What do you do with a dead Super Nintendo, with no controllers? You build a PC out of it…
Overview: To revive a dead SuperNES with some other hardware to make an acceptable Dedicated SuperNES Emulation System, or the SNESES.
Hardware Budget: $0 (Or as close as possible)
SNES (Dead logic board)
Acer Aspire B113 Netbook Mainboard, CPU (Dual Core Celeron) & AC Adapter.
2X 2Gb DDR3 SODIMM
1X 320Gb Seagate Momentus HDD
2X USB SNES Controllers
One dead SNES, basically I cleaned it out, the slot, and the Cart connector, and still got nowhere. So I decided to maul the little beast into a mini dedicated Emulator PC.
From there, I took apart the Acer B113 Netbook, and laid it on top of the SNES to get a basic understanding of how I might mount it.
If you’ve never taken apart a SNES, you’d find out that they use a proprietary screw, so the best (and cheapest) way I’ve found to get these out with out forking over like, $3 for a bit, is to melt the end of a Pen casing (take the ink out) then press it down onto the screw for about 15 seconds (until its cool and hard) and, then, boom. You gotta screw removal tool.
Then to simply remove the dead logic board.
And trim the plastic mounts down level.
An initial mounting of the board.
A rear shot, dremel work is a bit rough, but that’s what you get with these quick and unplanned jobs.
Laying the Wifi Antennae. (Gets removed later, but will be replaced when I put wifi/bt combo card in for bt Controllers)
First Power-On. I has a Bloo LED.
Setup an OS on it…
Put in front USB’s for 2 X USB Controllers. Also “Front Audio” for Headphones. (I may patch this up, and remove it I think)
Ghetto SD-Card Slot.
HDD Mounted and no longer transferring heat directly to motherboard.
On the bench, installed, and setup Emulation Station.
Test Driving… Literally… Mario Kart was the best choice for this.
Final Budget: ~$7.00
Reinstall Wifi & Bluetooth to SNESES – I have re-intalled Wifi & BT Modules.
Replace USB Controllers with Wireless SNES-Like Bluetooth Controllers (about $50AUD each)
Install USB-SNES Converter into the controller Ports.
Replace HDD with Small SSD
More to come…