Worklog World's Smallest Gamecube

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would it be safe to use an AVE from a 6 layer board? it would it have to be four layer AVE, for a four layer board?
I don't see why it shouldn't work. It's using the same DAC-Chip & i even used the pinout of the 6-layer wii a lot when doing this mod (https://www.gc-forever.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=1086 - thanks ashen)

I didn't use a 6 layer wii ave because the pinout of the vias is a little different , so it's easier to mix pins up while soldering (and I'm just lazy). (See Analyzing the Wii's Video Encoder - thanks shank)
Plus i hate those... i tried to OMGWTF trim two of them & couldn't make one work... <.<''
 

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It's good to know that they're the same. When I opened the 6 layer up, the AVE chip had totally different writing on it from the 4 layer one, plus the different board layout so I didn't want to risk it :)
 
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Can I ask why you use epoxy instead of hot glue? Is it considered more durable? And what kind of epoxy
 

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Everybody has their own preference :) hot glue is a lot easier to remove, but it also has some give, meaning the wires can move a little bit. Epoxy is never gonna come off without ripping the wires out, but it prevents the wires from moving entirely.

I personally prefer epoxy because I'm confident in my soldering joints and tested it beforehand so I know the pinout is correct. Everyone has their own style though :)
 

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FINISHED!

I've neglected this worklog a bit, but here's what happened since last episode:

I finished the tiny gc, but when spawning (not booting) into games, it would freeze. So I scrapped the motherboard and started over. I redid the NAND using @Aurelio's flex board and it was a huge improvement. I did the AVE the same way as before and trimmed, this time with full success.

I have been scrambling for the last week and a half to get this project finished in time for MGC, and I'm proud to say that I made it by a few short hours.

Features:
-Fully compatible with all Gamecube games, no lag
-4 working mini controller ports (currently no rumble support)
-2 USB ports hidden in the memory card slots
-Outputs composite video via 3.5mm jack
-Powered by a micro USB port and can be easily powered by most battery banks
-Working power button/locking switch, which is a functioning miniature of the regular size one.
-A trimmed down authentic Gamecube heatsink
-Functioning orange power led, made from an authentic gc power led and the clear plastic piece above it
-Gamecube fan vents that are the actual fan vents
-Super adorable

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I don't currently have pics of it with the heatsink, but this picture describes how I felt while trying to figure out keeping this cool.
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Anyways here's the reveal video :) Enjoy!
 

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If you ran GameCube controllers through the same 4 pole 3.5 mm you used for composite, could it support rumble?
 

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If you ran GameCube controllers through the same 4 pole 3.5 mm you used for composite, could it support rumble?
Yep; logic, 3.3v, 5v, and ground can be supplied sufficiently to one controller by a 4 pole jack. You'd just need to make 4 separate controller port to 3.5mm adaptors.
 
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All your portables always look so clean! And dang does that Gamecube look small when compared to the Wii heatsink.
 
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This is freaking amazing! Good job! I like how the button even works XD. Good job!
 
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I had to remember my login information after seeing your video on YouTube just to comment and again it looks fantastic. In regards to your first post about making a mini gameboy player to go with it and assuming you want it to be functional, I'm sure you could stuff a retrode or similar device inside the mini gameboy player portion to enumerate the rom and eeprom/flash sav data as a FAT32 storage medium via usb and fire them up with the wii port of mgba.

Since I purchased my gameboy player years ago I've never disconnected it from my gamecube. Without it connected the gamecube looks weird as it isn't a symmetrical cube whereas with the gameboy player connected it's much closer to a perfect cube.
 
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