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Raspberry Pi Gameboy 60

An anonymous reader writes: An enterprising hacker took on a project to rebuild a broken Gameboy using emulation software, a Raspberry Pi, and a few other easily-obtainable parts. The result: success! The hacker has posted a detailed walkthrough explaining all of the challenges and how they were solved. "Using a Dremel, I cut out a most of the battery compartment as well as some posts that on the case for the LCD that would no longer be needed. Doing so, the Pi sits flush with the back of the DMG case. ... The screen was the first challenge. The screen runs off 12V out of the box which wouldn't work with the USB battery pack. The USB battery pack is rated at 5V, 1000mAH so the goal was go modify the screen to allow it to run at 5V. ... I finally got it to work by removing the power converter chip as well as soldering a jumper between the + power in and the resister on the top right."
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Raspberry Pi Gameboy

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  • I had kept my old gameboy.... Imagine dragging that thing out and streaming a movie on it for your friends.... How did you do that?
    • in pawn shops.

  • by Anonymous Coward
    I don't think the Ship of Theseus metaphor really applies when you change parts.
  • AGAIN WITH THIS (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Crashmarik ( 635988 ) on Wednesday July 23, 2014 @06:27PM (#47519235)

    http://build.slashdot.org/stor... [slashdot.org]

    wasn't all that interesting the first round, just how many raspberry pin a cutesy box stories are needed ?

  • Can it play Zelda? :)

    • by Bing Tsher E ( 943915 ) on Wednesday July 23, 2014 @09:34PM (#47520221) Journal

      The important question for me would be: can I plug in any of my Gameboy carts and expect it to play the game? That would actually be fairly trivial but nobody seems interested in something like that. It's just a Z80 and the whole schematic is published.

      I bought a Zelda Gameboy Advance cart at a used game store just last night. The Gameboy Advance SP still rocks, esp. if you get a model 101 version. It's so perfectly balanced, and plays any Gameboy cart going all the way back to the earliest that I fail to understand why anybody would even bother 'emulating' it with new hardware.

      • by Anonymous Coward

        "...I fail to understand why anybody would even bother 'emulating' it with new hardware."

        That is because you are not a nerd. Nerds do not just go buy solutions, they create them. Getting the job done is not always as important as how you got the job done.

      • by wed128 ( 722152 )

        Not to be a grammar nazi, but why did you single-quote the word 'emulating'? Did you mean it ironically or something? The word itself seems to be used correctly...

        • William Strunk covered this in 1914. You're never supposed to put quotes around words like that, as it puts on airs to show the audience that you're using some vulgar slang, but we're all better than that.

          Quotes are used when referencing a term. We call this "using quotes". If you otherwise "use quotes" around "things" in your "sen-tance", you look like a "huge jackass" like Dr. Evil.

      • ... I fail to understand why anybody would even bother 'emulating' it with new hardware.

        The simplest reason would be to avoid carrying more hardware. I love my SP but since it's a unitasker I usually leave it out of my bag. Other potential reasons include, but are not limited to, ROM hacks, developing a deeper understanding of the technology and simply overcoming the challenge of emulating something correctly.

        • But a GBA with a little "magic" cartdrige (I mean flash / linker) will allow more uses out of it, like carrying 20 games (with the option of them being legit, though Nintendo never liked that and always pretended ripping your cartridges is wrong), running your ROM hacks on real hardware and then miscellaneous homebrew programs and media readers.

          That said on the GBA SP, I think the form factor is pretty great but that the lighting is just bad, modding one to improve the lighting would be interesting if that

      • Possibly so that they permanently install their entire library of GB/GBA/GBC games and not have to lug around the carts? Not to mention being able to also add all their Nintendo, Sega, N64, retro-PC, etc,etc,etc games on the same device? If you like the shell why not put some far more capable guts into it. I'll admit I haven't seen many folks who care about balance, but that's nothing a couple strategically placed weights can't add.

      • by phorm ( 591458 )

        Yeah. Emulators for disc-based systems will often read original disks (although to be fair, they often do tend to work better with ISO's).
        For a GB hack, it would cool to see this with something like a USB/serial interface to the original cart slot.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 23, 2014 @08:04PM (#47519851)

    Given this guys lack of electronics expertise it is amazing it he got it to work.

    That sure is a strange looking resistor at the top right.

  • That's a nice job. Of course, the only original part is the case. Coneniently, there's someone who sells a board with buttons designed to fit in a GameBoy case and bring out the buttons for emulation purposes.

    If you 3D printed a new case, you would't need a Game Boy at all. I wonder if there's a decal set for that.

  • be more awesome.
  • I still have all of my original games including the rarest of the lot! Tetris 1.0, Pokonyan and others. The most depressing thing about the Game Boy is that nobody really did anything that they could have with the Super Game Boy.

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