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Re: Raspberry Pi as a Atari 2600

Fri Mar 16, 2012 12:17 am

Had a bit of success tonight.

The SDL version of the stella Atari 2600 emulator in the Debian repository works. No sound yet, but the gameplay is very smooth.


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Re: Raspberry Pi as a Atari 2600

Fri Mar 16, 2012 12:38 am

I wonder what's up with sound?
I was considering the venerable console as a chassis for mine, so it's good to know it works fine.
I'm sure I will feel a little guilty though, while gutting it out.

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Re: Raspberry Pi as a Atari 2600

Fri Mar 16, 2012 12:55 am

Ooh, this is nice to see - thanks for posting about it!

Any idea why there's no sound?

JasonS said:


I'm sure I will feel a little guilty though, while gutting it out.


Why not gut one of the non-2600-on-a-Chip plug-and-play units, instead? Not much to feel guilty about, there!

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Re: Raspberry Pi as a Atari 2600

Fri Mar 16, 2012 2:17 am

No sound due to no Linux sound driver...
You can currently only play audio using openMAX (which no games will support).

The good news is I"m working on an ALSA driver, and it"s starting to show signs of life.
Hopefully finished in a week or so.
speaker-test and aplay make recognisable noises. Can"t persuade Quake 3 to even open the driver though. I believe that"s a tricky one to configure even with a working sound card.

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Re: Raspberry Pi as a Atari 2600

Fri Mar 16, 2012 5:37 am

Ah, thought ALSA was already nailed. Keep up the good work, but don't stress if it doesn't play nice - there'll be a few thousand happy hackers working at it soon enough.
I want to use the original 2600, not the plastic version or an imitation. It wouldn't be right otherwise.

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Re: Raspberry Pi as a Atari 2600

Fri Mar 16, 2012 11:58 am

That's great news.

I'm hoping to run my Pi as a multi system emulator

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Re: Raspberry Pi as a Atari 2600

Fri Mar 16, 2012 12:05 pm

andytuk said:


Had a bit of success tonight.

The SDL version of the stella Atari 2600 emulator in the Debian repository works. No sound yet, but the gameplay is very smooth.





Looks good - thanks for another great post andy

Now take that XBOX360 and PS3!!

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Re: Raspberry Pi as a Atari 2600

Fri Mar 16, 2012 1:09 pm

dom said:


No sound due to no Linux sound driver...
You can currently only play audio using openMAX (which no games will support).

The good news is I"m working on an ALSA driver, and it"s starting to show signs of life.
Hopefully finished in a week or so.
speaker-test and aplay make recognisable noises. Can"t persuade Quake 3 to even open the driver though. I believe that"s a tricky one to configure even with a working sound card.


Great news about ALSA, what is the process of converting it for ARM and RPi?

You think Jack is a possibility, or not suited to the RPi ; -)

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