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Post Posted: Mon Jun 19, 2006 12:52 am
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Mike Cukan get his adapters for free :P


Correction: I get one adapter for free - I only soldered ONE cheapo homebrew thing for Bock, and I am NOT going to make any more, unless someone wants one (or probably more like ten) in exchange for Thundercats or a SMS Disk System.

Like I said, I'll buy three in addition to the one I get for free. And no one touches my candy, dammit!
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Post Posted: Wed Jun 21, 2006 10:58 pm
I'm interested in one of these Adapters. PM me with details on how I go about paying for a pre-order.

Thanks

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Give me TWO
Post Posted: Sat Jun 24, 2006 5:43 pm
Give me TWO!

That stuff is nice, give me too!

When do you will have the final version? I'm very very slow saving money, but I want that stuff FOR SURE...
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Post Posted: Fri Jun 30, 2006 9:24 pm
I want one!
Bock, you rule!
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Post Posted: Sun Jul 02, 2006 7:42 am
Sign me up for two!
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Post Posted: Tue Jul 11, 2006 12:13 pm
Thanks again all.
If things goes as expected, I could get the produced goods in ~7 weeks.
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Post Posted: Sat Jul 15, 2006 12:16 am
I'll take one.. finally :D
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Post Posted: Sat Jul 15, 2006 12:44 pm
I smell an SMS Power! store coming up... ;)
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Post Posted: Wed Jul 19, 2006 12:50 am
Bock, after all those orders, how is the price?
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Post Posted: Wed Jul 19, 2006 11:13 am
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Bock, after all those orders, how is the price?

Unchanged.
To let you know, the selling price is way higher than production price but I have to order 250 of them and I don't expect to sell all anytime soon so I'm trying to reduce my risk here. Of course the 50 orders aren't paying back for the whole (remember I originally planned to have 100 preorders).
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Post Posted: Mon Jul 24, 2006 1:49 pm
I´ll take one! :)
 
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Post Posted: Mon Jul 24, 2006 2:25 pm
Bruno Alvares (Brazil) wrote
I´ll take one! :)

Please register a forum account with a valid e-mail so I can contact you when the adapters are available.
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Post Posted: Wed Jul 26, 2006 1:46 am
Bock wrote
PrOfUnD Darkness wrote
Bock, after all those orders, how is the price?

Unchanged.
To let you know, the selling price is way higher than production price but I have to order 250 of them and I don't expect to sell all anytime soon so I'm trying to reduce my risk here. Of course the 50 orders aren't paying back for the whole (remember I originally planned to have 100 preorders).


Bock, count me on!
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Post Posted: Wed Aug 02, 2006 12:26 pm
Progress report: circuit board have been produced.
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Done!
Post Posted: Thu Aug 31, 2006 1:27 pm
Last edited by Bock on Thu Aug 31, 2006 1:28 pm; edited 1 time in total
Progress report: adapters arrived!
Please wait a bit until I do testing and start harassing people to get my money back. :)

Adapters comes in two flavor:
- diagonal version (80% of the production)
- straight version (20% of the production)

The diagonal version is recommanded. It requires you to remove the plastic bit from the SMS back, but then you can stick the adapter in the expansion slot, and keep the SMS properly closed.

If you are some maniac who doesn't want to remove the plastic bit and keep your SMS virgin, use straight version and you can put the SMS cover over it but it can't be screwed so your SMS isn't well closed and it's a bit dodgy.
SMS_GenderAdapters-01.jpg (104.39 KB)
Straight version, close up
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Straight version, lots
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SMS_GenderAdapters-03.jpg (114.46 KB)
Diagonal and straight, lots
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Price
Post Posted: Thu Aug 31, 2006 1:27 pm
I will reduce the price by a few euros, but I need to check out on the shipping cost first.
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Post Posted: Thu Aug 31, 2006 2:00 pm
Can you post some more close-up pictures? I'm still a bit nervous about the build quality, wondering how many times I can plug a cart into a diagonal adaptor before a solder joint breaks - although, that's an encouragement to buy more than one...
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Post Posted: Thu Aug 31, 2006 6:23 pm
I'm interest by one too.
A idea for the port price to France? Can you sell it hand-to-hand on Paris or it's better to send?

ps :If you can sell all, think to ebay
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Post Posted: Thu Aug 31, 2006 7:17 pm
I think you missed me off the order list :(
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Post Posted: Thu Aug 31, 2006 8:03 pm
james costello wrote
I think you missed me off the order list :(

You seemed not to be sure about was the adapter was doing. If you confirm your offer to buy 2 i can put you back.

