I must have been thinking of 8-bitdo

 

you know, despite it saying WIRELESS on the fucking tweet

 

when I pointed this out, they deleted their post.

 

'sake...

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On 12/04/2020 at 05:31, Down by Law said:

 

 

This is brilliant news because the 2.4 ghz dongles they use work with their other pads. So you could plug in the Dreamcast connector and Sync their Saturn pad to it and vice versa. 

Looks good but I wish retro-bit had gotten rid of the angular handles as that (and the d-pad) was by far the worst thing about the original pad. The new retro fighters pad looks good as well, although that one isn’t wireless 

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Hoping for some help.

 

I have no idea why but I've always had trouble with the Dreamcasts controller ports, I think I've been through 4 or 5 Dreamcasts due to them blowing, anyway, as consoles are expensive now but I also don't have the skill to replace whatever resistor/capacitor needs doing, I've bought a replacement set of ports off of ebay, made sure its the correct number of pins for the fan etc etc. 

 

It all arrived today.

 

Opened up the Dreamcast, took out the PCU so I could take out the board for the controller ports and put the new one in, put it all back together, powered it on with a controller plugged in, no telltale beep from the VMU (as the battery in it hasn't been replaced in god knows how long), no lights on my Joytech 4mb Memory card. Tried two other controllers, with and without VMU/Memory Cards plugged in and I still can't progress from the input date screen. In fact the arrows on the date input screen don't even flash

 

Opened it all back up again (unplugged it, obviously), checked I'd pushed the ribbon in firmly enough at both ends (I know these can usually be the problem from when I repaired a PS3 my kids had shoved a Blockbuster card in), plugged it in without the lid on and the LED on the board lit up like a Christmas tree so theres definitely something going into it, but still no response from any of my controllers

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3 minutes ago, Ninja Doctor said:

@Jei ?

 

thats an odd one. The Dreamcast is normally pretty easy to take apart and reassemble. Are you sure the board was good in the first place? 

 

The new one? No idea, its not an official part (the old board has SEGA branding on it, this new one doesn't), this isn't the first time I've switched these out, but previously it was on consoles other people had said had died (stopped reading discs/stopped powering on) that I've then butchered.

 

This is the item on ebay

 

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/254464471765

 

It says its used and their feedback rating is high, though they don't specialise in console parts...

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Normally it’s caused by plugging/unplugging the controllers while the machine is turned on. Whilst I’ve repaired quite a few I honestly haven’t experienced it myself but I religiously don’t unplug controllers when a machine turned on after damaging an import ps2 on launch by doing so......very expensive lesson.

 

I have spare controller ports if you need any that are tested, or can repair yours if you have a bulk.

 

Out of curiosity do you unplug / plug in while turned on?

 

For reference here’s the fix - http://www.mmmonkey.co.uk/dreamcast-controller-port-fix-fuse-f1-replacement/

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7 minutes ago, Jei said:

Normally it’s caused by plugging/unplugging the controllers while the machine is turned on. Whilst I’ve repaired quite a few I honestly haven’t experienced it myself but I religiously don’t unplug controllers when a machine turned on after damaging an import ps2 on launch by doing so......very expensive lesson.

 

I have spare controller ports if you need any that are tested, or can repair yours if you have a bulk.

 

Out of curiosity do you unplug / plug in while turned on?

 

For reference here’s the fix - http://www.mmmonkey.co.uk/dreamcast-controller-port-fix-fuse-f1-replacement/

 

I don't but I do have a Joytech 4mb memory card that requires you to cycle through pages whilst the console is turned on, always suspected thats the cause but @SeanR says hes never had a problem with his, likewise a friend at school had the same memory cards and never had any issues...

 

I've read about the fix, but I never got on with soldering at school so have never tried it.

 

PM'd you about the ports

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59 minutes ago, Ninja Doctor said:

The battery dying shouldn’t have killed the Dreamcast, just made it annoyingly ask you to set the date and time every time (which you don’t have to do). 

 

only time you had to worry about the clock was playing MSR.

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battery had definitely gone as always had to reset them. Remembered now I was getting a black screen - coming on, disc would turn, but no picture. Sure I read on here something had gone which would need soldering (and bar installing a mod chip years ago I wouldn’t trust myself now!)

 

while im here, I’ve never heard that about taking controllers in and out while the machine was switched off - always pulled controllers in and out worryingly!

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