So I’m not entirely sold on my custom case, as much as the polymorph is amazing stuff, without a pasta roller and a hell of a lot of clay I can’t get the shapes right and it’s just looking wrong… All wrong. So i’m going to have to rethink that aspect.
Anyway I need my console to be portable, which means batteries! I mentioned the ones I want to purchase in my first post, problem is; I’m a bit short of cash at the mo and can’t really afford them. So in the mean time I went on the hunt.
I found this little beast:
I got it from a boot fair a few years back, it’s a mega drive console with 6 embedded games, unfortunately the embedded games are crap (apart from sonic 2 and coloumns) anyway I was looking at it and thought I’d do a quick Google on it and see if its worth anything. Unsurprisingly it’s not worth anything, but what was interesting is Ben Heck had taken one apart and made a fully functional Mega Drive out of one by removing the embedded chip and soldering on a cart port.
For a few seconds I was thinking of embedding it into my console, but then thought better of it. What it does have though is a battery box and 3 AA batteries, maybe enough to power a screen?
Well, there’s only one way to find out, rip it open!
I cut a power cord up from an old phone and jammed the two ends into the battery port.
On the circuit board I tried a few combinations of “solder rubbing” that is running the “powered” cables over the solder points by the AC in to see if anything would happen. Would you believe it?! It only bloody lit up the screen!
This is great, the only issue now is I can’t solder it into place and this is why, look at the state of it, not only is it ruined, it’s massive!
I can’t risk messing up the circuit board so for now until I get some more money the project is hold, I need to get that soldering iron before moving on. I may, just for now try and glue gun it into place….