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Title: [NOOB GUIDE] TurboED (v1 and v2.X) + Doujindance-modded PC Engine DUO-R
Post by: strider1911 on December 23, 2015, 06:45 PM
Many people Including me had trouble getting Turbo Everdrive 2.X to work with those console.
If you don't know, Doujindance is an eBay seller that specializes in PC Engine Duo-R consoles that he mods with RGB and Region switch (lately I've also seen Component versions).
Caveat: As per THIS LINK (http://assemblergames.com/l/threads/psa-dont-buy-duo-duo-r-systems-from-e-bay-seller-doujindance.64866/), be forewarned about buying premodded consoles from said eBay seller.


Disclaimer:
- This was made possible thanks to users goombakid and L-Digital, who discovered this method in the first place (as far as I know).
- I take no responsibility for damages, I only describe a method that worked for me - try it at your own risk.
- This was only tested with TED v2.1 and v2.3, it should work with all 2.X versions, but I can't be 100% sure.

(additional info, you can skip it if you just want the fix done)
If you got one of these consoles you won't be able to get Turbo Everdrive 2.X to work with it, the reason for this, if I understand correctly, is that the Everdrive consumes more power than a traditional card. Luckily, it turns out that fixing this is easier than originally thought.
Some people recommend soldering the mod board directly to the power regulators to get more stable and less reduced 5v power. I decided to use a different method under the assumption that the chips used in this type of mod can handle voltages higher than 5v, L-Digital recommended using a power adapter that supplies no more than 7.5v. I've been using 9v. People around the web are reporting these chips working fine even at 18v. For both me and L-Digital so far it seems to be working great.
I also found it way easier to solder the wire to the fuse holder since it is closer and much much easier to work with. If you prefer to do it without touching the fuse holder you can solder it to the IN pin of the 7805 power regulator instead. In other words, the fix used the INPUT voltage from the DC adapter to the IC board instead of the regulated 5v.

You will need:
- Basic soldering equpment.
- Torx 10 screwdriver like this one http://console5.com/store/torx-t10h-t10-tamper-proof-security-screwdriver.html
- Wire cutters of some kind, scissors are enough.
- Small piece of duct tape (for isolation).

1. Unplug the console from the power adapter and remove the screws at the back of the console using the Torx screwdriver, be careful when opening the console because there are 2 sets of wires connected to the top lid, one is on the right of the console and can be disconnected easily, and one is for the region switch, but it should be long enough for you to work without removing it.

2. Locate the wire that is connected to the card slot away from all the rest, like in this photo:

(http://i.imgur.com/c87uXAu.jpg)

There is a circle indicating the correct wire. Ignore the other circle. DO NOT CUT THE WIRE IN THE INDICATED POSITION, KEEP READING.

We are going to split that wire using the cutter, it doesn't really matter where you cut it as long as you can get enough wire to reconnect it someplace else, I recommend splitting it in the middle so you will have roughly 10cm (4 inches) on each side.

3. Remove the fuse with some tool, the screwdriver should be able to easily push one of the sides from under it. The reason for this is to avoid damaging the fuse with the solder iron.

4. Take the side of the wire that is connected to the mod board, the board should be taped above the card slot. Make sure you get this right as picking the wrong side may fry your console. Strip the edge of the wire (about 1-2mm) and tin it with some solder.

5. Add some solder to the fuse holder as well, you should pick the side that is further away from the DC plug connector so that in case of a power surge the fuse will protect the mod board. Make sure only to add solder from the outside of the fuse clamp so that you can easily re-insert the fuse after you are done.

6. Solder the wire you stripped directly to the fuse holder, if you do everything right it should look like this:

(http://i.imgur.com/7eBYkWI.jpg)

7. Re-insert the fuse.

9. I recommend you cover the tip of the other side of the exposed wire with some tape or even hot glue if you can, just to make sure it won't short out on one of the components. After doing this, mine looks like this:

(http://i.imgur.com/GVtJXdG.jpg)

10. Close the console up, you are done!

Enjoy!
Title: Re: [NOOB GUIDE] TurboED 2.X + Doujindance-modded PC Engine DUO-R
Post by: goombakid on December 23, 2015, 07:29 PM
To add to this:

If you haven't soldered ever and are not feeling up to this mod, then don't do it. Have someone with experience do it for you. It's better to find someone locally than to send it out since it's a fairly simple mod.

