10/31/2023: Localization News - Dead of the Brain 1!

No, NOT a trick, a Halloween treat! Presenting the Dead of the Brain 1 English patch by David Shadoff for the DEAD last official PC Engine CD game published by NEC before exiting the console biz in 1999! I helped edit/betatest and it's also a game I actually finished in 2023, yaaay! Shubibiman also did a French localization. github.com/dshadoff/DeadoftheBrain
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#1
Thankyou very much for your reply!

This info helps a lot, it makes sense your explanation about the ram, so its not worth it to repair this unit, they are not that expensive either so better get another one.

If I could get those ram chips at a reasonable price maybe could be viable for repair.

Anyway, thankyou very much again.

#2
Hi, There is a guy on eBay named Chris who calls himself turbografxfan.
He does great work and has a 3 or 4 day turn-around time.  He can do almost anything with T16, PCE, DUO and Express. 
He can replace the laser with a unit from an older sony discman.
Sounds like your issue could be related to failed capacitors, but Chris will thoroughly recondition your unit. 
Hope this helps.
#3
So, If I used the TED Pro on an Express I would get stereo HUcard sound through the Headphone port, but no CDDA out of either the speaker or the Headphone port because the CDDA doesn't come off the card port because of the pinout?  Thanks.
#4
That's probably bad ram. Not the actual save ram. This is the ram that's used to load data into in order for games to run. This is why none of your CD games will boot.

If the problem was just the actual save memory, then games would still load and run fine. You just wouldn't be able to save anything successfully.

There are two identical ram chips on the small removal board. One of the two chips is probably bad. Unfortunately, depending on the chips that are in there, some of these can only be sourced from other ifu docking stations.

So depending on the cost for buying another already working correctly docking station, it might make it pointless cost wise to buy another one to use for parts.

There are different revisions of the ifu docking station. So not all of them have the exact same upper board and same RAM chips on it. Meaning, not all of them are interchangeable.

This problem is most definitely not bad capacitors. So it would be a waste of time and money to change the capacitors out thinking it would fix the problem.
#5
I got this PC Engine/CDROM2/IFU combo, but the memory backup in the IFU seem to be corrupted, the images are from the memory manager, all the texts has this lines over, when I try to format it does nothing.

HuCard games works great but games that uses the Backup memory cant save, doesnt detect it, the CDRom games doesnt work at all, the disk dont spin at all and after a little while just got "please set disk".

I know the PC Engine and CDROM2 works fine because they work flawlesly on another IFU I have.

I try with a TenoKoe Bank but it says that doesnt find any memory backup at all!

Then I use the BRAM TOOL and all I got was this "BRAM IS NOT PRESENT", so I replaced the supercapacitor but still the same. Its possible that the BRAM chip got corrupted?

I dont know if doing the FRAM mod will solve my problem, I dont want to mess with it because I think is way over my soldering skills.

So does someone had an idea whats wrong with it and how to solve it?

Thanks! :adol:
#6
Quote from: AFGRAFXSTAN on 04/18/2024, 10:13 PMI am a classic game and system collector myself,  I don't have many CIB units but I have about 40 retro consoles to my name.  Other than Magical Chase (Which I stupidly sold back in 2015 to help pay for a car) I have almost the entire US TG16 TurboChip collection, sans sports and some racing games.
With that said, when it comes to the use of Flashcarts or optical drive emulators like TED Pro/Mega SD/RHEA or the like, I would say that it is entirely fair and reasonable that use of said devices should not be held against said gamers.  The reason for this is that  CD hardware especially is much rarer and more prone to failure that the operation of solid state software/hardware.  A SNES/Genesis/TG16 will last far longer and is much cheaper and easier to come by than any kind of CD add-on to said consoles (if any). 
Gamers who are incredulous to the use of TED Pro-like products claiming them as emulator-wannabes, for lack of a better term, are simply misunderstanding the fundamental purpose of said devices. TED Pros may be expensive and they may defeat getting Johnny Turbo's own arcade feel while playing, but I myself have had to get my TurboGrafx CD and TurboDuo hardware expensively repaired multiple times in the last decade or so, sending my treasured consoles across international borders and paying out the nose because of rare and highly sought-after services and exchange rate woes to boot.
FPGA carts can offer the average gamer of meager means a firm and all-encompassing singular purchase entry into the world of classic gaming without having to break the bank with every extra hardware and software purchase.   In-game reset, cheat functions, save states and game selection menus right at hand are also a convenience that cannot be ignored.
This fact alone makes FPGA products a must-have for any gamer. 
On the subject of being redundant on the emulator/authentic hardware side, I personally would say that while FPGAs are not a make-or-break, the use of bluetooth or 2.4ghz wireless adapters for newer controllers to be used on classic systems is a complete no-go.  I say this because in my humble opinion, the ARCADE FEEL begins and ends with how you directly interact with the game itself through the controller.  You could have an authentic PC engine IFU with CD-ROMROM unit and PC Engine with an Arcade Card Pro with an original game disc playing, but if you use Humble Bazooka's Bluetooth PCE adapter then you are defeating the purpose of hardware gaming.  That in my opinion turns the console into an emulator.
There is input lag and you don't get the true feel of playing he game when you use an 8BITDO or a PS4 controller on your TG16 or PCE. That is antithetical to retro-gaming.
Just my long-winded response, no hard-feelings intended, haha.
Back on topic, Do you know if you would get CDDA out of the Express when using a TED Pro?  Thanks.
Thanks for your opinion on the topic! :D
I never got to talk with anyone that put weight into using the original controllers, and I think it's a nice point to think about.
Regarding the FPGA, I can get the problem that arises with the load of CD games, but I'd prefer to use an ODE instead of a FPGA for that reason, since the FPGA is "emulating" the entire system, and an ODE is just "translating" CD calls for the original hardware.
But what I don't like are the add-ons as you said (cheats, save states...). An in-game reset is okay, but I never used the rest since I consider they're against the meant way of playing a game.
Anyway, thanks for your opinion! I'll go out now to have lunch, it's already late :P

