Rob's Gameboy Zero [FINISHED]

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Rob's Gameboy Zero [FINISHED]

Post by rob » Tue Jul 05, 2016 6:32 am

Hello community,

My name is Rob and I live in The Netherlands. A few months ago I saw Wermys project on a techsite in Holland (article: https://tweakers.net/geek/110111/gamebo ... idges.html). After a quick search I ended up on the sudomod website and saw the guides Wermy was making. So I decided to make one myself.

In this thread I'll post the progress of my GameBoy Zero build. I also found some webshops located in Holland for the most components (may be useful for other Dutch people).

Part list and webshops
I'll update this list when parts arrive, also added a link to the webshop and the costs per part (and shipping cost) so I can track how much I've spend.

Arrived
[spoiler="GameBoy with broken screen"]Image

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Bought the Gameboy secondhand on http://www.marktplaats.nl
Cost: € 10,00
Shipping: € 0,00
Total: € 10,00[/spoiler]
[spoiler="Raspberry Pi Zero"]Image

Webshop: https://thepihut.com/products/raspberry ... 4062715972
Cost: € 5,19
Shipping: € 5,19
Total: € 10,37[/spoiler]
[spoiler="2 - CH Real Color 3.5 inch TFT LCD Display Monitor Module"]Image

Closeup driver board;
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Webshop: http://www.gearbest.com/development-boa ... 29447.html
Cost: € 13,82
Shipping: € 0,00
Total: € 13,82

I've broken this screen while modifying it to run on 5v, I've ordered a different one.[/spoiler]
[spoiler="Button PCB by Helder"]Image

Webshop: http://www.sudomod.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=28
Cost: € 5,86
Shipping: € 5,86
Total: € 11,71[/spoiler]
[spoiler="Teensy-LC Without Pins"]Image

Webshop: https://www.sossolutions.nl/teensy-lc-without-pins
Cost: € 14,95
Shipping: € 0,00
Total: € 14,95[/spoiler]
[spoiler="Adafruit Mono 2.5W Class D Audio Amplifier - PAM8302"]Image

Webshop: https://www.sossolutions.nl/adafruit-mo ... er-pam8302
Cost: € 4,95
Shipping: € 0,00
Total: € 4,95[/spoiler]
[spoiler="Mini Metal Speaker w Wires - 8 ohm 0.5W"]Image

Webshop: https://www.sossolutions.nl/mini-metal- ... 8-ohm-0-5w
Cost: € 2,50
Shipping: € 0,00
Total: € 2,50[/spoiler]
[spoiler="Lithium Ion Polymer Battery - 3.7v 2500mAh"]Image

Webshop: https://www.kiwi-electronics.nl/toebeho ... 7v-2500mAh
Cost: € 14,95
Shipping: € 0,00 (combined shipping with the PowerBoost)
Total: € 14,95[/spoiler]
[spoiler="PowerBoost 1000 Charger - Rechargeable 5V Lipo USB Boost 1A"]Image

Webshop: https://www.kiwi-electronics.nl/adafrui ... b-boost-1a
Cost: € 21,95
Shipping: € 4,95
Total: € 26,90[/spoiler]
[spoiler="Sweex Mini 4 Port USB Hub - US012"]Image

Webshop: http://www.ebay.nl/itm/Sweex-Mini-4-Por ... SwcdBWTmNu
Cost: € 5,86
Shipping: € 1,75
Total: € 7,61[/spoiler]
[spoiler="DMG Replacement Buttons Original Black and Maroon and Link Port"]Image

Webshop: http://www.deadpanrobot.co.uk/en-gb/col ... uttons/727
Cost: € 3,63
Shipping: € 2,96
Total: € 6,59[/spoiler]
[spoiler="BW 3.5 inch TFT LCD Car Monitor Digital Car Rearview Monitor"]Image

Controller PCB
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Webshop: https://www.amazon.co.uk/BW-Monitor-Dig ... 21_TE_item
Cost: € 16,77
Shipping: € 4,90
Total: € 21,76[/spoiler]
[spoiler="3D-Printed Screw Brackets and button holders"]Image

Webshop: @BadBert
Cost: € 4,00
Shipping: € 1,00
Total: € 5,00[/spoiler]
[spoiler="Custom cartridge label and screen protector"]Image

Webshop: @Dominator
Cost: € 9,76
Shipping: € 3,05
Total: € 12,81[/spoiler]
[spoiler="kk_gb_zero_c cartridge PCB"]Webshop: http://store.kitsch-bent.com/product/kk_gb_zero_c
Cost: € 14,46
Shipping: € 4,36
Total: € 18,28[/spoiler]

Build progress
I'm waiting for the parts to arrive so I'll start by cleaning the GB;
[spoiler="Taken the GameBoy apart"]Image

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As you can see the GB is yellow / brown so I'll give it the Retr0bright treatment to get it back to the original gray.

