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Moving – Decision Time – Status

(16/09/19)

Hello everyone. I’ve had to make a really hard decision regarding 8bitplus and the services that I currently offer. I’m planning to move home sometime this year (if all goes well), and will not have the time to accommodate the volume of work I’m currently accepting. I’ve already extended my turn around time on quotes, but I need to reduce things even more.

From this point on I will not be able to accept every job request. I don’t want to stop all work completely, but will like to get things down to only 1 or 2 jobs a month. That will give me more time for concentrating on finding a new home for my family and the 1001 other things that will need doing with the move. All work I have in currently will be completed asap.

Please feel free to email me for quotes and availability, but please don’t be disappointed if I cannot accept the work.

Thanks

Neil – 8bitplus

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.

Affordable RGB to HDMI adapter

I’ve been looking for a cheap RGB Scart to HDMI adapter for some time. Its already been proven that most of the cheap units on Amazon or eBay are crap and don’t in-fact support RGB or resolutions down to 240i/p. So I got a recommendation to try this one. Elephas Scart to HDMI and can be found on eBay and Amazon.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Converter-ELEPHAS-Adapter-Support-Set-top-Black/dp/B00RMMGOGS

It actually works quite well for the low price, but does have a little lag. Picture quality ranges from Ok to quite good, with some of the best results on the MegaDrive and Neo Geo Consoles. Its no replacement or a OSSD, but not bad at all.

It certainty allows for clear stable screenshots and for testing purposes. I don’t I could recommend it for extended play sessions with the lag. I’ll do a full review later.  

 

 

Keeping Busy (June)

Its time for my monthly report. What Have I been up to this month….

Well firstly I managed to get time to visit the new Arcade Club in Leeds. If you’ve not heard of Arcade Club, its basically a perfect place to find retro arcade machines, and play as long as you like. All machines are on free play, you just pay to get in! Loads of amazing games from the 80’s, 90’s, through to some modern ones. Well worth checking out.

Regarding work on customers machines, Its not been a very productive month. I just never seem to have any time available, but a few jobs were complete and sent out.

This was a full Mega CD recap for a customer. He also asked for a region free bios, new drive opening belt and laser replacement.

Next we have another PC Engine Duo for a recap and RGB mod. All looking great now.

And there was also another PSIO switchboard to install. The 3DO USB installation covered below, and Saturn with the full table of mods.

That’s about it for June. Its going the a tight month in July to get any work done with Holidays and weekends away, but I try 🙂