GoldenEye Invert aim finally fixed!

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Multiplayer deathmatch in GoldenEye 007 for the N64 was just amazing! Screencheating, Slappers only, Golden Gun, Oddjob, Proximity mines, so much fun so fond memories! Oh and if you are a big fan of the game and have not yet watched the amazing parody clip made by College Humor called GoldenEye Stand-Off then go watch it right now!

We still have GoldenEye gaming nights now and then where me and my friends gather to play som multiplayer matches. But a problem that has occurred after many years of Fps playing on consoles is that some people has gotten used to either using Inverted Aim or Non-Inverted Aim when controlling the character. We never thought about this back in 1997 but now when we want to play this is a big problem! Why? Let me explain,

When playing GoldenEye in Solo mode you can switch Inverted Aim on and off when you are playing the game, just bring up the options menu that are located in Bonds very elegant wrist watch and change this. But in multiplayer this option does not exist! All four players have the same settings that you set when playing Solo mode. So if you have Invert ON in Solo mode, then all four players in multiplayer has Invert ON also.

This problem has bothered me for many years and I have constantly been looking for a solution for this problem. If you are using an Emulator you can fix this by just changing the look up and down in the key configuration for each player. But this is not possible on a real N64. There are some amazing N64 flash cartridges out there, so i figured that all we needed to have a fix for this problem was to have some amazing hacker to fix a romhack for this.

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So i got in contact with SubDrag who is the owner of the former fan site GoldenEye Vault. And guess what, he is also a programmer and romhacker 🙂 After talking to SubDrag he managed to fix this Invert fix rom in just an hour and released the hacks on the wiki N64 Vault for everyone to download! So now finally we can all play GoldenEye 007 on a real N64 (if you have a flashcart) where every player can have their prefered aiming style!

SubDrag solved this problem by creating three different hacks, each hack inverts the control on different player counts. So for example if just two players want to have Invert aim off then you need to use the “Goldeneye (U) [!] NoInvert2P3P.xdelta” hack for this. So the best solution is to have four different roms on your flashcart and just pick the right one when you are going to play. Super simple!

I have only tested these hacks on an N64 Emulator but they should work perfectly with a flashcart on a real n64 too. But there was still one little thing i was missing and that was to have ALL levels, cheats and characters unlocked for our GoldenEye gaming nights. There are ways to fix this by downloading save files or using gameshark codes.. or just do it the very time consuming way and unlocking everything by playing through the game in solo mode! But as i love romhacking there must be a way to just hack each rom to have everything unlocked right from the start. And yes i found a solution for this. SubDrag who fixed this hack for us has co-developed a romhacking tool for GoldenEye called GoldenEye Setup Editor 3.0. With this tool you can unlock everything and patch the roms. If you want to know how to do this scroll down to the next post or click here!

So that’s it, after all these years of inverted aim problems when GoldenEye is finally over! Big thanks to SubDrag for these hacks and all his help. The Invert fixes and other hacks for GoldenEye is available at N64 Vault.

GoldenEye 007 (N64) Permanently unlock all levels and characters

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We all know that Goldeneye 007 for then N64 has a incredibly fun multiplayer mode. But sadly many of the levels, characters and cheats are locked and you need to unlock these by playing the solo mode. I just got an Everdrive for my N64 to play multiplayer with my friends and I don’t want to play all the solo levels again just to unlock all stuff for the multiplayer mode. There are some ways to go around this, most emulators and the Everdrive have support for the Gameshark, so you can add codes to unlock most stuff. You can also download save files and add these to have everything unlocked.

But I just want a way to have the rom file to have everything unlocked from the start. A romhack for this would be the best but I couldn’t find this. But luckely I found the GoldenEye Setup Editor 3.0 from the site GoldenEye Vault (Edit: GoldenEye Vault has been closed and replaced with N64 Vault), Its a very comprehensive editor for the GoldenEye rom that can alter an hack many things, and yes unlock everything in the game! I just followed the instructions from the FAQ section on the GoldenEye Vault site, that you can check too. But im going to walk you through it here anyways 🙂

Step 1. Download and install the editor https://github.com/carnivoroussociety/GoldEditor

Step 2. Choose Tools > Preferences and look for “Quick Convert ROM” and click the “Choose rom” and find your GoldenEye rom file on your computer.

Step 3. Choose Tools > Game Configuration. This will bring up a big window with a lot of tabs and options.

