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Starting Up Modding

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8:31 pm
July 22, 2009


Rubyclaw

Retrososo

posts 48

So lately I've been tossing around the idea of getting into modding, but I have no idea where to begin. I like the LED mods or mods for improving the video/sound quality of a console (for example, putting in S-Video support into a Sega Genesis).

My questions are: how expensive is it to do mods like these and are these even reasonable mods to start out with?

12:47 am
July 23, 2009


Eltanin

Retroposer

posts 53

LED mods are a good place to start. They are pretty easy, and LEDs are cheap. Most of my mods have been LEDs.

(Sadly, they are usually the only ones that ever reach completion…)

12:49 am
July 23, 2009


Eltanin

Retroposer

posts 53

If Mike or Jeromy can dig up my old NES controller FAQ, that will give you a good warm up.

And be sure to share your Mods when you are done. I want to see what you come up with.

7:09 am
July 23, 2009


Jeromy

Admin

posts 106

Rubyclaw said:

So lately I've been tossing around the idea of getting into modding, but I have no idea where to begin. I like the LED mods or mods for improving the video/sound quality of a console (for example, putting in S-Video support into a Sega Genesis).

My questions are: how expensive is it to do mods like these and are these even reasonable mods to start out with?


As a child I remember figuring out basic electronics, so first thing to do is make sure understand the basics. Like current and circuits and shit. Take some to read about volts and watts.  Also you'll need a soldering iron and a good workspace. Before you start modding the stuff you like I would take a part some old electronics and practice soldering stuff to the electric boards and pin connections.

Modding can become expensive and very time consuming. However it can also be cheaping and rewarding. If you're not an electronics wiz then don't reach for the stars. If you got a good grasp on electronics then do as much as you can.

It's supposed to be fun and safe, if it's not either then don't do it.

If Mike or Jeromy can dig up my old NES controller FAQ, that will give you a good warm up.

I think that it was lost, let me check the old DB and see if I can find it

10:20 am
July 23, 2009


Rubyclaw

Retrososo

posts 48

Thanks for the advice, guys. I'll have to look into basic electronics principles like you said, Jeromy. If I ever get to the modding part, I'll probably start with an LED mod of some sort. ** you don't have permission to see this link **

12:07 pm
July 23, 2009


Eltanin

Retroposer

posts 53

You can also go to RadioShack or a real electroincs supply store and ask for a learn to solder kit. They usually have small booklets in them that give you hints on how how to solder, how to tin you iron, etc, and have practice components and a pcb to learn on.

Remember to never get your components too hot when soldering. And get you a solder sucker and desoldering wick.

You should also invest in a set of helping hands. You'll never regret it.

If you ever run into trouble, you can always ask for help either here, or another Modding forum.

2:25 pm
July 23, 2009


Mike

Admin

posts 81

I know jeromy doesn't like it but I have a cold heat soldering iron that I really love. It's great for quick little mods and such. about $20 at radio shack. You will still need a regular iron for de soldering older eltectronics due to the hardness of the solder used back then.

8:16 pm
July 23, 2009


ERK

Retrolite

posts 4

This is kind of off topic, but is the controller mod you're talking about the one where you use leds to create a backlight for the nintendo logo? Because I had that bookmarked for a long time and now that I've got the parts needed I'm sad to see that it has been lost. I really hope it can be retrieved, but if not do you think redoing the tutorial is likely?

9:36 pm
July 23, 2009


Jeromy

Admin

posts 106

ERK said:

This is kind of off topic, but is the controller mod you're talking about the one where you use leds to create a backlight for the nintendo logo? Because I had that bookmarked for a long time and now that I've got the parts needed I'm sad to see that it has been lost. I really hope it can be retrieved, but if not do you think redoing the tutorial is likely?


Found it, even found the images :)

** you don't have permission to see this link **

2:03 am
July 24, 2009


Eltanin

Retroposer

posts 53

Huzzah! The classic mod that has been modded and uncredited countless times!

Just like that Lego case mod that guy did on that one forum.

10:31 am
July 24, 2009


ERK

Retrolite

posts 4

Nice! Thanks a lot ** you don't have permission to see this link **

10:14 am
July 29, 2009


Rubyclaw

Retrososo

posts 48

Thanks again for all the advice, guys! I think I'm going to start reading up on electronics and see where I go from there. If I make it to getting a soldering iron, I'll definitely get some sort of beginner's kit (if it's not too expensive) and start tinkering with some old electronics that we don't use anymore.  ** you don't have permission to see this link **

7:09 pm
July 29, 2009


Eltanin

Retroposer

posts 53

Make sure you get a soldering iron, not a gun. A soldering/desoldering station would be ideal.

ColdHeat is okay for small projects and quick repairs, but you would be much better off with a electric iron. Don't forget to tin it.


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