Manest: my first quote was a fixed price of 15 euros including shipping worldwide. If you want to get it hand to hand I suppose I can reduce the price accordingly. But I guess shipping to France shall be fairly cheap, 1 or 2 euros maybe.
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Post Posted: Thu Aug 31, 2006 8:08 pm
Maxim, I don't have a camera handy, I'll do that in some days.
The diagonal adapter looks rigid enough, but frankly I haven't tested this version on a real SMS yet. I sent a SMS to the guy making them for testing and I think he was intelligent enough to do the right choices. I will test the diagonal version shortly and will tell you.
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Post Posted: Thu Aug 31, 2006 8:15 pm
For those reading this and who pre-ordered, to spare me on sending e-mail to everyone, please send me an e-mail with those information:

# Forum name
# Real name
# Full address
# Quantity ordered (it's your chance to triple ;)

My e-mail is
cornut at noos dot fr
It is also my PayPal address (but don't pay yet).
Please mention in the e-mail if you can't pay via PayPal, to arrange another way.

Price will be less than 15 euros, but again I'll have to check on shipping. Say, between 12 and 14. I will also reduce price for multiple orders.

Of course if you're uncertain, you can always hold on and order later.
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PRICE
Post Posted: Thu Aug 31, 2006 10:23 pm
Price for the adapter will be:
13 euros.
Shipped worldwide.
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Post Posted: Fri Sep 01, 2006 2:33 am
Bock wrote
Price will be between 12 and 14.
Bock wrote
Price for the adapter will be: 13 euros.
lol, at least you are consistent :p

well, let me help the people all over the world to convert from euros to their currencys: http://www.xe.com/ucc/

as of 2006.09.01 02:32:28 UTC, 13.00 EUR = 16.6406 USD
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Post Posted: Fri Sep 01, 2006 2:06 pm
2euro will be the price of the subway, thus the sending is better :)
I send you a email.
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Diagonal Adapter : Info + More pictures
Post Posted: Mon Sep 04, 2006 11:45 am
The diagonal adapter is stable and barely moving in the system. It looks solid.

It may be a bit difficult to plug at first because it fits very tightly. You'll have to find the appropriate pressure level between gentle and violent to push it into the back connector. Once it's there you shall have no reason to remove it because it's small enough (but of course you can remove it if you wish).

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Video
Post Posted: Mon Sep 04, 2006 12:09 pm
Running Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap, showing as Monster World II:
http://www.smspower.org/misc/sms_gender_adapter_wonderboyIII.avi

Copying Japanese cartridge content to a battery backed RAM cartridge:
http://www.smspower.org/misc/sms_gender_adapter_dumping.avi

Sorry for the sound of my breath.
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Post Posted: Mon Sep 04, 2006 12:53 pm
Last edited by Maxim on Mon Sep 04, 2006 2:01 pm; edited 2 times in total
Here's those videos in YouTube embedded players:

Videos are being processed as I post, so they may not be available yet immediately after posting.

Edit: apparently these don't work for some people... I don't know why, I can see them in Firefox and IE.
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Order Now
Post Posted: Mon Sep 04, 2006 1:01 pm
You can now order your gender adapter(s) from here:
http://www.smspower.org/GenderAdapter

I will process shipping in batches, and may send everything at once in a dozen days. I'll be unavailable from 18 September to 8 October. Any order placed near the 18 September limit will have to be shipped mid-October.

Please continue to ask questions as needed. I know the page is unclear but I have no time to do anything better now.
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Post Posted: Mon Sep 04, 2006 1:25 pm
Just to make it clear: do people who "pre-ordered" in this thread need to click through and order again by PayPal?

The information in the embedded PayPal form is setting the PayPal page to French, can you make it appear in English by default, and maybe offer multiple buttons for different languages?

If you sign in to PayPal before you click the button, you seem to get your normal language.
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Post Posted: Mon Sep 04, 2006 1:50 pm
Maxim wrote
Just to make it clear: do people who "pre-ordered" in this thread need to click through and order again by PayPal?