Oh, and regarding the audio in the TED Pro, the pinout of a HuCard only has one pin for audio, that's why stereo is lost.
#7
Quote from: AFGRAFXSTAN on 04/18/2024, 10:13 PMDo you know if you would get CDDA out of the Express when using a TED Pro?  Thanks.
Just in mono. That's the audio limitation (loss of genuine stereo). Unless you were using headphones you were always getting a mono mix anyway from the single speaker in that case [portable].
#8
I am a classic game and system collector myself,  I don't have many CIB units but I have about 40 retro consoles to my name.  Other than Magical Chase (Which I stupidly sold back in 2015 to help pay for a car) I have almost the entire US TG16 TurboChip collection, sans sports and some racing games.
With that said, when it comes to the use of Flashcarts or optical drive emulators like TED Pro/Mega SD/RHEA or the like, I would say that it is entirely fair and reasonable that use of said devices should not be held against said gamers.  The reason for this is that  CD hardware especially is much rarer and more prone to failure that the operation of solid state software/hardware.  A SNES/Genesis/TG16 will last far longer and is much cheaper and easier to come by than any kind of CD add-on to said consoles (if any). 
Gamers who are incredulous to the use of TED Pro-like products claiming them as emulator-wannabes, for lack of a better term, are simply misunderstanding the fundamental purpose of said devices. TED Pros may be expensive and they may defeat getting Johnny Turbo's own arcade feel while playing, but I myself have had to get my TurboGrafx CD and TurboDuo hardware expensively repaired multiple times in the last decade or so, sending my treasured consoles across international borders and paying out the nose because of rare and highly sought-after services and exchange rate woes to boot.
FPGA carts can offer the average gamer of meager means a firm and all-encompassing singular purchase entry into the world of classic gaming without having to break the bank with every extra hardware and software purchase.   In-game reset, cheat functions, save states and game selection menus right at hand are also a convenience that cannot be ignored.
This fact alone makes FPGA products a must-have for any gamer. 
On the subject of being redundant on the emulator/authentic hardware side, I personally would say that while FPGAs are not a make-or-break, the use of bluetooth or 2.4ghz wireless adapters for newer controllers to be used on classic systems is a complete no-go.  I say this because in my humble opinion, the ARCADE FEEL begins and ends with how you directly interact with the game itself through the controller.  You could have an authentic PC engine IFU with CD-ROMROM unit and PC Engine with an Arcade Card Pro with an original game disc playing, but if you use Humble Bazooka's Bluetooth PCE adapter then you are defeating the purpose of hardware gaming.  That in my opinion turns the console into an emulator.
There is input lag and you don't get the true feel of playing he game when you use an 8BITDO or a PS4 controller on your TG16 or PCE. That is antithetical to retro-gaming.
Just my long-winded response, no hard-feelings intended, haha.
Back on topic, Do you know if you would get CDDA out of the Express when using a TED Pro?  Thanks.
#9
Thank you,

I will see if I can get the videos as battle heat is such a great game.
#10
It's a "hybrid" 50/50 solution mixing a FGPA add-on with real NEC hardware. So imagine playing Dracula X PCECD for the first time on your Turbo Express / PCEGT or gaining quasi "ODE" support for base PCE consoles (anything with the expansion bus)!

This would've been very cool to me 20 years ago but I already played Dracula X too many times to care, heh. However I try to think/promote in terms of uninitiated gamers/newcomers having all these new options/ways available to enjoy Hudson/NEC gaming legacy for the very first time.

Oh right, a Y-YYUGE missed opportunity that krikzz should've really implemented to make the Turbo Everdrive Pro the absolute best/ultimate PCE product was a micro-HDMI output near the SD/USB slot! It'd eliminate the competition of UperGrafx or crazy Alex's TerraOnion "thingamajig" (the Super SSD3) that have HDMI output ports for modern/4K TVs and solve the CDDA stereo output problem! So unfortunately if you want pure digital/HDMI video you still need one of those "Turbo Booster" add-on products or to just go all FPGA with the Analogue Duo.