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 Post subject: Re: UltraHDMI group-buy ROUND 5 accepting participants
PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2018 1:31 am 



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I'd like to join round 5 if still possible.



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 Post subject: Re: UltraHDMI group-buy ROUND 5 accepting participants
PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2018 1:37 am 


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Elrinth wrote:
I'd like to join round 5 if still possible.


Cool. I'll get you added to the list!

The "FFC" is the "flat flex cable" to attach the UltraHDMI to the N64's graphics chip. Because pretty much all cables are "flexible," I prefer to call it "flat flex circuit" or "flat cable" or "flex PCB."

If you are not attempting self-installation, you don't need it. I'll send you a PM momentarily with more participation details.


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 Post subject: Re: UltraHDMI group-buy ROUND 5 accepting participants
PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2018 7:26 pm 



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Just sent over an email!
Thank you very much.


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 Post subject: Re: UltraHDMI group-buy ROUND 5 accepting participants
PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2018 6:17 pm 


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howthegodschill wrote:
Just sent over an email!
Thank you very much.

I guess the forum delayed your first post for a while. You're on the list! :)


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 Post subject: Re: UltraHDMI group-buy ROUND 5 accepting participants
PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2018 8:14 pm 



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I would like to sign up if there are still spots.


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 Post subject: Re: UltraHDMI group-buy ROUND 5 accepting participants
PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2018 10:34 pm 


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I would like to sign up if there are still spots.

Great! I'm heading home, then I'll send you some participation details.


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 Post subject: Re: UltraHDMI group-buy ROUND 5 accepting participants
PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2018 12:43 am 


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ROUND 4 SHIPPING UPDATE

All 10 packages I shipped by USPS on Saturday have had bizarre issues and they won't acknowledge anything. A few of them have been delivered and two deliveries were attempted today.



2018-11-24 Saturday 5:11 AM - I put these into the drop box before the post office opened.





2018-11-24 Saturday 12:00 PM - I handed these international packages over the counter just before the post office closed.





2018-11-24 Saturday 5:00 PM - I put these into the after-hours drop box together.





2018-11-24 Saturday 6:00 PM - I took these to an actual FedEx location because they were destined for Canada and there was a postal worker's strike going on.





USPS has been no help at all regarding the package that still doesn't show any acceptance or tracking. I'll be keeping an eye on all of these.


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 Post subject: Re: UltraHDMI group-buy ROUND 5 accepting participants
PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2018 1:30 am 



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Looks like first in the box is going to be last delivered. :P


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 Post subject: Re: UltraHDMI group-buy ROUND 5 accepting participants
PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2018 1:37 am 


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nmalinoski wrote:
Looks like first in the box is going to be last delivered. :P

Yeah. You might be the unlucky one.

Hopefully it will be like the kit I sent to Imakecowscry, which was on its way for some time before the first tracking event appeared.


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 Post subject: Re: UltraHDMI group-buy ROUND 5 accepting participants
PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2018 1:09 am 



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For everyone else's reference, I did end up receiving my order today.

Basic question: When wiring the color-changing LED, where do I put the resistor?


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 Post subject: Re: UltraHDMI group-buy ROUND 5 accepting participants
PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2018 4:59 am 


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nmalinoski wrote:
For everyone else's reference, I did end up receiving my order today.

Basic question: When wiring the color-changing LED, where do I put the resistor?

Sorry for the delay. I thought I submitted this reply!

I meant to give you one of the resistors that came included with the LEDs. I can send you one if you need it.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007R ... UTF8&psc=1

The LEDs came with 1/4-watt 200-ohm resistors and the paper said "3.2V to 3.6V"

I checked where the N64 powers the original LED and measured 3.46V from that spot -- so it appears to be right in the voltage range they expect you to use with the 200-ohm resistor.


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 Post subject: Re: UltraHDMI group-buy ROUND 5 accepting participants
PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2018 5:20 am 



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Ichinisan wrote:
I meant to give you one of the resistors that came included with the LEDs.

You did. I just wasn't sure where it should go. :P Inline on the positive side, inline on the negative side, or somewhere else?


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 Post subject: Re: UltraHDMI group-buy ROUND 5 accepting participants
PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2018 5:39 am 


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nmalinoski wrote:
Ichinisan wrote:
I meant to give you one of the resistors that came included with the LEDs.

You did. I just wasn't sure where it should go. :P Inline on the positive side, inline on the negative side, or somewhere else?

Even though an LED is polarized, it actually doesn't matter which side of the LED the resistor goes on.


