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Forum: Hardware mods 16 January 2021, 14:46
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Posted By MBG
I thought about that but it would have made the...

I thought about that but it would have made the box more difficult to build and I'm not that good of a carpenter :).
It being flat is not so bad for me as I usually have it on my lap when I'm...
Forum: Hardware mods 16 January 2021, 14:34
Replies: 27
Views: 1,276
Posted By MBG
Yes! And when I don't want it anymore I can just...

Yes! And when I don't want it anymore I can just throw it in the fireplace! :)
Forum: Hardware mods 16 January 2021, 10:12
Replies: 27
Views: 1,276
Posted By MBG
And here is the finished product next to my new...

And here is the finished product next to my new A1200!

It works really well and is very nice to play with.


If anyone has any questions about the build, feel free to ask and I will try to help.
Forum: Hardware mods 16 January 2021, 10:08
Replies: 27
Views: 1,276
Posted By MBG
A little extra that I did was add these two...

A little extra that I did was add these two switches to the side of the box.
They allow me to switch buttons 2 and 3 to give an 'UP' signal to the Amiga
as I have explained in my first post above....
Forum: Hardware mods 16 January 2021, 10:01
Replies: 27
Views: 1,276
Posted By MBG
Thanks!

Thanks!
Forum: Hardware mods 16 January 2021, 09:56
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Views: 1,276
Posted By MBG
Now the switches have their NO (normally open)...

Now the switches have their NO (normally open) lugs wired to their
respective pins from the table.
Forum: Hardware mods 16 January 2021, 09:52
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Posted By MBG
This is the grounding wire that is daisy chained...

This is the grounding wire that is daisy chained to the COM lugs of all the switches and then to pin 8.
Here I used the slightly larger blue connectors as they had to hold two wires.
Forum: Hardware mods 16 January 2021, 09:48
Replies: 27
Views: 1,276
Posted By MBG
This is basically how it's wired up. The...

This is basically how it's wired up.
The diagram doesn't show buttons 2 and 3 but they work the same as button 1 but using pins 9 and 5 in stead of 6.
Forum: Hardware mods 16 January 2021, 09:44
Replies: 27
Views: 1,276
Posted By MBG
With my multimeter I was able to figure out which...

With my multimeter I was able to figure out which colour wire went to which
pin on the 9-pin connector.
The diagram and table below helped me wire everything up.
The table shows that the same...
Forum: Hardware mods 15 January 2021, 13:22
Replies: 27
Views: 1,276
Posted By MBG
Next I crimped these red connectors on. These...

Next I crimped these red connectors on. These also come in blue and yellow
but red is smallest. The wires from the extension cord are very thin and
were fairly easy to pull back out of the...
Forum: Hardware mods 15 January 2021, 13:12
Replies: 27
Views: 1,276
Posted By MBG
Now the wiring. I cut one end of this 9 pin...

Now the wiring.
I cut one end of this 9 pin joystick extension cord off.
The reason I didn't use a cord from an old joystick is because they often
don't use all 9 pins and save money by not having...
Forum: Hardware mods 15 January 2021, 13:05
Replies: 27
Views: 1,276
Posted By MBG
The magnets keep the bottom lid on.

The magnets keep the bottom lid on.
Forum: Hardware mods 15 January 2021, 13:03
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Posted By MBG
The box got a few layers of clear laquer to...

The box got a few layers of clear laquer to protect it from stains.
Forum: Hardware mods 14 January 2021, 17:45
Replies: 27
Views: 1,276
Posted By MBG
In the corners a few blocks were glued to hold...

In the corners a few blocks were glued to hold the bottom lid in place.

The lid has a hole in it so it's easier to open.
Forum: Hardware mods 14 January 2021, 17:34
Replies: 27
Views: 1,276
Posted By MBG
After sanding all the sharp corners off, the...

After sanding all the sharp corners off, the parts are ready to be glued together.
The wood biscuits help line everything up.
Forum: Hardware mods 14 January 2021, 14:21
Replies: 27
Views: 1,276
Posted By MBG
On a piece of paper I drew out where I wanted the...

On a piece of paper I drew out where I wanted the holes for the buttons and joystick.
Then I punched dimples to mark the spots.
Next I drilled small (about 3 mm) holes all the way through the...
Forum: Hardware mods 14 January 2021, 13:48
Replies: 27
Views: 1,276
Posted By MBG
Next I cut some boards I had lying around to the...

Next I cut some boards I had lying around to the right size and then
made some slots to help glue them together later.
It's nice when you don't have any screw heads showing but it isn't
absolutely...
Forum: Hardware mods 14 January 2021, 11:11
Replies: 27
Views: 1,276
Posted By MBG
Thanks guys. I thought it would be nice to...

Thanks guys. I thought it would be nice to document what I did so others could try something similar.
It was a little bit difficult to find all the information I needed from different websites.

@...
Forum: Hardware mods 14 January 2021, 11:07
Replies: 27
Views: 1,276
Posted By MBG
First I made a 3D design in Sketchup to see what...

First I made a 3D design in Sketchup to see what it was going to look like and how all the parts would fit.
I wanted the box to have three buttons and that buttons 2 and 3 would be switchable to...
Forum: Hardware mods 14 January 2021, 10:56
Replies: 27
Views: 1,276
Posted By MBG
Homemade Joystick

So I decided to dig up my old (yellowed) A500 from under the guest bed a few weeks ago.
After playing a few games I realized that none of my joysticks were working very well and that they were...
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