Life of Brian
I decided this time to secure the PSone screen and its mobo in place with proper screw posts, rather than a few blobs of hot glue. This means I can easily get the mobo and screen out at a later date if I need to, for example, if the florescent tube in the screen dies and I need to replace the screen.
I previously bought a PSone screen on e-bay for about Â£7.50 delivered, as the guy said it was "spares/repair" as it didn't boot. Ok, I thought, if I can bypass the fuse (as mentioned on this site) it might work. No it didn't, I got smoke from a component at the back of the mobo almost immediately and its plastic casing melted. Never mind, it gave me a spare screen (that was the gamble I took).
Anyway, I am taking advantage of this, as I can fiddle with this dead board as much as I want knowing it doesn't matter - it means I have been using it to work out where everything goes on the project, without damaging anything. I have a brand new unopened PSone screen (well, two more to be exact), so will use one of these in this project.
I dremelled off the spacers from the old PSone screen casing and screwed them back into the screen and mobo.
And then hot glued the assembly into place, making sure it is nice and central.
System from the front; you can get a feel now for how it will look. Screen is central, it is just my bad photography which makes it look different!
Mobo and screen removed, showing the screwposts:
More updates after lunch, I have the afternoon clear for project working. Next job is to hack apart my brand new PSone screen and mobo and get it ready for wiring up.
BTW - if I hadn't wanted nice larger speakers, I could have only reduced the depth of the system by a maximum of 10mm or so due to button and joystick placement, so I am happy with this arrangement; I don't like the small tinny PSone speakers, and although I have some small mylar speakers, they are not great also; larger speakers give far richer sound quality. I couldn't use cone speakers as they stick out at the back quite a bit, the mylar speakers I got are 8.5mm deep only, so ideal for a slimline casing. The distance from the bottom of the case to the buttons and D-pad is just right for comfort and grip.
Now the screen is in place, I am sure you agree, the system isn't very big; and it is as symmetrical as can be done given the specs.
I am quite excited with this project so far, it is coming together very nicely, quite quickly under the circumstances, and as planned.
This part I am doing at the moment gives quick results, the wiring part will be fiddly and will take a few hours to complete. I also have to make the various button and joystick mobos work at different heights, that will be interesting! The joysticks will stick out of the back of the screen case by a few millimeters, I can't do anything about that, however the top piece will slide into it (larger concept runners that I used for the battery holders), so not an issue.