- Jul 22, 2015
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- AZ, USA
No need to wait, but yes:Next question: In theory, the InfiniKey should be the most economical way (in terms of tooling setup) to return a suicided B-board to battery operation?
If one were to fashion a small quick disconnect harness, maybe with dupont wires, for the InfiniKey's solder joints (for easy removal). Boot the dead board with the InfiniKey installed via wire harness. Let the encryption keys be inserted, restoring the board to original battery operation. Once properly booted, let game board run for some time (ooh, 30 minutes or so) to charge the caps. Shut down power. Install a new battery within 2 minutes. Remove the InfiniKey via the harness. Boot board with newly installed battery to confirm functional battery operation. Finally, unsolder wire harness from B-board.
Should work too, right?
- Swap battery
- Install Infinikey
- Cycle power (no need to wait longer than it takes for the game to boot)
- Remove Infinikey
Keep in mind each game has different InfiniKey game select jumpers, so you'd have to set those appropriately for every game you wish to revive. I have one with an 8x dipswitch bank and CN9 female connector soldered to it, for this very purpose.
Lol, I cannot fathom anyone preferring to keep a ticking time-bomb in their game vs leaving the InfiniKey installed. Actually, I take that back: I can see repair shops leaving batteries in so people keep sending them back for $30 battery change service.I know it is counter-intuitive. But I am sure there are purists out there that would stick to battery operation.