Step 4. Lets start with unlocking all Multiplayer Levels and Characters. Select the “Multiplayer” TAB look for “All Multi chars Available” and pick that and then press the “Unlock all Multis”

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Step 5. Can also be a good idea too unlock all solo levels and cheat modes. Select the “Stage Options” TAB and press the “All Solo Levels Unlocked” and “All Cheats Unlocked” buttons. Thats it, just one more step!

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Step 6. Finally press the “Delete Debug Data” and then “Write Rom” that are located at the bottom of the window. Then you can name the rom file and save it to your computer.

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I would recommend using an emulator to try this out and see if all things are unlocked. Done!

Pico-8 on Raspberry Pi

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About the guide
I wanted to share my knowledge on how I installed the virtual fantasy console called Pico-8 on my Raspberry Pi creating an awesome little Pico-8 console that boots in about 6 seconds and doesn’t need any configuration! Its super easy and super fun. All you need is any model of the Raspberry Pi, an Sd card and a gamepad. All of this is possible thanks to Gamaral who created the PICOPi os, you can find a guide, videos etc on his site here: http://guillermoamaral.com/read/picopi/

What is Pico-8
Before i start explaining how to get Pico-8 running I just briefly wanted to explain what actually this is. Pico-8 is the name of a made up virtual gaming console. Think of it as a Nes or Atari with all its old retro limitations, but that you can play on your computer or web browser. The creator of Pico-8 carefully picked a set of limitations to make the console look and feel like a retro console from the 80s. It only has 128×128 pixels of resolution with a beautiful 16 color palette and the games even comes in virtual “cartridge” images that you “insert” to the system, all this to have that old retrogaming feel. Just love this!
And the best part is that it’s really easy to code games and share them and they are all available to play directly from Pico-8 using a built in browser where you can play your downloaded cartridges or play them directly from the Pico-8 webserver.

What you need
A Raspberry Pi (Models 1,2,3 or Zero)
Pico-8 Raspberry Pi files (Remember to pick Raspberry Pi: zip)
PICOPi files (A super tiny OS built especially for running Pico-8)
– A Gamepad controller (more about this later in this guide)

That’s it! Of course you need an SD card for your Raspberry Pi that will have all the necessary files for the system to boot and run.

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Get the Pico-8 License?
You need to purchase the license from the official Pico-8 site, when you do you will get the files you need for Raspberry Pi, and also downloads for running Pico-8 on Win, Osx and Linux.
But you might already own a Pico-8 License without knowing it! If you purchase many gaming bundles from Humble Bundle you might have the license there. Pico-8 was included in the “Humble GameDev Software Bundle” and it was also “hidden” in the  “Humble Voxatron Debut” bundle, when you got Voxatron you also got Pico-8 but you need to find the Voxatron key in your humble bundle library, and then find the link “Lexaloffle Account Activation” then after activating this you will also get Pico-8 🙂

Installing Pico-8 to Raspberry Pi
All you need to do is unzip the PICOPi files for your specific Raspberry Pi model onto the SD card and also unzip the Raspberry Pi Pico-8 zip file (There are a couple of different versions to pick from but you need to get the one Raspberry P version) that you download from https://www.lexaloffle.com/pico-8.php and thats it! Just connect the Sd card to your Raspberry Pi and it should boot Pico-8. If you need even more detailed information on how to do this then you can find instructions and videos on the PICOPi site: http://guillermoamaral.com/read/picopi/

Gamepads
So this is for me one of the most important parts of this project. The whole idea is to create your own console connected to TV instead of playing Pico-8 on the computer using a keyboard. And that is having a good gamepad!

Bluetooth controllers? Yes! Today we sit further away from the TV so wireless controllers is something I really like. Raspberry Pi 3 has built in bluetooth or you can purchase a small usb blutooth receiver for any other model, but the problem is that you need a way to connect the controllers in the operating system and that’s not possible in this case (Well maybe it is if you have really good knowledge with Linux and coding etc) So the way to solve this problem is to get a bluetooth controller or wireless controller that has its own usb receiver, and i have tested two controller that works great without any configuration. Just plug and play. And here are the controllers:

– Xbox 360 Controllers + Wireless 360 receiver
If you have a wired Xbox 360 you just connect the usb to the Raspberry Pi and it just works. If you have a wireless controller you need the original Xbox 360 receiver. Just connect the receiver and it just works without any configuration and all the buttons you need for Pico-8 are perfectly mapped.

