Post by Life of Brian on Oct 2, 2015 19:34:02 GMT -6
Okay, so I'm finally getting off my duff and finishing this danged portable. It's a combination SNES and NES portable using a Retro Duo and a project enclosure box from Polycase.com. I first started on it like three years ago... as a means of getting back into portablizing. Well, that went according to plan now didn't it? (That was sarcasm)
Original worklog started on ModRetro, 8/30/12. Ridiculous. Some great ideas and discussions in that thread, but some of them too ambitious for me to get back into things. I think I need to keep this project simple simple simple.
Post by Life of Brian on Oct 2, 2015 19:47:48 GMT -6
So, I needed to see if this thing still worked. I had no idea - it had been tossed in a box when I moved two years ago. Bare board and everything, just shuffling around.
I made a couple of connections and referred to my own diagram here for the controller:
^That's the controller pinout for Rev 3 of the Retro Duo.
I didn't have a 5V regulator handy and I couldn't remember if the board could just take +8V like the label on the board says, so I used my trusty RadioShack power adapter that has multiple voltages available and hooked it up to 4.5V and then 6V. It turned on but flaked out with 4.5V and only sort of flakes out with 6V so I'm guessing I could go with higher voltage.
You don't even notice that it's a widescreen while playing. "Cool!"
This thing looks ridiculous. I like it!
Just so happens that I still have some old li-po batteries and a protection circuit. I'm going to take my life into my hands, risk burning down my house, and try using these old things. I need to get a new charger, though.
There is not much room inside this portable, so I'm probably going to have to mount the speakers externally. My younger bro got a Printrbot Play 3D printer recently so that might be a great first project for that!
This isn't going to be one of my prettier portables. It's going to be functional in a funky way. Funkytional.
Post by Life of Brian on Oct 3, 2015 7:05:04 GMT -6
Akira, there is no chance of that NES cartridge falling out. The cartridge slot holds on tight. My main challenge will be mounting the boards in a structurally sound way and not just relying on copious hot glue rapid thermoelastic prototyping gel, although that will probably be what happens due to time constraints.
This is beautiful! Has anyone ever done opposing cart slots like this before? Very cool idea. Honestly, I like the way it looks already, aside from the blank space you'll have left over below the controller. Maybe leave a little room for some artwork?
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