Useless CFW for the Retrostone (1)

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geab
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Re: Useless CFW for the Retrostone (1)

Post by geab » Wed 10 Jul 2019 21:56

@gameblabla

[/quote]Now you completely misunderstood me when i said that. I said i was going to make a guide for developers to show them how to compile & generate packages for my CFW, not quite the same.[/quote]

when I understand you correctly :roll: thats exactly what I would like to learn - how to make a package of the PS1 emulator for your CFW
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Re: Useless CFW for the Retrostone (1)

Post by McSic » Mon 22 Jul 2019 20:27

This is MUCH better and more stable than anything Pierre / the Supreme Retrostone / Retrorangepi devs ever came up with. I love it.
Not only does it boot much faster, but I also had 80% boot crashes / glitches with any of their images (slim was a tad more stable but was missing lots of functions).

Now this is great and boots successfully most of the time. All it needs is PSX (and maybe PSP) and we're all set :)
(and maybe HDMI output and multiplayer support - not sure if it has that yet lol)
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Re: Useless CFW for the Retrostone (1)

Post by McSic » Tue 23 Jul 2019 16:38

Incase my last post didn't get allowed;

This is truly the best thing ever on RetroStone. Unlike the Supreme RetroStone image or the default RetroStone image (talking of full version; slim is a tad more stable than full but missing functions) this does NOT crash / have countless boot / crash problems. With the supreme retrostone image for example it would fail to boot like 85% of the time for me. With this image I don't see it failing to boot at all. Also it boots much faster than the other images.

I love it!

All it needs is a PSX / PSP emulator and we're all set.
(and possibly HDMI and multiplayer support, if you wish to play with friends - but that's not so important to me lol)

Keep up the good work and thank you very much for this image.

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Re: Useless CFW for the Retrostone (1)

Post by gameblabla » Fri 26 Jul 2019 01:18

Oi,
since i wasn't satisfied with the state of the HLE bios in PCSX rearmed, i made some of improvements to it
as to greatly increase compatibility with games over the HLE bios.
You can read more about the Pull request here :
https://github.com/notaz/pcsx_rearmed/pull/137

The short answer is you'll be able to play more PSX games without an official BIOS (with the exception of around 20~30 titles).
I've managed to fix up games like R-types, CTR (both relied on uninitialized memory), fixing saves in most games (including LEGO racers), outright crashing (Blood Omen, GTA2, Burning Road) and so on...
Btw, this benefits everyone using PCSX Rearmed, i expect the libretro fork to merge my patches soon too.

However i couldn't get PCSX Rearmed to work still... it crashes. Bummer.
Hope i can look into it.

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Re: Useless CFW for the Retrostone (1)

Post by McSic » Fri 26 Jul 2019 17:39

I tried to comment this to tell you how much I like this but my posts either aren't getting allowed or haven't been verified yet.
I started using my RetroStone again thanks to this wonderful 'useless CFW', thank you very much and keep it up.

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Re: Useless CFW for the Retrostone (1)

Post by gameblabla » Wed 31 Jul 2019 08:48

I have released version 0.3 of my CFW for the Retrostone 1,
here are the changes :

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- Added Picodrive, PCSX Rearmed and Divi-Dead game interpreter.
- Updated SMS Plus GX Port. It can now emulate Block Dude, alibaba and the 4PAK game.
- Added back ability to use ethernet port. Nothing uses it still though.
As usual, link is contained in my first post. I just need to port Snes9x so we could almost call it done outside of PPSSPP and Mupen64Plus.

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Re: Useless CFW for the Retrostone (1)

Post by geab » Sun 4 Aug 2019 21:09

Working on to get your version 0.3 on

So exciting to read about the new emulators.

However I have trouble to repeat the success from last time with version 0.2 to burn on SD card etc. on Windows 10; its Version 10.0.16299 Build 16299
and should be fully updated

Is it possible to add the roms already to your image and burn to the SD card; not a convenient way but I am so curious to play :-)
Which folder would I need to add and where?

Cheers

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Re: Useless CFW for the Retrostone (1)

Post by geab » Mon 5 Aug 2019 16:20

going back to useless 0.2 was not a problem

just went through diskpart with the following commands again:
list disk
select disk 1
clean
create partition primary
select partition 1
active
format fs=fat32 quick
exit

use balenaEtcher to burn image 0.2

insert SD card into Retrostone
start up and choose power off

insert SD card in PC and everything is as it was

Why does this procedure not work for 0.3 image?

did try via a Wndows 7 PC in the meantime but no luck either

Help ... :-)

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Re: Useless CFW for the Retrostone (1)

Post by gameblabla » Wed 7 Aug 2019 20:00

Is it possible to add the roms already to your image and burn to the SD card; not a convenient way but I am so curious to play :-)
Which folder would I need to add and where?
Yes it should be possible on Windows 10 Creator's Update.

However, I believe you suffer from the bullshit issue with Windows which would in some circumstances not detect the FAT32 partition
even though it does exist.
Now i know why i wanted to switch it to NTFS at some point...

I'll have to try it on a Windows PC at some point but just saying that it works fine on Linux.
I may have to switch it to NTFS (even though it will result in decreased read times) if that really becomes an issue...

Also i noticed that there's an issue with PCSX Rearmed which would not save states to the home directory properly.
I've fixed this issue now but you'll need to download the new OPK package and replace it over the old one in the FAT32 partition :
https://gameblabla.nl/files/ipk/retrost ... ostone.opk

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Re: Useless CFW for the Retrostone (1)

Post by McSic » Thu 8 Aug 2019 12:03

I use etcher to burn the image and "AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard Edition" in combination with "Paragon Linux File Systems for Windows" (not sure if that's necessary here, but I use it to detect other linux drives) to detect the drives and increase the size of the partition and copy roms using Windows 10, works fine for me.

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