I updated the page and schematic, well, I completely redrew the schematic in KiCad.
If you ever need a great, open source and free electronics schematic and PCB layout program, KiCad is the best I have ever used and it is cross platform, which is important to me. I am a Linux user at home, so I really need something that works on my Ubuntu machine.
On June 28th, my dad passed away. His funeral was on July 2nd, 2018. I will be taking a little time off before getting back into repairs/mods. I have e-mailed all of my current customers and will let everyone know when I will be starting up again. That last 7 weeks have been really hard on me and my family, and I thank everyone for your patience. Rest assured, all of your hardware is being safely stored. I find I make too many mistakes with all of this grief, so I want to have a steady set of hands and clear mind before I start again.
6 weeks ago, my mother in law passed away, today, June 23-24, 2018, my father suffered a heart attack. He is on a respirator in the hospital, with the doctors and nurses doing everything they can to keep him alive and avoid any more brain damage. I saw him, after waiting 10 hours. I wish I didn’t have to see him that way. While I was waiting, I tried to let my customers know that projects will be delayed, but if I missed you, please know that be back at working on this hobby that I love. With the passing of my mother in law, working on these projects really helped me forget about the sadness a while, and no matter what happens, I will continue on. Please be patient and all of your hardware is safely stored until I take care of my family. Any thoughts, well wishes, and prayers for my father, Ronald, will be deeply appreciated.
As many of you know, there is almost certainly going to be a trade war with China, with a 25% tariff on Chinese electronics coming into the United States being proposed. If this comes to pass, I will be forced to increase prices on nearly all the of parts used with my modifications. Nearly all of the parts, with the exception of capacitors, come from China. I charge cost pricing on all parts used, so any increase will reflected in the new price. I do not pad my parts costs, so I can not absorb this additional cost and am forced to pass it on to my loyal customers. For that, I am very frustrated. If I have to do this, I am sure 1,000 other modders out there will have to do the same. It truly is a shame.
I will attempt to update prices as they change, I may have to send an updated invoice for any order placed, which will only reflect my parts cost, the cost of labor will remain the same.
I just hope these foolish actions don’t stall the economy as a whole and lead to another Great Recession.
You know what, working on projects helps me more than not working on them. Please send me whatever ideas that pop to mind. Do you have an ancient console that no one else will touch? I am here to help. Do you want a custom Raspberry Pi system built into a cigar box? Let me know. Would you like a custom controller for ANY system EVER made? Give me a buzz at retro at cyberphreak.com or post/message me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RetroCyberphreak/
As always, my younger brother loves to throw new projects at me, in this case, a Gameboy Advance, AGB-001, aka, the one with the useless color screen. Previously, someone had installed a frontlight, that was way too bright and uneven. Fortunately, you can install the screen from the Gameboy Advance SP, second generation, with a little plastic modification. There are many sites that detail how to do it yourself, or I can do it for you, *wink*.
Thankfully, I actually have an x-y milling setup in my workshop, so modifying the housing was straightforward, but I don’t envy people who have to do it with nippers and a razor, yikes. The results are pretty amazing, so much so, I purchased a GBA a few days ago to do the mod myself. I like the form factor a lot and want to be able to play the gamut of Game Boy games on an amazing screen. I posted a video above, on my own personal machine.
I am tempted to add a pre-modded GBA as a standard product. Let me know in the comments if there is any interest.