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Life of Brian: i had decided to paint it white from the get-go. then i later read that you were painting your current one white. i was like, "great... now it's really gonna look like i'm just copying him!" :?

Or is it I who is copying you? :P I ordered a Retro Duo recently thanks to your research, so I think we got a 50/50 thing going on here.

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Or is it I who is copying you? :P I ordered a Retro Duo recently thanks to your research, so I think we got a 50/50 thing going on here.


LOL! that is so true! i think you should totally do the retro duo into that dual portable that you designed a case for. this system really is easy to work with! it's a good starter system, i think. hard to fry or damage at all for that matter. if it wasn't for my wanting as close to perfection for my case, i would have had this done shortly after i started! :D

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well, since many posts have been lost, i'll just repost my update...

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to recap, the piece on the left is the top of the case. it contains the screen power (bottom) and the 8-bit/off/16-bit switch (top). the piece on the right is the bottom of the case. from top to bottom: dc jack, a/v out, player 2 port, & 2 headphone jacks.

i'm running into lots of problems i wasn't expecting. i didn't measure correctly and now i have to do a lot of modding to get it all to fit together.

things left to do:
    hook up player 2 port & a/v out
    relocate snes cart slot (1/2 done)
    reinforce snes cart slot
    relocate 8-bit/16-bit power switch
    hook up controller
    finish painting
    shave out good portion of inside plastic from back half of case
    rewire one thing on leds so it doesn't drain batteries when not in use
    testing
    a few other odds and ends


my leds have been very finicky. but i think i figured out why... (see above list) anyway, they are working again as shown by this pic!
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that was originally posted in a different thread. i thought i had fried my super joy iii, but i hadn't. that's why my screen and batteries are hooked up to it instead of my retro duo. just thought i'd clarify.

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so, got a question. has anybody broken the cart slot before when trying to relocate it...? the reason i'm asking... i've relocated the snes cart slot, and it didn't work... checked all the connections... they were good... so, i took of those wires and redid it... still doesn't work... ergh. i'm frustrated with this.

things left to do (done/not done):

    hook up player 2 port & a/v out
    relocate snes cart slot (1/2 done)
    reinforce snes cart slot
    relocate 8-bit/16-bit power switch
    hook up controller
    finish painting
    shave out good portion of inside plastic from back half of case
    rewire one thing on leds so it doesn't drain batteries when not in use
    testing
    a few other odds and ends

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i had done the same thing, only with my FC Twin, and am currently looking into what the problem is and cant seem to find anything legitimate. ive checked all the connections with a multimeter and all are connected correctly and none are touching eachother.... but at the same i had broke some of the wires of the ribbon cable that connects the 3 different boards together, i wired em back up using different wire and it still doesnt work. is it possible your ribbon cable wires were damaged as well? it took me a good 15 minutes of searching over the board to notice this problem EDIT: and i dont throw the board or really mishandle it at all, just seemed to be very weak at those points


not to get too off topic to your post... i did however use a larger gauge wire to rehook the ribbon cable areas back together and it could be the problem. next thing ill try is use some smaller braided style wires instead of the larger solid wires i used, hope it works


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is it possible your ribbon cable wires were damaged as well?


no, my other connections are great. the nes side still works. it's just the snes side that's not working. but i'm in the process of taking the snes cart slot off my fc twin to switch it with the one in this project.

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ugh...

i was planning on finishing the front of the system today (painting, clear coat, & installing the components). i had it all painted and was going to put just 1 last clear coat on. and then... it fell... onto cement. nothing broke, but there were some major gashes. :( so that has set me back... but, i'm close... there was just one corner that had the largest gash that i'm trying to get to looking normal again. maybe, just maybe i'll be able to get it all fixed and redo the clear coats tomorrow.

*sigh...*

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Did you get your SNES side working again? That sucks about the case. I still haven't decided how I'm going to finish mine. I should soon, though. Otherwise, it'll be holding me up again.

Oh, I got the games the other day. I haven't been able to play them because my NOAC is torn apart. Thank you so much!

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Did you get your SNES side working again? That sucks about the case. I still haven't decided how I'm going to finish mine. I should soon, though. Otherwise, it'll be holding me up again.

Oh, I got the games the other day. I haven't been able to play them because my NOAC is torn apart. Thank you so much!


no, i haven't gotten it working yet. i've been too frustrated with it to work on that part much. i'm just trying to get the case done right now.

good! i'm glad you got them! :)

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good news! this weekend has been a very frustrating but in the end rewarding time!

friday and saturday resulted in a lot of mess ups, accidents, and anger. but, today, i was able to get some of it worked out.

i was able to fix the scratches and gashes. i think you can't tell that it was messed up at all. i'm now back to just needing to put a few clear coats on to protect it.

i was also able to get the snes cart slot relocated!
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woo hoo! only took about 3 tries! and it's actually not such a bad thing! now i'm using the fc twin's snes cartridge slot. it has extended plastic with holes for screws. this will make it so much easier to reinforce it! i just need to get some L brackets now. anyone know of a good place to get L brackets...?

the only other major electronics thing i still have left to do is wiring up the controller. which, i don't imaging being too difficult.

finally, i feel like i'm really getting somewhere on this! :D

things left to do (done/not done):

    hook up player 2 port & a/v out
    relocate snes cart slot
    reinforce snes cart slot
    relocate 8-bit/16-bit power switch
    hook up controller
    finish painting
    shave out good portion of inside plastic from back half of case
    rewire one thing on leds so it doesn't drain batteries when not in use
    testing
    a few other odds and ends

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Do you have a local hardware store? A True Value or an Ace? They should have a whole section with hinges, screw eyes, and stuff. The L-hooks should be there. If you really have trouble finding them, let me know what size you're looking for. I know I can get them very easily.

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menards lowes and home depot should also have that sort of a thing

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was at home depot the other day and they have about 2 meter's worth of hinges horizontally and going up of course mine may be different then yours but they were fairly limited.


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thanks, guys! i'll check out those places. Image

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so i got the hacked up controller working and hot glued the connections on the section that the chip is on. then i was working on actually installing the controller into the front of the case... and the select wire came out from under the hot glue :shock: honestly, how hard is this going to be fore me to get the select to work again...?

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