First update of 2018

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.

Right tools for the job

Finally got round to ordering a replacement soldering station. This time I got a proper rework station complete with desoldering gun. My old kit was getting a bit warn out. This should save me loads of time when working on console repairs and replacing through hole caps.

It’s like a new toy at Christmas.

Amiga “Retro” design T-Shirts


A good friend of mine has designed and produced a set of Amiga retro styled T-Shirts.

They are available in 4 sizes: Small, Medium, Large and Extra Large.

Colour options: Black, White and Grey.

All designs are original and are Silk Screened printed on to high quality cotton/bamboo blended material. This material gives a high quality feel that’s breathable and very comfortable. 

Pricing for any size and colour combination is £9.99

Available now on eBay Here.

Universe Bios Installation service Unibios

8Bitplus had teamed up with Razoola from the Universe Bios (Unibios) project for Neo-Geo as an Official 3rd Party installer.

I can now provide and install the official Unibios chip when you send your system to me. This covers the full MVS range, AES and CD systems. All installations by myself are fully tested and completed to a high standard. 

What can the UniBios do for your Neo-Geo?

  • Switch between AES and MVS game play types.
  • Change region of any system without external switches
  • Full host of developer and debug options.
  • Soft rebooting on MVS boards.
  • Cheat database for each game.
  • Memory, save game and high score management.
  • Loads more, See full feature list here.

Please note I only provide the Universe Bios when installing. I don’t offer them for sale individually.

If you have a Neo-Geo and would like an Official Universe Bios installing, please contact me here.

Also, please checkout some of my latest Unibios installations.

Unibios Install in Neo-Geo CDZ

Unibios Install in Neo-Geo MVS MV-1B

Unibios Install in Neo-Geo AES

SNK Forever

Universal Programmer & SNES SuperCIC

I just got my first Universal Programmer last week, and thought for a test run I’d make a SuperCIC ship for my SNES.

All that’s needed is a PIC16F630 and the Lock code from the developers site. All credit to Ikari_01 for the time and skills to reverse engineer the Nintendo CIC Lockout device.

So this mod allows me to remove my existing 50/60hz and CIC disabling switches. Its a fully switchless mod using the reset button to change modes. SuperCIC also allows full compatibility between PAL and NTSC games and behaves just as either of the original CIC chips.
Expect more BIOS and EPROM programming projects to feature here soon….

Christmas Time

Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!

At Christmas time I would always get excited for a new console, or the next must have game when I was a kid. Even though its not the same with modern games, Christmas is a great time to play some old favorites again.

Thanks for all comments and emails this year. See you in 2017.


One of the things I’ve been looking into recently is a way of getting better quality photos of my consoles in my collection.
The main concern is having a consistant plain white background.
I think I’ve found a cheap solution.


I’m using a white blackout rollerblind to make a clean “sweeping” background. The lights are a pair of LED wallmount flood lights. The effect looks quite good and was a lot cheaper than some of the starter photography setup kits on eBay.