Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Vtech Socrates / Yeno Professor Weiss-Alles / Professeur Saitout - RCA-MOD

The Socrates has a big problem, it's pretty hard to get it running on modern TV's as it only output's a RF-Signal.

This guy (https://modelrail.otenko.com/retro/vtech-socrates) already made an RCA-Mod on the Socrates, so the pinout was pretty clear and easy to handle.

I designed A small pcb which will make this mod easier and you will also get a back-plate which will cover the hole on the back of the console

RCA-PCB and Back-Plate

RCA-PCB

installed board
The installation is really easy, just solder the five wires of the console to the pcb and you are finished.
The board can get screwed to the console and the back-plate can get soldered to the rca-pcb.
Afterwards, everything fits and is ready to use.





I already modified three consoles with this mod.

The price for all parts (without screws) is 10EUR.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Super Note Club / Genius Leader (Super) Color - Flashcart + Dumping-Adapter

Another flashcart just got finished.


This time, it's a flashcart for:
  • VTech Genius Leader Color
  • VTech Genius Leader Super Color
  • Bandai Super NoteClub
  • Bandai Super NoteClub EX
The Flashcart has 512kb of space and as the games are 256kb or 512kb you even have the choice if you want to burn two 256kb games on the cartridge or just one 512kb game.

Just select with the left (silver) switch "1x 512" or "2x256" and if you have two games on the cartridge you can select the games with the right (red) DIP-switch.



That's my first flashcart which uses SMD-parts and a 39SF040 in PLCC-Package, mostly only because the DIP-Package was too big for this PCB.

I also made a Cartridge-Dumping-Adapter for this system. Cartridges can get dumped as 39SF040 (512kb games) or as 39SF020 (256kb games). Basically every programmer should be able to read those two Chip-Types.



Prices:
  • Flashcart (soldered + 1x 39sf040 for self programming): 14EUR
  • Dumping-Adapter (soldered): 8EUR
  • Package (Flashcart + Dumping-Adapter): 20EUR

Shippingcosts are 15EUR (worldwide)

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Super Cassette Vision (32kb+RAM Multicart)


The two already available Multicarts for the SCV can play all games, which do no need any additional RAM inside the cartridges.
Pop'n Chips in reality also needs extra RAM for saving the TOP-10 Highscore. On the available 27in1 cartridge you can play the game, but you get some garbage at the titlescreen and can't save the highscore.

Today i just finished the prototype cartridge for an 32kb+RAM Multicart! Which means, all three 32KB games (which need the extra RAM) are also now fully playable.


That bring's Super Basic, Dragon Slayer and Pop'n Chips to a fully working state! And best of all, each game has it's own RAM-Space.

Dragon Slayer


Super Basic

Pop & Chips on the 27in1 Multicart (garbage on the title screen, because of the missing RAM)

Pop & Chips on the new 32kb+RAM Multicart (with new/empty RAM)



Pop & Chips on the 32kb+RAM Multicart (with saved Highscore)

Features:
  • 32KB SRAM (usable as 4x 8KB)
  • ROM for 16x 32KB games (only 3 are used so far)
  • CR2032 battery for SRAM (cheapest and smallest solution)

The final cartridges will be ready in mid-august. I will update this post also with the final DIP-Switch sheet.


Price will be 25EUR.

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Super Cassette Vision (Multicarts)

Another pretty expensive system these days is the Super Cassette Vision. It again had no Flashcarts or Multicarts so far, so i got interested here again to make an easy solution for it.

The results are two Multicarts. One for the smaller games (8kb to 64kb) and one for the bigger games (128kb). With these two carts, you can play about 90% of all available games for this console. The other 10% (3 games) are using extra RAM inside their cartridges and this feature is not included in these Multicarts.



Here are the DIP-Sheets:


I have only a small stock of these carts available...

27in1: 25EUR
3in1: 20EUR

Shipping costs (worldwide): 15EUR


Saturday, May 25, 2019

Bandai Datach (Multicarts)

Designing multicarts for rare/obscure game consoles is my current main interest.
I got interested in the Bandai Datach system and it's one of those systems which have no solution for Flashcarts so far...until now.



As always, the design had to be as simple as possible, while the cartridges should have space for as much games as possible.
The complete system has 7 game-releases, with 256kb each. So i designed a Multicart which has 1mb of space. (for four games, selectable by dip-switch)

One game (Battle Rush) was a small challenge, as it uses a X24C01 eeprom for saving your built robots. Without this eeprom, the game boots and let you design your robot, but nothing more, as it clearly needs the saved robots for starting a battle.
X24C01's are not easy to find and also not cheap these days, but luckily we only need it on one cartridge!


The cartridges fit perfectly inside the Bandai Datach and the PCB's should even fit inside the original cartridge-cases.

Here are the DIP-Settings for both cartridges:







At https://retrostuff.org/category/bandai/datach/ you can even find many of the needed Barcode-Cards, just print it and you can use it with your Datach-Barcode-Reader.

Prices:
4in1: 15EUR
3in1: 18EUR

both carts: 30EUR

Shipping worldwide is 15EUR

If you are interested, just use the contact-form on the main-page.




Wednesday, May 8, 2019

PS-IO Switchboard for PS1 (incl. Modchip)

As i needed a second PS-IO switchboard for my other PS1 console and didn't want to wait another 4 weeks until it arrives here i made my own ones.

Firstly, i made a 1:1 copy for the original switchboard. It's perfectly working and can get installed with the same instructions as the original board:

PS-IO Switchboard 1:1 clone


As i also wanted to install a Modchip inside my PS1, i made a second version of the switchboard, which also includes a MM3 Modchip on the board.


