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Is it possible to make a "simpleified" gameboy computer? Answered

I was just wondering if it would be possible to make a gameboy into a simplified computer with some small (?) upgrades. IE higher resolution, modern screen, extra buttons, wifi? I'm mainly thinking about it in terms of playing games like the following:


These are just a small few of what I had in mind for the proposed system, but I am unsure of the plausibility of all of this. Keep in mind though that these are all free, free to share, independent games with file sizes much much smaller than traditional games.

I do know that Texas Instrument calculators of the 73 line and higher have the capability to be rigged up for some simple games, so I got to wondering....

Anyways, let me know what you all think about this :)

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jeff-o (author)2010-04-14

Hmmm, take a look around google and see if anyone has managed to cram a full linux computer in a form that small.  Perhaps there's a way to get a bare-bones linux distro running off of flash memory and a few megs of RAM.

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dungeon runner (author)jeff-o2010-04-24

Two distros -- Damn Small Linux, and Puppy Linux, each require only 512 megabytes of RAM to run. Once they boot, the entire OS is loaded into the RAM.

Is that what you meant?


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lemonie (author)2010-04-14

You can only do so much with the existing hardware, it has limited IO channels / interfaces. The thing is designed and built only for playing Nintendo GameBoy games.

GameBoys have a Z80 in them, which was/is used for several 8-bit systems, but you'd need to replace pretty much every other bit of the machine to make an 8-bit computer.


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rickharris (author)2010-04-14

Technically perhaps - After all that's what it is a hand held computer.

Practically no although much depends on your electronics and computing skill.

not a trivial task.

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