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Build a CD player with an old GameBoy, an ATAPI drive and some electronics. The CD player it's a kind of game cartridge to play CD. This is the final version, plug it to a GameBoy and listen to music!

Wanna see how it works?
http://personales.ya.com/proyecto_gb/ ->down
the new web page is http://perso.wanadoo.es/jordi__87/

Do you like it? Give me feedback please!
 
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Step 1: Get a GameBoy!

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First of all we will need some things:

-A GameBoy to show track information and control the playing.

-A GameBoy cartridge: we will need it to interface the GameBoy to a board.

-An ATAPI drive to play the CD.

-A 12v-5v power supply.

-An interface board: we can find it at http://personales.ya.com/proyecto_gb . Go to Hardware section and build the schematics. We will talk about later.

Step 2: Let's make a cartridge!

We need to wire the GameBoy pins to a board. We can open it, but we prefer to preserve the GameBoy to play our favourite games. So let's make an adaptor cartridge. Get a boring game and open it with a screwdriver, be careful not to broke the board inside.Well Prince of Persia was not boring but I had no one else.

Step 3: Cutting the inside chips.

We see some chips, the game program and some interface chips. We need to remove it, so let's use a cutter to cut it. We could use a soldering iron but that would wear away the board.

Step 4: Wiring the cartridge

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Get a ribbon cable and solder it to the board following a logical order, I mean, the pin 1 of the cartridge to the pin 1 of the ribbon cable. I used an IDE cable as a ribbon cable.Follow the pins paths to get a termination solder point,it's easier and better(then you can close the cartrigde).Check for shortcircuits when you finish. If it's all ok, fix the cable to the board with glue.

Step 5: Cutting the plastic case.

In order to put the cartridge inside we need to cut the plastic box. Use a cutter or a tool you consider better.
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engquiky3 years ago
Incredible!
It looks like the ship put into the Delorean in Back to the Future Part III !
dude220723 years ago
English site???
can you use a hard drive?
cdmaster4 years ago
how about adding a schematic of the ide port on the cd drive?
mariomurder6 years ago
did anyone else notice the serial number on the POP game???the first 3 letters are OMG. Fitting i think considering its fate. lololol
err, actually thats DMG, and its the model number. All the original US Game Boy games have DMG-xx-USA (where xx is the game, like Qix has QX) , just like the DS games say NTR-xxxx-USA, where something like Mario Kart says NTR-AMCE-USA or Metroid NTR-AMHE-USA
opps lol looked like a O to me
Yeah, that bit of dust/plastic shavings does make it look like an O. Had I not had a few of these carts i would have thought it was an O too :)
Colonel885 years ago
Can someone make an 'ible on how to make the GBA SP into a video player? It's got good battery life, and a pretty good LCD as well!
Theres a thing called the Game Boy Movie Player just for that. Its found more use as a storage device for DS homebrew, though >.>
dude220724 years ago
Can you modify it so you could but a link cable on it and have sound coming from the GB?
sc4rzz5 years ago
very nice, doable project.
What did you use to flash the chip?

I'm thinking about recreating this, only with an atapi to SD adapter, and flash to chip to play the roms from the SD... that would be epic. Now for the code.. anyone that can help me with that?
dfc8498 years ago
PPL on e word four letters IPOD much smaller, lighter, easier, and holds 750 times as much as a CD (60B) or 375 times as many (30GB) Nano: 50 times as much (4GB) 25 times (2GB) and thats a 20 song cd ( not common)
PPL the ipod costs freakin 150$ for only a 4gb nano. That's freakin too much! I bought a sandisk for only like 100$, and no im not advertising
ARVash dfc8497 years ago
One word.. Stupid.. Dfc, do you understand that this is Instructables, not Advertise apple overpriced products? Honestly .. try to use some grammar as well, this isn't aim. You know how much it costs for a 2 gb ipod? .. way too much.. XD.
ahem...he's correct though,a nano 2 gb is way more portable and carries so much more dataload as to be a "why bother,but as an intellectual excersize". I have "only" 90 songs in my 2gb..it doesnt even register as IN there..tell me what CD/player contains 90 songs in a player I can stick with earbuds in a altoids tin,and charge off ANY USB port,including my Playstation2??
...IT PLUGS IN A PS2!?!?!
yeah ps2 has usb ports. at least the fat does. but after the old ipods they have blockers so it will only chg with itunes or apple approved chargers
ReCreate ARVash5 years ago
YEAH APPLE SUCKS sorry i just had to
he wasn't realy blatantly advertising apple products, he was just suggesting an improvement. that's pretty much what the comments are for. that said, it did seem a bit over the top to say the full range on ipods and how much more data they hold than a cd
dfc849 ARVash6 years ago
Okay, I apologize for my unpleasant remark. Instructables is a creative community of smart, fun projects, not entirely of permanent solutions for everyday routine use, though some projects do serve as such a permanent solution or project. I realize the "GameBoy CD Player" is a project to have fun and play around with. My previous comment was, in face, quite stupid and inconsiderate.
dfc849 dfc8496 years ago
Typographical error: "face" is meant to be "fact"
yea the 2 gb nano used to be about $150 USD but I bought an iPod classic for $250 USD and it is 80 GB and you would pay way more than that for even half the cds that it holds and you don't have to buy a new cd player every year because the old one broke and a new good one is about $100 USD so I wouldn't bad mouth a great product that saves millions of people tons of money and space! AC
Have you never tried doing something just for the sake of it? I think this is great. And an iPod doesn't give you cause to learn something new, whereas Jordi's learnt about ATAPI, has built an interface for it that gets powered by a neat Z80 program on an interesting embedded platform, and has documented that journey. People like Jordi make the world a richer place.
ultimatesx97 years ago
can you use a GBA SP aswell? ive got one (somewhere) and id find it eaiser that getting a pocket
... Or you could hook it up to the Game Boy Player for GameCube and then your TV could display the track info. Say, there's idea.
or just play the CD in a playstation 2 and not have to do all those complicated things. theres an idea too.
ultimatesx97 years ago
A. Please can you give me a step by step or something & B how do i burn the GB file to the chip?
I never thought to use chip sockets as a jumper system. Thanks for the idea, dude. :-)
guy125 years ago
this is cool but a little confusing
jj32x6 years ago
Do you think it would be possible to hook it up to a hard drive and boot linux/windows/other operating system on the gameboy?
jordi87 (author)  jj32x6 years ago
No, I don't think GameBoy is a supported arquitecture for linux and windows. I don't know if there are operating systems especially for GameBoy.
there may be an emulator...though it would run...ha quite quite slow!
i cant anyway, its only 8-bit, OS's need at least 16-bits or more, color might help to
PCvsMac7 years ago
You people... you ALWAYS give me such brilliant ideas! I got one for ya, would it be possible to run, such as a SNES (Super Nintendo Entertainment System) game through like a gameboy? If you can, could you find out and write back please?
if it was a gba it maybe if its a ds likely
Aha! you *CAN* run SNES games through a DS. I'm running it now =D
you can emulate snes on a gba
http://www.pocketsnes.net/

and the super gameboy played gameboy games on a snes
ac1D PCvsMac7 years ago
you are asking if it would be possible to run a 8bit color game trough a black and white 2d little gameboy?
anthonywin7 years ago
What's the point
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