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Is this ripe for some Pi Love?
« on: August 28, 2015, 04:33:29 pm »
http://www.dreamgear.com/my-arcade-retro-machine-gaming-system-with-200-games/

This seems like the perfect thing to hack. Thoughts?
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Re: Is this ripe for some Pi Love?
« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2015, 03:16:32 pm »
Looks like it has potential.....however I would go cross eyed trying to look at a screen that small. Cupcades, micro builds etc.

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Re: Is this ripe for some Pi Love?
« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2015, 03:37:59 pm »
Is there a game list somewhere ??? It says 200 games but from looking at the pic of the box the games seem to be unknown rather than any actual classic games - so hard to tell if it would be worthwhile to hack.

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Re: Is this ripe for some Pi Love?
« Reply #3 on: August 31, 2015, 06:17:03 pm »
I think they're all just knock-offs. No real games on there.
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Re: Is this ripe for some Pi Love?
« Reply #4 on: August 31, 2015, 06:26:58 pm »
I think they're all just knock-offs. No real games on there.

Ahh - so your just wanting to use the outer case, display, etc. to hook up to a Pi then -- have you actually tried one and what are the buttons and joystick like in use or would you need to replace them for decent play and is the 2.5" monitor a decent resolution to see on ?? I have a small setup using an old 7" portable DVD monitor and one of the Jakks Pac Man games and even it is hard to see the games on for play so unless it is a very good 2.5" monitor I'd think it would be hard to play on.  :dunno
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Re: Is this ripe for some Pi Love?
« Reply #5 on: August 31, 2015, 06:46:16 pm »
It might be a clear display. Online reviews complain about the controls and quality of the games.

I have the Adafruit Cupcade. It runs the RP1 and 2.8" display (mine in vertical). Very clear display. Runs great. Not a fan of the analog joystick, but it works with the 4/8 way microswitch games just fine. I'd like to convert the joystick to one like this micro-arcade. Might get one just to pull out the joystick.

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Re: Is this ripe for some Pi Love?
« Reply #6 on: September 02, 2015, 04:38:26 pm »
What's a clear display?
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Re: Is this ripe for some Pi Love?
« Reply #7 on: September 02, 2015, 11:53:23 pm »
JDFan wondered if the display was high enough quality to see the graphics well. I believed it would be good enough to see. I did not see any complaints about it.

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Re: Is this ripe for some Pi Love?
« Reply #8 on: November 24, 2015, 08:19:03 pm »
I just picked up one of these, hoping someone has hacked it already!   Anyone?

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Re: Is this ripe for some Pi Love?
« Reply #9 on: November 24, 2015, 08:25:58 pm »
I just picked up one of these, hoping someone has hacked it already!   Anyone?
Keep us informed on the dissection!

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Re: Is this ripe for some Pi Love?
« Reply #10 on: March 08, 2016, 04:58:04 pm »
Just waiting on a Pi Zero to finish it off. The stock Pi's are just a tad too big to fit.


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Re: Is this ripe for some Pi Love?
« Reply #11 on: October 23, 2016, 07:06:37 pm »
Just waiting on a Pi Zero to finish it off. The stock Pi's are just a tad too big to fit.



Any update on this? what screen did you use?

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Re: Is this ripe for some Pi Love?
« Reply #12 on: March 12, 2017, 01:03:00 pm »
I would like to know about this. Have a newer version, and replacing some games with new ones would be a lot of fun. Especially as some are just re-skins of others

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Re: Is this ripe for some Pi Love?
« Reply #13 on: August 11, 2017, 04:25:45 pm »
Just waiting on a Pi Zero to finish it off. The stock Pi's are just a tad too big to fit.



How did this turn out? What monitor did you use? I need details!
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Re: Is this ripe for some Pi Love?
« Reply #14 on: August 12, 2017, 02:38:01 am »
Do you own one? And did you open it? Can't you use the screen that's already in there?

Otherwise maybe a 2.8 inch screen might fit (they're available on eBay).

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Re: Is this ripe for some Pi Love?
« Reply #15 on: November 22, 2017, 02:25:06 pm »
Any update on this? Any internal photos of the arcade?

Edit: Now I see that the one shown above it just a "container" that holds an iPhone. Now I'm sad! :(
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Re: Is this ripe for some Pi Love?
« Reply #16 on: November 22, 2017, 03:23:19 pm »
Family Dollar has those little cabinets for $15.  It's tempting.


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Re: Is this ripe for some Pi Love?
« Reply #17 on: November 22, 2017, 03:46:11 pm »
Tommorrow is gonna ripe for some pie love...
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Re: Is this ripe for some Pi Love?
« Reply #18 on: November 22, 2017, 03:49:36 pm »
I have one ready to try
I will post internal pics tonight when I get home from work


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Re: Is this ripe for some Pi Love?
« Reply #19 on: November 22, 2017, 04:04:21 pm »
Tommorrow is gonna ripe for some pie love...


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Re: Is this ripe for some Pi Love?
« Reply #20 on: November 23, 2017, 09:50:21 am »
Edit: Now I see that the one shown above it just a "container" that holds an iPhone. Now I'm sad! :(
Which one is?

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Re: Is this ripe for some Pi Love?
« Reply #21 on: January 02, 2018, 09:17:10 pm »
I've made one cannibalizing the parts from an old pi grrl zero and it works pretty well. Only a few issues mainly due to a lack of buttons. I'm waiting on some parts for a 2.0 version and I'll post a how to in the coming weeks. The big thing I need to find is a way to patch into the existing screen.
 Anyone know where I can get a controller board for a 14 pin screen?


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« Reply #22 on: January 05, 2018, 05:58:18 am »
Anyone know where I can get a controller board for a 14 pin screen?

I'll be trying this with my son over these school holidays.  His arcade machine is conveniently broken, I suspect the logic board, as no sounds or light happen.  I have a spare Pi Zero and a "Picade" hat ready for the transplant.  I am a regular watcher of Ben Heckendorn on Youtube, and conveniently this week, he was hacking one of those cheap and nasty screen.  Watch this and enjoy.  Tomorrow will be part 2.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0EGnydxxf4

If you work it out before me, let me know too.

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Re: Is this ripe for some Pi Love?
« Reply #23 on: May 19, 2018, 11:16:06 am »
I've gotten one of the BurgerTime cabinets.  It is a "Micro Arcade" from a company named "My Arcade"  I've torn it down, and looking at the innards.  It looks like the screen's driver, audio and the driver for the controls may all be buried under the bulk of the black goop they poor over the main chips.  I've never removed that before, but I'd be willing to give it a try.  Getting this thing apart required carefully removing almost every single sticker.  Luckily, the stickers are very thick and made very well.  I was able to pull them off with almost no visible damage to the stickers themselves.

This is the closest image I could get so far, showing what I'm currently assuming is an audio chip.  Also, the ribbon on the right is to the screen, it is soldered to the driver board instead of using a quick connect clip.

*EDIT* The chip is a WINDBOND 25Q32BVSIG. I'm seeing it labeled as a "Graphic Chip" so far.  It is a Flash Memory.  The datasheet is at http://html.alldatasheet.com/html-pdf/443794/WINBOND/W25Q32BVSSIG/299/1/W25Q32BVSSIG.html

I'll keep researching, and need to figure out how to get this black silicone goop off to see if it's a all in one chip, or if I can solder things to the driver.  Right now, I'm not thinking I'll be able to reuse the screen with a pi.

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