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PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2008 2:09 am    Post subject: Console modding, case/hardwear/softwear Reply with quote

Wanting a shinny new looking GBA SP, i bought a nice pink metalic pink shell off ebay and stripped the tribal GBA PS with no problems, i like my consoles to look neat :3 i'll post pictures at some point.

anyways does anyone else mod? in currently modding a regular GBA to have an internal front light for the dark screen.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 22, 2008 2:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I did the Afterburner mod for old GBA so I could have a frontlit screen.

The only modding I do these days is softmodding systems for homebrew/imports/nefarious means.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 22, 2008 6:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, all i have is a toploader on an old style PS2 for import games as well as an R4DS for imports. I just like anime games Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 23, 2008 3:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Right now, at work, we do minor computer case modifications. Mainly some custom paint jobs, but we are getting into doing a little more advance stuff.

My buddy just water cooled his 360 though too.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 23, 2008 6:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Water cool a 360 - is that neccessary with a console? I thought the point of water cooling was to increase performance - are there a lot of 360 games that wont perform on the system it was designed for?
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 23, 2008 8:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

All 360s other than the Halo Edition have overheating problems, that's why people do that.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 23, 2008 9:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not sure how relevant this is but I kind of modded an arcade cabinet. I had been looking for a Neo Geo cab in good shape for quite a while and as it turns out, they are pretty tough to get hold of in the UK.

So anyway, I found a generic Jamma cabinet for sale that was running Street Fighter 2 so it had six buttons. It also happened to be quite a nice small size, it's about 5 feet tall. So I took it home, put a Neo Geo MVS motherboard in it, some home made Neo Geo art and stickers from MVS game kits on the outside and hey presto. One fake Neo Geo cabinet Very Happy

Only other things mod like I recall doing are just filling off the extra tabs on my Megadrive so I could fit Japanese games in the cartridge slot and downgrading the firmware on a PSP once. So I'm not a very manly nerd, tools are somehow alien to me.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 23, 2008 4:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I guess the hardcore gamer doesn't go easy on their systems, huh? Personally, I don't play more than an hour worth of video games a day, if even that, and usually not in one sitting either. I did, however, have an N64 back in college that would freeze after 45 minutes - probably because of the shitty expansion pack I bought for Perfect Dark.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 23, 2008 5:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

With N64 you had 2 connection issues to worry bout, both the game and the expansion, so if either is messed up, no gamey Smile I'm so glad they moved away from cartridges. There were just too many ways to ruin your cartridges.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 23, 2008 9:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tru, but I'll still be playing my NES, Super NES and Atari after all those gamers that scrathed up their game discs have bought new copies.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 24, 2008 6:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Awhile ago the pins in my NES came loose and couldn't read the cartridges anymore so I had to buy a new set and install them myself. Thats about all I've ever done to a console. The only problem with the new pins is that they're so tight, they ripped the the teeth out of one of my games. Lucky it was the Mario/Duck Hunt combo that I got for just $.25 or I would have been pretty upset.


Oh, I've also installed one of those top loader magic slide things on my PS2 to play imports. I didn't realize at the time I bought it that I had to take the whole case off my PS2 to install it.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 24, 2008 4:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just clean old systems. Simple disect, air in a can and armorall to make em work and look like new. It was sort of a hobby for 2 months, then I had all the systems I wanted, so I haven't done it since.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 24, 2008 9:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe you can give me some advice about my Nintendo system! I bought if off ebay. Dude said he put a brand new 72 pin connector in it. But some of the games, purple screen.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 24, 2008 9:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have you cleaned the games and the system? Also are you sure the games worked in the first place?
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 25, 2008 6:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Try starting up the games in question in another NES. If its not the games Im not sure what the problem could be.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 25, 2008 6:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've had to do something similar with the NES, the pins wernt great and just bending them back didnt seem to do much, so i got a new one off ebay (where else?) it works first time now, but only if i DONT push the games down, just put them straight in and play, no clicking.... its odd but still, a hell of alot less faffing about.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 25, 2008 7:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, a lot of 72-pin new connectors can be too tight. The problems with the old ones is that they are too loose, so there's not a full connection with the cartridge. The problem is usually either they aren't touching or the connection is blocked, generally but dirty connectors. For the purple screen, more than likely, its a chip or circuit elsewhere in the system, which isn't repairable without a new part. You're better off getting a new system.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 26, 2008 12:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Theres an emulator type console thats put out by Yobo that will play original NES games.

It looks like this:


The game sticks out the top, so its kinda funny looking, but it plays everything that works with out a problem. I got mine for $20 and it came with 2 controllers, the power supply, tv hookups (just yellow and white I think) and the console itself. Not bad I'd say.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 26, 2008 1:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How would one go about acquiring one of those things?

My NES is about half comatosed. Sad I have to hold in the power button half-way and keep pressing reset till it comes on. The poor things pitiful.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 26, 2008 1:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The model is based off of the top loading NES. It's a great value if it was only $20 though. I always wondered if it worked Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 26, 2008 2:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've never had any problems with it, and since its so small and light its really easy to bring to parties.

I got mine at an independent video game store. Large chains like Game Stop dont carry it, not that I've seen anyway. Im sure you can find it on ebay. Do a search for Yobo NES or something along those lines and you should be able to find one.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 26, 2008 2:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think estarland.com sells them also.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 20, 2008 12:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

when i had my ps2 i had a program called hd advace, which is a back up program, which allows you to rip ps2 games or dvd to the hdd( must have a chubby ps2) up to 200gb hdd. my favorite part of it was, that reading from the hdd practically eliminated load times. i also had swap magic and a freeware program called snes-station which allowed you to play snes roms on the ps2. but i sold it all. very cool though.
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