Discussion in 'Sony Programming and Development' started by unclejun, May 10, 2008.
Sorry for going offtopic... but what were the unofficial uses for the parallel port?
edit: besides cheat devices
As shown above, various handheld game adapters, i think a wireless link cable adapter, memory expander, and I know there are others but they seem to slip my mind right now.
gameshark+caetla combo for some sort of dev'ing is one use i think?
There were a few models of VCD Player and a device enabling the use of MP3 CDs; I'm sure it had L/R audio jacks and a remote control.
Mine was used to play back ups
You needed to use any PSX original, wait for the disc to stop spinning and then swap the discs (It was also a part-time action replay )
I believe that's pretty common functionality and most PAR/GS/clones can be reflashed to do the same...
I hadn't looked at the "parallel" port much before until I was glancing at that part of the schematics, but it strikes me that the emulator was indeed an IDEAL usage for the port- The pins seem to pretty much exist solely for either patching in and/or replacing the bios chip, as well as doing the same for the entire cd block.
It looks that it would be possible to make a flash cart for this port that would contain an entire replacement bios, not just patches like cheat/mpeg/etc carts do...
Has this already been done, and/or is there some way to coax a retail device into doing the same?
I'd greatly enjoy an international bios for my SCPH-1000, and similar
It has been done, look here: http://www.geocities.com/SiliconValley/Lab/6332/psx.html
I've seen that- was more wondering if the port alone could function for this..., and tell the bios to disable on its own without hijacking in from mid-plane
More images here (and higher quality):
Is it yours?
Never seen it before. What's this?
Read the previous page, you'll see...
Yeah, sorry. What's this for?
Yep- it is mine- I also ended up also getting the PsyQ emulator card (which I have a feeling is needed for the blue cart, rather than the normal psyq scsi card, but I also needed it for my ps tool setup anyway...) http://www.flickr.com/photos/defor/sets/72157623805154726/
The cart also came with these discs- I'll have to see if there's anything special on them:
I'm guessing they're just a horrible label design for the normal cd's though!
man that shit is all asic
defor, it doesn't have a DTL model number... It's strange. It must be a DTL-S2020.
Based on the docs:
the cart has 2 different variants - i believe, based on the eeprom and battery that this is the later revision with the onboard ps bios replacement, I'll try tonight when I get home.
(it also doesn't match the press/advertising photos of an obviously shorter cart-probably the bios-less variant which would account for a removal of battery and eprom)
so true, and so very disappointing, but I suppose somewhat expected...
s2020 is the INTERNAL isa cd emulator board that i also received.
Also, after reading PSYQ2.PDF, I don't have the right board for the job- I need the basic psyq board- this thing:
does anyone have a spare they can.. spare? I'd rather try it on the approved board before trying it on a possibly dangerous one given the warnings about using other psyq devices on non psyq boards!!
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