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Wiring Diagram for tinkerBOY Controller V3.0

Pi Zero:

Pi 3:

13 thoughts on “Wiring Diagram for tinkerBOY Controller V3.0

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  3. Hi There,

    I am new to all of this, so just trying to wrap my head around things, looking at your board, and wiring diagram why would I need to put a USB port on to the board? What purpose is that for.

    I am also assuming I would still need a powerboost board also?

    1. The USB port is optional but it’s great to have external port so you can connect devices like keyboard or another usb controller if you want to play with your friends. Like this one: Game Boy Zero USB port

      1. Ah see now that makes sense 🙂 Many thanks, another quick question again I am new to electronics and just wrapping my head around stuff.

        In the diagram you 5v in and GND in am I correct in assuming that, would go to the powerboost?

        1. Yes that’s correct. Sorry I missed that on your previous comment.

          1. Again many thanks for your help, I will be purchasing this controller shortly, I just wanted to get everything right, what was needed and that I would wire it right.

            Again thanks for help.

  4. maybe a charge circuit with 3.7V battery connector for the v4.0? :p

    1. Maybe. 🙂

  5. I was going to put header pins on the 3.0 board wherever possible, and use wires with connectors, to keep this very modular. I’m still waiting for my physical board to get in, but looking at the pictures, it appears like the 5V and GND inputs are surface mount. (I’m not sure if I’m skilled enough to surface mount a header pin. I can solder a wire directly to it, if I have to.). Can this board be powered at any other points? Could I drill mounting holes in the board?

    1. Yes you can power it from any 5v/GND on the board. No you cannot drill any holes on the board. you’ll damage it. 🙂

  6. Hello, just received my 3.0.1 board and wired it the same as your diagram using a Pi Zero but I’m getting no gamepad detected when retropie booted up. Any ideas on how to fix this?

    1. Did you start from a fresh intall of RetroPie? Did you test the Pi Zero’s USB port before soldering the v3.0?

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