I like to tear up stuff

OK, the title may not be 100% accurate, but it’s more interesting than saying, “I like to disassemble electronics and then put them back together.” Plus, it’s much more concise.

Now, I don’t mean to imply that I have a knack for electronics. I really have very little knowledge of how they work. However, I’ve recently become very interested in fixing some old systems, as well as performing some modifications.

So far, I haven’t done much. I disassembled a few controllers that weren’t working correctly. For most of them, I just cleaned all the connections and put them back together. I did have to do a little work on a wired Xbox 360 controller that never worked correctly (the D-pad wasn’t very responsive when pushed to the left and the left shoulder button didn’t work), even though I bought it new. Luckily, disassembling then reassembling the D-pad made it work, and I had to do a little modification to the left shoulder button so that it would actually press far enough down on the switch/sensor/whatever so that it would register.

I also did a soft mod on my PS2 recently using Free McBoot. Now, I am able to run PS2 games directly from my hard drive instead of using discs, which helps a lot on load times (for example, moving to a new area in Grand Theft Auto now takes just a few seconds).

Some mods I’m looking at now are adding A/V outputs on my Sega Master System and Genesis. I am also going to mod my PS1 to play backups and my Xbox (the original, not the 360) so that I can install and run games from the hard drive, like I did with the PS2.

I’ll probably post some pics and maybe some videos here of the mods when they’re completed. I just hope that I don’t do any irrevocable damage to my old systems in the process.

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