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    Quote Originally Posted by spoonz View Post
    Does anyone know if the guys making these Pandora 2p Arcade Panels sell the panels separately? I'm interested in making something but would just require the case.
    I've never seen them sold separately

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    I received mine earlier this week and tested it last night. My pandora is the 5s version, its advertised as supporting cga and vga, but only vga works.

    I'm running this on a supergun, so I need to check out i'm going to get the extra buttons working.

    I mean, for $50, it's a nice plug and play alternative. The resolution issue is there but it's not game breaking. I tried Cabal and Prisonners of War, two games I've been playing on the same setup, and yeah, the graphical difference is there. It's just.. a bit blurry. Maybe on an older crt or a regular cga screen, you don't notice much difference, but on my supergun+ossc+lcd monitor setup the difference is there.

    Mortal Kombat was choppy, which is a shame! There is some screen tearing going on in some games.

    The sound in Golden Axe is wacky, the music and sfx are very muted, but the voice samples are SUPER LOUD

    I was surprised to see 4 direction joysticks games working fine. Pacman had no control issues with my PS4 Kai joystick, I was expecting the typical 4/8 ways issues when you switch directions, but it worked perfectly. I assume they are using modified roms? Or its just an emulation setting.

    I gotta say that it's a very very nice collection of games, it has all the classics, and the odd weird titles (like those jackie chan fighting games).

    It seems to have a mostly complete neo-geo set, so it's also an useful alternative to the multicards and SD setups out there, I guess.


    it's not a bad piece of kit, but for the super hardcores like most of us, it's not viable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shuri View Post
    I received mine earlier this week and tested it last night. My pandora is the 5s version, its advertised as supporting cga and vga, but only vga works.

    I'm running this on a supergun, so I need to check out i'm going to get the extra buttons working.

    I mean, for $50, it's a nice plug and play alternative. The resolution issue is there but it's not game breaking. I tried Cabal and Prisonners of War, two games I've been playing on the same setup, and yeah, the graphical difference is there. It's just.. a bit blurry. Maybe on an older crt or a regular cga screen, you don't notice much difference, but on my supergun+ossc+lcd monitor setup the difference is there.

    Mortal Kombat was choppy, which is a shame! There is some screen tearing going on in some games.

    The sound in Golden Axe is wacky, the music and sfx are very muted, but the voice samples are SUPER LOUD

    I was surprised to see 4 direction joysticks games working fine. Pacman had no control issues with my PS4 Kai joystick, I was expecting the typical 4/8 ways issues when you switch directions, but it worked perfectly. I assume they are using modified roms? Or its just an emulation setting.

    I gotta say that it's a very very nice collection of games, it has all the classics, and the odd weird titles (like those jackie chan fighting games).

    It seems to have a mostly complete neo-geo set, so it's also an useful alternative to the multicards and SD setups out there, I guess.


    it's not a bad piece of kit, but for the super hardcores like most of us, it's not viable.
    Nice review, there are some for sale in my area complete in a cab and was looking for actual users. I am still not sure about it since I've noticed a bit too much blurryness on the lcd screen and it's 1800CDN$ too. Again thanks for your time!
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    Does anyone have an SD card backup of the pandora 4s backup they could upload please

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    Hey, does anyone know how to get different versions of a Pandora Box working on another?

    I have two Pandora Box 5S unit's and i'm trying to get the image from one to boot-up on the other. Swapped SD cards and powered it on but, won't work. What's the deal here? They're both bootlegs using the same hardware, although one motherboard looks Nicer and Newer. I don't get what the hang-up is.
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    The stock card has both a read-only boot partition and an encrypted main partition. I believe the encryption is tied to the board, so you can't hop cards between units.

    That said, there's a guy that modified the image somehow to add more games. Take a look here:
    https://www.facebook.com/pb3aracde

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShootTheCore View Post
    The stock card has both a read-only boot partition and an encrypted main partition. I believe the encryption is tied to the board, so you can't hop cards between units.

    That said, there's a guy that modified the image somehow to add more games. Take a look here:
    https://www.facebook.com/pb3aracde

    But these are bootleg Pandora units. Is the SD card image really tied/married to whatever board it's on? Why would the bootleggers care or go through that kinda trouble? It's not like this is official product from 3A games.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SkullGrin View Post
    But these are bootleg Pandora units. Is the SD card image really tied/married to whatever board it's on? Why would the bootleggers care or go through that kinda trouble? It's not like this is official product from 3A games.
    If you look at the 1st partition on the sd card, you will notice a file called 3A, try copying this file from your sd card to the new card that you are trying to boot.

