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Offline gladders

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Recommended PC Engine combination?
« on: March 23, 2015, 12:35 PM »
Hey all,

So I'm toying with saving up money for a PC Engine, CD-ROM, and Turbo Everdrive. What combination do you recommend? I'm in PAL-Land, so will likely have to RGB-mod it.

1) Original PC Engine, with PC CD-Rom2 connected via IFU
1a) As above, but with a CoreGrafx (which I understand has an AV attachment)

2) Original PC Engine, with Super CD-ROM
2a) As above, but with a CoreGrafx

3) Turboduo/PC Engine Duo/Duo R

4) SuperGrafx?

Oh, I already acquired an Arcade Card v3, so that should handle most of the games, right?
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Re: Recommended PC Engine combination?
« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2015, 12:43 PM »
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3) Turboduo/PC Engine Duo/Duo R/Duo RX

Highly recommended. The CD-Rom addons are very old and some of the plastic  cogs from the drive tend to break.

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Re: Recommended PC Engine combination?
« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2015, 01:29 PM »
the arcade card V3 , is the blue one or the red one?
the blue one works with supercdrom², the duo and the laserdisc
the red one only with the cdrom².
check the bottom of this link, you will see a table resuming who will work with who.
it is in French but you will see that the table is "international"
http://nekofan.free.fr/arcadetest.htm

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Re: Recommended PC Engine combination?
« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2015, 01:43 PM »
Neither of those look familiar...I'll check tonight.

I suspected the Duo would be the recommended one, but I do find the original suitcase style of the original to be physically more appealing. Pricewise they are about the same though, so I guess it makes sense to go for that.

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Re: Recommended PC Engine combination?
« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2015, 04:41 PM »
Duo/R/RX.

Then get the Arcade Card Duo. There's no problem getting the Arcade Card Pro, but not really needed for Duo setups.

The breifcase setup does look cool, but a little more cumbersome with all the switch setup and whatnot. You can have the original white RF only one with the CD attachment since the IFU will have A/V out. For this combo, the Arcade Card Pro would be needed.

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Re: Recommended PC Engine combination?
« Reply #5 on: March 24, 2015, 08:14 AM »
I cannot, repeat, cannot recommend the PC Engine Duo-R enough. The Duo RX simply comes with a 6 button controller and has "RX" on the console, demanding MUCH more money. The systems that require CD add-ons are lesser quality, in my opinion. Since the Turbo Everdrive has a region switch, you are golden. The CD games aren't region locked and the console has no piracy locks if you wish to make your own "backups".

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Re: Recommended PC Engine combination?
« Reply #6 on: March 24, 2015, 03:11 PM »
I run an RGB Modded Duo RX with blue power LED. The ultimate machine basically.

Buy one from dojindance on eBay, he does great work.

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Re: Recommended PC Engine combination?
« Reply #7 on: March 24, 2015, 05:22 PM »
Hi, I am in UK and have Original PC Engine, with PC CD-Rom2 connected via IFU.
I suppose PCE purist would prefer their units to match, colour wise..these units are both 'white' as opposed to the dark grey Core Grafix, etc.

Really works well, and is perfect with CD games or PC TurboEverdrive.

As you will see from my last post, due to my ineptitude,  I have not found a way of copying the bloody CD's yet

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Re: Recommended PC Engine combination?
« Reply #8 on: March 24, 2015, 10:33 PM »
I just have a standard PCE Duo. Didn't care for the look of the Duo-R's.

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Re: Recommended PC Engine combination?
« Reply #9 on: March 25, 2015, 02:46 AM »
I own almost every PC Engine system (except the PC Engine LT for obvious reasons  :P) and I do recommend you get a PC Engine DUO RX. It's the latest and final model, the most reliable, quite expensive now but worth every penny especially if you acquire a Turbo ED.

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Re: Recommended PC Engine combination?
« Reply #10 on: March 25, 2015, 02:56 AM »
I run an RGB Modded Duo RX with blue power LED. The ultimate machine basically.

Buy one from dojindance on eBay, he does great work.

I'll keep an eye out :) all he has right now is a SuperGrafx, which looks hideous!

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Re: Recommended PC Engine combination?
« Reply #11 on: March 25, 2015, 07:26 AM »
I have a TurboGrafx16 with TurboCD, heavily modded - the TG16 has a physical/manual region switch (8PDT come get some) because the Arcade Card is JP only, and the TurboCD's dock is YPbPr modded because I prefer to have my systems outputting component for various reasons rather than using an SCART converter.

Worth noting that the middle gear of any NEC CD system is notoriously prone to failure and often needs replacing -- check the forums at pcenginefx.com for more information.  Also a fair number of the systems can certainly use a recap.
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Re: Recommended PC Engine combination?
« Reply #12 on: March 25, 2015, 09:56 AM »
So , what about your type of arcade card?

for those who want to know, I have a duo-r with rgb scart mod, the jap/us switch (even the modified master system AC adaptator to fit with the duo-r) with the arcade car duo (the blue one). I can read all jap and us hucard, all jap and us CDROM² to arcade CDROM² but I can't read the supergrafx hucard.

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Re: Recommended PC Engine combination?
« Reply #13 on: March 25, 2015, 10:10 AM »
My Arcade Card?  It's the Pro, because that's my only choice with a separate CD system.  Arcade Card Duo (I forget which color is which and I don't have my stuff in front of me, I'm at work) will only work with a Turbo/PC Duo.  Reason being, the Duo has some built-in memory, so the Arcade Card Duo doesn't need to have as much as the Arcade Card Pro.  Arcade Card Pro will work with anything, but yeah it's kinda overkill with a Duo system.
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Re: Recommended PC Engine combination?
« Reply #14 on: March 25, 2015, 03:27 PM »
in fact I ask the question to gladders.
the arcade card duo is blue and arcade card pro is red. and yes they work like you said