64drive review

Discussion in 'Official GBAtemp Reviews' started by amptor, Sep 24, 2011.

  1. C-Kronos

    C-Kronos GBAtemp Regular

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    The 6105 is the way to go, glad you got it working. I hope you enjoy that 64drive, and if you have the aptitude, look into N64 homebrew development.
     
  2. qwertymodo

    qwertymodo GBAtemp Advanced Fan

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    I have the aptitude... free time and focus are another matter :P
     
  3. johnnyc418

    johnnyc418 Newbie

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    Hey guys,

    I'm really interested in purchasing one of thse, but before I do, I have some questions that hopefully one of you will be able to answer.

    1. If I already have ROMs that I play on Project64, will I need to modify any of these ROMs to play on my system using the 64drive?
    2. Ive been reading some of the last few post where people are talking about sodering. Will I need to make any modifications to the 64drive or is it ready to go?

    Thank you
     
  4. C-Kronos

    C-Kronos GBAtemp Regular

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    You won't need to modify the roms to play them on the 64drive.. The roms were originally dumped for use on various older backup solutions for the N64..

    People are mentioning soldering when they buy a PCB of the 64drive without the CIC installed.. If you buy it with the CIC installed, you're fine. Why not read the information on the site instead of asking questions for no reason?
     
  5. johnnyc418

    johnnyc418 Newbie

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    I did read the website. I was just a little confused after reading these last post. I wanted to make sure that I knew what I was buying before I dished out $200.

    Cheers
     
  6. C-Kronos

    C-Kronos GBAtemp Regular

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    Basically the 200 dollar option is for whatever region you choose, case, and a 6102 or the PAL equivalent. This will prevent the clean rom of Jet Force Gemini from running, but it's been "cracked" so that copy will work fine if you can find it. Also, Banjo Tooie will not work without a 6105 CIC, at all.. There may be eventually a patch for it, but that's the one game that won't boot up, and all other backup solutions /have this issue/ There may be a crack for BT released eventually, but I'm not sure anyone wants to fool with it due to it being re-released on XBL. The 64drive is the best option in my opinion, and it's the best bang for your buck.
     
  7. johnnyc418

    johnnyc418 Newbie

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    Thank you very much.

    One more thing though. I currently have one of cartriages for one a Zelda game (not sure which one), but when I try to play it, I get an error message telling me to insert the expansion pack (which I don't have). Will the 64Mb of SDRAM that is on the 64drive take care of this issue, or is that memory used for something else?

    Thanks
     
  8. C-Kronos

    C-Kronos GBAtemp Regular

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    Anything on the 64drive doesn't have anything to do with the console's RAM. You need to get the expansion pack, it has a red top to it.. I'm assuming you're talking about Majora's Mask since it required the expansion pack. You can find them at some used game shops, usually locally owned ones are the best to go to.. You're not going to find jack N64 related at a place like Gamestop these days. I'd just order one off of eBay or something; although, I'd make sure it's official as I'm not sure about the build quality or potential or failure for third party expansion packs.

    The games are actually loaded into the SDRAM's memory, so that's where they're being stored when you select a game and boot it up, as far as the 64drive goes.
     
  9. Armadillo

    Armadillo GBAtemp Psycho!

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    Quick question. I want a to get one when I have the money, but want 100% compatibility. So I'm going to get the bare board, grab a game with a 7105 in it (I have pal console), and pull it apart for case and cic. 7105 is just the pal version of 6105 and is identical other than that?, so I can use the 7105 so the 64drive will load, but play the ntsc rom fine? or will the protection on them two games kick in?

    Thanks.
     
  10. Supernova741

    Supernova741 GBAtemp Regular

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    I just may buy this, would be a lot easyer than my doctor v64!
     
  11. C-Kronos

    C-Kronos GBAtemp Regular

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    Of course it'd be a lot easier, and it'll last longer.. All the old products for stuff like that on the N64 are prone to failure, so yeah.
     
  12. Supernova741

    Supernova741 GBAtemp Regular

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    So true, allready had to replace the cd drive, and the power adaptor! And I can't save all my games caus it needs a stupid save cartridge.
     
  13. C-Kronos

    C-Kronos GBAtemp Regular

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    Yeah.. Games that required a memory pak will still require it, no matter the backup solution.
     
  14. Recnal

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    Just bought a 64 Drive for my N64 off Ebay and while it works great I still wanted to play Banjo Tooie with it which until now has not been possible unless a 6105 CIC chip is soldered on the board. However that's all changed as 64scener.com have posted a patch for this game so I downloaded it and used xpsapply to apply the APS patch. After a nice Dextrose intro the game loads and plays perfectly and saves to my Micro SD card so thanks to LaC etc 64 Drive now has a 100% game compatibility !.

    I didn't get a manual with the 64 Drive but the only thing I can't figure out is how the controller pak saving works which is accessed in options ?. I have copied my Turok 2 savefile from the gamepak to virtual save 1 but then what do you do ?. Any help would be appreciated.
     
  15. qwertymodo

    qwertymodo GBAtemp Advanced Fan

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  16. jagotu

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    It seems XenForo doesn't support HTML tags...
     
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