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salaxi54
18th December 2010, 15:37
'tis the season to be jolly after all. Being jolly means doing what's fun - doesn't it? Well, having fun for me means building something..:whistle:
I'll give you a hint with a first pic, not that hard to guess what it actually is! :)

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CAB1.jpg

More to follow soon.

J.T.Kirk
18th December 2010, 15:53
Hehe...:p

jvdbossc
18th December 2010, 16:08
The first A1200 arcade machine?

fitzsteve
18th December 2010, 16:09
I was going to say Arcade Cabinet :cool:

salaxi54
18th December 2010, 16:22
Stevie's guessed it completely right.. :D

J.T.Kirk
18th December 2010, 16:22
Arcade Cabinet with an A1200 underneath. :D

salaxi54
18th December 2010, 16:31
No, no, no Amiga to waste! :D Actually, the first machine i ever ran Mame on was my A600, "aeons" ago.. :lol::lol:
But this has got to be a dirt-cheap peecee...
Anyway, here's some more. Pieces are not yet placed permanently, just some fitting tests.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CAB2.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CAB3.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CAB4.jpg

Phipscube
18th December 2010, 23:35
Wow great stuff mate! Looking forward to seeing this progress! :) What software game list frontend will you be using?

salaxi54
19th December 2010, 07:23
I was thinking of mGalaxy, but haven't decided on anything just yet.
If anyone has suggestions, they're welcome of course! :)
Building this thing might take some time, so i've left the software part for later....

r0jaws
19th December 2010, 09:41
I do like a photo story, especially a creative one. :D
I'm very interested in MAME cabinets, although I've always wanted to build a cocktail table. Unfortunately I will have to wait until I have a bit more space..

Phipscube
19th December 2010, 10:15
Well Personally I prefer DOS and GameLauncher on mine. It takes a bit of work but its simple and very quick. My Arcade boots in about 10 seconds off CF straight to the GameLauncher front end. I've tried all sorts of other front ends on Windows and Linux (several months of experimentation) but settled on the above combination, which has been running flawlessly for nearly 3 years :) Alot of the PC parts were ultra cheap too as DOS doesn't need anything crazy.

I've recently tried to make a cut down Micro XP install on my next Arcade Project (Bar Top for my Son) using our old retired PIII 1.1GHz Laptop. And this I've managed to hide BIOS, get running with a nice MAME splash screen (instead of the Windows screen) and it boots straight into GameLauncher hiding all the windows stuff like pointer and start bar etc and stays black, using all the same settings from my DOS cab in GL, but it randomly Blue Screens :Doh: I'm only using windows with this one because the Soundcard in the laptop won't work in DOS. This one has taken ALOT of time and hacking to get this far and its really annoying to be hit with Windows randomness.

Saying all that though, I only run MAME 079 (the best version ever made I think) as I don't want to run anything past NeoGeo/CPS2. Its also running MD, SNES, PC Engine, SMS, NES, 2600 and Vectrex, so its nice for DOS :)

mGalaxy looks cool though, I've never tried that one. It seems to have the same simplicity as GameLauncher.

If I were you though mate, i'd start messing around with the software now as it can be a bit of a process finding a frontend that suits you and your cab.

I recommend this site for parts too: -

http://www.ultimarc.com/

My panel controller of choice is the miniPAC :) and I use Jap ball top sticks with a 4 to 8 way switchable mech (pull stick up, twist, then drop) great for the old classics like Pac Man in 4 way, then twist and be ready for some Metal Slug in 8 way :)

Anyways Vasilios, if you need any advice or help along the way i'm at your service mate :)

mfilos
19th December 2010, 10:21
I registered recently GameEx (http://www.gameex.com/) which I think it's pretty awesome and TOO MUCH configurable.

salaxi54
19th December 2010, 14:26
@Phipscube: Thanks for the help offer Les, i'll keep that in mind :thumbsup:
I've already gotten a pair of Zippy 4-8 way arcade sticks along with a bunch of buttons etc. Am now waiting for the controller circuit to arrive.
I could post the linkie, but it's easy to find once you search for "USB Input PCB - MAME & Custom Input Compatible V2.1" :)
Actually it's a BIN case, but what the heck... LOL
@mfilos: I'd really like to discuss the finer details on that GameEx frontend with you Mario! One thing that interests me a lot is the chance of a package to support N64 emulators, and possibly a couple more but mainly that and Mame is what i want. :roll:

EDIT: Almost forgot: here's today's treat LOL

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CAB5.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CAB6.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CAB7.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CAB8.jpg

Just a note: top sheet is left there temporarily, to help viewers get the idear! :-)

mfilos
19th December 2010, 14:36
Awesome work Bill! I need to come over at some point to see da beast in person :D

salaxi54
19th December 2010, 14:41
Anytime Marios! You're always welcome :thumbsup:
Those who wait for it to finish, will have to make sure they've filled their pockets with 10-drachmae coins... :lol::lol::lol:

