[Finished Project] CubePad Advance

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[Finished Project] CubePad Advance

Post by Redmagnusx » Mon Aug 11, 2014 10:43 pm

Hello everyone. I wanted to show you all the new portable that I made, appropriately named the CubePad Advance. The reason for the name is because I actually used a broken Wii U Gamepad that I acquired from a friend, I gutted it and used the controls and shell as the base for this portable. I believe I am the first person to use an actual gamepad for a portable mod. I also included the MX chip from a Gamecube component cable paired with a 5" Dalian Good Display for the best picture quality I have ever seen produced by a Gamecube.

Here are some pics;

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Video link.
http://www.putthatback.org/the-latest-i ... echnology/

Specifications:
-Gamecube Revision B CPU 30 Motherboard with Medium Cut
-Thinkpad Heat-sink running off of 3.4 volts
-Gamecube Component Cable chip wired in for gorgeous 480p Video
-5" Dalian Good Display with 640x480 native resolution for the best picture possible
-Wasp Fusion Flashed with swiss .3 Rev 275 (Props to Ashen, Megalomaniac and Emukid for this)
-Megadrive v5 (Props to Megalomaniac for this)
-32 GB SD card for storing games
-Internal 64MB Memory card (I already owned it and I didn't feel like buying a 128mb)
-SD Gecko
-7.4 Volt 4000mah Lithium Polymer Rechargeable Battery
-Independent switches for controlling where power comes from ex: from battery or from power adapter and for turning the CubePad on and off.
-Fully functional switching stereo Headphone Jack
-Official Nintendo Wii U Gamepad Shell, Thumb Sticks and Buttons
-Official Gamecube Controller board cut to Ashen's specifications (Props to Ashen for this)
-L and R buttons modded using single tact method (Props to Zenloc for this)

Fun Facts:
-I spent a total of 180 hours making this portable.
-I broke night a couple of times trying to resolve a few issues that came up.
-I went through a total of four motherboards while building it. I fried the first two and one mysteriously died on me. The fourth one was the charm.
-This is actually the second revision. With the first one, I had attempted to frankencase a shell for it from scratch using PVC. It didn't work out as well as I had hoped, so I got a broken Gamepad from a buddy of mine and used that instead.
-I must have burned myself at least 50 times while working on this :lol:

Special Thanks:
-First to my lovely and VERY understanding Wife for being patient with me throughout this project.
-To my Mother and Father In-Law for letting me use their basement as a workspace for so long.
-To the gamecube modding community as a whole and GC-Forever. Particularly Ashen, Megalomaniac and Emukid for their contributions that made all of this possible to begin with.
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Re: [Finished Project] GamePad Advance

Post by emu_kidid » Mon Aug 11, 2014 11:25 pm

Nice work :)

How is it with the cover off? Looks like you've put a layer of plastic over it?
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Re: [Finished Project] GamePad Advance

Post by megalomaniac » Tue Aug 12, 2014 12:27 am

with that sweet looking rubberized protector, who cares what it looks like underneath


good job on the portable..
audio penetrates thru all that pretty good?
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Re: [Finished Project] GamePad Advance

Post by Redmagnusx » Tue Aug 12, 2014 12:49 am

It's an official Nintendo Silicone cover and I have it on just because it feels nice to me LOL. I have this picture of it from when I was building it that shows more or less what it looks like without the cover.

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Edit: Oh and yes, the audio comes through loudly and clearly. You can hear it in the video below at 2:52.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8lB_Hu5pfI
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Post by emu_kidid » Tue Aug 12, 2014 1:04 am

Not bad at all, congrats on it once again :)
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Re: [Finished Project] GamePad Advance

Post by Redmagnusx » Tue Aug 12, 2014 1:08 am

Thank you man. I couldn't have done it without you guys and your significant contributions.
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Re: [Finished Project] GamePad Advance

Post by MarSAttK » Tue Aug 12, 2014 3:03 am

That's an awesome portable!!!. Great job
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Re: [Finished Project] GamePad Advance

Post by Ashen » Tue Aug 12, 2014 4:25 am

Love it man. Looks super slick!
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Re: [Finished Project] GamePad Advance

Post by Redmagnusx » Tue Aug 12, 2014 6:08 am

MarSAttK wrote:That's an awesome portable!!!. Great job
Thank you :)
Ashen wrote:Love it man. Looks super slick!
Thank you Ashen, that means a lot coming from you.
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Re: [Finished Project] GamePad Advance

Post by badsector » Tue Aug 12, 2014 9:19 am

Awesome, very nice!

Did you use this display? http://goodlcd.en.alibaba.com/product/1 ... 0TN22.html
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Re: [Finished Project] GamePad Advance

Post by jlo138 » Tue Aug 12, 2014 5:18 pm

That looks awesome. I wondered how long it would be before someone used a gamepad for this.
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Re: [Finished Project] GamePad Advance

Post by Redmagnusx » Tue Aug 12, 2014 7:15 pm

badsector wrote:Awesome, very nice!

Did you use this display? http://goodlcd.en.alibaba.com/product/1 ... 0TN22.html
Thank you :)

Yup, that's the one. However you will have to order it from Aliexpress instead.
Here's a link:
http://www.aliexpress.com/store/product ... 11821.html
jlo138 wrote:That looks awesome. I wondered how long it would be before someone used a gamepad for this.
Thank you :) Yea, I got lucky with it. A buddy of mine had a broken one and just gave it to me.
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