View Full Version : The answer to the question that no one is asking. Language mod for Neo Geo CD Front Loader

04-14-2018, 12:34 AM
Maybe this would have been more helpful 20 years ago, but I today I figured out how to region mod the Front Loader Neo CD. Unlike the Top Loader (http://www.egameaddiction.com/neogeocd/techdocs/sai/languagemodbysai.html) and CDZ (http://www.jamma-nation-x.com/jammax/images/tuts/cdz-language-mod.jpg), the Front Loader is not labeled.

This location on the FL motherboard shares a similar circuit to the Top Loader's region selection.


Turning the board over, you see what looks like some unlabeled surface mount pads.

It's as simple as bridging these pads to change the region.

So there ya go. I had always been under the impression that the FL systems couldn't be region modded. I never bothered to look until today.

Kid Panda
04-14-2018, 12:39 AM
Still pretty cool you found it :)

04-14-2018, 03:26 AM
Every bit reverse engineering counts and this is quite a stylish one, the 20 years idle time make it poetic, too.

04-14-2018, 03:39 AM
Hey we're always learning something new, awesome work.

04-14-2018, 04:09 AM
Nice work! I never looked for this, just assumed it was already known.


04-14-2018, 06:16 AM
I never got into NGCD, but this find is cool. Great job!

By the looks of the board would you say that the cd is loaded into the say 'type' of chip arrangement as a cart. This could be why there are region codes. on the board. I might have to do some research on NGCD.

04-14-2018, 08:44 AM
Very nice!

It's a cool discovering new thing after all these years.

Neo Alec
04-14-2018, 09:50 AM
Thanks. I 'liked' this on Twitter.

04-14-2018, 12:35 PM
Awesome! Very nice find!

04-16-2018, 08:31 AM
Nice! Good to know! Thank you for sharing this with us.

04-16-2018, 08:45 AM
Always cool to see the user experience improve, even if it's only for a small subset of the Neo scene.

04-16-2018, 09:10 AM
Nice find!!!