ATI All-in-Wonder Memories

I was cleaning out the garage last summer when I found this, an original ATI All-in-Wonder:

It was a big deal when I first got this because it cost several hundred dollars. I don’t remember the circumstances of its acquisition, but I do remember how much I loved this card. Prior to this technology there wasn’t really anything for average consumers to watch TV on their computers, and I remember how cool it was to be able to do so. The other cool thing was you could connect other A/V devices to it, such as a VCR or, in my case, a Sony Playstation. Being able to play Playstation in my room got me through a couple of years of college. I’d come home for lunch and then squeeze in a race in Gran Turismo. Ah, those were the days.

As part of my big cleanup prior to moving, I was sad to see this card go, but it served its purpose well and I’ll always remember it fondly.

The (Almost) Original Sony Playstation


As part of preparing to move, I spent some time during the summer to clean out the garage and throw out things that I no longer needed. One of these things was my first Sony PlayStation.

It was the summer of 1995 and I had just graduated high school. It was my first time returning to Hong Kong since moving to the United States. As a graduation present, my father bought me a PlayStation. We had been through so much in those few years; I think I’ve mentioned on here before that my father and I didn’t always get along. For my frugal father, spending HKD$3,000.00 for a toy was a big deal.

The reason this was almost the original Sony PlayStation is that this was the second iteration of the system, the SCPH-3000. The first version was SCPH-1000. I bought one of these for my cousin. It had a black-shaded cardboard box, whereas my SCPH-3000 box was blue-shaded. The SCPH-1000 had a built in S-Video jack. Otherwise, the two systems were mostly identical. This was also back when electronics were actually made in Japan.

Serial Label

Original Box

I think around 2001, I poked around inside my SCPH-3000 and accidentally cut the ribbon cable that connected the CD-drive mechanism to the circuit board. Oops. Since that time, the inoperative PlayStation has been in storage, replaced in active service by the newly designed PSOne.

Being the sentimental person that I am, I took pictures of everything that I threw away. My logic is that if these items are sitting in boxes, they’re not really doing me any good, and it won’t hurt too much to toss them out. Better to take a picture and have it show up randomly in my desktop photo gadget so that I actually see and remember it, rather than out of sight, out of mind. Actually, I’m posting this now because I saw my old PlayStation in the slideshow.

I hope everyone enjoys this trip down memory lane.

Playstation X!

Playstation X!

A Blip Bar

The Playstation Console
The Playstation Console

Awww yeah, it’s my personal Playstation page. Here, I’m not gonna go into all the details like hardware specs or go into any system war issues. Rather, I’m going to rant about my current favorite games and give you people some tips, insights, etc. Take a look around and enjoy yourself!

Street Fighter Alpha 2
Street Fighter Alpha 2

One of my most favorite games of all time for the Playstation is Street Fighter Zero 2 by Capcom. Of all the games I own for PS, I’ve probably played this one the most. So who’s my favorite character? Well, I like using a bunch of ’em, but my best characters are Ryu, Ken, Chun-Li, and Birdie.

My best kick-ass characters
My best kick-ass characters

I don’t know why, but it just seems like that I can never get bored of this game. There’ll be times when I play it so much that I throw it off to the side, and then a couple of weeks later I’ll pick it up again and start playing. Maybe it’s because this game has great graphics, excellent sound, and all the elements of the arcade game translated perfectly. No, I’m not trying to kiss ass, this game really is that good.

Some screenshots:

Street Fighter Zero 2 Street Fighter Zero 2

Street Fighter Zero 2 Super Akuma

You’ve probably been waiting for me to reveal some tricks and codes – well here is the code for Super Akuma aka Super Gouki:

Step 1:
Highlight Akuma and hold down the select button.

Step 2:
Press this sequence on the D-pad: D,R,R,D,L,D,L,D,R,R,R

The character highlight should be back at Akuma – at this point do not release the select button. Wait until Akuma changes color, press a button, and then release select. You are now Super Gouki!!!

(Note: For SFA2 Gold, all you have to do is hit “start” when Akuma is highlighted)

Well that’s all for now for Street Fighter, but I will add some more later. Other games currently planned to appear here: Wipeout XL, World Stadium EX, and NBA in the Zone 2. See ya later!

Wipeout XL
Wipeout XL