Depending on the type of mod used (in most cases, using 4551 as shown HERE (http://www.mmmonkey.co.uk/console/pce/region.htm)), 5v from the 7805 should be enough. It's the same point I use for all my mods (tested over 3 hours with a TED v1). The only reason I see that 5v won't be enough would be that with this particular mod setup, that board seems to also have an RGB mod which is probably powered all from that little power point that we are relocating, or components on the console's mainboard itself is going bad.

Either way, 5v or 9v should suffice for the region mod itself. It *should* not affect your TED in any way.

FWIW, the 4551 ICs can handle upwards to 18vdc.

You should be able to eliminate the rest of the wire in step 9 with no ill effects. Either desolder it from the point off the inductor (what it looks like from the pics) or cut the wire as close as you can...that's if you want a clean look and eliminate possible problems in the future.

Prior to closing up the console, it's a good idea to test it out with the TED for several hours (yes, hours) to see if there's any freezing or loading errors. If all is good, then close up the console and enjoy!
Title: Re: [NOOB GUIDE] TurboED 2.X + Doujindance-modded PC Engine DUO-R
Post by: strider1911 on December 24, 2015, 02:33 PM
To add to this:

If you haven't soldered ever and are not feeling up to this mod, then don't do it. Have someone with experience do it for you. It's better to find someone locally than to send it out since it's a fairly simple mod.

Depending on the type of mod used (in most cases, using 4551 as shown HERE (http://www.mmmonkey.co.uk/console/pce/region.htm)), 5v from the 7805 should be enough. It's the same point I use for all my mods (tested over 3 hours with a TED v1). The only reason I see that 5v won't be enough would be that with this particular mod setup, that board seems to also have an RGB mod which is probably powered all from that little power point that we are relocating, or components on the console's mainboard itself is going bad.

Either way, 5v or 9v should suffice for the region mod itself. It *should* not affect your TED in any way.

FWIW, the 4551 ICs can handle upwards to 18vdc.

You should be able to eliminate the rest of the wire in step 9 with no ill effects. Either desolder it from the point off the inductor (what it looks like from the pics) or cut the wire as close as you can...that's if you want a clean look and eliminate possible problems in the future.

Prior to closing up the console, it's a good idea to test it out with the TED for several hours (yes, hours) to see if there's any freezing or loading errors. If all is good, then close up the console and enjoy!

goombakid, I should mention that when I did have a V1 it worked without needing to mod anything straight out of the box. I don't think you and I are talking about the same configuration of mods.
Both the RGB mod and the Region mod have probably too much resistance for the 7805 to keep a steady supply of regulated 5v.
Title: Re: [NOOB GUIDE] TurboED (v1 and v2.X) + Doujindance-modded PC Engine DUO-R
Post by: goombakid on December 24, 2015, 08:33 PM
Hmmm, and I thought the v2 had lower power consumption. In any case, I stand corrected. Perhaps the 9v is the best bet for those with v2.
Title: Re: [NOOB GUIDE] TurboED (v1 and v2.X) + Doujindance-modded PC Engine DUO-R
Post by: nesfreak on February 22, 2016, 12:57 AM
I have TurboED v1 and a Doujindance modded pc-engine from 2012, RGB, region mod, recap and new laser. Haven't noticed any problems with my TurboED tho, is there certain games that doesn't work properly?
Title: Re: [NOOB GUIDE] TurboED (v1 and v2.X) + Doujindance-modded PC Engine DUO-R
Post by: LDigital on February 26, 2016, 03:06 PM
No, it flat out does not work and just gives a coloured screen if you have this issue
Title: Re: [NOOB GUIDE] TurboED (v1 and v2.X) + Doujindance-modded PC Engine DUO-R
Post by: nesfreak on February 28, 2016, 11:45 AM
Thank you for the answer L-Digital!

