Update your CEX/DEX PS3 CFW

These are notes for me since I only do this 1 or 2 times a year and I always forget the process.

Download PUP
USB key root
Make folder PS3
Make folder PS3\UPDATE
Change the name of the downloaded PUP to PS3UPDAT.PUP and place it on the USB in the UPDATE folder.
Plug in USB key to your PS3
Go to Settings / System Update / Update VIA Storage Media
The Following update was found:
Version XXXX (Make sure this is the version you want to install)
Press OK
Accept User Agreement
Press Start

Harmony Cart

Information: Taken form the Harmony manual.

The Harmony cartridge is a programmable add-on for the Atari 2600 console that allows you
to load an entire library of games into a single cartridge and then select which title you want to
play from a friendly, on-screen menu interface. It features an SD card interface, making it simple
to access the large library of Atari 2600 software. The Harmony cartridge supports almost all of
the titles that have been produced for the Atari 2600. It can also be used to run your own Atari
2600 game creations on a real console. The Harmony cartridge is flash-upgradeable, and will be
updated to support future Atari 2600 developments.

I have not had time to play around with it yet but soon enough I will be playing some combat on a 13″ tube TV and loving every minute of it.

EverDrive-GG

Features list taken from StoneAgeGamer

Features:

  • FRAM for game saves (no battery required)
  • Max supported ROM size is 8Mbit (1Mbyte)
  • GameGear and SMS games are supported
  • Save RAM data can be stored or loaded from the SD card
  • Cartridge also can be used on Game Gear via the Master Gear Converter
  • Codemasters and Sega mappers are supported
  • SD/SDHC cards supported up to 32Gb
  • FAT32 support

 

Flashboy +

Here is a flash cart for a system that does not get that much attention. This is for the Nintendo Virtual Boy.

This is a standard Virtual Boy cartridge with a mini USB port on it. This is for writing roms to the 16 MBits (2 MBytes) internal flash memory.  The down side is, it only holds one game at a time. This is a bit of a let down since I am so used to the Everdrives carts which are some sort of SD/microSD and can hold a whole library. To load a game to the Flashboy + you will need to use the supplied loader software and connect the mini USB cable to your PC. This is a pretty simple & straight forward task.

The cart does not have a backup battery so games like Galactic Pinball and VB Wario Land are playable, but can not take advantage of the battery.

Normally I open up the carts to take pictures of but I am not wanting to break the superglue that holds this 3D printed case together. I will will pop it open in the future and update this post.

Switch madness

Thanks to Target for being on the ball with their pre-orders. I received mine on launch day (3/3/17) at 1:00PM and had plenty of time to get familiar with it. I only picked up Zelda: Breath of the Wild since I figured that would hold me over until more titles get launched.

So far I am super impressed with the hardware. It feels “expensive”,sturdy and durable. Feels more like an adult console and not “Fisher Price” like the Wii U gamepad.

Old 3DS, new to me.

With the launch of SoundHax & Luma3DS recently allowing the ability to aid putting a custom firmware on any 3/2DS with the latest firmware as of today (11.2.0) , I decided to pick up an older 3DS. I had a launch red one when they first got released and regret selling it. I flipped it to get a PS Vita at the time. I found this very clean Midnight Purple O3DS that I jumped on. I always loved this color and wish that the N3DS XL came in this color. I’m not a huge fan of the purple galaxy N3DS XL model.

I followed this tutorial and everything went by the book.

PSIO install

The PSIO is another seemingly “hard to get” mod device for the original Playstation. I actually waited and missed out on this device twice before finding a eBay auction for one and got it for the same price a new one goes for. It was actually new in box.

So what is this madness?

The PSIO is a development device that plugs into the early model Playstation parallel I/O port. The PSIO supports BIN, ISO and IMG files. It has a slick menu system with cover artwork and multiple CD game support.

In order for the PSIO to work properly, you need to install a switch board. This board is needed to switch the signal from the CD-ROM to the development device. 9 wires later… put it back together and see if we still get video.

I put the Cybdyn sticker on the bottom of the PS so I remember that this is the unit that has the PSIO Switch BOard installed.

 


Master EverDrive

Features list taken from StoneAgeGamer

Features:
  • FRAM for game saves (no battery required)
  • Max supported ROM size is 8Mbit (1Mbyte)
  • Sega Master System and SG-1000 games are supported
  • Save RAM data can be stored or loaded from the SD card
  • Cartridge also can be used on Game Gear via the Master Gear Converter
  • Codemasters and Sega mappers are supported
  • SD/SDHC cards supported up to 32Gb
  • FAT32 support

EverDrive-N8

Features list taken from StoneAgeGamer
Features:
  • NES, Famicom, and Twin Famicom systems are supported.* Many NES/FC clones supported as well.
  • Cart supports NES and FDS ROM images.
  • Automatic disk side swap for FDS.
  • Expansion audio.**
  • Game Genie cheat code support.
  • Automatically backs-up saves to SD card. There is no need to push reset before shutting down the system.†
  • Mapper support can be extended via software updates. As easy as loading new mappers files on SD card.
  • FAT / FAT16 / FAT32 file system formats are supported.
  • Supports SD (SD & SDHC) cards up to 32GB.
  • Quick loading of game files (approx. 4-8 seconds).
EverDrive-N8 hardware:
  • Powerful Cyclone II FPGA.
  • 2 x 512Kbyte SRAM for PRG and CHR data.
  • 128Kbyte battery backed memory. It write save data to SD.
  • Max II CPLD to handle FPGA reconfiguration, BIOS, SD and USB interfaces.
  • 1Mbyte flash BIOS.
  • Voltage shift buffers on PPU and CPU bus for matching levels between 5v NES bus and 3.3 EverDrive bus. Far better than simple resistor buffers at reducing noise and power consumption.