Sota's build for flashpc (Completed!)

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Sota's build for flashpc (Completed!)

Post by sotasystems » Sun Dec 04, 2016 11:12 am

Apart from my 2nd build that I am also doing, I decided to have another build as well.
As I am willing to help other users on this forum with their builds, this build is for another user that has asked for their help. :)

This build is dedicated to [mention]flashpc[/mention]. It will be a pretty standard GBZ build, with my DIY battery indicator with safe shutdown included. He allowed me to document the build here, so that I can show to you what I am doing. ;)

Status: Package delivered by FedEx on 07.12.2016
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Re: Sota's build for flashpc (WIP)

Post by Sundays » Sun Dec 04, 2016 1:21 pm

Will this be the first time you have put up your diy safe shutdown? I am very interested in how it's made.
Tooo many projects!!!

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Re: Sota's build for flashpc (WIP)

Post by sotasystems » Sun Dec 04, 2016 3:00 pm

Sundays wrote:Will this be the first time you have put up your diy safe shutdown? I am very interested in how it's made.
I actualy use it in my 1st build, but never really got into detail on how it was made because the idea just came to me out of a sudden while I was building, but I will document it in my 2nd build. So if you are interested, stay tuned ;)
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UPDATE: I am still alive! My ISP is setting up my internet on the 19th of January at my new place, explaining my offline-ness.

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Also, my 2nd build will soon go on, so if you've been following it, please stay tuned! :)

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Re: Sota's build for flashpc (WIP)

Post by sotasystems » Wed Dec 07, 2016 2:12 am

The package arrived well packaged and in good condition this morning :)

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So what do we have we can work with?

We have a 3.5" BW screen:

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and a neat box full of goodies:

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let's have a look inside, shall we?

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Aaaah :), so inside we have:
  • Aftermarket Gameboy shell
  • Gameboy Speaker
  • Set of buttons (2x)
  • Set of conductive rubber pads (2x)
  • Custom GBZ gorilla glass screen surround from [mention]day[/mention]
  • [mention]Wermy[/mention]'s full 3d printed GBZ support set
  • Screws
  • Adafruit powerboost 1000C
  • Aftermarket empty cartridge
  • Raspberry Pi Zero v1.3
  • 2000mAh LiPo battery with JST-connector
  • Power switch
  • Volume wheel
  • Micro USB breakout
  • Spare USB port
  • Spare Gameboy cartridge slot
  • 32GB Sandisk micro SD card
  • Spare JST cable
  • Spare JST connector
  • [mention]Helder[/mention]'s GBZ AIO v2.2 (finaly I get to see one of these IRL! :lol:)
I noticed it doesn't include the custom SD card reader to put inside the empty cartridge shell, but I should still be getting most of the things done anyway.

Apart from these parts, I am going to add the following:
  • Arduino nano for battery monitoring with needed resistors
  • Safe-shutdown tactile switch button with needed resistors
  • LED's ;)
Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to inform you that I am currently moving very far away, and therefore I am very busy.

UPDATE: I am still alive! My ISP is setting up my internet on the 19th of January at my new place, explaining my offline-ness.

If you write me a PM, I will very likely take some time to respond.

Also, my 2nd build will soon go on, so if you've been following it, please stay tuned! :)

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Re: Sota's build for flashpc (WIP)

Post by sotasystems » Wed Dec 07, 2016 6:13 am

ok, so it looks like the screen is a BW variant 7, which seems to be pretty common. Easy enough to make it work on 5V, but I'll do that later, screen itself is working fine. ;)

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I have noticed that this aftermarket case is not made very accurately. You can see an example as to why here:

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Original screen cover that came with it

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Gorilla glass screen cover

It'll still look fine if I align it accordingly as good as possible, though.

I then started doing all the modifications needed to the case:

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Removing unneeded screw posts and preparing to drill X and Y button holes

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Removing a chunk of the battery compartment, because the battery coincidentaly fits really well otherwise:

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If it all fits like that, I will leave the compartment like that. If not, I will come back to remove more.

