November rolls in and October comes to an end. Witches rode their Broomsticks high and ghosts and goblins filled the sky. Thanks to everyone that participated in this year’s Ghosts of Portables Past Event. There was a lot of participation with participants from the Bitfix Gaming Community Forums. While no projects were completed and ghosts vanquished, it was a successful campaign with plenty of work accomplished for each of the contestants. To round out the Event, here is he summary roundup of progress from this year’s four Bitfix Gaming entries, and you can of course check out the progress of our own project, the 80′s NEStop entry here.

lovablechevy’s PSM Micro

A PSP project started on February 3, 2014 with the last update on March 1, 2014. The project was halted promptly on account of chevy needing a better soldering iron. The PSP 2000 & 3000 models feature an A/V out port to connect to a TV, so why not turn the PSP into a dedicated console? The PSP itself became the base console and a 360 controller was used for input for being less cramped and also her favorite controller.

Controller work. Spot putty for the offending spots. Screen & buttons covered to achieve "console look" Spot Putty makes the World go 'round. Primed and Painted. Looks like it was manufactured that way. Disc Tray and cover.
Screen & buttons covered to achieve "console look"

Most of the pictures taken for the contest were about fixing and continuing the work on the case, but thankfully all the electronics work was done in a live twitch stream and archived to her youtube channel.

fibbef’s Luma 64

Started in Oct 28, 2013, with the last update December 5, 2014, fibbef’s N64 portable uses a case made from Tupperware with a Plexiglass front for added stability. A return to his first portable project, it includes an untrimmed N64 motherboard, 3.5″ Screen, LOB64 Multiplayer Jack, 3rd party controller & expansion pack, a tiny (~25 mm) fan for cooling, and 4 cells of Canon BP915 batteries.
Mostly case work was done on the Luma 64 during this event. Cobbled together out of Tupperware, Plexi & ABS slurry for structure, and Bondo and glazing puddy to sand smooth. Lots and lots of sanding. Button holders were cut and set onto the buttons to keep them from spinning. A few more things need to be done before completion, mainly getting all the boards installed and wiring everything up. The final paintjob will be glow in the dark paint, putting the Luma in Luma64.

Button backs to keep them from spinning. ABS slurry'd into place. Button backs from behind the case. Primer to check for imperfections. Glazing Puddy sanded. Glazing Putty to cure imperfections of the case. Bondo for additional structure. Cart slot.
Glazing Putty to cure imperfections of the case.

Life of Brian’s SNESNESp

Started in August 2012 as a means to return to the portablizing scene, a simple project to work on during off time, and not a difficult task for completion. Retro Duo portable and a polycase project box. SNES on the TOP NES loads from the bottom Last update July 2013. Unfortunately Life got in the way and and Laundromat {chain owner} and family delayed this project for Ghosts, just as it did the first time Brian went on modding hiatus. Long live the Laundromat King. Some before pictures, just because (more at Modretro).

The RetroDuo used for the project. The Project Manager. SNES Board Replacement. SNES Cart Rewiring. Screen test. Controller notes. Case design hypothesises. Case design mockup.
The RetroDuo used for the project.

DT99′s Broken DS to GBA

Started Jul 13, 2014 with the last update on Sep 06, 2014. Omitting the top screen to turn a broken DS into a dedicated GBA console was (and still is) all the rage. Appointed as DT’s first portable and soldering project, she studied under the wing of the ultimate sensai/senpai/waifu in her wife lovablechevy. At last update, all that was left to do was to paint the case and install the parts. Unfortunately, in typical Halloween fashion, we all turned to ghost waiting for DT’s project to update. It’s actually almost done, so perhaps next Ghosts Competition. Before pictures:

But which one is DT's? ABS slurry and putty sanding. Soldering School The magic Resistor to omit the top screen.
The magic Resistor to omit the top screen.

Thanks to all the Bitfix members that participated in Ghosts this year, as we quintupled the number of contestants this time. I hope you all had a good time and had your interest renewed in finishing up an old portable, or got you back into the hobby itself. Next year’s Ghosts of Portables Past III should be a wonderful, albeit creppy, affair. See you next year for more spoops.

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