How to downgrade the Retron5

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Im writing this post because there might be someone out there that did the same mistake as i did. I updated the firmware on my Retron5 and crashes suddenly occurred on my favorite games that worked perfectly before.

After searching the net for reasons for this you will find that many people are having many different issues and problems after updating the firmware. The short explanation for this is that after version 2.1 Hyperkin did some huge changes to the firmware which made it worse. Apparently the Retron5 used some code for emulating the systems that weren’t allowed so they had to remove this code replacing it with new code that wasn’t that perfect, and all this started with firmware v2.2.

So the solution to the problems and crashes is simply, go back to firmware version 2.1

So how do you do this? If you did what i did and updated to the very latest firmware which where v2.5 then when i tried to “upgrade” back to v2.1 i just got an error. Luckily there is one way to fix this, and that is to make a factory reset. Restoring the Retron5 to factory settings gives you the opportunity to then update it to what ever version you want.

To do the factory reset I had to follow the instructions on Retron5s page “Retron 5 Factory Reset Instructions”: http://retron5.in/node/4

After the reset is done and you start the Retron5 you must give it a firmware update. It asks for you to insert an SD card containing a firmware update and i don’t think i was able to continue without doing a firmware update first. So i simply downloaded v2.1 from Retron5s site: http://retron5.in/?src=d9d4f495e875a2e075a1a4a6e1b9770f

Then everything was fine again and every game played perfectly. I was surprised how easy and pain free the factory reset was and the firmware update to v.2.1 was simple and fast. I hope all the links above still works if you had the same problem as i did. Good luck!

My favorite romhacks

Romhacks are great! Either a rom hack can change an entire game or just change small things. Add new features or fix broken once. Rom hacks that translates an entire game. Or hacks that creates a whole new games. There are thousands of rom hacks out there and new hacks are added frequently to romhacking.net This is a list of some of my favorite hacks for various systems.

Super Mario Unlimited (Nes)
This is my favorite romhack of the original Smb game. The problem with most Mario hacks with new levels out there is that the hackers have no idea what they are doing. Its like a 6-year old kid is playing with a level editor just mashing the buttons, the maps are horrible and dont have any idea or structure behind them. This is where Super Mario Unlimited excels, the maps are amazing! So well designed from start to finish. Just a solid fun adventure that even made me think that this was better designed than the original game, get it now! 😀 You can read my review of this hack here.

Download: RomHacking / TheIsoZone

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Super Mario 3Mix (Nes)
This is truly an amazing romhack. Its a total conversion of the original Smb3 with complete new maps and powerups etc. I can actually say that its better than the original Smb3 game *gasp* yes its that good 😀 This hack has sooo many cool and new features that i don’t even know where to start. All new levels, option to chose a character from start, battery-save! and new power-ups, and much more. And a thing i really liked is that the first World has levels from Smb1, the Second World has levels from Smb2 etc, I just loved that idea of mixing in maps from the previous Mario games to this hack. This is a must-have hack!

Download: Romhacking.net
Download: Official Site

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Streets of Rage 2: Multiple Enemies!! (Megadrive/Genesis)
This hack doubles the amount of enemies on the levels, but they have lower energy so its still balanced. The game is still as hard/easy as it has been but now with even more chaos! And it works really well, so much fun to plow through 7 enemies at once with one powerful attack 😀

Download: RomHacking /IsoZone

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Bubble Bobble – The New Quest (Nes)
This hack just adds new levels, that’s it! Bubble Bobble is an amazing game and its perfect as it is but this hack adds new levels that makes the game feel a little different. I don’t understand why they aren’t more level hacks for this game. A hack worth checking out if you want some new levels added to the cave of monsters! 🙂

http://www.romhacking.net/hacks/1598/

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Super Mario Land Graphics Hack (GameBoy)
This is just a graphics hack for the original Super Mario Land for the Game Boy, but wow this is how that game should have looked. Almost everything is changed, from the menu at the top to the backgrounds and sprites. And i just love that new cute super-deformed Mario sprite! You can read my review of this hack here, with lots of comparison images 🙂

http://www.romhacking.net/hacks/1314/

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Sonic Classic Heroes (Megadrive/Genesis)
Let me ask you a question, what are the two best Sonic games ever created? Thats right, Sonic 1 and 2! How about mashing these two together creating a massive adventure? Also add the feature to play as Sonic, Tails and Knuckles at once, switching between them on the fly! This hack also adds save-slots and lots of options. And the latest version even lets you play the characters from the Sega 32X Knuckles Chaotix! And all the characters in Sonic Classic Heroes have unique skills. One amazing hack!

