Improve your life with a picade

Materials and tools.

You can get all of these in a kit for the picade or choose to make the panels yourself.

  • Black powder-coated cabinet panels
  • Picade Pcb (Arduino compatible with stereo 2.8W amplifier) pre-loaded with the Picade software.
  • LCD panel mount with protective overlay
  • 8″ LCD panel and driver board
  • Two speakers wire wires pre-soldered
  • 3.5mm stereo panel mounted headphone socket
  • Attractive decals for the marquee and controls
  • HDMI, audio, and USB cables
  • A proper arcade joystick
  • Twelve micro-switch arcade buttons
  • Custom assembled wiring looms
  • All other fixings, fasteners, nuts, and bolts
  • Not included in the kit but necessary is the raspberry pi, a 2amp power adapter and an micro  sd card.

The only tool required is a screwdriver Philips.

Preparation

Have a neat workplace and have enough room to work.

Make sure you have areas to keep the screws and bolts in order to not lose them

Safety1-safety

This section will provide safety not only for the person working on the project but also for the person.

Do not attach any of the wires while the pcb board is plugged in.

Do not use anything under 2amps for the raspberry pi it can potentially cause it to act weird if it gets less voltage than it needs.

 

Building the picade

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Step 1 Building the cabinet.

Starting with the building process. ( You will require a screwdriver for this first part.)

You will want to start with the bottom plate on the top right corner of the picture.

(I didn’t notice at the beginning but if you flip the board over it will show all the areas for control boards.)

Then attach the connecter pieces with the flat side facing out.

Before attaching the side panels to the base I would highly suggest adding the speakers first.

Put the speakers on the side panels, they should have indicators for where to put it.

Then After this you will add the side/front panel (Personally I would start with the side panels while attaching the top handle between them.)

Then attach the backdoor onto the picade

Step 2 Making the console for the picade.hqdefault

Begin with getting the arcade buttons (2 blue 2 yellow 2 red in the kit), the panel for the console and the joystick.

Begin with the joystick unscrew the red ball on top of it and insert it into the panel. Reattach the joystick ball onto the joystick.

Next slide in the buttons into the panel. With a little force they should fit in nicely.

Step 3 Assembling the panels for the screen and assembling the monitor

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For this part you will need the “X” Board which will attach to the back of the monitor. You should have small black square shaped panels that will stick onto the monitor through the holes in the X panel.

You will also need the LCD board which you also have little stands with an adhesive on the bottom which u can attach to the X panel.

Then attach the clear panel to the front of the picade, then put the black construction paper over top of it so the holes align. Attach the monitor to the panel and line up the X panel then insert the screws to secure it.

Step 4 Attaching the finishing touches on the cabinet.

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The first thing I would do in order to complete the cabinet is to put the pcb board onto the base panel of the Picade.

Next begin with the door at the back of the cabinet. Attach the hinges and the connector piece onto the side of the inside panel. Then attach the metal holding piece to the door. This will secure the door when u close it.

Then Attach the raspberry pi onto the inside of the door with the white screws provided. Also attach the pcb board for the monitor onto the inside of one of the side panels then connect it with the ribbon cable provided.

Step 5 configuring the sd card with the retropie software.

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I went through a various number of programs to rewrite over the sd card. The one that worked for me was the WinDisk32 imager. But for Mac Apple Pi baker is going to be your best bet.

First you are required to get the image file from the retropie website. From there you want to make sure you have your sd card formatted to fat32. (https://retropie.org.uk/download/)

From their you can use the image you have downloaded and rewrite the sd card with the image rewriting tool.

Step 6 Retropie first boot

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You will need to use a keyboard for the first part than you can use any controller after.

First you will prompted to begin with the keyboard bindings.

You will want to enter them in using whichever controller you are using, A will be your main select button and B will be your main back button.

After entering the controls hit whichever key you binded to A on the Ok button on the end.

After this hit f4 to bring yourself to the command menu. Then type in sudo-raspconfig.

From here you will want to enable the Device tree, Spi and the audio.

And then disable Overscan. After this you may restart the raspberry pi.

Step 7 Installing games on the arcade

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  1. First make sure your usb is formatted to fat 32
  2. Next create a folder called retropie onto the usb.
  3. From there you will want to plug the usb into the raspberry pi.
  4. The raspberry pi will begin blinking green during this time do not remove the usb.
  5. After this you may unplug the usb.
  6. When you open in back up in the computer it will have various folders in it.
  7. You will want to go to the emulators/roms folder and find the different emulators.
  8. From there you can insert your roms into the various emulators.
  9. In order to get them onto the raspberry pi insert it while emulation station has booted up and the same blinking will repeat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Journal #20

Setting up the arcade buttons for retropie. And various settings.console_1_of_3_3808c7a7-cde8-4c94-a403-acd7652833bd_1024x1024 this is an example setup for the buttons on the picade.

Essentially I will explain a few options you will want to configure in order to run this at its best level.

I created a small diagram for configuring the buttons the consoleexample

In order to get to the main menu with this setup you will want to push select and start at the same time. This will take you back to the game selection screen.

The first thing I would do before I even begin playing games would to turn on saving metadata. This will allow you to save your progress in your various games assuming you have the memory for it. (I used a 32 gb sd card but I would suggest 16gb+)

In order to turn on saving metadata you will want to hit start.

This will take you to the main menu, from there goto other settings.

turn change Save metadata on exit from off to on.

The next thing you may want for a quality of life change would be show framerate this is useful for testing the games you want to play in order to see if u can run it properly. Anything above 30 frames is good but 45+ is optimal.

I would recommend turning it off while you actually play as it will take up quite a bit of the monitor.

Journal #19

Installing roms onto the raspberry pithumb_626854mame-roms

 

There are various methods for installing roms onto retropie, the one I will share with you will be the one using a usb drive.

 

  1. First make sure your usb is formatted to fat 32
  2. Next create a folder called retropie onto the usb.
  3. From there you will want to plug the usb into the raspberry pi.
  4. The raspberry pi will begin blinking green during this time do not remove the usb.
  5. After this you may unplug the usb.
  6. When you open in back up in the computer it will have various folders in it.
  7. You will want to go to the emulators/roms folder and find the different emulators.
  8. From there you can insert your roms into the various emulators.
  9. In order to get them onto the raspberry pi insert it while emulation station has booted up and the same blinking will repeat.

Journal #18

Intial setup for the Picade

First you will want to press f4 to bring yourself to the command menu

type in  sudo-raspconfig

From here you will want to enable

Device Tree

Spi

and audio

Then disable Overscan

From their you will have set up retropie properly.

 

 

Journal #17

theming_system Starting retropie for the first time.

I used a keyboard for this but other controllers including but not limited to would be (Xbox 360 controller, Xbox one, ps3, ps4 and Super Nintendo controller.)

First you will prompted to begin with the keyboard bindings.

You will want to enter them in using whichever controller you are using, A will be your main select button and B will be your main back button.

After entering the controls hit whichever key you binded to A on the Ok button on the end.

Retropie comes with basic games installed such as DOOM in the next journal I will show how to get more emulators and games.

Journal #16

power-adaptorMr.Kast for the last 3 days had helped me troubleshoot my project, which was a hassle and turned out to have an easy solution. Initially he had soldered the lcd board  but that ended up not being the issue. In the end you need to make sure you are using a power adapter that works for the screen, Mr.Kast suggested using one that had at least 5V. For the Raspberry Pi using the 2Amp should work well.

 

In the end if you have a problem with the lcd board suddenly powering down and not working attempt to check the power adapter and use one that works for sure in order to help troubleshoot and save time.