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    So what's the latest version of the Pandora's Box now? It seems after 6, all of the 7 models on Ali Express are more like handheld consoles than JAMMA boards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by edd_jedi View Post
    So what's the latest version of the Pandora's Box now? It seems after 6, all of the 7 models on Ali Express are more like handheld consoles than JAMMA boards.
    Pandora box 6 has just been released and is offical 3A product

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisB View Post
    If you look at the 1st partition on the sd card, you will notice a file called 3A, try copying this file from your sd card to the new card that you are trying to boot.

    When placing it into an SD card reader and viewing it in windows, i see no such file on the newer 1299 games SD card.

    I do see stuff like that when i place the 999 games card in but, not the 1299 games card. It looks totally different. I'm sure the 1299 games image is a newer build/hack from the other one.

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    Says it does cga now and works on crt, thats kind of awesome. The 5 did not do this so I am going to grab a 6 today.
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    So i'm guessing the Pink one is the only one that supports CGA?

    https://www.aliexpress.com/w/wholesa...ora-box-6.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisB View Post
    Does anyone have an SD card backup of the pandora 4s backup they could upload please
    I'm also looking for a PB4 / King of Air SD card backup or iso. Can someone upload?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeffpin View Post
    I'm also looking for a PB4 / King of Air SD card backup or iso. Can someone upload?
    the new pboxes come without roms, but you can dl them via link from their official youtube channel "3A Game" (check description). its for the pb6 but i am pretty sure it also works for the pb4 (only the pb4 supported games will be available)...

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    Quote Originally Posted by aku View Post
    the new pboxes come without roms, but you can dl them via link from their official youtube channel "3A Game" (check description). its for the pb6 but i am pretty sure it also works for the pb4 (only the pb4 supported games will be available)...
    I need the entire file system and not just the roms. I believe the OS is on the SD card. The board will not boot at all without this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeffpin View Post
    I need the entire file system and not just the roms. I believe the OS is on the SD card. The board will not boot at all without this.
    Board won't boot without the signature file from your original SD card either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Azathoth View Post
    Board won't boot without the signature file from your original SD card either.
    i can only tell from my experience: dl all pb6 files from the link i mentioned on a new sd card and it works perfectly in a pb5s.

    but i dont know how the older versions work & what files are needed. the pb 5s os is imho NOT on the sd card.

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    Quote Originally Posted by djjimmyjames View Post
    Says it does cga now and works on crt, thats kind of awesome. The 5 did not do this so I am going to grab a 6 today.
    I was turned off by the lack of CGA support so this is great but the question remains, does it run any better than the previous models?


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    Quote Originally Posted by aku View Post
    i can only tell from my experience: dl all pb6 files from the link i mentioned on a new sd card and it works perfectly in a pb5s.

    but i dont know how the older versions work & what files are needed. the pb 5s os is imho NOT on the sd card.
    If you remove the SD card do you get any video?

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    any new info on these. Just got my setup running again, not sure if anything new and better has come along.
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    Quote Originally Posted by munchiaz View Post
    any new info on these. Just got my setup running again, not sure if anything new and better has come along.
    Pandora's Box 9 is out now. You'll need to supply your own rom files (usually, the seller will send you a link for them). I'm running one that has no problem running Playstation 1. My goal is to load up Einhander up on a cabinet.

    I haven't tried Pandora's Box 3D X/ Pandora's Key 7 yet. I may pick one up during the holidays.

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    Actually, I've randomly discovered something very interesting about some of those boards and that they are based off a RaspberryPi clone known as OrangePi and, more in particular, this one: http://www.orangepi.org/orangepipc/

    I was stocked because I've had this board for, like forever. What they did was modify the board somehow to allow for an analogue video out (which might as well be just the HDMI connected to a DAC).

    Unfortunately not much was developed for this board which means that, AFAIK, right now your best shot is putting Retroarch on it and that's it.
    Someone went the extra mile and made 32GB to 256GB images with most of MAME/FBA ROMs on it and named it Retropan or something.

    Until someone puts some serious work on it and allows us to get dynamic resolution switch to get pixel perfect output with each game there's not much more to talk about it.

    EDIT: I'm talking about the older ones, not the newer ones.

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