– 8Bitdo Contollers + 8Bitdo Receiver
If you dont what 8Bitdo is then i suggest you check them out http://www.8bitdo.com/ They make incredible wireless retrogaming controllers that look and feel like old console gamepads like Nes and Snes etc and they are bluetooth wireless controllers. I have ordered mine from eBay so i suggest you check there if you want to order one. To get a 8Bitdo controller to work you need a “Retro Receiver” from 8Bitdo that you connect with a usb cord from the Raspbeery Pi to the receiver and it just works, no configuration.

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Now that we have Pico-8 running on our Raspberry Pi its time to play some games! There is a huge library of games on the Pico-8 site and they are all free to play directly in the browser or you can choose to download them. There are two pays to play these games on a Rasperry Pi.

#1 Play from Internet. Connect your Raspberry Pi to your network and play the games directly from Pico-8s built in browser. The games are so small that they start instantly, and if there is a game you like just add it to your favorites by pressing the startbutton on the controller.

#2 Play games from the Sd card. Download the games from the site and then copy them to the sd card. This is the way to go if you don’t have the possibility to connect your Raspberry Pi to the internet. The way you do this is first to download the game, i will explain this in the next step. And place the files in a folder called “carts” if this folder doesn’t exist then just create one. This is also explained on PICOPis site: http://guillermoamaral.com/read/picopi/

How to save carts
Downloading a game should pretty easy right? Yes, but where is the download button? Thats the problem, there is no button. Its kinda hidden. The games for Pico-8 is called “carts” and they are in the image format .png so they are both a png image with a very nice art and they also is the actual game which is pretty cool.
So to download a game you need to go to a specific games url and right beneath the gamescreen in the browser you can see the text “cart” rightclick on this and choose “save link as” and then download the .png file (also give the file a propername to make it easer later when you are browsing games in Pico-8) thats it!

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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
(here is a alt link to the instructions of the retron5 site should go down for some reason)

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!

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 🙂

64JPX Adapter Review (c64)

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I got my c64 when i was 7 years old, a couple of years before i got my first Nintendo. I loved my c64 but even back then i never understood why the controller only had one single button, it was so irritating. And it bothers me still today. There are always workarounds when the developers created all these amazing games, the most obvious example is all the platform games, you often need one button to execute your action  (punching or firing your weapon), but then you also need a button to jump. So how did they solve this, well just push up on the joystick. So simple but yet extremely annoying, i just hate to push up to jump it should have its own button! And now, finally its possible!

The 64JPX – JoyPad eXpander is a small apapter for the c64 (and  Amiga and Atari compatible systems)  that makes it possible to use a Sega Genesis/MegaDrive, Nintendo SNES/NES gamepad on your c64, and the best part is that it has these on-the-fly selectable enhancement modes that for example places the “push-up-on-the-joystick-to-jump” to one of the buttons on the gamepad.

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I have to be honest, i prefer to play games with a gamepad. Sure Joysticks and the Commodore 64 is something special, but i still think a gamepad is so much better to play with. Therefor i just had to have a 64JPX. Its possible to connect a Snes gamepad but i prefer the Sega Genesis controller so i bought the model of the 64JPX that had support for the Sega gamepad
Some of you might say “But you dont need an adapter to connect a Sega Genesis/Megadrive gamepad to the c64, they already work” Well that’s true, but not many people know that a connected Sega gamepad on a c64 can actually break the controller port on the c64!  With the 64JPX you dont have to worry about this, just plug and play.

And now to the fun stuff, the “Enhancement modes” There are three different pre-defined modes that you can switch between on-the-fly while playing a game by pressing a special button combination on the gamepad.
If buttons A, B, or C are pressed at the time the start button is released then 64JPX will enter one of the alternate enhancement modes. With the default mode the A button on the gamepad works just like the button on a Joystick. B and C are turbobuttons, perfect for shooter games.
My favorite mode is the Platform/Racing mode that changes the A button to simulate pressing UP on the gamepad. In platformgames like Giana Sisters you now have a dedicated jump and fire button, i just love this! And it also works great on racing games where up sometimes is used to accelerate or switching gears. There is also a Waddle mode for those Joystick-killer games where you have to waddle the joystick left and right, but instead of breaking your controller you can just enable this mode and press a button.

I made a video demonstrating the three different enhancement modes on some c64 games.

