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flickering makes some games hard/impossible to play #7

beta-tester opened this issue Nov 22, 2019 · 1 comment

flickering makes some games hard/impossible to play #7

beta-tester opened this issue Nov 22, 2019 · 1 comment


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on a Raspberry Pi (RPi3B) in combination with LibreELEC 9.1(v9.1-20191027) and Stella (atari2600 emulator),
there are some games where some objects are flickering extremely in a way (none-constant frequency), that it is hard or impossible to play.

  • Astroids: the astroids are flickering.
  • Pac-Man: the ghosts are flickering.
  • Yars' Revenge: the safezone and the "shield" of the enemy are flickering.

under LibreELEC v9.1-20191027, the listed objects of the games are flickering in a none-constant frequency. it happens, that the flickering objects are not visible for longer time so that you don't see them and got hitten from an invisible object. it is hard or impossible survive/win the game.

RetroArch Behavior

Here is a clear and concise description of what happens in RetroArch with the same core/game:

i tried Lakka-RPi2.arm-2.3.1 (on the same SD card, on the same RPi3B, with the same Stella 2014 emulator and same games), there those objects are flickering as well, but in a way higher and more constant frequency so, that you mostely always are able to play/survive the game.

To Reproduce

Steps to reproduce the behavior:

  1. download and update to LibreELEC-RPi2.arm-9.1-devel-20191027191757-4e65d03.tar
  2. start LibreELEC on a RPi3B
  3. install Atari2600 (Stella 2014) add-on
    (Add-Ons | Install from Repository | LibreELEC Add-ons | Game add-ons | Emulators | Atari - 2600 (Stella 2014) | Install | Ok)
  4. navigate to Astroid.a26 / Pac-Man.a26 / Yars' Revenge.a26 rom and start the game


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MP4 of

  • Astroids.mp4: see how the objects are not visible few times for around 1 second.
  • Pac-Man.mp4: see how sometimes there are less than 4 ghosts visible for around 1 second (e.g. the ghost at bottom right corner)
  • Yars' Revenge.mp4: see how the middle safezone and the rights "shield" disappear few times for a longer period.

Your Environment

Used Operating system:

  • Android
  • iOS
  • Linux
  • OSX
  • Raspberri-Pi
  • Windows
  • Windows UWP

Operating system version/name:

Kodi version: 18.4 + patch LibreELEC-RPi2.arm-9.1-devel-20191027191757-4e65d03.tar, because with the normal unpatched version, the stella add-on is not usable.

note: Once the issue is made we require you to update it with new information or Kodi versions should that be required.
Team Kodi will consider your problem report however, we will not make any promises the problem will be solved.


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@beta-tester beta-tester commented Nov 27, 2019

because of the black screen issue #5, i just tried LibreELEC 9.2 with Kodi 18.5 and RetroPlayer patches (LibreELEC-RPi2.arm-9.2-devel-20191126203326-551ead9.tar), there the issue is also present.
subjectively it feels a tiny little bit even worse - the duration of periods, where all the objects are invisible seems to be a bit longer.

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