Recent content by BrokenLizard

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    Finally made a working modchip

    There are ways around the PIC16 security, but they are a little dangerous to the micro-controller. However, since I've never needed to try, I can't comment on their effectiveness or risk. Just going by memory, I recall the majority of the inexpensive techniques involve slightly damaging the chip...
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    Communication port information

    Just wanted to let everyone know I'm still aound and I'm planning on working on the connector soon. I've had very little free time lately and I've been using the time that I do have to finish up a translation project. It's too difficult to simultaneously work on multiple projects, so I'm trying...
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    Communication port information

    We could use PCBs, but I was sort of hoping we could solder wire to the contacts and then pot them. This might require a multi-part connector though.
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    Communication port information

    Here is a data sheet with potential contacts. While this week is rather hectic for me, I'll try and go over the dimensions within a few days and see if any of these might work.
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    Communication port information

    I just updated my Sega Saturn Floppy Disk Drive Communication Protocol document to version 1.4. Alex, thanks for the 3D models! I'm still looking into finding smaller, gold plated contacts but so far everything I've found would require disassembling an existing connector. Currently, I'm in the...
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    Cannot visit segaxtreme.net using Comast

    I wasn't able to test my Comcast connection yesterday or today. However, I've been experiencing the problem for at least a week, and was starting to get nervous that SegaXtreme had been shutdown.
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    Communication port information

    My work has a MakerBot Replicator 5th Gen with the specifications listed below. There are a few local companies that rent out time on higher quality printers as well. Given that the only quote I could get for professionally made molded connectors was $9,000 (for the first batch of 100 12" single...
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    Communication port information

    I just discovered that I never uploaded the latest version of my FDD protocol document to my server, so for the past 5 years it has been slightly out of date. I'll need at least a couple of days to review it, but then I'll upload the latest version.
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    Cannot visit segaxtreme.net using Comast

    Thanks for the suggestions. I'm planning on spending some more time looking into the issue tonight. A quick Google search yesterday brought up a few similar stories about Comcast incorrectly blocking random websites. The affected users complained and were able to get the problem resolved, but...
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    Cannot visit segaxtreme.net using Comast

    Has anyone else been having issues visiting segaxtreme.net using Comcast? I can reach the site from my work's ISP and my cellular connection (AT&T in the US), but I consistently get a "Server took too long to respond" error every time I attempt to visit the site with my personal Comcast account...
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    Communication port information

    I guess putting my personal projects on hold for a while really shows. I can't even remember what I included in my own document! Anyway, I'm planning on getting back into the mix once I can finally finish rebuilding my server. As for the connector pins, I actually found a couple potential...
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    Communication port information

    The 5V line is a signal line and should not be used as a power source. In my design, I'm using that signal to indicate when the Saturn system is on or has been power cycled. The communication protocol for the FDD isn't very robust, so detecting a system reset is unfortunately rather important...
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    Communication port information

    While progress is very slow due to work and family obligations, I'm actually still working on this project. Recently, I gained access to a 3D printer which has renewed my efforts to create a custom connector. The bulk of the reverse engineering and coding has been completed for some time. The...
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    Communication port information

    Currently, I'm hoping to get the design to the point where others can use the project. At the very least, I will release schematics and a hex file. There is a chance I can sell the project in kit form. However, the connector is still a problem that needs to be figured out. The primary...
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    Communication port information

    I've resumed working on this project. However, I doubt custom connectors will ever be practical.
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