After listening to this month's excellent Intellivisionaries podcast and playing with my Intellivision Flashbacks, I want to make the Ultimate Intellivision Flashback. I plan on using a Raspberry Pi with Retropie software, the Ultimate PC Interface, and the shell from an Intellivision Flashback. The advantage of this would be HDMI output and the ability to play every game. The Ultimate PC Interface even allows you to use the new Flashback controllers!
I've got some things up and running on my Pi, including being able to select a game using the Intellivision controller. I really like the EmulationStation front-end with the box art and game descriptions. I'll post a few screenshots soon.
The biggest holdup for the project is that jzintv for Linux has a bug where it can't read hackfiles, so the Ultimate PC Interface will not work with it. I emailed the creator, Joe Zbiciak, and he updated the source code, but I am unable to get it to compile. The file is here if someone else can get it to compile with the Pi:
Other problems that need to be solved:
• There's no way to get back to the ROM list from jzintv without rebooting - F1 just makes the screen go black.
• May need a USB keyboard encoder like the iPac for the F12 key to reset. Or is there an easier way?
All of the above issues have been solved! Here are the advantages of this project over the original Flashback:
• HDMI output for beautiful full-screen blocky graphics.
• Perfect sound emulation including Intellivoice games.
• The ability to play all the games.
Joe Zbiciak fixed the Linux version of jzintv, so hackfiles and the UPCI now work! You can download the new version of jzintv here.
David Harley updated the UPCI firmware to allow for pausing, resetting, and quitting a game all from the controller. No need for a keyboard encoder!
He also created step-by-step instructions on how to set up the emulation software on the Pi.
Many thanks to Joe and David - I couldn't have done this project without them! Here's a video of the software in action:
Here's how I crammed everything into the Flashback. I used the Flashback's existing power supply and spliced a micro USB power cable into it so I could still use the Flashback's on / off switch. I used my Dremel to get the UPCI player2 cable to fit.
I shortened up the UPCI USB cable and fit everything in like this.
Ran the power to the GPIO instead of the micro-USB and added a wifi USB device and Logitech K400 Bluetooth keyboard. No extra wires hanging out the back now, and I don't have to crack the case open to add new games!
Access to the micro-SD card. Your hole doesn't need to be this big!
Still looks like a Flashback!
Edited by Byte Knight, Tue May 26, 2015 1:38 PM.