The Nitro 64 (geno whirl's N64 portable worklog)

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The Nitro 64 (geno whirl's N64 portable worklog)

Post by geno whirl » Fri Mar 12, 2010 10:03 pm

So I was at a garage sale today looking for snes games, but someone beat me to them. However, I did buy an N64 for $25 ($35 including a $10 game). It was probably a bit expensive but I wanted it, and I have had an idea of building a snes portable for a while now. Seeing my recent purchase, it is gonna be an N64 portable. I already took it apart (Bic pens actually worked) and am ready to get this thing started! I got Ben's book for my birthday and it helped a lot, but I will still have some questions along the way so any help will be appreciated. :) My supplies list is:

N64: $25
Batteries: I feel pretty clueless in this category. I am open to suggestions. Maybe something simple like Ni-MH for my first portable
Screen: Thinking about getting http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/s ... r.87419775" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; that one. Now that it is going to be an N64 it might be too small. What would you guys suggest?
Case: I have this wooden cigar box that looks big enough and I would like to use it. Any precautions that I need to take to make sure the thing doesn't catch on fire?
Buttons: Gonna get some of those big red and black tact switches from radio shack. I like the look of them. :D

Nothing fancy for my first one. no cart slot relocation. Gonna leave out the d-pad and L button. Pretty basic stuff. Hoping it will look something like this:

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Designer noob wrote:umm, well that sucks. I was going to buy one for my next portable (After, my WIV) and then franklin case it.
:facepalm:
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Re: geno whirl's first N64 portable

Post by joeyjoe9876 » Fri Mar 12, 2010 10:20 pm

don't get that 2.5" screen from DX.
http://cgi.ebay.com/3-5-TFT-LCD-Monitor ... 27b0174f63" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

its cheaper and bigger. but is a risk for using with an N64 because sometimes they are screwy when wiring video to it. hailrazer has tested all the 3.5" screens that we usually use and he got them all to work so you should be safe.
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Re: geno whirl's first N64 portable

Post by geno whirl » Fri Mar 12, 2010 10:24 pm

The only thing about that one is that it doesn't have a built in speaker, so that is an additional cost. What would you suggest for the audio?
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Designer noob wrote:umm, well that sucks. I was going to buy one for my next portable (After, my WIV) and then franklin case it.
:facepalm:
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Re: geno whirl's first N64 portable

Post by joeyjoe9876 » Fri Mar 12, 2010 10:28 pm

http://forums.modretro.com/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=1875" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

shouldn't be too hard to follow.
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Re: geno whirl's first N64 portable

Post by geno whirl » Sat Mar 13, 2010 12:11 pm

Okay, just got the tact switches from radio shack and some 22-gauge wire, so now I am $23.19 more in the hole :?
argelfraster wrote:
Designer noob wrote:umm, well that sucks. I was going to buy one for my next portable (After, my WIV) and then franklin case it.
:facepalm:
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Re: geno whirl's first N64 portable

Post by geno whirl » Sat Mar 13, 2010 4:04 pm

Well, This sucks. The majority of tact switches that I got are not the right kind and I got solid wire instead of stranded. :facepalm: Looks like I will be making another trip to radio shack (Luckily, I only opened some of the stuff). I have also decided to completely change my original design. I am now gonna use a ZN-45 case (how original!) and a PS1 screen. I am gonna cut up the casing of the controller and cut holes for it in the case. Hopefully I will be able to make it at flush as possible with the case. Same thing with the PS1 screen.
argelfraster wrote:
Designer noob wrote:umm, well that sucks. I was going to buy one for my next portable (After, my WIV) and then franklin case it.
:facepalm:
Frankencase.

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Re: geno whirl's first N64 portable

Post by nachoz12341 » Sat Mar 13, 2010 4:42 pm

can i make a suggestion for the batteries these are great theyre cheap and great capacity but you also will need one of these if your screen cant handle 9v
batteries
http://www.overstock.com/Electronics/In ... u=12015968" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
7808 regulater

http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-10-x-L7808-LM78 ... 335a9a56a3" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Re: geno whirl's first N64 portable

Post by geno whirl » Sat Mar 13, 2010 4:49 pm

Thanks for the battery suggestion nachoz12341. Sadly, while in my basement checking the voltages on the lines, the lead on my multimeter touched both the 12V and 3v lines on my N64. :facepalm: The thing won't turn on now and I think it it fried. :facepalm: :facepalm: :facepalm: This does not look good. If it is fried, I might have to cancel the project. Does anyone have any info about this? I read the troubleshooting your N64 thread where the problem got addressed but there wasn't really a definite answer.
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Designer noob wrote:umm, well that sucks. I was going to buy one for my next portable (After, my WIV) and then franklin case it.
:facepalm:
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Re: geno whirl's first N64 portable

Post by nachoz12341 » Sat Mar 13, 2010 4:57 pm

does the led light up do you at least hear anything if not leave it alone for a good 3 days then try again sometimes you just have to take out the jumper/expansion pak
and put it back in if its still fried i would be glad to sell you an n64 for $10 - 15

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Re: geno whirl's first N64 portable

Post by geno whirl » Sat Mar 13, 2010 5:07 pm

Thanks for the offer. That makes me feel better knowing that there might be hope. I'll leave it alone for a while. I'm on vacation for the next few days anyway.

EDIT: I just went down and took out the jumper pak, then turned it on, then put the jumper pak back in and IT WORKS!
argelfraster wrote:
Designer noob wrote:umm, well that sucks. I was going to buy one for my next portable (After, my WIV) and then franklin case it.
:facepalm:
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Re: geno whirl's first N64 portable

Post by nachoz12341 » Sat Mar 13, 2010 5:12 pm

yay :D :D :mrgreen: :D
wierd it works after that but yay

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Re: geno whirl's first N64 portable

Post by geno whirl » Sat Mar 13, 2010 8:03 pm

Nintendo never ceases to amaze me :o
argelfraster wrote:
Designer noob wrote:umm, well that sucks. I was going to buy one for my next portable (After, my WIV) and then franklin case it.
:facepalm:
Frankencase.

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Re: geno whirl's first N64 portable

Post by nachoz12341 » Sat Mar 13, 2010 8:56 pm

lol me 2

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Re: geno whirl's first N64 portable

Post by geno whirl » Sun Mar 14, 2010 8:34 am

Hmmm, I remember seeing a thread that had a list of most consoles/screens and their input voltage. I can't seem to find it now (should have bookmarked it :wtf: ). Could anyone point me in the right direction if you know what I am talking about?
argelfraster wrote:
Designer noob wrote:umm, well that sucks. I was going to buy one for my next portable (After, my WIV) and then franklin case it.
:facepalm:
Frankencase.

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Re: geno whirl's first N64 portable

Post by vskid » Sun Mar 14, 2010 10:37 am

geno whirl wrote:Hmmm, I remember seeing a thread that had a list of most consoles/screens and their input voltage. I can't seem to find it now (should have bookmarked it :wtf: ). Could anyone point me in the right direction if you know what I am talking about?
http://forums.benheck.com/viewtopic.php?f=20&t=25867
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