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    Super SD System 3 - Intermittent black screen issue

    Hey everybody, I searched, but didn't see this particular issue, so thought I would ask you all.

    I recently scooped up a Super SD System 3 and a Core Grafx II. Got it set up yesterday, and it's basically unplayable due to an issue where the video and music stop, a black screen happens for a few seconds, then the game seems to pick back up. Not exactly crashing, but not playable, by any means.

    This seems to happen on both HuCard and CD games. The first game I booted up was Rondo of Blood, and it did it like crazy on that game. I thought it could be a fluke, so I booted up R Type (the first part, on HuCard), and it was fine. I did enable in game trigger at some point in testing. Ninja Gaiden and Bonk's Adventure both did the same thing. Here's a sample of Bonk (sorry for the crap vid):



    My setup is as follows:

    Core Grafx II
    Original NEC power supply (plugged into 120v > 100v converter)
    Insurrection industries scart cable
    Scart to XRGB Mini adapter > Framemeister
    HDMI to Viewsonic monitor
    Sandisk 128GB card

    I haven't looked at the PCB, but I just bought it this month, directly from SAG, and the listing for the product says Rev B.

    Any help is very, very much appreciated. Thanks all!
    Last edited by Ajax; 01-26-2020 at 10:10 PM.

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    Probably start by picking up a replacement PSU.
    Where are you located? I use retrogamesupply which is EU based.

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    Can you test it without the Framemeister? There is a known delay of some seconds on the Framemeister when a game switches from 240p to 480i.

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    Thank you both for your replies. ✌️

    Tested some things last night - I connected to the Framemeister through composite from the port on the actual console. I only tested HuCard games, but no black screen.

    I connected directly to an outlet (skipping the stepdown converter) while running RGB and the crashes continued.

    Strange thing though, I played R Type and Ninja Spirit for probably ten minutes each with no crashes on the setup noted in the original post. Confirmed that both Bonk and Bonk III crash like crazy.

    I’m located in the US now. My first thought was that this was probably a power issue. I picked up a new PSU from Retro Game Cave this morning. I also ordered a different scart cable. When those get here later this week, I’ll attempt to rule those two pieces out.

    Oh also, I don’t have any way to test via scart other than the XRGB Mini, I’m afraid.
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    Could be a sync issue between the PC Engine and the Framemeister when it works via composite. Another RGB cable could do the trick.

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    The in game trigger will cause crashes on many games, so leave that off while trying to track down any other issues. It's still in its experimental state, as far as I'm aware.

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