New NESportable, Unnamed. 56k warning

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New NESportable, Unnamed. 56k warning

Post by drac22 » Mon Feb 02, 2009 6:01 pm

So, about a year ago or so I finished working on a portable Nintendo, built off of a full size NES motherboard, Using this project as a starting point. http://nestable.classicgaming.gamespy.com/plans.shtml I had finished everything but a few touch ups, and the power supply (Old was 8 AAs) only ran for 20 minutes. Not good. I have since reworked it to run off a Mac 11.5V Laptop battery. It works out pretty good I think. Well, here are the pics.
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The front of the NESportable. Lots of screws holding things to the face, controls and whatnot. heh heh Bottom left is the reset switch.
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Side view showing the 2p port.
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Top view. Cart slot, AC power in, volume control, and power select. I made it a physical switch so when I was running on AAs power from the AC in wouldn't feed back into AAs.
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The laptop battery. It has no idea what's coming. :)
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BAM! Battery inserted. I used a destroyed laptop to get the connection that the battery plugs into.
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Back view with battery inserted. The bare circuit showing is the old laptop power circuit, and does nothing for the NES. But it is very stable and the best way I could find to mount it was to leave it intact.
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Game inserted.
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Game playing. That screw isn't sticking out of the side of the case, its just unfortunately placed.
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Stupid screw.
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Backside of the faceplate. Screen in the center, NES controllers on top, speaker on bottom left, and bottom right is the reset switch.
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Blurry closeup of the master controller. The D-pad on the right has its controls wired to the master mad on the left, which feeds the system.
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The NES motherboard, and custom video circuit on the left.
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Better angle on the video circuit.eople.rit.edu/~tmm5604/personal/game%20pics/nes%20portable/100_3681.JPG[/img]

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Re: New NESportable, Unnamed. 56k warning

Post by jjhammerstein » Mon Feb 02, 2009 6:29 pm

Wow, that case layout isn't planned very well. :?
Good job on actually working though, I can't seem to do it.

That battery gets you what, 20 hours of play? XD
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Re: New NESportable, Unnamed. 56k warning

Post by .:jads:. » Mon Feb 02, 2009 7:58 pm

it looks good, but what are the dimensions?

it seems pretty thick for a "portable"
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Re: New NESportable, Unnamed. 56k warning

Post by 64M320N3 » Tue Feb 03, 2009 2:10 pm

Your portable is a beast! Nice work though, and you probably get a lot of battery life. :D
I applaud. Honestly, at least you have portablized something, most users here never do. (I have yet to finish mine).
Congratulations. Play it a lot.
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Re: New NESportable, Unnamed. 56k warning

Post by themadhacker » Tue Feb 03, 2009 2:13 pm

Huh, you didn't remove the expansion port? Well, I suppose with your case, you would not need to. Nice work!
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Re: New NESportable, Unnamed. 56k warning

Post by drac22 » Fri Feb 13, 2009 2:37 pm

yeah its a beast, but its fun to bust it out when people aren't expecting it for some one on one Dr. Mario. :) My screen is the main reason its so big. Its a 5.4 inch cathode lit screen, so its wide and thick. Even with my case being 4 inches thick I just barely clear the screen over the NES motherboard. The thickness or size really isn't an issue though, since I have the controls set up GBA style, you hold then entire case with your hands and palms. The battery life is quite nice with the laptop batteries, I think I'll be using them for several other projects like this. :)

Thanks for the positive comments guys! I'm working on my atari portable next, it should actually be "portable" sized. I've also recently picked up a powerjoy, so someday I'll make a portable NES to size as well.

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Re: New NESportable, Unnamed. 56k warning

Post by Life of Brian » Fri Feb 13, 2009 2:40 pm

This forum needs more Atari portables! I think after working with an NES you will like how small you can get an Atari's board.

Great job on finishing your NES portable!
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