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Johweb's build (WIP)

Posted: Sun Sep 04, 2016 5:30 am
by johweb
Hello everybody.

First of all, I'm sorry if I make mistakes when trying to speak/write in english. Feel free to correct me when needed ! ;)

OK, let's talk about my project. As many of us, I want to build my own Gameboy/Pi.
This is the parts list I'll use (I'll update it as soon as possible) :

1/ received parts
Raspberry Pi Zero
Gameboy DMG empty shell
640x480 lcd screen
prs-tech 4 button PCB
silicon pads
screen surround from Dominator
powerboost 1000C
Li/Ion battery pack
power strip from Helder
safe button switch from Camble
wheel potentiometer from an old pc cd-rom drive
headphone jack input from an old pc cd-rom drive
HDMI to VGA converter with audio output

2/ waiting for
a few more plastic buttons
28mm 1W 8ohm speaker
PAM8403 audio amp

Re: Johweb's build (WIP)

Posted: Sun Sep 04, 2016 5:46 am
by johweb
First week-end to work on my build.
I had to play with my Dremel, to make place for the screen.
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This screen fit almost perfect in the case, I'm happy !
But I had to remove screws support... The only two support left are the blue-colored on my picture... OK, first problem, I have to think about how to have a real nice close for the upper part of the case...
I'll think about it later, but if any idea, you're welcome !

Then, I just dropped the PRS-tech PCB and the screen PCB to see how everything fits...
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I know I'll have to unsolder the white connectors. Anyway, the screen board fits well too in the case, but I may be in trouble later because it's hudge.

Before making more, I prefer to wait for some other parts, to see exactly wher I'm going...
;)

Re: Johweb's build (WIP)

Posted: Mon Sep 05, 2016 6:56 pm
by Ninjameep
do you have a spare CD/DVD drive from an old, say WINDOWS 95/xp computer? i got my volume wheel from that AND a Headphone jack, desoldering stuff like that is easy and saves money

(im talking about one of these [LINK: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Sony-CRX220A1-5 ... 2548.l4275] )

Re: Johweb's build (WIP)

Posted: Mon Sep 05, 2016 10:04 pm
by johweb
Ninjameep wrote:do you have a spare CD/DVD drive from an old, say WINDOWS 95/xp computer? i got my volume wheel from that AND a Headphone jack, desoldering stuff like that is easy and saves money

(im talking about one of these [LINK: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Sony-CRX220A1-5 ... 2548.l4275] )
That's a really great idea ! I'll try to find this stuff, I may have that somewhere in my house...

And for closing the upper part of the case, I think I'll hot glue one of these :
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Next work : next week-end... :!:

Re: Johweb's build (WIP)

Posted: Tue Sep 06, 2016 6:05 am
by johweb
johweb wrote:[And for closing the upper part of the case, I think I'll hot glue one of these :
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Or maybe I'll try this way
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Not yet decided...

Re: Johweb's build (WIP)

Posted: Wed Sep 07, 2016 1:06 am
by alien0matic
I don't think the hinge will work.

Re: Johweb's build (WIP)

Posted: Mon Sep 12, 2016 11:35 am
by fedplast
That hinge would only work if placed on the outside of the case.

Re: Johweb's build (WIP)

Posted: Mon Sep 12, 2016 11:46 am
by johweb
Never mind, it was just an idea...
No update of my build because I wasn't home last week-end. I'll just update the received parts this week.

Re: Johweb's build (WIP)

Posted: Tue Sep 13, 2016 10:44 am
by johweb
I've updated my parts list. I received the screen surround, the powerboost. I found an old cd-rom drive from wich I took the wheel potentiometer and the headphone jack input. I also received the battery, but it was too large for my project. So I bought a new one (part list is updated). The actually received one will be used to test and then, I'll use it on another project... :)

Re: Johweb's build (WIP)

Posted: Sun Sep 18, 2016 10:02 am
by johweb
OK, I did a few more... I was very happy this week to receive my hdmi to vga converter.

First, I rounded the X and Y holes, for a better look, using this tool :
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And this is how it looks now :
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I 3D printed the button wells and it fits well ! (sorry, no picture...)

I also tried to 3D print two little pieces to help closing the case as Cannikin did. But it was crap. I lost a lot of time trynig this...

I put the screen into the case, and had a test with the hdmi to vga converter :
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Got it working !
After a few settings :
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Don't worry about the scratches, there's still plastic protection. It will be ok when I'll remove it.
Then I wanted a sound test :
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It's working fine, I've tested with the linux command "speaker-test". Couldn't try with a real game because no controller was wired...

So, you may say "the converter will be too big to fit into the gameboy !". You're right. So I plan to hack it, keeping only the pcb/ I know I'm looking for difficulties, but that's fun, no ?
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The black wire isn't soldered but everything's working. Should I leave it like this ?