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 Post subject: Re: UltraHDMI group-buy ROUND 7 - accepting participants
PostPosted: Tue Oct 08, 2019 8:02 pm 


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edd247 wrote:
Ichinisan wrote:
I shipped the N64s for international round 6 participants. There's one N64 I still haven't received, and that will be the last one for round 6!

I started responding to round 7 inquiries today. There are a LOT more than I was expecting! If you've been waiting to hear back from me about joining round 7, you should receive a reply today or tomorrow.

Just saw the spreadsheet and it looks like round 7 will be almost 3x as many units as round 6! Do you anticipate the turn time to be significantly longer because of that?

That's difficult to say. According to Marshall, the production batch for our round 6 order was supposed to be a small one. Just 100 units for GTUS and 80 units for the group-buy + myself. Even though it was "small," it was the longest round by a big margin - almost 22 weeks. The previous round was the second longest at 12 weeks.

Marshall (RetroActive) had the kits from the last batch months before he shipped anything, so it seems to me he was delayed by other work/life priorities. I've learned that I can't really guess how long the next batch will take.


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 Post subject: Re: UltraHDMI group-buy ROUND 7 - accepting participants
PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 2019 1:51 am 



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Is it too late to hop on the bandwagon? XD


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 Post subject: Re: UltraHDMI group-buy ROUND 7 - accepting participants
PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 2019 2:03 am 


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Is it too late to hop on the bandwagon? XD

Nope. Shoot me an email :)


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 Post subject: Re: UltraHDMI group-buy ROUND 7 - accepting participants
PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 2019 2:37 am 



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Ichinisan wrote:
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Is it too late to hop on the bandwagon? XD

Nope. Shoot me an email :)


I'll be in touch!


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 Post subject: Re: UltraHDMI group-buy ROUND 7 - accepting participants
PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2019 1:31 am 


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Tubo wrote:
Has Round 7 been submitted yet?

Sorry I missed this question before. Email me if you want to join round 7.

To participate:

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

Thanks!


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 Post subject: Re: UltraHDMI group-buy ROUND 7 - accepting participants
PostPosted: Tue Oct 15, 2019 10:39 pm 


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Still working my way back through the round 7 inquiries as I continue to receive more. Round 6 is done except for the one N64 I'm still waiting to receive. I contacted Marshall a few nights ago and he showed me some updates about the next hardware revision, which he has been working on for almost two years. There's a good chance the round 7 batch will be the new HW2 design. Still, I can't be sure about that. I thought the previous two rounds might be HW2, but Marshall had some difficulty getting the new manufacturing partner lined up.

The round 6 participants list increased by one. I retroactively added tigurxi and let him buy one of my own UltraHDMI boards at-cost. He's replacing a defective board he got elsewhere, so he needs an HW1 board that will work with his existing flat cable. HW2 will have a revised flat cable and connector, which includes the in-game reset connection (no need to run a separate wire for that).


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 Post subject: Re: UltraHDMI group-buy ROUND 7 - accepting participants
PostPosted: Thu Oct 24, 2019 7:22 am 


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Ichinisan wrote:
Still working my way back through the round 7 inquiries as I continue to receive more. Round 6 is done except for the one N64 I'm still waiting to receive. I contacted Marshall a few nights ago and he showed me some updates about the next hardware revision, which he has been working on for almost two years. There's a good chance the round 7 batch will be the new HW2 design. Still, I can't be sure about that. I thought the previous two rounds might be HW2, but Marshall had some difficulty getting the new manufacturing partner lined up.

The round 6 participants list increased by one. I retroactively added tigurxi and let him buy one of my own UltraHDMI boards at-cost. He's replacing a defective board he got elsewhere, so he needs an HW1 board that will work with his existing flat cable. HW2 will have a revised flat cable and connector, which includes the in-game reset connection (no need to run a separate wire for that).


Interested in joining again for round 7, but really only if it is HW2 being sold. Think we will get told if it is HW2 before you put in your order?


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 Post subject: Re: UltraHDMI group-buy ROUND 7 - accepting participants
PostPosted: Fri Oct 25, 2019 4:23 am 


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Ichinisan wrote:
Still working my way back through the round 7 inquiries as I continue to receive more. Round 6 is done except for the one N64 I'm still waiting to receive. I contacted Marshall a few nights ago and he showed me some updates about the next hardware revision, which he has been working on for almost two years. There's a good chance the round 7 batch will be the new HW2 design. Still, I can't be sure about that. I thought the previous two rounds might be HW2, but Marshall had some difficulty getting the new manufacturing partner lined up.

The round 6 participants list increased by one. I retroactively added tigurxi and let him buy one of my own UltraHDMI boards at-cost. He's replacing a defective board he got elsewhere, so he needs an HW1 board that will work with his existing flat cable. HW2 will have a revised flat cable and connector, which includes the in-game reset connection (no need to run a separate wire for that).


Interested in joining again for round 7, but really only if it is HW2 being sold. Think we will get told if it is HW2 before you put in your order?

I've started sending "last call" notices. At this point I expect to submit the order on Saturday October 26.

I'll ask Marshall if he's ready to clarify whether the next batch will be the HW1 design or HW2...


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 Post subject: Re: UltraHDMI group-buy ROUND 7 - accepting participants
PostPosted: Wed Oct 30, 2019 4:04 pm 


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Ichinisan wrote:
I've started sending "last call" notices. At this point I expect to submit the order on Saturday October 26.

I'll ask Marshall if he's ready to clarify whether the next batch will be the HW1 design or HW2...


