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Star Wars Mod Kit Configuration

*** NEW - Lightgun Install info at the bottom of this page ***
Important Gaming Box Tips:
Please CALIBRATE your pedals. See this video: Calibrate Pedals
Right Trigger (RT) is menu forward and Left Trigger (LT) is menu back.
To START a game, use the YOKE to select and press RT to launch.
To EXIT any game, press Left Thumb (LTh) and START simultaneously
(START is the Volume UP button)
COIN is the Volume DOWN button


Please find all the info below on setting up your Star Wars Mod Kit.

We have several kits available, but the basic options are:

1. Encoder only - you will receive: the Encoder Board, 6 foot USB C cable, Power Harness and Stickers. Install the encoder board and connect to your PC or other front end system to run your games.

2. Encoder with Gaming Box - you will receive: the Encoder Board, 12 inch USB C cable, Power Harness, Power inverter, Audio cable, Gaming Box and Stickers. Install in your cabinet for a complete plug and play gaming solution.

Here is a Start to Finish install video for installing the Star Wars encoder board and gaming box for the Arcade1up Stock Yoke compliments of Tech Buzz Gaming. There are a few extra steps for the GRS Yoke posted in the second video below. Further down the page, we have our own, sectioned videos showing the main steps of the same install.

NEW GRS YOKE METHOD:  If you are using the GRS Yoke instead of the A1up stock Yoke, then you will need to plug in the extra GRS adapter that was shipped with your kit. Please watch this video for those instruction steps.

 OLD GRS YOKE METHOD: If you are using the GRS Yoke instead of the A1up stock Yoke, then you will need to install the extra GRS converter board that was shipped with your kit. Please watch this video for those instruction steps.

The videos below duplicate the steps in the Tech Buzz video above, but may be helpful broken into separate steps.

As mentioned in the first video above and shown in the video below, we encourage you to test the connections before reassembling the machine, by connecting the encoder board to your PC and running www.gamepad-tester.com.

Other Required Options: 

1. HDMI converter board - the stock Star Wars screen needs to be converted to HDMI unless you are replacing it. If you chose our optional HDMI converter board, watch this video for installation. If you have an alternative board, the installation will be very similar except for the mounting. Be sure your alternate HDMI board does not short on the metal casing.

2. Sound Solution - to use the stock speakers, an amp is required. If you purchase one of our sound solutions, see the video below. Alternatively, you can plug a sound bar or speakers into the gaming box (or your PC), either using the audio cable supplied with the Gaming Box kit, or the cables attached to your speakers.

If you are attaching your own speakers that have a male 3.5mm connector, you can either plug those directly into the Gaming Box (instead of the supplied audio cable) or use a coupler to attach the supplied cable to the male connector on your speakers. A coupler that would work can be found HERE.

To install our Amp Panel Kit, please find full instructions HERE or watch the video for RR/OutRun below. The process for Star Wars is very similar to OutRun:

Reassembling your Cab:

We include helpful stickers to place on your control deck. Here is and example of our suggested placement:

When the control deck, HDMI and sound are all sorted, you will be ready to reassemble your cabinet. Here is a helpful video to show the wiring process to finish the mod.

Helpful Tips:

1. Once assembled properly, the POWER switch on your cabinet will control the power to the marquee, the monitor and the Gaming Box. The amp or speakers for Sound is connected separately and if that needs to be turned on or off, a power bar is a good solution.

2. There is a Shut Down menu on the Gaming Box. You access that by hitting START when in the main menu. That will turn the Gaming Box off, but not the main power to the marquee. To turn the Gaming Box back on, simply turn the POWER switch off and then on again. It is preferable to shut down with this method, but simply turning the power switch off will not likely cause corruption on the SD card in our experience.

3. Forward in menus and launching games is with the RT button. Back in menus is the LT button. The Yoke will scroll through the game titles by tilting up and down.

4. Add or Remove game from the Favorites Menu by holding down the X (RTh) button for 1 second while on the game in the menu. A message will flash on the screen.

5. To exit any game, press LEFT THUMB (LTh) and START simultaneously.

6. In games, there will be a variety of ways to control the menus and start the games. This variance is both because different emulators function differently, and also because we have done creative mapping of controls to make the best use of the limited controls as possible, especially utilizing the Shifter.

