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So, members (and members-to-be) of this wonderful forum, I acquired two SNES consoles cheap over the weekend, one is being sold to a friend and the other one was in bad condition so I stripped it down, as I plan to make my own custom case from perspex.

So question time. On the SNES PCB there are two metal sheets attached (Picture below). One i safely removed as it wasn't attached properly, the second is screwed on and there is a little chip also screwed to it,

A. What is the component, what does it do? (reminds me of a VRM)

B. Why is this component attached to the metal piece?

C. What happens if I remove this metal sheet and unscrew the component?

Thanks in advance guys.





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It is a linear regulator, used by some board circuits that requiere a very stable voltage supply. It is screwed to the shielding as a means to use it as a heatsink (they get pretty toasty).

If you remove the board nothing too serious will happen, at most some video noise (slightly grainy picture, or a faint ghosting). But be sure to heatsink that regulator or it will fry. thumb.gif
   
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I'm not wanting to jeopardise the quality of the console outputs, but if I removed the shield (or some of it) but made sure there was more metal touching it, would it still affect the video?
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post #4 of 6
If you want to protect the quality of the console outputs enough to worry that much, you should probably keep the original shielding in place. in your new case, it does serve a purpose, even if it's not that necessary.

Keep the chip touching a good cool heat conductor as well as it's touching the original shielding, and it will be fine. If there is any problem, I think the loss of the shielding would be a bigger deal.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDGR2MiCyYs saw it in this (on a NES), skip to 18:40

I do recommend watching the entire thing, very amusing
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Originally Posted by Slugpuppy View Post

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDGR2MiCyYs saw it in this (on a NES), skip to 18:40

I do recommend watching the entire thing, very amusing

Thank you for giving me 33:08 of pleasure!

Also thanks for the help +rep
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