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Questions tagged [hardware-mods]

For questions about modifications to retro hardware.

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Physically emulate Gameboy cartridge using Raspberry Pi? [duplicate]

This is an extension to the question NES cartridge rom emulation with arduino or pi?, which asked whether it would be possible to physically emulate a NES cartridge using an Arduino/Raspberry Pi (RPi)....
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Timex Sinclair 1500 and screen “jail bars”

I have tried to eliminate "jail bars" on the screen after UHF mod to video out (based on that: http://zx81stuff.org.uk/zx81/ts1500_video.html) by adding 460uf 16V capacitor between +5V and GND but it ...
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Why did some early CPUs use external math chips?

While enjoying the response to "Why did CPU designers in the 70s prioritize reducing pin count?" In 1979 IEEE was hard at work at coming up with a standard for handling floating point numbers, and ...
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Replacing 80286 with 68000

Suppose you wanted to take a 286 PC and replace the CPU with a 68000, not at the initial design stage, but actually modifying the finished machine, on the theory that they both have 24 bits of address ...
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Can a 16K computer be upgraded to 64K?

A slightly odd question, but is it possible to take an old 16K computer that wasn't designed for memory upgrades, such as a Commodore 16 or PET 4016, and upgrade it to 64K as a hardware hack? I'm not ...
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Is it safe to provide 5V to CMOS RAM from PSU instead of CR2032 battery?

I have a motherboard which stores BIOS settings in a DS12887 chip with internal battery. The battery is long dead, and the pin of chip's socket is not connected to any power supply so the chip doesn't ...
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Does this Nova rack have historical value?

I wish to modify my rack, in order to mount some modern rackmount servers. Am I damaging a piece of history and will incur the wrath of historical computing librarians ? It is an old 19" rack that ...
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Upgrades for the TRS-80 Model 100 portable

The TRS-80 Model 100 portable officially allowed for RAM expansion to 32k and an external acoustic coupler for the model. What other upgrades and peripherals exist for the Model 100? I had one of ...
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What prevents faster versions of old architectures from being created?

Showing my ignorance about hardware here - I noticed there is still a community developing Amiga accelerators cards. Giving substantial boost from the original memory for example. However the ...
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Black Amiga 500 Keys

I am creating a black Amiga 500 casing for my retro pi unit. I have already bought the casing, a 1200 keyboard and keyrah unit to convert the keyboard to USB. I have some vinyl dye paint for the ...
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What modification is required from a PC floppy for use in Amiga?

Around the end of the time of Amiga popularity, obtaining a replacement Amiga floppy drive was a nuisance, while PC drives were ubiquitous and cheap. One could install a PC drive in Amiga after ...
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How does the 4MB mod for 8-bit Atari work?

On the local auction portal I have spotted ads for some "supercharged" 8-bit Ataris (800XL, 65XE etc) - modified to support 4 megabytes of RAM. The auctions were scarce in details, more concentrating ...