Journal Week 3

This is where the most frustrating part comes. (for me anyway)

I have found no way to make this easier even after screwing the screws down onto the input board. Ok at this part you should have everything wired on for the buttons and side buttons. Attach these to the input panel on the base board. This becomes very tedious quickly and do not stay well. This is generally the most annoying part of the project.


After you have done this we will begin with the screen.

For this we need the “X” board which goes on the the back of the screen. You should also have the lcd board for it. Attach the ribbon cable to the lcd board and the monitor. Have the text on the monitor facing away from you. (Or else it ends up upside down.) Put the Lcd board on so the ribbon cable faces you. For this you will need to remove the side panel and take the top handle off. First you will want to attach the screen onto picade machine screw it back in, then put in the console.



  1. Attach the control board onto the base of the picade.
  2. Begin wiring all of the things into the control board.picade-wiring-diagram

3. Begin building the screen.


Journal Week 2

From here on you should have the side and top panels attached to the base.

At this point you have two options, either begin on the backdoor/top of the picade machine or beginning to build the joystick console. I personally would do the latter first but that is your desicion.maxresdefault This picture shows the wiring.

For the backdoor you will need to attach the hinge on the right side of the side panel (viewing from the back).

Then attach the backdoor with the other hinges on the otherside. Take the metal piece out of the hinge and put it on the backdoor.


For the console first unscrew the joystick head and place it into the board. (Make sure you peeled the cover off and put the clear plastic over the black board.) After this reattach the joystick head and screw it in. (If you would like to add the cover art do it before you screw it in.)

After this you will be putting in the arcade buttons into the console and into the side and front panels of the picade. Attach the wires to both the joystick and buttons. (DO NOT ADD THE CONTROL BOARD ONTO THE BOTTOM OF THE CONSOLE) instead attach it to the base panel of the picade machine.


1. Start building the joystick console.

2. Build the backdoor

3. Attach the wires to all of the joysticks and arcade buttons.

Journal Week 1

For this project I will be using the Picade kit and a Raspberry Pi 2 Forpicade-parts_1024x1024

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.

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.)

During this time with this being the easiest part of the project ( In my opinion)

I began my research on how to use the raspberry pi, general knowledge and the different operating systems for it. I suggest you should get comfortable with your raspberry pi, understand how it works. I will make sure to mention right here to use a 2A power adapter with microusb.

To summarize

  1. Building the base/side of the machine
  2. Finishing with the speakers/front of the machine
  3. Do research and know how to use your raspberry pi and understand what software you are going to use.