Wednesday, July 25, 2012

New Look mmmonkey.

I'm in the process of migrating mmmonkey to a WordPress based site.  I've happy with the design (for now!), and I'm currently migrating the content (and finding a few small additions too), this could take a while ;-)

Hope you enjoy the new look, and find it easier to navigate.  I certainly find it easier to update and maintain.


Wednesday, December 28, 2011

SLG addition

Now possible to alter the width of scanlines.

I've also got some info on SNES cart modding such as overclocking SNES SuperFX carts and making a StarFox 2 cart, I'll post it up when I can.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

A bit of tidying up...

Been editing a few pages and correcting some errors etc. The main things that have been altered or added...

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Mainly GameBoy Stuff...

I'm working my way through a backlog of mods I've done recently, sorting out scribbles, weblinks and waiting to get some new photographs.

I've made a start though, here's how I fixed some GameBoys that had missing vertical lines on the screen. Then how to invert the screen (in readiness for a bivert mod).

I forgot to mention last week that I added some more photo's to my page about fitting a replacement RegionFree BIOS into the Saturn.

And recently, Retro Accessories has been helpful with a bunch of info, the first bit is about restoring C-Sync to NTSC N64's to give greater compatibility with more TVs.

I'll gradually add more over the next few weeks, time permitting :-)


Sunday, September 11, 2011

Neo Geo Pad Repair & Saturn BIOS Guide

Thought I'd take some quick photos showing how I had to repair my Neo CD Pad, you hopefully won't have to go to this length to repair it, the original guide at GamesX will hopefully be enough :-)

Also decided to start my guide on how to replace the Saturn BIOS. I've started with how to removed the old BIOS chip, the guide isn't finished yet, but all the info is there (I'll finish it soon).


Thursday, September 8, 2011

Region Free BIOS Chips - DC and Saturn

I need to update my guide for the DC Region Free BIOS, and produce some extra info about the Saturn Region Free BIOS. It'll happen when I pickup some more consoles to mod, but for now I'll tell you where I got my last lot of chips for a great price, and he offers a flashing service so you can just do a direct replacement, no piggy backing of chips, remove the old one and solder in the new one :-)

Anyway, it's Bad_Ad84 on ASSEMbler, check out the group buying threads - Saturn and DC, I've ordered twice from him and received great service.


Monday, September 5, 2011

Alternative AES Power LED Mod and DMG Backlight

Today I fitted a backlight to my original Game Boy. There's no guide for it, as the place that sells the kit has a video guide. Check it out.

I had an email the other day from io, they included a link to their own guide for the AES Power LED, it's cool :-)

Correction in MVS Adding Ports

Not much really, was making another CMVS recently and used the PDFs I had created, noticed an error my the PDF for adding controller ports, have now corrected it.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Mainly Saturn Stuff...

Finally got around to tidying up the notes I've made on programming the SNES and Saturn Switchless mods using my old Willem Parallel Port Programmer.

Added some info on some Saturn mods - Region Free BIOS, Modchip, added some photo's of the JP locations for region mods and made some alterations to my 50/60hz mod guide. Thanks jeimuzu_uk ;-)

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

New link...

Not exactly an update, but I quite like the look of Retro Play - online retro shops sometimes throw up a bargain or three :-)

Monday, July 4, 2011

Complete RGB to VGA solution

Since upgrading my VGA scaler to accept RGB Scart input, and to include selectable Scanlines I've had quite a few requests to make them to order.

If you don't have the necessary equipment to build you own, ArcadeForge now sell a complete kit, consisting of the VGA Scaler, Sync Strike (converts RGB Scart to the correct format for the scaler) and of course the famous SLG3000 (the Scanline Generator that got retro fans very excited).

I've tried the Sync Strike and as expected, it's brilliant quality. Many thanks to Jochen for sending me a unit to evaluate.


Monday, June 20, 2011

Mainly Neo Geo

Been playing around building a CMVS, and have just added the controller ports - added a PDF to my MVS page (includes a link to the source page I used).

Also converted an easily available third party SNES pad to use on my CMVS.

I had forgotten I took some new photo's for the Mega Drive 1 switches mod, so updated that page also today.

That's it for now....


Monday, June 13, 2011

scanlines mistakes

UPDATE - I have now corrected the labelling in the two photos. Fingers crossed it was just the two I spotted earlier :-)

There's a couple of photo's labelled wrongly in my ScanLine guide.

The one showing where to solder the switch to the board, number 2 is wrong, so check the diagram to make sure you get it right.

The photo showing where to solder the RGB wires to the board, the Blue one is labelled incorrectly on the photo showing the bottom of the board.

I will correct the photo's and re-upload them.


Monday, June 6, 2011

Been playing with MVS

I picked up a 1 slot MVS recently, been gradually turning it into a console, making notes as I go...

Also updated the VGA scaler page, to improve compatibility with more consoles


Sunday, May 22, 2011

Hmmmm, can't believe I haven't already linked to this site, got some nice guides on it :-)

Submitted Guides

omp has done it again. He's submitted two more guides. The first is handy if you've tried some NTSC NES pads on your PAL console and they haven't worked. The next is a really tidy Battery Replacement for the DC.

Find them both on the Downloads page.

If you've got something you'd like to see on mmmonkey, get in touch

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Mainly Mega Drive 2 updates

FINALLY, I have updated my MD2 guide, got one for if you want to fit switches, and another if you want switchless.

FourX sent me some info about RGB'd N64's and Composite Sync, sits nicely with Link83's info.

I'm tired, there may have been other updates, I can't remember right now!

Sunday, May 15, 2011


First up, a chap called Dave emailed me to say that I'd got leg 23 mixed up with leg 21 in my Dreamcast Hacked BIOS guide, it was correct in the diagrams, but wrong in the text. This is corrected now.

Link83 has also submitted a lot of extra info on some of the guides, which is invaluable :-)

MD2 power plug adapter - supplied correct size

That's it for now, I have to play these things as well as take them apart you know!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Region Free Dreamcast!

I've finally got around to installing a flash chip into my Dreamcast and popping a Region Free BIOS on it, with a 3D startup screen. Anyway, have a look.

Made it clearer in my Saturn guides which pins from the power supply have which voltages on.

I've added VGA scanlines to a Dreamcast VGA box, guide to follow soon.

Finally, the creator of GameSniped emailed me to ask for a link, the site has a lot of interesting Retro gaming bits of kit on it (and some current generation stuff). I like it a lot :-)

Saturday, May 7, 2011

VGA Scanlines Guide

Today I decided to add some more detail to my Scan Line Generator guide, with more photos and better descriptions.

I noticed a small error in my wiring diagram for adding the Scan Line Generator into the VGA Upscaler (I had the Horizontal and Vertical Sync labels swapped), apologies if this caused you some trouble.