Friday, February 22, 2019

Been learning KiCad (Dragon's Lair ROM PCB created to help me learn)

After I discovered that my Eagle v7 license only allows PCB sizes of something like 6" x 4" (I was disgusted), I decided to learn KiCad so that I could make larger PCBs.

Needing a simple and easy PCB to start with, I decided to reproduce the Dragon's Lair ROM board which is very basic.  All it has is a connector, five EPROM sockets, and some capacitors.

Here's what I ended up with.  I am pretty happy overall with the tool, although I did a find at least one feature that Eagle has that KiCad doesn't have that I am missing.  Still, I think KiCad may be the overall winner between the two considering how far astray Eagle has gone these days.

(here's the original for reference)

Monday, February 11, 2019

Added a new molex connector to my Electrohome G07

Someone had cut off the original molex power connector for this G07.  I studied the connector for another G07 that I have in my Dragon's Lair and found what I believe is a compatible replacement.

A small victory, but at least it was a mini project completed.