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  1. The 8-bit guy did an episode on this kind of thing a while back and there is a sweet spot in terms of age and screen type. Have a look at this Lorf: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2v7k-wAm2E.
  2. For some people, myself included, this actually adds to the fun. I use a Framemeister and a Hydra 2 (a 16 port mega RGB scart switch that costs a fortune but is brill) and have about 20 consoles in a permanent set-up. Every time I add a new console to the collection, I really enjoy getting it RGB modded (if possible), getting it connected to the Framemeister and then spending hours tweaking the image settings in the Framemeister to get it as close as possible to a traditional CRT image. It's handy that the Hydra 2 has 2 SCART outputs with one going to the Framemeister (and then onto my big plasma TV) and the other going to my CRT. That makes is really easy to compare the images and tweak the Framemeister. Once it's all set up I can then play on the original hardware on a big screen knowing that it's as close as possible to the 'original experience' from years ago.
  3. Bit of a 'rise from your gwave' one this but I was wondering if there's a nice, simple, easy way of downloading homebrew games for old systems in one central place? I'm not after anything commercial - only those games that are freely downloadable as homebrew. Having just got my Spectrum Next set up with Spectral Interlude on it along with Old Tower I'm keen to download a pack of all the recent Spectrum games to try out. I'm sure if I went to WOS I could dig around and find them all each with their own download link, one by one. Even better would be if I could look at and download C64, Amiga, Amstrad, NES, Megadrive etc. games too. I'm thinking that if there isn't a central place to read about and download modern homebrew then maybe I should make it: choose your platform, see a list, click a game, get the blurb, see a screenshot and then... download. Nice and simple like that. Maybe even have an 'add to basket' option to download multiple games at once in a big ZIP file. Does that sort of thing exist? If not, do any of you kind folk have a ZIP file you can send me while I think about building a site for everyone?
  4. I think it's anything that uses the Nirvana engine which is supermegacomplex regarding exact timings to actually defeat colour clash (witchcraft!). The Next itself is compatible with those games/timing routines but the HDMI spec can't support them so you need to use regular RGB/VGA. I suspect that if you could magically add a HDMI port to the older speccy's then they would also fail to show the games properly. I'm no expert on this but it's my take on it.
  5. On odroid.co.uk the Odroid Advance Go is £78 and on Amazon (where I bought my RG350 from) the RG350 is £79.95. Not much in it really though. Actually thinking back, I paid more than £79.95 for my RG350 which is probably why I thought the price difference was greater than it is. I'd still pick the Odroid Advance Go though.
  6. I've had both an RG350 and now the Odroid Advance Go (see above) and I'd recommend the Odroid over the RG350 despite the initial problems I had. It's more powerful, the controls are better, it's cheaper (just) and I think the screen is better too (though that's personal opinion). Regardless of which you pick, you'll still have a great experience.
  7. Thanks Sharak. I'm away for the weekend and will be taking it with me so I'll definitely be enjoying some classic games when storm Dennis is raging outside. Here's a final picture as requested:
  8. Morning guys. I received a new LCD screen for my Odroid Go Advance yesterday (it came very quickly so some kudos to them for getting the replacement out the same day). I decided that I wasn't going to be defeated this time and took a different approach - I ignored their video on how to get the screen in. Instead, I found it much easier to use a very thin knife to help with the 3 difficult clips. I got one side of the screen under the first 3 clips (there are 3 top and 3 bottom). Getting the bottom ones in first was straight forward enough - the screen was half in but that was the easy bit: Then, rather than try to push hard to force the other 3 clips in as per the suggested method in the video: Instead, and I wish I'd done this first time around, found a thin knife and placed it between the edge of the screen and the clip (where the green line is) and using it as a small lever I pushed the clip back and the screen in, clip by clip. Took 2 minutes once I'd realised how best to do it: So, had those instructions been given to me either in the video or suggested by the support chat on the odroid.co.uk website it would have been easy. The rest is really easy too and I could now build one in 5 to 10 minutes. Once built it's a nice bit of kit and the screen is lovely. So, now I've learned the hard way, I can recommend the Odroid Advance Go. Lovely bit of kit, lovely screen, nice enough controls (not quite up to the standard of a NES or SNES pad though) and it runs games really well. The software (the default image they recommend) is not great. Yes it comes with about 20 emulators all pre-configured and you can simply drop your games into the right folder over a network share (I bought an extra compatible USB WiFi dongle for it). That's all configured and easy too. My only issue is that I, personally, like to tweak the settings for the emulators (via the RetroArch menu) to add scanlines, turn off non-integer scaling etc. You can't do any of that with the default OS software/image. Another gripe is that you can only, currently, change the volume in EmulationStation using software and can't change it again once in game. You have to quit and change it and then go back to your game. Not the end of the world but there are enough buttons to do it - just got to wait for an update I guess. There are other versions of the software and ETA Prime has a video or two on these and I might give them a go especially if they allow me to access the RetroArch menu from within the games. Hope that update gives you a bit more confidence in the device - I'm pleased I bought it now and it does work really well. I just had a VERY bad initial experience and the video and the company didn't really help me much.
