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Raspberry pi arcade


By Daditude

32 days ago



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#1 32 days ago

I am a newb when it comes to raspberry pi, and I need help. Here's what im looking for:

I already have a fully working arcade machine with a led screen. I would like to install a raspberry pi in it to save space in my game room. I like arcade games and nintendo games mostly, but the more games the merrier. I need something that can play a lot of games, works with my led screen, and can hopefully use my current joystick and buttons.

What do i need to buy, and where can I get it?

#2 32 days ago

I'm using a Raspberry Pi 3B+ in my bartop arcade.
You can download emulators/roms for free.
Buy a big enough micro sd, at least 32gb class 10.

Check these sites:
https://www.sossolutions.nl/raspberry-pi-3b-plus-starterkit?gclid=CjwKCAjwzPXlBRAjEiwAj_XTEVR5kAk812CH-MtiqaM70WovUEovyiRCs8ogVzEqOyY7RHyIJ7_clhoCPqcQAvD_BwEb(it's Dutch)

https://www.arcadepunks.com

#3 32 days ago

I run Retropie with an RGB monitor. I play console games, not arcade games. But MAME is available for arcade games. You would need some kind of compatible HID USB controller for your joystick and buttons.

#4 31 days ago

My family gave me a diy picade for.my birthday. Find an image that has what you want and it should tell you what hardware you need

#5 31 days ago
Quoted from Crash:

I run Retropie with an RGB monitor. I play console games, not arcade games. But MAME is available for arcade games. You would need some kind of compatible HID USB controller for your joystick and buttons.

Any idea of what i would need or where i could get it?

#6 31 days ago

I built a barcade with a pi and it's been working well.  It took a little finagling to get working right, but now that I got it, it's working great. 

I used the "zero delay" USB board to go between my joystick/buttons and the pi's USB port.  I actually use two of them, one for player #1, one for player #2.  It was easier than the other, dual player, adapter board that I can't recall the name of at the moment.

Here's an example:

ebay.com link

Get the one that has the right size connectors on the wires for your button connection tabs.  I think there's two different kinds out there.

Keep in mind that more games is not necessarily better.  I've got so many games, it's like going to a restaurant with a huge menu, you can't decide what to play.  Don't over do it.

Looks like the pi 3B+ is the latest and greatest.  I run retropie, and it's fine for me.

https://retropie.org.uk/

#7 27 days ago

Are class 10 micro sd cards or class 4 msd cards better?

Is there any value to getting a micro sd card bigger than 32gb?

#8 26 days ago
Quoted from Daditude:

Any idea of what i would need or where i could get it?

I got a Raspberry Pi 3b+ with a Canakit from Amazon:

amazon.com link »

I then installed Retropie and bought a custom harness for use with a modified TV using RGB SCART at 240p resolution.

https://www.avsforum.com/forum/64-direct-view-single-tube-crt-displays/2484081-rgb-input-hack-attempt.html#/topics/2484081

#9 26 days ago

I already have the complete cabinet, led screen, and accessories, so I got some hardware.

-Raspberry pi 3b+
-Class 10 64gb sandisk micro sd card
-Arcade Joystick and button kit for Raspberry pi 3

I have heard that arcade punks and retro pie are the way to go. Any suggestions?

#10 26 days ago
Quoted from Daditude:

I already have the complete cabinet, led screen, and accessories, so I got some hardware.
-Raspberry pi 3b+
-Class 10 64gb sandisk micro sd card
-Arcade Joystick and button kit for Raspberry pi 3
I have heard that arcade punks and retro pie are the way to go. Any suggestions?

I did a conversion last week with an arcade1up SF2 cab. Used the the ETA Prime instructions. Thought the most nerve wracking part would be drilling holes in the control panel, but just understanding the setup properly and finding ROMs and putting them where they should be to get it to work. Also had the wrong amp but found an RCA to 1.5mm jack converter in my 25 year old drawer of "possibly useful extra cables" so it all worked out.

Still can't get MAME to work, though. You'll no doubt watch 8 other vids because you'll encounter problems. Finding the right vids is tricky.

#11 26 days ago
Quoted from Guinnesstime:

I did a conversion last week with an arcade1up SF2 cab. Used the the ETA Prime instructions. Thought the most nerve wracking part would be drilling holes in the control panel, but just understanding the setup properly and finding ROMs and putting them where they should be to get it to work. Also had the wrong amp but found an RCA to 1.5mm jack converter in my 25 year old drawer of "possibly useful extra cables" so it all worked out.
Still can't get MAME to work, though. You'll no doubt watch 8 other vids because you'll encounter problems. Finding the right vids is tricky.

Did you use retro pie?

#12 26 days ago
Quoted from Daditude:

Did you use retro pie?

Yes

#13 24 days ago

I received my ras pi 3b+, class 10 64gb micro sd card, and 2 sets of joysticks with buttons and connections.
I downloaded playable roms from arcadepunks.com

Along with a fully working cab and monitor, I am hoping I can just plug and play.
I will keep it updated.

