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  March Meeting
Posted by: god_donut - 03-15-2015, 07:22 AM - Forum: SFS Private Discussion - Replies (13)

I'll be available on Tuesday or Thursday after 2pm. keep in mind though that  on either of those days the site might be down because of the upgrade to IPB. On Monday I won't be available until after 9pm EST, and 11pm on Wednesday. Won't make it on Friday or Saturday.

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  The Wiki
Posted by: AcoGuitar000 - 03-14-2015, 09:22 PM - Forum: SFS Private Discussion - Replies (1)

As you guys may have seen, cheese and I launched the Simmania wiki earlier this month. It'd be cool if there was a team effort by the SFS to maintain and further develop this wiki. Mainly because this could be an important help for the members of SM in the future. We can discuss it more in this thread, or in the next monthly meeting (whenever that will be Tongue)

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  Repairing an Old school Nintendo (NES)
Posted by: SpookyZalost - 03-13-2015, 02:39 AM - Forum: Retrogaming - No Replies

Greetings, Today is going to be a very special Tutorial, We're going to fix an old school NES! (short for Nintendo Entertainment System).



now I won't even go into details why you shouldn't do this unless you know what you're doing, the primary reason being, you can make your console a paperweight.



with that out of the way let's begin.



first here's the tools you need.

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A long phillips screw driver

A pair of pliers

a pair of tweezers

a multimeter



Optional: helping hands with magnifying glass for more detailed repairs (Experts only)



ok first let's have a look at the console we're going to open up and work on.



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red light = powers on, That's a good sign! that means it has power!



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Displays image, also a good sign, however...



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Oh no! something's not working right... alright let's get this started then!



first, see if the cart is connecting ok, in this case I was using a copy of super mario world, cartridge goes into the front like so.



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after some jiggling I got a clear picture again, but this is indicative of a bad connection with the cartridge, after a quick cleaning of the cartridge the issue persists so let's open it up.



Step 1: Remove the six screws on the bottom (circled in red)

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this is where you need the long phillips.





Step 2: take the bottom off the case revealing the motherboard and insides.



[Image: IMG_20150312_194650.jpg] Then remove the screws to remove the top RF shield (this is to prevent interference with the console and the game via radio frequency, something still used today.), so remember to put it back during re-assembly.



at this point you can access and clean the cartridge connector easily and try the game again (making sure both are clean, I reccomend rubbing alcohol and Q tips, and or a paper towel and an old credit card that you can slide in there.



Step 3: since that didn't work I can only assume it's a bad cartridge connector, After a week of waiting around I received a replacement in the mail, typically 8 to 10 usd on ebay (including shipping), so we remove the motherboard from the console.



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Step 4: remove the bottom shield.



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it should slide right off revealing the motherboard.

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this is what a NES actually looks like on the inside, see that black thing on the bottom, that's the cartridge connector, after all the disassembly it should just slide off with some effort (be careful but it's not easy to disconnect).

also at this point if you're careful, you can disable the NES lockout chip (known as the 10 NES chip), by breaking the 4th pin of the chip circled in red (4th on the bottom facing the capacitors)

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again, 10 nes disabling, EXPERTS ONLY, do this if you know what you're doing (a pair of wire cutters works well here if they're thin, also the helping hands to steady the board and magnify for precision, one wrong move and your NES is dead.)

I've already done so previously and it works fine.



this is what the cartridge connector looks like

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it's pretty straight forward from this point on, after you put your new connector onto the board (same place you removed the old one from), just follow the steps in reverse, and replace all the screws (you kept your screws right?)



and viola! it works, this is one of the easier repairs to do, but don't do it if you don't know what you're doing, consult a professional.



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this has been SpookyZalost... Signing off!

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  Cities: Skylines Screenshots thread
Posted by: AcoGuitar000 - 03-11-2015, 01:55 AM - Forum: Cities: Skylines - Replies (36)

Post any screenshots that you have of your Cities: Skylines cities here. I'll start with my very first town, "New Erwin", which now has reached 1k in population.

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(district map mode) 

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Hope to see some more from you guys! Big Grin

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  Cities: Skylines released
Posted by: AcoGuitar000 - 03-10-2015, 10:52 PM - Forum: Cities: Skylines - Replies (1)

Cities: Skylines by Paradox has just been released today. From the looks of it, we may finally have a proper addition to the city building genre, one developed by credible developers. You can read a full review of it here: http://www.ign.com/articles/2015/03/10/c...nes-review and you can buy it on Steam here: http://store.steampowered.com/app/255710/

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  The Simmania Wiki
Posted by: AcoGuitar000 - 03-10-2015, 01:07 AM - Forum: Community Activities - Replies (6)

With cheese's approval, I began work on a site wiki that is hosted on the same server as SM is. It is located here: http://simmania.org/wiki/index.php/Main_Page 

All help will be appreciated, especially with articles concerning site history. 

Hope to see you there! 

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  Benefits
Posted by: CapTon - 03-08-2015, 06:10 PM - Forum: Simmania Media Network - Replies (10)

Hey guys,



I want to be a part of this media network, but right now, there aren't any benefits to being a part of it. As much as I am for supporting the community, I'm not getting any benefit out of having a Simmania watermark and a link to Simmania in my videos' descriptions. I've gotten multiple offers from valid networks, but have turned them down simply because I wanted to stay with this group.



So will there be any benefits to staying in this network? Because if there won't, I may consider joining another network.



Thanks,

Cap

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  50th Anniversary of "Bloody Sunday"
Posted by: CapTon - 03-08-2015, 03:10 PM - Forum: Current Events - No Replies

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/03/07/oba...latestnews





Although, technically speaking, the anniversary was yesterday, I felt that it deserved to be honored anyways.

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  Thank You, Maxis
Posted by: CapTon - 03-07-2015, 01:53 AM - Forum: SimCity - Replies (3)

Thank you for the fun times, Maxis.





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  List of Public Land Claims
Posted by: god_donut - 03-05-2015, 06:37 PM - Forum: Concordia - Simmania's Official Minecraft Roleplay Server - No Replies

Public Mines:

Concordia Town Center Public Mines - x-100 y68 z330

Public Farms:

(none)

Trading Posts & Swap Meets:

(none)

Public Warehouses:

(none)

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