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boNES: Portable NES

Post by Life of Brian » Tue May 25, 2010 12:29 am

I'm at the halfway mark right now, but I thought I'd share (like I always do :D ). This is a bare-bones NES portable (boNES for short) I'm building entirely from parts I already had on hand. That's right, with the exception of some 3/8" screws I need to pick up tomorrow morning to finish mounting the controls, I have not purchased any parts specifically for this portable. I have that much in "leftovers" from past projects or spare parts I bought thinking, "This might come in handy someday." Well, today is that day!

You get a cookie if you can name A)where I got this enclosure box from and B)what model number it is:
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NES carts are friggin' huge:
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The cartridge takes up pretty much ALL of the portable's interior:
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About time I put that 3.5" DX screen to use. I planned on using it in my next SNES project, but I'm still ironing out details on that portable...
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It's flipping hard to cut the corners to match the cartridge. My hat's off to those who have successfully done it before:
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I don't have any batteries for this portable yet, but when I do I'll attach them in some tasteful fashion to the back here:
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I plan on finishing this tomorrow. If I finish it by 5PM Central then I'll have made a portable in 24 hours - a first for me!
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Re: boNES: Portable NES built in a day!

Post by budnespid » Tue May 25, 2010 12:37 am

I think the case is a polycase SL-64P or a SL-68P?

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Post by Donalbain619 » Tue May 25, 2010 1:46 pm

Now we will have portable speed building competitions!
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Post by jjhammerstein » Tue May 25, 2010 2:06 pm

Better than 95% of the crap out there.
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Re: boNES: Portable NES built in a day!

Post by mako321 » Tue May 25, 2010 2:52 pm

Didn't shockslayer make one of his n64 portables in 7 hours?
Also, great looking portable! I'll be waiting for this one...

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Post by Life of Brian » Tue May 25, 2010 3:55 pm

mako321 wrote:Didn't shockslayer make one of his n64 portables in 7 hours?
Yes, but I'm a bit of a perfectionist with my projects so moving at this pace is rare for me. On a similar note, I did not finish this portable in the 24 hours I had hoped for, but oh well. I had initially thought that using this NOAC would allow me to just stick it into the portable's case without needing to do a cartridge slot relocation, but in order to get the cart to slide as far down as possible I decided to go ahead and rewire it.

I'm about half done with the cart slot relocation. This is taking a while...
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Power jack and headphone jack added to the back:
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I have some chores I need to get done on my day off work so I'll be putting this aside for now. Maybe this evening and tomorrow morning before work I'll see what I can get done. It's really starting to shape up!
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Post by Donalbain619 » Tue May 25, 2010 9:13 pm

[/quote] On a similar note, I did not finish this portable in the 24 hours I had hoped for, but oh well. [/quote]

Not in 24 hours, but still it's much faster than your older stuff. Looks good.
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Post by Life of Brian » Tue May 25, 2010 9:14 pm

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The cartridge slot in this thing is TIGHT. Well, not overly tight but very snug. Look at what I can do!
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^And I don't even have the cartridge jack inside the portable yet... You won't have worry about the game shorting out with this portable, that's for sure.
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Post by eagle5953 » Tue May 25, 2010 10:17 pm

That's real good work, especially for trying to do it in 24 hours.

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Post by WhatULive4 » Fri May 28, 2010 10:17 pm

Very slick! It's nice to see a new NES portable.

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Post by Basement_Modder » Sat Jun 12, 2010 10:20 pm

Anything ever happen with this...?
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Post by Life of Brian » Sun Jun 13, 2010 3:01 pm

Basement_Modder wrote:Anything ever happen with this...?
Yes, it was put in my desk drawer and there it has sat ever since :P

The screen doesn't seem to be working, and I can't get the NOAC to boot up. I need to tinker with both to see what the heck is going on, and so I moved on to more interesting things (see CNC SNESp) for a little while. I'm moving on Saturday so it will be a week or two before I'm back in the swing of things.
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Post by Basement_Modder » Tue Jun 15, 2010 6:34 pm

You just aren't finishing it because your sig is bursting at the seams. :P
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Post by Life of Brian » Thu Jun 17, 2010 5:45 am

Basement_Modder wrote:You just aren't finishing it because your sig is bursting at the seams. :P
I need to finish it up so I can add my SNESp and this portable at the same time so I can stretch everyone's screen that isn't a widescreen :P It's turning into quite a trophy list, isn't it?
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Post by lovablechevy » Thu Jun 17, 2010 10:35 am

as always, looking great!

i have that exact same case for a project i started 1.5 years ago... nice case to work with!
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