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Installing Video Old

A question I get from time to time is: how to save the old video games and how to let them ready to be played without having to install / uninstall each time you play. First you need to decide between letting installed consoles or leave them stored. Both approaches have their advantages and disadvantages. Leave installed is equivalent to having the console always ready to be played, however, it is necessary to manage the TV inputs and deal with the dust which inevitably tends to accumulate. Leave saved is like having an extra work whenever you want to play, with the disadvantage of possibly wear out the connections and packaging.

So far I have chosen to leave all installed, except for the most recent acquisitions of Atari 2600 and the Atari 2600, does not yet have a definite place. I would like to have a room of my old consoles, like Antonio Fight (largest collection of Atari Brazil) or a basement whole, as has James Rolfe (Angry Video Game Nerd). But unfortunately I have no room for it (Brazilian homes should have basements!). In a way not need much space because I'm not necessarily a collector. Only limited myself to save two islands of my childhood (Mega Drive III and Super Nintendo), and two of my adulthood (Playstation One and Playstation 3), in addition to a current generation console (Playstation 4). So it's not so difficult to manage 5 consoles connected (and, as I mentioned, I'm still thinking about the Ataris).

In the absence of an exclusive room, or of a basement exclusive, the TV room / living / whatever is fulfilling this role. In a way this approach has an advantage, because I can enjoy the larger screen TV and the home theater, to a sound that emulates 5.1 for old consoles, items that would be expensive to replicate. Yes, I know that some people prefer old consoles in old CRT TVs, but someone actually prefer the sound of the TV speakers instead of a receiver and boxes?

The first problem is physical space to keep the five islands connected. Giving up a clean look in rack is inevitable. So here's what I did: left TV, We have the Playstation 3 and the Playstation One, with some accessories:

To the left of the TV: Playstation 3 e Playstation One

To the left of the TV: Playstation 3 e Playstation One

And right off the TV, is the Playstation 4 and the ZBOX, that is not an island, but serves to emulate all consoles I have not and arcades:

Right off the TV: O Playstation 4 and the ZBox

Right off the TV: O Playstation 4 and the ZBox

And in one of 4 niches rack are the Super Nintendo and the Mega Drive III:

Niche with Super Nintendo and Mega Drive IIII

Niche with Super Nintendo and Mega Drive IIII

Of course, using one of the few niches for old consoles just requiring a certain sacrifice to put multiple devices in the same niche. Then in the niche above the Super Nintendo and the Mega Drive III I have a WD TV Live, Blu-ray Player and Sky decoder. The Sky decoder has an external HD, at remote control extender receiver, at splitter HDMI and an out HDMI Extender by UTP to a slave, and an balun transceiver slave to another point. And it is because of this that the cables were somewhat tangled. Furthermore, in that the niche is VHF UHF signal amplifier my antenna and the divider which divides the signal to various points TV. Many people prefer to leave these items on top of the slab, but I'd rather have them on hand for easy maintenance and a recent upgrade a 25dB amplifier to another 30dB, to compensate for losses dividers extras to bring the FM antenna receiver Yamaha RX-V675 and VHF + UHF to Receptor de TV digital terrestre Ekotecg ZBT-670N. It was a bit messy, but is the price to pay:

Niche with WD TV Live, Blu-Ray Player, Sky decoder and other items

Niche with WD TV Live, Blu-Ray Player, Sky decoder and other items

As for the two other niches: one is with the receiver Yamaha RX-V675. The other was previously with the Playstation One and the Sky decoder, but they were relocated and that niche is now empty awaiting a console that recently acquired and is on the way. Want to know which? Stay tuned in the coming articles.

But find physical space to allocate the islands is only part of the problem. The second part is how to connect them to the TV. In the case of Playstation 3 and the Playstation 4 is simple. Both are connected via HDMI directly to the Receiver Yamaha RX-V675. In the case of Mega Drive III, from the Super Nintendo and the Playstation One, all won a corresponding SCART cable (Browse through the SCART cables Mega Drive, from the Super Nintendo and the Playstation One). SCART cable Each enters a SCART switch, the SCART switch in turn enters a SCART-converter> HDMI, which in turn is connected to the TV. The TV sends the sound to the Receiver Yamaha RX-V675 via ARC (Audio Return Channel). So to play just select the corresponding console in SCART switch and the corresponding entry in the SCART-converter> HDMI na TV. All this is hidden behind the TV. It is relatively easy to access, but not so easy to clean, and in fact is not very recommendable be disconnecting to clean not to weaken the connectors. This explains the powder that can be seen in the picture.

The SCART switch to turn on the old consoles

The SCART switch to turn on the old consoles

Por fim, the sources of the old consoles are all connected in this Chinese filter with universal outlets and individual switches, which is hidden behind the Playstation 3, so that I can connect only what to wear. Playstation 3 and Playstation 4 get connected constantly, as do automatic updates. Both the two most recent consoles as the filter with the old consoles are connected to another filter that has proven an extra dose of protection, because most filters are just multipliers taken not just trust them.