Im thinking of upgrading to TurboED v2, is there a risk of it not working even if the v1 works?
Title: Re: [NOOB GUIDE] TurboED (v1 and v2.X) + Doujindance-modded PC Engine DUO-R
Post by: mario64 on August 16, 2016, 03:26 AM
My DUO-R motherboard has no fuse. How can I apply this fix? My Turbo Everdrive just sits at the main screen and won't accept any gamepad input. If I flip the switch, I just get a grey screen
Title: Re: [NOOB GUIDE] TurboED (v1 and v2.X) + Doujindance-modded PC Engine DUO-R
Post by: strider1911 on August 16, 2016, 10:43 PM
My DUO-R motherboard has no fuse. How can I apply this fix? My Turbo Everdrive just sits at the main screen and won't accept any gamepad input. If I flip the switch, I just get a grey screen

Just connect the wire to the INPUT leg on the voltage regulator if you don't have a fuse. Shouldn't matter much if at all. You can recognize  it by the voltage - if it is 5 volts you got the wrong leg.
Title: Re: [NOOB GUIDE] TurboED (v1 and v2.X) + Doujindance-modded PC Engine DUO-R
Post by: mario64 on August 16, 2016, 11:02 PM
My DUO-R motherboard has no fuse. How can I apply this fix? My Turbo Everdrive just sits at the main screen and won't accept any gamepad input. If I flip the switch, I just get a grey screen

Just connect the wire to the INPUT leg on the voltage regulator if you don't have a fuse. Shouldn't matter much if at all. You can recognize  it by the voltage - if it is 5 volts you got the wrong leg.
Gotcha thanks.  Can that be done from the top side of the board or I have to remove it and connect to the pad underneath? Also, does it matter which of the two 7805's I use?
Title: Re: [NOOB GUIDE] TurboED (v1 and v2.X) + Doujindance-modded PC Engine DUO-R
Post by: mario64 on August 17, 2016, 04:32 AM
Update:

Tonight I disassembled my Duo-R and found that Doujindance did an excellent job modding it. He actually had already attached to the 7805 incoming line so the mod board was getting 9v. I then tested using a Genesis 2 power adapter which provides 10v. Same problem. The Everdrive boots to the file/game select screen then freezes. Do I have a defective Everdrive?

Thanks
Title: Re: [NOOB GUIDE] TurboED (v1 and v2.X) + Doujindance-modded PC Engine DUO-R
Post by: Brachabre on August 26, 2016, 11:09 PM
So Turbo Everdrive v2.4 don't work out of the box with any of the Doujindance-modded Duo-R/RX's? Is it the region-mod switch that causes this?
Title: Re: [NOOB GUIDE] TurboED (v1 and v2.X) + Doujindance-modded PC Engine DUO-R
Post by: mario64 on August 26, 2016, 11:59 PM
So Turbo Everdrive v2.4 don't work out of the box with any of the Doujindance-modded Duo-R/RX's? Is it the region-mod switch that causes this?
It works fine. My TED was defective. Doujindance now uses the incoming line on the 7805 to power his mod precisely to avoid issues with the TED. Once I got a good TED it works just fine
Title: Re: [NOOB GUIDE] TurboED (v1 and v2.X) + Doujindance-modded PC Engine DUO-R
Post by: wolfpacleader1986 on September 10, 2016, 10:48 PM
I can vouch. He did change the power line he uses. I just got a Duo-RX modded a few weeks ago and got the TED v2.4 in today. While it works with the region switch and component video, some games have graphical glitching with SCART(at least SCART to HDMI).

