every console modding guide WIP

Discussion in 'General Gaming Discussion' started by FAST6191, May 31, 2007.

  1. FAST6191

    FAST6191 Techromancer

    pip Reporter
    Nov 21, 2005
    United States
    I had hoped to get much much further with this before I posted such a topic but here goes.

    It is summer now and I have nothing to do (evidence here: http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=52168&hl= ), so to alleviate my boredom while my wrist heals and hopefully walk away with something to show for it I figured I would write up a crash course in console modding for just about every console in current (and not so current) use. I was planning to aim it at generally knowledgeable people who may not know much of this area but are willing to learn.

    Anyhow the point of this post, while I would like to believe my knowledge of the DS, GBA and more recently Wii/Gamecube is fairly good my knowledge of the rest of the consoles varies from reasonable (PS1, PS2 and dreamcast if a bit rusty) to something that could probably be improved no end in the next 10 seconds with the use of a search engine (looking at the Saturn).

    For this guide I propose then that the following topics are covered:
    Methods of running things other than official discs with a subsection on imports.
    The guide would not be much without this and ever since I first realised how much Europe got done over imports have been top of my agenda.

    Treatment of disc/rom images.
    Do I have to burn with special options, region patching and how do I get them from the shiny cart/disc it comes on?

    Prevalent homebrew code.
    Almost every system that has homebrew has some really nice stuff (media players are good example: moonshell, XBMC, the PSP custom firmware).

    Emulation of and on the system.
    The on section can probably be taken in the above section but of is important: do any of you still play the PS1 or do you use a PC/PSP, what about the master system or the NES?

    Rom hacking and cheating.
    Following the import line, emulation was the easiest way to play translations when I started all this. Cheating is of interest to a lot of people as well.

    The following consoles are detailed:
    Xbox 360
    16Bit era consoles: Megadrive/Genesis (I am inclined to treat these as emulation only as most of the consoles above can emulate them to varying degrees).

    (I think that is all the big ones that people tend to focus on but if I have neglected one then feel free to suggest more)

    I have a guide to soldering, basic electronics/ mechanics of consoles (save laser adjustment) and rom/iso management already partially done: PDF file (I am sorry I did not feel like turning it into a forum post for this initial discussion):
    I have a Wii section partially done here (missing some important points and uses a great deal of first person language):
    I can knock up a DS and GBA one in next to no time with stuff I already have.
    PSP can be pulled together in fairly short order as well.
    To add to this I have been planning it for a while now so I have a nice list of threads from around here and elsewhere as well as guides that I have found that discuss the PS1, PS2, Dreamcast, xbox, 360 and just about everything else.

    I propose then that each section is made seperately, cross reference and stitched together over the course of a revision or two, having done similar things in the past I know they have tendency to snowball (for example someone reading the eventual document may find the fact the moonshells Windows builder provided the precursor to DLDI interesting but it really is not that important in this case, the fact that DLDI exists and allows everyone with different carts to use homebrew which otherwise would not work is important however).

    Anyhow peoples thoughts, offers of info/help........
  2. larvi

    larvi GBAtemp Regular

    Jun 24, 2006
    United States
    I think it would be a great resource if you could pull it off. I recently got a PSP and looked at what is available for my GC, PS2 and Xbox and found lots of info all over the place and a lot of it was out of date. Another console you may add to your list is GB/GBC, unless you were planning on putting that in the GBA section. I frequently see questions here asking about options for running GBC roms.
  3. Satangel

    Satangel BEAST

    Nov 27, 2006
    Bruges, Belgium
    I'm planning to buy a modded PS1 very soon, and I would just love to have more info on the playing of ISO's on the PS1 (like how do I burn them? do they work perfect?) and especially emulation on the PS1 (Which ones, how do they perform?)

    I would be very grateful to you if you could make a topic on this!!!

    Tnx in adv.

  4. Tomobobo

    Tomobobo Champion.

    Nov 26, 2005
    United States
    Any questions you might have for the Xbox, I'm your man. PM me and I can answer pretty much any question you have.
  5. shaffaaf27

    shaffaaf27 GBAtemp Fan

    Oct 29, 2006
    london, england
    that would be brilliant, but i think DC modding would be one line......buy CD, burn and play [​IMG]
  6. ndela007

    ndela007 GBAtemp Regular

    May 6, 2007
    United States
    I was interested in finding a soldering guide, as I am thinking of cracking my V4 ps2 open and "pimping my sony." Thanks for hosting such a guide

    Tracking this topic and looking forward for further additions.
  7. Satangel

    Satangel BEAST

    Nov 27, 2006
    Bruges, Belgium
    Well do you think you could help us?
  8. imgod22222

    imgod22222 GBAtemp's Original No-faced Member

    Jul 5, 2006
    United States
    Well, i was starting to make a 'how to tin your iron/solder/install wiikey guide' but then i sorta... stopped. I'll give you my work... But I need to find it first.

    EDIT: I told you I didn't finish... And I can't get the pix anymore because i don't want to open my wii to do that.
  9. Bitbyte

    Bitbyte GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Dec 20, 2003
    Great initiative! Would be great if you'd pull this one off.
  10. ZAFDeltaForce

    ZAFDeltaForce Specialist

    Sep 9, 2006
    Nice, just what I wanted. Thanks! [​IMG]