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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.

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.