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Drilled X and Y button holes and roughly cut off the screen area with a saw.

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Removing more material

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Testing look of the gorilla glass screen surround
Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to inform you that I am currently moving very far away, and therefore I am very busy.

UPDATE: I am still alive! My ISP is setting up my internet on the 19th of January at my new place, explaining my offline-ness.

If you write me a PM, I will very likely take some time to respond.

Also, my 2nd build will soon go on, so if you've been following it, please stay tuned! :)

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Re: Sota's build for flashpc (WIP)

Post by Hoverfly » Wed Dec 07, 2016 10:30 am

cool! the second ones are always better, you do not make that stupid mistakes (at least in my case).

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Re: Sota's build for flashpc (WIP)

Post by sotasystems » Wed Dec 07, 2016 12:18 pm

Glued in the button wells and screen

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This is how it's gonna look like with the gorilla glass later:

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Put in the buttons and cunductive pads (one of them had to be cut a little bit to fit, but it doesn't affect function):

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Then test fitted the AIO:

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I desoldered the Pi's USB port to make it fit better:

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Trimmed the µUSB breakout to make it fit:

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..and glued it in place:

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After making the AIO's position definite and making sure nothing is wrong there, I glued the Pi on top:

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..making it reveal it's HDMI port ;):

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Added the powerboost and converted the screen to 5V:

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Made a JST extension cable:

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And soldered the first properly gauged power wire:

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..some other wires and it was time for a quick test:

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The controller works and is being detected in Retropie. :)
Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to inform you that I am currently moving very far away, and therefore I am very busy.

UPDATE: I am still alive! My ISP is setting up my internet on the 19th of January at my new place, explaining my offline-ness.

If you write me a PM, I will very likely take some time to respond.

Also, my 2nd build will soon go on, so if you've been following it, please stay tuned! :)

Many thanks for your understanding!

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Re: Sota's build for flashpc (WIP)

Post by sotasystems » Wed Dec 07, 2016 12:39 pm

Drilled a hole for the tactile safe-shutdown switch

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Also drilled a few holes for the screen control PCB:

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Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to inform you that I am currently moving very far away, and therefore I am very busy.

UPDATE: I am still alive! My ISP is setting up my internet on the 19th of January at my new place, explaining my offline-ness.

If you write me a PM, I will very likely take some time to respond.

Also, my 2nd build will soon go on, so if you've been following it, please stay tuned! :)

Many thanks for your understanding!

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Re: Sota's build for flashpc (WIP)

Post by sotasystems » Fri Dec 09, 2016 8:17 am

Today my resistors and LED's arrived for my alternative build. I have enough left over, so I also planned to use them in this build for the battery monitor, safe shutdown etc. so I will start working on that soon. ;)
Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to inform you that I am currently moving very far away, and therefore I am very busy.

UPDATE: I am still alive! My ISP is setting up my internet on the 19th of January at my new place, explaining my offline-ness.

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Also, my 2nd build will soon go on, so if you've been following it, please stay tuned! :)

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Re: Sota's build for flashpc (WIP)

Post by sotasystems » Sat Dec 10, 2016 12:47 pm

Now after resolving USB problems I ran into with [mention]Helder[/mention]'s AIO board (thanks @[mention]Helder[/mention] for helping! :)), I can finaly go ahead with further assembly.

I started soldering 3 LEDS to a perfboard which will be visible from the front face.

Green LED means battery is good
Red LED means battery is low
Orange is charging
;)
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Trimmed power switch and glued it in
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For the battery monitoring and LED indication, I am going to use this ATmega328P-PU chip (Arduino Uno):
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Here I will soon glue in the safe shutdown switch and wire it up
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Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to inform you that I am currently moving very far away, and therefore I am very busy.

UPDATE: I am still alive! My ISP is setting up my internet on the 19th of January at my new place, explaining my offline-ness.

If you write me a PM, I will very likely take some time to respond.

Also, my 2nd build will soon go on, so if you've been following it, please stay tuned! :)

Many thanks for your understanding!

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