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Discussion in 'Modding and Hacking - Consoles and Electronics' started by jlosacco, Jan 10, 2017 at 11:16 AM.

  1. jlosacco

    jlosacco Spirited Member

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    I recently tried the VGA mod on my dreamcast, it didn't go well. I have done many mods to my older console, some complicated, some not. This one bested me.
    I attempted to attach my wires to the topside pins instead of the underside, because I'm stupid, and after several reattempts to solder/ resolder my dreamcast no longer works. It powers up but no picture or sound.

    So in short, I broke me dreamcast. I was just wondering if anyone else has a similar story. Or not, you can just write "nope, you're just an idiot". That's fine too.
     
  2. Lukew

    Lukew Rapidly Rising Member

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    I ripped the D0 point apart on one of my Xbox consoles, was repairable though, just about.
     
  3. pr0cess0r

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    broken a leg when overclocking my n64 i whas able to fix it but not in a way that allow me to overclock it :(
     
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    Extremely bad mod ;)
     
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    I ended up bricking a wii while messing with nand things and my power went out
     
  6. lwizardl

    lwizardl Living The Dream

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    back around 1998 my first attempt at installing a mod was in a playstation console. I think it was the 1001 model but could have been a later model. Installed the wires and chip system wouldn't power on. Removed wires and chip system still had no power. Had to buy another system
     
  7. jlosacco

    jlosacco Spirited Member

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    Yikes. I'm glad you were able to fix it.
     
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    jlosacco Spirited Member

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    That's a bummer. Thankfully your n64 is good though. Play some Banjo and you'll feel better :)
     
  9. jlosacco

    jlosacco Spirited Member

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    That sucks but at least it wasn't your fault.
     
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    Same boat with my Dreamcast, I'm just happy I'm not alone.
     
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    lwizardl Living The Dream

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    everyone has to start somewhere and you learn more from your mistakes
     
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    Madsmaten Gutsy Member

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    My first mod was a PSX, and I ruined it.
    Have ruined a couple of game boy Pockets aswell when trying to backlight them :(
    However I managed to succed in both mods some time after (with new systems) :D
     
  13. jlosacco

    jlosacco Spirited Member

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    That's very true. I've already done a bunch of other mods; s-video on my genesis, aladdin xt on my xbox, av out on my 2600, etc. This was just the first time I bricked a system.
    Thanks for the stories!
     
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    jlosacco Spirited Member

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    That's awesome! Yeah, the best we can do is learn and move on.
     
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    i bought a broken Slim PS3 that had no video , i fixed it in about 5 minutes with a video reset. Then i did a fan mod with a potentiometer and blew the syscon.


    from bliss to devastation
     
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    lwizardl Living The Dream

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    I have 2 phat ps3 systems I still need to fix, one was dropped and given to me free, other was a ebay buy with "no video" but when i powered the system on it was ylod then turned off. Both are backwards compatible models
     
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    Madsmaten Gutsy Member

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    Indeed :)
    If you wanna see how bad it can go, just check the "Hall Of Shame" here on assembler.
     
  18. Killah

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    Happens to us all sometimes lol I destroyed a few ps2s over the years one on the last wire of a modchip install lol
     
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    i semi bricked my wii while i was messing around the region settings i got it stuck in the pal region i can't fix it because don't have pal tv. i live in the US
     
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    I had gotten hold of a gigantic custom PC tower that housed a then defunct computer used on an oil rig (for controlling unnanned submarines). Anyway, this monstrosity gave me the idea of custom-fitting every console ever made into one big box of awesomesauce. I bought a N64 cheap from a guy at work (this was perhaps 15-20 years ago) and ended up having a shitty time trying to open it. I no longer remember the details as to why I couldn't get it open but I ended up sawing the damned thing up to pieces. As I sat there with the poor N64 in pieces in front of me It dawned on me that I had no idea what I was doing - NONE - and that I was an idiot thinking I could assemble this into any working state. Don't remember what happened to the parts or the tower anymore...

    TLDR: Wanted to make multi-console, gutted a N64, realized I had no idea what I was doing and promptly gave up.
     
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