Hi everyone! I am completely new to the forums and also new to the modding world and electronics.Before I joined BitBuilt, I had no idea even what a regulator was, so I feel pretty accomplished to have learnt even some of the basics. I originally was intrigued in building my first WiiPortable after seeing a few built on YouTube a few years back but I always thought it would be too difficult for me. I have done a lot of research on the basics of electronics (soldering, voltages, resistance, ohms law, resistors, capacitors, diodes etc etc) and have had a lot of fun along the way (although I am not an electrical engineer and cannot read electrical circuit diagrams to save myself) Despite all of the apparent hurdles, I have decided to try and embark (seems impossible right now for a complete beginner) to build my first Wii Portable. I will try to not ask too many questions which have answers that can be found on the BitBuilt forums as there is so many guides from regulators to Wii trimming. I have used the BOM as my starting reference as well as reading multiple Worklogs in the Wii subforum to compile a list of the things I will need such as 4 regulators (1v, 1.15v, 3.3v, 5v), the corresponding resistors and capacitors for the custom regualtors etc plus casing. Of course I plan on making this the most simplest Wii I can (even with no Bluetooth for a first timer, no MX chip and no WiFi of course) due to the level of difficulty required. Basically my knowledge thus far is very limited but after lurking around the Wii subforum and reading a ton of worklogs, I understand a little bit more now about modding the Wii motherboard. So far I understand the following: Softmodding Wii console is required to boot with PortablizeMii using OMGWTF Trim Frankencasing (I am pretty good with moulding my own cases out of parts (seems the simple stage compared to the electronics right now) How to solder properly (I have soldered in my final High School year physics class lel) Relocation of U10 IC Chip and also custom regulators required to boot Wii system 2 3400mAh Panasonic Lithium Ion Batteries (most commonly used batteries) can be connected either in series (to double voltage) or in parallel (to double the capacity of the batteries) to power the Wii Batteries are connected to a PCB Switch is connected to PCB to power Wii initially Voltage regulators are powered to their respective voltage locations on the board (with common ground) Basic concepts of electricity (voltage, amps, amp hours, capacitance, voltage drop, basic LED closed circuits and how they work) Sanding the board to prevent shorts to ground I know that I am a complete newbz right now, yes, please dont hate, but I really am interested in learning more about electronic circuits before I take the leap of faith and actually cut the board and try and hook everything up. (currently in the research stage as we speak ) What I dont know: How to wire the commonly used Plug and Play Charging System (although diagram is extremely useful) to charge the Wii Audio/video relocation (I really dont know know what all the numbers and colours mean on the Wii Trimming Guide (yes, this is terrible that I dont know what this means, im sorry) (do I just connect a wire from any 1 to 1 on the diagram?) How to connect buttons (although I assume I can use the Wii Trimming Guide) and wire them to GC controller board and then to motherboard (I know this is probably ultimate noob level, forgive me) How to create a low battery LED indicator system How to wire USB up to the board (ie do I use the USB port on the Wii or connect my own?) I completely understand that I am not ready to create my own Wii portable yet, but I am excited to continue doing more research on the Wii subforum and also further read into the discussion forums/noob thread. Anyway, my question would be, should I create my own Worklog and ask questions along the way (of course I dont want to ask too many, I would like to do my own research as well as get help on here) or would people not mind helping me if I upload pics etc of each stage of my work? Thanks guys, and this is a wicked website with a great bunch of guys it seems. Sorry for being an absolute beginner but, I guess we all start somewhere when it comes to learning something new. Cheers guys!