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My Foray Into Portable Building

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                      My Foray into Portable Building

It was July 10, 2006. As always I was trying to find ways to satisfy my insane creative urges. I was surfing the internet and came across a guy named Ben Heck. He was building portable game systems using game consoles. He had a website with a Forum, so of course, I joined.

My mind was blown. Ben Heck would take a console and trim it down. Then he would use a CNC machine and build a case. He would add batteries and an LCD screen and bam, a portable. I was hooked. I had to build one myself.

My first one was a tiny system built from a small Etch-A-Sketch type game. It was a good first try, but not that impressive.

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Now, what does this thing look like on the inside and can I use it?

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Hmm doesn’t look bad, but not a whole lot of room in there.

So I went about making the case more accessible. First, take it all apart and remove the battery packs.

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Now take off the front panel and disconnect the controllers from the main board.

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Hmm looks like with a little work the front panel could hold a 2.5″ screen.

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And what do you know it will. 

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Here’s some pics of the finished portable:

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As you can see I used a Radica Genesis Volume II.

had to cut down the controller board on the Radica, and I had to rewire the power switch.

I also unsoldered the 3 controls for the sound/brightness/color. Then I wired them to a breadboard and cut a slot for them on the side.

I had to order a 6″ extension for the Lcd from digikey to be ble to hook up the Lcd to it’s controller.

And lot’s and lot’s of re-wiring and trimming. But it was a fun project.

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After that, there was no stopping me. I think I built around 15 portables in total. Some are on this website.

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