Big source find

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  1. ASSEMbler

    ASSEMbler Administrator Staff Member

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    Well this was a transfer of assets so I am betting they aren't wiped.
    I'll check tonight.
     
  2. Micjohvan

    Micjohvan Familiar Face

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    Sounds awsome.
    Any idea what developer they are from or just random drives?
     
  3. ASSEMbler

    ASSEMbler Administrator Staff Member

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    They are hard drives from dev pcs from software sculptors.
     
  4. Carnivol

    Carnivol Dauntless Member

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    Think you mean "Sculptured Software" ;D
    (as both the name and address indicates on your package shot)

    Anyway, seems like these guys are probably best (un)known for their work on the NES and SNES Star Wars titles and probably most infamous for their Edutainment title "Captain Novolin".

    It's not exactly good to say what those drives contains if it's supposed to be Sony/PSX related. Though, judging from the little bit of company relationships that are listed on Wikipedia, chances are that it might be a bunch of Acclaim stuff. (Unless it's something unknown!)
     
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  5. sayin999

    sayin999 Officer at Arms

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    Let not forget they also did the snes ports for the mortal kombat games.
     
  6. smf

    smf mamedev

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    Let me know if you need help compiling code or mastering cd's.
     
  7. APE

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    Even if they were wiped that stuff is easy to recover, unless it was degaussed or they had some low level format command on the drive.
     
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  8. ASSEMbler

    ASSEMbler Administrator Staff Member

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    The partitions were dropped, I am doing data recovery. First drive eta: 3000 minutes. However, thanks to overclocked cpu : Ten minutes.

    Will update soon.
     
  9. ASSEMbler

    ASSEMbler Administrator Staff Member

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    I am using pc inspector, as the suggested program did not find the files.

    Estimated $80 mins to scan the clusters. Recovery will take hours.

    This program has crashed on me in the past.
    Anyone have something stable that can read a unpartitioned drive and recover files?
     
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  10. babu

    babu Mamihlapinatapai

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    I might have something at home.. can check when I get home
     
  11. ASSEMbler

    ASSEMbler Administrator Staff Member

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    Here's the deal.

    The drives have tons of textures, source, and tools.
    But the programs I have been trying are crap.

    Pc inspector shows me the files, and crashes during recovery.

    Virtuallab even has a preview, but it's $40 per 100 mb lol.

    Trying active@ partition recovery, but so far it's not seeing what the other programs are...
     
  12. mooseblaster

    mooseblaster Bleep. Site Supporter 2012, 2014

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    SpinRite is the best hard drive recovery program I've heard of - absolutely excellent to recover most stuff, I think. Unfortunately, it does cost $89.

    http://www.grc.com/sr/spinrite.htm
     
  13. Dreamcast

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    No updates to it in four years? Might be abandonware now.

    This looks promising: (link). It's a guide that shows you how to manually rebuild the partition table.
     
  14. babu

    babu Mamihlapinatapai

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    @home now :)
    The program I've used in the past to retrieve deleted files have been:
    Active@ UNDELETE - For smaller files I've accidentally removed
    some tool(s) on the UBCD disc - Helped me once when I realized I forgot to backup some files before formatting the disc.
     
  15. ASSEMbler

    ASSEMbler Administrator Staff Member

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    Active@ undelete isn't finding the files.

    So far, these drives have SATURN data not psx.
    Remember that psx emu card owrks for saturn too. (psygnosis)

    Iguana Entertainment, Inc.
    Printed Circuit Board
    Manufacturing Specification
    Part Name:

    Saturn Development System

    Overview

    Number of Layers:
    2 copper

    1 soldermask

    1 silkscreen
    Nominal Board Thickness:
    0.062"
    General Layout Parameters

    Dimension
    Minimum
    Maximum
    Spacing: Route to Route
    0.008"

    Spacing: Route to Hole Pads & Vias
    0.012"

    Route Width:
    0.008"
    0.024"
    Included Files

    File Name

    Extension

    Description


    SATURN11
    APL
    aperture list (ASCII text)
    SATURN11
    ENV
    Lavenir View+ environment file with aperture list
    SATURN11
    G1
    top side copper layer Gerber photoplot file
    SATURN11
    G2
    bottom side copper layer Gerber photoplot file
    SATURN11
    G3
    solder mask layer (top and bottom) Gerber photoplot file
    SATURN11
    G4
    top side silkscreen layer Gerber photoplot file
    SATURN11
    EXC
    Excellon drill information
    SATURN11
    HOL
    hole schedule for Excellon file (ASCII text)
    Note that all master photoplots are to be returned to Iguana Entertainment upon delivery of PCBs.
    Fabrication Details

    Board Thickness

    The overall PCB thickness (measured at edge connectors, once plated) shall be 0.062".
    Solder Mask

    The soldermask shall be green in color and shall be applied to both sides of the PCB.
    Hole Sizes

    The following table contains a hole schedule for the included Excellon drill information file. This hole schedule is also included in ASCII text form in the file SATURN11.HOL.
    Hole Number
    Diameter
    Times Used
    Notes
    1
    0.020"
    37
    vias
    2
    0.032"
    26
    component pins
    3
    0.042"
    263
    component pins
    4
    0.124"
    2
    D connector mounting holes
    5
    0.140"
    2
    tooling holes
    The inside diameter of all holes once plated shall be within 0.005" of the diameter specified above.
     
