NGCPortable​ by Nikoil(worklog)

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NGCPortable​ by Nikoil(worklog)

Post by Nikoil » Tue May 30, 2017 9:24 am

NGCP


Many year ago when i was in school every week i watched Xplay tv show. Xplay make review on top best gamecube game. When it was i has only dandy. Then I think it best console in world. I very much wanted to get her for Christmas but..... And now after 10 year when i find this forum and learned about GC mod chip and how many peoples make portable console I decided to make a pocket version of the NGCPocket.

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Post by Nikoil » Tue May 30, 2017 9:35 am

I'll start with pictures. The cube should be a small and the first thing that comes to mind - likea elephant))

When I started I was nothing: cube, gamepad, memcard, display, buttons, triggers, mod mod chip etc. Almost all parts ordered from different countries, in my country gc - rarity.
Today I received my console and already break it. Dimensions motherboard 11,9x12,6Sm (Pic 2,3) I ordered a small 3.5-inch display, controller, tact switches and another parts. Having dealt with the power supply. It is possible to remove the 12v supply line, and replace them on the five volts. We save 1 wire and plenty of space. The power board will be beyond the console.


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Disassembled joystick (pic 7-8) and controller board (pic 9). I will be use 3ds stick. Plastic case, controller board - no more needed.


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Started working with the motherboard. No schemes and datasheet - too bad! Pcb has 4 layers and thickness - 2mm. Need make power line map and delete many components . Photos 10-11 Handy X-rays.)


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On (pic.13) remapping supply lines, transparent overlay for making the necessary circuits (pic.14). (Pic.15) pinout picture. Pic.16 is a cutting board line. The last photo of my motherboard after partial cutting. There were problems with the board after cutting, 5v line was in short circuit , and all because I was too lazy and not accurate


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In AutoCAD I started modeling accessories and components. Attach a photo 3ds joystick (Pic 19), memory card, display, motherboard - 90% of the components.


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Few details: joysticks cpu, many buttons, wasp key cpu


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(pic30) main board prototype - v1


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Continued. Expected thickness between the motherboard and prototype board - 3mm)


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all together v3


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And v24 model


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Re: NGCPortable​ by Nikoil(worklog)

Post by Nikoil » Tue May 30, 2017 9:38 am

Reverse engineering


Gamepad


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Wasp Fusion


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3.5" TFT LCD


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Post by AC_Orange » Tue May 30, 2017 11:33 am

Dendy the NES clone, you from Russia?
Nice work there, keep us updated
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Post by Nikoil » Tue May 30, 2017 12:07 pm

I speak Russian. If my text has syntax or orthography errors please write me about it in private messages. Thanks!
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Post by Nikoil » Wed May 31, 2017 9:24 am

Components

Wasp Fusion

I connect modchip - working good!


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Now does not work)


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3.5" TFT LCD

I buy 3.5 inch display. I was surprised by his quality. For him test i connect xbox 360 and run gta 5 for 3.5 inch its beautiful. Small pcb on T118 chip, he can work on 480i has av input, svideo input, tv input and another cool hiden opportunity for future upgrades. Lcd - i shocked, so bright so juicy. My camera cant make real color this lcd - hi so bright and camera can't focus on him. Quality better then crt tv on this monitor i can read text! For lcd need 12v but if unsolder step down controller BM1410 (pic.41) and his parts we can use it with 5v. Electrolytic capacitor i change to tantalum capacitor. Quartz and inductor replaced, now he smd type (pic.42)


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Memory Card

Memcard. I buy 2pc on Ebay. From Japan,) original, was) like new!


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Another parts

Z-button (pic.47), capacitors, transistor for triggers trick on pic.49 (soon!), new small quartz for tv module.


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New small battery for bios, buttons for A B X Y on pic.52 (for button trick soon), joystick and potentiometer for amp.


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Av output, speakers, microsd card slot for wasp and SD Gecko, smd buttons for button trick will be use on d-pad, start button and A B X Y.


