[USB Loader GX] Getting a PAL 576i game to run in 480p (fullscreen)?

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  1. bengalih
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    I've got a game for my son:
    "Thomas & Friends - Hero of the Rails"

    It is a PAL game - was never released in the US.
    My console is a NTSC console.

    Using all the default/global settings in USB Loader GX the game loads however my TV switches into 576i (TV is a 720p Vizio).

    The game shows in color, but takes up maybe about 85-90% of the screen (some black borders all around). I also noticed after a few minutes of playing there is a fuzziness to the picture (that may be due to the interlacing?).

    I played around with a bunch of the settings and arrived on these:
    - Video Mode: Force PAL60
    - DOL Video Patch: All

    With these settings it appears to not switch my video mode (i.e. I don't get a balloon pop-up from my TV, so I assume it is playing at 480p). The video also seems of a higher quality - i.e. I don't see the fuzziness anymore.

    The only thing that remains is that the video seems to still only fill about 85-90% of the screen (black borders). I tried to change the aspect ratio setting to 16:9, but that didn't seem to do anything.

    It looks like I got my settings right to play the native PAL title in 480p, but why to the borders still exist?
     
  2. bengalih
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    Ok, I solved this one on my own.

    I was a little pre-occupied with the Video Mode setting at first, so once I fixed the "haziness" with the DOL Video patch, I didn't go back and really experiment with the other Video Modes.

    Firstly - a correction to my OP. The settings I mention there were playing it in 480i not 480p. I realized that USB Loader GX is in 480i, and I only get pop-ups from my TV if it switches to another mode...so no pop-up meant the game was still in 480i.

    By changing the Video Mode to NTSC480p I was able to get it to play in progressive mode. However I still had borders on the right and left sides of the screen.

    By changing the Video Mode to NTSC, I was able to remove all borders and get the game full screen. However, it is in 480i in this mode.

    So - it doesn't look like I can get it in 480p without any borders at all, but this is really ok for me I think. The borders are slight if I decide to keep it in 480p mode. I think I will keep it in standard NTSC 480i though since I prefer this game to take up the whole screen and I really can't notice the difference.

    Hope this helps someone!
     
  3. smf

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    What cable are you using? and how did you configure the tv?

    Using a component cable and setting the wii to 480p normally solves all the display mode problems without having to use display mode patches.
     
  4. bengalih
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    I'm using an HDMI connector (like one of these).
    My Wii is set to HDTV (480p) Widescreen and is connected to a 720p TV.

    I don't think your statements are accurate, as I have heard many accounts of having to use patches of one sort or another with out-of-region games regardless of the configuration.
     
  5. smf

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    Maybe it is only when running NTSC games on a PAL wii?
     
  6. Retroboy

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    would this be why games like Resident Evil Remake doesnt run in full screen and has graphical issues