Open ‘Tendo

Board Front

It’s time to share a cool project that’s NOT Amiga related and goes in tune with the “Consoles” in the name here! This is a fantastic recreation of the original 1985 Nintendo Entertainment System Top Loader system! Its open source and very cool! I would love to see more like that and plan to look into doing some of these myself.

Check out the GitHub here:

The design is as true to the original board as possible, with subtle changes where needed to compensate for outdated/unsourcable parts, as well as some improvements. (Expansion audio enabled, and other minor changes)

Since this project is open-source you may do as you like with it, whether that is to make boards for personal use, sell replacement NES boards, or to use the provided info for further custom PCB work/designs.


Atari 2600 Composite Mod

Here is something different than the usual Amiga work you all see me do. This time it’s a simple and quick mod to an Atari 2600. These come stock with RF only output for video and sound. Not many people have a TV that will accept this today. The solution is to add composite and standard sound outputs through RCA style Jack’s. The final result looks professional and original. Picture and sound is also very much improved.

A Blast from the Past

This takes me back to the good old days! This is my personal Xbox I modded way back when they were new. It’s got an Xecuter X3 mod in it wired to the power and reset front panel and a dip controlled add-on to let me change firmware from a set of flashed ones. I loved doing these things. I pulled it out of storage after reading about all the new stuff still being done on them. I’m going to flash it with the latest firmware, add another 64MB of RAM, change the CPU to a faster one and put in a SSD. Should be a lot of fun.

Accepting Boards Once Again

With things finally caught up again I can start to accept a selective amount of minor repairs, recaps, and upgrades again. Anything with severe corrosion and abuse will remain on hold for now. I just don’t have the time to deal with that. Recaps should go out within a few days of receiving them. Repairs will depend on the issue, but totally dead boards are not particularly desirable for me still. I do have several personal projects I would like to complete between things too.