Raspberry Pi Media/Gaming Box – Final Thoughts

I drilled out holes in the top on the sides of the lid on the sides. I also drilled a few holes in the center of the bottom. In my head this seems like a good way to promote air circulation. If I’m wrong, I hope that someone who understands the way warm and cool air interacts to create circulation will correct me. There’s little feet on the bottom to help prevent scratching and to allow air to come in through the bottom.

USB and HDMI Ports

USB and HDMI Ports

Nintendo Box Power Switch

Nintendo Box Power Switch

If you’re familiar with Linux you can look into some of the great projects that support the Raspberry Pi to get the unit going:

I’ll be posting a tutorial on how to set up your Raspberry Pi at some point. So bookmark Byte Junkie and keep an eye out for that. Any one who wants to join the Byte Junkie initiative or just wants to say hi, sign up and join us in the forums!

Raspberry Pi Media/Gaming Box – Placing Components

After you cut out the ports and smooth the edges, it’s time to place the components.

Again, the hard drive is held by Velcro. You don’t want to just glue it down in case you need to replace it. Also, don’t just glue the Raspberry Pi down. You’ll regret that immediately afterwards when you try to insert the micro SD card.

I used hot glue to bind it to the case and hold everything down. I’m sure there’s plenty of other solutions, but I really like hot glue. It’s fast and very forgiving.

I had to peel the sheathing off the HDMI port saver. It was just too much to try and bend around to fit. I just wrapped electrical tape to protect the wires.

Wiring the power is fairly straight forward. The negative (black)  is common, so connect all of the black wires together. Make sure you connect your power plug. The idea is the negative is all tied together while the switch has to be on in order to complete the circuit.

Run the positive (red) of the power plug to the switch. Then from the other lead of the switch, run the rest of the wiring to the devices. The Raspberry Pi uses a micro USB. You can just take a micro USB cable and make a pigtail out of it.

You’ll need to strip back  the wiring leading to the hard drive to power it. You don’t want to try and leave the USB port to power the hard drive. There simply isn’t enough to power coming out of the USB port to power the drive with stability. You should see four wires. If it’s a standard wire color scheme red is positive, black is negative, and the other two are for communication. So you just need to focus on the red and black. Leave the other two wired to each other. If you have a powered hard drive you can skip this step. But make sure you have 5V powering the Raspberry Pi and not 12V… unless you like seeing smoke produced.

Components laid out

Placing Components

I added an LED to give it a bit more light when turned on. Just a fun little indicator that the unit is on. If you’re running a 5V system, you can just add a standard LED with a 270 ohm resistor.

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Raspberry Pi Media/Gaming Box – Parts List

Parts List:

  • Official Nintendo DS universal hard case
  • Raspberry Pi 2
  • 4 GB micro SD card
  • External USB hub
  • Non-powered, low profile USB to SATA adapter
  • 5v power adapter >= 2a and plug that fits tip
  • SPST rocker switch <= 0.625″ width, 1.25″ height, 0.828″ depth
  • Plastic gears or low profile stands (used for mounting boards)
  • 22 gauge wire
  • HDMI port saver
  • Velcro
  • Hot glue

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Raspberry Pi Media/Gaming Box Nintendo Style

This weekend project is modifying a Nintendo DS case to house a Raspberry Pi. This awesome box is a energy efficient, fully functional media center, retro gaming, and basic computer. If you’ve never heard of the Raspberry Pi, do yourself a favor and check the Raspberry Pi out.

The Case

Nintendo Box Overhead

Nintendo Box

Parts List ->