Phipscube
20th December 2010, 18:43
No Probs mate! BTW, GameEX is a good solution too (well, for windows). I've got a registered keyfile for it and may end up converting over to it on my Bartop Project. The only thing that niggles me about it is that its quite bloated, and for me it wasn't so hot with key bindings. it also doesn't play well with stripped down micro XP installs. you can use the full XP (which for me boots too slowly) and there is a special tool designed to instantly "Shell" the install so it hides everything windows-y, but in my experience it was quite lethal and took out the whole install if you didn't have everything set correctly in GameEX before you did it. If you do use GameEX, be prepared to trash your drive install a few times before you get the hang of it. If however your not bothered about hiding windows it should be alot friendlier.

salaxi54
22nd December 2010, 13:06
Alrighty then, here's an update on the work...

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CAB9.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CAB10.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CAB11.jpg

Enough with the wood for now, here's what just arrived!

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CAB12.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CAB13.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CAB14.jpg

That's all for now, will keep y'all posted.. :)

mfilos
22nd December 2010, 14:56
Awesome stuff bro!

salaxi54
23rd December 2010, 18:00
@mfilos: Thanks 4 da kind words man!
@all: Santa came a bit early today, and gave me an unpleasant present...
I have broken my right ankle just this morning, and by luck have missed an operation. Now it's all in cast, so the project will be delayed for quite some time. I'm actually typing this by left hand. This couldn't if have happened in a worse time than this.
Time for reading a bit, and watch movies i guess :)
So much for arcade fun on new year's eve...
Later,

salaxi54

mfilos
23rd December 2010, 19:04
Oh damn! :(
I hope you'll get well soon man. Περαστικά!!!

J.T.Kirk
29th December 2010, 17:53
Damn, that's really sad. Wish you a full and fast recovery Bill. :)

salaxi54
29th December 2010, 18:35
Thanks for your kind wishes folks! :thumbsup:

Zetr0
30th December 2010, 03:38
@mfilos: Thanks 4 da kind words man!
@all: Santa came a bit early today, and gave me an unpleasant present...
I have broken my right ankle just this morning, and by luck have missed an operation. Now it's all in cast, so the project will be delayed for quite some time. I'm actually typing this by left hand. This couldn't if have happened in a worse time than this.
Time for reading a bit, and watch movies i guess :)
So much for arcade fun on new year's eve...
Later,

salaxi54

You see, that's the problem with lap dancing these days... no job security... literally...



Joking aside, truly sorry to read of this my friend, get better SOON =)




*those tables aren't going to dance themselves =D

salaxi54
30th December 2010, 08:55
Latest update on the situation is: 4-6 weeks on cast, x-rays every Friday for comparisons, once the cast is removed we start physiotherapy...
In other words, this project won't proceed until at least mid-February... :(
I'm sure i can persuade the orthopaedic that using arcade joysticks will aid in the physiotherapy exercises! :D

Tuxon86
30th December 2010, 16:35
Latest update on the situation is: 4-6 weeks on cast, x-rays every Friday for comparisons, once the cast is removed we start physiotherapy...
In other words, this project won't proceed until at least mid-February... :(
I'm sure i can persuade the orthopaedic that using arcade joysticks will aid in the physiotherapy exercises! :D

Good luck with that :p

portarinos
30th December 2010, 21:44
At least we could consider your recovery as the new project for us to follow. We could rename the thread's title to something like "Another new recovery project". :D Keep us posted Bill! Wish you the best for the new year, for your name day that's about to come in 1 day and of course the fastest recovery possible. :)

salaxi54
30th December 2010, 22:09
Gee, thanks folks!
@Portarinos: you think a pictured story of the whole "broken ankle" project would've been of interest to our fellow members? Should i think of any bizarre modding on the cast? :lol:
Darn! i hate not being "productive"....

Phipscube
30th December 2010, 22:49
Oh craps! Bad luck mate, best wishes for as fast a recovery as poss

salaxi54
5th February 2011, 00:28
Darn, my English is getting worse! (or i'm getting old?) :lol:
Sorry folks, but when i said ankle i meant elbow! hahaaaaa
Latest news is that the cast was off today, but it will require a lot of practice to help the arm get a full-extend motion. Six weeks of immobility have affected swinging it, and have also affected wrist movement, due to the fact that it was all covered in cast.
No loads allowed, -well unless it's something "Amigish" i could swear i heard the doctor whispering- no driving etc.
Bad news is that depending on the case, it could take up to 5-6 months for a "perhaps" full recovery...
Anyway, having said that, i just wanted to explain why i could only type with my left hand; i know it really sounded funny! :Doh:

Kin Hell
5th February 2011, 09:09
@mfilos: Thanks 4 da kind words man!
@all: Santa came a bit early today, and gave me an unpleasant present...
I have broken my right ankle just this morning, and by luck have missed an operation. Now it's all in cast, so the project will be delayed for quite some time. I'm actually typing this by left hand. This couldn't if have happened in a worse time than this.
Time for reading a bit, and watch movies i guess :)
So much for arcade fun on new year's eve...
Later,

salaxi54

I just caught up with this thread & wondered why you were just typing with your left hand if you had broken your ankle? :D