I'm about to do a thread covering this.
Title: Re: [NOOB GUIDE] TurboED (v1 and v2.X) + Doujindance-modded PC Engine DUO-R
Post by: aloram on January 06, 2017, 01:50 AM
Thanks for the heads-up.
Title: Re: [NOOB GUIDE] TurboED (v1 and v2.X) + Doujindance-modded PC Engine DUO-R
Post by: goombakid on January 06, 2017, 05:28 AM
Voultar did a thorough teardown of the Doujindance Duo mods, and it's simply shocking to see how bad his work is. If you considered buying one, read this first:
http://assemblergames.com/l/threads/psa-dont-buy-duo-duo-r-systems-from-e-bay-seller-doujindance.64866/

It's shameful.

Thanks for that.

Just looking at how crappy that install job looks, I'd totally avoid buying anything premoddified from him.

I'm gonna leave this stickied so everyone will be aware of potential problems with those premodded consoles. I added that caveat to the OP.
Title: Re: [NOOB GUIDE] TurboED (v1 and v2.X) + Doujindance-modded PC Engine DUO-R
Post by: Aether Knight on January 06, 2017, 05:17 PM
Yeah I am one of the unfortunate people that bought one of his modded systems and man I'm regretting it now. Not so much becuase my v2 doesn't work. That could be easily forgived as my v1 still works fine. No, its the fact that my Duo-R I got from him is exhibiting nasty color flickering results. Will always have a solid video signal, but color sometimes comes in/out and even in black and white and back to color again!

I'm currently researching how to get THAT fix as well as the v2 mod fix so I can use my newer TE on it. I also need my cables wired for euro scart.

Which brings me to my point of this post ; Maybe list a few reputable modders or repairers on this post?
Title: Re: [NOOB GUIDE] TurboED (v1 and v2.X) + Doujindance-modded PC Engine DUO-R
Post by: SmokeMonster on January 06, 2017, 09:53 PM
Maybe list a few reputable modders or repairers on this post?
That's a great idea. We could post a directory of active reputable modders. I'll start with a few:

Voultar (http://voultar.com/) (USA) has a lot of experience helping people repair/reverse their Doujindance-impared Duos. His mod-work is excellent and top-tier and he designs custom RGB amps.

thesteve (http://www.pcenginefx.com/forums/index.php?action=profile;u=3863) and Keith Courage (http://www.pcenginefx.com/forums/index.php?action=profile;u=3785) (USA) at pcenginefx.com are PCE gurus and can do any mods that exist.

Keith Courage (http://www.pcenginefx.com/forums/index.php?action=profile;u=3785) almost always stocks recapped RGB-modded Duos for sale at great prices.

thesteve (http://www.pcenginefx.com/forums/index.php?action=profile;u=3863) is an electrical engineer by trade and I’ve used him a lot through the years. I normally RGB mod all of my own consoles, but I leave expensive PCE stuff up to thesteve since he’s extremely skilled and always goes beyond just installing the amp.
Off the top of my head, thesteve has done the following work for my consoles:
-Turbo Express: Installed an RGB amp, 3.5” LCD, controller port, and composite AV output through the headphone jack. I’m possibly the only person on earth who has an RGB TE :D
-Turbo Express 2: Installed a 2.4” LCD (retains the TE bezel), recapped, and AV output through headphone jack.
-Turbo Express 3: Installed a 3.5” LCD and AV output through the headphone jack.
-SuperGrafx: Repaired 72 broken traces (the tiny group leading to the hucard connector), installed an RGB amp.
-Duo: RGB amped, replaced the laser, and calibrated the laser to the Taiyo Yuden CD-Rs that I use exclusively.
-Duo-R: Repaired a V-Ram issue, RGB amped, laser calibrated

I always buy the buffered RGB amps sold by mickchris (http://assemblergames.com/l/threads/fs-pce-turbografx-rgb-amps-cables-and-rgb-modded-consoles.56269/), which are tailored to the PC Engine’s non-standard levels. Mickchris often has recapped and RGB-amped Duos for sale, and he offers region modding them.