I was really pleased with the 64JPX adapter and I really recommend it! The adapter is created by the man who is behind the 64hdd website. I sent him a couple of mails regarding some questions about the adapter and I got a reply very fast, very helpful. No problems ordering and the shipping was very fast.

You can get a 64JPX from 64HDD.com here: http://www.64hdd.com/64jpx/64jpx.html

IMG_2953_620x465My C64G with the 64JPX, Protovision 4 player adapter, Sd2EIC Sd card reader, The Final Cartridge III and a Scart-cable

Guardian Heroes Stage Flow Diagram

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Jag har tidigare skrivit om det fantastiskt roliga spelet Guardian Heroes dÀr jag har nÀmnt att det finns 30 olika banor och 5 olika slut. Du fÄr under vissa banor olika val vilket gör att berÀttelsen tar en helt annan riktigt och vilket ocksÄ gör att du fÄr uppleva hela nya banor varje gÄng du spelar igenom det. I snitt sÄ spelar man ca 8 banor varje genomspelning men dÄ det finns totalt 30 sÄ fÄr man spela igenom det flera gÄnger för att fÄ se alla banor och alla olika slut, vilket Àr sÄklart jÀtte kul och gör att man vill spela det igen.
Men dĂ„ det Ă€r svĂ„rt att minnas vilka vĂ€gar man redan spelat igenom eller sĂ„ kanske man tyckte att en viss vĂ€g var extra rolig och att man vill spela den igen sĂ„ finns det inget lĂ€tt sĂ€tt att anteckna detta. SĂ„ jag gjorde en karta – eller “Stage Flow Diagram” som det ocksĂ„ kan kallas – vilket ger en bra överblick över alla banor och vĂ€gval. Jag fick hjĂ€lp av en FAQ frĂ„n GameFaqs skriven av DkReaver. Kartan var bara i text sĂ„ det var lite svĂ„rt att fĂ„ en bra blick sĂ„ jag gjorde om hela kartan och slĂ€ngde med skĂ€rmbilder frĂ„n början av varje bara för att lĂ€tt fĂ„ en blick om vilken bana som var vilken.

Jag delar med mig av kartan som Ă€r designad för A3 men gĂ„r sĂ„klart att skriva ut pĂ„ ett A4 papper ocksĂ„, men det blir lite vĂ€l smĂ„tt dĂ„. Det gĂ„r att ladda ner PDF filen men jag delar Ă€ven med mig av fĂ€rdiga jpg bilder för a3 och a4. SĂ„ det Ă€r bara att ladda ner och börja spela, om och om igen 🙂

Download Guardian Heroes Stages PDF eller A3, A4

Kolla gÀrna in mina tidigare inlÀgg ocksÄ, Mina Guardian Heroes tips och hur man spelar Guardian Heroes med en Emulator

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Sansa Clip Plus med Rockbox

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Jag Àr beroende av musik och mÄste ha med mig en mp3 spelare vart jag Àn gÄr. Jag kan spela upp musik frÄn min iPhone men det drar batteri och tar upp för mycket plats. Jag har en iPod dÀr jag behövt anvÀnda mig att program för att kopiera över musik, sÄsom iTunes eller de alternativen som finns bland annat SharePod men jag Àr trött pÄ mp3 spelare som Àr beroende av program för att synca över dom och som Àr uppgyggda databaser baserade pÄ id3 tags, jag vill bara ha en mp3 spelare som funkar som ett usb-minne dÀr man sjÀlv bara kopiera över kataloger med musik och sen Àr det klart!
Jag letade runt pĂ„ nĂ€tet och fick Ă€ven tips av vĂ€nner att Sandiscs “Sansa Clip+” var en vĂ€ldigt bra mp3 spelare sĂ„ jag kollade upp den och det visade sig att den hade fĂ„tt toppbetyg pĂ„ de flesta siterna. Otroligt bra ljud, den har display fastĂ€n den Ă€r sĂ„ extremt lite, och den Ă€r Ă€ven billig. SĂ„ jag köpte en för 200kr pĂ„ eBay.

Detta Àr var Sansa Clip+ klarar av:

  • Filformat: FLAC, MP3, Ogg Vorbis, WMA
  • FM RADIO
  • Batteritid: 15 timmar
  • MinneskortslĂ€sare: MicroSD

Ganska basic. För mig var ju bara kravet att den skulle spela upp mp3 och att man inte behövde ha nÄgot program för att kopiera över musik. Men nu kommer det roliga nÀmnligen det alternativa operativsystemet Rockbox! Detta Àr ett mÄste och det gör denna lilla mp3 spelaren sÄ extremt mycket bÀttre!