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  16. ASSEMbler

    ASSEMbler Administrator Staff Member

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    We have confidential PSX tech docs! Never seen these before, at the chip level tool.

    I need a program that won't rename the files like easyrecovery...

    This is very exciting stuff.

    Figure 1: System Hardware Block Diagram
    Figure 2: Control Pad Module Pin Locations
    Figure 3: CN103 Series Resistor Locations
    Figure 4: System ROM (IC102) Pinouts
    Figure 5: System RAM (IC106, IC107, IC108, IC109) Pinouts
    Figure 6: Video RAM 1 (IC201) Pinouts
    Figure 7: Video RAM 0 (IC202) Pinouts
    Figure 8: EEPROM (IC301) Pinouts
    Figure 9: CD Cache RAM (IC303) Pinouts
    Figure 10: Sound RAM (IC310) Pinouts
    Figure 11: RGB Color Encoder (IC501) Pinouts
    Figure 12: Global Memory Map
    Figure 13: Shadow Memory Detail
    Figure 14: Device Address Map Detail
    Figure 15: Button Inputs
    Figure 16: Control Pad U2 Pinouts
    Figure 17: Control Pad U3 Pinouts


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    List of Tables

    Table 1: Data Sizes
    Table 2: Common Abbreviations
    Table 3: Mother Board Reference Designators
    Table 4: Control Pad Module Connector (CN102) Pinouts
    Table 5: Rear Expansion Connector (CN103) Pinouts
    Table 6: Central Processing Unit (IC103) Pinouts
    Table 7: Picture Processing Unit (IC203) Pinouts
    Table 8: Video DAC (IC207) Pinouts
    Table 9: CD-ROM Microcontroller (IC304) Connections
    Table 10: CD-ROM Microcontroller (IC304) Pinouts
    Table 11: CD-ROM Cache Controller (IC305) Pinouts
    Table 12: Sound Processing Unit (IC308) Pinouts
    Table 13: (IC309) Pinouts
    Table 14: CN501 Pinouts
    Table 15: Power Supply Connector (CN602) Pinouts
    Table 16: CD Motor Connector (CN701) Pinouts
    Table 17: CD Head Connector (CN702) Pinouts
    Table 18: (IC702) Pinouts
    Table 19: Control Pad Major Components
    Table 20: Control Pad Output Bit Stream
    Table 21: Development Joypad Cable Pinouts
    Table 22: Production Joypad Cable Pinouts
    Table 23: Control Pad Microcontroller Pinouts
    Table 24: Memory Card Major Components
    Table 25: Memory Card Flash (U2) Pinouts
    Table 26: PlayStation Register Assignments
    Table 27: CPU Major Opcodes
    Table 28: CPU Special Opcodes
     
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  17. mooseblaster

    mooseblaster Bleep. Site Supporter 2012, 2014

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    In no way is it abandonware, it's purely that he hasn't needed to make any updates as it supports a stupid number of things already, including (apparently) nearly every single hard drive format ever.

    The proof?

    a) His site opens with a big logo advertising SpinRite6 (see http://www.grc.com/ ).
    b) The last update on his site was 25th of January 2008.

    Steve Gibson is very famous in the realms of Computer Security and Hard Drive recovery, and his software is quite famous in the realms of tech.
     
  18. ASSEMbler

    ASSEMbler Administrator Staff Member

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    There's even snes stuff, including notes about SFX3.
    [FONT=&quot]SIB2C, SFX-3 Mode21 memory, SFX-2+, BLT

    and then there's this:

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    WWF4 / Saturn​
    Milestone 2 Details​
    Jan. 15, 1996​

    A copy of the Second Milestone WWF4 / Saturn build is attached. Note that it includes all of points that were specified, with only minor variances. Several additions are also present. The included points are:

    All code modules are present. Start-up, fluff, and game code are present, and alpha-tested. CD ROMS have been prepared, for Test, and delivery with this document.
    All art is in, with the possible exception of a few pieces of debris, which has been disabled until memory utilization is finalized. This involves reorganization of data, and not a memory limitation.
    Audio is in, but with the Sega Sound Driver. See the variances list.
    All play modes are functional.
    The game is ready for extensive test and debug.
     
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  19. babu

    babu Mamihlapinatapai

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    wow. seems to be really interesting stuff on those disks :O
    Gerber files and everything, sounds like you soon can start produce your own official devkits ^^

    edit: sweet! snes stuff :love2:
     
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  20. AntiPasta

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    Those PSX docs sound a little mixed up (pinouts & memory maps thrown together?)... are they really from Sony themselves?
     

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