Questions tagged [handheld]

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How did the PSP firmware 5.03 HEN-C exploit work?

On the historical PSP (PlayStation Portable) console on firmware version 5.03 there used to be a thumbnail-based exploit called HEN-C. It worked (under a race condition I presume since it didn't work ...
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Why did the Speak & Spell have an alphabetic keyboard?

Many of us remember the original Speak & Spell from 1978: Image source: Wikipedia One of the interesting things about this early handheld educational game console is the keyboard. It's not normal!...
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Did the original Japanese Tamagotchi device really die *completely* (forever) if the digital pet died? [closed]

Ever since 1997, I've had this "factoid" in my head that the original release of Tamagotchi in Japan had no "reset" feature, and you could not remove the batteries to reset it ...
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Did the Tiger Game.Com include any hardware accelerated graphics?

I stumbled upon screenshots of the Tiger Game.Com handheld running its Resident Evil 2 port and I'm curious to know what its graphical capabilities actually are: (from: https://twitter.com/_Kimimi/...
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Handheld Systems Archives CD-ROM [closed]

Does anybody know if this is available anywhere? The domain seems to be gone.
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Why don't manufacturers make handheld computers like the Jornada 720 any more? [closed]

One of my favorite PCs in old times were HP Jornada handheld pcs (680, 720) - perfect match of usable hardware keyboard, large-enough screen, protected by keyboard when closed, and usable OS designed ...
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How were the electronics in the Elektronika IM (Электроника ИМ) designed?

Elektronika in the Soviet Union created a series of handheld games in the 80s (Электроника ИМ) similar to the Nintendo's Game & Watch. How were the electronics in these games designed, especially ...
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Powering up old desktop games

I have half a dozen or more "desktop" games from the early 80's, which are single-title LED based battery powered games from Tomy and CGL. I've got Frogger, Caveman, PacMan and others: (stock images, ...
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