Atari Flashback case

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by gruso » Sat Jun 09, 2012 3:44 am

More pics:

I'm not a fine craftsman but I'm fairly satisfied with this. Despite appearances I don't necessarily intend to turn the Pi into a game console - I just wanted a neat case with rear cable entries, and an old Atari Flashback 2 case seemed like a good choice.

I wanted to avoid too much fiddly soldering and termination, so it's pretty much all made with modified, pre-manufactured cables. I've stripped the sheaths from the HDMI and network cables to make them easier to route. Yes, that's blue-tack around the edges ^_^ but the black goop holding the USB hub in place is Sugru.

Power comes in from the rear plug, through the Atari power switch to the USB hub, where it taps off to power the board directly. Then of course the Pi USB runs back to the hub, which provides my two external ports. That leaves three internal ports, which will be ideal if I want to add little wifi/BT adapters etc.
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by Steep » Sat Jun 09, 2012 10:06 am
Your image site is unavailable just now but never be ashamed of using blu-tac! the person who invented that stuff gets a pint from me if I ever meet them :)
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by Governa » Sat Jun 09, 2012 10:22 am
Brilliant! Well done!
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by precious_pony » Mon Jun 11, 2012 2:10 pm
I'd be interested in the parts that you used to achieve this and try this out myself.
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by gruso » Tue Jun 12, 2012 12:14 am
Thanks for the comments :)

Here's a screengrab of the parts I got from ebay:

Essentially if you want to extend the ports out to a rear panel, search for 'panel mount' adapters. In the end I didn't need everything in that list (miniUSB to microUSB adapter, twin USB panel mount cable, and HDMI right angle adapter were not used).

For mounting the RPI itself, I'm using regular PCB standoffs + plastic washers:

More discussion and ideas on that here:

And someone on Reddit asked how I ran the power, so here's a rough diagram:

The power supply itself is a 5V 3000mA unit. I got the kind that has a selection of different tips, and a panel mount power jack to suit. For Aussies, about $25 from Jaycar.
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by liz » Tue Jun 12, 2012 11:41 am
Absolutely love it. Well done! (There is no shame in using BluTac.)
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by bluej774 » Mon Jun 25, 2012 2:03 pm
While there's no shame in using blu-tac, there is some potential for danger. Be careful because blu-tac has a flash point of 93°C (200°F) at which point it releases toxic fumes. I'm not sure what the running temperature is for the Raspberry Pi under load, but I know the typical desktop or laptop processor can easily reach that (though most will automatically shut off before that point). Raspberry Pi probably doesn't come close to that, but it's just something to be aware of.
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