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Nokia camera button for trigger, many smd 0402, usb and all together.


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Smd buttons idea pic.63-66


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And trigger trick with nokia 2 click camera button for trigger + scheme


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Post by Nikoil » Wed May 31, 2017 9:30 am

Main PCB

I make this scheme 2 weeks and when i finished i very want pcb factory quality and i get it + ~3 weeks

In process


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Scheme on 3d model


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Photo view


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My babe


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Pcb after cutting


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Dc supply board


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Trigger and sound board


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Wasp fusion, memcard and sd gecko board


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Dimensions check


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Final cutting GCP board with panel together


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After >200 components


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Tft lcd, gamepad, wasp, sd\memcard board working fine. But I'm not happy:( And i forgot put in this pcb amp )


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3ds triggers without mounting. Only 4 wires. Its no good. I have new cool idea. Will be in new pcb ver.


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v2 memory card/sd gecko/wasp wires pcb


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The portable gamecube assembly on pic.93 . All bugs fixed. Added front buttons panel and back speaker panel - this drawing need for quality cutting. I will be make it on cnc.


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Disassembled analogue stick. Total was 3 pcs plastic parts. I use only 2. Only one click and part installed! Without glue, screw or another dubious ways. This much better then was see 88-91pic


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Main pcb - assembly process. Need select buttons for the cross button. Its will be when i get my front button panel.


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And main pcb - FINISHED
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Re: NGCPortable​ by Nikoil(worklog)

Post by Nikoil » Wed May 31, 2017 9:34 am

Power board

When I started doing the project I wanted to take out the power board from the console and just extend the wires. This did not work because of the long wire, the console was not turn on. There were large voltage losses. When I tried to calibrate the power supply, i burned it))). In the photo, the first version of the board with usb 12v dc in, video output, volume control and z buttons.


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After this fail, I realized that the only correct solution would be to integrate the power board into the console. The ratio of the sizes dc pcb and my GC seen in this photo


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Since I had to urgently looking for a replacement dc, I bought a pal gc because ntsc in my country not available.
The power supply was 4-layered. This is a very difficult task.


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I had to make a 4-layer power supply of smaller dimensions, and then turn it into a two-layer board. And I did it. See animation.


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The power supply did not work right away. There were many problems. When he began to work stably I was not satisfied because there was no free space for speaker.


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I removed a lot of spare parts from the unit.
After removing few components i can make board ~ 25% smaller. Now there is where to put the speakers. On dc borad i intagrated a mini Usb 12v in, L \ R analog and digital + Z buttons.


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Spares for this board i buy on Ebay. Seller send me from Japan 3x power board. Now left ~2 month. No parcel yet. I think it was stolen((( I had to buy several not original parts and mosfet.


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And internal power board - FINISHED


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Re: NGCPortable​ by Nikoil(worklog)

Post by Streetwalker » Wed May 31, 2017 1:25 pm

Great job with this. Just wondering why you're not using that custom regulator design others are using in portables? It's smaller and more efficient than the stock power boards.
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Post by emu_kidid » Thu Jun 01, 2017 2:48 am

Most professional GC portable worklog ever and totally over-engineered but I love it!
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Post by Nikoil » Wed Jun 28, 2017 12:14 pm

Streetwalker
In power board Nintendo use only high price and good quality components. When i understend this scheme i was surprised. This dc board like muscle car) twin turbo 1.9v dc for core) with low working temperature. I think i first who did original power board smaller. Its was very hard and too expensive. But i like what i got)

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Post by Streetwalker » Wed Jun 28, 2017 3:20 pm

The point of using custom regulators is that you can run the gamecube slightly undervolted which results in lower power draw from the system itself, not the regulator board. This is valuable for battery-powered portables.
Anyway, looking forward to seeing this completed.
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Post by Nikoil » Wed Jun 28, 2017 3:47 pm

Will be finished at this week)
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Post by Nikoil » Wed Jun 28, 2017 3:51 pm

Сooling system

The radiator and the power unit i make at the same time.
Cut and polished..... too long time. It was difficult but incomparably easy compared to designing a power supply.


