>> Friday, December 28, 2007
One of the members of Retroforum.nl created his own personal CD-i gamepad by modifying his Sega Genesis Quickshot controller with the electronic part of the CD-i gamepad. Apparently it's not that difficult to mod a CD-i gamepad and create a more responsive gamepad instead. We all know the Philips gamepads are not the best and it's typically a hardware issue because the original Genesis (Megadrive) CD-i gamepad converter already shows it can get a lot better. Now this guy, called 'the fixer', showed us you can easily manipulate two gamepads compiling one good working CD-i pad as well.
I recommend you to read this review by Devin about the CD-i peripheral created by Paul Hackmann first, so you remember what happened between 2002 and 2005 about modding CD-i gamepads.
In these pictures it is shown what he has done to change the electronic part of the CD-i pad from the CD-i pad case into the Quickshot case. It is a destructive operation so you won't get back your original CD-i pad, be careful! Open the CD-i gamepad and cut out the circuit board, and make it smaller so it fits the Quickshot or similar sized controller.
After this operation, prepare the CD-i circuit board onto the Quickshot Megadrive controller pad and re-link all the buttons. According to this guy it's a very simple operation although I doubt all of us can copy this! I'm going to try this with my SNES quickshot controller soon.
Watch the pictures closely and you'll see how small the eventual circuit boards ends to be, and the relinking of the buttons is a difficult job if you're not experienced with electronics! Please note neither 'The Fixer' nor Interactive Dreams takes any responsibility for any damage you get by altering your CD-i hardware. Be careful and remember it's at your own risk!
Thanks to 'The Fixer', Retroforum.nl