Worklog DIY Concept UFO

Dmcke5

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do i smell a lattepanda alpha project :D????
Somehow missed this, sorry!
I've looked into the lattepanda and the relatively small performance increase really isn't worth the massive initial outlay for me unfortunately.

So for anyone watching at home considering building something like this, I've found a fix for the full screen issues I was having with some older games due to the native portrait orientation of the screen. I found a piece of free software called DxWnd which allows you to seemingly run ANYTHING in windowed mode. It also gives you complete control over the size, position, style of window and how it handles mouse input. Best part is I've been able to configure it to run a full screen windowed mode which means anything I previously had to run windowed or just couldn't run at all, now runs beautifully and takes up the whole screen too!
 

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Another quick update.

Top shoulder buttons are all sorted, still working on the design for the lower ones but think I'll have them figured out soon.

In the process of testing different trigger designs I decided to move the lower trigger contact point a bit lower which meant making a new PCB. I decided to try a different design of copper contact instead of the single straight break between the two halves of the pad I was previously doing. It seems obvious now but this works so much better than the simpler version as the contact pad doesn't have to be perfectly flat to trigger the button. This makes the buttons much more reliable and doesn't require the button to be pushed hard to ensure a flat connection. Just thought I'd share in case anyone else is designing their own pcb contacts.

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Can you show how this connects to the main PCB?

I love the living hinge for the trigger btw, I'm definitely going to try that
 

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Can you show how this connects to the main PCB?

I love the living hinge for the trigger btw, I'm definitely going to try that
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They are actually soldered directly to the PCB. Not really sure if its a good idea or not. The board is supported by the inside of the grip but I suspect they could cause issues in the future if the solder joints get fractures in them from being pushed on. I'm planning to re-do the PCB's in this using some proper PCB software and when I do I will be swapping to right angle pin headers for my shoulder PCB connections if I've got enough room.
 
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