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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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PS2 modchip installations

Just a reminder that I do offer installation of PlayStation 2 modchips on both the original and slim units.
I only supply Modbo 4.0 or 5.0 chips, but I do have experience of installing other brands like Ghost2 v2, Crystal Chip, Matrix Infinity and O2 Mod chips.

If you want a modchip installing please get in contact for a quote.

Another Sega Triple Mod

Busy busy as always. I’ve just finished another switchless combo mod for a customer. This is a Megadrive, MegaCD and 32X all working in harmony with a central switchless mod.

Just hold the RESET button to switch the whole setup between PAL, NTSC US and NTSC JAP. Also 50/60hz can be switched in any region with a shorter press of the RESET button. the Mega CD BIOS is also switched to match the Megadrive settings.

The MegaCD processor board has also been recapped as the Capacitors always start failing and often damage the board. 32X was also recapped on request of the customer.

Please note. Commission work like this can take some time, and time isn’t something I always have available.

Just got a USB-GDROM board

Very exciting stuff. I just got a USB-GDROM board this week. If you’ve not heard of it before, Its a drive drive replacement board for the Sega Dreamcast that allows you to load games directly of a USB stick or HDD. Its got far less limitations than the GDEMU which only uses SD cards.

I’ll be doing a proper article on its installation and usage soon.
USB-GDROM homepage