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MODE Firmware News

07 Jul 2020, 14:45

I will post the latest firmware version info in here.

1.01 R04 released July 7th 2020

Get it from the Downloads section

Change Log:
To update firmware, just place this file in the root of your SD card. Firmware update will be checked after the logo
display and you'll be prompted to install the firmware. Once the firmware process has started, don't power the console off
till it finishes, and the console will reboot.
Alternatively you can install the firmware from the Hard Disk Drive, by copying the firmware file to the hard disk root, and
then in the MODE menu, while browsing the HDD device, select Options and then Check Update.
If you powered the console off during update, or you can't boot to the MODE menu to perform the update, you can do a "forced"
update that is applied on boot, even if menu doesn't boot. In order to do this update, rename the XXXXXX_update.upd to
XXXXXX_forced.upd where XXXXXX is your MODE serial. If .upd doesn't show, just rename XXXXX_update to XXXXX_forced. Copy this file
to the root of a SD card (forced updating from HDD is not supported), insert the SD card and power your console on. MODE "Access" and
"PWR" lights will start blinking and your console will either boot to CD player, or will be stuck during loop, don't worry,
that's normal. Wait till both MODE lights stop blinking for around 10 seconds (HDD light might be on or slowly pulsing, that's ok, only
ACCESS and PWR lights are important), and then power your console off and on again. This time the console will boot fine and firmware
will have updated.

1.01 R04
- Fix CDDA noises in some Saturn models
- Fix unreliable data transfer (causing failure to boot, or crash to cd player) in some Saturn models.
- Fix subchannel (for CD+G for example) not working in some Saturn models
- Fix .CCD, .CDI and .MDS not loading in Saturn.
- Fix .CCD incorrect last track end on 2nd session (Dreamcast)
- Fix letter J having an extra bar to the left in Saturn.
- Fix selection square not aligned in covers menu in Saturn.
- Fix using the filter reset combo (L+R) not updating the images in covers menu.
- Fix pressing B, selecting Folder Up or doing filter reset sometimes making the covers loading stop till a reset.
- Fix hang or incorrect game launching when pressing A while no games are shown due to empty genre filter list.
- Fix changing devices or menu mode while covers are loading causing a menu hang.
- Remove serial display from boot screen
- Slowed down VMU animation (Dreamcast)
- Slightly faster saturn boot when battery is empty
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Re: MODE Firmware News

04 Aug 2020, 14:38

MODE firmware released 1.02 R10 released:

- [ALL] Add an option to show HDD information (if HDD is not detected, insert also a SD card so you can access options)
- [ALL] Allow specification of per game flags via MODE.CFG
- [ALL] Fix CD order handling in multidisc games
- [ALL] Fix games with long names and no spaces hanging the menu when scrolling the game list.
- [ALL] Fix multiple line descriptions in cover view.
- [ALL] Force hard disk cache flush after scanning for games
- [ALL] Support browsing menu with gamepads on any port
- [DC] Fix NBA Showtime (and probably others) audio.
- [DC] Add an option to enable soft reset combo (ABXY+Start) return to MODE menu. If it's enabled, Reset Input behavior option is always Reset to MODE
- [DC] Add fast load option, to skip the bios boot animation and shorter license screen time.
- [DC] Fix seek time and speed throttle being applied even if sector was in the cache
- [DC] Fix some .CDI files not working if they had file pointers to the 1st session
- [DC] Improve PIO read speed
- [SAT] Additional fixes for remaining noise in CDDA
- [SAT] Fast boot mode. Boot games without going through boot animation. It loads games without bios intervention. If you find any issue (license screen hang for example), try with fast boot off and in game reset off.
- [SAT] Fix Auto Video Signal Pin switching based on region not working.
- [SAT] Fix a remaining issue in CCD parsing in Saturn
- [SAT] Fix in FPGA for consoles having very slow reads or random crashing when loading.
- [SAT] Fix noise when playing beyond the last track.
- [SAT] Fix some hanging issues with games with a single data track.
- [SAT] Fix some issues with ImgBurn generated .cue files
- [SAT] In game reset direcly to MODE menu (ABC+Start in most games). This option also enables fast boot mode when used. Some games don't fully support it, so sometimes games may go to a black screen instead of booting to MODE.
- [SAT] In game reset to MODE menu through the CD player. This is a more compatible return mode than direct load to MODE menu. When doing the soft reset combo, you'll be taken to the cd player, when pressing "Start Application", MODE menu will boot instead. This also makes the console reset button reboot to MODE menu (through the cd player too) without any additional wiring.
- [SAT] Make Pseudo Saturn Kai reset combo reboot to MODE menu if the reset input signal option is set to boot to MODE.
- [SAT] Pressing B to cancel the disc selection when loading the game from the cover description caused broken graphics.
- [SAT] Start CDDA with buffered silence sectors to try to fix audio pop on CDDA start

NOTE: If you have a Pseudo Saturn cartridge or any cartridge with its own loader or soft reset code, it's recommended disabling fastboot and soft reset in MODE so it doesn't interfere with the cartridge normal loading and reset.
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