gameboy floppy disk drive

Gameboy Disk Drive

We like old hacks like this! I mean, the gameboy color and the floppy disk drive are both so passe,  so why not use them together to try to make something cool? Well apparently the french can, so props to Jean Francois for doing this. The link we give you is the Google-english-translated page so you can actually read more about it. this doesn’t really serve an insane purpose like storing all 10,000 of your pirated GB ROMS on the disk, but it’s very in depth about the technical advantages and aspects of doing this project. very nice work….does the ’90s proud.

thanks [togi]


  1. barbobot says:

    now to get it to boot into debian ….

  2. nick says:

    suppose the next step would be to give the gameboy an onboard flash memory. that you could then store all your roms and interface it with the computer to add/remove them

  3. Josh says:

    It runs a z80 proc. wint ~128k ram. The problem is ram and the lack of a mcu. I think you could run uclinux on it if it had more than the paltry ~128k ram.

  4. TVtheFleshtone says:

    Display .jpgs . That way you could check out your photo’s from one of those ancient digital cameras that wrote to floppies.

  5. rav says:

    I don’t think uClinux really supports the z80, probably because there are no z80 machines with enough oomph to justify running Linux on them vs. some sort of embedded OS.

  6. theblunderbuss says:

    Linux for GameBoy around the bend?

  7. jamima69 says:

    well,it’s not a very useful hack (imho)-but no doubt it is a hack. if i saw one more battery pack p.o.s. link,i think i’d cry.

  8. pufuwozu says:

    Holy crap, this is an old one.

    I remember reading this one AGES ago. Ohwell, I might read it again.

  9. Mycroftxxx says:

    I wonder if you could use this to boot contiki on the GBC?

  10. carpespasm says:

    I don’t care if it’s old this time, and I don’t care if it’s not that useful. This is a very cool hack that required alot of work and effort. IMHO this is an awsome hack that we need more of.

    I agree with jamima69 that we don’t need any more battery packs w/ a different case/ plug unless it’s got something more original or dificult to make. Something like a homemade laptop battery that fits the original slot, adds 2x the life, and has a homemade battery smartchip would be an exception.

  11. fuchikoma says:

    Famicom disk system lives! :o

  12. ryan says:

    and it has to play mp3’s

  13. matto says:

    A type of disk doctor ie. every nintendo console has had one, maybe incorporating a zip disk (would sit on the back, simmillar size to the unit)or flash card, with a usb port for loading roms from yer pc or directly onto the memory via the cartridge.
    There is no reason why this cant be done….i dont think ;o)!!

  14. ArcAiN6 says:

    it’s old skool and all that.. but i have an old black & white (greyscale) gameboy… i’ve looked and looked, but can never find any tutorials on how to mod this thing…I want to use the LCD from it for a display on my case that shows temp, music, uptime, and such nonsensicle information… anyone with ideas, or information.. please help !!


  15. Ashraf Abdul jabbar says:

    Hi there is there any way that i can transfere the save game files from the pc to the playstation 2 memory card
    can i use the usb flash disk and how is that ?
    please help

  16. Jakenstein says:

    Ummm… Wtf. The french is hard to understand, someone should put it into regular english…

  17. Matt Sobo says:

    Could somone please make a more detailed or simplfied version of this for me im kinda dum so I could really use as well as apreaite if somone did so if you please send it to

  18. Kito says:

    Plz can some one make a step by step tutorial for this?
    If so kan you email it to ?
    I realy want this but the explanation is a bit complicated.
    Its not the same diagram type where i live…

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