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EverDrive N8 / Re: garbled graphics
« on: November 03, 2016, 06:18 AM »
Scrub the all pins with isopropyl and a q tip if you haven't, even if you think it looks clean. The adapter, too.

EverDrive 64 / Re: Error 0xF0
« on: October 31, 2016, 09:27 PM »
Do you have any errors reported from the Everdrive Self Test?

Mega EverDrive / Re: EEPROM saves/load
« on: October 31, 2016, 09:24 PM »
I have the Mega Everdrive v2/X7 and none of the roms save with patches, save states, or pressing reset.

Where did you buy the x7 from? What source are you using for ROMs? What troubleshooting have you done already? Have you tried using a different ROM source? A different SD card? Is the OS updated?

Mega EverDrive / Re: Whiny Sound MegaEverDrive x5
« on: October 31, 2016, 09:22 PM »
There is a similar buzzing that I have when my x7 is on the main menu. It's just noise from the power draw. It goes away when you start the game up, like you said.

EverDrive N8 / Re: Manual sorting Everdrive N8?
« on: October 29, 2016, 01:02 PM »
You need to use a FAT sorter to get them organized. I use YAFS (Yet Another FAT Sorter).

NES emulation on the ED64 is very basic. It is not a device that I would use primarily for NES games. Most will not work on it.

Mega EverDrive / Re: What is custom stereo Dac on mega everdrive x7?
« on: October 25, 2016, 10:50 PM »
Currently I think this feature is disabled in the latest OS revision. Krikzz may have to weigh in on that. Anyways, DAC is digital-to-a converter. It's on there because some model 2 motherboards have really bad sound handling compared to other board revisions.

From the mega everdrive manual:

Sound File Playback
The Mega EverDrive currently allows 8-bit 22Khz Stereo WAV file playback. The
(C) button allows user to switch between the internal Genesis DAC or Mega
EverDrive's internal stereo DAC.
Mega EverDrive's internal stereo DAC sounds terrible on Genesis Model 2 with
motherboard revision VA0-VA1.

Mega EverDrive / Re: ROMs not loading on new Mega Everdrive v5
« on: October 25, 2016, 10:46 PM »
I let the ROMs download overnight from the epforums, just as suggested. This morning, I formatted my SD card, unzipped everything that was downloaded, loaded them onto the SD card, and they're still not working in the Everdrive.

Here's a question: I actually don't have an SD card reader, so I've been having to plug the micro SD card into my phone and adding the files that way. Could that be a part of the problem? Is it possible that the phone might be formatting the card in such a way that ROMs won't load on an external device like an Everdrive? If that's not the case, then I may have run out of possible troubleshooting scenarios.

That sounds awful. It's possible that the phone is introducing errors to the structure of the files. They weren't exactly intended to be passthrough devices for large amounts of files. You need to make sure that the card is fat32 formatted. It would be a good idea anyways to get a usb sd card reader, so I would recommend buying one. They are inexpensive and will be much more friendly to troubleshooting issues and transferring files. It will make your life much easier.

Beyond that. Where did you buy the everdrive? What model is it?

Can't load anything on the everdrive without the sd card inserted. All the menus/software/functions are in the OS files on the card. I don't see what is gained by an autoboot. There's not even an in game hook or anything to bring you back to the menu once it is turned on. It just isn't made to do that currently.

Also, I don't know that any everdrive has that function.

Mega EverDrive / Re: ROMs not loading on new Mega Everdrive v5
« on: October 25, 2016, 08:39 AM »
Hello. I'm new to this forum and I'm seeking help. After following some tutorials, I've still had some difficulty in loading ROMs through my Everdrive. I have the ROM folders stored in my top directory, and all of my Genesis ROMs are .bin extension, but it won't load those or .sms files. For what it's worth, my setup consists of a Model 1.5 Genesis with component output using cables purchased from HD Retrovision.

