SNESES

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)

Used:
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

The Build:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Then to simply remove the dead logic board.
And trim the plastic mounts down level.

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An initial mounting of the board.

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A rear shot, dremel work is a bit rough, but that’s what you get with these quick and unplanned jobs.

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Laying the Wifi Antennae. (Gets removed later, but will be replaced when I put wifi/bt combo card in for bt Controllers)

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First Power-On. I has a Bloo LED.

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Setup an OS on it…

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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)

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Ghetto SD-Card Slot.

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HDD Mounted and no longer transferring heat directly to motherboard.

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On the bench, installed, and setup Emulation Station.

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Configuring zSNES.

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Test Driving… Literally… Mario Kart was the best choice for this.

 

 

Final Budget: ~$7.00

Future Plans:
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…

Gaming, Racing, Lego and Life…