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Keeping Busy Sept/Oct Last Jobs

I was very pleased this month that I got time in between packing up our house to finish the last few jobs I has in. Again I’m very sorry, but no more work will be accepted. So what did I manage to get done? Lets take a look.

Firstly we have a very nice Sega Saturn with a full list of mods. Its got a Region Free Bios, FRAM save memory, Phantom chip, Switchless 50/60hz selector and a PICO 12v PSU. All worked out very well, but I had to adjust the CD-Rom pickup laser to read CDR’s more reliably.

Next I had a large package with two PC Engine GT’s and two Game Boy Lights to recap. The GT’s had display and sound issued which is common when the caps start to fail. All working well now. Game Boy’s were fine and just recapped to prevent problems later.

Then another PSIO to install. Love the stickers on this console. Its well loved and should be even better now with a PSIO.

Finally I had a SSD3 sent over for the RGB and Stereo bypass mods installing. Gives a very sharp picture now and look great on the HD monitor too.

So that it for now. Time to pack up my tools and get moving. I’m planning on building a whole new workshop at my new house so its gong to be a long time before I can take on more work. Dont worry 8bitplus will be back and I’m sure I’ll be sharing my workshop progress later.
Neil.

Sega Neptune mod

Neptune

Almost finished working through the last jobs I need to get finished when time allows. One of which was to build a Sega Neptune console for a customer.

If you haven’t of a Neptune, its a name given to the combination of a Mega Drive 2 and 32X in the same case. This was a fun build and although not as technically difficult as some jobs, just very time consuming.

Basically the consoles are stripped to their boards. The Mega Drive cartridge socket is removed and the 32X is hard wired in place. The video mixing cables are also wired in along with power from the Mega Drive power socket. 

Outwardly it looks like a stock (if slightly heavy) Mega Drive 2. I was even able to keep the cartridge dust flaps working with some modification and trimming. The whole unit only needs one power cable too. I did recommend to the owner to get a new regulated power adapter, and not to rely on the original Sega adapter as this mod will draw more power now.

More info and photos here.

Rare PC Engine LT repaired

I’m still slowly making progress in finishing the last few jobs here. This one was very interesting. A PC Engine LT that would not power up. The power supply was tested and working correctly by the owner, and the LED on the front would light up indicating there was power getting in to the console, but no picture on the screen or sound. Also nothing when plugged into a TV via the Interface unit IFU.

Just like the PCE DUO and GT, the LT’s are prone to capacitor leakage and damage.
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Keeping Busy Jul/Aug

Wow that went by fast! what was it? oh yes, summer.

I’ve been ridiculously busy the last couple of months with work but finally its looking like I’m on top of things now. Here’s a few examples of what I’ve been doing, in no particular order.

Here we have a nice MK1 Sega Saturn in for a new Pico PSU, FRAM mod, switchless 50/60hz selector, Phantom modchip and region free bios. Very nice machine.

This PCE Duo was needing a full recap and audio system fixing. I also did a RGB mod. Working perfectly now.

Next was a Panasonic 3DO FZ-1 for a recap and new battery installation.

Here we have a PAL NES fitted with the marvellous NESRGB mod board by eTim. Great picture, even better than I expected. you can even toggle the colour pallet with a switch for a more vivid image.

Lastly for now, another PSIO installation.

On top of that I had 3x N64 in for RGB mods, a couple of Amiga 1200 computers for new caps and a couple of Unibios installations.

Inbox empty, for now.

Retro PC now with Voodoo2

You may have seen my previous posts about building a Retro PC for some DOS game action…

I wanted to keep maximum DOS compatibility, but also add support for 90’s 3D accelerated Windows games. So the biggest additions were the CPU upgrade to 233Mhz, double the RAM to 64mb and the Voodoo2 3D card. Specs are now:

  • Pentium MMX 233Mhz
  • 64mb EDO Ram
  • 3DFX Voodoo2 8mb 3D Card
  • S3 Virage DX 2D card

All working perfectly and now I’m able to play games like Unreal Tournament with most settings maxed out. Some very old DOS games may run too fast, but I found a program that can disable CPU caches and other features. This should allow be to slow the PC down to 486 speeds when needed.

More on this project later when I get time.