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On board with fan duct.


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I think it's very beautiful


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But I can do better


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And I will do it better


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I bought a new fan. Pressure is less by 10% but he has metal housing, lower voltage, smaller dimensions and work quieter than the previous. I made heatsink much thinner. Need polish it


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And cooling system - FINISHED
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Re: NGCPortable​ by Nikoil(worklog)

Post by Nikoil » Wed Jun 28, 2017 3:57 pm

Pcb assembly - testing and debugging

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Beta - test 1





Beta - test 2





Beta - test 3





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Alfa - test 4 / finished





And pcbs system - FINISHED
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Post by Nikoil » Wed Jun 28, 2017 4:22 pm

Case mod

The case will be made of abs plastic. 3D project in the photo its top internal button panel only.

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I wanted made case on cnс but when i asked about technical conditions and price I decided to change my mind because for such a simple product require a lot of money and use a large diameter drill. Making at home qualiti plastic product using a simple tool - this is a serious task.

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I'm using a new way of making the case. This is a layered application of sheet plastic with subsequent gluing. With a similar way of making, I did not come across and do it for the first time.

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I did not design the exterior because it will take a very long time.

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Now the pieces of plastic began to resemble a game console

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It's look like a robocop parts

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I don't like it

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I decided to start on a new case

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Pic. - 150, 151 the quantity of layers will be smaller.

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Front view

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Pic. - 154, 155 the front panel consists of two plastic layers

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The cube smiles at me

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Now i make most difficult panel for speaker

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will be like a mini subwoofer

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Rounded holes for power board parts and speaker holes done

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Pic. - 164 the manufacture of the side panels of the console

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need make a side stiffeners

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need strengthen the longitudinal lower part of the console pic. 168

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Pic. 169-170 after cutting off excess plastic

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Making analogue stick holes panels

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Checking dimension

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Making basic back panel

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Inside rear panel

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First adhesive layers

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Making trigger button panel and first step in design

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the penultimate primer layer

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I chose white matte paint and gray paint for buttons.

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And case - FINISHED
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Post by Nikoil » Wed Jun 28, 2017 4:25 pm

Overview - internal electronic is finished



P.S Case finished to. More photo and video very soon.
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Re: NGCPortable​ by Nikoil(worklog)

Post by KirovAir » Fri Jun 30, 2017 8:55 pm

Wow! This is insane! Very impressive set of skills.
"The only thing more dangerous than a hardware guru with a code patch is a programmer with a soldering iron."
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Post by Nikoil » Sat Jul 01, 2017 3:28 pm

Project Gamecube Portable codename NGCP - Finished!


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Highlights:
- 3,5 inch lcd
- Wasp Fusion ( wiikey fusion ) with microsd slot
- Sd gecko with microsd slot
- internal memcard
- volume control
- two speaker
- external power supply

About dimension:
- Length - 12,3 cm / 4,8 inch
- Depth - 8,5 cm / 3,3 inch
- Height - 2,8cm (3 cm with buttons) / 1,1 inch
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Re: NGCPortable​ by Nikoil(worklog)

Post by Streetwalker » Sat Jul 01, 2017 4:07 pm

Congrats on finishing it, the end result looks great, too bad you couldn't include a battery though.
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Post by Nikoil » Sat Jul 01, 2017 5:38 pm

Thank You!
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Post by JimmySummer » Sat Jul 01, 2017 9:55 pm

Best gamecube portable ever. Awesome!!
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Post by Nikoil » Mon Jul 03, 2017 12:36 pm

Thank You!
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Re: NGCPortable​ by Nikoil(worklog)

Post by Nikoil » Fri Mar 15, 2019 4:32 pm

Hello
If you are interested in purchasing my Nintendo Gamecube portable codename NGCP by Nikoil
you can buy it on Ebay https://www.ebay.com/itm/GameCube-Porta ... Sw5QBci7vp
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