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Why did the Dreamcast fail?


I decided to give ChatGPT (3) a go, to explain why the Dreamcast failed. It generated the following response: The Dreamcast was a video game console developed by Sega and released in 1998. Despite receiving critical acclaim and having a strong initial launch, the Dreamcast ultimately failed in the market and was discontinued in 2001. There were several reasons for its failure, including: Competition: The…
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Compaq Presario 460

Compaq Presario

I recently acquired a Compaq Presario 460 from Swedish eBay. I did not know this model existed before I saw it online. As a kid I owned a Presario 433 while my buddy owned a 425. A few years ago I bought a Compaq Presario CDS 520. The difference between the “CDS” range and the regular Presarios is that the former has integreated sound card…
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Game Gear volume control replacement

Game Gear volume control

My recapped Game Gear had a problem with scraping sound when adjusting the volume with the volume control. There is a relatively straight forward way to fix that: replacing the volume control wheel. To do so, you need some basic soldering skills and tools. The volume control is a 10KA (log) Potentiometer. My potentiometer was a bit slimmer than the original, but that is not…
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PS Vita softmod


The PS Vita, released in 2011, is a very capable handheld console, and you can really benefit from softmodding it, allowing you to play homebrews, backups, emulators, etc. In this post, we will show how you softmod the system, step by step. The following steps will be performed: Update firmware to 3.65 or above. Install h-encore and Vitadeploy Install Ensō Finalize setup Install NoNpDrm +…
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PS Vita disassembly and charging port replacement

PS Vita working

The Playstation Vita (PS Vita), released in 2011, was Sony’s successor to the Playstation Portable (PSP). I recently aquired a cople of these consoles, 1x original PCH-1000, and 1x PS Vita “slim” variant. The PCH-1000 had a serious problem: the charger port was broken. It is not uncommon that these ports fail, and replacing them is a bit of a hassle. I looked around online…
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Install WHDLoad on an Amiga 600 with Kickstart 2.05 / Workbench 2.1

Workbench 2.1

I recently wrote a post about repairing Amiga 600. Now, the time has come to make use of the machine and to install some software on it. My goal is to create a stock machine with Kickstart 2.05 and Workbench 2.1 that is able to run games via WHDLoad (a program that enables running games and demos from a hard drive). Initially, I do not…
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How to: play PS2 SingStar on PS3


In this post I focus on how to get your Playstation 2 SingStar cd:s to work on Playstation 3. While you can technically play PS2 versions of SingStar on some backwards-compatible, or softmodded PS3:s, these games do not work with the original PS2 usb microphones. These microphones work perfectly with the PS3 versions of SingStar though. Now, depending on your setup and software, there are…
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