I'm still probably a week or two out from being able to put together a guide (mostly due to working with Helder on a custom button PCB for it to make it much easier and cleaner). I've had people messaging me every day here and elsewhere asking for more info, when the guide will be out, a parts list, etc. So, I'll keep adding to this post as there are updates to share. If you have any questions that are not answered in this post, feel free to ask here.
04-23: Waiting for test samples of the button PCB to arrive (should be later this week).
04-24: People are having a hard time getting ahold of the 2.2" screen, and there are reports of some suppliers saying they don't even know if they will be stocking it again. I'm going to see if the 2.4" screen will fit (will of course need to update the designs for the 3d-printed screen bits). I don't have one of those screens in hand (it's on the way) but should be able to 3d-print one based off the schematics people have posted for it.
04-25: It's looking more and more like the 2.2" screens are being retired. Multiple suppliers have said they don't expect any more stock of it. That sucks. But, Helder and I are looking into the option of using a bare 2.4" screen (meaning no pre-attached board, I did some testing with the board and it's just not a good option: viewtopic.php?f=30&t=2887&start=30#p30864 ), along with a tiny custom PCB that will make that screen a nice option. The 2.4" screen seems to be widely available, even in bulk. Should have some more info on this soon! Blog post here: http://www.sudomod.com/mintypi-2-0-scre ... -bad-news/
4-26: Not a very exciting update, but I got one of the Adafruit blank tins (https://www.adafruit.com/product/97) and it is indeed an exact copy of the Altoids tin, so that's an option if you prefer (or can't get ahold of Altoids).
5-5: Button PCB samples got here and they are a perfect fit! Now just waiting on screen samples and the accompanying board for it that Helder is working on. 5-9: I meant to post this on here too but I guess I forgot: tested the button PCB out and it worked great! Soldering the pi to the board is actually very easy with the 3d-printed parts - I'll of course show how to do that in the guide. You can see below that things line up perfectly: just enough clearance for the camera connector and some other components on the board. Note that the tactile switches there are not necessarily the ones I'll recommend getting. 5-18: I got some 2.4" screens in the mail (both bare and on boards). That extra 0.2" makes more of a difference than you might think (pic below)! I really don't think the on-board ones you can find on ebay will be an option with the 3d-printed parts. The only way you might be able to make it work is by cutting the corners as much as you can, and having the screen off-center (bleh).
I also found a supplier for DS Lite buttons and conductive pads. I've got a batch of black and white on the way (the only colors they had), so I'll have those available for folks as well.
I believe Helder's still waiting on some connector samples for connecting the screen to the add-on board. We're getting closer! 5-31
I put up another quick video update:
I set up a wiki page for mintyPi and moved the parts list, software list, etc there and added an FAQ: http://www.sudomod.com/wiki/index.php?title=MintyPi
As for an update: I'm cranking out 3D-printed parts as fast as I can and waiting on screws to arrive. 6-12
Nearly done printing the red/peppermint pre-orders. (waaaaay more black parts are off-screen). Also Hoolyhoo pointed me towards a script/app you can install on the pi to enable/disable wifi/bluetooth. Idling in emulationstation, a Pi Zero W with a USB keyboard plugged in went from ~35-36mA to ~31-32mA after disabling wireless. Not too shabby! I'll have an option added to the retropie menu in emulationstation for turning on/off wifi easily. 6-23
Should be finished printing pre-orders early this next week. There were two shipments of screws on the way, one arrived today, the other is hopefully no more than a few days behind it. Once I have all that I can start packing/shipping pre-orders in the order they came in (finally!). Helder's expecting to have his stuff next week sometime as well, so once I get my hands on some of the final versions of those parts I can get busy on a guide (the final parts are slightly different [they have some test pads that people can use to make sure their soldering is correct, for example], so I wanted to wait for final ones before doing that). Getting so close!
I've also about finalized the setup script, which now sets up the enable/disable wireless menu options in retropie for you. I'll put that up for public scrutiny soon.
Final mintyPi board images:
Finished re-printing the bezels to accommodate larger screw heads (more info here: viewtopic.php?f=30&t=3291 ). They look much better with the screws flush, and don't look weird with smaller screw heads in them either.
Tracking info says that the last package/size of screws I'm waiting on from China finally arrived in the US today, and should be here Monday. That's good timing as I'll hopefully be getting final production parts from Helder around then too (if not before), so I can record/write up a guide and start shipping pre-orders all around the same time.
7-3 The last screws finally got here! That means I can start shipping my pre-orders, and once final parts from Helder get here, I can finally put together a guide.
Parts list, software used and FAQs are here: