Ouya console test

I bought my OUYA console from Game shorty after it was launched successfully on Kickstarter back in 2012 I think. Its an android powered console that allows users to sideload apps. This means you can purchase apps from the OUYA store or other android app providers.

Some apps are free but most require payment straight away or after playing one level of a game. Commercially this console was a failure and I used it for 10 minutes after buying it and its stayed in its box ever since.

The apps and games are ok but I came across a site with guides on how to get apps like XBMC and various emulators onto it. This makes the console more interesting as I can now play games from other retro console like the Sega Megadrive, Commodore 64, Nintendo consoles etc.

Using the Ouya controller can make it difficult to use all the emulators. I found the C64.emu a little difficult at first but after mapping some of the Commodore 64 keys to the Ouya controller buttons helped.

So, step 1, was connecting the OUYA to my TV using the HDMI cable, connect the power adapter and turn on by pushing the small round button. After a few seconds the main menu appeared but the controller did not work. I pushed the small button between the two thumb pads/joysticks on the controller and some LEDS began blinking and shortly after this the controller worked and allowed me to start navigating menus.

Step 2 was configuring the wifi on the OUYA so I can get on the Internet and browse the OUYA store for available apps. The date/time updated soon after this so all good. I already had some apps/games loaded. I checked for available updates but apparently there were none.

Step 3. I came across a site with suggestions on how to make the OUYA more useful. I decided to download and install some retro emulators. This was easy enough.

After this, you need to get some ROM images onto the OUYA and into the right locations for the emulators to pick them up. I had most problems with the C64.emu. I decided to use a USB flash drive which once inserted into OUYA is picked up straight away. You then need to go to http://www.explusalpha.com/home/c64-emu.

Download the BIOS file and put into the root directory of the flash drive and within this folder you need to download the ROM files (as long as you own the original or they are copyright free). I went to https://wowroms.com/en/roms/commodore-64/daley-thompsons-decathlon/127202.html

OUYA c64.emu bios file

Once this is done, you can run the C64.emu emulator, use LOAD GAME and browse to this location on the flash drive and the game will start to run. At first I couldn’t get much to happen but I soon  realised that I would need to set up the Commodore 64 button to OUYA controller key mapping. You can see me doing this in the video:

I’ll do an update to the post when I get some more emulators and games running as well as XBMC.

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Testing the Philips Videopac G7000 Computer

Another computer from my collection for testing. This one has a tatty box and comes with 2 hard wired joystick controllers. One of mine has a broken button which someone has modified with a red switch.

Plugged this into a small TV for testing today and nothing happened. There doesn’t appear to be a power button for these. After tuning in Channel 36 on the TV I managed to get a picture and test one of the game cartridges, 38, Munchkin, a kind of Pacman game.

This console has no serial number that I could find.

Terrible sound and graphics but still great fun and not bad considering it was released in 1978. just need to find my other cartridges for some more retro 8 bit fun.

Vtech Pre Computer 1000

 

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This was a car boot purchase, a Pre Computer 1000 than can run off batteries or a mains adapter. It didn’t come boxed and as usual with car boot purchases is always a gamble.

When tested, it worked. Originally this was sold in the late 80’s to early 90’s for children wanting to learn and use a simple computer. It has a slot in the left hand side for additional cartridges although these seem to be quite hard to come by.

The full qwerty keyboard lets you input answers to questions on a simple LCD screen with various beeping noises indicating activity on the computer.

 

 

Amstrad PC 1640 HD 20

When I srtaed my first job after leaving school at a business equipment company, one of the first business computers I learnt to use was the Amstrad PC1512 and then the 1640 with a whopping 20MB HDD. I couldn’t believe how much room these drives had at the time.

This is one I picked up some time ago on Ebay with an external floppy drive, DMP 2000 printer and some 5.25″ disks.

I’v e had to move many of my retro consoles from their location in my office back to my house. Although this is going to be a huge headache, it also gives me a chance to fire up all the systems, test and play>

Here is a video of me playing Comic Capers on the Amstrad.

 

More junk from the Car Boot

We went to Taplow car boot on Sunday. The weather was pretty miserable and started raining as we left. We couldn’t stay long as we had somewhere else to go but we managed to walk round the whole car boot.

Lots of buyers, not so  many sellers.

Managed to pick up a vintage 80’s calculator Sharp EL-509A (£1 – selling on ebay £12) & a Pam Ayres signed DVD (£1 – selling for £10+ on Ebay). There was no provenance with the DVD but I looked at other signatures from her and this one looks the same.

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Christmas hunt for Snes Classic Mini

696304_gen_bSome time ago I ordered a retro console from Nintendo and they let me down badly. The console never arrived and then they said they had no more and I wouldn’t be receiving my order. Their customer service was certainly not apologetic, sympathetic or sincere in their dealings with me. Since then I have tried to avoid buying their products.

However they have started releasing some more retro remakes of classic Nintendo consoles and I wanted to purchase the Snes Classic Mini console at £79.99. Again, Nintendo have produced limited quantities and sell out with minutes of releasing any for sale. Its been the same story with other retailers like Argos and Games.

In the past I have used sites like stockinformer.co.uk to keep up to date with any stock held in the U.K but again no luck. Then I read an article saying that Game had some in stock but you couldn’t buy online but rather you needed to check their stores for stock using your postcode on their website. Tried this last night and it showed Bracknell had a limited stock. I thought this was bound to be a mistake but called their store today and was able to reserve the last one for collection. Had to ask the boss to leave early (was honest about why) and made my way to Bracknell expecting them to say it had gone or they had made a mistake but when I walked in they were just about to close and to my delight they handed me the console. One happy Snes Classic Mini owner and for the RRP of £79.99 and not the hiked prices sellers on sites like Ebay are asking.

If you want one, go to the Game website and then on the right hand side, look for the ‘Want it today? Check your local store for stock then pop in’ 

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and then enter your postcode and search local stores. Good luck. I will post a review of mine when I get time to open it and play. Its like Christmas!