YES.
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Post Posted: Tue Sep 05, 2006 5:31 am
It won't let me specify the type of adapter through paypal I want. But of course I wish for a diagonal model.
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Post Posted: Tue Sep 05, 2006 2:06 pm
Probably a stupid question, but can this only be used via the expansion slot, or can it be used in the ordinary cart.slot for the Mark III? I know there is a difference in the pins etc. but wondered anyway.
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Post Posted: Tue Sep 05, 2006 2:31 pm
Just the expansion slot, and just on an SMS1 (Japanese or otherwise). It won't work on a Mark III. The Mark III expansion slot, and the Mark III cartridge slot, are missing some of the important connection lines, so the compatibility will be worse.
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Post Posted: Tue Sep 05, 2006 2:34 pm
Ah well, was worth asking! That's what I feared though! Shame I don't have a Japanese SMS1. I'm not planning on doing anything complex like dumping games etc. so it prob aint worth my while getting one right now then. Would the tototek one be of use to me?
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Post Posted: Tue Sep 05, 2006 2:57 pm
kungfukid wrote
Would the tototek one be of use to me?

Only for playing Western SMS games on a Japanese SMS or Mark III.
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Post Posted: Tue Sep 05, 2006 3:05 pm
Yeah, that's all I was planning on using it for really - playing Euro SMS games on the Mark III. Are there any serious compatibility issues with the tototek adapter? Codemasters springs to mind.
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Post Posted: Tue Sep 05, 2006 5:01 pm
A grown man can't complain about 13,00€ - go on, I'll have one then. Those photos with the little SMSPowers on it are just so sweet, it's no good. Another box of sega treasures buried in the attic for future generations, I guess.

It will be completely useless in my possession, but when has that ever stopped me doing or saying anything? I should have the available funds through by the end of this week.
Are you gona put any on ebay, yahoo japan auctions, etc?
 
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Post Posted: Tue Sep 05, 2006 5:34 pm
It's a bit depressing if the general concensus is to buy the adapter for its coolness. Do me a favor and have use for the adapter someday. :)

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Are you gona put any on ebay, yahoo japan auctions, etc?

Yes. I'll put several on eBay but later, not this month.
I'm going to Japan soon and I'll see if I can sell them to retro game/import shops.
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Post Posted: Thu Sep 07, 2006 9:13 pm
Ordered mine yesteday; I had the oportunity to see the info at DP and I couldn't resist. Thanks Bock!
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Post Posted: Sun Sep 10, 2006 5:02 pm
when you going to japan? I probly going in april or may ish
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Post Posted: Mon Sep 11, 2006 8:46 am
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when you going to japan? I probly going in april or may ish

(offtopic)I'm going next week, TGS time.(/offtopic)
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Post Posted: Mon Sep 11, 2006 11:50 pm
When I last was in Japan, which admittedly is starting to be a long time ago, there was a piece of retro heaven in the back streets of Akihabara. I don't think it was Max Load, but it had a somewhat similar name. You should try to sell your adaptor there.

Hmm, if I had 85 000 yen, I think I would use those for an airplane ticket instead of a complete MS set on Yahoo...
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First Batch Shipped
Post Posted: Fri Sep 15, 2006 11:59 am
I shipped this morning all adapters that have been paid so far (about half of the pre-orders).

I haven't had time to test all adapters. Shall any problem arise, e-mail me and we'll sort it out (I'll probably send another). I'll be mostly unavailable from now to October 8th.
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Post Posted: Sat Sep 16, 2006 4:02 am
Need a Japanese SMS first to test it. Time to scour ebay.
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Post Posted: Sat Sep 16, 2006 7:27 am
You can test it on any SMS1.
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Post Posted: Sun Sep 17, 2006 11:13 pm
Hi, I just handed a international credit card, now I can use Paypal with no probs and honor my promise! But I have a question: is the final price (13 EUR) with shipping included? If not, how much is it to ship to Brazil?

Also, if anyone got a Japanese SMS for selling, send me a e-mail (displayed in my profile). For now I only have my first and only brazilian SMS1 back from 89 - 90...
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Post Posted: Tue Sep 19, 2006 11:51 am
Got mine yesterday :) Haven't had a chance to try it out 'cos I've just moved house and all my stuff is packed up in about 30 different boxes, but many thanks anyway Bock!
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Post Posted: Tue Sep 19, 2006 12:23 pm
I got mine yesterday too, and also can't play with it yet :S
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Post Posted: Tue Sep 19, 2006 3:59 pm
Got mine yesterday thanks Bock
Ive just tested it out, does take a bit of force to get it into place, so i suggest leaving it in there once its in.
The brilliant FM music and sounds in cloud master and rampage totally transforms the games, i love it!
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