Saturday, September 26, 2020

Esh's Aurunmilla reproduction PCB! Soldering and testing!

I first got the idea to clone the Esh's Aurunmilla PCB aboout five years ago.  I've always liked this game because it is so cheesy that it's endearing.  The fact that hardly any PCBs are known to exist and that no one seems to have the schematics makes preserving this game a more interesting challenge.  I would never be able to own the original game PCB.  But could I make a 1:1 clone of it?

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Looks what showed up today!

 As some of you know, I have been working on cloning the Esh's Aurunmilla PCB.  The first prototype PCBs arrived today.  Pictured is the original (populated) next to the cloned PCB.  Looks pretty close if I do say so myself!

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Installing huffyuv under wine on linux

So that I don't ever have to figure this out again:


  • Ubuntu 20.04 LTS
  • WineTricks
  • Downloaded and unzipped 32-bit virtualdub.
  • Downloaded 32-bit huffyuv from here .
From within the winetricks environment, run regedit and import (or manually add) this entry:

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Drivers32]"VIDC.HFYU"="huffyuv.dll"

Copy the huffyuv.dll from the downloaded zip file to c:\windows\syswow64\ from within wine. (you can launch task manager, then run cmd to do this)

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Frustrated with Ubuntu GDM refresh rate problem

Pulled my hair out for an hour or two trying to fix a refresh rate problem for an old monitor I had lying around that I was using to build a machine for the kids.

For my own future reference, here is my solution.

Monday, May 25, 2020

Re-purposing a blank Dexter PCB!

I had a few blank Dexter PCBs lying around.  I got this great idea to use it as an LD-V1000 tester!  (ie, it plugs into a real Dexter unit in LD-V1000 mode and sends LD-V1000 commands as if it was a game)

Nintendo Switch Controller Repair

Here's something you don't see on my blog very often!

If anyone is curious, my favorite Switch games are Overcooked 1 and 2 (which are also available on other platforms).