Jasen at Game-Tech.us (https://www.game-tech.us/) (USA) is a skilled modder and shares his work regularly on his YouTube Channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/GameTechUS). Very highly regarded and I’ve personally learned a lot from watching his repair log videos.
Title: Re: [NOOB GUIDE] TurboED (v1 and v2.X) + Doujindance-modded PC Engine DUO-R
Post by: skins4thewin on June 21, 2017, 11:16 PM
Hi Smokemonster, I also had thesteve do some turboexpress modwork for me as well, mostly the same stuff he did to yours in fact, and while I expected great work based on all the great reviews, I have had several issues with the mods done to the system.  It was not the quality work I expected from someone with such a good rep.

Please check your PM's, I would like to discuss some of the details on the mod work he did to your system, so I can see if you experienced any of the same issues.  Thanks :)
Title: Re: [NOOB GUIDE] TurboED (v1 and v2.X) + Doujindance-modded PC Engine DUO-R
Post by: Amerika on August 25, 2017, 07:11 PM
Ok, so I made this post earlier when I had an issue that sounded identical to the issue in the OP.  Then, luckily, I perused these forums and came across somebody with another issue with an TBED and a nice person linked them to the OS it's supposed to use.  I got my OS from http://www.stoneagegamer.com/turbo-everdrive-basic.html since that is where I bought the device and apparently both v2 and v3 do not work with my TBED.  However, the link to the OS on Krikzz's website did http://krikzz.com/pub/support/turbo-everdrive/v2/os/.

So, all of that troubleshooting was mostly for nothing since all I needed to do was swap out one OS file for another, heh.  I contacted Stoneagegamer to investigate and make sure they have the proper files up.

HOWEVER, something good did come out of it.  I took some pictures of the inside of a Doujindance Duo-R that is apparently radically different than his older builds.  You can see them below (I only put an actual image of the first as not to annoy people).  I am not sure if the work is really any better as I am not an expert in this area but it definitely did not have any epoxy, glue, tape or bubble wrap anywhere.  Also, the soldering looked pretty clean.  I believe this is what his more recent work looks like and it apparently fixed the TBED issue as well.  The image and sound quality is also good in regards to my setup.

If somebody wants, I can take closer/better pictures.

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/MlqM5QHI_flrwsr5dyU_waWf0yoJDvwGiOxg61wAb_SCc7Jm28B-RC2P0ZBfvuHz6KFskwSpNqtUAgS3Gxha8BPJq52HQ1eXVZD195Cl6xPGUXA-qff3_bkGm1WPOmVX8Tv-inyDgwShTQTaFR2IVoq0IzwLGd2tfctz6ukAA_ccnqiYOvsqUbcXWshiNtmizyZQkL6pj7-X2CGjOhye5HDyJcQi16Rd9k8nDdWC-cMCAdncpKo30rMSD2QhrP8MpMDsxkxR69rDpq8aKZe_4Db-xq3Hb6Ef_lLdvEul5eIpFPBmZNJLjDYEl3fwwDzGWN8bxPkFIh99a3QSprRm3XgSixwIesj-8b4aBb-ZN3FhGx_pPd9nsxTw9hrI-RFIWuhX9-UtDCLffSw4aIrcSuu0mvq5y2YFnEMOYx3m7RstBR4teRGTha9v7Lu9lyRYj2Zo1moT3xuejlRBm5DBDoK4CTfUHxLVTxIonwM7hsH0CdyTPbFwSUS9ivj9TEEBJejNRzXe7THlWwxrKM7Ji3av6-EYhQjk0Tv_8UrmrpQ1tmzf_IYEBZ6fKiDNUv98X07gVbtiR3VeLVu6h0q1fx_5ADhqRjLH38WYVVvT4w6Qx2D-bKG_=w3308-h1860-no)

https://goo.gl/photos/4MHkrS5xJbkdRQ599

https://goo.gl/photos/6cGLNYy6VCskCnT5A

https://goo.gl/photos/F5rcngioP8T3HVeS7
Title: Re: [NOOB GUIDE] TurboED (v1 and v2.X) + Doujindance-modded PC Engine DUO-R
Post by: HotJuicyBurgers on October 07, 2017, 12:34 AM
Hi there everyone,

hope someone here can shed some light on this...