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 Post subject: Re: UltraHDMI group-buy ROUND 6 will start soon
PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2018 5:54 pm 


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I told Marshall H of RetroActive that I wanted to go ahead and pay for 40 kits, even if we might have to wait for another production run. He didn't respond for a long time and I asked again. Then he asked why I want to go ahead and order "early." I suppose he means that he doesn't have the kits on-hand yet, which is typical for when I submit a group-buy order.

Two reasons I would want to submit now:

1. I don't want to sit on group-buy participants' money longer than necessary.

2. I want to encourage starting the next production

Marshall finally sent me the temporary custom link and I placed the order last night.

Note: I will be moving by the end of the month (unexpected opportunity). I will contact group buy participants to let them know my new address.


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 Post subject: Re: UltraHDMI group-buy ROUND 6 accepting participants
PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2019 3:38 am 


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Sorry it took so long to get this round started. I had an unexpected opportunity to move to a new place, with very little time to do it. I will contact each round 5 participant to let them know my new address.

DETAILS FOR ROUND 6:

As with the previous round, we'll set a target number of 40 kits. I'd prefer that our order size doesn't decrease. It's less trouble for Marshall H / RetroActive to fill a large orders instead of multiple small ones. I've probably already had 40+ inquiries about joining the next round, but I have been busy moving to a new place and getting settled. I'm finally ready to start round 6!


Working as a team, my twin brother (CZroe) and I have performed 200+ UltraHDMI installs and many Hi-Def NES installs. N64 fans are still desperate for UltraHDMI and frustrated because there hasn't been an easy way to get in line for one.

I hope these group-buys help to satisfy a huge chunk of UltraHDMI demand. I don’t want to exclude anyone. If you're part of a local retro gaming group on Facebook or another forum, let them know. In a chat with UltraHDMI creator Marshall H, he told me: "Turn time is 5 weeks." I'd expect closer to 7 weeks if we consider all the shipping around. I’ll pass along any updates I get from RetroActive during the process. Until the order is sent to Marshall, participants can back out and I will refund ASAP.

  • $130.00 UltraHDMI kit (required to participate)
  • $50.00 install service + extras
  • $5.00 mini-HDMI cable

If you are confident in your tools and precision soldering ability, buy the kit and install yourself. I can install for $50 and toss in some extras.
If you mess up your self-install: Another flat cable is $10. CZroe has successfully restored a few failed installation attempts that were sent to him, so there's a good chance he could save a failed install attempt for you.

USA shipping:

$10 UltraHDMI kit
$20 upgraded console

I ship from Newnan, GA 30263 (United States). For combined shipping or shipping outside USA, I will contact you before kits are ordered to work out the cost of shipping.

Combined shipping for multiple units:
I typically purchase insurance and require signature confirmation, so I will have to calculate the cost for combined shipments.

For shipping outside USA:

I will contact you before kits are ordered to work out the cost of shipping.
I can also try to obtain a North American NTSC N64 locally to pass on at-cost so it will not be necessary to ship a console internationally both ways.

Extras included with install service:

  1. In-game reset feature: Allows you to reset the system with a button combination. An internal wire connects UltraHDMI to the reset button.
  2. 3D-printed cartridge tray for NTSC systems: Allows North American N64 to fit and play Japanese games with 100% compatibility, or vice-versa. Your original unmodified cartridge tray will also be returned.
  3. Custom power LED color: Choose green, blue, yellow, white, or original red.

Each UltraHDMI kit will be tested when I receive them. Each N64 system will be tested as I receive it. Each upgraded system will be tested again before packing and shipping. The latest UltraHDMI firmware will be installed (currently 1.08). If you order a kit with no install, your order will be shipped as soon as I receive and test them. If you’re getting install service, I’ll prioritize and process the list of participants in order based on when I received payment of at least $130 for the kit. For installs, send only the console. I don’t need the controller, power supply, or anything else. I'll have some of the N64 systems prepped and ready for installation so I can begin installs as soon as the kits arrive.

I am confident we can install / test / pack / ship 5 systems per day.

I’ll keep a public list of participants here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1u6qYeVU_ZcBakCNbX43mjCUgSK-U2CH-ZXWNHPIQKBo/edit#gid=326273267
(select "ROUND 6" tab at the bottom)

To participate:

  • Email
    Image.
    .
  • Tell me which name / alias you prefer to use
    It will be visible to other participants on the public list.
    .
  • Tell me if you are interested in kit+install or just the kit
    (and how many)
    .
  • Tell me if you want a mini HDMI cable.
    Most people need one. It's $5.
    .
  • Tell me your name, return address, and preferred email address.
    .
  • If you are getting installation, tell me which color you prefer for the power LED
    White, green, blue, yellow, or keep it red.
    .
  • Tell me how you heard about the group-buy.
    Thanks!


I will provide my mobile phone number, street address, email, and payment info.

