Uber-Rack: 28 Systems


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top half of uber rack
bottom half of uber rack

Please excuse the composite photo, it was just too large

Rear View 104kb oversized photo (not recommended for those with weak stomachs)


Stand-Alone Consoles
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SYSTEM
VIDEO
AUDIO
FEATURES
1 Odyssey-2 composite-mod mono voice adapter, genesis controller adapter
2 Intellivision-2 composite mono built-in genesis controller adapters
3 5200 s-video mod mono genesis and 2600 paddle adapters, external keypad, merged system
4 Colecovision s-video mono genesis controller adapter, TG-16 sits on top
5 TI 99/4A composite mono voice synthesizer, 2600 joystick adapter
6 XEGS s-video mono still need keyboard
7 Commodore-64 s-video mono 1541 floppy drive, Epyx fastload cart
8 NES composite mono cartridge connector pins bent up for tight grip
9 Famicom composite mono Power Player 2 in N64 controller case , also 76 built-in NES games
10 TG-16 composite stereo  
11 CDX composite stereo  
12 SNESs-video stereo  
13 3D0 FZ-1 s-video stereo front-loader so Saturn can sit on top
14 Saturn s-video stereo analog (Nights) control pads
15 Jaguar s-video stereo  
16 PSX s-video stereo may swap for PS2
17 N64 s-video stereo expansion pack
18 Dreamcast s-video stereo Bleem compatible older model
19 Gamecube s-video stereo 
Additional Game-Types Supported Through Hardware Modifications
20 7800 s-video mod stereo grafted to 5200, built-in genesis controller and SMS lightgun adapters, external keypad for pause,select,reset buttons
Additional Game-Types Supported Through Backward Compatibility
21 2600 s-video mod stereo via 7800 motherboard, switchable control between genesis/joysticks and paddles
22 Genesis composite stereo via CDX
Additional Game-Types Supported Through Add-on Devices
23 ECS composite mono computer add-on for intellivision
24, 25, 26 GB,GBC,GBA composite mono Game Boy Player on bottom of Gamecube
27 SMS composite mono Power Base Converter plugged into CDX (ugly)
28 32X composite mono 32X plugged into CDX (even more ugly!)

**** Future Expansion Plans ****

**** Physical Details ****

The black plastic shelving units came from Target, about $20 for a 4 shelf setup. I like plastic because you can cut the posts down to whatever size is convenient. If you cut them in half, you only need to do two, not all four. Some of the unstable systems (like the TG-16 on the CV) were secured on with velcro type (available from hobby store). Power is provided by a gaming power strip with a rocker switch. All the transformer power supplies (wall wart supplies) are lined up in front, the extension cord is brought to them. They never get tangled up because they never get moved. All the modern systems are plugged in full-time because they don't draw any power when turned off.

System selection is done with Pelican s-video/composite switchboxes that are on the bottom shelf. Currently using three 5to1 and two 4to1 units. The primary is a 5to1 with the rest plugged into it for total possible support of 19 systems (5 + 5 + 4 + 4 + 1). Made a separate automatic relay switch board so three composite systems could share one input. Why do this? Because then one 5to1 switchbox can handle all seven composite systems. Its output goes through a $21 Radio Shack composite to s-video adapter. This probably won't improve picture quality, but to my eyes, it doesn't seem to degrade it either and now everything is in one video format.

Current AV setup is a Commodore 1702 monitor that stays set for s-video input. May eventually get an upscan converter to play games over the computer's 19 inch monitor with Polk speakers.

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