Plug and play drive replacement adapter Idea

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Which connector strategy is preferred?

Drop in plug-n-play, may take a very long time to come up with something
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DVD Port substitute, requires soldering modification
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I dont care as long as i dont have to make my own FPC cable mod
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Re: Plug and play drive replacement adapter Idea

Post by megalomaniac » Fri May 30, 2014 10:48 pm

Pa0l0ne wrote:Is it possible to install and use Megadrive V6 maintaining the use of the DVD Drive? Or is it possible only with Megadrive V4?

....sorry for the "stupid" question...

it is possible...but ive never tested it....
i assume it would require cutting 5v supply on the mainboard to the DVD drive
then using a switch to route 5v power to MEGAdrive V6 when you want to use WASP. Then flip the switch to route power over to the DVD drive when you want to use the DVD drive...


it should work, but i have never tested that combination...
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Re: Plug and play drive replacement adapter Idea

Post by Pa0l0ne » Fri May 30, 2014 11:01 pm

megalomaniac wrote:it is possible...but ive never tested it....
i assume it would require cutting 5v supply on the mainboard to the DVD drive
then using a switch to route 5v power to MEGAdrive V6 when you want to use WASP. Then flip the switch to route power over to the DVD drive when you want to use the DVD drive...


it should work, but i have never tested that combination...
I've just ordered a V6 (and a V5 for other gamecube) with the idea to use it without losing the DVD Drive functionality...i've probably been hasty...and unless it is possible to vary the order by taking a V4..i think i'll have to test what you suggest!
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Re: Plug and play drive replacement adapter Idea

Post by megalomaniac » Sat May 31, 2014 12:08 am

just remember, no guarantees that method will work....
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Re: Plug and play drive replacement adapter Idea

Post by Streetwalker » Sat May 31, 2014 8:12 am

I wonder if switching drives with Swiss booted would work. It'd be funny if it did.
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Re: Plug and play drive replacement adapter Idea

Post by megalomaniac » Sat May 31, 2014 6:07 pm

once you are in swiss "menu" you can swap drives
thats also how you can perform recovery from a bad flash
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Re: Plug and play drive replacement adapter Idea

Post by Streetwalker » Sat May 31, 2014 6:09 pm

Wow nice info right there. Pretty useful too.
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Re: Plug and play drive replacement adapter Idea

Post by megalomaniac » Sat May 31, 2014 6:15 pm

just keep in mind...it is not totally safe and something can accidentally get shorted and blow...
..but can it be done? yes, ive done it hundreds of times
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Re: Plug and play drive replacement adapter Idea

Post by Streetwalker » Sat May 31, 2014 9:12 pm

Well, the risk should be about the same as hot plugging USB, HDMI, eSATA, or even controllers and memory cards. As long as the software supports hotswapping it works.
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Re: Plug and play drive replacement adapter Idea

Post by brunops3 » Sat May 31, 2014 11:56 pm

Hi Megalomaniac. I have two questions.

1) Concerning Megadrive v1 (first version released), is it possible to order it? I already have my Wiikey Fusion working on my Gamecube, but I want to use my optical drive also. So, I need the second board of Megadrive v1 kit, the Gamecube optical drive insert adapter which will allow direct FFC cable connection from the Gamecube optical drive to the Wiikey Fusion out (labeled "DVD").

2) If I order a Megadrive v1 I will use only the the insert adapter (to connect Wiikey Fusion FFC to optical drive). So, which pin of Gamecube motherboard should I solder to WKF audiofix of Megadrive v1 insert adapter?

Thank you.
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Re: Plug and play drive replacement adapter Idea

Post by brunops3 » Thu Jun 05, 2014 10:51 pm

Hi guys. Could someone answer my questions?

1) Concerning Megadrive v1 (first version released), is it possible to order it nowadays? I already have my Wiikey Fusion working on my Gamecube, but I want to use my optical drive also. So, I need the second board of Megadrive v1 kit, the Gamecube optical drive insert adapter which will allow direct FFC cable connection from the Gamecube optical drive to the Wiikey Fusion out (labeled "DVD").

2) If I order a Megadrive v1 (or make any other mod) I will use only the the insert adapter (to connect Wiikey Fusion FFC to optical drive). So, which pin of Gamecube motherboard should I solder to WKF audiofix of Megadrive v1 insert adapter (or Gamecube optical drive board)?

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Re: Plug and play drive replacement adapter Idea

Post by megalomaniac » Fri Jun 06, 2014 1:42 am

brunops3 wrote:Hi guys. Could someone answer my questions?
1. no

2. two ways to do it...
#1 viewtopic.php?p=18282#p18282
#2 viewtopic.php?p=14922#p14922
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Re: Plug and play drive replacement adapter Idea

Post by brunops3 » Fri Jun 06, 2014 12:55 pm

Thanks mega. Complementing...

