Author Archive: Dreamcast

Create ScummVM CDI:s for Dreamcast

TheDig

ScummVM is a neat little application that allows you to run classic point-and-click adventure games on a variety of platforms, including Dreamcast. That means, you can run your old favorites such as Monkey Island, Day of the Tentacle, Leisure Suit Larry, on your Dreamcast! To do so, you need to create a Discjuggler CDI-file (see, guide for burning cdi-files for Dreamcast). In this post I…
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Gameboy Advance: Common faults repair

Gameboy Advance

The Gameboy Advance (GBA) was released in 2001 as a successor to the Gameboy DMG-01 / Color series. The handheld unit is basically a handheld Super Nintendo, with backwards compability with original Gameboy games. As the GBA ages, weaknesses in its design are disclosed. In this post, I will take a look at the following issues: Broken power switch (and fuse). Distortions from volume wheel….
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Original Xbox DVD-drive repair

Xbox DVD-spelare

The original Xbox, launched by Microsoft in 2001, is still a popular console to run homebrew games and emulators on. However, as with any old hardware, the console’s weaknesses are starting to show. One of those weaknesses is the optical drive, a common source of error on old video game consoles. One common errors are that the DVD-tray is stuck, and won’t eject. Another common…
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How to install MS-DOS on a CF-card without using a floppy

Oracle VM

This information is based on http://theinstructionlimit.com/installing-ms-dos-6-22-on-a-486-without-a-floppy-drive-using-a-cf-to-ide-adapter and is more of a note to self. Anyway, as a retrocomputer enthusiast I often find myself in the following situation: I have a compact flash to IDE adapter with a suitable CF-card. However, I do not have a floppy drive on the retrocomputer that I want to install MS DOS to. Furthermore, I also need to install Ontrack…
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Gameboy DMG-01 Bivert + VGA mod

Super Mario Land

I have a tendency to buy broken Gameboys on Swedish eBay for around $20-$25, and then fix them. They usually suffer from two faults that are easy to repair: corrosion on the battery connectors, and vertical lines on screen. However, in some cases, the screens are beyond repair (if they have dead horizontal lines, or damaged flexible PCBs). Then, a VGA mod may come in…
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Chinese “MP5” PSP Clone: What to expect, and tips and tricks

Chinese PSP MP5 Game Player2

I picked up one of those chinese portable gaming/video/music/camera handhelds super cheap at Swedish eBay, just out of curiosity. These units come under a variety of name such as “X6” etc and can be bought on Amazon, Wish, Ali Express etc. They are a slightly more advanced variant than the small “Gameboys” bundled with a number of NES games. In this post I will write…
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Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) disassembly and cleaning

NES

In this post, I will make a full disassembly of a Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), including cleaning the 72-pin cartridge connector. If you experience “pink” screen or having problems running games, this is the first measure to get your NES in working order again. The unit I am working on is an ex-rental. This unit has never been opened before, and is in excellent condition,…
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