  9. I bought that Pi Zero, a speccy joypad and some other bits from him and they all arrived quickly and look great. I've forgotten his name now but he's highly recommended on the official Spectrum Next facebook group.
  10. Thanks for the comments guys. Nice to hear especially as I'm feeling quite annoyed and pissed off right now. I won't post the conversation with their support team online (as much as I'd like to) as they asked me not to and I said I wouldn't. It wouldn't be right for me to go back on that now. I'm hoping I'll get the replacement screen in the post by the weekend at which point I'll try to fit it again and will write up how I get on again. It might be that I get lucky next time or figure something better out. If I do, I'll post any tips I come up with too. I'm a big fan of having original hardware (I have 20+ systems all wired up to a plasma via a Framemeister along with a CRT) and there's nothing like playing on the original kit. I do like emulation though and it has its place and I was just hoping that this project would be a bit of fun and would give me something else to tinker with. That hasn't happened and I've got very sore thumbs now (but for all the wrong reasons).
  11. The thing is, there are lots of people on the odroid forums who have built it successfully which bring my own experiences into doubt. Having said that, I'm not an idiot, I tried really hard and was REALLY careful. It didn't go well for me but maybe I was unlucky somehow? Maybe my case was part of a batch that was VERY slightly differently. I've no idea so all I can write about is my personal experience and it was nothing like the video they suggest you follow. Your mileage might vary - I hope it does as it looks like it'll be a really good bit of kit.
  12. Final post for now guys but it's knackered. The LCD screen broke: I finally, after so much trying managed to get it to fit but it was honestly an absolute pain in the arse. Took well over an hour and ultimately it had obviously had enough at one point. I didn't notice until I got it clipped into place and then took the protective screen cover off. Only at that point did I see the hair line crack across the LCD. I was gutted. I was 100% honestly trying so carefully not to damage it. The rest of the build went well and was easy enough. There was a small and fiddly cable to be plugged in but it was nothing really. It took about 1.5 hours to get the screen in and a further 20 minutes to build the rest and that was with me going carefully, watching the video step by step. You could build one of these in 10 minutes (LCD screen not withstanding). I was really impressed with everything apart from the screen fitting (arguably the most important part though). One other thing to mention is the support from the person at www.odroid.co.uk. They were polite, professional and did try to give me some suggestions but ultimately they (a) didn't care enough to offer me a replacement despite me making it clear I'd been REALLY careful, (b) blamed the tight margins on the manufacturing process and suggested I give the engineers some feedback and (c) wouldn't allow me to post our conversation on here which was a shame too. Overall, I can't recommend it at this time despite wanting to as the screen fitting was just so bad. Everything else was as good or better than I expected. If they could just give a millimetre of extra room it'd be ideal. What I can say for 100% certainty is that I could NOT just pop the screen in like they show in their video - no way. I'm tied into it now so will buy a replacement screen for £17.19 (inc. delivery) and will try again to get it built. Thanks for reading my ramble - hope it's useful to someone.
  13. Feels a bit weird replying to myself but this is a terrible experience so far. I've been on the instant chat with the guys at www.odroid.co.uk and they responded quickly and tried their best to help but beyond saying to bend the case more and to be really careful with the screen (which is naturally what I've been trying to do) they can't help or offer any further advice. I asked if there was any warranty or replacement parts if it breaks and I was told that there wasn't but I can order the specific broken parts again if needed. Very helpful - not. I've been trying to fit the screen for an hour now and all that has happened is that the silver metal backing on the LCD is being pushed off by the 6 clips. I understand the need for a tight fit but this is ridiculous.
  14. The first thing I'll say is that getting the screen into the case is proving to be a real nightmare. The 6 clips are proving to be too tight and I'm seeing some stress being put on the LCD. I know I need to be really careful with it but the amount of force required to squeeze it into the clips is worrying me - I do not want to break the screen so I'm struggling to actually get it fitted. 10 minutes on this alone.
  15. I bought it from http://www.odroid.co.uk. Going to build it right now (time allowing). Will report back soon.
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