I got a region modded pc engine duo from keith courage from the pcenginefx forums, everything was great until i tried my v2 everdrive and all I got was a white screen. Made sure the region switches were all in accordance, even tried every combination of them to no avail. Anyone have any trouble shooting tips for me? I just want to figure out which part of the equation is the busted part so that I can fix it haha.

The system is region modded, rgb modded and had a recap. The work looks top notch, (I have the system open now) and actually uses a physical switch for the region mod which is the kind that you want from what I understand.

Thanks in advance guys!
Title: Re: [NOOB GUIDE] TurboED (v1 and v2.X) + Doujindance-modded PC Engine DUO-R
Post by: Amerika on October 07, 2017, 04:12 AM
Hi there everyone,

hope someone here can shed some light on this...

I got a region modded pc engine duo from keith courage from the pcenginefx forums, everything was great until i tried my v2 everdrive and all I got was a white screen. Made sure the region switches were all in accordance, even tried every combination of them to no avail. Anyone have any trouble shooting tips for me? I just want to figure out which part of the equation is the busted part so that I can fix it haha.

The system is region modded, rgb modded and had a recap. The work looks top notch, (I have the system open now) and actually uses a physical switch for the region mod which is the kind that you want from what I understand.

Thanks in advance guys!

What happens when you take the SD card out?  Do you still get a white screen or do you get a screen that gives you an error message?
Title: Re: [NOOB GUIDE] TurboED (v1 and v2.X) + Doujindance-modded PC Engine DUO-R
Post by: HotJuicyBurgers on October 07, 2017, 05:08 AM
Hi there everyone,

hope someone here can shed some light on this...

I got a region modded pc engine duo from keith courage from the pcenginefx forums, everything was great until i tried my v2 everdrive and all I got was a white screen. Made sure the region switches were all in accordance, even tried every combination of them to no avail. Anyone have any trouble shooting tips for me? I just want to figure out which part of the equation is the busted part so that I can fix it haha.

The system is region modded, rgb modded and had a recap. The work looks top notch, (I have the system open now) and actually uses a physical switch for the region mod which is the kind that you want from what I understand.

Thanks in advance guys!

What happens when you take the SD card out?  Do you still get a white screen or do you get a screen that gives you an error message?

When I boot it up with no SD card at all It is still a white screen :(
Title: Re: [NOOB GUIDE] TurboED (v1 and v2.X) + Doujindance-modded PC Engine DUO-R
Post by: FeverDrive on October 07, 2017, 07:43 PM
I got a region modded pc engine duo from keith courage from the pcenginefx forums, everything was great until i tried my v2 everdrive and all I got was a white screen.
Do you have another PC Engine to test? can you borrow one?
Title: Re: [NOOB GUIDE] TurboED (v1 and v2.X) + Doujindance-modded PC Engine DUO-R
Post by: HotJuicyBurgers on October 08, 2017, 11:37 PM
I got a region modded pc engine duo from keith courage from the pcenginefx forums, everything was great until i tried my v2 everdrive and all I got was a white screen.
Do you have another PC Engine to test? can you borrow one?

Unfortunately I don't. Never even seen one in the wild in my whole life. Would be convenient if I had another. If it didn't work on both it's the Everdrive, if it works on one and not the other it is the console.
Title: Re: [NOOB GUIDE] TurboED (v1 and v2.X) + Doujindance-modded PC Engine DUO-R
Post by: Tzakiel on November 17, 2017, 08:57 PM
So I just got a new turbo ED 2.5 and a doujindance duo R. And everything works perfectly. Clearly things have improved.
Title: Re: [NOOB GUIDE] TurboED (v1 and v2.X) + Doujindance-modded PC Engine DUO-R
Post by: Tzakiel on November 17, 2017, 09:00 PM
Hi there everyone,

hope someone here can shed some light on this...

