Genesis Radica in an Etch-a-sketch Handheld

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Genesis Radica in an Etch-a-sketch Handheld

Post by hailrazer » Fri Nov 03, 2006 8:02 pm

Well I decided to try my hand at making a portable.

I had a Genesis Radica Volume II lying around and I found this at a gas station for $4.:

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Now what does this thing look like on the inside and can I use it ?

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Hmm doesn't look bad , but not a whole lot of room in there.

So I went about making the case more accessible. First take it all aprt and remove the battery packs.

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Now take off the front panel and disconnect the controllers from the main board.

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Hmm looks like with a little work the front panel could hold a 2.5" screen.

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And what do you know it will. :)

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Post by hailrazer » Fri Nov 03, 2006 8:03 pm

I started this morning and at about 3:30 I had it all done but the d-pad wasn't working good I decided to rewire it and that's when the fun started.

I had hotglued 2 circuit boards back to back and had to seperate them to work on the d-pad wiring. Well I was using a utility knife and I slipped :(

*warning slightly graphic pic, do not click if you don't want to see a sliced finger*
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Seven stitches and 3 hours later I got back to work and finished it up.

Here's some pics :

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As you can see I used a Radica Genesis Volume II.

I had to cut down the controller board on the Radica, and I had to rewire the power switch.

I also unsoldered the 3 controls for the sound/brightness/color. Then I wired them to a breadboard and cut a slot for them on the side.

I had to order a 6" extension for the Lcd from digikey to be ble to hook up the Lcd to it's controller.

And lot's and lot's of re-wiring and trimming. But it was a fun project.
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Post by Krepticor » Fri Nov 03, 2006 8:04 pm

SWEET!

I like the electronic etch-e-sketch design, very unique and ergonomic!
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Post by hailrazer » Fri Nov 03, 2006 8:09 pm

Darker pics to show the screen quality.

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Post by bicostp » Fri Nov 03, 2006 8:27 pm

Where'd you get the screen?

How much?

Am I asking too many questions?

Nice job. 8)

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Post by hailrazer » Fri Nov 03, 2006 8:39 pm

bicostp wrote:Where'd you get the screen?

How much?

Am I asking too many questions?

Nice job. 8)
Got the screen on Ebay for $67 shipped. It has the same resolution as the Psone screen 320x234. It really looks good.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... &rd=1&rd=1

Here's how it strips:


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And here it is with the extension :


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Post by jedi knight » Sat Nov 04, 2006 3:26 pm

Is that the case you were going to use for the flashback portable? Anyway nice portable! But about that screen, what's the power consumption like?
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Post by Krepticor » Sat Nov 04, 2006 7:22 pm

that is a sweet lcd I assumed it was a hip gear or related but now I know better I may buy one of those for a business venture I was thinking about :D
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Post by hailrazer » Sat Nov 04, 2006 7:44 pm

jedi knight wrote:Is that the case you were going to use for the flashback portable? Anyway nice portable! But about that screen, what's the power consumption like?
I have it runnin off of 9.6v right now. I'm going to play itall day toorrow and see how long it last.
I've had it running fine off of 7.5v also.

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Post by Fanboy » Mon Nov 06, 2006 5:19 pm

Do those screens take NTSC?
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Post by hailrazer » Mon Nov 06, 2006 5:21 pm

Fanboy wrote:Do those screens take NTSC?
Yes sir. Pal or NTSC

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Post by soxinrevin » Sat Jan 13, 2007 8:38 pm

How big is the control board for that it looks small

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That is KICK ASS!!!!!
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Post by metalliqaz » Tue Jan 23, 2007 7:54 pm

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Post by hailrazer » Tue Jan 23, 2007 8:16 pm

soxinrevin wrote:How big is the control board for that it looks small
Sorry missed your post.

If you mean the controller for the Lcd, it is just slightly bigger than the 2.5" diagonal screen.

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