As im sure many of you know, many consoles go through various revisions throughout production - mainly to reduce costs. However this leaves many people confused as to what mod works on what revision of any given console.
Take the PAL SNES for instance - I know of at least three revisions, and the last ones are much harder to perform the 50/60hz mod, and are impossible (at present) to disable the security chip.
So I was thinking what we could really do with is some sort of 'Motherboard Wiki' which has pictures/scans and some information about each revision - I have not seen anything like this online and I think many people would find it really useful.
I was thinking each console would have its own section, which could then be divided again into USA, Japanese and European models (with perhaps an 'Other' section for Brazillian/Hong Kong models etc) and then there would be a list of known revisions for that region (eg. the US N64 would have NUS-CPU-03, NUS-CPU-04, etc)
Then once you click on a specific revision you are shown pictures of the console with the 'hood popped off' but still intact, and them one of it disassembled into its various parts, and finally high resolution pictures/scans of the motherboard for that revision(unmodded if possible) and any other relevent parts (Such as controller port boards if they are separate from the mainboard, CD/DVD drive boards etc)
Of course, if all we can get is low quality pictures of the front and back of the motherboard then that would at least do as a 'placeholder' until clear pictures/scans come along.
It could also have a 'notes' section where you can add any pertinant inormation you have about the revision, such as country of origin, production date, serial number (If you dont mind giving it) and anything you noted about the revision (Missing video modes, revised chips, possible mods, etc)
I realise this is quite an undertaking, but I really think it would be worth it. There are alot of things that could be learned from studying specific revisions. It would also help people who want to study other regions consoles without purchasing one and the costly shipping that entails. The little variations between regions and revisions could really help new mods be discovered/realised.
I dont know how you would setup a Wiki like this, and I guess it could take up quite alot of space and server bandwidth - but I figured that if such a Wiki was to be made where better than gamesx
A place where console modders gather.
I know personally that I have many pictures of the PAL Nintendo consoles I have opened - purely for personal reference, and I would be glad to upload them to some sort of Wiki if there were one.
Anyway, I have waffled on long enough! I hope someone can see the benifits in my idea and decide to take up the challenge
Please let me know what you all think.