IO-Boards: Sold Out
I won't assemble more boards anytime this year because I am already completely reserved for other projects that need to be completed. I plan to start the assembly again in the beginning of next year (with new equipment). I hope some people here have some spare time to help others out and make some more boards. Until then, thank you for all the support and positivity. you guys are the best! UPDATE (06. November 2017):
Sorry for the late response but work is keeping me busy. All boards are shipped and I will send out the tracking numbers later in the evening. UPDATE (04. November 2017):
This stuff is getting exhausting
testing, e-mails and packaging. I am printing the address sticker right now and then everything will be set for shipping. The whole logistic around this project is almost more work than the soldering itself. UPDATE (02. November 2017):
All boards are assembled and will be tested tomorrow morning. I have also soldered all RTC boards already, so I hope to send out all orders by tomorrow. I will contact each one of you to confirm the address and remaining payments. so check your emails tomorrow. now I will watch some netflix and get some sleep. UPDATE (01. November 2017):
Just some headers and some testing left. I plan to ship all orders without RTC board on Friday. The rest will be sent out on Monday if everything goes well.
It doesn't look like much at first sight, but there are 1360 soldered components on that table UPDATE (31. October 2017):
Another Day, another 6 hours of work. We have now 8 working units. I have tested all boards and everything works perfectly. I have tested VGA & Audio via the NES Core and the SD-Card reader with the new Atari 5200. Buttons and LEDs are also working.
I resoldered the cable of all fans to fit the fan connector on the board. I don't know why I didn't buy fans with connectors in the first place. However, as TorsteinP already said nicely in the IO-Board Thread
, the fans are not as silent as promised in the datasheet (20dBA). They are actually much noisier. Those fans cost $5, so it was somehow expected, but I hoped they would keep up to the advertised loudness.
so well, shame on me. I guess some of you will replace those with higher quality fans or add a resistor to bring the RPM down.
Finally, I have started to assemble another 6 Boards and was able to solder the back of all boards. I will hopefully finish up all 20 Boards by tomorrow, lets see. UPDATE (30. October 2017):
Alright, I almost finished 7 Boards today after 6 hours of work. I will continue tomorrow evening. UPDATE (29. October 2017):
Sneak Peak of the first test run. I will make multiple boards at once tomorrow, let's see how many I can make UPDATE (26. October 2017):
PCBs arrived today. I will be back in Germany on Saturday and start with the assembly. We are almost there guys!UPDATE (25. October 2017):
I had to answer some emails from DHL customs department the last couple of days. JLCPCB did some mistakes on the declaration forms and I had to fix that. Apparently, the clearance process is now complete and the package will be further transported whenever DHL "Express" feels that way. I just want to point out that it is now exactly one month since I've made the PCB order UPDATE (18. October 2017):
JLCPCB contacted me again and they finally managed to send out the PCBs (6 Days later as promised). Just to give you an overview about how this all went so far:25. September:
Order placed for 20 IO-Boards (v5.2) + 1 Stencil & 20 RTC Boards + 1 Stencil27. Septmeber:
JLCPCB Support sends me an email about the PCB placement on the stencil.05. October:
I send them an email to ask about the status of my order. I get the response that the support is "out of office for the National Day holiday from 10/1~10/8, and will be back 09-10-2017."11. October:
JLCPCB support sends an email about the stencil layers of RTC Board.11. October:
Another email that confirms that all PCBs are ready and they are just waiting for the stencil. They say the order would be shipped by the next day.17. October:
I get the shipping number from JLCPCB18. October:
DHL received the package and its finally on its way to Germany.
This wouldn't be much of a problem if I wouldn't travel so much between Denmark and Germany. I will be in Denmark next week again and the PCBs are now going to Germany. The thing that really causes me headaches is the unreliability of the delivery dates they give me.
Lets see if the package gets through customs without problems. Status of the components: