@bit9  Maybe you already knew, but concerning soldering, there exist soldering tweezers for dealing with SMD components.  I've never tried any myself though, so I can't say for sure if they really make it doable or not, but supposedly they do.

This is something I've wanted for years too.  That STLink looks quite interesting.  Thanks for mentioning that.

Imaginary wrote:
3ndymion wrote:

Oh man, I'm trying for a last minute submission, but I started way too late.  I probably won't make it in time.

If can, can. If no can, no can. There's always next time brother. wink

Why thank you sir.  You are most generous.  smile  If I can't, I'll definitely mention you in this new song whenever I finish it since you're the one who inspired it.

Oh man, I'm trying for a last minute submission, but I started way too late.  I probably won't make it in time.

About the EMS 64M carts... isn't there some kind of way to switch pages by quick power cycling, like can be done on the Gameboy???  Maybe it's determined by some capacitor on the board, or is it some kind of proprietary code thing that can't be figured out???  Since it can be done right on the Gameboy, there must be some kind of way to brute force it to switch pages with its own built-in components, even if done in an ugly way.

Checked out a couple of your other videos too.  That's some amazing work you're doing.  Keep it up man.


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I've been meaning to try this for a very long time.  That damn DMG LCD ribbon cable has pissed me off so much.  I tore one long ago while backlighting.  Good job on this.  If you do or learn more with it, please feel free to share.  Others have done it before, but I don't think much info was posted on it.

Patiently waiting for this.

Invisible Robot Hands wrote:

2.) An unrelated question: Recently during a show, my DMG shut off spontaneously--sort of. I think the Gameboy may have shut off for a split second, but either way then LSDJ disappeared, yet the battery light was on and there was a black horizontal line on screen. I replaced the batteries, and the same thing happened. During a dry run before I went to the gig, everything went fine. My assumption off the top of my head is that it's the cart battery. Yes? This has happened before I think, but it seems to only occur during shows with the gameboy playing at high volume...

Clean the battery contacts.  Pop them out of the case, soak them in automotive battery cleaner for a little while, scrape them clean.  If the Gameboy spontaneously shuts off when you touch the batteries or spin them in place while it's on, then you definitely need to do this.


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LOVE that ToeJam & Earl sample.  I've yet to experiment with samples at all, but I think I'll definitely be checkin this out sometime.

Yes, definitely get Eneloop rechargeable batteries, & a good smart charger to charge them up.  Using the Gameboy without them really doesn't make any sense at all.  This is a good charger that I use: 

La Crosse BC-700 Battery Charger

As for bass kicks, as everyone says, the WAV channel will definitely give you the strongest kicks when you use the triangle waveform & a loud volume.  However, the pulse channels can give some pretty decent kicks too.  I use them all the time.  Just keep the volumes on the other instruments low, & turn the volume on your bass hits up to max.  You can check out how I use them (as well as some insane fast programming) in my Scrap Brain Zone cover.  I give out all my lsdsng files on my Soundcloud page to help others learn.  I guess I should post them on the lsdsng site too...

Would selling your music on floppy disks really present a legal issue???  I'm certainly no expert in law, but that sounds like a bit much for any company to try to go after.  If you bought something, it is yours.  It's not like you got some disks & are trying to resell them blank for a profit at a crazy high price, saying that you created the disks or whatever.  I think that would be like a company trying to sue you because you recorded your music on their blank CDs & didn't give them your profits from your sales.  I don't think you have anything to worry about by selling your music on some floppy disks, or at least, I'd sure hope so.

I've ordered from Nonfinite before.  Never any problems.

Yeah man.  big_smile big_smile big_smile

I think you should definitely clean the contacts anyway.  These old things usually get some corrosion on them after so many years.  Rubbing alcohol can also help alongside scraping them clean.  Alcohol is good for cleaning electronic parts, & it evaporates right away too.

The problem may be somewhere with the backlight wiring.  It would be best to open up the Gameboy & double check all connections now.  Check to make sure that the wires are soldered on good, & not loose or barely touching in any way.  Also, make sure that connections aren't touching each other.  Examine any new solder points & make sure that they aren't touching anything else that they could short circuit as well.  This includes when you close the case.  As you are closing it & putting it back together, make sure that any solder blobs aren't so big that they'll touch something they're not supposed to when you close the 2 halves together.

Another thing to do is to clean the battery contacts.  You can actually pop them out of the case to soak them in battery cleaner or something, though you don't absolutely have too.  Make sure you scrape the surfaces that touch the batteries clean, even if you do or don't soak them in cleaner as well.  Feel free to test it before you even do anything.  Does the system short out like that if you touch, or even spin the batteries in place, while it's on???  Then you definitely need to clean the contacts.  This includes the tops of the springs as well.

BTW, don't worry about slow responses.  On forums like this, it usually takes much time to get a response, sometimes even a day or 2, because not everybody is online all the time, especially somebody who would know specifically about your concern.  A display of quick frustration will definitely attract the trolls.  Do not invite them your way.  Trolls are everywhere.  ^_^


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Try formatting the cartridge a couple of times.  Then try it again.  Just in case, try working in the Windows special mode that disables driver signature enforcement.  Reboot Windows, & before it starts to boot up, keep pressing the F8 button a whole bunch of times nonstop.  A special menu with many options will show up.  The last option is "disable driver signature enforcement".  Pick that, & it will boot Windows.  Oh, if you see the Windows logo show up & you didn't get the menu, you started pressing F8 too late.  Reboot & try again.

If you say that it worked for you before, then this probably won't make a difference.  It's worth a shot though, just in case.  Also, maybe try a different USB cable???  And don't touch it while it's transferring.  Ultimately, it's best to have a 64MB USB cartridge if you don't have one already.