*wakes up after a late night of hot gluing and soldering*
Well, it's almost done. Everything is together and (sorta) working! But I may have spoken too soon, since it's got a few bugs I need to work out.
-When operating on batterys the screen backlight goes out whenever the CD drive starts up.
I'm hoping just putting an electrolytic capacitor to the power line on the screen, or the 7805 on the screen will make this stop. Any ideas on this guys?
-Screw holding the drive in place is in the way of the sliding laser. I found this only happened on one game, none of the others ever hit, so I never noticed. I just need to sink the screw, but to do that I have to take the whole thing apart again.
-The connectors going to the screen are loose. The red of the RGB keeps coming loose. Need to bend it or something.
-The memory card port is a little loose. Epoxy instead of hotglue should fix that.
-some hot glue got into the analog stick casing, making it none too smooth at certain points. I was really careful not to let that happen, and it still did. Drat.
-Need to make Play-Mad stickers!
-The brightness down button is not working, must have come loose during packing. Which means the whole screen has to come out to resolder one or two wires. Drat again.
I spent the entire day yesterday on this, from 4PM to 6AM. Today is my day off work, so I'm done working on it for now. Yes, I'm a little annoyed. Everything that could go wrong with this, has. Here's a list, just for fun
-The broken speaker conundrum! The speakers from segasonicfan didn't arrive yet, for some reason there was some confusion about shipping. But it happened that I bought a hip gear screen recently, and it showed up pretty fast. So i just opened it up and stole the speakers from that. I'm still hoping to get those speakers though, since now the hip gear screen has none.
-RGB wasn't working. Nothing was showing up on the screen. At first I realized i had forgotten the sync wire. still nothing. I messed and messed with it, still nothing. Then finally I saw that the sync wire was off one pin.
Because the other pin had been covered with wires, it had tricked me when i was counting over. I moved it over one pin, and it worked.
-The controller used an analog stick casing as a part of a circuit, and I didn't realize that. so I spent hours resoldering things trying to find why the analog stick was going up and down, up and down. Took me a couple days of messing around to finally notice that tiny little detail.
-The rewired backlight circuit EXPLODED. They apparently made the connector to the fluorescent light so that it could go in BACKWARDS. So of course, thats what happened, and when i plugged it in I got to see a nice light and smoke show (went great with the music in the background, would have been cool if not for the horror of it all). Luckily, I had just gotten a new screen in the mail, and I just stole all the parts off of it. I can still use the screen I stole parts off, it will just have to be LED modded.
-had to trim down all the boards to get them to fit. Screen, mother board. Controller boards, and a little nip off the controller board. This thing is the tightest fit. It's nuts.
-The paint, but we already went over that. No more glossy paint for me. Ever.
-Lost the analog button, and had to buy a new controller for it, out of pocket. And the store was way over charging too!
-Some of the screen tact switches I was using to replace the old ones didn't work. I got them off junk electronics, so I had to sort through them to find ones that worked.
There was LOTS of other things, but I've forgotten them. Essentially, this is the hardest build for me yet. But it's also the coolest.
Need to find a proper way to post pics.... Photobucket keeps dropping pics like flies in an oven. Any recommendations, or am I stuck upgrading to pro on photobucket?
Cool, also G-Force how did you do your headphone jack?
I just extended the normal headphone jack from it's normal place on the circuit board. Pretty simple that way.