Two Mega Drives I got; Rather Lenghty post

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  1. Sumea
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    So I recently got two Mega Drives from a man with taste, and both are a bit of weird cases, and I would like to get some info on both I am hoping good old temp has people with the hardware and possible know how for these.

    First of all; the two models I got:

    MEGA DRIVE PAL-B(VE)
    MODEL 1601-07

    and

    MEGA DRIVE
    MODEL HAA-2510

    Respectively I understand these are an Asian PAL model, and Japanese model (or Japanese model sold in Asian markets)

    - Pictures:

    HAA-2510
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    1601-07
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    And before everything; Both models had their cartridge lock mechanisms removed.
    So questions:

    First of all, the weird part of the HAA-2510, Japanese model as I presume at least, was that it was seemingly modified to be a PAL system. I live in Finland and the consoles were probably imported long time ago, and to use the system they probably had someone modify it to work on PAL systems. I myself unmodified it by cutting abridge between JP3 and JP2 left side, here is graph what was done to it (and what I undid:
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    All I want to know here is if I did something wrong making it into JP model like it is supposed to be, tell me. This bridges into my general question next...

    I'd like to do a on off on region mod to one of my mega drives in future, as instructed here:
    http://mdpal60.net/wiki/megadrive/regionmod/start
    The question is, How should I think this for the Asian Mega Drives. The guide was written with a PAL Mega Drive at hand and I am not even sure if this all is the same for the Asian ones I have. Specifically, How the diagram goes for these. If someone can make me one to clarify if there is difference with Asian ones, I am thankful.

    Also this goes into the next question, which unhelpfully is just:
    What the heck is this?

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    This is soldered in my 1601-07, PAL one. I am fairly sure this is not an official part of the system, but I am also not sure what it is supposed to do. Best bet I can give is automatic region switcher or region regulator or - Well, I go back to what I said; I have no idea what this is. 307-007 gave no answers, and I have no large expertise other than basic parts and what they are supposed to do.
    All I know is that no matter what cartridge the mega drive works as a pal system - and I have both European and Japanese cartridges at my disposal.

    I am interested what it is but, in the end I might just use this mega drive with the wires it has for the switch mod. That just leaves me; how should switch modding Japanese/Asian Mega Drive go down

    Aside that, I am pretty happy obtaining both uncommon Asian and Japanese Mega Drive models. Currently only hardship is that I am pretty sure the JP jumpers are not the same in the Asia models, it feels like, and I need

    Anyway, thanks for reading and I would be happy if someone can answer how to properly switch mod Asian Mega Drive.
     
  2. Sicklyboy

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    "What the heck is this?"

    That should be a mod to power the 32X Sega CD without an additional power cable, if I'm not mistaken. Saw something very similar to that when I was looking at composite/stereo/RGB mods for my NTSC mdoel1, but don't take my word for it.

    The 32X Sega CD needed an accompanying mod to utilize it.

    Edit - I was wrong anyway. http://www.jamma-nation-x.com/jammax/genesismods.html
     
  3. Sumea
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    Yeah, thanks, I been wondering if it is some sort of controller input/etc related multi region mod but I tested everything out and find it doing nothing.

    the 8 pin chip makes it most interesting.
     
  4. Lumstar

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    They look to be similar board revision. Jumpers likely behave the same way.
    As you probably noticed hz and language are separate. So there's four modes. (though Japanese at 50hz isn't believed officially used, I don't think the hardware minds)
     
  5. Sumea
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    Sumea Disco Ninja Frog

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    I found at them indeed myself too, one thing of course seems to be PAL model's incompatibility to display color if modded to 50hz apparently.
    "50hz Japan isn't officially used" - i'd believe that is what PAL ASIA models are doing, mine is indeed running at PAL 50hz but in Japanese language, takes Japanese cartridges officially, as you can see from the cartridge slot shapes.

    - I realized all I'd really have to do is language switch mod my JP mega drive and permanently Englify my PAL one and I have full compatibility right there. I have harder time importing American than Japanese cartridges anyway though.

    I even have a CiB of Sonic 2 that is specifically "ASIAN VERSION" - it also clocks the music right if played on the PAL Asian mega drive.
    I also never knew Asian/Japan defaults to use "miles" as tails' name while English versions default to Tails. You can also use a cheat code on both versions to reverse this.
     
  6. Lumstar

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    Then it's been modded. Asian PAL systems ship English and 50hz, like Europe.

    Sonic 2 contains all versions on the cartridge. You get incorrect music speed by switching mode when running.