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MS-DOS emulation on the Dreamcast

Windows on a Dreamcast

This post is a summary of reflections regarding the possibilities to emulate Microsoft DOS on the Dreamcast. These are the options we have found: DosBoxDC (0.6) Fake86 Dreamcast (0.13.3.15) ScummVM 2.0 Among these, ScummVM is by far the best option, as elaborated below. DosBoxDC DosBox is one of the most popular Ms Dos emulators for many systems. Theemulator (current v.0.74) can run a fair share…
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The Marvel movies in chronological order

Marvel Studios

Iron Man, Avengers, Thor, X-men, Jessica Jones and so on: the number of movies and tv-series of the Marvel cinematic universe (MCU) is growing. It might be a tad difficult to keep track of the correct viewing order of everything. That is why this post is devoted to present all Marvel movies and tv-series in chronological order. We update the post continuously.  If you detect…
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Dreamcast controller: disassembly and cleaning

Dreamcast controller

In this post we will take a closer look on the inside of a Dreamcast controller. We bought a (dirty) controller on Swedish eBay that we cleaned while taking the pictures below. The Dreamcast controllers received mixed reviews: some love them, others hate them. The controller is constituted by a analog joystick, and a regular digital controller. Four buttons, one start button, and two “triggers”…
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Playstation 2 guitar with broken “strummer” repair

I recently bought a Playstation 2 guitar, model Red Octane PSLGH on Swedish eBay. The seller described that the white “strummer” only works one way: upwards. It make sense since most player press it downwards while playing, so I suspected a simple mechanical issue would be the cause. To scroll menus and song lists, the strummer has to work both ways, and I play by…
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Playstation 2 (fat): Laser cleaning and / or replacement

Playstation 2 fat

When the Playstation 2 was released by Sony in 2000, it would become the most sold videogame in the world, with 155 million units sold. The console marked a clear shift in the videogame market, when SEGA stopped creating hardware since the Dreamcast could not compete with the PS2. The sequel to the 1994 Playstation had several properties that made it popular, including a DVD-player…
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Original (DMG-01) Gameboy common faults repair

Nintendo Gameboy

The Nintendo Gameboy was released in 1989 and became a huge success. The unit can be described as a handheld version of the popular 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), or Famicom (Family Computer). The Gameboy is characterized by using the same type of controls as the NES, powered by four AAA-batteries, a monochrome (greenish) screen, and a simple, but robust design. During the 1990s several…
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Wico Command Control Bat Handle repair

Wico Command Control Bat Handle

Wico Command Control is another classic joystick I have had the honor to work on lately. In prior posts I’ve described repairs of Wico Q Stick and Suncom TAC-2. The Wico Command Controlk was bought together with a couple of other broken joysticks. All three joysticks had their cables cut at the base of the joystick for some reason. Apart from that, the Command Control…
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Repairing a TAC-2 with a broken stick

TAC-2 repaired

If Commodore 64 is one of the most classic home computers from the 1980s, then Suncom’s TAC-2  (Totally Accurate Controller MK2) joystick is one of the most classic joysticks of all time, known for its precision and robustness. The TAC-2 is almost indestructible apart from some corrosion issues, and problems with old broken wires, both with can be easily fixed. However, there are a few…
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