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Topic Started: Oct 27 2015, 07:17 PM (4,861 Views)
sanni
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Not boring at all, this was a very interesting read man. I love seeing custom N64 projects like this that make the community stronger! How did you learn to do all this stuff? I'm guessing you have a programming/engineering background? :capice:
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Awesome project Sanni.
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Thanks :)
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that's some serious dedication projet. looks very good and it works.
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Edited! Sorry.
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This is really cool, Sanni. Pretty inspirational. You have me trying to think of ideas I could use adruino for now (but would be within reach of an ultra beginner) haha.
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I ported the complete controller test I wrote 2013 over to the Cartridge Reader platform, because why wouldn't you want that ;)

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Since the voltage regulator included in every Arduino is 5V but the N64 carts need 3.3V, the N64 adapter comes with a new voltage regulator onboard which powers both the Arduino and the N64 cartridge. I also put a Controller Pak connector on the pcb so you can read and write mpk files from and to the Controller Pak.

Now I can finally hunt down those bugs in the code without accidently ripping of a wire like I did with my previous wire and perf board build of the adapter.
You can't imagine how much it hurts when you spend 2 hours reading every line in your code twice because suddently writing to eeproms stopped working and you can't find what you changed that caused the issue and then you notice that there is a loose wire dangling around that should have been connected...like two hours ago. >_<
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Do you plan on making more and selling them?
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...find what you changed that caused the issue and then you notice that there is a loose wire dangling around that should have been connected...like two hours ago.


Sounds awfully familiar that experience! :facepalm: Haha :D

This is another really awesome project, never even thought about carts losing saves being an issue. But after 20 years the batts have got to be getting pretty low in there. Cool stuff, looks super professional too.

Was curious what the voltage on those batteries was at so I grabbed a random game and whipped it open, DK jap, nope eeprom, then another (Mario 64 players choice) of course it uses eeprom as well so I had bad luck trying to find a battery today.

I should probably go through all my games, check the ones with batteries/sram memory and make sure I'm not at risk of losing something I'd be annoyed about.

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Looking very nice!
Out of interest, where do you get your PCBs made?
I've only tried OShPark myself.
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I'm using elecrow.com. :wub:
Only downside is that you have to buy 10 pcbs each time.
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This is the sort of thing I would love to get into but my soldering skills are so far behind being able to do this. I'd end up with big blobs of solder everywhere.
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Ooh I'm tempted, but I don't think I'd get round to actually doing anything with it for ages. :)
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Do you plan on making more and selling them?
I will put the 8 spare pcb's I still have together into complete ready to use standalone units and sell them.

They will look exactly like the last two images I posted and include the Arduino, the display and everything with the only difference being that instead of the Controller Pak slot on the back I will add a N64 controller plug. So you can read both the Controller Pak and test your Controller.
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how much r u asking for these little babies ?
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I haven't received the parts yet so I can't say with absolute certainty.


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you might wanna try ebay and see how quick it sells. you could be very surprized how fast it could go. y'never know.
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Can I reserve one? :P
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I haven't received the parts yet so I can't say with absolute certainty but I'm aiming for 43 USD + shipping for a complete ready-to-use unit if nothing goes wrong from here on out.

I will only sell a handful though in hope to get at least some of the sunk costs back. So far I've spend over 650 USD and countless hours developing this thing.
But hey it's a hobby and don't we all spend crazy amounts of time and money on our hobbies. :phear:



I would also love to reserve one. I don't mind if it is a kit I need to solder together myself, I just haven't got the time or patience for hunting down all of the components needed at the moment... :n64: :yeah:
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I'm not selling any do-it-yourself kits right now.
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I'd really really love one of these. Any chance I can be wait listed for one?
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Reading through the wiki now, I might need to build one my self. :D
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Go for it :)
It's a really useful tool and if you have any questions/problems with your build just write me a message.

It feels so good to be able to backup your Zelda savegames that you spend so much time on before the battery in the cartridge runs out of juice and you lose all your hard work.

I also like to download savegames from the internet and put them on my cartridges for example if my friends come over to play Diddy Kong Racing and none of the courses are unlocked because I just received the cartridge. With this it's just a matter of seconds and we can have all the race tracks.

Or in commemoration of our childhood I gifted a Goldeneye cartridge to one of my friends and it was just cool to copy over my 007 save to his cartridge so he can have all the levels and all the cheats and just have casual fun without unlocking everything first.

And don't get me started on Controller Paks, you can never have enough unless you own this cartridge reader and can backup your Controller Paks at anytime, so you only need one Controller Pak from now on. :lol:
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I have so much time put into OoT saves from my childhood that I would love to save for nostalgia. :link:

I already have some of the odds and ends laying around so I think I could build it cheap.
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Beautiful work sanni!
I'll keep and eye and try to get one!
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