Where to Start

Kameechewa

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I'm not sure if this is a dumb question or if it has already been answered somewhere and I just missed it. I just recently came across the PS1 Digital mod and honestly I think it's the coolest thing ever. I was watching the install video and it's so entertaining. Immediately I wanted to know how it worked, how this was figured out, what skills are required, and so forth. So basically my question is, if someone wanted to get started doing this type of thing, where would one start? Is this just Computer Science or some specialized division? I've always been interested in these things for as long as I can remember. I suppose I'm more interested in @citrus3000psi and his story. How did he get started, what does he recommend for someone like me. Being able to take things apart and understand them and then build add in mods like this is something I could do for forever. I want to be able to make my own systems, engineer my own boards, understand small electronics, and so forth.

My goal is to on day be able to contribute to projects like these. Take the PS2 Digital mod for example. I wish I could offer my help in some way but, I have no expertise in this field, nor don't have spare money to help that way either.

Thanks in advance.
 

Livefast9986

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Take this with a grain of salt as this is just from observation and from what I took in college.
There are college courses that are definitely useful in understanding the principles behind what is happening, Digital Signal Processing, Electronic Circuitry, Computer Architecture (this may not be actually correct), along with a class specifically about logic gates come to mind. When I got my degree I took all of these classes (albeit I don’t remember any of it and my current job doesn’t require this knowledge).
I did some quick googling and found that something that might be useful for you is to hit up your pic hackerspace for advice and knowledge. https://wiki.hackerspaces.org/Hackerspaces
If you want additional information I would try looking up universities and the courses they offer for electrical and/or computer engineers for both undergrad and graduate to find course titles to see what fits what you are looking for.
I hope some of this info was useful, I saw your post and noticed nobody responded and wanted to help.
 

Livefast9986

New member
Also, if you want to do some reading on your own, there was a book that was showcased in one of Voultar's videos called Digital Logic and Computer Design. It's by M. Morris Mano and it reminded me of a textbook I had when I took my digital logic classes in uni.
 

Kameechewa

New member
Yes all these things are helpful, thank you for replying. I did look into these hackerspaces and and unfortunately the ones near me are pretty far and limited due to COVID. I have however never heard of Voultar and will definitely start watching as his videos look very interesting. I will also be checking out this book and seeing if I can find any nearby colleges that offer anything similar to what I’m looking for.
 
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