I will post each status update in this thread.



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 Post subject: Re: UltraHDMI group-buy ROUND 6 will start soon
PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2019 3:39 am 


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Ichinisan wrote:
Then he asked why I want to go ahead and order "early." I suppose he means that he doesn't have the kits on-hand yet, which is typical for when I submit a group-buy order.

Marshall finally sent me the temporary custom link and I placed the order last night.


I'm unfamiliar with this process so I am curious what sort of timeframe is typically involved when you place orders with RetroActive. Obviously the kits have to be manufactured, but I'm not sure how much time that generally requires. (Bumping this thread in case a couple of other folks here in the group buy are interested in where things are sitting at the moment.)
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 Post subject: Re: UltraHDMI group-buy ROUND 6 will start soon
PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2019 4:35 am 


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Austin wrote:
Ichinisan wrote:
Then he asked why I want to go ahead and order "early." I suppose he means that he doesn't have the kits on-hand yet, which is typical for when I submit a group-buy order.

Marshall finally sent me the temporary custom link and I placed the order last night.


I'm unfamiliar with this process so I am curious what sort of timeframe is typically involved when you place orders with RetroActive. Obviously the kits have to be manufactured, but I'm not sure how much time that generally requires. (Bumping this thread in case a couple of other folks here in the group buy are interested in where things are sitting at the moment.)

I can't tell exactly how these line up with his production batches, but here's the group-buy order history so far:

ROUND 1 (just over 5 weeks)
2018-01-23 ordered 20 kits
2018-03-01 received

ROUND 2 (7 weeks)
2018-07-04 ordered 17 kits
2018-08-21 received

ROUND 3 (3 weeks)
2018-09-22 ordered 25 kits
2018-10-14 received

ROUND 4 (5 weeks)
2018-10-19 ordered 14 kits
2018-11-23 received

ROUND 5
2018-12-22 ordered 40 kits
In-progress


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 Post subject: Re: UltraHDMI group-buy ROUND 6 accepting participants
PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2019 4:47 am 


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Interesting, so it seems about a month and a half on average (though the last batch was double what you normally put in for, so I wonder if that will affect things). Thanks for the details.
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 Post subject: Re: UltraHDMI group-buy ROUND 6 accepting participants
PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2019 6:33 pm 



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Chinese new year is probably significantly slowing down the last order.


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 Post subject: Re: UltraHDMI group-buy ROUND 6 accepting participants
PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2019 10:34 pm 


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leonk wrote:
Chinese new year is probably significantly slowing down the last order.

According to a Game-Tech.US update from Jason, Marshall H got boards from his latest production run a few weeks ago. It wasn't clear if he'd get the flex cables before or after the Chinese new year stuff.

https://www.game-tech.us/blog/ultrahdmi-update-15/

Game-Tech.US wrote:
The boards are now going through customs, the flex are in progress but
delayed. It’s unclear if they will be shipped before or after the
chinese Spring Festival. In any case if the boards require rework
(they probably will) then it’ll take some extra time for that
regardless.

I am focusing on HW2 now and these boards will be built at a new fab.
New flex for this version has IGR builtin and also works great with my
proto.


Marshall shared some HW2 info with me middle of last year. It will be nice to have IGR built into the flat cable so UltraHDMI isn't tethered to the N64. CZroe and I have been installing a single-pin right-angle header for our installs so it can be easily disconnected.


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 Post subject: Re: UltraHDMI group-buy ROUND 6 accepting participants
PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 3:37 am 



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Ichinisan wrote:
Marshall shared some HW2 info with me middle of last year. It will be nice to have IGR built into the flex cable so UltraHDMI isn't tethered to the N64. CZroe and I have been installing a single-pin right-angle header our installs so it can be easily disconnected.

There's going to be a 2.0 UltraHDMI? I guess the most important question is if the PCB will have the same fitment as the older models, but I am curious to know what else the new design will be bringing. Proper deinterlacing for 480i, maybe?


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 Post subject: Re: UltraHDMI group-buy ROUND 6 accepting participants
PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 4:21 am 


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nmalinoski wrote:
Ichinisan wrote:
Marshall shared some HW2 info with me middle of last year. It will be nice to have IGR built into the flex cable so UltraHDMI isn't tethered to the N64. CZroe and I have been installing a single-pin right-angle header our installs so it can be easily disconnected.

There's going to be a 2.0 UltraHDMI? I guess the most important question is if the PCB will have the same fitment as the older models, but I am curious to know what else the new design will be bringing. Proper deinterlacing for 480i, maybe?

Haven't heard anything about software / processing features. If a new 480i algorithm is added, I believe HW1 would get the same feature by firmware update.


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