https://info.sonicretro.org/Sonic_Classic_Heroes

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Balloon Assault (Nes)
Balloon Fight is one of my favorite games for the Nes but no one has created a hack for it, until now. The hacker “Quick Curly” managed to crack the code and was able to create new levels for this amazing game! Not just new levels, new graphics are added to the different levels and many other tweaks where done. Defiantly worth downloading if you are a fan of Balloon Fight 🙂

Download: RomHacking / IsoZone

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Super Mario All Stars NES (Nes)
Just like the idea of having a “All-stars” collection of all the Mario games released on the Nes in one file. Smb 1-3 plus the Japanese version of Smb2 aka “Lost Levels” is included. And apparently there is a save feature added too, very cool!

Download: RomHacking


Super Mario Bros. 2 Christmas Edition (Nes)
A very neat Christmas/winter theme hack for Super Mario Bros 2! So many things have been changed to give the game a Christmas touch. Just fun to explore the levels and see all the changes that has been made 🙂

Download: RomHacking

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Board Fight (Nes)
Board Fight is without a doubt the best hack out there for Balloon Fight! The hack started as a collaborative hack from the boards at Romhacking.net (hence the name of the hack) where users could contribute to the hack with there own level designs. Quick Curly did an amazing job with this hack implementing all the submitted maps with different sprites, not only does this hack feature new levels it also surpasses the original game with a total of 16 levels instead of the original that only had 12. And the best thing about this hack is that Quick Curly managed to remove those annoying bonus levels that I think really interrupting the normal flow of game-play. This hack is really fun and challenging, so find a friend and try to complete all 16 levels if you can! 🙂

Download: Romhacking.net / TheIsoZone

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Mario Adventure (Nes)

This is more than just a hack, this is a completely new Mario game for the Nes! This hack is considered to be the best ever made for the Nes! New levels, music, graphics, powerups and a new system on how you navigate around and finish levels. So many new stuff have been added that its impossible to cover them all here! One notable change is the added weather effects that change when you enter a new level or an old level you already have played. I still think – and i know many agree with me – that Super Mario 3Mix (that i mentioned above in this post) is a bit better than Mario adventure. But you really need to play them both! Get this now!

Download: Romhacking.net

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Super Pixel Bros & Super Atario Bros (Nes)
These two hacks are just visual upgrades, or maybe i should say downgrades for the original Super Mario Brothers 🙂 The graphics has been simplified, and now look as an very old console and its just beautiful and super cute!

Download Super Pixel Bros: Romhacking
Download Super Atario Bros: Zophar

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Excitebike 7 maps (Famicom Disc System)

Excitebike was one of the first games I played on the Nintendo as a kid, and i loved it! The game was fun, fast and addictive. And we spent hours building our own tracks with the level editor. I even built a fansite for Excitebike, thats how much i loved it 😀 But one thing that I always missed where a 2 player mode.Thanks to emulation we can now play the enhanced version called Vs. Excitebike that later was released for the Japanese FDS comsole, and this version had a 2 player mode!  But there was only 3 tracks to play in this mode. But now thanks to the rom hacker BZK you can now compete with a friend in 7 maps instead of 3!

Download Excitebike 7 maps: Romhacking

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: The Manhattan Project – Weapon Select (Nes)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: The Manhattan Project is in my opinion the best Turtles game for the Nes. Its essentially TMNT The Arcade game but with better graphics, ai, levels and every turtle got a personal special move! The special moves is vastly different depending on what turtles you choose. They are all fun but the only way to change the special move is to wait until all your lives are gone and then you can change your character. Until now! This very cool hack makes it possible to change weapons and that also changes the special move and you can do this on the fly by just pressing the select button toggling through all the characters. Very cool!

Download the hack here: Romhacking

Retropie, Tips & Tricks

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Jag skrev en guide pÄ hur man pÄ det absolut lÀttaste sÀttet installerar Retropie pÄ din Raspberry Pi 2 hÀr: https://subretro.wordpress.com/2015/03/08/retropie-den-lattaste-installationen/ Och i detta inlÀgget tÀnkte jag gÄ in pÄ lite mer avancerade tekniker och tips för att fixa till sÄ Retropie funkar som du vill.

