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What a brilliant idea.
 

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Like a screen saver, MiSTer Super Attract Mode comes on when your MiSTer is idle. Then SAM will launch a random game from your library every few minutes. If you like a game that's currently playing, just pick up your controller and push a button, press a key, or move the mouse. SAM will wait until your MiSTer goes idle again. Then the gaming tour begins again!


Seems like a great way to happen upon previously unseen games if you have full ROM sets on your card.

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On 23/04/2021 at 17:50, Fallows said:

X-Men vs. Street Fighter, Vampire Savior, Super Gem Fighter, and Slam Masters 2 make for this week's CPS-II offering.

 

Update_all didn't pull down the Rom for X-Men vs. Street Fighter. Anyone else get this?

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35 minutes ago, Kevvy Metal said:

 

Update_all didn't pull down the Rom for X-Men vs. Street Fighter. Anyone else get this?

 

Worked fine for me. Speed Rumbler is gone, though.

 

If you need the ROM for a manual install let me know.

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Same.

MSH vs. SF, also. :)

 

Cyberbots is fantastic, as well. Almost CPS-III some of these animations. I'm guessing the mechs are built out of multiple sprites? 

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Guys, there’s a guy who lives about 30 minutes away from me who sells the following set up for £330.

 

128GB microSD

128MB SDRAM Module for complete compatibility (checked with CPS1.5)

I/O Board V6.1 (Megadrive/Snac Compatible) fully built with 40mm Quiet Brushless Fan

7 Port USB Board with Power Splitter

CPU Heatsink Installed

Built and updated in a stylish case

Fully configured and ready to run

Simple to update, just run the update_all script installed and system will stay up to date on all cores/features.

 

Is that a good price or is it cheaper to build my own? 

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7 minutes ago, Count Buffalos said:

It’s cheaper to build your own by about £30 I’d have said. I think it’s a decent price.

Cool, cheers mate.

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10 hours ago, Swainy said:

Guys, there’s a guy who lives about 30 minutes away from me who sells the following set up for £330.

 

128GB microSD

128MB SDRAM Module for complete compatibility (checked with CPS1.5)

I/O Board V6.1 (Megadrive/Snac Compatible) fully built with 40mm Quiet Brushless Fan

7 Port USB Board with Power Splitter

CPU Heatsink Installed

Built and updated in a stylish case

Fully configured and ready to run

Simple to update, just run the update_all script installed and system will stay up to date on all cores/features.

 

Is that a good price or is it cheaper to build my own? 


Whereabouts is he based? Got a link? Considering getting into Mister a little down the line, when finances allow. 

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10 hours ago, Swainy said:

Guys, there’s a guy who lives about 30 minutes away from me who sells the following set up for £330.

 

128GB microSD

128MB SDRAM Module for complete compatibility (checked with CPS1.5)

I/O Board V6.1 (Megadrive/Snac Compatible) fully built with 40mm Quiet Brushless Fan

7 Port USB Board with Power Splitter

CPU Heatsink Installed

Built and updated in a stylish case

Fully configured and ready to run

Simple to update, just run the update_all script installed and system will stay up to date on all cores/features.

 

Is that a good price or is it cheaper to build my own? 


I think I found his listing. If it's the one with the red and black case, I'd probably want to replace it with something of higher quality than a 3D print. I'd rather save myself the money and have full control over what was going into my system. Assembling it all is quite fun, too.

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54 minutes ago, DeciderVT said:


I think I found his listing. If it's the one with the red and black case, I'd probably want to replace it with something of higher quality than a 3D print. I'd rather save myself the money and have full control over what was going into my system. Assembling it all is quite fun, too.

Yeah that’s the one.

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1 hour ago, DeciderVT said:

 Assembling it all is quite fun, too.

 
I want to build another almost for this reason alone. I took the opportunity to teach my little boy about computer parts at the same time.

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So I'm trying my MiSTer out on the TV after using it exclusively on a monitor. However, I'm getting an annoying judder / flicker every second or so with the CPS cores. The console cores are all fine, it's just a problem with the arcade stuff. I've tried adjusting the vsync options in the .ini but nothing has made a difference. Can anyone help? It definitely looks like some sort of display issue, everything works perfectly on my monitor. 

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@Count BuffalosPresumably you're going into a HDMI panel? What resolution have you set in the ini? For a while I was using 1440p until I saw a judder on various cores, as soon as I noticed it I couldn't unsee it so switched back to 1080p and now using those 5x options. In my case I don't think my panel likes the 1440p settings the MiSTer throws out. Maybe you're seeing a similar issue. Also, are you doing a cold reboot after setting the options in the ini?

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Yeah, 4K LCD panel. 1080p output, integer scaling. I’ll try a cold reboot, I’ve just been using the reboot option in the .ini. It’s definitely more of a judder and it’s just the arcade cores.

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19 hours ago, Jazz Glands said:

Loving the support people are providing each other in this thread :) 

 

That's half the fun. As is updating on a weekly basis and watching it do its thing.

Honestly, the tinkering required is minimal.

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Sort of, I think it's an issue with the TV. The first time I play an arcade core it plays fine. If I then choose another arcade core to play, that's when I get the judder every second or so. If I go back to the TV home menu and select the HDMI channel again then the newly selected core will play fine. It's all a bit weird and I can't quite work it out. 

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My Samsung has done that for years with any console. Super annoying. It seems to have issues syncing until I turn things off and back on again.

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In that description, is the 'CAVE sprite engine' an FPGA representation of a piece of hardware that handles sprites in the arcade boards? We're always reminded that FPGA isn't like emulation because it is a hardware representation that mirrors original hardware, but if someone is rewriting an engine to allow more bandwidth is that still true?

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It’s still emulation in the sense that its reproducing the original hardware, but at a logic gate level, instead of in code.
 

It can be effectively 1:1 “emulation”, but it can also be someone writing their interpretation of a chip that handles sprites. I’m guessing this is the case here for some custom Cave chip. 

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Does anyone have ideas for feet for the MiSTer? I bought an acrylic case (as I got bored waiting for the aluminium cases to come into stock) and the bottom screws are still poking out and wrecking havoc on my ikea storage unit shelving.

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