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Found a Xplorer FX, what can I do with it?

Postby zxcvbnm » Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:35 pm

Hi guys, long time since I've been here!

So recently I came across an Xplorer FX cheat card for the PS1 that I bought from a second hand place (looks just like this: https://a1.amlimg.com/OGM5ZmQ4MzE2ZmJlMGU3MzEwY2ZkY2JlZGM0MWM5NTNDoG-KNdr4iqkgcj6ztiWOaHR0cDovL21lZGlhLmFkc2ltZy5jb20vNWU2NDBhNGQ2NjAwZGY5Y2UwNDg1MWE1Y2I0YzkxZmMyNDAxZDg3YjBkYzhhN2I2ZmE5MWU4YzEzM2QwNGNkNi5qcGd8fHx8fHw3MDB4NTI1fGh0dHA6Ly93d3cuYWR2ZXJ0cy5pZS9zdGF0aWMvaS93YXRlcm1hcmsucG5nfHx8.jpg ). I plugged it into the parallel port and lets me use cheats for many games.

The thing is there's pretty little information on the internet about this device. Is anyone aware of Xplorer FX? And is there perhaps a way to add cheats to it?
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Re: Found a Xplorer FX, what can I do with it?

Postby Berzerk » Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:44 pm

Looks like a knock off of the old PS1 gameshark if your PS1 has the expansion port on the back the newer models did away with the expansion slot you should be able to plug it into the expansion port and enter gameshark codes on it. I purchased one way back in the day off eBay when there was a ton of knock offs of them.
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Re: Found a Xplorer FX, what can I do with it?

Postby ZX81v2 » Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:45 pm

I have a clone of one of these too.
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Re: Found a Xplorer FX, what can I do with it?

Postby Berzerk » Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:49 pm

The other slot may be for a cable you can attach and plug into a computer probably has some memory and can store codes. Everything was made simple when ActionReply and GameShark came out with discs that were preloaded with every known code.
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Re: Found a Xplorer FX, what can I do with it?

Postby Gamerone » Fri Aug 10, 2018 10:13 pm

Found this on GitHub
It says using this setup it's possible to run custom code on the console and write emulator tests, homebrew, dumping memory cards etc.
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https://github.com/simias/rustation/wik ... r-FX-setup
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Re: Found a Xplorer FX, what can I do with it?

Postby kaos_engr » Sat Aug 11, 2018 12:47 am

Check the downloads section here at TiZ:

PS1 Explorer Cheat Cartridge Files
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Re: Found a Xplorer FX, what can I do with it?

Postby Dildo_Schwaggins » Sat Aug 11, 2018 4:39 am

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The thing is there's pretty little information on the internet about this device. Is anyone aware of Xplorer FX? And is there perhaps a way to add cheats to it?[/quote]

Have you tried adding and saving new codes with the UI and controller? Most of them you cannot, the interfaces suck, there are none that have "all" codes you often must look up the codes on the net and they can be hard to find...

See back in the day what you did was hook up your old ass pc via parallel port to the cheat device and it would update its limited codes that way, the whole thing was stupid.

What you need is an interface where you can add and save new codes directly from the PS1 and this can be accomplished with Caetla modded and UniRom. Reflash the whole cheat cartridge. Problem is its too difficult for the average user but if you want to send it to me maybe I could do it for you.

you might be able to sell that thing on eBay for a good amount as they are quite rare
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Re: Found a Xplorer FX, what can I do with it?

Postby Biggsy666 » Sat Aug 11, 2018 7:50 am

WHat you using for a search engine? Marmite :lol:



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Re: Found a Xplorer FX, what can I do with it?

Postby stillcool » Sat Aug 11, 2018 10:47 am

It's a fabulous piece of kit if used right, follow the videos and guides above to get the best out of it.

The guy who let me upload those files to TIZ 3 years ago also has this on his page (worth keeping) ..

http://www.murraymoffatt.com/playstation-xplorer.html

The 'Anatomy of an Xplorer Cheat' section is pretty deep but if you can work it all out you can make your own unpublished codes for games, I was going to do it on a request basis for TIZ members but real life got in the way.

If you don't fancy the complications of rigging this up with a Parallel port and PC with Dos or DOSBox to do all the donkey work you can also get this, it's called a X-Assist and displays and manipulates the data from your code searches.

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There's even one on fleabay and it's the cheapest I've seen in a while (normally £30+)

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/PS1-PSX-XPLO ... SwNJNbLPKj
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Re: Found a Xplorer FX, what can I do with it?

Postby ZX81v2 » Sat Aug 11, 2018 10:55 am

there originally came a small spring with the cart. This keeps the tray open allowing you to swap disks as it holds the tray release
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Re: Found a Xplorer FX, what can I do with it?

Postby zxcvbnm » Sat Aug 11, 2018 2:27 pm

Thanks for the replies, making more sense now. Am I able to use custom cheat codes with this device too? Like there's this racing game where someone input codes that let him/her play a computer/opponent's car. I heard about Gameshark but I've never had such thing before ever, so have no clue how they work.
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Re: Found a Xplorer FX, what can I do with it?

Postby Dildo_Schwaggins » Sun Aug 12, 2018 6:10 am

-Do NOT use a connect a windows 95 pc or x-assist using stuff from 2 decades ago. You think the x-assist will be cheap? What possible reason do you need it when you can put in your codes with a PS1 controller?
-The spring is for the cheat CD's, which came along after the parallel port cheat devices. This is a parallel port device.

UNIROM CAETLA


flash the cart with UNIROM CAETLA v6

put switch in down position to boot into the cheat program CAETLA

put in any game or code you want
boots game backups

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I use breaker pro disc and I do not hotswap discs...
UNIROM CAETLA not unirom standalone
wrap a couple q-tip ends or something with tape to make a ball, and then tape the sensor down with the ball on top of sensor and tape over it
-may(?) interfere with mod chip. I might not do it if chipped
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Re: Found a Xplorer FX, what can I do with it?

Postby Biggsy666 » Mon Aug 13, 2018 9:09 am

Dildo_Schwaggins wrote:The spring is for the cheat CD's, which came along after the parallel port cheat devices. This is a parallel port device.


Odd, my parallel port cart came with a spring as did lots of the other parallel port devices, it enabled the devices to boot imports and backups.
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