AnvÀnd FTP för att snabbt kopiera över roms
Det gÄr att kopiera över roms med endast en USB minne som jag beskrev i min förra guide. Men för att fÄ en bÀttre kontroll och överblick över alla roms sÄ Àr det smidigast att logga in pÄ din Raspberry Pi via Ftp. Detta gÄr endast om ni har kopplat er Rp med en nÀtverkskabel och har ett Ftp program installerat pÄ er dator som Àr ansluten till samma nÀtverk. Jag anvÀnder programmet Filezilla.

Först mĂ„ste vi ta reda pĂ„ Ip adressen till din Rp. Om du har ett tangentbord inkopplat skall det bara vara att trycka pĂ„ F4 för att fĂ„ fram terminalen. Men det funkar Ă€ven bra endast med en Xbox 360 gamepad genom att trycka pĂ„ Start nĂ€r du Ă€r i Emulationstation och vĂ€ljer Quit > Quit Emulationstation vilket kommer ta er till termnialen. DĂ€r kommer det dyka upp ett par rader med röd text. Leta upp raden som sĂ€ger “IP Adress” och skriv ner den.

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Starta nu om sÄ ni Àr inne i Emulationstation igen. Starta din Ftp klient och skriv in följande:

Host: 192.168.x.x
Protocol: vĂ€lj “SFTP – SSH File Transfer Protocol”
Logon Type: vĂ€lj “normal”
User: pi
Password: raspberry

Sen skall det bara gÄ in i RetroPi/roms mappen och kopiera över roms till rÀtt kataloger. Obs kopierar ni över roms till en emulator och den inte dyker upp sÄ kan de vara i fel format, se till att de har rÀtt filÀndelse. Ett vanligt fel Àr att de Àr i .zip format vilket oftast inte funkar

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Göm oönskade emulatorer frÄn huvudmenyn:
NĂ€r Retropie har startat sĂ„ fĂ„r man se den vĂ€ldigt snygga Gui:n som kallas Emulationstation. Första gĂ„ngen man installerat Retropie innan man har lagt in nĂ„gra roms sĂ„ finns det nĂ„gra system som redan ligger dĂ€r, bland annat IBM, Macintosh osv.. inga system som ni kommer spela pĂ„? DĂ„ gömmer vi dom! GĂ„ in via Ftp och gĂ„ in i Roms mappen. Vill ni gömma “macintosh” frĂ„n menyn, gĂ„ dĂ„ in i roms/macintosh och radera den filen som ligger dĂ€r. Det funkar helt enkelt sĂ„ att om en Roms mapp Ă€r tom sĂ„ syns den inte. eller tvĂ€rt om lĂ€gger ni in roms i en mapp som Ă€r tom sĂ„ kommer den dyka upp i Emulationstation.

Bios-filer för olika system:
Vissa konsoler krÀver bios filer (man kan sÀga att detta Àr sjÀlva operativsystemet för en konsol) dessa gÄr att ladda ner pÄ diverse sidor pÄ nÀtet, tex isozone. Men det luriga Àr vart man skall placera dom. Som tur Àr finns det en lista hÀr som visar vart alla bios filer skall ligga: https://github.com/petrockblog/RetroPie-Setup/wiki/BIOS-setup-for-RetroPie
De flesta gÄr att lÀgga i Bios mappen som ligger bredvid Roms mappen om ni ftp:ar in pÄ er Raspberry Pi. Men den svÄraste Àr Gameboy Advance sÄ jag tÀnkte beskriva det nu.

Gameboy Advance Bios guide:
Ftp:a in i Retropie och se till att direkt hoppa tillbaka sÄ mÄnga kataloger ni kan sÄ ni kan se mappen opt. GÄ sedan till opt/ retropie/ emulators/gpsp och kopiera över filen gba_bios.bin som mÄste ha en storlek som Àr pÄ exakt 16 384 bytes . Sen Àr det klart!

Snabbknappar och Options meny i emulatorerna:
Om ni vill ha mer kontroll över en emulator, typ att ni vill Àndra om storleken pÄ skÀrmen. StÀnga av filter. Eller byta save-state slots osv sÄ finns det ett sÀtt som funkar i de mesta emulatorerna. DÄ jag bara anvÀnt en Xbox 360 gamepad med Retropie sÄ utgÄrvi ifrÄn den nu. HÀr Àr följande snabbkommandon som jag hittat för att komma Ät menyn och navigera runt:

Options menu: Select + Y
Accept: B
Cancel/Back: A
Exit Options menu: Select + Y
tryck INTE pÄ Y igen nÀr ni Àr inne i menyn för dÄ kommer det fram en Search ruta och ni Àr fast och mÄste starta om systemet.

