Samsung DVD N-505
Controller Port Hack
In most of Europe, the Samsung N505 was the only model of NUON DVD player that was readily available. It is a great machine, but the lack of gameports is a big drawback for any NUON fan. If you were lucky, you got the N504 (with gameports) in Switzerland, but otherwise you'll have to add the gameports onto the N505 yourself. Luckily it is very easy, the hardest part is getting the gameports!
Here are pictures of left front panel of the N505 and N504:
The N505 and N504 are identical inside - both motherboards are the same - the only diference is that the N504 has gameports and cable attached to the Nuon motherboard, while N505 uses same PCB (without gameports) just to turn on/off device.
There are also different drive frimware versions, but in my opinion it is the same firmware (or almost the same). As Mr. X told us this is firmware for DVD drive. So don't think that the gameports will not work in N505, in fact it will work perfectly!
Now, here is the first
problem: there is no conector for the cable that connects the Nuon motherboard
and gameport PCB in the N505.
If you are not able to find this kind of connector in a shop, try to find it in some other broken or old electronic device. I used similar connector - (it must have same distance betwen pins) from an old VCR... (orange connector on picture below)
You can do this before you get gameports and that is only "electronical" modification - this is only part that needs soldering!
On this picture is the same N505 with gamport PCB from N501 and cable used to conect gameports with Nuon motherboard.
And again - original N505...
... and modified N505 with game ports (don't ask about heat sinks on left side... this is covered in another article ;))
And at the end
- you must make holes on front panel of N505 for your gameports. I
hope it will look better than my work ;)
If you have any questions (except where to order or how to get PCB with gameports for N505) just email email@example.com.
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