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NeoTurfMasta
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.

https://i.imgur.com/G3SoBIb.jpg

Turning the board over, you see what looks like some unlabeled surface mount pads.
https://i.imgur.com/1T80o0p.jpg

It's as simple as bridging these pads to change the region.
https://i.imgur.com/jqda8wX.jpg

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 :)

oliverclaude
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.

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

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

NGCD > AES

Hine62
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.

sr20det510
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.

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

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

famicommander
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.

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