Carnivore2 : First impressions and bugs...

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By Alexey

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07-09-2020, 01:34

Meits wrote:

(maybe someone else mentioned this before sometime somewhere, but)
Yesterday I got my first Carnivore 2 and it was the same day I bricked it (quite an achievement Running Naked in a Field of Flowers ) by flashing someone else's 8MB flash file to mine.
I went to the manual on the RBSC site and found a way to fix this. It were quite some steps and I wonder if this process could be automated so I just need to run one file that copies back all the bios files for me.

1. Get another IDE device that can boot to MSX-DOS2 and copy the latest Carnivore2 utilities on that device's media
2. Boot from another IDE device or from Carnivore2
3. Run C2BACKUP tool and save your Carnivore2's FlashROM into a FRB file
4. Copy the backup file to the media of your other IDE device - this will be your quick recover solution

If your Carnivore2 gets bricked, just boot from the other IDE device and write the backup file back into your FlashROM. Remember to always use the latest Carnivore2 utilities from the repository. After you upgrade the Boot Menu or BIOSes, make a new backup file.

I am curious, please send me that 8mb file to take a look at. I wonder how that file could have bricked your Carnivore...

By Meits

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07-09-2020, 01:44

I should've mentioned that I managed to unbrick it by following the steps and using an MFR with the backup files on it.
First reboot after flashing this 8MB file was the pink screen and it halted just before any text could be printed.
Second reboot was a blue screen with a big white square.
I'll send the 8MB file to you.

By MiCv2

Resident (44)

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24-09-2020, 23:09

Hello,
I have successfully upgraded the Carnivore2 to firmware v2.40 Cool Now my question .. I have set SCC+ in Slot1, and Manbow2 in Slot2. But after the intro the screen stays black. What am I doing wrong? Is there finally a way to play Manbow2 (uncut) with SCC+ and save option? Greetings to everyone here Smile

By sdsnatcher73

Paragon (1143)

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25-09-2020, 14:57

MiCv2 wrote:

Hello,
I have successfully upgraded the Carnivore2 to firmware v2.40 Cool Now my question .. I have set SCC+ in Slot1, and Manbow2 in Slot2. But after the intro the screen stays black. What am I doing wrong? Is there finally a way to play Manbow2 (uncut) with SCC+ and save option? Greetings to everyone here Smile

Manbow2 does not require dual slot, it should have SCC in the same slot. You can get the required RCP for correct slot setup here and you have to patch the rom slightly to get SCC sound as can be read here.

By bsittler

Expert (71)

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25-09-2020, 19:25

Is there any way to run Carnivore2 from slot 3? The National CF-3000's two cartridge slots are primary slots 2 and 3, and I'm hoping to use Carnivore2 in slot 3 together with another less-flexible cartridge in slot 2 - that other cartridge also doesn't work from primary slot 3, but unlike Carnivore 2 doesn't have any easy way to modify the firmware / cartridge ROM

Thank you!

edit: also, is there any way to use the Carnivore2 multi-slot features in this machine? Primary slot 1 is the system RAM

By Alexey

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25-09-2020, 19:51

The current Boot Menu won't allow Carnivore to run in slot 3. However, when you have the cartridge in slot 2 and slot 3 is empty, you can try to use it as the slave slot. If that doesn't work, then you can use one of subslots of slot 2 as the slave slot by disabling one of the built-in devices and selecting the slave slot option for that subslot in the Dual Slot menu.

By sdsnatcher73

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25-09-2020, 22:22

I think it is odd C2 now blocks usage from slot 3. I think the reason is the dual slot functionality which won’t work, but all the rest should work fine. It should just have a message that dual slot won’t work (and disable it in the software if possible).

By MiCv2

Resident (44)

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25-09-2020, 22:56

Thanks for the reply sdsnatcher73. The save option doesn't work for me, but it doesn't matter .. My Carnivore2 was vicious from the start .. Wink

By bsittler

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25-09-2020, 23:51

Quote:

I think it is odd C2 now blocks usage from slot 3. I think the reason is the dual slot functionality which won’t work, but all the rest should work fine. It should just have a message that dual slot won’t work (and disable it in the software if possible).

That would be great! Is there some way to get that behavior now, rather than halting the system with an error message?

By Alexey

Guardian (2881)

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26-09-2020, 10:30

Please create a ticket in Carnivore's Github to allow slot3 functionality.

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