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Re: Homebrew HDD adapter for Gamecube Tutorial

Posted: Wed Mar 02, 2011 7:52 pm
by Jaecus
http://img269.imageshack.us/i/pc260005.jpg/ In this picture, remove the capacitor from the bottom right hand corner and ensure that the pads in that corner are still going to actual pins on the CPLD.
I have the archive of pictures showing how to modify the Bluechip v9. (by Dampro)
The Red line across 3 components and Red line through another single component (right side of bluechip board).. This means to remove these components right?

I am wondering if the capacitor you mentioned here is also marked with red line on the diagram, or I will need to remove all 5 components from the right side of the Bluechip v9?

My bluechips have arrived, they differ from each other only slightly and I think both can be used. :D

Just awaiting stripboard and a memorycard to salvage then the fun can begin.

Re: Homebrew HDD adapter for Gamecube Tutorial

Posted: Sat Mar 12, 2011 9:26 pm
by Jaecus
It seems my question may have been answered in one way or another :roll: , Since the CPLD legs could be used directly, the componants i was asking about wouldn't be needed so long as I made sure the solder pads were connected to the legs of the CPLD.

Got my adapter working and fit it into a nice tidy case, shame about the ebay power adapter blowing after 2 mins of use, using an old pc PSU for now :P

Re: Homebrew HDD adapter for Gamecube Tutorial

Posted: Sun Jun 12, 2011 4:20 pm
by Jaecus
I have made another homemade IDE-EXI, and flashed the bluechip fine.
It has a problem when I connect it up and select IDE-EXI in swiss It recognises the HDD and displays it's volume but swiss gives me some errors, I was wondering if you could enlighten me as to what the errors mean.

First attempt:
Error 04
Error D6

Then just:
Error D2

Any suggestions? It seems like a fixable problem if I could find what it means :)
Thank you

Edit: following D* errors, the system or swiss itself freezes up

Re: Homebrew HDD adapter for Gamecube Tutorial

Posted: Sun Jun 26, 2011 8:13 am
by humerf
I have a problem, and I need your help
amount I am now exi-ide and is giving error

I'm trying to program my "Bluechip" v10 (v9 pcb model) and is giving error as in the photo, I Sando external supply of 3.3 V
what can be?
which version should I use the program?
stir in the computer bios?
Unlock something?

Re: Homebrew HDD adapter for Gamecube Tutorial

Posted: Sun Jun 26, 2011 12:16 pm
by yamaharacer
do you have 3.3V connected to the exi? in my case it doesnt work with exactle 3.3V i set my power supply to 3,6v and the I got it flashed. maybe its the same in your case.

Re: Homebrew HDD adapter for Gamecube Tutorial

Posted: Sun Jun 26, 2011 12:45 pm
by Jaecus
i used the 3.3v and gnd from gamecube's exi when programming
I would also suggest to turn off write protect, i think right click the chip in that program and it can be found somewhere... dont have it installed but I had to turn it off

Re: Homebrew HDD adapter for Gamecube Tutorial

Posted: Sun Jun 26, 2011 3:14 pm
by humerf
now I think I was right? :D


test and then I speak here as it was ok
(Because I still have to finish mounting, solder some wires IDE cable)
I just wanted to advance a little and make the "flash" the chip
so my Exi-ide is ready, put a photo of how it was

Re: Homebrew HDD adapter for Gamecube Tutorial

Posted: Mon Aug 22, 2011 10:58 pm
by sumas
Hey Guys hope somebody can help me, after so long time

i attached a pdf with Question Marks can someone explain it to me my this is needed or if its needed.

The fist one is in the new picture painted by me should i remove this jumper?

The second is because of " CHECK THIS POINT THIS TRACE MUST BE OPEND " WHY / WHAT have i to open?

The third is on the wires, why should i short this point/ OR why is it not needed but painted.

Sry if this questions has already been answerd but im to lazzy to read all.
Is there something i should change in my painting?
If everything is explaint to me i well, i will post my painted picture.

Re: Homebrew HDD adapter for Gamecube Tutorial

Posted: Fri Aug 26, 2011 1:55 pm
by emu_kidid
sumas:

1. Yes, remove it.
2. Yes, make sure those aren't joined (see my pic)
3. Yes it's required (see my pic)

Re: Homebrew HDD adapter for Gamecube Tutorial

Posted: Mon Aug 29, 2011 11:38 am
by sumas
Thanks a lot.

Will try it this week. :mrgreen:

Re: Homebrew HDD adapter for Gamecube Tutorial

Posted: Sat Dec 10, 2011 1:27 am
by linkerm
Hello people sorry for my large absence in our forum; i have a important question: In my country the xilinx chips is very difficult to purchase. I am a electronic Technician, i can repair tv's and others electronics products including videoconsoles. In a boar of broken lcd television i find a xilinx xc95288xl. Is this chip appropriate for this gamecube mod?
This datasheet http://www.xilinx.com/support/documenta ... /ds055.pdf
Apparently the xilinx xc95288xl is the same family of xilinx xc95144xl used in the magic-s and bluechip v10 ps2 modchips. Datasheet here http://www.xilinx.com/support/documenta ... /ds056.pdf
what is your opinion about this?
Thanks a lot and excuse me for the bad english.

Re: Homebrew HDD adapter for Gamecube Tutorial

Posted: Thu May 17, 2012 6:01 pm
by SouLSLayeR
emu_kidid wrote:the changes you make to the .ucf file are not recognized until you rebuild the project. I had made this same mistake. see in "Building the firmware" at http://www.gc-forever.com/gchdd/build.htm
Can somebody take a screenshot of this?
I can't find it in iMPACT or the SDK ver. 14.1, and I suspect that the programming part is what's blowing my party.

