11 March 2016 - Forum Rules
Started by VincentNL, February 15, 2021, 04:01:33 PM
QuoteDear Heroes,To simplify and report any eventual translation issues (hopefully not that many!), I've cooked up a brand new function displaying scenario number on the bottom left part of the screen.It can be enabled/disabled at will, by pressing a specific key-combo.This feature will be removed from final, so well, hope it'll be useful!Next week will make a dedicate post regarding Betatesting instructions, can't believe we're finally there!
Quote from: Felipefpl on October 03, 2022, 10:40:00 AMI'm curious, why dont you post the github's link in the 1st post and in your signature? It'd be easier to gather ppl to help you or you want to select only a small number of ppl to help ya?
Quote from: VincentNL on September 17, 2022, 06:25:07 AMBeta Testing applications are now officially open.Please read all details here, Thank you!
Quote from: RetroProf on September 03, 2021, 04:14:39 AMDuring the hacking process to translate it, is there any possibility of fixing the absolutely godawful spaghetti code that governs the display output?Long ago I bought a retail copy of the original Japanese version. I live in the UK, had a British PAL Dreamcast, and would boot all my imports using the ActionReplay demo disc given away with DC-UK magazine. I ran all my games, including imports, over RGB SCART to a UK CRT TV capable of handling a 60Hz NTSC signal. I only ever had trouble with 2 import games.The American Skies of Arcadia refused to display correctly. I think I fixed this either by switching to AV composite cable, or maybe even RF lead. It was worth the sacrifice for 60Hz, since the UK PAL version of the game was locked at 50Hz.The other game was this, Rent-a-Hero No.1.No matter what boot disc I tried (ActionReplay, Utopia), no matter what cable (RGB SCART, AV, RF), the screen was broken. It seemed to shift 50% to the left and 50% down, looping over the other side of the screen, and it rolled continuously. A non-stop rolling, distorted mess.Eventually, after exhausting all options, I traded the game in at a local indie game store and bought something else.Later I would play through the English Xbox release.I know most people here are NTSC gamers. And I know most Dreamcast fans will be emulating or using VGA. But for the tiny percentage of us who play PAL systems and run them over RGB SCART onto a CRT TV (all three of us ), do you think you could look at the code governing screen output? Because I never encountered this with any other Dreamcast game.
Quote from: VincentNL on December 10, 2022, 10:49:20 AMIt's a very specific setup, which I cannot replicate for testing.Is there any existing cheat / patch that you know of that fixes it on your side?
Quote from: RetroProf on December 12, 2022, 05:45:59 AMYes. Only one solution I know of. Booting problem games using the "Code Breaker" cheat disc fixes screen issues. NTSC games which normally only boot in 50Hz also run in 60Hz. You just load the cheat disc (or ISO if you're using an ODE) and then select start game without selecting any cheats. (I think it works with RAH1, though I haven't booted my DC up in about a year now so can't remember...)The Code Breaker ISO is easily found and is a couple of megabytes only.It's a solution, it gets the job done, but it's a bit of a faff. I just thought since you guys went all out with the cat graphics etc., this might be something easy to implement.I have an ODE in my DC, and Code Breaker, and a PAL system running through RGB on a 60Hz compatible CRT TV.If you do all the other more important stuff, and feel like trying to correct/adjust the screen output, I am happy to be tester for this specific anomaly.For the record: I do not know how or why Code Breaker fixes screen issues with various games. Other cheat discs or boot discs do nothing. utopia, Action Replay, whatever, only the Code Breaker disc seems to have a specific bit of code that boots games in their native 60Hz.
Quote from: VincentNL on December 18, 2022, 08:31:37 AMWhich ODE do you have?
Quote from: RetroProf on December 21, 2022, 06:38:24 AMUSB-GDROMhttps://8bitplus.co.uk/projects/dreamcast-usb-gdrom-ode-board/
QuoteThe only solution here were to code a brand new system using scripts to display animations at will, hope you'll enjoy this video!
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