Many of us have always wanted to improve, customize or modify our treasured possessions in order to make them special, one of a kind and truly only yours. Perhaps you’ve added chrome wheels to your vehicle or modified your computer to make coffee. We would like to showcase just such a customization which was crafted by SixPackTech reader and avid gamer, SgtSmackaho, who submitted some great pictures of his modified Xbox 360. In essence, the console was outfitted with a 7″ LCD monitor and it obviously makes the games that much more enjoyable. Plus, it carries heavy some bragging rights.
SgtS sent us his story and some pictures and a video which we’d like to share. Have a look.
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I originally got the 7 in LCD screen at stuff.maxim.com ($32 shipped on Ebay) just because I wanted the case it came in… My goal is to build a Nintendo 64 portable (battery powered,handheld N64) but I have a serious lack of skill and patience when it comes to case making, I.E. Bondo and what not. I got the case I wanted and thought it would be a shame to just throw the screen out so I found it a new home.
The total amount of time I have into this project is about 20 – 30 hours, It hard to say EXACTLY. Its a hobby so I dont really keep track, its just something to do to waste some time.
As far as tools go it’s pretty basic, some wire, a GOOD soldering iron, MISC screwdrivers, and a Dremel. Oh yea, dont forget the TIN FOIL! Seriously, tinfoil shields the two LCD controller boards from the screen to prevent interference.
Most anybody can do it, finding the screen was the hardest part, but if someone has an old portable DVD player with the right INPUTS it can be done pretty cheap!
Watch a short video of his Xbox 360/easy bake oven (as he calls it) in action.
Our thanks go out to the Sgt for submitting all the stuff for this post. You can visit SgtSmackaho’s hangout over at BenHeck.com forums. The community they have is amazing and Ben does alot of work to help people with disabilities enjoy gaming, so they deserve some credit too!
Nicely done. And thanks.