Thursday, April 14, 2005 2:26 PM

Just my luck...

Everyone agrees that this was a watershed week in DS modding - Tim Schuerewegen made WiFiMe: a "wi-fi" work around for "PassMe" - the only device capable of permitting us to run our own homebrew code on the Nintendo DS.

This miraculous event just happens to coincide with... me finishing my month-long project to create my own PassMe from Natrium42's design. This hideous monster was the first project of this level I had ever undertaken and it required etching custom PCB boards as well as an insane amount of soldering and seating those infinitesimal PCI pins!

I'm not slapping my face with the maddening irony of it all - I welcome it. When my PassMe breaks I've got some kind of backup.Check out this photogallery of the apparatus and the building of it. I made it entirely from photo's on Natrium42's site. Most of the parts were pulled from a dead PC (including the PCI pins) and the cost of the actual components was well under $20.

You have no possible reason to make one of your own because of WiFiMe... but even a monkey can do it if sufficiently induced. Apparently. Be sure to check out the awesome green/black stains the copper-dissolving etchant left around my drain!




At 5:11 PM, kichigai-han said...

wow..i'm impressed!
(;-_-) i could never do that.

At 6:51 PM, darkfader said...

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At 6:55 PM, darkfader said...

I can almost hear "The Modgods" in the UHF bands... ^_^
Anyway... I haven't seen such ugly PCB in my whole life :)

At 8:56 PM, Brett said...

Oh yes, those in the know will agree that this is entirely "folk" circuitry. I did some real improvising. Hackey stuff, but the multimeter will confirm that it's all kosher.

My electronics professor at school was looking at the little swirls I had added to the tracery on the PCB and looked genuinely puzzled.

"What are these for?"
"Looks, man, looks."

After being forced to investigate circuit board printing for this project, I'm super eager to go back and do some more. It beats the pants offa soldering all those wires and it's really cheap to do.

At 10:20 PM, theONE said...

thats awesome... i really like how the copper says 'the mod gods' its really cool

At 12:44 AM, Silent K said...

Good Job Brett! the TMG really cracked me up. Those drain stains are trippy! I particularly like the image that you took while you were on the subway - Were you in the LAST CAR?


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