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Stella Config Location Change


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    I don't know if this is isolated to a change in how RetroPie's script module installs Stella, or rather that the application just changed it's default directory location, but after launching 5.0 and above, a new config directory is created at ~/.configs/stella/. Previously, I believe the default location was ~/.stella/ and RetroPie symlinked to /opt/retropie/configs/atari2600/stella/. Naturally all emulation settings revert to default after the update and can be restored by symlinking to the new location, but it may need to be corrected in the script module.

    Edit: I just checked their change log and apparently 5.0 was a big update that, among other things, accounts for this change. The following is from https://stella-emu.github.io/changelog.html

    For the Linux/UNIX port:
    The settings directory now uses the XDG Base Directory Specification. In most cases, this means that your files will now be stored in '~/.config/stella' instead of '~/.stella'. To keep your old settings, run the following commands from the terminal:
    cd ~
    mv .stella .config/stella
    You will probably need to edit '~/.config/stella/stellarc' and change some paths accordingly.



  • @mediamogul woohoo 5.0. Now i can play the homebrew draconian.


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    @edmaul69

    Ha! I knew you'd find that exciting. 5.0 was quite an update. Like you, I play these games a lot and I really feel like I can tell a difference with the increased emulation accuracy and timing. The Paddle games feel especially smooth now. I've just started two issues on their new(ish) github about the framebuffer issue and the inaccurate colors produced in the snapshots on the Pi. I'll be sure to post if and when they get resolved.



  • @mediamogul awesome! Just let me know. Thank you



  • @mediamogul man it sucked having to fix all my trak-ball and paddle games to actually use trak-ball and paddles.


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    @edmaul69

    Did you reconfigure everything? Symlinking to your old configs would have done the job. I'm envious of your setup. I have analog control for paddles and trackballs mapped to mouse movement from a thumbstick, but nothing beats the original gear with these games. I really need to bit the bullet and get some adapters.



  • @mediamogul i make modified paddles from wii nunchucks and atari paddles. I can make you one if you like. I have spare parts lying around to make one. I can either make a paddle for you or an adapter that lets you plug in a set of paddles


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    @edmaul69

    Wow, that would be amazing! I'd of course be happy to reimburse you for the parts and time. Would the adapter allow both paddles in a set to function? Also, are you using the Dolphinbar to interface?



  • @mediamogul i am using the dolphinbar of course. Yes you can use both paddles in stella with 1 nunchuck adapter.


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    @edmaul69

    That is wild. Yet another great use for the Dolphinbar. I really hope Mayflash keeps those things in production.



  • @mediamogul me too my friend. I love it. i am working on converting tons of different controllers to wii classic controllers. Really wish mayflash made the - and + on the wiimote and the classic controllers the same button numbers. It actually puts a little damper on my setup.



  • @mediamogul so one issue with the paddle thing. I forgot the wires inside the paddles need to be modified for this to work. Which keeps you from being able to use them on an actual atari. You can send to me to have done or someone with very basic soldering skills could do it for you.


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    @edmaul69

    I'm pretty decent at soldering. I wouldn't win a beauty contest with my results, but it always gets the job done and I've never ruined a board.



  • @mediamogul ok i will modify the set i have here and take pics. Then you just have to move the two wires on the potentiometer to the locations i show and then jumper a ground wire from the button to the potentiometer. Simple really


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    @edmaul69

    Very keen! I have to admit, I'm pretty stoked about playing some 'Kaboom!' with paddles again. I have my original 2600, various controllers and a slew of cartridges, but it just hasn't been convenient to hook it all up in quite some time. I guess it's been over ten years now.



  • @mediamogul ok so here is how the colored wires need to be. notice the yellow (5v) and black (ground) are on opposite sides depending on which paddle. if your wire colors are by any chance different note that 5v will be the same color on both paddles. the different color wires goes to the center pin. i jumpered a black ground wire from the black ground wire on the buttons. then in your paddle games in the menu you need to go into game properties on every game and set player 1 and 2 to paddles on every paddle game. in input settings you need to setup paddle 0 analog, paddle 0 fire, paddle 1 analog and paddle 1 fire. to set paddles just turn the paddle. need to exit a game and re enter for changes to take effect. before entering a game plug in the paddles with the paddles center-ish. and they need to be plugged into the adapter and centered before you plug the adapter into the wiimote.

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    @edmaul69

    Very... very, very, very cool.

    I'll dig out a set of controllers tonight and take a look under the hood.



  • @mediamogul i wrong about 1 thing. You do need to set the paddle 0 fire. I forgot that on the dolphinbar the nunchucks buttons are button 6 and 7. When you set up the paddles, set paddle 0’s fire button first. The paddle with button 6 is paddle 0 and the one with button 7 is paddle 1



  • @mediamogul one adapter ready. sorry about the white cable. i used what i had lying around.

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  • @edmaul69
    So, lemme get this straight: you modded Atari paddles such that you can now plug them into a custom adapter that then plugs into a Wii controller's nunchuck port, and THAT actually controls mouse input via a Mayflash Dolphin bar? So, you effectively created Bluetooth Atari Paddles? Did I get that right?

    EDIT: Oh, and you have the buttons working too, of course. !!!


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