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The Ultimate Atari Flashback!

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Hey guys,

In my ongoing effort to play my favorite old video games with original controllers on my modern living room TV, instead of being banished to the CRT in my cold, dark basement, I've come up with the Ultimate Atari FB! Here's the software in action:
Why trash a perfectly good Flashback?
• Crisp full-screen HDMI output.
• The ability to add any 2600 game.
• Upgraded menu selection screen with woodgrain goodness!
• The FB's make great Raspberry Pi cases!
What you'll need:
• Any Atari FB with front facing ports (FB's 3-7)
• Raspberry Pi 3
• Two 2600-daptor II's sans cases
• Two USB A-B cables, on 6" and the other 12"
• Four 4-40 by 3/4" machine screws
• Wires and soldering skills
• Custom RetroPie software (see link below)
With the custom software, the console buttons all work, and holding down Select and Start (Reset) will get you back to the game menu. See the attached manual below.
Console Button Wiring (Starting closest to power button):
1. 5V Power at GPIO 2
2. Ground at GPIO 6 (or any other GPIO ground)
3. GPIO 20
4. GPIO 16
5. GPIO 26
6. GPIO 21
Suggestions:
• Remove the capacitor on the console PCB and solder in a jumper wire or you won't have enough power to the Pi.
• I suggest pairing a Bluetooth keyboard with the Pi or running a USB extension cable out the back. You'll need this for adding box art, editing file names, transferring roms via USB, etc.
Software Manual (thanks to timdu!):
Micro-SD Card Image:
• Contains several great homebrews that have been publicly released in rom form!
Credits:
Thanks to fdr4pres, Tom Hafner, pimpmaul69, timdu, and intvdave for all the help!

 

Wow...an awesome idea that could be nonexistent if you'd found your RF cables! Never before has humanity's endless ignorance led to something amazing!

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Hi Byte Knight & fdr4prez,

Could you advise where I can find the scripts/code for getting the console buttons to work please?

I'm currently struggling with my own RetroPie setup and would like to incorporate this as I'm in the process of butchering a FB4 with a Pi!

 

Many thanks :)

 

Please send me a PM and I'll help you out.

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Hello, new to this forum. It is Awesome! Currently building an Ultimate Intellivision Flashback and an Ultimate Atari Flashback. Thanks for this IMG file! I am pretty OK working with Raspbian and looking at the image. I was just wondering how to get the Retropie Menu back.

 

Thanks for your help,

Southpaw13

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Thank you Byte Knight for sharing this project. The Flashback case has been ideal since it is durable enough for modding, plus spacious enough for configuration. Here are some pictures of my build:

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Hello, new to this forum. It is Awesome! Currently building an Ultimate Intellivision Flashback and an Ultimate Atari Flashback. Thanks for this IMG file! I am pretty OK working with Raspbian and looking at the image. I was just wondering how to get the Retropie Menu back.

 

Thanks for your help,

Southpaw13

Any advice on returning the RetroPie Menu to the selection screen?

 

Thanks :)

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Any advice on returning the RetroPie Menu to the selection screen?

 

Thanks :)

 

Have you tried pressing the Start and Select buttons?

 

It is mentioned in the manual on the first post.

 

"If you are done playing a specific Atari 2600 game and you want to get

back to the game list, press and hold the START and SELECT buttons

for a few seconds"

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Hello, in the first place sorry for my English (I am French). I am in an association: museereplay and I make via the tutorial a 2600 based on a six switch. Of course we do exhibitions and the 2600 has to run ten hours in a row and over two weeks ... that's why we try to make a machine via a raspi.

I need to run a pi2scart on top of having a well-functioning console on a CRT screen. My problem is that the version of retropy does not take into account the pi2scart. There is a version of retropie taking it into account: http://strike-devices.net/index.php/download/
And you can do the same thing with this version. Your version works really well and the interface is well appropriate to the original console.
If anyone has an idea of the manipulation?
Thank you

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Anyone update their UAF with Stella 6 yet?

 

While Stella 6.0 has been released, and there is a release for Linux, it is not compatible with RetroPie.

 

The great developers/coders of Stella do not write in the support for RetroPie.

 

The developers of RetroPie have been doing the needed modifications for RetroPie.

 

If you want Stella ver6.0 to be added to RetroPie, please head over to the RetroPie forums and check with them directly.

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This seems like such a cool project. I have a bunch of Raspberry Pi boards and several other SBCs. I run an international group called The Retro Arena that actually has our own independent fork of RetroPie for higher end SBCs. Anywho, I am feeling a bit dense right about now because I am lost on the actual steps to put one of these things together when it comes to the hardware part. Is there a tutorial by chance or a document like the software one?

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