Author Archive: 8bitplus

Overloaded

Until further notice I cannot accept any more console repair or re-cap jobs, with the exception of UniBios installs.

I’m currently at full capacity for booked in jobs, and instead of telling people to expect a 2 month+ wait time to get their console back, I’ve decided to temporally stop accepting booking for now.

This will not affect requests for official UniBios installations.

I’m delighted that I’ve been getting so many repair request, and I’m always happy to help people with their consoles, but for now I need to concentrate on clearing the backlog.

Thanks for your understanding. If you still need to contact me for help, advice or recommendations on your consoles or projects, please do so.

Master System FM Sound

Just installed a FM sound modulator in a customers Sega Master System. This upgrade adds back the original FM sound system that was removed from PAL and US Master System consoles. Plenty of games still have the code to play music and effects in FM. Check out this video with a comparison of the original PSG tunes to the FM version. 

It sounds really good in FM mode. 

PSIO pre-ordered

Exciting! I’ve just pre-ordered a PSIO. This card connects to the back of the older model PlayStation’s (ones with the parallel ext port) and allows the loading of ISO’s from an SD card. 


I wont be expecting to get my my hands on it for quite some time. The PSIO is only released in pre-order batches, and not fully released to online stores yet. when it arrives I’ll be doing a full installation and review article.

PS2 HDD IDE to SATA Upgrade

And now for something a bit different. After finding a few problems with the old IDE HDD in my PS2, I decided to install and new SATA drive. To do this I upgraded the existing IDE+LAN adapter with a SATA controller kit from eBay.

Click here or on the images above to see how it went. I’ve also included information on how to format and prep a blank drive for installing games with OPL.