PS-IO switchboard with ModChip (installed on a PU-22 board)




This is a clean solution if you need a modchip inside your PS1 and a switchboard. It will save you 2 wires to solder and it's easy to install.

Old solution, installing the PS-IO switchboard and MM3-Modchip seperately (on a PU-17 board)


I have some of those boards left.

The 1:1 Clone will cost 8EUR
The Switchboard+Modchip will cost 11EUR


Just use the contact form below if you need one.


Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Flashcarts/Multicarts for the Tomy Pyuuta/Tutor

Ever wanted to play the complete Tomy Tutor/Pyuuta game library?
It's possible now, with these flash-/multicarts!

16kb/8kb Multicart

This multicart can play all available 8kb and 16kb games. It includes 28 games, which are easily selectable by dip-switch.

8kb/16kb Multicartridges

The full game-list and DIP-settings can get seen/downloaded here.



3D Multicart

The game-library of the Tomy Tutor/Pyuuta included three 32kb games or "3D games" like they are called most times.
This multicart includes all three 32kb games and it even includes the extremely well homebrew game Pitfall.
The 32kb Multicart comes inside an Sega Megadrive cartridgeshell, which fits perfectly inside the Tomy Tutor/Pyuuta.

3D Multicart

As the Tutor/Pyuuta only had the addresslines for 16kb on the "normal" cartridge-slot, you needed a "Game-Adaptor" to play these 32kb cartridges on these consoles. This adapter plugs into back-socket of the console.

3D Multicart inside the official Game-Adaptor

Game-Adaptor

As these adapters are pretty rare today and even if you get one they are very expensive, i also reversed this adapter and rebuilt it in my own design.

Game-Adaptor, needed for all 3D game cartridges and the 3D Multicart

Game-Adaptor inside the backport of the Pyuuta
3D Multicart inside the Game-Adaptor

this design is way smaller as the original adapter and because of the twisted sockets it takes nearly no additional space beside the console itself.


You can watch two reviews of these cartridges and all games here:






Prices:
8kb/16kb Multicart: 35EUR
32kb Multicart: 40EUR
Game-Adapter: 12EUR

Shipping Worldwide: 15EUR


Use the contact form below, if you want one...



Saturday, March 23, 2019

VTech PreComputer/Genius Leader 1000 / 2000 / 4000 Multicartridge

The VTech Genius Leader (PreComputer) was a learning console for kids between 6 and 14 years!

Here is a multicartridge with space for 8 games (8 x 64kb), selectable by DIP.





I always try to design the PCB (size and shape) as close as possible to the original, so that everything fits inside the original cartridge-cases!



Price for a complete ready to use board (PCB + Flashrom + Socket + DIP + 100nf + 3x4K7 + edge connector): 12 EUR

Shipping worldwide: 15EUR

Use the contact form below for ordering.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Sega Saturn (Multi-)ROM-Cartridge


As all of you most likely know: The Sega Saturn has two games, which will always need a ROM-Cartridge to get the game started.
So even with a modchip, you will always need the cartridges for these games, otherwise you get just a "Missing ROM"-ErrorMessage on the screen.
These games are "King of Fighter 95" and "Ultraman".

Until now you had to buy the original cartridges for these games to get them started.



But here is the solution! A small Multicart for the Sega Saturn! This cartridge contains the gamedata for both games. Just select the game you want to start with the dipswitch and put the CD into the drive! Voila, enjoy the games!

You can use this Multicart with Original CD's if you have no modchip! If you have a modchip inside your Saturn, you can use this cartridge with burned Backups!



This cartridge can't get used with a PSEUDO SATURN!!

Price: 10EUR/cartridge
Shipping worldwide: 15EUR

You can use the contact-form below for ordering.




Sega Pico Flashcart / Adapter

I showed the first possible solution for a flashcart in October 2012 (http://team-europe.blogspot.com/2012/10/flash-cartridge.html)

This solution always needed original donor cartridges from the Sega Pico, specially it were cartridges "Made in Mexico", as these had the socket for a 27C322 eprom.
 As these carts are pretty rare in Europe and will now most likely cost you 30-40euro per piece i made my own Flashcart for the Sega Pico!

But it's more or less a 3in1 Cartridge-PCB now, which fits perfectly in the original cartridge-cases!




1. You can use it as an "MEGADRIVE to PICO" adapter! Which means, you can use ALL your Sega Genesis/Megadrive Flashcarts for the Sega Pico! Just load the Pico-Rom on your Megadrive-Flashcart and put this cart into the socket of the Pico-Cartridge. If krikzz would make a new OS for his Mega Everdrives, even those should work with this!
You can also use his "Flashkit Programmer MD" and "Flashkit Cart MD" with this adapter, to play your Sega Pico roms on the real Pico hardware! (Mega-Version)




2. You can use it as a normal 27C322 Flashcart! Burn your game on the eprom, put it into the 42pin socket and you can play the game on the console. (Eprom-Version)



3. This PCB can also get used to make Replica-Carts or Homebrew-Carts. (Replica-Version)



this cart can currently get bought as a kit for self-soldering in four different versions:

Full-Version (PCB + 42pin socket + 1x 27C322 eprom + Megadrive-Socket): 15 EUR

Mega-Version (PCB + Megadrive-Socket): 14 EUR

Eprom-Version (PCB + 42pin socket + 1x 27C322 eprom): 11 EUR

Replica-Version (PCB + 1x 27C322 eprom): 10 EUR

Shipping worldwide is 15EUR, no matter how many sets you buy.

If you want one, please use the contact form below.


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