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famicon - 60 to 72 pin converter - now with guide!

Post by lovablechevy » Mon Apr 14, 2008 9:18 am

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final form for easy reference

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reposting this since i consider it to be one of my projects. i'm still not 100% done with it... but i will be soon.

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here is a little of what i did. i didn't actually take pics in the process, but i think you can get the picture

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the first copy of the game i got, but alas, it did not contain the conveter.

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as you can see, the converter plus famicom cartridge is still shorter than an actual nes cart. :roll:

i had to do some slicing on the inside and had to flip the 60 pin slot vertically. this was a very simple project, i'd say. i can't open it up anymore due to the fact that the top had large gaps that i filled in with bondo.

all i have left to do is slap the logo on it and run a coat of clear finish over that to protect it.
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Post by lovablechevy » Sat Apr 19, 2008 6:39 pm

i'm done with it now.

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the decal didn't turn out quite like i wanted it to... but, i still like it.
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Post by Skyone » Sat Apr 19, 2008 6:41 pm

Very nice job. :D

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Post by WhatULive4 » Sat Apr 19, 2008 8:02 pm

Looks really good. I like it a lot!

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Post by HBN » Sat Apr 19, 2008 8:15 pm

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Post by 5M05H13 » Mon Apr 21, 2008 8:25 am

nice work. looks perfect to me.
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Post by lovablechevy » Mon Apr 21, 2008 2:58 pm

thanks for the comments, guys! it's always nice to get feedback on the little projects, too! Image
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Post by GoldenfrankO » Sat May 03, 2008 11:40 am

do you think you could make me one?
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Post by lovablechevy » Sat May 03, 2008 11:44 am

i think you could make you one. it's really not hard. and then you'll have the satisfaction that you made one.
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Post by GoldenfrankO » Sat May 03, 2008 11:53 am

I don't know how to make one.
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Post by lovablechevy » Sat May 03, 2008 12:36 pm

GoldenfrankO wrote:I don't know how to make one.
well, i will post you a little guide then.

first, you need to find a cart that has the converter in it. these two guides will help you in finding one:

http://www.vintagecomputing.com/index.php/archives/23" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

http://retroroots.com/Famicom_Converter.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

after you have found a cart with a converter and have opened it up, there are only a few simple steps to follow:

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1: remove the game board (very top board)

2: take off the 60 pin double female slot (middle) and flip it vertically so that the black tabs are closer to the bottom board. push it back on the converter board (bottom). this is how you will need it to be.

3: take off the 60 pin double female slot again. this will need a little modification. you might need to trim off a tiny bit of the plastic on the left and right sides to allow a famicom cartridge to slide on. mine was just a hair to wide for the cartridge to fit on.

4: you will then need to cut part of those black tabs off. this part will require a lot of little cuts and then checking how it fits in the case. you want the tabs to fit under the gray tabs of the case so that it can handle the pressure of pulling a famicom cartridge off.

5: after you get that to fit properly, you then need to modify the actual case. you are going to want the case to be cut so that it will allow the 72 pin slot to be out far enough. see my pics above.

6: once you have the case cut, sand it so it's even. then all that's left is reassembling it. you can still put 2 screws back in, so do that. check to make sure that it is working properly. and don't forget to put the famicom game on backwards.

7: fill in the large gaps with some epoxy putty. don't use too much, you don't want it getting on the actual board.

8: after a few hours of drying time, sand down the epoxy so it's nice and level and smooth.

9: if you want to paint it, you can, just be careful. i used electrical tape to cover the top and bottom and then did super light coats.

and there you have it! now you can make yourself one!
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Post by GoldenfrankO » Sat May 03, 2008 12:44 pm

Cool thanks. I'll give it a try.
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Post by nightwheel » Fri May 09, 2008 12:48 pm

so using this, you can play NES games on a Famicom?
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Post by lovablechevy » Fri May 09, 2008 12:50 pm

nightwheel wrote:so using this, you can play NES games on a Famicom?
no, other way around. famicom on an nes.

i would just buy a family converter if i wanted to play nes on a famicom.
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Post by GoldenfrankO » Fri May 09, 2008 7:01 pm

I'mn going to try making one of these with your instructions. I could use one... but what's the cheapest game I can use?
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