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Legodude522

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Hello, I've been following this project on and off for several years. I'd be wanting to use this for emulation, watching videos, and Linux system administration. I've previously used the Tapwave Zodiac and the GP2X.

I'm interested in purchasing the Pyra but I got a few questions.
  • If I were to pre-order today, what is the estimated lead-time?
  • I'm under the assumption that all of the software for the OpenPandora will work on the Pyra, is this correct?
  • PlayStation 1 emulator on the OpenPandora looks decent, should I expect near perfect PlayStation 1 emulator on the Pyra?
  • What kind of limitations are there in playing videos? Will it not like high quality 1080p video? I don't want to go through the trouble of converting video files.
  • I see there is a model with a modem available with GPS. Has anyone tested the GPS output? This might be fun with Kismet
 

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Welcome to the boards!

To address your questions
1. It's 2 months(tm). Always has been, although the length of month is left for the reader to deduce.
2. That's the theory, although as far as I know nothings been done yet to test that out. It'll need a little work for sure, and there might also be corner cases because the Pandora is running an old unsupported kernel at time of writing.
3. Yes, I'd hope for that.
4. I think we've seen it already playing 1080p videos. It's a bit wasteful since it's only got a 720p screen, although you could always plug it into an eternal 1080p screen once the rotation issues are sorted.
5. I think the tests the hardware devs use has tested that the GPS module can be communicated with, but I haven't heard of anyone using it anger yet, so the performance level is unknown.
 

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Sorry, I meant 'in anger' which is probably a britishism I wasn't aware of. Means 'seriously' basically.

And as for the lack of h265 hardware decode, I'm not sure if anyone's got hardware decode working yet. I'm honestly not sure if the Pyra can do software decode of h265 at 60fps, but I think it's worth a try.
 

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Wow, thanks for the quick responses! Only thing really holding me back (besides money) at this point is wondering how the controls feel but this may be more of a personal decision.

Come to think of it, I'm sure some of the software for the Raspberry Pi will work on the Pandora. Both can run Debian ARM.
 

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Wow, thanks for the quick responses! Only thing really holding me back (besides money) at this point is wondering how the controls feel but this may be more of a personal decision.

Come to think of it, I'm sure some of the software for the Raspberry Pi will work on the Pandora. Both can run Debian ARM.
Controls are great and you can access the full Debian ARM Repo out of the box.
I have a Prototype and can confirm both
 

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If i remember correctly, you cant put a Pandora PND on the Pyra and click on it to run, : its needs a wrapper (like Ginge for GP2X Games) or a Recompile,
You can run Stuff from the Debian Repo Out of the Box, , as the Packages are allready compiled for Debian ARM..

When the 3D Driver is ready, i think all of the Stuff you know from the Pandora, will run also on the Pyra, but in better as the Pyra is much faster when its got compiled

And PSX Emulation shouldnd be a big Issue for the Pyra

But whe first need this 3D Driver running..

Could also be, that you get your Pyra shortly after the Pree Order got thyre Pyra, maybe in 2 Months (tm)..
 

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Now that I'm feeling nostalgic for my Sharp Zaurus, I wonder if I could get any of the programs to work.
 
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