I got a region modded pc engine duo from keith courage from the pcenginefx forums, everything was great until i tried my v2 everdrive and all I got was a white screen. Made sure the region switches were all in accordance, even tried every combination of them to no avail. Anyone have any trouble shooting tips for me? I just want to figure out which part of the equation is the busted part so that I can fix it haha.

The system is region modded, rgb modded and had a recap. The work looks top notch, (I have the system open now) and actually uses a physical switch for the region mod which is the kind that you want from what I understand.

Thanks in advance guys!

FWIW I got a white screen until I had the right region selected on the both turbo ED and the duo R. Maybe try some combinations. Also the white screen still appears and does take a few seconds some to go away, make sure you aren’t rushing it. At first I thought it wasn’t working until I waited another second.

Edit: never mind, I didn’t read. Sorry, maybe yours was one of the older ones without the power improvements to the wiring in the mods.
Title: Re: [NOOB GUIDE] TurboED (v1 and v2.X) + Doujindance-modded PC Engine DUO-R
Post by: SmokeMonster on November 17, 2017, 09:08 PM
So I just got a new turbo ED 2.5 and a doujindance duo R. And everything works perfectly. Clearly things have improved.
Yes, all reports on his new methods are very good. He seems to be doing fine work now :D
Title: Re: [NOOB GUIDE] TurboED (v1 and v2.X) + Doujindance-modded PC Engine DUO-R
Post by: trotter on May 03, 2018, 01:20 AM
All,

This also fixed my issue to on my duo-R that was modded by Doujindance.  I had the grey screen no menu showing.

BIG THANKS to users goombakid and L-Digital.  ;)
Title: Re: [NOOB GUIDE] TurboED (v1 and v2.X) + Doujindance-modded PC Engine DUO-R
Post by: Yardley on July 23, 2018, 07:42 AM
All,

This also fixed my issue to on my duo-R that was modded by Doujindance.  I had the grey screen no menu showing.

BIG THANKS to users goombakid and L-Digital.  ;)

Did you buy a system from him when he was doing the older mod or did you have issues with one of his newer systems? I am thinking about buying one form him.
Title: Re: [NOOB GUIDE] TurboED (v1 and v2.X) + Doujindance-modded PC Engine DUO-R
Post by: Yardley on August 14, 2018, 07:47 AM
I wanted to say that I purchased a modded Duo-R from Doujindance and it has been working perfectly. He has completely changed the way he does his mods and they look clean and well done now. The packaging was great and he sent many videos explaining different things including a video of him testing my system before shipping it. I would definitely recommend purchasing from him.
Title: Re: [NOOB GUIDE] TurboED (v1 and v2.X) + Doujindance-modded PC Engine DUO-R
Post by: PsychoFox on September 11, 2018, 01:43 AM
I also wanted to say that the new consoles from Doujindance are fine. I got one last week, and it works with my Turbo Everdrive 2.5 perfectly.

This is the second system I've bought from Doijindance. The first was modded for S-Video/SCART as well as region. I've never had a problem with it, it still works great, and my Turbo Everdrive V1 works great with it too. However I know the build quality wasn't as good back then, with the insides being a lot of plastic and wires etc. that looked a bit sloppy, and weren't the best methods. Honestly though I never would have suspected a thing myself from using it, it's been fine. If the colors aren't perfect, I'm slightly colorblind and a slight variation wouldn't stand out to me, but anything big would. I also don't have an issue with blue, just red and green. Friends never saw an issue with the colors but we weren't testing with meters either.

My new system is modded for Component output as well as SCART, and of course region. It uses one of those component cables that has a box with some circuitry in it to go from RGB to component, similar to the HD Retrovision cables for other systems. Both systems are Duo-Rs. The new one has much nicer boards that are branded with the seller's name and the overall build quality just seems much higher.

In my testing, I've found:

Doujindance system from a few years ago - Turbo Everdrive V1 works great, Turbo Everdrive v2.5 is too flaky to work. 1st try was white screen, second try let me pick a game (thought maybe I was lucky), but then the video went all weird upon launch.

