I convert my old Ion iCade into a Bartop Raspberry Pi Powered Arcade Machine! 'How to' guide inside. UPDATED 12/2/17

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by Ad7 » Thu Feb 09, 2017 7:25 am

Bump bump bump.

I'm going to start back on this at the weekend. Going to have to take the stick part apart again to widen one of the button holes as it makes the button stick at the moment. While I'm at it I think I'll replace the octagonal gate with the square one as I actually found the octagonal to be really hard to use in games like Street fighter.

Of and I've reinstated the OP :shifty:

This thread is now the third hit on Google for icade bartop conversion 8-)

Rex, how is the marquee part attached to the body?
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by Preezy » Thu Feb 09, 2017 8:04 am

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That looks superb, Rex. How much did it cost overall to get it to that finished state?
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by Rex Kramer » Thu Feb 09, 2017 8:18 am

Probably about £150 though I had an old monitor, 2.1 speaker set and the blackberry already. Most expensive thing was the cabinet which I bought flat packed and pre-cut from Ebay for about £80. If you had the skills and the tools (I had neither) then you could do it for less by just buying MDF and cutting it down. Stick sets were about £15 each (just bought cheapo ones).
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by Ad7 » Thu Feb 09, 2017 9:04 am

I love the way Rex just got on with his and did it, yet i'm taking years of occasional faffing and i'm still not done :fp: :lol:
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by Rex Kramer » Thu Feb 09, 2017 9:56 am

It meant I could hide away in the garage for hours at a time away from the wife and kids. I can see the attraction of a potting shed at the bottom of the garden now.
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by Preezy » Thu Feb 09, 2017 10:07 am

It's my dream to convert my currently-full-of-junk garage into my own personal retro arcade.
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by Peter Crisp » Thu Feb 09, 2017 10:23 am

Preezy wrote:It's my dream to convert my currently-full-of-junk garage into my own personal retro arcade.


A noble goal indeed.
With the availability of fairly cheap tablets with good and large screens getting even better you should be able to make quite a nice set-up.
jiggles wrote:Nobody with a VR headset is going to be using it regularly this time next year, let alone in 4 years time.


Posted 16th March 2016. Let's see.
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by Preezy » Thu Feb 09, 2017 10:39 am

Peter Crisp wrote:
Preezy wrote:It's my dream to convert my currently-full-of-junk garage into my own personal retro arcade.


A noble goal indeed.
With the availability of fairly cheap tablets with good and large screens getting even better you should be able to make quite a nice set-up.

Thinking seriously about it for a second, I imagine I'd need to do the following:

1 - put down decent flooring
2 - plumb in some heating
3 - wire in some more lighting (currently just got one naked bulb)
3 - replace the garage door with a proper wall
4 - insulate the walls (maybe?)
5 - plaster the walls (so I can hang awesome-cool posters)
6 - ???
7 - profit
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by Peter Crisp » Thu Feb 09, 2017 10:48 am

Preezy wrote:
Peter Crisp wrote:
Preezy wrote:It's my dream to convert my currently-full-of-junk garage into my own personal retro arcade.


A noble goal indeed.
With the availability of fairly cheap tablets with good and large screens getting even better you should be able to make quite a nice set-up.

Thinking seriously about it for a second, I imagine I'd need to do the following:

1 - put down decent flooring
2 - plumb in some heating
3 - wire in some more lighting (currently just got one naked bulb)
3 - replace the garage door with a proper wall
4 - insulate the walls (maybe?)
5 - plaster the walls (so I can hang awesome-cool posters)
6 - ???
7 - profit


As a kid I used to do AD&D game sessions in our garage and you'd be surprised just how little heating you need once you get a few people in even our rather large garage. You could always do away with the need for getting more electrics in by using electric camping lighting and pretty much the most expensive aspect should be having somewhere nice to sit and a nice table for coffee/beer.
The hardest part will obviously be the initial clean-up as I don't know about you but after 20 years since I played AD&D the amount of gooseberry fool in my garage is terrifying.
Once you have a blank canvas of an empty room I think you'll be pleasantly surprised just how little you need to spend to turn it into a space you can use. Plastering to walls is a good idea but a decent masonry paint would save you a small fortune and at least give you something better to look at than brick.
jiggles wrote:Nobody with a VR headset is going to be using it regularly this time next year, let alone in 4 years time.


