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      Creator Daniel Mackey about 1 hour ago

      I SHOULD have said, Put the marquee and top in BEFORE you put the other side piece on.

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      Creator Daniel Mackey about 1 hour ago

      I'm still assembling the Picade Maxi, I installed and test the LCD display lastnight to be sure I had it in correctly as well as the Text/Language was correct. The screen looks nice IMO it's the 16:9 screen. I had to order another Rev B 512mb RPi for the Picade, I forgot to order the one that will be installed. I have one in An Adafruit Pibow teal/green case I'm using for now of course.

      One HINT for everyone, PUT the Marquee and top In, BEFORE you bolt the screen in, I had NO PROBLEMS with anything breaking that way.

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      Creator Jon Thysell 1 day ago

      @Hair You can try to reflash the PCB via USB with the Arduino IDE. Instructions here: www.kickstarter.com/projects/pimoroni/picade-the-arcade-cabinet-kit-for-your-raspberry-p/comments…

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      Creator Hair Satan 1 day ago

      @Bob Smith: Sure, I've emailed Pimoroni a couple of times during the last week but haven't gotten a reply yet. Based on the activity on this comments section I thought this is a good place to ask while waiting for the Pimoroni guys' response. Thanks for the help, Bob!

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      Creator Bob Smith 1 day ago

      You probably want to contact the company and ask for a new pcb.

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      Creator Hair Satan 1 day ago

      @Bob Smith
      None of the USB ports in my laptop or Raspberry Pi register any of the button presses through the PCB. The PWR light on the PCB lights up but that's it.

      Looks like either the PCB is faulty or the firmware does not function properly. Is it possible to check the firmware somehow despite Win 7 fails to recognize the board or can I reflash it through USB?

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      Creator Bob Smith 2 days ago

      I'm on windows8 and pcb is a unknown device ( no drivers) but it works. Try different USB ports...

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      Creator Hair Satan 2 days ago

      Anyone else having trouble with the PCB? Neither Windows 7 nor Raspbian identifies my Picade board as a USB device. I've already tried with a different USB cable, no luck.

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      Creator Bob Smith 3 days ago

      Never mind I got hi score working
      I forget to read instructions

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      Creator Bob Smith 3 days ago

      Good Luck! Take your time , no rush. I had to build mine around everyone's schedule. Currently, I am recompiling mame with hi score patch. As anyone tried that?

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      Creator Daniel Mackey 3 days ago

      Ok folks, Wish me luck. Me and my daughter are starting the Picade Maxi assembly.

      I'm following http://jonthysell.com/2014/01/12/building-the-picade-mini-part-i/

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      Creator Chris 3 days ago

      @Bob Smith
      I was thinking about hyperspin as well, it looks pretty slick.
      I'm going to stick with Windows. Thanks for the info there.

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      Creator Bob Smith 4 days ago

      What operating system are you planning to use? I bought a intel nuc , loaded linux and mame, got bored with Advancemenu frontend , after awhile installed Windows. The frontend was my reasoning for paying for windows. I like hyperspin. So there you have it ... Google mame frontend applications . Good luck!

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      Creator Chris 4 days ago

      Got my MAXI about 3 minutes ago. Taxes were $26.21 in CANADA.
      I'll rip into it as soon as I can to see what's in the box. Can't wait to start putting this together.

      Does anyone have any good links / info for software, front ends, etc (any helpful info too or what to look out for and such). I think I'm going to run this in a mini ITX board and CPU I have laying around.

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      Creator Aguirrech on April 11

      Maxi Early Adoptor Redux here. Received mine one week ago. Made power and speakers hack. Now i can change the volume level with the lcd panel buttons, and got the 5v from the lcd panel unused pins.
      It is a great well made product, i love it, and the new 4:3 screen has the perfect size.
      Great work guys.

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      Creator SteveH on April 10

      Can I have another update please, and when the 192 maxi's are likely to begin shipment. Thanks!

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      Creator Jon Thysell on April 9

      @Terry - I had issues when the audio jack from the Pi was connected to the Picade board AND the Picade board was connected directly to the PI's USB jack, esp. with the volume up high. I fixed it by connecting the Picade board to an independently powered USB hub.

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      Creator Rod Stokes on April 9

      My Early Adoptor Redux (Maxi) arrived today! Initial comments are it is exceptionally well packaged and looks very professionally made. Assembly will be tonight I hope.

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      Creator Terry Smith on April 7

      Partial success- when I plug in the audio cable, the rpi continously reboots. I'm running off a 2amp power supply, any ideas what might be going on here? Without the audio cable attached, it seems to work fine (but quietly)

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      Creator Bob Smith on April 7

      @John time to move. $120 tax is insane .

