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  Solved--InfoNeeded: Power Brick for ICCX (used with Xbox) 
 
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john albrich Mar 20, 2012, 02:43am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Mar 20, 2012, 04:03am EDT

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Can anyone help with details on the power input requirements for this? (whether DC/AC and polarity if DC). I just want to use it as a simple A/V switcher.

The main unit says the power input is 9 Volts...and that's it. It doesn't say whether it's AC or DC, and if it's DC the box doesn't show the polarity of the plug.


Device= 5 year-old "Game Elements ICCX Integrated Command Center for XBox"
(mfg= Gemini Industries, Game Elements, model=31638)

Problem= missing "power brick", no documentation

It's still listed but out of stock, so you can see what it looks like:
http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=GXBICCX

I can't find a manual for it on the net nor can I find any info on the power brick aka wall-wart aka power supply.


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john albrich Mar 20, 2012, 04:45am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Solved--InfoNeeded: Power Brick for ICCX (used with Xbox)
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It takes a 9VAC power-brick.
I doubt very much it requires more than about 300-500mA.

But, the really good news is...
...my analysis shows I can bypass the rectifier/power regulator circuit entirely and just supply 5VDC directly from the plug. Since I don't have a 9VAC power source, and I have LOTS of 5VDC wall-warts (from old cellphones) this is an easy, simple, and best of all...FREE solution!


I decided I felt OK and without warning, my vision became good enough for awhile to break open the box and analyze the internal circuitry.

The box ended-up being a LOT easier to disassemble than I thought it would be, although it still had some mechanical complexity due to the spring-loaded DVD and remote storage trays.

Very suprisingly the "9V" power input goes to an old-fashioned 4 discrete diodes full-wave bridge rectifier circuit which then goes to a 7805 +5VDC linear power regulator (no heat-sink). Not very efficient but then it's low power so it doesn't have to be.

The regulator powers a bank of CD4052 ICs and support circuitry (provides the matrix switching between input/outputs), and an IR receiver, a small audio amplifier, and an RF modulator. I could even disconnect the receiver and amplifier power inputs, as they probably require the most power, and could likely get by with a 100mA power-brick.

Meats_Of_Evil Mar 20, 2012, 10:18pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Mar 20, 2012, 10:18pm EDT

 
>> Re: Solved--InfoNeeded: Power Brick for ICCX (used with Xbox)
What the heck is that thing john? I never seen an xbox commande center before :~

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john albrich Mar 21, 2012, 02:21am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Solved--InfoNeeded: Power Brick for ICCX (used with Xbox)
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It's basically just your typical A/V switching box with a couple goodies tossed-in: Remote control, push-button disc storage trays, remote storage drawer.

It was marketed as an accessory specifically to appeal to XBox aficionados which is why I thought someone here might have one for comparison.

It provides standard analog A/V switching between 4 generic A/V sources to 1 generic A/V output. For example, connect a single display and audio amplifier to any 1 of 4 A/V outputs from a CD/DVD player, XBox, cable box, Nintendo, VCR, etc. You can also use the remote to control which of the 4 devices is selected to the single output. It also has an headphone amplifier/port that is routed to whichever A/V source is selected as well. And, it seems to provide some remote control capability for some limited XBox functions. I don't have XBox (or the manual) so can't say for sure. It has a unique plug that connects to an XBox.

My old A/V switch box recently failed so until I can fix or replace it, this ICCX monster is just going to take its place.

Dr. Peaceful Mar 21, 2012, 04:58pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Solved--InfoNeeded: Power Brick for ICCX (used with Xbox)
Lol, John. You could've use a composite AV switch, something like this: http://www.amazon.com/Audio-Composite-Selector-Switch-Gamecube...9867299434 . Doesn't even need power. But anyhow, nice electronics detective work there!

john albrich said:
...It's basically just your typical A/V switching box with a couple goodies tossed-in: Remote control, push-button disc storage trays, remote storage drawer...
Wait a minute, are you telling me that this thing takes in DVD discs, but doesn't play them?!! What a gimmick... ;)


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