RE: [stella] Reflex: To NTSC/PAL50/PAL60, or not to NTSC/PAL50/PAL60

Subject: RE: [stella] Reflex: To NTSC/PAL50/PAL60, or not to NTSC/PAL50/PAL60
From: "Lee Fastenau" <stella@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 2 Aug 2004 21:59:10 -0500

I read Adam's post a while back and, I agree, it was an excellent (read
"elegant") solution, which is why I referred to it again.  I've decided not
to cut any corners and implement that method as well as the startup method I
described in my previous post.  Basically, hold Select at power on to get
PAL50, hold Reset to get PAL60, and nothing to get NTSC... then you can use
the Color/BW switch to cycle through the three modes.

I'll be hacking away at PAL support tonight... :)

For any other n00bs that haven't already added this link to their Stella
programming arsenal, here's Glenn Saunders's most excellent TIA Colorchart:
(It even has tooltip rollovers for quick value lookup!)

PS: I have placed online the scant beginnings of a Reflex WIP page here:

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Erik Mooney [mailto:erik@xxxxxxxxxx]
> Sent: Sunday, August 01, 2004 12:36 PM
> To: stella@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: Re: [stella] Reflex: To NTSC/PAL50/PAL60, or not to
> >That's generally the problem with the non-toggle console
> switches, including
> >the difficulty switches: it requires the user to alter the state of their
> >system from what they might consider the "normal" state.  For many, that
> >might be Color and both difficulty switches set to A.
> I'd recommend the method that I used in INV (thanks to Adam's post for
> inspiring it, of course.)  Three video modes, NTSC (default at bootup),
> PAL-50, and PAL-60.  Cycling the video mode is done when the switch
> changes from B/W to Color.  So basically, you flip the switch from Color
> to B/W and then back to Color to change modes once.  Essentially, this
> treats the Color/BW switch as a momentary switch like Select and Reset.
> So NTSC users (the most common case) don't have to worry about anything at
> all, since the game will always just boot up in NTSC and stay there.  PAL
> users can cycle the switch down and up once to get to PAL-50 or twice to
> get to PAL-60.  Everyone that's commented on it in INV likes it. :)
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