- Yes, in fact I will have to just use electrical tape, double layer. The wiring will need to be positioned around other components.
- Intend to try the low battery LED mod again, with different transistors and see if that makes any odds. Frankly, i'm not sure I want a hole in the case for a light, and space is so small it will be a problem anyway; so I will try the mod but may not use it; not sure yet. Getting the tiny rumble motors in the system will be fiddly in itself!
Only had a couple of hours today for project work, will have about three or four tomorrow.
The last time I left the system after testing, I stuck three pieces of perspex between the top of the perspex edge to the board, to ensure I got the board no higher than the case base casing. This is just to illustrate the fact.
I thought I would have this problem - the perspex piece I used to keep the joystick in place before, 2mm thick, will stop any chance of the case closing, especially as I have about 1/2mm to max of 1mm gap and the perspex is 2mm thick.
So, I needed to have a material which was rigid and thin; if the material was flimsy then the joystick will move about. The back of the material will rest on the PSOne console mobo, so will have a hard backing.
Only material I could think of was metal, and the easiest metal to find, and the most accessible, was the metal from the PSone casing.
As you see below, I used a metal diamond cutter on the dremel to cut out the metal. Be VERY careful, you car cutting through steel, it is really really hard material, sparks will fly and you must be in complete control over the dremel when you do this. You MUST also wear goggles too due to metal dust and also sparks flying everywhere.
To get this:
Drill a hole to correspond to hole in case, cover rest in two layers of electrical tape to stop shorts.
The idea is to use hot glue to secure the metal to the joystick backing (I had to use a new joystick as I destroyed the last one getting the perspex backing off), if you need to remove the joystick for repairs, hot glue will come off the tape easily by prying it off with a screwdriver. The screw keeps everything in place firmly, a small dab of hot glue on the other side to keep it in position; when the two case halves are put together, this plate will rest against the PSone console motherboard and be really rigid.
I will need to make a hole recess on the other case half to accommodate the screw takes.
If I need to, I can sand the perspex surround to recess the metal plate, but I don't think I need to.
Have to do the other side, tomorrow.
I still have to finish the rest of the miscellaneous wiring too and then test all controls work ok. It's fine testing the screen, CD mechanism and boards work but it is easy to get control wiring backwards if you aren't careful, especially when working on the inside of a case instead of from the outside!