Det finns Àven snabbknappar för att lÀtt göra en Savestate
SAVE state: Select + Right Button
LOAD state: Select + Left Button
Exit to Emulationstation: Select + Start

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Fullscreen. Större bild och Aspect ratio mm
Det Ă€r svĂ„rt att fĂ„ till en exakt fullscreen bild av emulatorn men det finns lite instĂ€llningar att testa. NĂ€r ett spel Ă€r startat hĂ„ll inne Select + Y pĂ„ Xbox kontrollern för att komma till instĂ€llningarna. GĂ„ till Settings > Video Settings – Aspect > Aspect Ratio Index och tryck höger och vĂ€nster och testa alla de olika lĂ€gerna. Testa Ă€ven att Ă€ndra instĂ€llningarna pĂ„ din tv, vissa har aspect ratio instĂ€llningar dĂ€r och Ă€ven “zoom” lĂ€gen.

En annan sak du kan testa Àr att Àndra upplösningen för emulatorn. Precis nÀr du startar ett spel frÄn Emulationstation sÄ kommer terminalen fram. I ca 3 sekunder sÄ stÄr det en text som förklarar om du trycker X pÄ tangentbordet (ja du mÄste ha ett tangentbord inkopplat för detta) sÄ kommer du till en meny dÀr du kan Àndra mellan en massa olika video instÀllningar för emulatorn. Kanske kan finnas nÄgon instÀllning dÀr som passar din tv bÀttre.

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Analog plus Digital kontroll pÄ Xbox 360 kontrollern
DĂ„ de flesta kanske föredrar att spela sina retrospel med det digitala styrkorset sĂ„ kanske det finns vissa som Ă€ndĂ„ föredrar den analoga spaken. Xbox 360 gamepaden Ă€r ju Ă€ndĂ„ kĂ€nd för att ha en vĂ€ldigt dĂ„lig d-pad. Med hjĂ€lp av en vĂ€ldigt lĂ€tt instĂ€llning sĂ„ kan man aktivera den analoga spaken PLUS att den digitala funkar samtidigt, detta borde vart aktiverat frĂ„n början tycker jag. SĂ„hĂ€r gör du iaf: NĂ€r ett spel Ă€r startat hĂ„ll inne Select + Y pĂ„ Xbox kontrollern för att komma till instĂ€llningarna. GĂ„ till Settings > Joypad Mapping > User 1 Analog to digital. Ändra frĂ„n “None” till “Left Analog” Thats it!

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Retropie, den lĂ€ttaste installationen!

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Att installera Retropie pÄ en Raspberry Pi 2 var inte sÄ svÄrt som jag trodde. TvÀrtom, det var otroligt lÀtt! Jag var rÀdd dÄ jag inte har nÄgra kunskaper om linux alls, och har aldrig haft en Raspberry Pi. Jag förvÀntade mig att behöva trixa en massa med skumma kommandon i en terminal men nej, det var inget meck alls. Jag behvöde inte ens koppla in tangentbord och mus!

Jag köpte en Raspberry Pi 2, till detta behövs en HDMI kabel och en micro-usb-till-usb-sladd för att fÄ ström. Jag anvÀnde ett MicroSD kort pÄ 2gig (Retropie Àr ca 1,8gb sÄ jag rekommenderar ett större kort dÄ det knappt fÄr plats nÄgra roms pÄ ett 2gb kort) och en Xbox 360 kontroller med usb sladd.. thats it!

Kortfattat sÄ slÀnger man bara över Retropie pÄ sd kortet, det startar direkt. Men det saknas en massa emulatorer? Vart Àr Nes, Megadrive, n64 osv? Oroa dig inte, dom finns dÀr i bakgruden. Dom Àr bara osyndliga för att du inte har nÄgra roms. Allt du behöver Àr ett usb-minne med lite roms sÄ Àr allt klart sen. Super lÀtt. Följ instrktionerna hÀr: [OBS Denna guiden Àr skriven Mars 2015 och jag har anvÀnt Retropie 2.6]

