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Title: Disassembling a PCFX
Post by: Lawrence on April 13, 2005, 12:26:53 pm
A long time ago I took apart an NEC PCFX system to see what was inside.  Answer: not much!  Check out this madness, the system's made from some 12 different panels, covers, guides and shields, countless screws and a wickedly convoluted assembly procedure.  The only easy step is the first one, removing the side panels.  After that it's all tortured logic and interlocking panels and strict order of parts removal.  Here's the visual journey, and I apologize for the quality of the pictures.  I think I was working in the dark or something.  

It was a long time ago, I was young and stupid.  

(http://nfggames.com/games/grafx/PCFX_dis_1.jpg)
(http://nfggames.com/games/grafx/PCFX_dis_2.jpg)
(http://nfggames.com/games/grafx/PCFX_dis_3.jpg)
(http://nfggames.com/games/grafx/PCFX_dis_4.jpg)
(http://nfggames.com/games/grafx/PCFX_dis_5.jpg)
(http://nfggames.com/games/grafx/PCFX_dis_6.jpg)
(http://nfggames.com/games/grafx/PCFX_dis_7.jpg)
One of the mainboards with three expansion ports on it, each facing a different direction for no good reason.  The front one was for memory cards, the rear for the SCSI adaptor, but the botton was, AFAIK, never used.
(http://nfggames.com/games/grafx/PCFX_dis_8.jpg)
(http://nfggames.com/games/grafx/PCFX_dis_12.jpg)
(http://nfggames.com/games/grafx/PCFX_dis_11.jpg)
(http://nfggames.com/games/grafx/PCFX_dis_10.jpg)
(http://nfggames.com/games/grafx/PCFX_dis_9.jpg)
Title: Disassembling a PCFX
Post by: phreak97 on April 13, 2005, 03:29:56 pm
remind me, if i ever get one of those, not to open it..  
Title: Disassembling a PCFX
Post by: Aidan on April 13, 2005, 06:40:08 pm
Or hope that Lawrence kept a list of how to put it back together again!
Title: Disassembling a PCFX
Post by: kendrick on April 14, 2005, 08:44:30 am
It's just like the Haynes manual says: "Installation is the reverse of removal." :)

-KKC, who wonders what overlap might exist between car guys and video game guys...
Title: Disassembling a PCFX
Post by: Akir on April 16, 2005, 11:07:10 am
Maybe all the confuion is a kind of pyracy protection. All of the pirates wanting to make a clone would get tired of trying to disassemble it and give up.