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September 19, 2021
NB Miata project - Purchasing a Mazda Miata

My last post covered my experiences with my first project car, a 1987 Honda Accord. At that end of that post I mentioned that I purchased a NB Miata to replace it. Today marks six months since purchasing my Miata so I thought I'd start a series covering my experiences owning it.

This is an introductory post where I cover what a Miata is, why I chose it, the original condition, and how I prepared the car for what was to come. I have several other posts that I'll be publishing in the near future covering the first six months of ownership. [Read More]

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July 11, 2021
Ten months with a 3rd Generation Honda Accord

I have a lot of work in progress posts for video game console modding topics, but I thought I'd go ahead and share an unrelated project I worked on last year. Expecially considering that my last post was nearly a year ago (I'm still alive, and the store section on this website is still active). That project is a 3rd generation Honda Accord, a 1987 model year car in particular.

The search for a project car

I have always been interested in cars and spent a lot of time when I was younger playing car racing video games. A project car to tinker on was on my mind, but it wasn't until I moved out on my own in 2019 that I even really had the opportunity to purchase a project car of my own. I already had a reliable daily driver that didn't need tinkering, and also didn't have the garage space living with my parents. [Read More]

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September 26, 2020
PS1Digital first impressions review and installation - PS1 HDMI

This month the first generally available batches of PS1Digital kits were sold and I managed to get one. I thought I'd go ahead and write up a short review covering my first impressions and installation experience.

For anyone who is interested in the PS1Digital but doesn't feel comfortable installing the kit themselves I will be providing installation services.

PS1 video output options

One of the challenges that users of old video game consoles experience is connecting them to modern TVs. Most new TVs don't support the video signals coming out of old consoles, and if they do they can be prone to bugs and glitches. There is also the fact that a lot of times the analog video signal itself just doesn't look so great. [Read More]

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September 8, 2019
Windows 7 gaming PC build - Windows through the ages

Windows 7 was an extremely successful operating system. It took a lot of the more modern features of Windows Vista, refined them, along with bringing many new features that are still here in Windows 10.

Many people still use Windows 7 at the time I'm writing this post, but the operating system is quickly approaching the end of its life. Free extended support is ending in January, and the 10 year anniversary of the release of the operating system will be in October.

Because of that I thought it would be a good time to put together a period correct Windows 7 gaming PC and document it on my website. [Read More]

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August 4, 2019
August update 2019

It has been a while since I last made a blog post (it's quickly approaching a year). I've primarily been improving the PS1 and PS2 modchip guides. I have also been keeping up with my eBay store and the store on this website. In this August 2019 update I'm writing about what my plans are for this blog in the coming months.

Guide update

I have been working on comprehensive guides for PS1 and PS2 modchips. They are to help others get information about chips, and how to install them. It makes more sense to put installation instructions into more static pages instead of chronological blog posts. [Read More]

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December 15, 2018
Original Xbox 128MB RAM upgrade

A couple years ago I attempted to upgrade the RAM in an original Xbox from 64MB to 128MB. That attempt wasn't a success. More recently I tried the original Xbox 128MB RAM upgrade again, this time successfully. This post covers the process of upgrading the RAM in the original Xbox. I cover what I did wrong with my first attempt, and how I was able to successfully upgrade the RAM with my second attempt.

What's the point of upgrading the RAM?

The truth about upgrading the RAM in an original Xbox is that it isn't incredibly useful. You don't really see any benefits while playing retail games or anything like that. There are however some benefits of upgrading the RAM. [Read More]

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November 19, 2018
PSIO review and switch board installation - PS1 flashcart

I've been following the PSIO for some time now, but didn't have quite enough interest to purchase one myself. At the moment they cost $149 Australian dollars. After you make the order it may take several months or more to be shipped.

Earlier this month I was contacted by a customer asking if I could install a PSIO switch board into their system. Because of that, I had the opportunity to install a PSIO switch board, and test out the flashcart itself. This post is a brief review of my experiences with the PSIO after a few hours of use. [Read More]

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May 28, 2018
Four switch Atari 2600 RGB mod installation guide (2600RGB)

It has been a while since my last post and I have a lot of projects I have completed since then that I haven't written about. I plan on working backwards starting with the most recent mod I did. This post covers how to install the 2600RGB board into a four switch Atari 2600, which allows the Atari 2600 console to output RGB video, a huge improvement over the native RF video output.

What is RGB video?

In the United States most older video game consoles used either RF or composite video (coaxial cable like what you get cable TV out of, or the yellow/red/white cables) to output onto a TV. These video output options are passable on a CRT television, but on a digital HDTV it can look quite bad. [Read More]

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March 31, 2018
XenoGC GameCube modchip installation

I've been selling XenoGC modchips for the Nintendo GameCube on my eBay store. I thought I'd write a guide on how to install the XenoGC.

The XenoGC is a popular modchip that allows you to do many things. It can directly boot both game backups and genuine games from any region. It will work on all GameCube models. The chip is fairly easy to install since it only requires soldering six points, no wires required.

The XenoGC source code was released in 2011, meaning if you wanted to you could make your own with an ATmega8L. I may end up doing this in the future, and writing a post about it. Right now you can find XenoGC chips available from places like eBay. [Read More]

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January 28, 2018
Nintendo 64 (N64) RGB SCART video output using THS7374 amp

I recently bought an Open Source Scan Converter, or OSSC, primarily to make PlayStation 1 games look better on my display. After seeing how well RGB looked on the PS1, I had to try it on other consoles.

I already owned a Nintendo 64 and was using S-Video for video output, which is better than composite, but not great. When I installed the THS7374 amplifier into my SNES Jr. I bought an extra amplifier so I could do the same mod to my Nintendo 64. That's what this guide covers, getting RGB SCART video output from the Nintendo 64. [Read More]

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