NESp Version 2 - The pNESp

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NESp Version 2 - The pNESp

Post by TheOnlyOneHeFears » Mon Jun 22, 2009 10:36 am

Well, it's been a while since I've made a portable, and as I've got about 14 weeks in which to do nothing now (having finally finished my A-Levels), I thought I'd dust off my soldering iron and start again! I've got lots of stuff planned for the summer, but I thought I'd ease myself back into the way of portables with another simple NESp, although this time I hope to make it a lot better than my other one (which was technically fine I suppose, but VERY bulky - it wasn't called the bulky NESp for nothing ya know :P)

I've got quite a lot of the planning done, and I've managed to acquire most of the parts already (including an Intec screen pad for a steal at about £5), so I can go ahead and make the thing in the next couple of weeks

Forgive the hideousness of the concept below, I know it's probably the worst Paint monstrosity ever created, but I just wanted to get a rough idea of positioning and give you guys an idea about how it's going to look

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The case is a Logitech PSP hard case, which is just the right size for the screen, controls and NOAC board. I got two, just in case I make a mistake with the old Dremel (which I probably will end up doing :P)

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The screen, standard 4Gamers LCD controller (they all have pretty much the same guts)

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Car power adapter (which reminds me, I need to actually test the screen first :P)

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I sold out and followed the trend for these new-fangled squishy tact switches to make it more NES-like, I wasn't massively keen on the overt clickyness of my older NESp's tact switch controls. Having said that, I'll probably still need to use some larger tact switches for the D-Pad or something

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That's all I've got for now, stay tuned for more updates!
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Re: NESp Version 2 - The pNESp

Post by themadhacker » Mon Jun 22, 2009 11:04 am

I have one of those psp cases. Looks like I have a use for it now.
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Re: NESp Version 2 - The pNESp

Post by TheOnlyOneHeFears » Mon Jun 22, 2009 1:53 pm

themadhacker wrote:I have one of those psp cases. Looks like I have a use for it now.
Haha, don't go stealing my ideas :P

Very quick update just to say the screen is tested and working, which was a relief (not like it was particularly expensive though :P)

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NES controller board, stripped and ready to go

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NOAC, standard Power Player thing, it's pretty small as it is but I'm going to need to desolder the cart connector to fit it into the case

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Post by TheOnlyOneHeFears » Wed Jun 24, 2009 3:23 am

More updates, got quite a lot done yesterday

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Re-instated work area in the garage, it's a lot neater than the old one but it certainly won't be for much longer :P

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My trusty desoldering pump, UK style and the NOAC

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One half of the cart slot desoldered

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Both sides done

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Cart slot and NOAC board separated. The whole process took about 5 minutes and it was a lot easier/quicker than I had thought it would be, the electric desoldering pump really helped

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Screen, ready for disassembling

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With the back taken off. I was expecting the controller board to be on a separate PCB, but it's all on one large one, which is a bit of a problem as it's currently too big to fit into the case. I'll probably try to cut it down, or I'll use another screen with a smaller board

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Screen testing, it still works!

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System test, minus controls, all good to go! I had to work out a pinout for the screen manually because this version isn't as well documented as some, I'll post it up at some point (it's very simple, only 6 wires)

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Funtime indeed! (sorry for the blurriness!)

So, next stop, the case! Until next time :)

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Re: NESp Version 2 - The pNESp

Post by kylechu » Thu Jun 25, 2009 6:25 pm

Yeah, a psp hard case is a great idea for a ready made portable case.

I think I'll be stealing... borrowing this idea.
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Re: NESp Version 2 - The pNESp

Post by Cotter » Thu Jun 25, 2009 6:39 pm

Nice! I'm interested in watching this progress. Expect some PMs as soon as I get my materials.

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Re: NESp Version 2 - The pNESp

Post by L4nd0 » Thu Jun 25, 2009 9:35 pm

good work so far
im really interested to see how this turns out
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Re: NESp Version 2 - The pNESp

Post by FadedDelta » Fri Jun 26, 2009 3:07 am

very different... but in a good way. very ingenious to use the psp hardcase. niiice idea. will be watching this thread.
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Re: NESp Version 2 - The pNESp

Post by J.D » Fri Jun 26, 2009 5:46 pm

hahaha...pNES...P...I'm so immature... Good job so far!

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Re: NESp Version 2 - The pNESp

Post by Biased » Sat Jul 04, 2009 3:28 pm

Where can one acquire such tact switches? I know google is my friend here but I'm too lazy to dig into it very deeply.

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Re: NESp Version 2 - The pNESp

Post by argelfraster » Sat Jul 04, 2009 6:23 pm

Biased - http://search.digikey.com/scripts/DkSea ... =EG4346-ND" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
TheOnlyOneHeFears - How is this project going?

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Re: NESp Version 2 - The pNESp

Post by Biased » Sun Jul 05, 2009 11:42 am

argelfraster wrote:Biased - http://search.digikey.com/scripts/DkSea ... =EG4346-ND" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
TheOnlyOneHeFears - How is this project going?
The funny thing is I DID see those when I was looking for soft tact switches :? I guess it just didn't register with me as being the same ones :P. 500,000 is a good life cycle for tact switches on a portable, right?

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