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    Metroid, retro computers and consoles, beer, 8/16bit gaming. Arduino, electrical engineering.

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  1. It's great to hear you are doing well! I had a stint in the hospital last year myself. So keep up the great work! However, did you have to post this two days before I stuff my face with turkey and cranberry dressing?
  2. You know...I think I literally have that same model of hot-air reflow gun. Looks like I've been holding it wrong all this time. I'll start holding it the "correct" way next time.
  3. Yep, I've done that too. In fact, the hot glue will pretty much pop right off. If it's another type of glue, like maybe rubber cement, you may try a little acetone. But be careful around any plastic and make sure you wash off quickly.
  4. Keep in mind too that those caps are tied to very large traces and ground pours. So, worse case, would be easy to repair. Unless you used jackhammer to pry the glue off. 🙂
  5. I own the ZoomFloppy, a SD2IEC and the Ultimate II+. The Ultimate II+ was a splurge for me that I put off for years. Took a few months to arrive (they are built on demand) and now that I have it, I can't help but feel like I'm cheating a little. I guess I'm just an old fan of that ginormous 1541. Anyway, the ZoomFloppy is awesome if you want to connect a real vintage drive to your modern PC and copy data that way. The SD2IEC is probably your most practical route if you don't want to spend a lot of money. However, one annoying part for me and all of these SD/FPGA solutions is that when you get a thousand games in one place, it becomes frustrating navigating around and loading stuff. I guess I just like the feel of inserting the actual disk in the drive. But that's just me. Of course, the Ultimate II+ is amazing. Although, expensive.
  6. I was just thinking along the lines of a replica PEB instead of a standard PC case. Doesn't really matter to me that much as I own a PEB. Although, I would love a replacement lid as mine is scratched up and the posts are missing. That's interesting about the regulators. I wonder if that's my my 2016 SAMS card gets really hot on the 7805. I mean...REALLY hot....as in I lifted the card up and now I have a blister because of it. Then again, I forgot to put a heat sink on it so my fault.
  7. I say go with IIe. But those prices seem a little high. I just recently built a II+ and while it's great, it's more work to get it running.
  8. I know what you mean. I've had some stuff come up missing too. I've just about got everything stored in my new garage. I think once I reorganize everything, I might be able to squeeze a little more in. Then I've also got the attic. But I'm hesitant to store stuff up there. Especially during the long summers we have here.
  9. I actually enjoyed making my own cables. In fact, I really need to start doing it again. I have all of the stuff to make network patch cables but I still find myself going to my junk drawer and finding a pre-made one that is usually 40% too long. So I just roll it up and velcro it off. Instead of making a custom length. Guess I got lazy.
  10. So, are you thinking of making a complete PEB case? It would be amazing if someone did that. Something that would hold a modern PSU (i.e., quiet-ish), possibly smaller (maybe horizontally?) and colored the same color. 🙂
  11. I have upgraded some of my retro computers as well. Mostly CF storage and modern power supplies. I still use the retro keyboards and composite (sometimes RF) displays. I like it that way. I still use tape. Anyway, my very specific requirements call for either NES or SNES controllers. Preferably NES but I could settle for SNES. NES/SNES is very easy to handle. The hard part has been locating the ports.
  12. The computer I am designing is based on the 65C02. I want it to be as retro as possible (like the first one I did). USB doesn't fit the requirements.
  13. I used to make SCSI cables by hand many moons ago. We had a special crimper for the job that made it easy. I used to also make network patch cables by hand too. Which sounds silly today but back then, network cables were expensive relatively speaking.
  14. Ah, good point. I forgot about the twist.
  15. Yes! Well, the first one is what I needed...for the NES. Although, it's a little pricey. I think I paid about $2-5 for them years ago but that's life. I wonder where RetroFixes is getting them? The second one for the SNES is just a replacement for the actual SNES. I wasn't completely clear so I will explain better below. I was thinking the same thing. The SNES and NES ports *should* be fairly easy to obtain...at least I thought. Mainly because they are making so many FPGA based consoles like the NES Mini, etc. Let me explain a little on what I'm doing. Last year I designed and built a SBC (single board computer) around the 65C02. I called this the Potpourri6502 (search 6502 forum). It was nothing major. But, I want to design another computer over the coming months. Something a little more ambitious. I could very easily use a DB9 and a Genesis controller. In fact, I might just do it anyway since it's so easy to obtain. But, my favorite controller of all time the the classic NES game pad. It just feels right to me. I want my new computer to have the actual NES ports installed. The 5 or so NES ports I have are oddly shaped on the pins. They are not right-angle but straight through. So they cannot be mounted on the motherboard along with an enclosure unless you plugged the controllers in from the top. Which would look silly. It would be easy enough to solder my own header (like the RetroFix ones) but I was hoping to provide a kit computer one day where beginners could just solder in their own NES jacks without too much fuss. The RetroFix ones look perfect but that's basically going to be $18 plus shipping to every kit. Whereas a DB9 would probably be <$5. So, what I will probably do is put the header pins on the board and let the end user decide if they want to spend $18 or just hack some NES cable (which I don't like). Anyway, just a little background.
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