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Re: B3 test rig
« Reply #40 on: 02 July, 2016, 20:53:03 »
So close!!! and yet so far!! had high hopes for this hard drive found in a non working pc that had not worked in years!! old style service menus, but alas section 31 Rainbow Riches!!

Disapointed!!!!

The search for Section 16 rainbow goes on.....

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« Reply #41 on: 03 July, 2016, 13:57:40 »
So close!!! and yet so far!! had high hopes for this hard drive found in a non working pc that had not worked in years!! old style service menus, but alas section 31 Rainbow Riches!!

Disapointed!!!!

The search for Section 16 rainbow goes on.....

soooo close
wanted working or not

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« Reply #42 on: 07 July, 2016, 00:20:53 »
Well today I took the flash chips off the section 31 program card I have here, read them, extracted and modified the data and recreated the BIN file called MPU51.3L.BIN from the data, put it onto a compact flash and used that to program my test program card to see it it worked, it did!! so not only have I recreated the section 16 files to reprogram the program cards, I now have section 31 too!! My database is growing on these machines.

just wished I could find a easy way of changing the bootstrap version without having to remove the flash chips on the card to reprogram them! I think it was done in the factory using JTAG but I can't find a way of doing it..... yet!

video of the upgrading a program card and testing the game in realplay with the section 31 file

https://youtu.be/r5Hqi_1GqpM
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« Reply #43 on: 07 July, 2016, 00:45:45 »
Amazing stuff as always Andrew! Really has brought long forgotten games back.
You already have brought Max a million, Monty Python and Elvis back to life. The Elvis and Monty in Mr ps don't go a day without being played,  lots of time you have dedicated to this

Your special pies are lovely too!

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« Reply #44 on: 07 July, 2016, 10:05:53 »
Cheers Dave, I can't see these files being of much use, but if I don't do this I can't see anyone else doing so, after all there is no coin to be had from doing these things, just time lost I will never get back!!

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« Reply #45 on: 07 July, 2016, 10:07:27 »
Andrew is truly a legend with all the things ha revived.

I wish I could do all that and I want that rig Haha

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« Reply #46 on: 07 July, 2016, 11:10:14 »
Very impressed, a genuine skill you have Andrew.

Great work

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« Reply #47 on: 08 July, 2016, 23:08:03 »
Andrew is a Legend in my eyes. Amazing work as usual.

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« Reply #48 on: 02 September, 2016, 23:36:20 »
Ah cheers Spa!

So the search goes on!! more hard drives purchased in the hope there is S16 rainbow as the seller sold some program cards too and one card WAS S16 rainbow! but nothing is easy! the hard drive click of death!!

https://youtu.be/fQ7DcjFRPXU

Electronic board changed with a known good one but still the same so platter or head damage!!!  >:(

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Re: B3 test rig
« Reply #49 on: 07 September, 2016, 08:21:00 »
Do you happen to know the filename of RR you are looking for?
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« Reply #50 on: 07 September, 2016, 23:37:04 »
Cost for data recovery on the clicking drive $850!

yes the 2 folders shown in the picture in the root of the drive, nothing else just them, they only exist on S16 drives

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« Reply #51 on: 08 September, 2016, 07:57:14 »
Yes, do you know the filenames in the folders that you are looking for.

Are the something like -- RainbowRiches_ssm_20_v.bpak ?

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« Reply #52 on: 08 September, 2016, 09:58:52 »
the folders are the unpacked versions so it it everything that is in the folder as S16 does NOT store the complete packed bpak like B3 machines do, that's why is is so difficult to find

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« Reply #53 on: 08 September, 2016, 19:47:19 »
Ok never mind, i have 100's if not 1000's of different files, lots from older BB's. If you don't know the filenames, then i can't help. Sorry.
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« Reply #54 on: 08 September, 2016, 22:12:25 »
cheers, because there unpacked there is just lots of files with all manor of names! this is just one snippet for Monty Python S16

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« Reply #55 on: 09 September, 2016, 08:02:54 »
Are these the contents of .bpak files?
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« Reply #56 on: 09 September, 2016, 09:46:44 »
yes, once the game is installed these are the extracted content of the bpak, it is not just the game file like 'rainbow.exe' but a whole bunch of animation, movies, wave files, and data files, and of course done in a way only barcrest know how! S16 does NOT copy the installation bpak onto the drive like the later B3 games did, so therefore it is impossible to get the S16 bpak off the hard drive as it never existed on the drive in the first place.

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Re: B3 test rig
« Reply #57 on: 23 September, 2016, 00:18:48 »
Guessing spinrite won't fix it? :(

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« Reply #58 on: 23 September, 2016, 09:14:23 »
Sadly not, it's the heads crashing on the platter so the drive cannot even read the firmware from the platter so the drive cannot even report its size let alone access any data, this info is put on at the factory and is not accessable by the likes of us minions!! But that's technology for ya!! Gone are the days when you could erase the platters with a strong magnet and the drive would happily format with no errors! (40mb mini scribe drives) Now if you get a magnet near a drive it erases the firmware and it just becomes a heater!
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Re: B3 test rig
« Reply #59 on: 26 December, 2016, 21:33:46 »
Just a thought. If this dead drive has definitely got the files on, what about doing a crowd funder? I'm sure I can spare a tenner or so as can many others

 

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