PSP and PS Vita soft modding

PSP and PS Vita soft modding

With my growing obsession with retro gaming and I started getting interested in Sony's classic portable gaming system again, the PSP. I always had consoles as a kid and teenager and even still had some PSP parts from back in the day, including the blue PSP1000 that my...

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PiStation – Raspberry Pi 3B+ hidden in a PS1

PiStation – Raspberry Pi 3B+ hidden in a PS1

Seeing all the Retropie projects online got me looking at how I could put together one of my own but with a bit of a twist. I have seen a few people build a Raspberry Pi RetroPie rig inside a playstation shell before but they always used USB ports on the front for...

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PS3 Delidding and re-flow

PS3 Delidding and re-flow

It seems that the YLOD Phat PS3 issue is extremely common and without a BGA reflow station is almost impossible to permanently fix. What I heard was that if you catch it early enough and nobody else has ever opened the machine before you have a good chance of catching...

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Custom Rimu Computer Desk

Custom Rimu Computer Desk

My parents had a bad habit of renovating houses when I was growing up and one thing that came from it was a lot of reclaimed rimu timber from old kitchens, old wall studs, benches and shelves. Lucky for me, my grandad was a bit of a hoarder of nice timber and as he...

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Creating custom passport and notebook covers

Creating custom passport and notebook covers

Since forever I had carried one of those horrible plastic ticket and passport holders you get from the travel agencies when they give you your tickets. I have always destroyed them or them disintegrate by the end of my trip. I finally gave in and purchased some scrap...

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Giant Reign 2 1x Conversion and upgrades

Giant Reign 2 1x Conversion and upgrades

After constantly dropping chains and having gear shifting issues I decided to move up with the times and convert my 2016 Giant Reign 2 to a 1x system. But since those were hundreds of dollars I scoured Trademe to find a good condition second hand setup that would get...

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DroboProFS – the quietening

DroboProFS – the quietening

After working with an 8 bay Drobo NAS at my old work and being impressed at how reliable it was, I picked up one on eBay cheap and got it shipped over. Loaded it with 4 Seagate 1TB drives and....it was noisy as shit. Pulling it apart I instantly ripped it apart and...

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$10 Ryobi belt sander gets new life

$10 Ryobi belt sander gets new life

For a while I frequented the local tip shop/refuse centre where I often picked up broken tech that I could repair or give a new lease on life. On this trip I managed to find an old Ryobi belt sander sitting in the corner at a $10 price tag. It looked in pretty good...

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Fit for purpose console shelf

Fit for purpose console shelf

As my console and retro gaming obsession began to take hold and with my tiny room to hold it all I had to come up with a easy setup solution. Luckily I had the chance to grab all the left over rimu timber from my poppa's old shed from our previous projects. Sizing it...

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Composite Modding an Atari 2600 Jr

Composite Modding an Atari 2600 Jr

I received a few Atari 2600's as gifts or as part of another bundle I purchased and since I had more than one, I felt fine with keeping one stock and modding the other one for composite video and audio instead of the RF signal out. The RF out was absolutely awful and...

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