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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

 

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.

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.