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Nes PC
« on: March 10, 2008, 03:23:13 PM »

iv not been doing much modding lately up til the last 2 weeks...

my aim here is to take a nes, and put a pc inside the thing, pretty simple BUT.. i wanna wire the joy pads up to the paralell port in order to use the original ports on the front and play emulators with the original pad, also my other main aim... is simple, keep it looking like a nes! and sounding like one, no stupid fans or noisey drives etc

so lets begin...



heres my nes all bored and doing nothing (the actual hardware doesn't work so don't worry im not wreaking a classic)



nes hardware removed and the mounts taken away



original power/reset botton PCB left intact and soldered the motherboard connections on for reset, power and the good old red LED



Old skool!!! testing the bottons etc on my other pc



Laptop CD Rom attached to the top end of the case, i know this isnt very pretty but it will be out of sight and it saves me hacking away at the case to mount things...



cd in place



coooooooooooool!



50 pin laptop cd cable to IDE converter!



old PCB mounts cut down to size and drilled to fit mobo screws



im now at the stage of waiting for parts... these are the parts iv ordered and waiting on..

90w Picopsu and inverter box

VIA EPIA motherboard (mini ITX) only 533 mhz but plenty for what i want it for + passive cooling so keeps it nice and noiseless just like a NES

40gb toshiba 5400RPM laptop hdd (got that very cheap!!)

50 pin cd rom cable

laptop to 3.5" hdd converter

il update once the stuff arrives, any ideas welcomed!

cheers!
« Last Edit: March 10, 2008, 03:28:05 PM by legacy2k »
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Re: Nes PC
« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2008, 03:37:23 PM »

I cannot see a lot of your pictures. 

Instead of using parallel for the controllers why not use USB since it's already done for you: http://retrousb.com/index.php?productID=116 (you'll want to look around for something cheaper though)
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Re: Nes PC
« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2008, 03:40:52 PM »

yea i had considered that but im going to solder the pads up direct to the paralell port in order to keep it looking original and making use of the original joy pad ports

cheers for the input though dude! :D

edit: ah thats smart!! i didnt realise they were the actual ports i just assumed it was something id already seen!! nice find! il look into that

also which pics are not working?
« Last Edit: March 10, 2008, 03:43:32 PM by legacy2k »
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Re: Nes PC
« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2008, 05:33:33 PM »

They all work now.  I assume my work was blocking some.  Stupid work firewalls.
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Re: Nes PC
« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2008, 09:19:57 PM »

Awesome project idea!!  Keep 'em coming :)
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Re: Nes PC
« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2008, 06:28:09 AM »

thanks man

seeing as im still waiting for the stuff and im ill at home and very bored... (never know i may get something this morning) lets take a better look at my motherboard/cpu/ram





Tech Spec:

# Processor   VIA C3/EDEN EBGA Processor
# Chipset   VIA PLE133 North Bridge
# VIA VT8231 South Bridge
# System Memory   2 PC133 DIMM sock
# Up to 1 GB memory size
# VGA   Integrated AGP 4X Graphics
# Expansion Slots   1 PCI
# Onboard IDE   2 X UltraDMA 133/100/66 Connector
# Onboard LAN   VIA VT6103 PHY 10/100 Ethernet
# Onboard Audio   VIA VT1612A 2 channel AC'97 Codec
# Back Panel I/O   1 PS2 mouse port
# 1 PS2 keyboard port
# 1 VGA Port
# 1 Parallel
# 1 RJ-45 LAN port
# 1 RCA port (SPDIF or TV out)
# 1 S-Video port
# 2 USB 1.1 ports
# 1 Serial port
# 3 Audio jacks: line-out, line-in and mic-in
# Onboard I/O Connectors   1 USB connector for 2 USB 1.1 ports
# 1 CD Audio-in connector
# 1 FIR connector
# 1 CIR connector
# 1 PS2 connector
# 1 CPU/Sys FAN
# 1 Buzzer
# ATX Power Connector
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Re: Nes PC
« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2008, 12:26:15 PM »

im saved from bordom!! some parts arrived today!! not bad for ****!



40 gb toshiba 2.5" hdd, power splitter and PicoPSU 90watt + inverter



fitted the plug where it would originally be placed!



fitted the power splitter to the PSU



the 40 gb hdd looking very new!!



hdd fitted under the cd rom in antistatic material (just to be safe and not leave residue on the PCB from the tape)



all fitted and secured again not very pretty to look at but it works



managed to get the 50 pin to IDE converter to go directly into the cd rom drive so no need for that 50 pin cable!



and now just a couple of pics of the items in there new home





coming along nicely :P

also did a little test of my CD rom drive video can be seen below

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mO5V6ZYVCc4
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Re: Nes PC
« Reply #7 on: March 12, 2008, 01:56:35 PM »



motherboard!



lets get going!





Mounts Fitted



mobo fitted to mounts PSU put in







Getting there...









finshed! well... almost...

things to do:

fix hdd to it somewhere (still waiting on that converter)

fix LED as its not working for some reason

CD rom needs replaceing or sorting as its not running right (tryed booting from a cd but no luck :()

need to get a new top end of the case as that cut for the mobo plate is terible!!! :( impatience got to me i think
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