Gameboo – Awesome Game Boy hardware Mod

Casing The Joint have posted an awesome hardware mod consisting of a n old Game Boy and a Dingo, here is some info, followed by some sexy images:

 

This epic project began as a birthday present for a gamer friend, and ended up being four months late (whoops). It was a huge undertaking in the end, especially because it was my first major electronics project, and I didn’t have ANY experience with basic skills like soldering. So it involved a lot of learning and research, and I suggest you do the same (research, that is…more than just reading this page). I haven’t written a How-To, because I made everything up pretty much, and I’m sure there are better ways to do things, so I have just written what I did as a guide. Everything here is in Australian Dollars/dates and times, and I list Australian stores, because that’s where I bought everything from (apart from ebay).

 

THE A330 UNIT

The unit on the inside is the Dingoo Technologies A330, also known as the DT-A330 (not to be confused with the Gemei A330). I didn’t choose this particular unit for a special reason; to be honest, it was one of the first I found on ebay after reading about handheld emulators, and it had everything I wanted. I bought it for $135 plus $35 for express postage, which was quick, but seeing as the project has taken me over four months, not entirely worth it. As it turns out, there is a relatively large community that is constantly developing new emulators, games, etc for the Dingoos, as well as being incredibly helpful with troubleshooting.

Basic Features:

  • Plays games in 8, 16 and 32 bit
  • Supports emulators, both Official and Homebrew, for heaps of retro game consoles, including GBA, GB, GBC, SNES, NES, CPS1, CPS2, NEO-GEO.
  • 2.8? colour LCD screen
  • 4GB Internal Memory, with an expansion slot for a Mini SD card (officially up to 8GB, but users  have reported up to 16GB working)
  • TV-out to component (Red-Yellow-White) cable at “DVD” quality (nothing like DVD on a HD TV, but good enough)
  • 2.4GHz Wireless Receiver, allowing you to play games wirelessly. The unit I purchased came with the required controller, which looks a lot like an Xbox controller. Allows the unit to be used as a console, sitting below/near the tv, and you on the couch.
  • FM Radio, MP3 Player, Video Player, Picture Viewer, Sound Recorder, some sort of E-book reader
  • Mini USB interface to computer
  • Rechargeable Li-ion battery
  • All cables included, including USB wall charger (US plugs, although apparently it is such bad quality it poses a serious risk of burning/short circuiting).

 

Here are some images 🙂

To see more awesome images and see how it was done step by step, check the source here:
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