Macintosh Classic modded with NES and Raspberry Pi

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Macintosh Classic modded with NES and Raspberry Pi
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Youtube user MungoBBQ took an old Macintosh Classic and stuffed in a couple of controllers and a Raspberry Pi to make his own mini NES emulator.


The CRT had long since blown out, so he removed it and swapped in a modern LCD screen, then added NES – USB converters to get the controllers to work. A powered USB hub routes into the Pi, which runs the Emulation Station to get those classic 8 bit games.

The build is nifty, but he looks like he can use some help permanently attaching the LCD to the housing. Any ideas?

16 thoughts on “Macintosh Classic modded with NES and Raspberry Pi

  1. Tom helms says:

    I did something similar but my screen was smaller. If you cut out another frame and attach it to the Mac four screw post and the attach your LCD to the frame is will look correct. It’s a great idea and makes the Mac come back to life! Great video!

  2. ameyring says:

    He could glue some plastic blocks to the inside of the frame then screw on clips that could be swung out of the way of the screen needs to be removed.

  3. mjr42 says:


    1. mjr42 says:

      I mean… Sugru

      1. Mr.Leo says:

        I was going to recommend oogoo.

  4. lynx1019 says:


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  6. clertem says:

    I want to do something similar but with a mac os 6 or7 emulator rather than the snes What sort of LCD screen should I look for ?

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