1) Nor only the GC DVD Drive Insert Adapter is possible to order nowadays?

Thanks one more time.
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Re: Plug and play drive replacement adapter Idea

Post by pr0ton » Fri Jun 06, 2014 4:58 pm

I asked him about that too, his answer ;) :
megalomaniac wrote:If you are asking about a dvd "drive "insert" then no.
I have decided to drop that concept in favor of other design plans for connectivity. Those will be available soon once ive had a chance to design.
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Re: Plug and play drive replacement adapter Idea

Post by brunops3 » Fri Jun 06, 2014 6:38 pm

Ok pr0ton. This is boring. The new versions of megadrive are awesome, but v2, v3, v5 and v6 are only for replace DVD drive by Wiikey/WASP Fusion, and v4 is very expensive and I already have Wiikey Fusion installed on my GC (installing megadrive v4 will require re-connect the GC motherboard connector, and would be better just use the DVD drive insert adapter).

So, I will stay without audiostreaming on my GC.

I hope someday megalomaniac re-release megadrive v1 or just the DVD drive insert adapter (even he already said "no").
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Re: Plug and play drive replacement adapter Idea

Post by iamdablasta » Fri Jun 06, 2014 9:34 pm

brunops3 wrote:elease megadrive v1 ou just the DVD drive insert adapter (even he already said "no").
Yeah why exactly is v1 + v2 not going to production? I don't really remember their features but they looked nice when I first saw them.
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Re: Plug and play drive replacement adapter Idea

Post by Streetwalker » Fri Jun 06, 2014 10:04 pm

V1 is like v5 but it solders on top of the board and you also have an insert that goes in the DVD drive's connector to use the wkf with it. V2 is basically v1 with an other board under it to add plug and play. So it's functionally identical to v3.
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Re: Plug and play drive replacement adapter Idea

Post by Diminuendo » Fri Jun 06, 2014 10:09 pm

Streetwalker wrote:V1 is like v5 but it solders on top of the board and you also have an insert that goes in the DVD drive's connector to use the wkf with it. V2 is basically v1 with an other board under it to add plug and play. So it's functionally identical to v3.
no audio streaming port.

no 5v

no dvd drive adapter insert

you sir are very wrong
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Re: Plug and play drive replacement adapter Idea

Post by Streetwalker » Fri Jun 06, 2014 10:16 pm

Yes and no. You can easily tap into 5v and AS on the v5, the only differences are no drive insert and bottom mount. Which is what I said.

Please read my sentences in the correct order. /troll
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Re: Plug and play drive replacement adapter Idea

Post by brunops3 » Sat Jun 07, 2014 1:38 pm

Megadrive V1 is the only version with DVD drive insert adapter. Audiostreaming and 5v is easy to solve, but there is no DVD drive insert adapter on the other versions and it's the most important part of the kit for us. Saying other version of Megadrive is like V1 it's the same to say "shemales are like girls, except for the penis" (the most important is missing).
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Re: Plug and play drive replacement adapter Idea

Post by iamdablasta » Sat Jun 07, 2014 2:53 pm

Couldn't we just make an "opposite" megadrive? FFC to Disc drive only, and then use the ffc to connect to a wkf soldered beneath the mobo? Kinda like v4 just simplier and not as easy for most.
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Re: Plug and play drive replacement adapter Idea

Post by Streetwalker » Sat Jun 07, 2014 6:42 pm

Iamdablasta, sure. If you retrieve the mobo's connector, you can do like a v3 but reverted with a v5 as long as Mega is willing to sell these with the ffc connector soldered in the opposite direction.
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Re: Plug and play drive replacement adapter Idea

Post by brunops3 » Sat Jun 07, 2014 7:08 pm

Unfortunately my motherboard connector is gone. But I guess DVD drive insert adapter will be re-released again as standalone kit or as part of another megadrive version. There is a lot of people looking for that.
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Re: Plug and play drive replacement adapter Idea

Post by megalomaniac » Fri Jun 13, 2014 2:29 am

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Re: Plug and play drive replacement adapter Idea

Post by Streetwalker » Fri Jun 13, 2014 2:32 am

V5+V6+sanding+cutting some traces = win.

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Re: Plug and play drive replacement adapter Idea

Post by brunops3 » Fri Jun 20, 2014 11:01 am

Hi guys. If do that:

1) Desolder the DVD drive connector from the GC motherboard.

2) Solder it to a megadrive v5.

3) Connect an inverted FFC cable (reverse direction FFC cable) between the megadrive v5 and Wiikey Fusion OUT (labeled DVD).

4) Connect the DVD drive connector to the GC DVD drive

5) Solder 5V and pin 28 directly from the motherboard to DVD drive.

Should it work?
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