1. Ladda ner senaste Retropie
2. Koppla in ditt MicroSD till din pc (med valfri usb adapter) och kör igÄng programmet Win32DiskImage och skriv över Retropie imagefilen till SD kortet.
3. Koppla in MicroSD kortet i din Retropie och starta Retropie
4. Koppla in din Xbox 360 kontroller nÀr Retropie Àr igÄng (eller emulationstation som frontenden heter)
5. NÀr emulationstation/retropie Àr igÄng sÀtt dÄ i ett tomt USB minne, vÀnta i ca 60 sekunder. Retropie skapar en mapp pÄ usb minnet. (rekommenderar ett usb minne med en ledlampa pÄ som blinkar nÀr nÄogot skrivs till eller frÄn den, sÄ vet du nÀr det Àr klart)
6. Ta ut Usb minnet och koppla sedan in det i datorn. Du kommer se en mapp som heter ROMS pÄ USB minnet
7. Kopiera in valfria roms i katalogerna som du ser i ROMS katalogen. nÀr du Àr klar ta ut USB minnet frÄn datorn
8. koppla in USB minnet i Rasperry enheten igen, vÀnta en stund.. kan ta lÄng tid om du har lagt in mÄnga roms.
9. Starta om retropie och nu har det plötsligt dykt upp fler emulatorer, och alla roms ligger nu dÀr!

Thats it! För mer avancerade tips och tricks, kolla in mitt andra Retropie inlÀgg hÀr.

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Kan Ă€ven meddela att Xbox 360 kontroller, bĂ„de med trĂ„d och trĂ„dlösa funkar direkt utan att behöva göra nĂ„gra instĂ€llningar. Bara att koppla in receivern och starta kontrollerna 🙂

How to play Guardian Heroes with an Emulator

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I love Guardian Heroes! Actually the only reason I got my Sega Saturn was to play Guardian Heroes! So i have the real game on a real Saturn. But I still would like to play it on my computer, take screenshots, record some gameplay with a capture program or do some fun animated gifs. Turns out that many people are having problems when it comes to playing Guardian Heroes on an emulator. And yes I had these problems too, but after some research and testing I got it running perfectly!

This is what you need:
– The SSF Emulator.
– Slysoft Virtual Clonedrive
– CloneCD
– Guardian Heroes

So the two common problems are:
1. The black screen that freezes the game after the intro movie.
2. Game works fine but the the audio or music is crippled and sounds very strange.

There are two good Sega Saturn emulators.
The first is Yabause, very nice gui! Looks great and have a clean and good options panel to customize your gamepad etc. just love it! It has an option to open an Image file, great! and it seems to be compatible with all different image formats. But after some testing I cant get the sound to work right in Guardian Heroes.. so i had to give up and move on to the next emulator. (btw I was testing 0.9.12 of yabause)

The second emulator i tested was SSF. An Saturn emulator that has very good compability! But the Gui sucks and is very bad coded compared to Yabause. The site and readme is in Japanese. But this is the emulator you will use to get Guardian Heroes to work!
It is said that “Version 007 beta R3” of SSF has better support for Guardian Heroes than the latest version; “SSF 012 beta R3” but I actually got the game running on both versions.

SSF can only start games from a Cd-Rom unit. So if you own the original game you can pop in the Cd and to “Option” and choose your drive from “Cd drive” but if you want to play the game from an image file you have to use some sort of mounting tool. Im using Slysofts Virtual Clone drive. When you have this installed you need to create an image file of Guardian Heroes. This is where the problems started. What image format should i use, Bin/Cue, Img etc? I can say that the program ImgBurn by Lightning Uk wont work! I tried and created both a Bin and a Img file.. i got the black screen problem. No good. Then I noticed that the mounting program Virtual Clone drive have support for the .ccd format! Thats CloneCd, problably the best image creating tool around!

So i created a CloneCd image in .ccd of my Guardian Heroes Cd (clone cd will create two files, a big img file and a ccd file. you need to mount the ccd file to get audio) and mounted that with Virtual Clonedrive and bam! its working with SSF! Perfect sound and music and no black screen!

Here are some settings and things to check if you have any problems:

-In the Options section of SSF be sure to set the Cd Drive to your Virtual Clone drive path, it should be called ELBY CLONEDRIVE.

– Be sure to se the right region of the game. So if you are using a PAL version of Guardian Heroes set it to Europe..

– I got the game running without a Sega Saturn Bios.. but some say it works better if you set a bios on the Options of SSF. So try this if you still are having problems! (you need to download a Saturn bios somewhere)

– SSF 012 beta R3 crashes on startup in Windows 7. To fix this. Rightclick on the SSF.exe and choose properties and go to the Compability tab and choose compability mode Windows Xp Service pack 3.