Posted 16th March 2016. Let's see.
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by Preezy » Thu Feb 09, 2017 10:53 am

Well my house is only about 2 years old so the only junk in the garage is stuff from the move that hasn't been sorted yet, but my thinking with that is that if we haven't needed/missed any of the stuff in the garage then it can be binned. Not sure my wife would agree though :lol:
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by Peter Crisp » Thu Feb 09, 2017 11:00 am

We have an entire new bathroom suite in ours ready to be fitted in the house once we can be bothered. We got it at the same time we got the extension which added an extra bathroom and bedroom (The new set is for the original bathroom) and we're just a bit tired of builders being in after a 5 week build for an entire new section of the house going on.
That's about 10% of what's in the garage :dread: .
jiggles wrote:Nobody with a VR headset is going to be using it regularly this time next year, let alone in 4 years time.


Posted 16th March 2016. Let's see.
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by Moggy » Thu Feb 09, 2017 11:02 am

Preezy wrote:
Peter Crisp wrote:
Preezy wrote:It's my dream to convert my currently-full-of-junk garage into my own personal retro arcade.


A noble goal indeed.
With the availability of fairly cheap tablets with good and large screens getting even better you should be able to make quite a nice set-up.

Thinking seriously about it for a second, I imagine I'd need to do the following:

1 - put down decent flooring
2 - plumb in some heating
3 - wire in some more lighting (currently just got one naked bulb)
3 - replace the garage door with a proper wall
4 - insulate the walls (maybe?)
5 - plaster the walls (so I can hang awesome-cool posters)
6 - ???
7 - profit


So just a weekend job rather than an afternoon?
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by Ad7 » Thu Feb 09, 2017 12:24 pm

Boy am I glad I bumped this thread.
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by Poser » Thu Feb 09, 2017 2:01 pm

Guys, the Mrs wants to paint the downstairs toilet in Wild Primrose, but I think Buttermilk would be better.

Any thoughts would be welcome.
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by Rex Kramer » Thu Feb 09, 2017 2:28 pm

Poser wrote:Guys, the Mrs wants to paint the downstairs toilet in Wild Primrose, but I think Buttermilk would be better.

Any thoughts would be welcome.

1st thought - I didn't know Newcastle had inside toilets let alone downstairs ones.
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by Peter Crisp » Thu Feb 09, 2017 3:09 pm

Poser wrote:Guys, the Mrs wants to paint the downstairs toilet in Wild Primrose, but I think Buttermilk would be better.

Any thoughts would be welcome.


Paint it jet black and have a black light installed.
It'll be like having a poo in space.
jiggles wrote:Nobody with a VR headset is going to be using it regularly this time next year, let alone in 4 years time.


Posted 16th March 2016. Let's see.
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by Peter Crisp » Thu Feb 09, 2017 3:12 pm

Alternatively cover the walls with the cheap kindles and you could try and recreate this scene from the matrix.

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jiggles wrote:Nobody with a VR headset is going to be using it regularly this time next year, let alone in 4 years time.


Posted 16th March 2016. Let's see.
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by Moggy » Thu Feb 09, 2017 3:18 pm

Poser wrote:Guys, the Mrs wants to paint the downstairs toilet in Wild Primrose, but I think Buttermilk would be better.

Any thoughts would be welcome.


Worst “I am so posh I have two toilets” post ever.

Don’t bother painting it at all, just have it filled wall to wall with arcade cabinets.

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