your ques­tions An­swered…

A se­lec­tion of smaller ques­tions from read­ers



Can car­tridges like SD2SNES dam­age a con­sole be­cause they run on dif­fer­ent volt­ages than authen­tic carts?

Flavio Of Rage 4 via Twit­ter

Yes, it’s pos­si­ble. The rea­son for this is that some mod­ern car­tridges use 3.3V chips, but the sys­tems are de­signed for 5V chips. As long as proper level trans­la­tors are present, this isn’t a prob­lem – but many de­signs don’t in­clude them. René Richard of db elec­tron­ics put up a good over­view on this sub­ject in 2017, which you can read at­volt­age. The sd2snes met his ap­proval on this sub­ject, though – he rated its elec­tronic de­sign ‘pure gold’ so that may ease your fears.

im­port woes

Can all TVS play Us-im­ported con­soles? The pic­ture on my Sam­sung TV is messed up when I try to play USA games on my N64 Ever­drive. Mike J Fitzger­ald via Twit­ter

No – be­lieve it or not, in this age of glob­al­i­sa­tion we still run across the odd TV com­pat­i­bil­ity prob­lem.

Blow rasp­ber­ries

How do I get that mate of mine to stop bang­ing on about his Rasp­berry Pi? Aaron clement via Face­book

You could pur­chase a more pow­er­ful sin­gle-board com­puter such as the Odroid Xu4, although this might start an es­ca­lat­ing tech war. Al­ter­na­tively, you could choose to re­ject em­u­la­tion en­tirely, show­ing off a haul of orig­i­nal hard­ware with re­sale value sig­nif­i­cantly greater than that of a Ras Pi filled with ROMS you got from some dodgy site. You could also just avoid hav­ing mates. Nick finds that be­ing sin­gle is a good way of not mak­ing friends, as part­ners are of­ten ir­ri­tat­ingly will­ing to in­tro­duce you to their own friends. Ad­di­tion­ally, he sug­gests liv­ing alone, as this en­ables him to go en­tire week­ends with­out hav­ing any con­ver­sa­tions at all. How­ever, you may feel this is rather too dras­tic.

To be fair to Aaron’s friend, you can do some pretty nifty stuff with a Rasp­berry Pi. This setup has been made to fit in­side a Duke con­troller.

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