After a very busy couple of months, I’m back to normal operations and able to accept repair and recap jobs again if needed.
Author Archive: 8bitplus
Jut completed a Unibios install for a customer, and I spotted that I didn’t have any photos on here showing the installation in the Neo-Geo CD Toploader version.
Click the photos or Here to link to the information page for this installation.
Last month Razoola released a milestone release version of the universe BIOS.
This release contains a new colour scheme, bug fixes, new features and updates to the cheat database. Click here for a full changelog.
So far this release is for the MVS and AES hardware only. CD release is still v3.3.
All new installation requests for the Unibios will be version 4.0.
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.
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.
Take a look at a couple more “Switchless” mod installations I’ve been working on.
First is the original Sega Master System. Holding the RESET button switches between 50/60hz.
Second is the monster Sega Mega Drive + Mega CD + 32X. Region and video settings are all controlled via the reset button
Click the links or photos for more information.
Just wanted to show off a short video of a switchless region and video mode mod on a customers Mega Drive 2, Mega CD 2 and 32X.
All function of old switch mods is preformed with the reset button. I can do this mod on Mega Drive’s, Master System, Sega Saturn and Super Nintendo.
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.
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.
My first update of the year and already almost 1 month in. This month I have been busy working tough a few commission repair jobs.
I just wanted to share some photos of another NEC Turbo DUO I saved from certain death (or something like that). The capacitors always go bad on these machines and often damage the audio and power systems. Luckily this machine was fixed in time before any damage was done.
I also installed an RGB amplifier to replace an old direct RGB link to a wired-in scart cable.
Next console to show off is a nice early serial PAL Neo-Geo AES v3-3. This unit needed a fix to the power connection, 50hz jumper removing to get everything playing in 60hz and Unibios installing. I also installed a red LED in the reset button. Now you can see when the console is switched on!
Please note. I’ll be super busy through February, and may not be able to start any more repair jobs. I’ll still be contactable on email if you want to contact me.