The Chinese filter with universal outlets and individual switches, where supplies of old consoles are connected

The Chinese filter with universal outlets and individual switches, where supplies of old consoles are connected

And that's how my video games are connected. And you? How to connect / guard their consoles?

Update (10/09/2014): Adding a picture of almost complete rack. It's hard to get a good angle because the room is small, then put two photos to show the panel to the ceiling.

The full rack

The full rack

The full rack

The full rack

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Skooter

Skooter is a computer scientist and the founder of Skooter Blog. He is interested in everything related to technology and he likes to save money by making his purchases directly from abroad.

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  1. 1
    Felipe

    Skooter Which you use antenna amplifier? , For the receiver (FM) you use the same signal from the amplifier to the TV ?

    1. 1.1
      Skooter

      Felipe,
      Use a ProEletronic PQAL3000. Use the same signal to the TV and to the amplifier, one of each output of the splitter.
      But now I went to see the PQAL3000 specification and saw that it has FM Trap. Didn't even realize it because even with the FM Trap caught a considerable amount of FM stations. I will try for a splitter or a TAP before the amplifier to get the FM signal before the Trap.

    2. 1.2
      Skooter

      I did some tests and found out something a little weird:
      – With the amplifier and the dividers, the receiver detects 17 FM stations, all below 100 MHz.
      – With the antenna connected directly to the receiver, It detects 11 stations, across the spectrum of FM.

      My conclusion is that the FM Trap the amplifier actually only operates 100 MHz upwards, e até 100 MHz is he including amplifying the signal enough to bring stations that before were not detected.

      Now I'm in a tough situation, because either way I lose seasons. The way it's going to be get an amplifier without FM Trap or keep the current amplifier and use a second amplifier only for the receiver.

      1. 1.2.1
        Felipe

        Valeu Skooter, I need an amplifier of these.

        The signal here is not bad but when passing a car on the street the sign falls, Oh I can't watch.
        The Fm signal is already a bit unstable on some stations.

        I seek a better amplifier FM and TV signals, is there any version without the FM Trap?

        1. Skooter

          The ProEletronic the only without FM Trap is the weaker, of 15dB. Apparently the strongest need FM Trap for FM stations do not clog and spoil the TV signal. You may find other brands. But maybe you have to leave it in a place where you stay easy connect the trap to view TV and off to hear FM due to the saturate.

          I found here a former booster of 30dB, These one-piece (as amplifier) It has a switch to turn on/off the FM Trap. I never liked him to TV, but put him to FM and solved the problem. With the trap off he takes large amount of stations. With weaker disappear connected the trap and it picks up interference from television channels in various frequencies.

          So now it's like this: VHF antenna UHF antenna and go into a mixer, down a single cable to a splitter. One of the outputs of a cable splitter for this booster of 30dB with the trap off which is connected straight to the receiver. The other one splitter output cable to the amplifier of 30dB of VHF/UHF with FM trap. This amplifier will call a splitter for the TV spots of the House.

  2. 2
    Marcelo Cardona

    I was curious to see your rack, If it is possible to put an entire rack picture

    1. 2.1
      Skooter

      I'm going to put, soon update the article. It's kind of hard to get a good angle because the room is small.

      1. 2.1.1
        Marcelo Cardona

        Thanks!

  3. 3
    Antonio Fight

    Skooter, Thank you very much for the reference to my collection, I liked the link! Know I have room in collection, that is not where I live. In my ap, the difficulty is very similar, However reducing the number of consoles. You gave me the idea to document this part. Congratulations on your investment! Hugs

    PS.: Please delete my previous comment, the URL was wrong. Hugs

    1. 3.1
      Skooter

      Thank you for visiting Antonio. I didn't know that your collection kept in another location. It's a good idea to document this part, I found your collection very well organized, and if possible I will get some idea. I'm still thinking of a way to put an Atari in my rack. The two already have probably will keep stored, but I'm an American with S-Video and composite video the way you want to put in the living room. Maybe leave mounted in a case like the old to be easy to use. I think the Atari is the type of console that was made to be close to the player, on behalf of the keys in the console, short wired controls, but RF and supply with long wires.
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  4. 4
    antonioks

    Skooter in the case of the mega drive and the super nintendo has no risk of overheating them inside the housing ? and second I have a dream to make it in my because I have mega drive , Super nintendo , PS2 , Wii , PS3 and xbox360 and the bluray player from sony s190 and my biggest fear was the over heat and moisture. a cheers BRO

    1. 4.1
      Skooter

      I think overheating is not a big problem for these older consoles. Never had any problems with it, even in my childhood, now with the Islands in the niches, Although nowadays it's rare I spend more than 1 hour playing non-stop. In RS, because it's colder than here, I think you also wouldn't have a problem with that. As moisture can't say, Here the problem is usually the lack of moisture, so much so that often humidifier use.

      1. 4.1.1
        antonioks

        I'll try to do it and maybe buy a dehumidifier device in order to ease some of the ambient humidity.

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