Name: Kyle Riffel
Dreamcast Cord Extension
DC Cord Extension Tutorial
Sometimes the cord on the DC's controller is just too short. You either have to lean
with your arms out to play, or stand up. F*** that! I'm playing comfortable, or trashing
the DC. So, I decided to be comfortable.
Tutorials Model: This tutorial
was written using an official HKT-7700 model controller, and HKT-3020 model system
What you need:
1. Soldering iron, and rosin core solder
Two DC controllers -one good, and one broken for cord, or willing to destroy for
4. Black tape (AKA Electrical Tape)
5. Sandwhich baggy
-to hold small pieces
Note: Your gonna need to remove the
cord from one DC controller to extend to the other controller. The controller without
a cord is useless, but a good backup if another breaks. Just remove broken board,
and put the back-up in. Anyway...
Cord on Cord Action:
the 6 screws from both controllers, and put the screws in a baggy. Take the backs
off. You can see where the cord plugs into each controller. On your broken (un used)
controller, remove the cord by pulling gently on the connection. This is the cord
we will use to plug into the DC, why not?
pic of broken controller cord removed, and good controller open"
remove the same cord plug from the good controller, AND remember which controller
is which. Maybe even put the broken (un used) controller somewhere. We don't need
it anymore, just the cord. You might want to put the broken (un used) controller
all back together but w/o a cord for later, back-up uses.
We need to cut the
tip from the good controllers cord by the end where it plugs into the DC. After,
strip the grey insulation about 1 1/2 in. from the end so you can work with it.
grab your other cable, and just cut the connection off that went to the board of
the controller, NOT the end that plugs into the DC itself. There shouldn't be any
insulation to cut, unless you need more room to strip each wire if you cut it right.
"insert pic of each cord stripped correctly"
Now it's just a matter
of connecting each color wire to their corresponding color on the other cable. Once
this is done, DON'T solder each wire yet. First test it by plugging into DC, then
into controller's board, and making sure each wire doesn't touch anything else.
Good. Now, simply use black tape to insulate EACH wire it self, then wrap the tape
all the way down the splice to hide the wires. Your done! Well, if you're the type
of person who doesn't care what something loooks like, as long as it works. I'm a
pro modder, I'm not like that, so...
Covering The Crap:
this looks like crap! Well, we need to hide the tape and give it a "Pro Modders"
look! Well, what do we have... Ohh, we still have the plug that goes to the DC we
cut off earlier. Hmm... I got it! Lets use the plug to hide at least most of the
We need to pop open the plug by prying it open with a knife or something.
Once its open, de-solder the cord from the pins. Once the cords out, we can take
both halfs, and apply them over the splice in our cord. But first, if you just put
super glue on the edges of the plug, then apply it, the plug may slide down the cord,
and not be tight.
Put glue on the inside of each plug half, then on the edges,
and apply to the splice on the cord. The glue should dry attached to the tape and
not move, covering at least most of the splice.
Here's a pic of my Dreamcast
controller cord extended...