Two portable Philips CD-i players (CDI350) came into my care last month. They show common errors, such as not loading any CDs and not storing any settings, and also flickering screens. Let’s have a look inside and repair them.
The screen becomes normal after a while so that I can navigate.
The PSIO development cartridge, that I had preordered in June 2017, finally arrived this month. The whole package is very well made and looks almost like a genuine Sony PlayStation peripheral. The cartridge requires a modification before use, the PSIO switch board installation. The switch board detects the presence of the cartridge and switches the signals from the ODD to the parallel port.
Neo Geo games and hardware have been a part of my life for many years. As I was looking at store displays during the early 90s, I was amazed at how huge these game carts were in comparison with other consoles, such as the Nintendo GameBoy.
In the late 90s, the emulators NeoRAGE and NeoRAGEx introduced me to the world of Neo Geo and arcade emulation. At that time, MAME didn’t yet have the capacity to emulate those games properly and at a decent speed. Later on, when MAME finally became a useable Neo Geo emulator, it became quite easy to add new released games and dumps to the source code, and play them as well. Continue reading Neo Geo MV2FS at Home→
An unusual SegaSaturn accessory: The 3RADD – A sound enhancer with SRS psychoacoustic technology, read a review on this japanese blog. A scan of the manual.
The effect with audio sources is quite nice, it boosts the sound and positions it around your head. The technology is used in all kinds of devices and software, e.g. the Windows Media Player (SRS WOW).
The TVGuardian 101 is a terrible device for uptight people that detects and censors words like “hell” in the CC subtitles. It also mutes the audio when an offending word or sentence was detected. For more details see the Manual that is available here: TVGuardianOwnersManual101.pdf.
When the filter is turned off this device is a very cheap alternative to CC decoders and can be used to superimpose CC subtitles on the LaserDisc video signal.
Finally received a NUON Enhanced DVD Player, the missing VLM link between Atari Jaguar CD and Microsoft Xbox 360. It’s in a very bad shape and came without remote control but it works like a charm and even plays games on DVD+/-R and homebrew games on CD-R.
These players are quite rare and show up only once in a year. The model I got is Samsung’s last European NUON DVD player, the DVD-N505 without controller ports. There are two hacks to add controller ports though. I going for the latter hack and will add mini-DIN connectors to the Logitech Gamepads soon.
Even though I am collecting as many different SegaSaturn peripherals as I can find, I successfully avoided the Twin-Stick until last week. Mainly because of it’s huge size and small library of supported games. Well, here it is: