August 2nd, 2013 @ 01:45 PM
Repair Log: June - July 2013


  • Fixed NES. Had issues with the 72-pin connector. I bent the pins back with a small screw driver and cleaned them, then cleaned the edge connector contacts on the PCB, and its now working but still pretty finicky. In the future, I'm going to replace the 72-pin connector and do a full re-cap.
  • Fixed Super Mario RPG SNES cart. Took it apart. It had really dirty contacts, which I cleaned, and a loose pin which I resoldered.
  • Tried to fix Tetris (NES), but found that the edge connector contacts were completely worn off.
  • Fixed several SNES/SFC carts that had dirty edge connector pins (Mario Kart, Pilotwings, Contra 3 [JP], Legend of Zelda 3 [JP]).

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July 19th, 2013 @ 05:03 PM
Tetris Grand Master (TGM) GM Grade in 10:55

I finally got a somewhat decent video recording setup, using a PS3 Eye webcam. The PS3 Eye is frequently used for low budget computer vision applications, due to being inexpensive ($15 - $20), having good quality picture, and being able to record anywhere from 30 to 125 frames per second (depending on resolution).

My video capture setup is Mint Linux 15 on an old Athlon 64 3200. It only has 2 GB of memory, but has 3TB of storage for raw video. Capturing is being done by streamer. Right now I'm recording to raw YUV, and encoding it later with ffmpeg. There's still some issues with frame drop that I need to work out, but overall this setup is working pretty well.

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