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Martin Clark
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Guitar Hero Controller teardown
07/15/10 at 19:36:07
 
instead of buying the Warioware Twisted Cartridge(lack of cheap availability to get in the uk). I came to the decision of buying a guitar hero cartridge,

i want to use the guitar game controller to store and facilitate the OCC micro controller and other parts


i really have NO experience with playing around with pcb's but its all a learning curve.

here is a brief tear down of the cartridge, shown in the below images. the main obstacle i have to face would be getting the 90 degree PCB to facilitate all the needed connection pins that are needed for the OCC.

is there any pcb part sellers in the us, that i could use to find the names of products, and therefore allowing me to purchase products here in england (search part names in google using "UK results only") we have a place called "Maplin" but they are not really that specialist in my opinion.

im not really wanting to redesign the OCC just wanting to use the GH controller as a case for the bits.
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jpopadic
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Re: Guitar Hero Controller teardown
Reply #1 - 07/16/10 at 10:47:07
 
I've had a look at using the GH controller for this purpose as well. The extra buttons and the wrist strap would be really cool. Unfortunately, the PCB doesn't break out pin 3 (WR, or the rumble line).

The best bet is still getting a PCB made up. I'm surprised that nobody has made a run of these for the group.  If my redesign works out well, I'd be happy to make up a bunch of boards for folks.
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jpopadic
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Reply #2 - 07/16/10 at 10:50:19
 
I'm in the UK as well. If you're looking for parts suppliers, Rapid (www.rapidonline.com) and Farnell (http://uk.farnell.com/) are good ones. Not sure about PCB manufacturers. I'm going to give PCBTrain (http://www.pcbtrain.co.uk/) a try shortly.
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Martin Clark
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Re: Guitar Hero Controller teardown
Reply #3 - 07/16/10 at 21:34:54
 
very basic sketch of what the GBA pcb pullthrough should look like, the last 2 pins that are connected together and must utilise a wire because otherwise there is no room on the board for anything else. if you look at the origonal NDS lite slot adapter it uses the whole width for those 4 lines...



7 pound is rather unreasonable (thats if you buy 4 untested) for a PCB for the Pullthrough witch we would have to design witch would look something like this....
18 x 50 mm thats not even cut to fit the size yet!

im just brainstorming what would be the best way to get the pcb into main part of the case
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Martin Clark
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Re: Guitar Hero Controller teardown
Reply #4 - 07/16/10 at 21:49:41
 
[quote=J]If my redesign works out well, I'd be happy to make up a bunch of boards for folks. [/quote]

well, redesign? i had to reread this three times to realise that ^.^ i dont how i can handle getting 10 pins into the main compartment using the GBA slot provided,


and i wasnt wanting to use the buttons for anything but mounting the connections in, after gluing them in place...
{ USB and the 3.5mm jack}
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krystal austin
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Reply #5 - 02/07/11 at 16:33:54
 
I used http://rctec.co.uk/ to get 100 boards made, decent enough, if you need something specilaised give them a call.
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