1. That could work. I know that many people seek out cartridge connectors from the Game Genie or from clones. Either of these options may work better with less work.
I guess Ill open it up and look closely then. I wonder if this will actually be doable!
2. The NES isn't super-picky about its +5v power, a simple 7805 regulator is common. In fact, that's what is in the original power supply of the NES. I would imagine that if you were concerned about it, having +5v to ATX specs would be fine.
Awesome! I have switching type 5v wall warts coming out of my ears, that are made for direct attachment to hard drives and such.... much more power efficient than the old analog ones, and if I can cut down EFI/RFI enough I can put them inside the device and not only run a normal cord to it, but also make a real
power switch that cuts off the transformer when not in use! (I like being energy efficient, just how I am)
3. Yes, pitch matters. That seemingly-small amount of difference means that if you line up the connector with the first pin on the cartridge, as you go down, the rest of the pins will become farther and farther off. I know there was talk of a certain cartridge connector on Digi-Key working for the NES, but I don't remember which one off hand. I'll look to see if I can find that thread. EDIT: Found it! "http://www.digikey.com/
has a card edge connector that should work with NES carts, part # A31721-ND."
But... that's just the problem! did you look at that part number? it's got a 0.1" (2.54mm) pitch, not 2.5mm like the NES cartridge has!......
4. The only place I'd know to check would be eBay. It looks like original Nintendo dogbone controllers are running about $20 there.
hm.... little rich, but I guess beggars can't be choosers. I was hoping to find them for $10-15 shipped
It sounds like you're at least planning on replacing the cartridge connector. Now that you've made us all curious, what other mods are you looking into for your NES?
Well, I am thinking original NES, but thinner, just making it as tall as the dark grey bottom or such... slot load vertically into the rear of the top panel... also like I mentioned removing the old wall wart for something much more efficient... then stereo mod but with crossfeed adapters (they are popular with the audiophile headphone crowd, and can fix the stereo separation oddness issue if you stereofy the nes)... I also wanna do the overclocking switch thing... and maybe mod in my wireless 4-player adapter (nes sattelite) direct into the NES as well.
I also definitely want an original gen2 toploader bad
and then do the av mod and some of what I listed here to that as well.