Next up is to modify the case.[/spoiler]
[spoiler="Shell modifications"]I've started by dremmeling the two button holes;

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And modified the screen window

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After two days of sunshine I could finally try to get the original grey colour back. I turns out very well;

Socked in hydrogen peroxide cream;

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Before and after;

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[spoiler="Assembly"]All the major parts are arrived so I can start building;

Glued the screen and screwbracket in the Gameboy.

Inside;
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Front;
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Fitted the controller PCB and Teency
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Placed the power switch and charging port. I've chosen to use the original charging port for a more OEM looking GameBoy
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At this point I was so eager to finish the build I forgot to make more pictures. Here are the final pictures before closing the case

Top half
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Botom half
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Overview
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Battery compartment, next to the lipo are the control buttons for the screen.
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Modified the game cartridge. I went for a little different solution. The SD card is not accessible from the outside. I have a solution in mind to access the SD card without opening the cartridge, I'll post this later when I got it working.
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Finished build
Here are the pictures of the finished GameBoy Zero

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So thats it for now. I've two open ends;
1. still some audio noise, I'll fix that in the future.
2. Make the custom SD card reader
Last edited by rob on Sun Aug 21, 2016 7:26 am, edited 30 times in total.

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Re: Rob's Gameboy Zero

Post by dirtybeagles » Tue Jul 05, 2016 12:39 pm

Welcome! I like how you took so many pictures of taking it a part. Very well done.

If you want to use the spoiler tag here is the code:

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[spoiler="Make sure you put quotations here with a title"]Put whatever you want to hide in here. I usually do 1 picture per spoiler[/spoiler]
[spoiler="It should look like this"]Boo![/spoiler]

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Re: Rob's Gameboy Zero

Post by rob » Wed Jul 06, 2016 1:17 am

dirtybeagles wrote:Welcome! I like how you took so many pictures of taking it a part. Very well done.

If you want to use the spoiler tag here is the code:

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[spoiler="Make sure you put quotations here with a title"]Put whatever you want to hide in here. I usually do 1 picture per spoiler[/spoiler]
[spoiler="It should look like this"]Boo![/spoiler]
Thanks @dirtybeagles, I've updated the TS. Also the mailman came yesterday with some parts, pic's are in the TS.

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Re: Rob's Gameboy Zero

Post by rob » Wed Jul 06, 2016 2:02 am

During my search for a Gameboy for my project someone offered me his brand new, unused Gameboy. I couldn't help myself and had to buy it... For € 60,00 :shock:

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Re: Rob's Gameboy Zero

Post by Tamasco » Wed Jul 06, 2016 2:05 am

rob wrote:During my search for a Gameboy for my project someone offered me his brand new, unused Gameboy. I couldn't help myself and had to buy it... For € 60,00 :shock:
You are not going to break apart a brand new Gameboy for this project, RIGHT?

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Re: Rob's Gameboy Zero

Post by Camble » Wed Jul 06, 2016 2:07 am

Yea, I'm sure plenty will agree. Please don't break that apart! Find one that won't power on or has horizontal lines on the screen :(

(vertical lines can even be repaired)

An unused GameBoy for that price... You got a bargain price on a collector's item.
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Re: Rob's Gameboy Zero

Post by rob » Wed Jul 06, 2016 2:08 am

Tamasco wrote:You are not going to break apart a brand new Gameboy for this project, RIGHT?
NOOOO :D It's now in a snugfit boxprotector standing on a shelf in our living room (and will stay there at least for the next 10 years).

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Re: Rob's Gameboy Zero

Post by rob » Wed Jul 06, 2016 2:10 am

Camble wrote:Yea, I'm sure plenty will agree. Please don't break that apart! Find one that won't power on or has horizontal lines on the screen :(

(vertical lines can even be repaired)

An unused GameBoy for that price... You got a bargain price on a collector's item.
To be clear, I'm using an old, used and broken Gameboy for my project and the new one will be untouched!

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Re: Rob's Gameboy Zero

Post by alien0matic » Wed Jul 06, 2016 2:17 am

You should have postet a pic with a disassembled Game Boy right after the unpacking :D

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Re: Rob's Gameboy Zero

Post by Robots86 » Wed Jul 06, 2016 2:20 am

60 brand new. How about selling to me for 70 so you can make a quick profit :mrgreen:

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