Doujindance system bought last week - both Turbo Everdrive V1 and V2.5 work flawlessly

I hope this helps! I think you should consider changing the message in the topic, to note that this may not apply to newer systems. Of course you can't guarantee compatibility with any mod, just as Doujindance doesn't guarantee compatibility with any flash cart, but unless someone is buying a Doujindance mod second hand nowadays, I don't think the warning really applies.
Title: Re: [NOOB GUIDE] TurboED (v1 and v2.X) + Doujindance-modded PC Engine DUO-R
Post by: RetroRGB on September 11, 2018, 04:25 PM
Can you post pictures of the new mods?  I've seen a few pics and the new work seemed fine, but pics are always better. 

Also, I mean no disrespect by saying this, but saying "the console works fine" is what lead to hundreds of people buying consoles that were one step away from destroyed.  When it comes to console modding, it's best to post pictures and measurements (if applicable).  If we're all better nerds about this stuff, we'll all end up with better consoles :)

...oh and you should consider having your original modded console looked at by a pro.  They can still be restored and most of the damage can be reversed.
Title: Re: [NOOB GUIDE] TurboED (v1 and v2.X) + Doujindance-modded PC Engine DUO-R
Post by: Yardley on September 11, 2018, 04:55 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtT2FW0PYME
Title: Re: [NOOB GUIDE] TurboED (v1 and v2.X) + Doujindance-modded PC Engine DUO-R
Post by: PsychoFox on September 11, 2018, 05:50 PM
Can you post pictures of the new mods?  I've seen a few pics and the new work seemed fine, but pics are always better. 

Also, I mean no disrespect by saying this, but saying "the console works fine" is what lead to hundreds of people buying consoles that were one step away from destroyed.  When it comes to console modding, it's best to post pictures and measurements (if applicable).  If we're all better nerds about this stuff, we'll all end up with better consoles :)

...oh and you should consider having your original modded console looked at by a pro.  They can still be restored and most of the damage can be reversed.

Video above covers the mod well (thanks). I was going to add that I'm sure there's still things that many people would do differently if modding one themselves, everyone has their own preferences they swear by there. I've also seen plenty of cases where something reported as destroying consoles is actually not that big of a deal (like the big report regarding the voltage of everdrives - I've yet to have one harm a system, and I have at least one for each system they are made for (if you count SD2SNES as one).

My old one isn't damaged, as mentioned it still works fine, and was bought years ago. Granted, I don't play it every day, or even every month, but it gets used. As it stands, I have 2, so whichever dies first, the other is the backup! I have one everdrive that works in each of them too, so I'm pretty good to go. I'm gonna stick with the component cable and TED 2.5 in most cases though. Better picture, newer mod, and newer faster loading TED.

Not saying the old mod didn't have issues, just that I haven't encountered any in my time owning it. In the end, I'd rather have a region modded one with better video output that works with the TED, and might burn out young, than a perfect un-modded one. I don't think that would be the case with the new mod, but I'm no expert on the intricacies of modding - I follow guides to solder my own,  and I buy mods, but rarely understand all the science under it cause that's just not my main area of interest, and I trust others to point out any issues, cause there are people that get this stuff way better than me.  I might some day look into one with only a video mod as well, since the region mod isn't as necessary. I need to get my first CDI and 3DO systems before I look into a 3rd PCE though :)

For now, all I can report for sure is that I've been playing the TED 2.5 (and the V1 shortly) on the new mod and have encountered no problems at all, while the TED 2.5 on my old mod either fails to boot or crashes when booting a game. The V1 is fine on both.
Title: Re: [NOOB GUIDE] TurboED (v1 and v2.X) + Doujindance-modded PC Engine DUO-R
Post by: IrishNinja on January 22, 2019, 07:30 PM
damn...yeah, i have an older doujindace duo-r (had trouble with discs for a while too, keith courage was a big help there!) - it worked with my last roommate's older turbo everdrive, but this 2.0 just got here and regardless of setting, the games glitch/lock.  looking to have this fix done locally soon, thanks OP!