Gameboy raspberry pi cartage

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Gameboy raspberry pi cartage

Post by HUg0005 » Tue May 10, 2016 3:35 pm

Hi
I had an idea that maybe I could put the raspberry pi zero in a cartage then rewire the cartage slot so its a removable raspberry pi. So then I could keep the original internals of the gameboy colour (or color for Americans) and switch between the original gameboy colour and retropie. If you get what I mean.
I just wanted to know what your thoughts of this idea are and how I should go about wiring this.
Also if you can help wire the raspberry pi into the original gameboy colour screen cheack out my post.
http://sudomod.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=84

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Re: Gameboy raspberry pi cartage

Post by crispy_tofu » Tue May 10, 2016 5:59 pm

Wow, that certainly seems novel. The only thing I can probably think of is to check that the cartridge has enough pins for all of the functions (screen/buttons etc.) :)

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Post by HUg0005 » Wed May 11, 2016 12:07 am

crispy_tofu wrote:Wow, that certainly seems novel. The only thing I can probably think of is to check that the cartridge has enough pins for all of the functions (screen/buttons etc.) :)
This is why I'm asking about the screen. I want to keep the original gameboy colour intact so I can use it as a gameboy colour or i could plug in the raspberry pi zero and use it as a emulation machine.

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Post by crispy_tofu » Wed May 11, 2016 1:15 am

HUg0005 wrote:
crispy_tofu wrote:Wow, that certainly seems novel. The only thing I can probably think of is to check that the cartridge has enough pins for all of the functions (screen/buttons etc.) :)
This is why I'm asking about the screen. I want to keep the original gameboy colour intact so I can use it as a gameboy colour or i could plug in the raspberry pi zero and use it as a emulation machine.
Hmm, but then how are you going to implement the switching between the GBC and the Pi Zero? Because they use the same cartridge slot, wouldn't they conflict?

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Re: Gameboy raspberry pi cartage

Post by Fleder » Wed May 11, 2016 1:26 am

You could route the cables through the side of the cartridge slot into the case, but i still think you will run out of space.
You may squeeze the RPi0 into a Cartridge, but what about the rest?
How do you intercept the button inputs that go to the GBC?
How about Sound, Video and all that stuff?

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Post by HUg0005 » Wed May 11, 2016 3:18 pm

crispy_tofu wrote:
HUg0005 wrote:
crispy_tofu wrote:Wow, that certainly seems novel. The only thing I can probably think of is to check that the cartridge has enough pins for all of the functions (screen/buttons etc.) :)
This is why I'm asking about the screen. I want to keep the original gameboy colour intact so I can use it as a gameboy colour or i could plug in the raspberry pi zero and use it as a emulation machine.
Hmm, but then how are you going to implement the switching between the GBC and the Pi Zero? Because they use the same cartridge slot, wouldn't they conflict?
I was thinking of using relays to switch between the original connections and the raspberry pi connection. But space might be a problem. :?
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Post by HUg0005 » Wed May 11, 2016 3:19 pm

Fleder wrote:You could route the cables through the side of the cartridge slot into the case, but i still think you will run out of space.
You may squeeze the RPi0 into a Cartridge, but what about the rest?
How do you intercept the button inputs that go to the GBC?
How about Sound, Video and all that stuff?
Intercepting the button would be a tricky one. I think I will just run a USB controller from the raspberry pi instead.

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Post by crispy_tofu » Wed May 11, 2016 6:53 pm

That seems interesting, keep us updated! :)
In terms of size problems, you could probably use small SMD relays, there's no need to use ones for high power applications. :)

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Re: Gameboy raspberry pi cartage

Post by HUg0005 » Wed May 11, 2016 11:55 pm

Anyone found any small relays? All the ones I have found are too big to fit.

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Re: Gameboy raspberry pi cartage

Post by crispy_tofu » Thu May 12, 2016 12:29 am

HUg0005 wrote:Anyone found any small relays? All the ones I have found are too big to fit.
How big do you need them to be? :geek:

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