Rockbox har funnits i över 10 Är nu och det Àr ett alternativt operativsystem som kan installeras pÄ över 40 olika mp3 spelare av blandade mÀrken. NÀr du har Rockbox installerat pÄ Sansa Clip+ sÄ blir den bÄde snabbare och batteritiden ökar frÄn ordinarie 15 timmar till 17 timmar. Den klarar plötsligt av fler filformat, frÄn början klarar den bara 4 format och med Rockbox klarar den av över 30 format, bÄde ljud, film och bilder mm. Den fÄr mer rader pÄ skÀrmen vilket gör att du fÄr en mycket bÀttre överblick, frÄn början 4 rader men nu 8 istÀllet och etta Àr helt underbart!
I Rockbox finns det sĂ„ galet mycket instĂ€llningar och fiffiga finnesser sĂ„ man kan sitta och greja med den i timmar, för att fĂ„ en uppfattning hur mycket det Ă€r sĂ„ kan jag sĂ€ga att manualen till Rockbox för Sansa Clip+ Ă€r pĂ„ 200 sidor! Det Ă€r upp till dig om du vill ta del av alla smarta funktiner och snabbknappar – vilket jag verkligen rekommenderar – men man kan bara strunta i detta och anvĂ€nda den som vanligt vilket Ă€r lĂ€tt dĂ„ Rockbox Ă€r vĂ€ldigt anvĂ€ndarvĂ€nligt. Men lĂ€r man sig alla snabbknappar och funktioner som ligger gömda i systemet sĂ„ blir det sĂ„ mycket roligare att anvĂ€nda den. Som bonus ingĂ„r det Ă€ven 20 extra program (sĂ„som minirĂ€knare, anteckningar, calender etc) och över 40 spel, mĂ„nga av dom Ă€r riktigt roliga och gĂ„r sĂ„klart att spela under tiden du lyssnar pĂ„ musik.

Sansa Clip+ har Ă€ven en mikrofon, och med Rockbox har du full kontroll över detta, du kan stĂ€lla in kvaliten pĂ„ ljudet, om det skall spelas in som wav eller mp3 etc. och vilken katalog det skall hamna i som default. Mycket anvĂ€ndbart! Det gĂ„r Ă€ven att spela in ljudet frĂ„n den inbygga Fm Radion om man skulle vilja det 🙂

En vĂ€ldigt rolig bonus för mig som gillar chipmusik sĂ„ har den stöd för att spela upp musik frĂ„n Commodore 64, Snes, Megadrive, Amiga osv. DĂ„ dessa filerna Ă€r extremt sĂ„ sĂ„ kan du fĂ„ plats med enormt mycket musik pĂ„ en Sansa Clip+ 🙂

HÀr Àr en lista pÄ det man fÄr nÀr man installerat Rockbox:

  • Support for over 30 Sound Codecs,
  • Gapless playback
  • 10-band fully-parametric equalizer, and crossfeed
  • High-resolution volume control, 64-100 levels (
  • Ability to create your own themes
  • Advanced crossfading
  • ReplayGain support (volume normalization)
  • Cuesheet support
  • Album Art Support
  • JPEG image and text-file viewing
  • Doom!     Not possible
  • MPEG video support
  • custom video playback
  • Real Time Clock (RTC)
  • Customizable Tag Database
  • Unicode support
  • Advanced On-The-Go playlist creation
  • Multilingual Interface – 30 supported languages and counting
  • Optional spoken interface
  • Many plugins – games, apps, and demos
  • Open Source, so Rockbox is constantly improved

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The Ultimate Xbox setup

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When the original Xbox was released it was an impressive machine with a very strong core but it still didn’t stand a chance against the Playstation 2. But when the mod chips where released it changed everything about the Xbox. Thanks to the mod chips that unlocked the Xbox and made it possible to create any software you wanted for it it changed from a console with a lacking game library to a supercharged multimedia center and emulator monster!
When a chip was installed in the Xbox you could install XBMC that could stream all your music and moves from your network. You could install linux and run it as a sever. Or you could install the many amazing homebrew games and emulator ports to play all your favorite retrogames.

