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My Completed Cupcade
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My Completed Cupcade

by drussell5886 on Tue Apr 22, 2014 11:36 am

Having never picked up a soldering iron before, I was really surprised at how well it all went. My first few soldering joints were pretty messy, but I caught on after a little while. I'm not an EE (actually I'm a ME), but I have wired a few logic circuits on a breadboard in the lab. I have loved games and programming most of my life, and this was a really good entry point for me to electronics tinkering.

Notable tools I used:
Weller SP40NKUS with ST7 tip (because of the LED lights)
Soldering iron stand (must have)
Titanium scissors (because my diagonal cutters hadn't arrived yet; not recommended!)
Hair dryer for shrinking heat shrink tubing (not recommended!)
Wooden board that I could rotate the project around on
Printed copy of the circuit layout, which I kept in front of me at all times

Tools I should have used:
Clamp for holding the project so it didn't wiggle around while soldering

Thanks for a fun and actually non-frustrating experience!

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Re: My Completed Cupcade

by egutting on Tue Apr 22, 2014 12:01 pm

Looks good!!! Now it's time to mod it :)

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Re: My Completed Cupcade

by crazylefty on Thu Apr 24, 2014 9:39 pm

Mine is going into a ClapTrap from Borderlands2 with an Adafruit 1.2" 7-segment display
Mod all the thingz!!

edit: small pics

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Re: My Completed Cupcade

by adafruit_support_mike on Fri Apr 25, 2014 2:11 am


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Re: My Completed Cupcade

by adavies on Tue May 06, 2014 7:02 pm

My completed cupcade:
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I would have preferred to include a pic of it powered up, but its late in the evening now, and the speaker is quite loud for such a little beastie.

Assembly Time (4hrs approx):
30minutes preparation - checking all the pieces etc
2hrs soldering + checking + glue-guning
1.5hrs case assembly (it took me 4x attempts to get it right!)

My Trials:
    The jumper wire I used to bridge connections on the proto-board got melted twice - so I had to break out the glue gun to provide added insulation.
    Thought I messed up at least 2x, when the screen was just white; turned out the ribbon cable came a bit loose, just had to push it back in firmer.
    The speaker cable feeding into the proto-board came loose, though the pin-hole was full of solder (guessing cold joint), then the capacitor was in the way so couldn't put it back in exactly the same place - never mind, re-soldered to an empty pin within the same line - whew!
    The joystick stopped working... under a tangle of cables, they had become pulled out. I had to re-adjust some cable positions.
    The double sided tape on the back of the PiTFT I found wasn't strong enough - had to use some extra tape.
    The case (even though I have an ice-tube clock) was tricky, those small nuts kept falling out of place even with masking tape. Patience prevails! No force necessary!

Games tested via pre-checks during stage builds:

Mods planned:
    Switch/connector to optionally disable speaker (when playing late at night)
    Hunt down & apply mini arcade style stickers
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Re: My Completed Cupcade

by darksheep on Wed May 07, 2014 9:03 am

Verry Cool where did you get your roms from just pm me please , I cant get any to work event the test one they all say files missing even the one from the mame web site . May be its my sd card but not sure where to get the files from to make a new one

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Re: My Completed Cupcade

by adavies on Thu May 08, 2014 12:53 pm

I used:

make sure you only grab "mame" roms, others are marked nes/atari etc

I then used linux to copy the downloaded zip files into /media/mmcblkp1/advmame/roms (the sdcard automatically mounted to /media/mmcblkp1) may be different for you.

On windows should be the drive labelled boot, then advmame/roms/

Some rome don't work

donkey kong
arkanoid 1 + 2
ms pacman

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Re: My Completed Cupcade

by darksheep on Thu May 08, 2014 1:52 pm

Thanks so much got it to work now seems there are some issues have you seen piplay has all the emulators woudl be cool if we could get it to work with this kits hard ware , I will start looking at it but I am new to linux so not sure how hard it would be.

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