I've tried storing the ROM folders in both the top directory and MEGA folder. I've also changed my In-Game Menu option from its default setting (shown as FF) to what I'm guessing is an off setting (NN). Despite all this troubleshooting, the ROMs still won't load. The Everdrive can see them, but when I press A to load one, it just goes to a black screen.

Will anyone be able to assist me? I just want my device to work.  :-(

The roms typically should be in .md format.

Look up the Smokemonster Everdrive Pack for the Mega Everdrive on (google is your friend). Download it. Format your SD card. Extract all the files to the SD card. It should come prepackaged with the MEGA folder already set up.

Either you buy Mega Everdrive v1 second hand from someone in this thread, or a WTB thread. Or you won't be able to buy one. They aren't made anymore.

I wouldn't buy one because you won't get support for any saves in games that uses SRAM, eeprom saving, or battery saving - games like Phantasy Star, Sonic 3, Shadowrun, Beggar Prince, Shining Force, Wonder Boy,and on and on and most/all 32X games. And having to reset the genesis before turning it off is an extra step I don't want to always have to remember when I'm just trying to play some video games.

Buy a Micro SD card that comes with a full size adapter (most do) and an x7.

Try posting a request (WTB, want to buy) in the retro marketplace section, if you are lucky someone will sell you their old Mega ED.

Thanks, this sounds like a good idea. I was unaware that this section existed.

Also, it seems there have been lot of different versions of the mega everdrive over time, and I'm wondering what the major differences are between the v1, v2 and x7.  I would like to know what the major differences are in layman's terms. I know that there are a lot of comparison charts out there that compare a lot of differences in technical terms that I don't always understand. Many people have told me that the newer versions are far superior to older versions, but I saw a post where Krikzz specifically states that v2 is exactly the same as x7. Is this true? Not true? Is there a major difference between v1 and v2?

All I really want is an everdrive that takes standard SD cards and has the ability to save game states. But it seems there are people out there that think this is a totally unreasonable request. If these carts were made in the past, why is it such a big deal for me to want one now?

It's not a big deal for you to want one now. You just can't buy one now from a reseller because they don't make or sell them anymore. You aren't going to be able to get a custom made x7 with a full sized card slot just cause you want one. You don't get to just cry foul because you refuse to use a damn sd card adapter.

Regarding your other questions. Mega Everdrive v2 is the exact same device as the x7.

As for the differences I answered this already with the chart I link in an earlier post and these bullet points:

Mega Everdrive v1 has:
*SD card slot
*No Eeprom save support.
*No saves without reset.
*No battery saves.
*No save RAM.

Mega Everdrive v2/x7 has:
*Micro SD card slot
*Eeprom save support.
*Saves without reset.
*Battery saves.
*Save RAM.

No Eeprom save support.
No saves without reset.
No battery saves.
No save RAM.

I do appreciate you trying to help. But please correct me if I am wrong. I believe this video shows an everdrive saving without reset while using a standard size SD Card.

Those games don't have game saves. Sonic 2, Battletoads, and Earthworm Jim do not have a game save feature. What that demonstrates is save state functionality. You are confusing the two. Saves without reset is for standard gamesaves.

Herein lies the issue. You know what the Everdrive is. You are lightyears beyond the average gaming consumer. You also know what save states are. You also could see that save states were not explicitly listed on the supporting page for the x3. It's not Krikzz's fault that you incorrectly assumed something that wasn't explicitly listed and then didn't do any further research.

Just stop with the wounded victim routine. Full sized SD cards are not going to happen. Shouting "But I want full-sized sd-cards!" isn't going to make it happen. I would rather they remove the larger card bay to make room for more feature rich things to be added on to the pcb.

And I'll make your search for an old Mega Everdrive easier. No legit reseller still has them. Is that clear and easy enough?

As far as what is different between new and old and why you shouldn't be trying to use/buy one anyways, here is some information that's easily available online with a quick internet search:

Just a quick list to clarify why there are no benefits to older models:

No Eeprom save support.
No saves without reset.
No battery saves.
No save RAM.

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