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      Creator John Robson on April 7

      Got my Maxi in NZ last Friday after customs held it and demanded $120 tax. Easy to construct with the help of my 12yr old daughter, and everything worked first time. Using PiMame build (last stable release, not the beta) and all perfect. You need to force sound via the 3.5mm jack else the default is HDMI, and this does need a volume adjust as it is LOUD! Excellent quality, and a great project, well done Pimoroni.

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      Creator Terry Smith on April 7

      Got my mini on Friday (in California) and put it together tonight. It looks slick! I tried it out with a random pi card I had lying around, just to check the video and connectivity. I'll download pimame tomorrow.
      A couple of issues- one of the angle brackets pops out the rightmost button when you try to attach the console. I had to attack the bracket with a steak knife to get it to fit. Also, the raspberry pi doesn't fit in the picade case. If you attach it where indicated, either the audio cable or the hdmi cable prevents the rear door from closing. Not sure what to do about that.

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      Creator Bob Smith on April 6

      I think ok now, not exactly sure which adjustment helped. But it's less noticeable.

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      Creator Bob Smith on April 6

      i finally have my picade up and running, but have a question regarding speakers. I noticed when switching mame games a slight speaker noise. is that normal? I played around with the volume, but problem follows.

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      Creator Jon Thysell on April 5

      Another post up, I've gotten my Mini updated to the latest RetroPie, which gives me working MAME and 6-button Sega Genesis controls, and I've also got a nice "Picade" splash screen.

      http://jonthysell.com/2014/04/05/building-the-picade-mini-part-v-final-touches/

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      Creator Bob Smith on March 28

      I rec'd my picade today. Looks well packed. Only 4 days shipping to states.

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      Creator Mattia Rossi on March 27

      Hi, I am a Picade Early Adoptor Redux backer, and so far haven't received a survey since the first one in november.
      I did write to Pimoroni stating that I was willing to wait for the 4:3 screen but received no answer
      I did write again to ask whether I should have received another survey (as asked specifically in update #46) but received no answer
      In the meantime, I have switched jobs and the shipping address I listed in november will have to be changed ....
      Pimoroni guys, you need to work on the communications side :( and yes, a simple mail where you tell me what is the status of my picade would be nice, thank you very much ....

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      Creator SteveH on March 24

      Cheers Bob

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      Creator Bob Smith on March 24

      They send you a email with tracking number when it's ready to ship. I just received my notification and I'm a tier3 mini.

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      Creator SteveH on March 24

      For someone that has their Picade, does Pimoroni send a note when it leaves for shipping.... I've had the survey but that's it so far....

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      Creator Daniel Mackey on March 24

      \o/ My Picade Maxi arrived today, My daughter and I will be assembling it this weekend.

      Any Help/Info would be great.

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      Creator Pimoroni Ltd on March 24

      Jeremy > That is a *cracking* video. It has everything. Good views, hacks for the power, cable ties and a nicer GUI. You also picked the best games :D

      Will include it in the next update. PiMAME also has a nicer front end now, as of 0.8.
      http://pimame.org/

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      Creator Pimoroni Ltd on March 24

      Cranking out an update...

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      Creator Jeremy hollinshead on March 23

      A truely inept overview of my Picade mini, for anyone with 10 minutes to kill
      http://youtu.be/6o_nRplktDI

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      Creator Andrew Whittle on March 23

      Received my maxi yesterday and built it today, nice clear instructions guys. Only issue is I'm running an acer revo win8 and the picade board board driver USB IO can't be found so no buttons working etc, anyone got any ideas on how to solve this?

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      Creator Rik on March 22

      Well done @Kevin! That's very tempting.

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      Creator Martyn Bennett on March 21

      Built my Maxi today but since I don't have an internal computer yet I tried running it from my laptop. All seems well except I ran the headphone jack from my laptop to the line in on the PiCade & could get no sound. Except if I pulled the jack out slightly & held it in a bizarre position. Anybody else have this problem?

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      Creator Kevin Moore on March 20

      This will only work with the Maxi Screen Driver board. M.NT68676.2A
      Spec here:- http://www.drivestar.biz/files/M.NT68676.2A.pdf
      Do not attempt this unless you are very proficient at soldering and have good electronic knowledge.
      The speakers are the most straight forward.
      Looking from the front of the board, ie the side with all the monitor connectors and power connectors on it; on the right hand side there is a 4 pin white connector, labelled
      CN20. Running from front to back it is R speaker out, Ground, Ground, L speaker out (labelled on the back of the board, RO, GND, GND, LO). Either find a plug that will plug
      onto that connector, or solder directly on to the back of the board, to your speakers, make sure there are no short circuits? make sure there are no solder bridges? Then you can either set the Pi to output audio over HDMI, or, use the audio cable you
      were supplied with to plug into the second plug from the right, on the front of the board, which is an audio in socket. Then simply by using the OSD Up - Down arrow buttons
      you can change the volume.

