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Retro Pi phone

Sat Jan 19, 2019 12:47 am

I'm basically trying to put a Retro Pi in a phone. I'm not really concerned with whether or not I actually use the phone's internal components, but I would like the finished product to look as much as possible like a typical phone. I wanted to use the screen and outer case from the phone, and just put the pi inside, but that is looking less and less likely as I work on it.

This is where I'm at now. I have the pi working just plugged into the wall the hdmi on my tv. The controller works, games work, I can connect to it over network from my pc. All seems to be working, so now I need to start putting together the actual handheld system. I have the phone torn down, but the screen seems to use 2 ribbon cables. I'm assuming one is for power. The larger ribbon which I assume is the picture and touch data cable seems smaller than the ribbon port on the pi. I could be wrong, it's hard to tell. But I could not know anyway since there is no way to tell if it's getting data through without power.

I have 2 LiPos. Unless i misunderstoodf something when I bought them, the bigger LiPo should allow me to connect a battery to the pi, and the smaller LiPo should be able to charge the battery via usb.

Can anyone give tips for how to connect this all, including the screen?

On another note, I'm not even sure if connectintg the screen matters at this point, since it doesn't look like I can fit all the parts I need into the phone. I may need to find a different case, in which case I might as well also get a different screen. If anyone knows of a case and screen I could use to make it work, and to have it small and thin as possible. Like I said I want the finished product to look pretty close to a typical phone, or even small tablet. I'm using a bluetooth 8bitdo controller, so I don't need any buttons built into it like the oldschool handhelds.


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