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July 2001 News

July 31, 2001

July 31, 2001 - Well I am now at the point where I cannot go any further until I get the DC-DC converter in the mail. I hate waiting. I have added a second player game port, speaker, installed the battery casing... I am almost finished. Now I have started to think about my next project. Should I make another NESp, or should I make a portable SNES.

July 30, 2001 - The casing is almost done. All I need to do is attach the battery packs, and maybe a cosmetic addition. Once that is finished all I need to do is finish the few wiring connections (Speaker), and the NESp is finished! I am still waiting for my DC-DC converter to come in the mail, so till I get it the NESp will not be finished.

Here is a link to the file I used to print the faceplate and layout the drill holes and cut lines. You will need to print this file at 150 Dpi.

July 29, 2001 - I have finished the controller for the NESp! As you can see I used two original controllers to make the controller. It works very well, as well as the original did. I plan to place a strip of contact paper to cover the screws. Of course I still have to put the screen on, which I plan to do Sunday.

July 28, 2001 - I also ordered a DC-DC converter to drop the voltage on the power supply from 12v down to 5v. Here are some links and info on what I bought.

July 28, 2001 - Here are some other LCD displays and also the one I bought, this is for anyone who is looking for a display.

July 27, 2001 - Today I am working on the controller for the NESp. I was going to make a controller from scratch, but I have changed my mind and have decided to use 2 original controllers. I will use the dpad from one, remove the IC from its board, them connect the dpad connections to another via ribbon cable. in the process I connected left to up, down to left, right to down, and up to right. This will allow me to rotate the board 90 to the right. This is necessary for the dpad to fit in the casing.

July 26, 2001 - I almost brought myself to tears last night... ...I decided to cut about a half an inch off one end of the NES board. I took out my dremel and first cut the end of a busted NES board I had. It worked well and was easy. I decided to cut the prototype so it could fit in the case. So I cut it and I plug it in and the picture is screwed up! I thought I broke the board! I took a look at it later today and I was that I had missed soldering one of the pins that connected the cartridge connector! I soldered it and it works like a charm!

Above: Here is the piece of circuit board I cut off my NES.

July 25, 2001 - I am at the next step, the power supply. I need to find a good 12v battery. Then I have to make the circuit to drop the voltage down to 5v for the NES.

July 24, 2001 - The guts are together! Below are some pictures of the whole thing running. I am past the most difficult part, all I have left is to fasion a controller for the case, and fix it all together.

Above: One picture with the flash one without.

July 24, 2001 - I figured out how to get the composite video signal directly from the NES motherboard I found a web page that showed how to get the Video from a top-loading NES. I figured that it is probally the same on the side loading NES, so with a slight modification I was able to make it work.

Above: Here is a picture of the amp I made, I attached a stereo jack so I could easily plug it into the LCD monitor.

July 23, 2001 - I finally got it!!! WOOO HOOO!!! Below are pictures of the LCD monitor. I hooked it up to 8AA batteries and my NES, and boy is it big and beautiful!!!

Above: Here are pictures of the packaging

Above: Here are pictures of the screen running, I haven't removed the protective plastic screen cover. I will remove it when I finish the unit.

Above: Side views of the screen. The rear circuit board can be removed and placed in a diffrent location.

July 22, 2001 - Check out these pictures! Here you see my NES running on 4 AA batteries, it's RF modulator removed, and a newly soldered cartridge port, allowing games to be connected without the stock connector! I am still waiting for my LCD monitor (I am going nuts!)

July 22, 2001 - I bought a Project box from RadioShack that I plan to use to make the casing for the NESp. part # 270-1809 price: $6.99 I also have decided to skip the whole ribbon cable thing and solder a cartridge connector directly to the NESp board.

Above: picture of or my modified NES board with its new cartridge slot.

Above: picture of the project box I bought at RadioShack that will be the casing for the NESp

Above: picture of the project box with the NESp board in it. I plan to cut about an inch from the right side of the board. This will allow it to fit in the case better.
Above: pictures of my meaty mitts holding the casing.

July 21, 2001 - Correction: I was informed that the Game Gear games are not compatible with the SMS There was a hardware upgrade that makes it so Game Gear Games don't work in the SMS. It's like how GameBoy Color "only" games won't work in a regular B&W GameBoy.

July 19, 2001 - I am waiting for my New LCD monitor I ordered... The waiting is unbearable! Well while I wait, check out these links!

July 19, 2001 - Play Game Gear Games on you Master System or Genesis? I have always been curious as to if it were possible to play Game Gear Games on a Master System. I own a MasterGear converter which allows Master System Games to be played on a Game Gear. So today I opened the case and discovered what I always thought -- the converter is just a ribbon cable that adapts Master System Game pins to connect directly to a Game Gear. So I would have to say that there has to be a 90% chance that the reverse is possible. I personally would like to play my Game Gear Games on my Genesis through the Powerbase converter! Even better, plug a Powerbase converter in my Nomad and play Game Gear Games on it :-)

July 18, 2001 - Monitor purchased! I just bought the LCD monitor I wanted, and it was cheap! Click here for details and to order your own! You cannot beat 383(H) x 234(V) resolution!!!

I just wonder why the manufacturer decided to put a picture of two old people in the photo of their product???

July 17, 2001 - Game Gear News The Game Gear I bought earlier today is not compatible with the TV tuner. No Problem I still have the original 1990's Game Gear (not that I would hack it apart). Hey for $30 it still is not a bad deal!

Above: Majesco Game Gear (Not compatible with TV Tuner)

Above: Original Sega Game Gear (Compatible with TV Tuner)

Above: Sega Nomad (Very Cool! Star Control in it -- even cooler!)

Back of Game Gear box states that it is not compatible with with the TV tuner.

July 17, 2001 - Bought a Game Gear! I bought a Majesco Manfactured Game Gear at Toys R Us for $29. I wanted to see if I could use a game gear screen for my portable NES. After I bought it, I found out that the LCD display I originally wanted had dropped in price to $80!!! So I am going to buy that!

Anyway, in my search to find out information about the Game Gear's Video I found this article in #33 of Electronic Gaming Monthly. It does the reverse of what I want to do but I know several people who would like this article.

>>>>>>>>Click Here for a closeup of the circuit board!<<<<<<<<

More info about this? Click here to visit Victor Kemp's web site.

July 16, 2001 - NES Schematics found Cheaper! I have found the exact same NES schematics that I bought for $15 on MCM electronics web site on Electronix think I should scan it and post the schematics here since the schematics are copyrighted. They also have schematics for the Gameboy, Genesis, SNES and more!

July 16, 2001 - Isolatated the RF modulator from the main board! I have found a NES for $20 and have started work on the system. I desoldered the RF modulator from the board and reattached it through a ribbon cable. I am continuing my research and will try to eliminate the need for the modulator.

Here it is running

Here are some shots of the modulator which I hope to be able to eliminate

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