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Scratch Build – In Progress Nintendo 64 HD FINISHED!

Discussion in 'Project Logs' started by dcattena, 6 Apr 2011.

  1. dcattena

    dcattena New Member

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    Everythings nearly done, just need a hard drive and this will be on the road! ive kept the back open i just like the look of it for some reason :D ive shortened the power supply cable to be just a port at the back and the controller ports are now complete and all wired up :D soon as i get a hard drive i can get some tempurature results but so far its all good :)
    Thanks for everyones comments and help, the beginning of this project on the 2nd of August was a big step for me i didnt even think ide do it but here i am a few months later with the most awesome n64 :D
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    Thanks again any comments are welcome :) ill be getting that tiny hard drive soon its really hard to find lol
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  2. dcattena

    dcattena New Member

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    Hey just finished wiring up a switch for the fan control :) one side give 5v and the other give 12v :). Ill only need the 12v in extreme conditions but at least the option is there.

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    The front led is now red like normal :)
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  3. dcattena

    dcattena New Member

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    Finnaly got the hard drive :) then realising the adapter cable is WRONG! stupid ebay! another one is on the way 10 - 25 days :( heres some pics tho :) of me trying to test it and not working!

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    Its pretty small :)
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    Fits at least :)
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    I gotta work on shortening the sata cable tho and i took one apart and it looks alrite :) any suggestions.

    Cheers
     
  4. dcattena

    dcattena New Member

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    Just made a bracket for the hard drive :) new adapter will be about 10 days :(

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  5. dcattena

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    Just shortened a sata cable for the short distance to the hdd

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  6. dcattena

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    Just finishing wiring up the sata power for the hard drive, everything is all in place. The adapter comes next Wednesday, not long now keep watching for updates :D
    Sorry for the delays again.

    Work bench :D

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    Not much wire to work with but i managed
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    All heatshrinked

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    Plugged into power supply

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    Power ready to go into hard drive.

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    Thanks
     
  7. dcattena

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    was bored today so some glamour shots are up :) hard drive will be ready tomorrow :D

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  8. dcattena

    dcattena New Member

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    10 days and itl be done. Im still running the hard drive from my desktop power so i can still move forward. Ive installed the OS and some major programs, home stretch now.

    HDD powered and running
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    Getting windows 7 setup ready to boot off a usb
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    The setup so far

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    Installing windows

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    and all 4 adapter ports working fine :D

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    Ill have some more pics up tonight of game test. Speedfan gave me cpu readings of about 31 and 32 degrees c after about an hour of usage, so cooling seems to be fine under idle for now.

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  9. dcattena

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    Just finished some testing, graphics card is running about about 59 degrees while cpu is still a nice and cool 35. Heres some pictures of the test setup with a few mates, the hard drive is powered from a desktop power supply for now.

    All controllers have been mapped, and the pc can handle the full hd output very well.

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  10. dcattena

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    Hey everyone, i know you've been waiting for this post for quite a while. Its finally finished! :D its been a pretty stressful 7 or so months but the N64 HD is up and running ready to play all your favourites. From Goldeneye to Battletoads Double Dragon :)
    I'd like to thank everyone for all the support along the way i cant thank you enough, you've kept this project alive to the end.
    The hard drive was probably the biggest set back but after alot of trail and error i found that the sufficient power was from another port on the pico psu. I know it sounds simple enough but it was quite annoying to work out. I found this out after using a old xbox 360 power supply, after the hdd still failed with this power, i came to the conclusion that it was something else. The port is was previously using was labeled HDD, which is why i would assume it would be the correct port, but for some reason it wasn't....but hey it works in the end.
    All there is to do now is maybe some cleanup of the inside and just finalizing some software configurations.
    Now heres some pictures you've all been waiting for :) There will be a video posted up later of some game intros running on the system :)
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    Powering the system
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    Wires now connected to correct port
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    Testing with final setup
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    Super mario 64 :)
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    Some temperatures after some gaming and exhaust fan not running, temps are around 50ish on the gpu with the exhaust fan on high.

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    Thankyou again everyone hope to see you all again on my next project coming soon :)

    Cheers.
     
  11. dcattena

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    Just took some final pics of the build, thanks again :)

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    Very nice,

    A cool addition would be the to add a small display into the cartridge (in place of the sticker) which would display the cover of the game you are playing.
     
  13. GregTheRotter

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    Very nice build :D Now to start mass producing it and sell it on ebay ;)
     
  14. dcattena

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    hahaha i wish mate :p the lcd sounds very cool but very complicated at the same time :p.

    Just installed Team Fortress 2 for a lan i got coming up, actually runs pretty well. Graphics card got to a nice 68 degrees

    All the software has been setup so it now runs a media center, and all emulators from Nes to Sega genesis. All with just the controller input only, no keyboard mouse.

    A few more pc games have been installed and configured for the controllers, eg: flatout 2 and Trackmania

    Ill try and get some videos and pictures up if you like.
     
  15. User-sam

    User-sam "Rare!"

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    Been following this for a while now, and what an achievement looks incredible! I was wondering If you would be able to give me a running total cost of how much the end build cost as I would love to embark on a project like this my self, one again congratulations!
     
  16. dcattena

    dcattena New Member

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    Thanks alot User-sam, mmm running cost ide say around 500 bucks for the current parts. You can make a more powerfull one with parts from today.

    It was a long project at least now i know what to do if i build it again. There was alot of hurdles but i guess you find out 50 ways to not install a hard drive :p

    If you need any help with a project you start feel free to ask.

    Cheers.
     
  17. dibengineering

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    very cool so far. can't wait see finished inspired idea, trying to fit a PC in to a old VHS video recorder box for skype on TV myself . Hoping to post a project log myself soon
     
  18. [ZiiP] NaloaC

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    Fantastic stuff! :thumb:
     
  19. WolfandAngel

    WolfandAngel Got fins?

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    looks good

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  20. GeordieGoose

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    Brilliant mate :)

    I was looking at that kind of mobo and a pico psu for my NES project but decided on an atom setup. Lets hope am not disappointed :/ Will only be streaming media and a few emulators on it so it should be ok.

    +1 rep from me :rock:
     

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