Because of this, you will find Up and Down in the menus will not always be mapped to the Yoke. Sometimes the LTH and RTh buttons will control up and down for example. All of the specific mapping we have done is listed per game on our Google page here: 

7. Every set of pedals from Arcade1up is slightly different, and the BSA and Thrustmaster pedals even more so, so it's best to calibrate them first thing. You should only have to do it once. To activate the pedal calibration, first turn the power switch off. (If using a PC build, you need to unplug the USB cable from the PC to power the encoder board off.) Press both Pedals completely down to the floor while holding down the RT and LT. Then turn on the power switch (plug in USB for PC) and hold for 2 seconds. Then release the pedals and buttons. A new calibration should now be stored until you calibrate it again. Here is a quick video link showing the process: https://youtube.com/shorts/nnWmQk3AAJ4

 8. Our Star Wars encoder board has the option for in-game Yoke Sensitivity adjustments. The process is simple - Hold down START and LT while pushing the Yoke up to decrease sensitivity and the Yoke down to increase sensitivity. The Ridge Racer video below shows the process:

9. Our encoder board also has the option for in-game Yoke Deadzone adjustments. The process is simple - Hold down START while pushing the Yoke up to decrease Deadzone and the Yoke down to increase Deadzone. This is the first adjustment to try when you want the game to respond more quickly to your Yoke movement to the left and right. It makes a very big difference in game playability for certain emulators.


Can't Start games from the menu, or the gas or brake pedals don't seem to work with some games.

CALIBRATE your pedals! 95% of our tech support issues are solved by simply calibrating the pedals. Hold LT & RT and the pedals down and turn on the machine. Wait 2-3 seconds and let go of the pedals. Also be sure that your pedal wire connection is securely fitted together.

Calibrating didn't seem to help or not all the buttons seem to be working correctly.

Use a longer USB C cable and plug the encoder board directly into a PC. Then run gamepad-tester.com and check all your buttons and pedals. Pedals should smoothly from 0 to 100. Make sure the gas is moving the Right Stick for our gaming box and Right Trigger if you are using a PC build. (Hold START and RT when turning the machine on or plugging in the USB cable to toggle gas pedal modes.)

My Gas pedal is acting like the Brake and vice versa.

You may have switched to inverted pedal mode. Hold START and LT when turning the machine on or plugging in the USB cable to toggle inverted pedal modes.

I don't use pedals and things are acting strangely.

If you are not using pedals, they need to be deactivated on the encoder board. That should be done for you if you ordered it that way, but that option can be toggled by holding START and RTh when turning the machine on or plugging in the USB cable.

My pedals don't seem to work at all - they don't show anything in gamepad-tester.com.

If your pedals are plugged in properly, calibrated properly but not showing any indication of working, they might be deactivated. That options can be toggled by holding START and RTh when turning the machine on or plugging in the USB cable.

My buttons seems to be all mixed up from what I am expecting.

You may have switched to PC Button mode which moves some buttons around. Holding START and LEFT THUMB when turning the machine on or plugging in the USB cable to toggle inverted PC button modes.

My box boots up into the Android screen and not the Gaming Box.
First, reboot a couple times to make sure it's not a fluke.
Double check there is an SD Card in the slot. As long as there is, turn the box power off. Then find a toothpick, or paperclip or something long and skinny, and find the audio port at the back of the box.
Inside the audio port, at the very bottom, there is a little button. You will be able to feel it if you stick the toothpick in and fish around a bit. It’s a bit tricky, but give it a try.
You will need to hold that button down for about 3-5 seconds while turning on the power. Do not hold it longer (if you get into a scary Android boot menu, you held it too long - turn it off and try again.)
If successful, it will boot into Emulelec.

If it still boots into the Android desktop, then you will most likely need a replacement SD card.  

My volume is fine in the menus but too loud or too quiet in most of the games.

Launch a game like OutRun and hold COIN while pushing up or down on the Shifter. That will universally adjust the volume. Generally not a good idea (use your amp volume instead), but if it got adjusted, that is how to fix it.

I'm confused about the various encoder board options and settings.

We have a concise document showing all the various features with explanations right here: cheatsheet.buystuffarcades.com

Additionally, you should have received a copy of our printed Cheat Sheet, but if not, this is what it looks like:



Star Wars SD card v2.0 includes about 30 light gun games configured for use with the Retro Shooter guns. There are several things necessary to use them successfully.

1. Retro Shooter Guns: The console is not needed (except for calibration) but the guns ARE used. Retro Shoot kits can be purchased directly from Retro Shooter HERE.

2. IR modules: Either our modules to mount on the front of your Star Wars screen, or our 19" monitor upgrade with embedded IR modules.

3. Connecting the guns: Both guns need to be plugged into the Gaming Box. A USB hub will likely be necessary. We have options available for a USB hub and extension, that you can mount in the back door of the cabinet for easy connections. 

4. Calibrating the guns: The Retro Shooter Console is the easiest way to set the calibration for the guns. Simply hook the HDMI from the screen into the Retro Shooter Console, plug in the guns and power it up. Go into any lightgun game and hold press START on the gun to enter the menu. Select Lightgun calibration and set each gun. The calibration will be saved on the gun when you switch back to the Gaming Box.

5. If you wish to use recoil with the games, you need our separate recoil power kit.


If the guns are mixed up (ie. Player 1 is Player 2) then switch the two gun USB plugs with each other and reboot.

NES games need to be played with the Player 2 gun.

Extreme Hunting plays well except for the snow levels where it runs sluggishly.


*** If you find bugs in the games, please forward them to
info@buystuffstore.ca and we will look into correcting them if possible. ***