Retro Console Collecting - Part XII (Schizo Resurrects a Console From the Dead)
In my defense, I'll contend that I'm faster at posting blogs than Congress is at passing a budget! Oh hey, did I just make a political joke? I must really be scraping the bottom of the barrel here.
Anyway, for those of you who are long time readers (and haven't hung yourselves yet), you may remember a few years back I managed to win an Ebay auction with a bunch of Sega gear in it. For those of you who haven't read about it, you can check out all the details here (because you know I can't get through one post wihout a shameless plug for my previous installments).
At any rate, I ended up being the owner of a Sega Nomad! For those of you who don't know, the Sega Nomad was released in 1995. Essentially, it was a portable Sega Genesis (or Mega Drive for those of you who drive on the opposite side of the road).
Which is, of course, what
Anyway, here I was with a Sega Nomad. This particular device was a little rough around the edges. It had no battery pack, and no AC adapter. After my previous experiences using an incorrect power supply (and did I just sneak in a second shameless plug?) I was a bit hesitant to fire it up. Once I managed to determine the correct AC adapter to use, I plugged the unit in, grabbed a game, and decided to see what portable Genesis gaming was all about:
So the Nomad sat for a while gathering dust.
Later, I found a youtube video showing how you could swap the old LCD monitor inside the Nomad with a modern equivalent. I was intrigued! Not only could I now have a fully functioning Sega Nomad, I could have one with a much brighter and sharper display.
It was time to make my move.
I scoured Ebay and found an appropriate sized monitor for about $20. All I needed was an LCD display measuring approximately 3.5" diagonally. The device I purchased was originally intended to be used as a backup monitor for a car. I'd like to think I gave it a much better life.
So, now I was ready to take this thing apart and start getting to work, right? Wrong! Of course, to prevent stupid ignorant sloths (especially the ones that go by the handle 'Schizo') from accessing the innards of the device, Sega uses a special 3.8m proprietary security bit to lock down the back of the device. After some searching on Amazon, I amanged to score the proper bit for ~$5 or so.
Now the fun began.
Then came the point of no return - I took a razorblade and cut the ribbon cable connecting the old LCD display to the motherboard.
And just for a quick comparison, here is a shot of the old screen, and the new screen (I tried to replicate the same shot as much as possible to show the difference):
Stay tuned, and I'll be updating with a few more recent developments in the land of retro gaming goodness!
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