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Knife Crimes wrote:

I can't think of anything that would connect the issues you report with LSDJ to the replacement power regulator. Maybe a coincidence? Others might know better than me.

It does seem possible that backlight LEDs would be able to draw more current from the new source and thus run a little hotter. A higher value current limiting resistor could be an option.

I happen to have the RetroSix board on order at the moment, so I'll endeavour to report back when it arrives.

I did some backtracking on my particular backlight to see if I might've installed it incorrectly and I stumbled upon a video that Nonfinite Electronics uploaded long after I had installed my backlight and he is definitely not soldering the backlight to the same points that I did.

(The video is filmed from far away so it's impossible to see which points he's using, maybe someone knows:
https://youtu.be/YO_Ed6wjwBI?t=344)

I'm using these points but without the resistor, maybe that's where my problem lies..

However I'm pretty certain that Nonfinite stated back when this  backlight was released that there would be no need for any additional resistors because they were built in.

Perhaps that someone with more expertise could clarify all this; I'd be mighty thankful cause I'm desperate to get my DMG up and running without having to wait for additional parts and lengthy shipments etc.

It should be added that the CleanPower board outputs 6V instead of 5V if I understood correctly from the previous posts.

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Haven't used Nonfinite backlights so don't know if they have a resistor built in. Maybe email them to ask?

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As an update to the CleanPower board, thanks ScanianWolf for the voltage output testing. It looks like they have updated the CleanPower board to a new version with different components and layout. Am hoping they use 5v instead of 6v with this new version but that remains to be seen.

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CleanPower V1 does not work with flash carts. On Hand Held Legend page some one talks about adding one diode to make it work, but no instructions. " Added a (MUR160G) diode, like the instructions said, so that flash carts could get enough power."

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Acquired one of the v2 boards a while back and finally had some time to test it out. Happy to report the output is about 5v and the negative is about -18v (analog multimeter). As to flash cart/backlight combos, I wasn't able to test how much amperage it can provide so I'm not sure if that diode is still needed. It also runs significantly cooler than the stock DC board it replaced so my original issue seems to be resolved with this. Thanks for everyone's input up to this point

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ScanianWolf wrote:
Knife Crimes wrote:

I can't think of anything that would connect the issues you report with LSDJ to the replacement power regulator. Maybe a coincidence? Others might know better than me.

It should be added that the CleanPower board outputs 6V instead of 5V if I understood correctly from the previous posts.

I was doing a little reading and came across a Reddit thread (https://www.reddit.com/r/consolerepair/ … w/g9rqwy9/) with a response by Makho:

"The DMG "CleanPower" board was made severely out of spec. It was designed to output 6v into a 5v system. This caused numerous compatibility issues, most notably the fact that flash carts would not boot on modded systems (Everdrive and EZ Flash). The module was also marketed as being more efficient than the original DMG power board and yet tested to be half as efficient. In other words, RetroSix promised that installing this board would yield a more reliable experience and longer battery life and delivered neither. In response to complaints of the 6v output, he changed the silkscreen on the PCB to read 5v instead without actually changing the spec of the supply. He has since revised this product (notice a trend yet?) to address both issues. The v2 unit still tests much less efficient than an OEM power board but at least it outputs the correct voltage now."

So it appears the higher voltage of the earlier board can cause issues with flash carts and, therefore, lead to crashes with LSDj. To hear the efficiency of the v2 is still poor is a bit discouraging, perhaps another revision will resolve things.

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can confirm v1 definitely doesn't work with flash carts properly. Which caused me a lot of headaches transplanting power boards in and out of a modded DMG....

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Duck wrote:

can confirm v1 definitely doesn't work with flash carts properly. Which caused me a lot of headaches transplanting power boards in and out of a modded DMG....

Same, I contacted Retrosix about this and I thought that they'd send me two replacements (V2) for two boards I purchased this summer.
However they claimed that some of the V1 boards should work properly and since I had only tried one of them they only sent me one replacement board hmm. I'm gonna contact them again cause I have another DMG build coming up and I don't want to go through the same struggle again that you've also experienced..