Wermy, owner of the awesome Sudomod site, put together a fantastic build video. This is the best resource for putting together your PocketPi FE. The only slight changes are that the full kit comes with a back bracket and PCB of our own design (as mentioned by Wermy) and the placement of the emergency power cut off.
Wermy added his emergency cut off switch in the battery bay but we do in fact have an emergency shutdown button that is located in the game cartridge bay. Those differences are covered in our guide below.
If you have purchased a bare PCB and assembled your own Game Boy PocketPi FE we also have a set of 3D printable brackets available which include a 2 piece LCD bracket, button wells, cartridge magnet bracket and a contrast cover if you chose not to use the HDMI out. The zip file contains the stl of each part and them together for ease of printing.
Click here to download the zip file.
The PocketPi FE build guide is split up into the following sections:
Download the PocketPI FE image Here
Once the download is complete unzip the file to get the .img, use Win 32 Disk Imager or ApplePi Baker if you are on a mac and write the .img file to the SD Card. There is also a guide on the PocketPI FE image Github page.
Download Win 32 Disk Imager Here
Download Applepi Baker Here
Once this is done pop the SD card to the side ready to the PCB check.
Using some Kapton Tape cover the bottom of the RaspberryPi Zero like the image.
Once this is done place the Pi Zero W over the pins on the back of the PocketPi FE PCB like below
Solder the pins and snip them off nice and low like below. I advise doing them one row at a time.
Place your PocketPi FE PCB on a clean surface, Insert the Micro SD card you wrote the PocketPi FE software image to earlier.
Plug in a Micro USB cable, the FE should boot like the picture below.
The first boot can take a while and you will see a white screen for a few minutes, this is normal so please be patient.
Once booted, slide the power switch off at the top the FE will shut down, Unplug the USB Cable and move on to the next step.
Its now time to drop in the LCD screen bracket and the other parts.
Place the 1st part of the LCD screen placer in the top, and the thin strip in the bottom (these hold your LCD in place and nice and straight) & drop in your buttons and place the silicone pads over them and be sure to cut the top X Y button silicon pad like the pictures.
Align your LCD up with the top of the LCD placer you just installed and drop in the PCB from the top down, make sure its all lined up right with no obstructions then screw in the 3 silver screws into the holes as shown below, and drop in the Power switch at the top.
This section will be updated soon for the new pcb rear triggers.
Simply slide the cart into the slot so it clicks with the magnet on the rear shoulder bracket and solder the red wire to the IN + pad on the blue charging chip and the black wire to the IN – pad.
Simply plug the cable into your pi and then position on the pre cut groove.
Simply solder the Red + wire from your battery to the LEFT centre pad and the Black – wire to the RIGHT inner pad, and then pop a small piece of Kapton Tape over it as per the pic below.
Time to close it all up!
There are two ways to do this. You can either lie the battery on the PCB and position the case over it from the bottom so as to hook the two screw posts from the battery compartment underneath the battery. This is the method I typically use.
The second is to slide the battery out of the bay like the picture and then close the case and slide it back in. This doesn’t always work as the batteries have slight variances in them.
Once the back part of the case is on, screw in the 6 longer screws in to the 6 holes, two at the top, 2 middle and 2 in the battery bay.
Make sure both your LCD and the glass lens has no dirt or dust on them, if dust is present, the easiest way to remove it is with some painters tape or masking tape. Simply dab the area with the tape.
Cut four strips of the double sides adhesive to fit around the outside of the lens area on the Pocket shell.
Carefully peel one side of the strip off and stick to the lip of the plastic around the lens area on the Pocket Shell. Do this for all four strips. Next, peel the other side of all four strips off and carefully lower the lens into place, making sure to align with your viewable LCD area.
You’re all done!
Section coming soon.