      If you had any problems doing the speaker mod. above, do not attempt this further mod. as you will damage your Pi and the screen driver board.
      Powering your pi from the screen driver board.
      You may need a higher current 12V supply, than the one originally supplied, which was 1Amp; a 2Amp would be ample, depending on what you are powering, I've tested the
      5V output up to 1.5A, which is plenty to drive a Pi and small hub a WiFi dongle and mouse and keyboard.
      This will only work with the Maxi Screen Driver board. M.NT68676.2A
      Spec here:- http://www.drivestar.biz/files/M.NT68676.2A.pdf
      Looking from the front of the board, ie the side with all the monitor connectors and power connectors on it; on the left hand side of the board behind the connector that goes to
      the LCD labelled 'CN5 INVERTER', there are 6 vacant pin holes in a line, labelled CN3. These are, from front to back Power On, 5V standby, 5V power, 5V power, Ground,
      Ground. (labelled on the back of the board PON, 5VSTB, +5V, +5V, GND, GND) We are only interested in the +5V and GND connections. You will need to suck the solder
      out of these 4 holes and then make up two short loops of copper wire in the shape of a long U, solder one of these into the holes for each pair of +5V and GND connections,
      ie so the two +5V are connected together and so the two GND are connected together. Then make up a cable, from some multi-strand wire, not bell wire it's too thin and
      connect to the P1 connector on the Pi, detailed information here:-
      http://elinux.org/RPi_Low-level_peripherals#General_Purpose_Input.2FOutput_.28GPIO.29
      You need to connect the +5V to pin 02 of P1 and the GND to pin 06 of P1, by doing this you will be bypassing the poly fuse on the Pi as well, so take care. I used a 3 pin
      plug that came of an old PC fan, this was the correct pitch and fitted over pins 02, 04 and 06, you may need to trim some of the plastic off the plug so it does not bind with
      other pins, I only connected to 02 and 06, the other end of the cable I soldered to the copper loops that I had inserted into the +5V and GND connections on the display driver
      board so +5V goes to P1 pin 02 and GND goes to P1 pin 06.
      Double check what you have done, is the polarity correct? check with a multi-meter, that there are no short circuits? check for any solder bridges?
      Firstly with the pi disconnected, power up the display driver board and check that there is 5V on the connector and it's the correct way round? power off the display driver
      board. If all is good, then connect the Pi to your new connector, check you've got it on the correct pins? then power up the display driver board, the Pi will now also be
      powered. If you are only powering the screen and a Pi, I suspect that the 12V 1A supply supplied with your Picade will be adequate, it's what I'm doing and my Pi has a nice
      stable 5.0V supply, if you want more power you'll probably need to upgrade the 12V supply to say 1.5A or 2A, remember after upgrading your 12V supply, you can only take
      a maximum of 1.5A from the 5V supply on the display driver board, so don't try to power lots of stuff!
      Good luck.
      Regards, Kevin.

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      Creator Pimoroni Ltd on March 19

      Kevin > Super impressive! If you get chance and feel like it, spread the knowledge :D

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      Creator Kevin Moore on March 19

      Requested a 16:9 Maxi screen instead of 4:3 because I wanted the higher resolution to be able to use the Picade as a dev. machine.
      It arrived yesterday, I built it today, very happy. :-)
      I've even powered the Pi from the Maxi screen driver board so only need one power supply and am running audio over HDMI and using the screen driver board built in amplifier to drive the speakers, means I can adjust the volume from the screen OSD buttons. Easy. :-)

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      Creator Trevor Foster on March 19

      Picade Mini Early Adopter Redux backer... mine arrived today (FYI). Now I just have to find time to build mine.

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      Creator Alejandro Sanchez on March 18

      Got my survey too ;)

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      Creator Daniel Mackey on March 18

      I'm doing the HAPPY DANCE now, Just got my Survey. :)

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      Creator Dave Maddison on March 18

      Thank you for the replacement perspex, my picade is lovely now!

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      Creator Bob Smith on March 17

      Wonderful update thank you!

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      Creator Jacob on March 16

      For anyone that's like me and doesn't get email notifications or look at the "Updates" number: There's been an update!

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      Creator Bob Smith on March 16

      Hmmm, It reminds when the dot.com burst because investors withdrew support. Come on Pimoroni send the update.

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      Creator Daniel Mackey on March 16

      SteveH, I think I'll be doing the same.

      Pimoroni, I want a REFUND!

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      Creator SteveH on March 15

      I'm asking for a refund, patience has run out.

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      Creator Rob Maas on March 14

      I received my Picade yesterday \o/
      Although it was a long wait, it seems very decent and high quality, going to build it this weekend.

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