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GameCube PicoBoot - MiSTer Addons

GameCube PicoBoot

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Pico comes without any firmware flashed. 

Installation:

Plug USB-C into computer

Drag and drop .uf2 onto the root of the "RPI-RPI2" disk

Solder 5 wires to the Gamecube, following the instructions

Updates:

Set pin jumper

Plug USB-C into computer

Drag and drop .uf2 onto the root of the "RPI-RPI2" disk

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Alex Mitchell
Great hardware but needed better documentation

This is a much better board to install inside a console than a stock Pi Pico and would recommend it. That said, these boards are different enough from an official Pi Pico that it can be a little confusing/stressful to read one thing in the PicoBood documentation and get slightly different behaviour from this board. Lemme explain:

- When you've successfully flashed a normal Pi Pico, the documentation says you should see a green LED but the LED here is red. I had another problem with this install that I'll get to later, but my concern at the time was that the red LED was trying to tell me that I'd installed the PicoBoot uf2 file incorrectly. You can rest easy though; the red LED is not a warning light.

- My understanding is that, to mount a Pi Pico as a storage device so that the uf2 file can be installed, you have to hold down the button near the USB port when you plug it in to your computer. This board also has a button but it doesn't do anything as far as I can tell? To force this board to show up as storage, you have to bridge the pins with the included jumper. However! If you want to stop this board from getting stuck in a loop of re-mounting itself when you install the uf2 you have to remove the jumper WHILE IT IS PLUGGED IN. I've never had to adjust jumpers while power was being fed to a board so this was pretty counter intuitive.

- Lastly—and this isn't really anything specific to this Pico board—the included wires are long enough that you will get issues if you don't trim them. I was stressing out because I'd soldered everything correctly but all I got was a black screen on boot. The trick was to cut the wires so that they're just long enough to mount this pico board like you see in the photo on the product page. I guess the wires are just long enough that interference can be an issue, so caveat emptor.

So yeah, I really appreciate the size of this board, the USB-C connector, and also that all the solder pads are right next to each other. What I wish had been a bit better was the documentation. I figured it out eventually but, as a relative novice who was worried I'd messed up, the small differences stressed me out.