This page describes what you must do before installing the JAMMA Expander.  I recommend doing this on a desk with a normal HDMI monitor, network cable and keyboard connected.

Required Hardware

  • DE10-Nano kit
  • Micro SD card - I use a normal 16GB card and have plenty of space left
  • 128MB SDRAM module
  • Computer with micro SD card reader
  • USB OTG adapter for connecting a keyboard (one is provided with the Expander)
  • USB keyboard
  • HDMI cable and monitor

Step 1 - Preparing the SD card

First you need to install "Mr. Fusion - Universal MiSTer installation image" on an SD card,  You do this from a normal computer, instructions in the link.

Step 2 - Power up and update MiSTer 

For the initial setup, it's probably best to do it on a desk with a keyboard, an ethernet cable and a normal HDMI monitor.

Boot up MiSTer, press F12, navigate to "Scripts", and choose "update", let it do it's thing.

Step 3 - Making MiSTer useful

How MiSTer organizes cores, roms, launching files etc is a bit of a moving target and can be confusing and frustrating to set up from scratch.   Luckily, there is a script that does everything for you:

Run this script, and it should take care of making your MiSTer useful.

Step 4 - Verify that your MiSTer is working

At this point, you should have a working MiSTer and be able to launch games. 

  • DO NOT proceed until you have a working MiSTer installation
  • DO NOT remap/configure inputs - this will be done in a later step.

Step 5 - Making your MiSTer cab ready

Launch the script, you can do this by pressing F12 and pressing left once MiSTer has started.  There are 4 settings you should change:

  • composite_sync=on -  JAMMA uses composite sync
  • direct_video=on  - Cores will output native resolution and colors via the HDMI port
  • bootcore=lastcore - The last game played will be launched automatically next time you power up
  • bootcore_timeout