I love retrogames and collect games and systems but I also love emulators and the Xbox has the best emulators and gamelaunchers for this! The retrogaming community has created some amazing applications for the Xbox where you have the entire library of retrogames complete with screenshots, movie previews, boxarts, manuals etc. Smart options where you can filter your games to find a certain genre or filter games after number of players etc. They are all pre-configured with the four gamepad slots on the Xbox so there is no need to configure anything, just connect your gamepads and start playing!

I just got my fourth Xbox recently and decided to make this the ultimate Xbox. I wanted to install a big harddrive and install the latest and best emulators out there. I’m going to walk through all the steps of the progress and what software I installed to create the ultimate Xbox setup.

More space
The original Xbox HDD only has an 8 Gig HDD, thats not much. But its possible to have your favorite emulators on this space. But its only the essentials, just roms not fancy stuff like screenshots, video previews etc. So its recommended to get an Xbox with a 120 Gig HDD or more to have room for all the cool stuff. They latest Xbox i got only had an original HDD so i decieded to take one of my old 200 Gig IDE HDD:s and install it. I followed this guide on youtube that described how to clone the original hdd to the new hdd. And it worked great. When i connected the new 200 Gig HDD it looked and worked just as the 8 Gig HDD that i just had disconnected but with much more space.

Step one, always install XBMC
There are many launchers for the Xbox, most often a modded Xbox comes with the “Avalaunch” that is a dashboard replacement that can launch other software from the Xbox. Its very simple and ugly so the first step is to install the latest version of XBMC.
XBMC is a gorgeous mediacenter for the xbox that can play media locally from the HDD or stream it from your network. It has support for 720 and looks amazing! It also works as a software launcher so you can run all your emulators and games from there. And it always runs an FTP server in the background which means that you can copy all the applications and games from your pc when XBMC is running.
When XBMC is installed i always make this my default dashboard, so when i start my Xbox it automatically starts XBMC as default. There are many guides on how to do this. Its really worth it!
Check if a new version of XBMC4Xbox is released on the official site: http://www.xbmc4xbox.org.uk/ and then you can download the installation from http://www.theisozone.com or google for it.

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Transform your Xbox into an Arcade machine
The emulator and gamelauncher “CoinOps” is really amazing. As im writing this the latest version is CoinOps 5, and this version has support for 40 different gamingsystems and has support for 22,000 games! You can download and install the complete CoinOps 5 release that has over 3800 games installed all with movie previews. In the launcher you can filter the list in many ways to find the games you are looking for and with a press of a button you can add the games you like to your “favorites”.
The strength of the CoinOps launcher is that its so easy and fast to play games, they are all pre-configured with your gamepad, all you need to do is press a button and it starts. Just like a real coin operated game in the Arcades. But this is also its weakness, there is essentially no options. You cant configure anything, It has very bad support for gamestates etc. And if you want to play an rpg game where you want more control, better savestate support etc then CopinOps is not the best option. Therefore you need a better emulator for this, and that what im going to talk about next.

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Xport and Ressurection Xtras
The Xport emulators is a lot of emulators created for the Xbox. Each Xport version is an emulator for a singel system and when you launch that emulator you have total control over how you want to to work! Everything works great from the start but you can change stuff as you please. You can reconfigure the controllers. Cnange the screen resolution and size. Apply filter effects. And you have great control over the savestates with many saveslots and small screenshot previews etc.
Later a group released the Ressurection Xtras addons to make the Xport emulators even better. They updated the emulators and fixed bugs and added new features. They created amazing themes to make it more beautiful and have support for 720. And in the launch list of your games you could now see a screenshoft of the game, a video preview and scans of the covers of the original games.  These emulators is a must-have for the Xbox. You can download these emulators on http://www.emuxtras.net/forum/ or http://www.theisozone.com/

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Homebrew and ported games.
There are many amazing games ported to the Xbox. For example you can now play old retro pc games like Doom and it runs perfectly. Indie games like Cave Story has also been ported. There are too many to list but some of my favorites that i really can recommend is the port of Super Mario War and Streets of Rage Remake All of these releases are available on isozone

High resolution
The Xbox has Component out support. This means that if you tv has a Component input you could get a 720 HD resolution with your Xbox and this is really recommended! A Component cable for the Xbox costs about $10 on eBay. All emulators i have mentioned above has support for the component cable and some original Xbox titles as well. If you are having problems with enabling the 720 resolution then you might need to change the region on the Xbox which is very easy using Enigmah, i wrote a tutorial for this here.