Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 5th May 2017 19:30 UTC

Ars Technica's Kyle Orland:

In the nearly 18 months since a CD-ROM-based "Nintendo PlayStation" prototype was first found in an estate sale, emulator makers and homebrew programmers have created a facsimile of what CD-based games would look like on an SNES. Efforts by hacker Ben Heck to get that kind of software actually working on the one-of-a-kind hardware, though, had been stymied by problems getting the CD-ROM drive to talk to the system.

Those problems are now a thing of the past.

In a newly posted video, Heck lays out how the system's CD-ROM drive suddenly started sending valid data to the system literally overnight. "I was working on this yesterday and the CD-ROM wasn't even detecting the disc," Heck says in the video. "I came in this morning and jiggled the cables around and got ready to work on it some more, and all of a sudden it works... did a magic elf come in overnight?"

I'm a sucker for exotic game hardware.

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RE: Hardware is cool
by daedalus on Tue 9th May 2017 08:01 UTC in reply to "Hardware is cool"
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You're probably just looking in the wrong places. Fewer people do hardware in general because you typically need more gear for it than software development, but plenty still do it. Check out the forums related to homebrew hardware for classic machines like the C64 - homebrew network cards, SD card readers and so on.

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