Who here has done the F18A VGA-out mod? I want to do the mod, but I'd like to hear from the others around here about it first. Also, I'd like to know more about the extra parts needed to finish the mod. Ribbon cables, VGA connector, mounting screws, other chips and stuff? Does it come with instructions? Where can I find the socket to put in place of the original chip, and how much is it?
I did the F18A mod and I LOVE IT! It comes with almost everything needed to install it. You'll have to have a couple of screwdrivers of your own and a set of tin snips will come in handy. Also a Dremel tool is nice for making the hole on the back of the TI in a neat manner.
As you can see from this first image, it just slides into the same socket as the old video chip. I would recommend having at least a SMALL flathead screw driver to gently pry the old chip up.
This is what the back looks like (on mine) once I modified the plate that came with the unit and added two small nuts and bolts from the local hardware store.
This is the UNMODIFIED plate that comes with the F18A
This is the plate AFTER I got done carving on it.
It's actually an EASY project as it requires NO SOLDERING. If you take your time, it'll take about 45 minutes from start to finish. As you've already been to the site << HERE >>, you know how much it costs. In my opinion, it's one of the top three mods available for the TI.
IF YOU WANT TO DOWNLOAD THE INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE YOU PURCHASE GO TO << THIS POST >>.