Hardware Projects

This is a mostly incomplete page, because documenting hardware projects means a pile of work, which in turn needs time. Time is on the list of things I really, really need, but do not have... :-)
Nintendo GameBoy Cartridge-Reader/Writer

[This could be the link to the cartridge programmer and rewritable(!) cartridges, which Markus Schrey, some other guys and I built last year.] With it, you can easily make backup copies from existing games to the PC, or write your own software for the GameBoy. It is battery-powered, so you can use it on a notebook while being abroad.

Markus did the hard work of developing the circuits and a DOS software prototype. He also responded to my suggestions and annoying questions... :-) Many thanks to him!

I wrote a programming tool (wouldn't call this piece "software") for Linux, which is available on demand. This program is just a not-very-quick-but-dirty hack, but I am willing to provide the source, if someone is interested...
Jeff Frohwein's GameBoy Tech Page - very detailed information about the GameBoy (especially hardware) and an amazing collection of links.
GBDK (GameBoy Developer's Kit) - Want to develop your own GameBoy games in C?
I played a bit with Atmel's AVR AT90S 8-bit RISC microcontroller series (namely AT90S1200), build a Q&D programming circuit interfacing for the serial port and wrote some C routines to program the MCU under Linux. The circuit consists of some transistors, resistors and diodes... nothing complicated, no special pieces...
A computer interface for my Ascom Eurit 30 ISDN phone. The phone does have a serial port, so it is possible to backup the addressbook and settings to a computer. Also, it is possible to dial via computer. I already bought the chips, but did not build the interface by now.
Pollin Elektronik recently sold small Sharp TFT-LCDs. I bought one... A power supply has to be build, and I have some ideas of interfacing it via a CGA-card to a PC...

Since my computer does have some problems recently, I am looking for two MSI MS-6905 Socket370-to-Slot1 converter boards, to put a dual-Celeron system together (YES, slight modifications are necessary...). Unfortunately, I did not find a distributor, who is selling the converters in Germany. I bet, if I will ever get them, the Celeron 300A-PPGA will be sold out... >8-( Not, that I am familiar with such situations...

NEW 1999/04/12 I KNEW IT!! Now, that I have found someone selling those MSI adapters, the Celeron 300A-PPGA is SOLD OUT! ARRRGH!

More to come...
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Michael Weber
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