OTHER Borti4938's N64 advanced kit - 2 left

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  1. zzattack

    zzattack Spirited Member

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    Disclaimer: this will be a bit of an experiment I suppose.

    For those unaware, @borti4938 designed an amazing project to add RGB and YPbPr (component) video outputs to the N64. It is an FPGA project and includes an on-screen menu display menu to control various line doubling and even deinterlacing of 480i options. It's a flexible solution and a major step up from composite video on the multi-av and less than 1/3rd the price of the ultrahdmi. All info is available on borti's github at https://github.com/borti4938/n64rgb/tree/master/advancedRGBmod/

    Now this is set up as a completely DIY project, so the components and PCB's need to be sourced. The FPGA requires some (cheap) hardware to program. Additionally, some of the chips require something finer than a soldering iron from the hardware shop. This combined seems to make the entry barrier for going for this mod a little high. I think this is a shame because the project is just really awesome.

    Since I did the project myself I have a few boards left over that I think may lower the entry barrier for others if it means they don't need to have (multiple) boards fabricated themselves.

    This is what I'm offering:
    * Bare PCBs for €10
    * Assembled and flashed PCBs for €60.

    Full disclosure: I paid $114 for 10 boards + stencil which included shipping, so I'm not to make any gains there.
    The components are about €40 ordered from Digikey so you'd pay me about €10 for assembling them. There's 8 ic's and including small stuff about 80 components on the board (bottom side has many SMD resistors/caps too). It's a bit under 2 hours to neatly assemble the board.

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    Reference picture included, top half soldered using stencil in oven. Bottom components hand-soldered.
    Once my 9 remaining boards are gone I probably won't do another batch.

    Shipping is not included, but small boards can be shipped cheaply by envelope.
    If there's interest in populated boards, I will process orders in multiples of at least 2 because I'd order the components as needed and need larger orders to qualify for free shipping from Digikey. Also there's some setup time involved so it's much more efficient to process that way.



     

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  2. Nully

    Nully Enthusiastic Member

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    Thanks for supplying these as I just bought Tim's board from Australia yesterday. Is there any advantage over his? What's the deal with that tantalum capacitor lol
     
  3. zzattack

    zzattack Spirited Member

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    Advantages are the YPbPr output and OSD menu.
    That tantalum cap is used where alternatively 2 ceramics would go but since they weren't stocked I had to go with what I had lying around. Though I've replaced it already as I did find some 22 and 33uF caps the other day.
     
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    Nully Enthusiastic Member

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    I see, well charging $10 for assembly is pretty cheap and I would have bought yours if you posted yesterday unfortunately. Good luck with the sales!
     
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  5. borti4938

    borti4938 Robust Member

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    A very very good price :)
     
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    Excellent service. I will consider it. Thank you.
     
  7. zzattack

    zzattack Spirited Member

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    Quick update for the buyers: this evening I've assembled the boards. I will test them tomorrow and ship them on Thursday.

    There's still 3 boards left if anyone else is interested.
     
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  8. WarRen22

    WarRen22 Robust Member

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    How difficult is the solder work of this board onto the n64 board?
     
  9. zzattack

    zzattack Spirited Member

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    Depends on the NUS chip in your console. There's a version with 1.27mm pitch and one with 0.65mm and you have to attach some wires to this without causing solder bridges. It's not very hard but a beginner might mess up. There's also the possibility to buy a breakout flatcable from Tim (original N64RGB board creator) for the small pitch one which makes installation a little easier.
     
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    This is pretty amazing, I just wish there was a visual guide, not worried about the soldering as much as working out where to solder without a beginner guide :)
     
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    My bad
     
  13. djelaba

    djelaba Benzin !, Site Supporter 2013

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    Is there anyone planning on selling borti's flex board ?
     
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    Bad_Ad84 The Tick

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    I'm intending to sell a lot of his devices, I will be getting things produced soon.
     
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    Weird, viewing that link corrupts something in google chrome and the video driver (nouveau on Debian Linux). It causes display corruption on all chrome tabs. I had to completely close and reopen chrome it to fix the issue. I was able to save the file to disk and open it in a standalone pdf viewer without issue.
     
  16. zzattack

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    Small bump, there's 3 pcb's remaining. Any takers? :rolleyes:
     
  17. rivlez

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    How much for shipping to NY?
     
  18. nonosto

    nonosto Intrepid Member

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    thx for your work especially for the audio plug in for ossc.
     
  19. moltonasty

    moltonasty Newly Registered

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    I'd like to order one from you if still available..
     
  20. zzattack

    zzattack Spirited Member

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    I have 2 or 3 left still!
     

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