Saturday, October 27, 2012


 Installed Eve because it sounded interesting and I thought I might enjoy it. I do, but no one told me it was this pretty. Multi-monitor FTW.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

MemoryCard Captor Sakura (DPadPro ver.)

One side effect of fixing my 5501 was that I now had a non-working 9001. This presented the opportunity to use the parts for something else. This adapter makes it possible to use original PlayStation controllers and memory cards(like a DexDrive) on a PC through the parallel port. Follow the schematic here. Use the DirectPadPro layout.

The hardware:
  • Store bought PCI card with two serial ports and a parallel port. If your computer has a parallel port already you won't need this.
  • Dead PlayStation
    • PSU. Supplies 7.6 and 3.6 volts.
    • Controller ports
    • Controller. Any type should work. Mine are DualShock
    • Memory card. Any type should work. The one I have now is Interact, in the past I have used official Sony cards as well.
  • A bunch of wire
  • DB25 male plug
  • DB25 straight through cable
The software:
  • PortTalk. Required to talk to the parallel port in Windows XP.
  • MemoryCard Captor Sakura. I recommend the version here.
  • Win95/98: DirectPadPro
  • WinXP: PPJoy
The PSU pinout is:

1 7.6V 
3 3.6V
5 MOUT (reset signal)

MemoryCard Captor Sakura showing the contents of my memory card.

Early wiring. The lights are on :)

Done, tested and working.

Put it all back in the PlayStation case.


Friday, October 19, 2012


So I bought a couple of PlayStations recently for a project; a 9001 and a 5501. Yesterday I bought an RF switch and a GameShark.
Unsatisfied with the performance of the drive unit in the 5501, I tested the 9001's drive in it. It worked, but the cables were the wrong length.
Undeterred, I took apart the laser units and swapped the guts. I now have a perfectly working 5501 and a fairly gutted 9001 :D
Used the double swap trick to boot a burned CD that flashed my GameShark to AHOY! .34