I convert my old Ion iCade into a Bartop Raspberry Pi Powered Arcade Machine! 'How to' guide inside. IT'S FINISHED!

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by Rex Kramer » Wed Aug 03, 2016 6:50 am

Good point, definitely be looking to style mine with some vinyl!

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by Ad7 » Wed Aug 03, 2016 7:15 am

Gecko, do you laser cut wood etc too?

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PostRe: I convert my old Ion iCade into a Bartop Raspberry Pi Powered Arcade Machine! 'How to' guide inside. UPDATED!
by Ad7 » Wed Aug 03, 2016 1:46 pm

Update:

Replacement part arrived, tech guy had a look, main board cpu had a hole in it, strawberry float this gooseberry fool.

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by mic » Wed Aug 03, 2016 2:24 pm

You're not giving up, are you?!

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by Ad7 » Wed Aug 03, 2016 2:26 pm

Nope. This strawberry floater is going to cost me a fortune :lol:

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by Green Gecko » Wed Aug 03, 2016 7:43 pm

Hit me up. Won't cost much, especially if you can produce it to measurements as an AI/PDF layout. It will be correct to less than .2mm. I'll try to find some course cabinet style super matt finish. I can also get carbon fibre effect. :cool:

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by Ad7 » Wed Aug 03, 2016 8:28 pm

I'm a graphic designer so yes it will be too absolute spec as an .ai :datass:

That's vinyl right?

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by Green Gecko » Wed Aug 03, 2016 9:01 pm

Yes, about 70-80 nanometer PVC with acrylic or solvent based adhesive rated 7-10 years indoors and heat up to 115 degrees. Waterproof.

You can also get cast stuff to mould it with heat gun around curves but it's more pricey (usually used for vehicle wraps).

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PostRe: I convert my old Ion iCade into a Bartop Raspberry Pi Powered Arcade Machine! 'How to' guide inside. UPDATED!
by Buffalo » Thu Aug 04, 2016 1:14 am

Only just seen this thread. Really hope everything works out for you with it.

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by That's not a growth » Thu Aug 04, 2016 7:32 am

I've found this really interesting to read through, although sounds frustrating as gooseberry fool.

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by Ad7 » Thu Aug 04, 2016 8:14 am

It's so annoying, if everything had worked with the screen this would be finished now. Now I've got to work out a return refund to China for the main board, and that'll take a month, maybe more. Tempted to sack it off and just buy something different from a different seller and take the risk out of that side.

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PostRe: I convert my old Ion iCade into a Bartop Raspberry Pi Powered Arcade Machine! 'How to' guide inside. UPDATED!
by Rex Kramer » Fri Aug 05, 2016 10:31 am

I got a box full of buttons and a stick in the post today :toot: That clicky noise that micro-switches make just takes me back to one of these!

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PostRe: I convert my old Ion iCade into a Bartop Raspberry Pi Powered Arcade Machine! 'How to' guide inside. UPDATED!
by Ad7 » Wed Aug 17, 2016 6:54 am

New hdmi board on the way.

Rex, how is your project going?

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PostRe: I convert my old Ion iCade into a Bartop Raspberry Pi Powered Arcade Machine! 'How to' guide inside. UPDATED!
by Poser » Thu Aug 18, 2016 1:51 pm

Ad7 wrote:project


Ad, I'm looking at getting a Pi to RetroPie it. How did you find doing that, and did you get as far as testing the various different emulators with ROMs?

I'm mainly interested in NES, SNES, Mame and possibly Amiga. I have a ton of the ROMs on a card on my PSP, but the poor SNES emulation, especially mode 7, always left me cold.

Keen to know if it really works 'out the box', or if you needed to fiddle with settings a lot for different games as you go along.

Doubt I'll do anything as ambitious as your lovely little project, but I might get myself to the Lego shop and buy some bricks to make a wee house for the Pi.

This:

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by Green Gecko » Thu Aug 18, 2016 2:17 pm

Poser wrote:
Ad7 wrote:project


Ad, I'm looking at getting a Pi to RetroPie it. How did you find doing that, and did you get as far as testing the various different emulators with ROMs?

I'm mainly interested in NES, SNES, Mame and possibly Amiga. I have a ton of the ROMs on a card on my PSP, but the poor SNES emulation, especially mode 7, always left me cold.

Keen to know if it really works 'out the box', or if you needed to fiddle with settings a lot for different games as you go along.

Doubt I'll do anything as ambitious as your lovely little project, but I might get myself to the Lego shop and buy some bricks to make a wee house for the Pi.

This:

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:wub:

I did this. It was painless. Everything you need to know is on https://retropie.org.uk/documentation/i ... -retropie/

I maybe had 1 or 2 quirks (I believe it didn't boot the first 1 or 2 times and then was fine). Another thing you'll need (if you don't use the server, for example you have no ethernet for the Pi) is a USB stick formatted to FAT-16 I think, to copy your ROMs onto and then RetroPi just sucks them up.

It works great with a DualShock 3/SIXAXIS controller via USB.

All the emus just ran without any configuration - you might get audio stuttering and a touch of slowdown on a Pi 1 Model B or below.

The thing that took the longest was just sorting out my ROMs and deleting the ones that I know I'll never play, so my list wasn't forever long.

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PostRe: I convert my old Ion iCade into a Bartop Raspberry Pi Powered Arcade Machine! 'How to' guide inside. UPDATED!
by Ad7 » Fri Aug 19, 2016 9:28 am

As said above, it's really easy to do and the retropie front end is nice and simple.

New board has arrived, will be plugging it in on my lunch break :dread:

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by Poser » Fri Aug 19, 2016 9:34 am

Green Gecko wrote:I did this. It was painless.


Ad7 wrote:As said above, it's really easy to do and the retropie front end is nice and simple.

New board has arrived, will be plugging it in on my lunch break :dread:


Thanks, both. Think I'm going to give it a go. The mini NES has whetted my appetite.

Good luck at lunch, Ad. Fingers crossed! :D

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by Ad7 » Fri Aug 19, 2016 2:21 pm

Ladies and gentlemen...



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PostRe: I convert my old Ion iCade into a Bartop Raspberry Pi Powered Arcade Machine! 'How to' guide inside. UPDATED!
by Green Gecko » Fri Aug 19, 2016 5:03 pm

Nice work. Got it assembled yet or are you yet to do the routing?

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by Ad7 » Fri Aug 19, 2016 5:24 pm

It's all out at the moment, need to figure out where to mount the pcbs and then get my custom bezel laser cut.


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