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[COMPLETED] 1st MintyPi Project

Post by Majeye » Thu Aug 24, 2017 4:39 am

PROJECT STARTED: 8/19/2017
POST LAST UPDATED: 12/22/2017
PROJECT FINISHED: 11/1/2017

So, this will be my first MintyPi and my first project of this nature ever done by yours truly. I'll post updates and pictures as I go. Including my shopping list (and links of where I purchased them if purchased online).

Here is my updated shopping list:

Bold = Still need.
Italics = Already purchased.

Altoids Tin: *Already Purchased* Part Received.
Raspberry Pi Zero W: *Already Purchased* Part Received
MicroSD Card: Bought from my local Best Buy.
3D-printed main kit: *Already Purchased* Part Received
Helder's PCB & Screen Kit: *Already purchased*Part Received THANKS HELDER!* http://market.sudomod.com/mintypi-scree ... n-pcb-set/
USB Sound Card: *Already Purchased* http://www.ebay.com/itm/112304879364
Speaker: *Already Purchased* Part Received http://www.ebay.com/itm/122331730209
Charger (PowerBoost 500): *Already Purchased* Part Received https://www.adafruit.com/product/1944
Battery: *Already Purchased* Part Received https://www.adafruit.com/product/258
DS Lite Buttons: *Already Purchased* Part Received
Power Switch: *Already Purchased* Part Received https://www.adafruit.com/product/805
Tactile Switches: *Already Purchased* Part Received
Screws: Came with the 3D printed parts, thank you Wermy!

I look forward to communicating with this fantastic community as I get going on this project!

Wish me luck as I get started on a brand new type of project for myself!

-Majeye

PROJECT UPDATE 10/24/2017: (click the "show" button on the right to view each image)

All parts ordered and have finally arrived!
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===========================UPDATE 1===========================

Sound card finally came in from China! 9/9/2017

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===========================UPDATE 2===========================

Sometimes, you need to test drillbits and the size hole they create first for buttons before implementing it on the project itself.
Testing drillbits on bottle caps firstShow
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Wife taking pictures as I start the drilling/filing phase on the tin. (yes, that is the file I'm using in the drill itself, ha!)
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===========================UPDATE 3===========================

Drilled the first set of holes on the front of the tin, had a hard time with the left hole, but the right hole came out alright!
First set of holes (front of tin)Show
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===========================UPDATE 4===========================

The shoulder button holes came out really well also! All I did for these was slowly increase the size of the drillbit until the button fit. *note* I used bottlecaps to find the right final drillbit, so I knew where to stop.

2nd set (shoulder button) holesShow
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===========================UPDATE 5===========================

Set the PCB and Pi into the faceplate to prepare for soldering.
Securing PCB/Pi to faceplateShow
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===========================UPDATE 6===========================

Started the soldering process.
First few gpio pins solderedShow
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Finished with the soldering process.
All gpio pins completedShow
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Soldering job is a bit messy, so I'll clean it up laterShow
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===========================UPDATE 7===========================

Finished cleaning up the solder, fixed the GPIO pins that didn't check out in the continuity check
GOOD NEWS EVERYONE!Show
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===========================UPDATE 8===========================

Fitting the 3D parts in the tin, added the shoulder buttons - soldered wire to buttons
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Soldered the sound card to the PCB
PCB+SoundcardShow
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Placed the LiPo battery, mini-lipo charger within the tin
batt+lipoShow
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Added in the Function (safe shutdown) button - the blue wires show where I put it
Function button placementShow
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Started the wiring/soldering phase
Wiring/soldering phase 1Show
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Wiring / soldering continues
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Time to test everything out before I close it all in the tin
Power test phaseShow
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Everything was working, except the sound
Sound errorShow
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These connections were bridged by a tiny tiny amount of solder causing the sound error, but I fixed it!
Sound error fixed!Show
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Time to test the sound once again...*crosses fingers*
Did the sound work this time?Show
[youtube]https://youtu.be/HWYslMs2Es8[/youtube]
==========================FINAL UPDATE==========================

After everything was working and (kinda) fitting properly, it was time to shove everything in the tin, move wires, mash wires, and close the tin up.
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Open the tin back up, and this is what you get
Open tinShow
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GREAT place for the SudoMod sticker!
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Really short video of the MintyPi all put together. Short video of the MintyPi 'in-use'.
A HUGE thank you goes out to Wermy, Hoolyhoo, Helder, Lphillmore, Will.I.Am, Abrugsch, RogerX, Rodocop, Dryja, Sygyzy, & anyone/everyone else that helped me with my troubles within the Discord chat! Thank you guys!
Last edited by Majeye on Fri Dec 22, 2017 2:37 am, edited 27 times in total.
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Re: [In-Progress] 1st MintyPi Project

Post by Ampersand » Thu Aug 24, 2017 11:10 am

I don't think you'll need a micro SD card quite that big, I used an 8GB and it's more than enough for thousands of games. Roms start to get bigger for PSone and N64, but the Pi Zero can't really run them all that well.
A fast one is always better for something like this, I used this one: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01122XC8Q/ ... TE_3p_dp_1

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Re: [In-Progress] 1st MintyPi Project

Post by rodocop » Thu Aug 24, 2017 11:24 am

If you bought 3D printed parts kit from Wermy you won't need the screws, they are included, also, I second the notion of a 8-16 gig SD card. Save a little on costs.

I've always bought these:

https://www.amazon.ca/Lexar-High-Perfor ... s=micro+sd

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Re: [In-Progress] 1st MintyPi Project

Post by Majeye » Tue Aug 29, 2017 9:28 am

Also - I won't be taking any of the electronics out of their static bags until I'm ready to get going on the build.
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Re: [In-Progress] 1st MintyPi Project

Post by Majeye » Fri Sep 08, 2017 11:40 pm

Sometimes, you need to test drillbits and the size hole they create first for buttons before implementing it on the project itself.
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Re: [In-Progress] 1st MintyPi Project

Post by Majeye » Thu Oct 26, 2017 3:30 am

Updated post with the soldering process start/finish.

Also wanted to post here, I may have found a potential problem. The buttons that came on the PCB don't extend past the front faceplate. By design, or am I missing something here? anyone know why?
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Nevermind this post.. I'm an idiot.
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Re: [COMPLETED] 1st MintyPi Project

Post by Majeye » Wed Nov 01, 2017 7:46 am

Completed project 11/1/2017 - updated with final update. Cheers guys!
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Re: [COMPLETED] 1st MintyPi Project

Post by Lphillimore » Wed Nov 01, 2017 7:52 am

Excellent work and nice build log. Now you can mintyPi wherever you go 😎🤘

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Re: [COMPLETED] 1st MintyPi Project

Post by Eccho » Wed Nov 01, 2017 9:23 am

Amazing log indeed, I will use your thread for additional tips and tricks for my upcoming MintyPi build.
Congrats.

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