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Another annoying bug wit the AMD Adrenalin control panel is it has a tendency to spawn off to the lower right of the screen, sometimes completely off screen. I have to shift+right click on the taskbar icon and Maximize the window to get it displayed properly. As for it's functionality, it works well for configuring games and quality settings and seems to be rather quick to load up. I remember the days when the older AMD/ATI control panels were so slow and bloated.

And thinking about that, does Nvidia's control panel (not the Experience app) still have icons from the Windows XP era? I'd LOL if they still do. (but then again, Win11 still has some icons from Vista, like programs that have no icon will show a generic app window icon straight from Vista)

Scraping ROM metadata is still going, because the site EmulationStation uses, ScreenScraper, has a daily limit for free accounts. And the Super Console X had thousands of ROMs from different systems, so it's going to take several days just because of that daily limit.

And speaking of the SCX and all it's ilk, it's making be a bit upset. When these things are sold on the market, the retailer or console box boasts about all the games it can run, sometimes with flat out lies. The SCX can indeed run most of the classic 8-bit and 16-bit stuff great, but start trying to play anything with N64, PS1, or more advanced arcade emulation, then you hit the little box's limits. N64 games ran horribly on the SCX as the little Amlogic chip isn't powerful enough. On the Dell Ryzen rig, it runs perfectly fine with no stuttering or frame-rate drops, but that's to be expected for an eight-core x86-64 rig. It's just the flat out lies of these shady kiosks and retailers that sell these things just to boost the game counts and attract people into buying them. When I got my SCX from that kiosk, I sort of knew what I was getting into, and getting overcharged of course, but over time I discovered the SCX's limitations outside of emulation. The SD card is partitioned in a way you can't update the built in RetroArch/EmulationStation OS because of little storage space, there is noticeable input lag, and some of the scaling options don't work correctly. All of these work on my custom-made EmulationStation setup using the Dell rig and input lag is barely noticeable. (Win11, RetroArch, ES Desktop Edition) I use either a "Team Kitty" XBox One USB controller or a Nintendo Switch USB gamepad, both by Power-A.

The only positives are that I now have a massive set of classic game ROMs on an SD card so I don't have to search sketchy ROM sites for collections (because Nintendo takes the good ones down), and I've overcome my aversion to emulating ROMs too. Nintendo appears to be the only game company that takes out ROM sites and supposedly people selling bootleg systems. I still see the latter often, and no matter how hard Nintendo tries, they will never succeed. There are too many people selling those systems, and many more trading ROMs for free just so these games can be preserved for future generations. Yes, it's piracy, but it's the only way to play the majority of retro games that aren't rehashed to death on modern consoles. Cartridges and consoles won't last forever, which is why preservation through emulating both is so important.

And hence one motivation of restoring the Dell rig.

And I think it will be wonderful! Smile
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(08-08-2022, 08:16 PM)cpd2009 Wrote: The only positives are that I now have a massive set of classic game ROMs on an SD card so I don't have to search sketchy ROM sites for collections (because Nintendo takes the good ones down), and I've overcome my aversion to emulating ROMs too. Nintendo appears to be the only game company that takes out ROM sites and supposedly people selling bootleg systems. I still see the latter often, and no matter how hard Nintendo tries, they will never succeed. There are too many people selling those systems, and many more trading ROMs for free just so these games can be preserved for future generations. Yes, it's piracy, but it's the only way to play the majority of retro games that aren't rehashed to death on modern consoles. Cartridges and consoles won't last forever, which is why preservation through emulating both is so important.

And hence one motivation of restoring the Dell rig.

And I think it will be wonderful! Smile

Piracy is a necessary evil, so to speak. It's wrong if it's in the case of recent games especially indie titles who do deserve the money, but not as much with older and more obscure releases where the copyright holder went belly-up, making it an orphaned work. No matter how Nintendo tries to demonise it as a felony of some kind, they have no other choice but to face the stark reality that it is through bootlegs that their wares have become more popular to begin with.
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The final ROM gaming setup is complete. I'm in the process of scraping metadata, which will take a couple more days. The ROMS were from my backup of the SCX SD card and have been placed on a hard disk, a 320GB 5400rpm spare laptop drive. Once the metadata collection is finished, I will make an image of the drive as I want to swap it with an SSD in the future. The current disk works fine so far, and ROMs load and play rather quickly, but an SSD will still add in a little more speed to the whole process.

As for additional storage, I'm making do with two spare 500gb hard disks, 3.5 inch. One is for a PVR folder, used with my Kworld UB435-Q ATSC TV tuner dongle, combined with SichboPVR. The other is just spare storage for anything, really. The two disks will get swapped out with two 2TB drives in the future.
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Obligatory post to keep the thread alive lel
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