#14 22 days ago

I already have an arcade in which I am putting the ras pi in. My hope is to plug n play the ras pi with the joysticks and buttons I ordered, and use the current speaker system (which is very nice). I will also put on side art, a marquee, and a bezel.
I have cleaned the arcade inside and out and installed the buttons.

I hit a couple of snags, however. I need a specific light for behind the marquee. I also need a dvi adapter because the monitor has a 15 pin...so i need to adapt it for hdmi.
I have joysticks that dont line up with current screws, so i need to adapt that as well.

I will keep this thread up as a tutorial.
Of course, if anyone has advice, please chime in.

#15 22 days ago
Quoted from Daditude:

I already have an arcade in which I am putting the ras pi in. My hope is to plug n play the ras pi with the joysticks and buttons I ordered, and use the current speaker system (which is very nice). I will also put on side art, a marquee, and a bezel.
I have cleaned the arcade inside and out and installed the buttons.
I hit a couple of snags, however. I need a specific light for behind the marquee. I also need a dvi adapter because the monitor has a 15 pin...so i need to adapt it for hdmi.
I have joysticks that dont line up with current screws, so i need to adapt that as well.
I will keep this thread up as a tutorial.
Of course, if anyone has advice, please chime in.

Make sure you install joysticks in the same direction.

#16 22 days ago
Quoted from Guinnesstime:

Make sure you install joysticks in the same direction.

Do you know how to set it up to accept 2 joysticks, or does it already do that?
I have recal box

#17 22 days ago
Quoted from Daditude:

Do you know how to set it up to accept 2 joysticks, or does it already do that?
I have recal box

Not sure what recal box means? But mine detected 2 inputs (via USB) which you then configure.

I imagine this can be different depending on the kit, but I installed one stick "reversed." I put it in with the connector at the top of one, and the bottom of another. The Pi needed them facing the same direction.

No instructions w/my Pi kit.

#18 22 days ago
Quoted from Daditude:

I hit a couple of snags, however. I need a specific light for behind the marquee.

I used this light from Walmart to put in my Q*Bert cab. I think it's perfect.

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Hyper-Tough-18-Inch-LED-Slim-Under-Cabinet-Light/270897336

-Mike

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#19 22 days ago

2 zero delay USB encoders
Pi 3b+
Arcade punks
Go for it! The fun is in the building.

For zero delay, as stated, both encoders must be set the same (so ie: if 2 = A on left,then 2 = A on right player).

I ebayed a marquee as well.

Keep us posted!

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#20 22 days ago

Thanks for the help! I will report back

#21 22 days ago

Any USB led light strip would work for marquee. You can even plug it into the pi for power.

#22 17 days ago

I tried to run everything, but my monitor says there is no signal.
My monitor and ras pi are getting power, and my connections are good.

Did I download the software incorrectly??

#23 16 days ago
Quoted from Daditude:

I tried to run everything, but my monitor says there is no signal.
My monitor and ras pi are getting power, and my connections are good.
Did I download the software incorrectly??

Anyone?

It seems from what i read that maybe it isnt detecting the hdmi input and i need to force it to use the hdmi. Any info is appreciated.

#24 16 days ago
Quoted from Daditude:

Anyone?
It seems from what i read that maybe it isnt detecting the hdmi input and i need to force it to use the hdmi. Any info is appreciated.

Do you have it hooked up to a TV?

That’s what I use as my monitor first to get the Pi set up and enable WIFI. Helps because there’s a keyboard.

#25 16 days ago

Try a different amicable, or reverse the ends. Some cables are direction specific.

#26 15 days ago
Quoted from RonSS:

Try a different amicable, or reverse the ends. Some cables are direction specific.

It is a vga to hdmi connection.

#27 15 days ago

Maybe someone could tell me the steps to uploading on the sd card?

Im not sure if thats the issue, but it seems like a good place to start.

1 week later
#28 4 days ago

Update:
I broke down and bought a preloaded card...which is still not working. My next step is to buy a 2.5 amp plug in. I am awaiting one in the mail. Hopefully that solves my issue. I have read that a lot of plug-ins dont have enough amperage.

In the meantime, I still need to finish getting the joysticks installed. I will also doublecheck the measurements for the marquee, bezel, and side art (all of which i have chosen the design, but i just need the correct size for ordering all at the same time)

#29 4 days ago

Here is how it looks currently:

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#30 4 days ago

I have measured the marquee, bezel, and side cab for art. I ordered through a custom designer on ebay (since there are tons of possible sizes, I feel it is best to have them made custom to order)

We are Mario fans, so I got matching mario multicade arcade art (pic below)

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#31 4 days ago
Quoted from Daditude:

It is a vga to hdmi connection.

Honestly this is where I'd start troubleshooting first. Try hooking your set-up to a different display via HDMI only and troubleshoot from there.

#32 5 hours ago
Quoted from roffels:

Honestly this is where I'd start troubleshooting first. Try hooking your set-up to a different display via HDMI only and troubleshoot from there.

I got the higher amp plug in and tried it...no go. It is time to try another monitor apparently.

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