Also, what happens if you try ide-exi in swiss without an HDD connected?
Is it detected?

(Also sorry for the necro, but I don't think I should open a new thread for something that has already been semi-answered here.)

Re: Homebrew HDD adapter for Gamecube Tutorial

Posted: Thu May 17, 2012 10:22 pm
by dilav
SouLSLayeR wrote: Can somebody take a screenshot of this?
I can't find it in iMPACT or the SDK ver. 14.1, and I suspect that the programming part is what's blowing my party.

Also, what happens if you try ide-exi in swiss without an HDD connected?
Is it detected?

(Also sorry for the necro, but I don't think I should open a new thread for something that has already been semi-answered here.)
Does this help:
Image
Not sure what exactly you are trying to do. With no HDD connected, Swiss does not detect anything.

Re: Homebrew HDD adapter for Gamecube Tutorial

Posted: Thu May 17, 2012 10:37 pm
by SouLSLayeR
Oh, Project Navigator :o
What the heck, I'll download the whole package just to be sure I got it :P

It's just that I don't feel the cpld is programmed correctly for some reason.
And after reading yamaharacer's (I think) troubles and downloading his bluechip v9 .ucf and rechecking every pin with every pad...again, nothing happened.
So I realized that even though I had a different .ucf, I didn't do anything different in the programming procedure...like loading a different .ucf somehow.

(it's a pain having to connect the hdd every time, the PSU is in a weird spot and has fairly short wires :< )

Thanks for the pic ;)

Re: Homebrew HDD adapter for Gamecube Tutorial

Posted: Fri May 18, 2012 9:37 pm
by SouLSLayeR
So, I made some progress.
At least now I get an error message! :D

Error: FF
(And just once an Error: 11)
Any ideas?

Re: Homebrew HDD adapter for Gamecube Tutorial

Posted: Fri May 25, 2012 3:28 pm
by linkerm
Hello guys what´s up. I found this chip in a broken PS2: Magic 50k :o

Image

Anyone please help me to make the connections?

Thakns a lot :roll:

Re: Homebrew HDD adapter for Gamecube Tutorial

Posted: Fri May 25, 2012 3:39 pm
by SouLSLayeR
Inside gcide.zip you'll find a file named gc_ide.ucf, and some other .ucf(s) too.
Open it with notepad++ or sth (normal notepad works too), and check with a multimeter if the pins designated by the schematic
are indeed connected in the pcb.
If not, you can just reassign them:

example:
NET "exi_clk" LOC = "P27" ;

means that the signal exi_clk is supposed to be pin 27 in the XC95144XL.
The device's datasheet should be helpful too. Just google it.

So, you should just get your multimeter in there and make sure they're connected.

If you can't find a .ucf that fits your modchip pcb, then you must alter the .ucf until you have assigned all the signals to a pin/pad.

Re: Homebrew HDD adapter for Gamecube Tutorial

Posted: Fri May 25, 2012 4:20 pm
by linkerm
Thanks for your help friend has been very useful information. ;) If I need your help when I program the chip I sincerely hope you can help me with other questions. For example of the xilinx page What is the right software I should download? Because there are 4 downloads I do not know exactly what I download. Very thanks and sorry the bad english. :oops:

Re: Homebrew HDD adapter for Gamecube Tutorial

Posted: Fri May 25, 2012 6:57 pm
by SouLSLayeR
Originally I downloaded only the Lab Tools (iMPACT).
But if you read my other posts here you'll see I had (more like I still have :P) some problems, so I ended up downloading the whole package -.- (the really big one).

Then you'll need to update the project with the new .ucf and then flash that to the CPLD with iMPACT.
^this


I guess you've already found the guide...but let's make sure :P http://www.gc-forever.com/gchdd/build.htm

Also, have a quick look in the IDE-EXI subforum, it answered many of my questions.

Re: Homebrew HDD adapter for Gamecube Tutorial

Posted: Mon Mar 02, 2020 9:50 pm
by Diego borella
Currently, what is the fastest port on the Gamecube? I say to homebrews. :ugeek:
I would like to see an adapter like this working on my video game ... interestingly, it goes to Slot B port on the cube, I thought it was to Serial 1 port on the network port. :!:
What are the advantages of this IDE model? :?:

Re: Homebrew HDD adapter for Gamecube Tutorial

Posted: Mon Mar 02, 2020 10:00 pm
by Extrems
Fastest is the Hi Speed Port at 81 MB/s.

Re: Homebrew HDD adapter for Gamecube Tutorial

Posted: Mon Mar 02, 2020 11:03 pm
by Diego borella
I knew that, but the Swiss don't take care of that, right? I mean, we didn't run [.dol] through the high-speed door ...
I know the door says "high speed", but is it accessible by the Swiss?
I know it is accessible through Game_Boy_Play, but it would be possible to attract this through Switzerland; I mean, play commercial games for her ...?


of the ports accessible by Switzerland, which is the fastest?
I mean by the way of reading homebrews etc. from what I have speculated, the IDE seems to be slower than the Geckko; would serial port 2 be the fastest?
there are no advantages in the IDE-EXI mod?

Re: Homebrew HDD adapter for Gamecube Tutorial

Posted: Tue Mar 03, 2020 11:40 am
by emu_kidid
Diego borella wrote:
Mon Mar 02, 2020 9:50 pm
What are the advantages of this IDE model? :?:
Please refrain from bumping 8 year old threads just to ask questions :P it's best to create a single thread where you can contain all your questions about devices and the like.