Any update on this? Would love to know if things are going through on round seven! Also finding out what hardware revision it is.


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 Post subject: Re: UltraHDMI group-buy ROUND 7 - accepting participants
PostPosted: Thu Oct 31, 2019 2:30 am 


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I've started sending "last call" notices. At this point I expect to submit the order on Saturday October 26.

I'll ask Marshall if he's ready to clarify whether the next batch will be the HW1 design or HW2...


Any update on this? Would love to know if things are going through on round seven! Also finding out what hardware revision it is.


Marshall sent me a picture on October 10 showing a final HW2 board dated "090419" next to a prototype from last year. It seems the HW2 design is done.

I had a quick chat with Marshall a few days ago in which he confirmed that the next production batch will be HW2.

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12:20 AM Ichinisan
- I'm sending out "last call" notices. Hope to be ready to place an order on Saturday.
- I've told group-buy participants that I can't really guess how long a production batch will take (and the possible transition to HW2 makes it more uncertain). They're willing to wait as long as it takes though.
- Think you'll do another HW1 batch?

12:23 AM Marshall H
- pretty unlikely
- i'll only do it if i have too many HW1 failures


I wasn't sure what he meant by that, so I stated what I think he meant:

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12:25 AM Ichinisan
- Sounds like the next one is likely to be the first of the new HW2 design. I'll probably order a bunch of the add-on modules too :)
- Thanks

12:25 AM Marshall H
- np
- glad there are patient people out there



I've been sending out last-call notices and getting a ton of responses. Retro-HDMI joined yesterday and paid for 100 kits -- and this was already the largest order by a huge margin.

Tomorrow I should receive a large check in the mail from a family member, so I'll be getting some kits for myself in the same order.

I'll get through all these back-and-forth messages and submit the order in the next day or two.


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 Post subject: Re: UltraHDMI group-buy ROUND 7 - accepting participants
PostPosted: Sat Nov 02, 2019 6:40 am 


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Sorry I couldn't get back to the thread earlier today (staying busy).

The large check I am expecing from a family member did not arrive, so I talked to him and learned it was issued/sent on Tuesday October 29 in such a way that it's not expected to arrive until Tuesday November 5.

I'll be using multiple payment methods to order the kits for the group-buy and for myself, so I will contact RetroActive on Saturday (November 2) to place a couple large orders. Then I will order the rest when I receive the check I am expecting.

I'll update as the orders are sent.


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 Post subject: Re: UltraHDMI group-buy ROUND 7 - accepting participants
PostPosted: Sat Nov 02, 2019 12:38 pm 


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Ichinisan wrote:
Sorry I couldn't get back to the thread earlier today (staying busy).

The large check I am expecing from a family member did not arrive, so I talked to him and learned it was issued/sent on Tuesday October 29 in such a way that it's not expected to arrive until Tuesday November 5.

I'll be using multiple payment methods to order the kits for the group-buy and for myself, so I will contact RetroActive on Saturday (November 2) to place a couple large orders. Then I will order the rest when I receive the check I am expecting.

I'll update as the orders are sent.


Fantastic. Thanks for the update, dude.


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 Post subject: Re: UltraHDMI group-buy ROUND 7 - accepting participants
PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2019 4:59 am 


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I contacted Marshall today and offered to make a large order to start, and a few more large orders over the next couple days. He can't take online payments at the moment because his payment processor did some kind of compliance update and broke compatibility with his ordering page, so he'll have to work through that at some point. Tomorrow (Monday November 4) I will go to the bank and wire-transfer the first of several large orders as I consolidate all the payments I am still receiving.

Marshall said he should be able to produce some more DAC modules to go with the small test batch of HW2 units he already has, and sometime soon he will send me a few HW2 units to test out. I'm glad to be the guinea pig, since I can recover from any issues we discover (such as a few bricks I experienced while testing early builds of firmware 1.08).

One of the pictures he shared with me shows some analog output options for HW2:



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Meanwhile I have a lot of Reddit messages and emails to get back to. I'll respond to everyone before I finish placing all the orders. There's still time :)


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2019 3:28 pm 



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Exciting! Any word if HW2 will have the same mounting as HW1?


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2019 6:08 pm 


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Exciting! Any word if HW2 will have the same mounting as HW1?

It definitely sits in the same spot based on the pictures I have seen. The shape of the board is a bit different to accommodate an extra flex PCB for the optional analog connections to the AV multi-out connector, but I believe the mini HDMI port is in the same spot.

It can't be a drop-in replacement for HW1 because the main flat cable was also revised (primarily to include the in-game reset connection, which was added to HW1 as an afterthought). The flat cable connector also has a flip-up release, so it won't break as easily when people try to open it.


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 Post subject: Re: UltraHDMI group-buy ROUND 7 - accepting participants
PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2019 8:41 pm 


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He can't take online payments at the moment because his payment processor did some kind of compliance update


There's been some big changes for payments here in the EU but Stripe should have been able to handle it. I am fairly sure that's what he uses as he recommended them to me. Saying that, the changes did break some stuff on the back end of our accounting s/w and now I'm having to manually input a ton of data every week :evil:

Nice to hear Marshall is still alive though, he's not replied to my emails in a while, I guess the guy is just snowed under.
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 Post subject: Re: UltraHDMI group-buy ROUND 7 - accepting participants
PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2019 1:04 am 


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I made the first of several large payments yesterday. I'll make a few more as I continue to consolidate payments. I hope to order a lot more when Marshall updates his order page to work with his payment processor again (so I can use a card instead of doing a wire transfer). Until then I will keep adding anyone who reaches out to me.


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