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Sunday, September 25, 2005

PalmPSX available for Zod! For real!


ZodTTD has made a playable PSX emulator for the tapwave zodiac. One Piece Mansion and the Buster Bros Collection were tested, and the games are playable on PalmPSX. In his own words: "check out what i did last night after some boredom"

PalmPSX is now nearly a full speed PSX emulator for the Zodiac. PalmPSX runs well and at good speed. Video is little choppy at times but the games run at normal speed. Currently PalmPSX is not yet using a frameskip. Once ZodTTD can get a clean frameskip in place, things will run a whole lot smoother.

PalmPSX v0.20-
- Of course, A GOOD SIZED SPEED INCREASE, due to compiler option tweaking/testing, and rewriting of Null SPU code.
- Graphics core fix for some graphics glitches.
- Started implementing HLE for future speed increase and to get rid of the BIOS requirement.
- Nearly complete button mapping:
- Power off the Zodiac during gameplay.
- FASTER LOADING TIMES due to larger storage card read-ahead


Function START
Pressed-in Analog Stick SELECT
Analog Stick Up/Down/Left/Right
Top Hard Button X
Other 3 Hard Buttons The other 3 buttons on the PSX.
Left Trigger L
Right Trigger R
These button mappings might be wrong, if so let me know. I had to do some guess work on the SELECT and L/R buttons.
- Exit the game immediately by pressing START+L+R

Features planned to be implemented in in the near future:
- better compatibility for currently incompatible games example:Tactics Ogre (crashes on loading)
- a config file
- Save states / Memory Card implementation
- gzipped ISO's

Download it here


#1 Double click ppsx.prc located inside the zip. Install to internal memory or your card.
#2 Put your ISO .BIN's in /PALM/PROGRAMS/PPSX/ on your storage card.
#3 Put SCPH1001 . BIN inside /PALM/PROGRAMS/PPSX/ on your storage card.
#4 Run PPSX and click the game you want to run and click GO.
#5 Share what you find that runs somewhat here

Bullguard Cover For The Zodiac Officially Available!

The BullGuard Cover is a more durable replacement for the Zodiac Flip cover. The cover is molded from Kydex, strong plastic material which protects the the Zodiac from bumps, scratches, scrapes, and dents. Personally I've had my Zodiac since November 21st, 2003 and havn't scratched it once, but will probably still buy this cover, just for the peace of mind it will offer to me.

The Kydex material used to make this cover is:

A. Flame Retardent
B. Impact Resistant
C. Easily Cleaned
D. Thin
E. Durable
F. Individually formed and finished by Kevin, owner of Bullguard Covers
G. Good Looking

Bullguard Covers

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Tapwave DAA cracked

Not long after Tapwave closing shop, people began to question how long developers could keep getting their applications signed by Joyce. Obviously, Joyce can't always offer her services and eventually will be forced to abandon the Zodiac community.

Well, the DAA has just been cracked by some Russian hackers. You can download the hacked-and-cracked DAA here. Enjoy unsigned applications without qualifications!

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Zodiac RMA service back in business!

It seems i'm the first here,
Check out the news from Tapland or read on!

Shortened article
Olympic Systems, Inc., the company formerly responsible for refurbishing RMA'd Tapwave products, has come to the aid of the Zodiac user community by offering repair service to individual owners. The company has enough parts and Zodiacs on hand to begin performing screen and battery replacements as well as miscellaneous repairs. Efforts are underway to line up future parts supplies from original manufacturers and vendors. While current stockpiles last, prices are estimated at $80 for screen replacement and $30 to $40 for most other repairs. Ground shipping will be no more than $20, with overnight shipping available too. In addition, Sogotis, who wrote Olympic Systems' Zodiac repair protocols, plans to make detailed procedures available to owners interested in doing their own repairs. "I was a part of the sustaining engineering team which focused on identifying problems and finding the solutions, so I am available for those questions as well," he writes. It is not yet clear what Zodiac parts will be available for purchase. Additional details will be announced as they become available.


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