Tuesday, 11 October 2011

ZX Spectrum +/48k - Composite Video Mod

I wasn't happy with the picture quality of the RF output from the spectrum. So I decided to do the composite video mod. Rather than just disconnecting the +5v line and routing the video signal directly to the RF output. I decided to remove the modulator circuit entirely. I also found on this website, that it is possible get a cleaner video signal by adding a 10-16v 100uF capacitor in series with the video line. Here's the pictures I took when I modded my Spectrum 48k+ to do composite. 

De-soldered the modulator from the spectrum board:



















Friday, 15 July 2011

Getting into Sinclair ZX Spectrums

Recently I’ve been getting back to playing around with some ZX Spectrum hardware. I originally picked up a ZX Spectrum +2 back in September of 2010. Played a few games on it then put in to storage so I could focus on other projects. Then a few weeks back I managed to get hold of two more spectrum systems. A ZX Spectrum + and a ZX Spectrum + 128k. They were both sold as faulty and untested, but I managed to get them both working.

















Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Acorn A7000+ Portable - The A7Kp

Here's one of my latest completed projects:

The A7Kp

A” for Acorn, “7K” for 7000 and “P” for portable.

A custom built (by me!) portable Acorn A7000+ RISC OS computer system.

















Tuesday, 7 June 2011

PSone Portable

Here's one of my older projects but certainly not the first!

My home made Portable Playstation or PSone Portable.


















Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Home Server UPS

Recently I’ve been wanting to have some kind of power back system for my home server setup. Just a little project of mine. Though it would be cool to have in-case of an unexpected power failure while doing data critical stuff. Also I use the server to record CCTV images from a camera mounted at the back of the house, so having a power back-up system is a good idea. Rather than going the usual route of using a standard mains voltage UPS converting AC-DC-AC then back to DC from the server PSU. I thought I'd get and try out the picoUPS and a picoPSU from minibox.com. Since my server uses a low power Intel Atom mini ITX board i thought it would maybe save some power, because no power conversion would be needed.

Here's the picoUPS-100 from LinITX.com and a picoPSU-80-WI off ebay. From an Mini-Box authorized reseller!  (I colour coded the spade connectors with red and black maker pens)


















Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Mega-Boy a Sega Megadrive Portable

Here's one of my recently completed portable system projects, the Mega-Boy. A home made portable Sega Megadrive console mod.


Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Hello!! I'm new here!

Hey people, Sam here. Thought i would create this blog to show other computer/console modders out there (or anyone who likes this kinda stuff) what i get up to in my spare time. On here you will find information about my current projects, past projects, hacking information and anything else that i think is relevant!

Cheers!
-Sam