Razor's GBZ progress

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Razor's GBZ progress

Post by razor » Mon May 09, 2016 12:44 pm

Parts list so far:

Gameboy Housing - http://www.ebay.com/itm/181647790681
Cartridge Reader - http://www.ebay.com/itm/172090308991
Screen - Adafruit screen
Teensy LC - https://www.adafruit.com/products/2419
Powerboost 1000C - https://www.adafruit.com/products/2465
Knockoff NES controller - http://www.aliexpress.com/snapshot/7595178535.html
Pi zero - Ordered from pi hut. Waiting for arrival.
Micro USB SMD Connector - https://www.sparkfun.com/products/8533
4 x 800mah Tenergy li-ion batteries - http://www.batteryjunction.com/li14reaasi38.html
1 x Battery protection circuit - http://www.ebay.com/itm/221512994763
1 x USB audio - http://www.ebay.com/itm/172040898335

One of my main goals is to save the battery bay and drill little to none of it. Still working on power source but I'm planning on using 4x14500 li-ion cells in parallel which should give me about 3200mAh battery at 3.7V and it'll fit perfectly in the battery bay.

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Screen buttons in battery bay
I replaced the buttons that came with the screen with 3 that I bought from Fry's. The buttons are lower profile and just long enough to peek through to the battery bay.
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Button holes
I didn't have tracing paper so tried to use some tissue paper but it wasn't white. The black case also made it hard to see the graphite transfer so I drew some parallel lines to the existing buttons to get a general position. I also used an xacto knife to score out the portion of the screen I wanted to take off. I'm using the screen protector that came with the screen and cut it down to size with an xacto knife. I found that I could make really clean lines by repeatedly scoring and breaking it off.
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You can see here. I tried to use the dremel to cut the top edge first and it's a little rough. The other 3 sides, I scored with an xacto knife and breaking off.
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Re: Razor's GBZ progress

Post by jjj » Mon May 09, 2016 1:16 pm

Looking great. I like what you've done with the screen buttons - I'll be interested to see how the space works out and might try something similar

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Re: Razor's GBZ progress

Post by yves1984 » Mon May 09, 2016 1:46 pm

hope see soon some result about the battery bay :D

i found now a battery (54x54x0.9mm) so it fits perfectly in the battery bay ;)

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Re: Razor's GBZ progress

Post by razor » Mon May 09, 2016 4:07 pm

@yves1984 Where did you find the battery? Is there a link?

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Re: Razor's GBZ progress

Post by the watchmaker » Mon May 09, 2016 4:22 pm

@ razor
Looks fabulous, wish i was that far.

off topic: what is the name of the game and platform in the first picture. Im sure it has to do with donkey kong but which exactly. In looking for that for weeks now,,,,,

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Re: Razor's GBZ progress

Post by razor » Mon May 09, 2016 4:41 pm

@the watchmaker

The game is Donkey Kong on the NES platform. What you see there is level 2 of the game.

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Re: Razor's GBZ progress

Post by Rod2D2 » Mon May 09, 2016 5:07 pm

razor wrote:Parts list so far:

Gameboy Housing - http://www.ebay.com/itm/181647790681
Cartridge Reader - http://www.ebay.com/itm/172090308991
Screen - From Niceshopping http://www.amazon.com/BW-3-5-Inch-Monit ... =bw+screen
Teensy LC - https://www.adafruit.com/products/2419
Powerboost 1000C - https://www.adafruit.com/products/2465
Knockoff NES controller - http://www.aliexpress.com/snapshot/7595178535.html
Pi zero - still waiting for stores to have stock (using a Pi 1 B+ for now)

One of my main goals is to save the battery bay and drill little to none of it. Still working on power source but I'm planning on using 4x14500 li-ion cells in parallel which should give me about 3200mAh battery at 3.7V and it'll fit perfectly in the battery bay.

Latest status
IMG_0280.JPG

Screen buttons in battery bay
I replaced the buttons that came with the screen with 3 that I bought from Fry's. The buttons are lower profile and just long enough to peek through to the battery bay.

IMG_0278.JPG

Button holes
I didn't have tracing paper so tried to use some tissue paper but it wasn't white. The black case also made it hard to see the graphite transfer so I drew some parallel lines to the existing buttons to get a general position. I also used an xacto knife to score out the portion of the screen I wanted to take off. I'm using the screen protector that came with the screen and cut it down to size with an xacto knife. I found that I could make really clean lines by repeatedly scoring and breaking it off.

IMG_0274.JPG

You can see here. I tried to use the dremel to cut the top edge first and it's a little rough. The other 3 sides, I scored with an xacto knife and breaking off.

IMG_0265.JPG
What did you use for the screen cover?

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Re: Razor's GBZ progress

Post by crispy_tofu » Mon May 09, 2016 7:05 pm

Thought I'd just mention that other users are using the plastic screen cover that came with the screen. :)

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Re: Razor's GBZ progress

Post by razor » Mon May 09, 2016 7:09 pm

@Rod2D2 I actually took the idea from @chiz

The screen I got from amazon comes in a housing and if you use a heat gun, you can soften the blue holding the screen cover to the housing.

Once it was off, I measured the black bevel to make sure it would be the same size all the way around the screen area by using the original gameboy screen as a guide. Then, I just used an xacto knife to score the screen protector repeatedly (with a ruler) until I could break off the extra parts.
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Re: Razor's GBZ progress

Post by Fleder » Tue May 10, 2016 12:02 am

Great progress, i especially like the idea of putting the displays control buttons into the battery bay.

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