Discussion in 'Modding and Hacking - Consoles and Electronics' started by Damn-Deal-Done, Oct 26, 2018.
Good response and eases my concerns. Thanks for being mature about it.
Sega Mega CD BIOS Repair
Customer's attempt at BIOS swap.
Customer broke Pins 1, 17, 27, 28, 29, 31, 36, 38, 39.
I installed a fresh Japanese Region Free BIOS and jumped the broken pins to vias.
Sega Mega CD 2 Fixed.
PlayStation 1 PSIO Switchboard Installs
SCPH-5502 PU-18 (My own inc Mayumi 4 install)
SCPH-1002 PU-8 (Customer)
SCPH-5552 PU-18 (Customer. Mod-chip was already installed)
Sega Game Gear Capacitor Replacements
#1 My Own (Had no sound and faint image)
#2 Customer (No sound and faint image)
#3 Customer (No sound and did not switch on)
And as a bit of fun. My Sega Mega Drive Switchless Region Mod PCB (Through Hole).
D'force3000 code. Vishay Capacitor and Resistors and Kingbright LED.
Sega Mega CD 2 Region Free BIOS Install
Original BIOS removed with a desoldering gun, socket and the Japanese region free BIOS installed. I will be moving to hot air removal (with appropriate cover to other components) of original BIOS chips in the not too distant future.
I also fixed this customer's drive spindle stop switch which was causing the cogs to grind. I added about 1mm of extra plastic to the switch after which the drive was loading discs in record time. Lens cleaned with 99.9% IPA and an appropriate amount of fresh lithium grease added to the cogs and spindle in appropriate places.
Sega Mega Drive 2 Switchless Region Mod
All trace cuts are done with precision and are a single, straight line. Solder mask is removed from traces under magnification with a scalpel tip. I am thinking whether it is viable to start covering future trace cuts with an overcoat pen.
I now use water clear LED's in all consoles with a diffuser (diffusing LED's twice doesn't seem right).
Stripboard is stuck down with non corrosive 2mm foam tape. The tape I use has enough tack to hold the board indefinitely but not so strong that it will rip up traces in the event the mod needs removing in the future.
Nintendo GameCube XenoGC Mod-Chip Install
Wired install method and a drive pot tweak with a multimeter to read genuine Taiyo Yuden DVD-R media. Upgrading to using an oscilloscope to do real drive calibrations in the not too distant future.
This example SuperCIC kit has Vishay Metal Film Resistors, a SNES appropriate 5mm Water Clear Kingbright LED, and a Vishay Ceramic Capacitor. All components are high quality and from large electronics distributors.
Chips are kept in their original ESD safe containers, only removed for programming whilst using an ESD strap, and then pushed into ESD safe foam before being placed back into an ESD bag with the other components. These are posted in genuine Jiffy Airkraft padded mailers either same day or within one day.
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