Darth's first GBZ

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Darth's first GBZ

Post by darthwolf » Fri Sep 08, 2017 3:27 pm

So my DMG-01 died some 5 years ago and I've been meaning to resurrect it. Up until the pi zero w came out I was very skeptical about my skills of cramping everything into the DMG shell.

I messed up the bottom part of my original DMG so I ended up ordering a new one. The screen is GearBest which was rather easy to modify to work with 5v, sound is PWM with a low-pass filter and the L/R buttons are scavenged off a 3$ SNES controller. No USB hub, USB audio or teensy board, cartridge is only decorative.

Anyhow, after a several weeks of carefully poking at stuff this is what it finally came to be...
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I did most of the fabrication by frankenstaining parts and I mostly used screws to keep things in place; hot glue gun was used sparingly. My first attempt at the L/R buttons were momentary tact switches which I quickly gave up on because they felt way too hard. I ended up taking SNES controller's shoulder button PCBs and silicone buttons. Another thing I used the SNES's shell was the X/Y button brackets.
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Big thank you to the sudomod community and if anyone is interested in more details about the build I'll be happy to answer any questions.

Parts list:
Shell replacement from https://www.banggood.com/Full-Housing-S ... 8146.html?
On/Off slide switch https://www.banggood.com/5pcs-6-Pins-Sl ... 3806.html?
3.5 inch TFT Display https://www.gearbest.com/development-bo ... 29447.html
micro USB https://www.gearbest.com/other-accessor ... 92914.html
DMG common ground PCB from ebay http://www.ebay.com/itm/Nintendo-Gamebo ... 615949649?
Screen lens from Deadpan Robot https://www.deadpanrobot.co.uk/game-boy ... -gs-blk3mm
PJ325 3.5mm audio jack https://www.aliexpress.com/item/10Pcs-P ... 56325.html
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Power strip from OSH Park https://oshpark.com/shared_projects/tQqjx16m
Raspberry Pi zero W,
Powerboost 1000 C,
PAM8302A amp and
3.7v 3000 mAh LiPo battery from a local Adafruit seller
resistors, caps and wires were mostly scavenged from old electronics

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Re: Darth's first GBZ

Post by YaYa » Sat Sep 09, 2017 12:31 am

Can you show a picture of the back with the snes pads ? i understand gthat you are using the pcb from the controller and the silicon pads also but what do you use to press the pad ?
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Re: Darth's first GBZ

Post by darthwolf » Sat Sep 09, 2017 3:30 am

YaYa wrote:
Sat Sep 09, 2017 12:31 am
Can you show a picture of the back with the snes pads ? i understand gthat you are using the pcb from the controller and the silicon pads also but what do you use to press the pad ?
Oh, I just press directly on the silicone. The side is ground flat from the inside and I used a countersink so the silicone pad lies directly on the plastic wall. It's sticking out enough on it's own and I don't feel the need to have any sort of pressure pad on it. Hopefully the pics show it better than I'm describing it.
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Re: Darth's first GBZ

Post by YaYa » Sat Sep 09, 2017 3:34 am

thank you a lot for the explanation !
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Re: Darth's first GBZ

Post by shesaysidontlisten » Mon Sep 18, 2017 11:39 am

darthwolf wrote:
Sat Sep 09, 2017 3:30 am
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I love this idea. Was that an original SNES controller or a cheap USB one? I want to do the same to avoid the clicky!

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Re: Darth's first GBZ

Post by darthwolf » Tue Sep 19, 2017 9:26 am

shesaysidontlisten wrote:
Mon Sep 18, 2017 11:39 am
I love this idea. Was that an original SNES controller or a cheap USB one? I want to do the same to avoid the clicky!
It was a cheap USB one from banggood, I think it was this one https://www.banggood.com/SNES-USB-Famic ... mds=search

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