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N64 security screws

does anybody know how to open up an n64 without buying a special screw driver? I'm going to make an instructable on how to make a cheap, good, desktop power supply out of the n64 powersupply. If you look at it's specs it's pretty good for it's size! 3.3 volts at 2.2 amps and 12 volts at .8 amps. I'm going to but a boost circuit in and get 5 volts too (didn't want to use a 7805, if you're going to be using the 12 volts you want all the amps you want, plus what project uses 2.2 amps of 3.3 volts?). Plus I'm going to make it so that you can still use it as a power supply for the n64, and it won't be ugly.

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I just tryed to improvise melty pen trick with a old scripto, i would advise trying clear bics to whoever is considering making a bit, because the white pens i think are too soft , the end result after lots of tucking the barrel into itself to acheive a kind of solid rod, looked like a perfect mold of the screw head, but the teeth failed under actual wrist torque, if i find a clear bic before my ebay bit set gets here, im gonna try it again..

The whole melted pen thing seems intriguing though, sounds like something people would do in prison to make screwdrivers
matstermind6 years ago
try the melt-a-pen trick, it works perfectly for me
hey mate ummm what type of pen did you use cause i've tried it and it has not worked please reply though hotmail if you can mines nicholas.brown93@hotmail.com thanks heaps
i used a cheap white PAPER-MATE pen, i used it on a gamecube though, not a 64. but the screws are the same
tech-king9 years ago
that could melt the plastic case (maybe you could do that to get at the insides) or the solder could fail, causing the screw to even more stuck.
guyfrom7up (author)  tech-king9 years ago
I've tried solder with one of my gba's a while ago (couple of months) and it didn't work...
If you use the right kind of pen and melt the plastic barrel, it DOES work. I've opened my gamecube up this way and it worked PERFECTLY... mind you I had to make another pen the second time I opened it up... but it actually held shape enough to work like a good screwdriver.
zachninme9 years ago
I bought a screwdriver off of ebay for sub-$5 (including S&H... or as Goodhart called it, acidity) But before that, on my DS, I was successful with a flathead screwdriver that was the length of one of the 3 "prongs" Just be glad they don't use those ones that can't be taken out ;-)
I never wrote whether the pH was high or low :-p
thats what i did to disassemble my ds.
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