Thursday, July 11, 2013

Retro Repair Tips 3: SNES Super Teardown!

       Hey there guys! Welcome once again to Retro Repair Tips blog post! This week we're getting a 16-bit overhaul! The SNES takes the stage this week, and we're going to rip it apart, and leave no stone un-turned.

        The Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Super NES, Nintendo 2, or whatever you want to call it, is the successor to the original NES. Featuring amazing 16-bit graphics, near CD quality audio,  and a wonderful Christmas library of vibrant and beautiful games, the SNES has a soft spot in my heart. It was my first video game system! It's the reason I'm here, right now! So let's get started!

Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Model 1 "Senior"
Complete Teardown

Tools Needed:
  • Phillips Screwdriver
  • 5mm security bit Screwdriver

        Let's start it off by saying forget blast processing! It's all about mode 7! First things first, let's flip that puppy over to expose the underbelly. There will be six Nintendo security bits to remove, which i will label in red.

        Once you've got those pulled out, put them aside and flip the SNES back over. Your SNES may look a bit different on the inside, but they are mostly the same. As you can see, there is a lot going on here, but just take your time, and it will go smoothly!

        First, we're going to focus on removing the 'Eject' button assembly. It is made up on 3 pieces; the plastic button, a metal bar, and a metal spring. What you'll want to do here, is lift up on the bar on the right side of the console, like so.

        Next, pull the bar out, to the right, and the assembly will come apart. take the 3 pieces, and set them aside.

        Next you need to remove the ribbon cable that connects the controller ports to the main motherboard, just pull on it a bit, and it will slide right out.

        Now let's start on removing some of those 16-bit screws! Well, they're phillips know what I mean! Remove the two screws in orange that are holding the power switch in place.

         To remove the power switch, just lightly pull the plug out of the back of the board. Now go ahead and remove the 3 screws in Yellow, and the two screws in Green. Set them aside separately.

        There are two more screws hiding up at the top of the board, near the AC adapter, and video output area. I have marked these in Light Blue.

        Once all of those seven screws have been removed, you should be able to lift the motherboard right out!

        First, lift the metal shielding in the front off, like so.

        Next we need to remove the heatsink in the back of the motherboard. start by taking a look at the 7805 5v regulator. There will be one screw holding it on, that I will mark in Navy Blue.

        Flip the motherboard over, and you will see a total of 5 screws. You are only going to be concerned with 4 of them, that I will mark in Violet.

        You should be able to lift the heatsink right off, now!

        Turn your attention now to the top half of the SNES shell. There's a lot going on here, believe it or not. Begin by removing the seven screws both above, and below the cartridge slot, marked in pink.


        Once you remove those seven screws, zoom in a bit to the bottom left side, notice that spring? That's what keeps the reset button coming back down after every time you push it up. To remove the assembly, simply use something like a thumb tack, or needle to pull one end of the spring off.

        Now when you lift away that assembly, you will see the undersides of the Power, and Reset buttons.

        To remove the buttons, simply push the the four tabs in on either switch, and pop them out. Take a look above the cartridge slot, and notice the two tabs on either side. Use a small object (I used the metal pin from the eject button) to push the tabs in, and flip the SNES over to pull the plastic cover off.




        Note, that when you remove this plastic cover, the cartridge slot cover will become loose, simply put it to the side to complete the teardown! Now take a look at the entire lot of SNES parts, and pat yourself on the back, because you're super. Super NES that is!



        Once again, here is a visual picture of all the hardware present, along with the color for their respective location.

        Well that's all for this week guys, I hope you enjoyed the teardown, and hopefully it will be helpful to you in your future projects! As always please give me some feedback so I know what you guys like, and what you don't. Stay tuned, I think next week I'm going to start doing my blog in video format, so who knows what is going to happen. Thanks for reading guys!



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