Good luck with the therapy m8y & get well soon. :thumbsup:

Kin

salaxi54
27th February 2011, 12:05
Just a minor update..
Doc saw my arm last Friday, and said i can start regular activities but "with caution", no sudden moves etc. Physio still continues, and it's all getting better day by day. I haven't yet achieved full motion on the elbow, roughly need about 10 degrees to fully extend, and about 15 degrees to fully retract.
Anyway, enough with anatomy :D
Got this set yesterday; it will be placed behind the marquee for lighting...

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/MARQUEELAMP.jpg

That's a 45cm lamp, transformer and starter. I'd start work on setting it up, but it's too darn cold here today! :)

salaxi54
3rd March 2011, 17:28
Not much today, but at least we're moving along... :)
These two photos are of the marquee light assembly.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/LIGHT1.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/LIGHT2.jpg

What would regularly take no more than an hour, took all morning. Gotta keep a slow pace. :)

mfilos
3rd March 2011, 19:21
It's getting really nice my friend!!! Don't worry about the slowness. Better safe than sorry :)

Can't wait to gief it a test once it's ready \o/

salaxi54
5th March 2011, 14:50
Been busy today; and noisy! :lol:
Here's an operational check on the fluorescent lamp.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/LIGHT3.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/LIGHT4.jpg

Starter, and ballast... It needs some tidying up, but we're a long way from being finished. :)

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/LIGHT5.jpg

This glass sheet will be put in place for the marquee, when the stickers arrive! (ETA Tuesday)

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CAB22.jpg

Wood frame for supporting the monitor glass.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CAB21.jpg

Just a glass-fitting test..

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CAB23.jpg

These two pics will give y'all a rough idear of where the frame will reside:

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CAB24.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CAB25.jpg

And last, but not least, my work-buddy, DA SAW!!! (can't live without it) :D

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CAB26.jpg

Stay tuned fellas, it can only get better.... :roll:

mfilos
5th March 2011, 16:55
Getting better every day Bill :)
Keep us posted

Phipscube
5th March 2011, 16:55
Looking good mate! :thumbsup:

salaxi54
9th March 2011, 11:56
Thanks for the kind words folks! :thumbsup:
Here's the recent updates:

Stickers!
This is the marquee sticker, i chose Galaga Legions, lots o' black in that logo :D
http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CAB27.jpg

There were two candidates, the second one being something simple. Had them both printed at a shop, but chose Galaga..

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CAB28.jpg

These are the side stickers:

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CAB29.jpg

A rough look at placement

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CAB30.jpg

I'm sure you getthe picture, lighting isn't ideal :roll:
http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CAB31.jpg

Here's the marquee in place

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CAB32.jpg

Next up is the monitor frame, it's mirroring the ceiling of the building... ;)

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CAB33.jpg

Some more pics of the frame, where you can see the hinge. It was necessary to fasten the frame to the cabinet in a way, where i could simply and fast lift the frame and be able to reach the monitor for whatever reason..

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CAB34.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CAB35.jpg

Well, that's all for today. Would've done a lot more, but it's still too freakin' cold. We had snow last night.. :(

nivalis
9th March 2011, 23:28
Excellent work so far, I love it:nod:

salaxi54
10th March 2011, 14:54
@nivalis: Thanks mate! :)
Here's a couple of today's pics, the monitor frame is in place, attached by the hinge.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CAB37.jpg

There's still some work with the monitor getting tilted and secured...

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CAB38.jpg

Need to find some magnets so the frame can be kept in place, and a discrete small handle so i can pull the frame up whenever needed.. Stay tuned! :)

mfilos
10th March 2011, 15:22
Looks ultra cool bro. Keep it up :)

salaxi54
11th March 2011, 14:16
Looks ultra cool bro. Keep it up :)
Thanks Marios! The pace is getting better day by day..

Today, for your viewing pleasure i have the drawer! lol
This will hold the keyboard and mouse...
Some details of the launching -errrr- guiding rail :D

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CAB39.jpg

This is the left rail

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CAB40.jpg

Drawer fully retracted

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CAB41.jpg

Drawer fully extended.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CAB42.jpg

This is not the specific keyboard i'll use, but just to give you an idear.. :)

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CAB43.jpg

That's all for today!

salaxi54
12th March 2011, 13:42
Here's part of the rear. The sheet is attached to the cabinet by a big hinge.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CAB45.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CAB44.jpg

This will help me have access to the computer and other electric components...
http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CAB47.jpg

It will be kept closed by using a couple of sliding latches like this:

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CAB48.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CAB49.jpg

To be continued... :)

salaxi54
13th March 2011, 11:58
Not much today, a Sunday is for peace and quiet! :)
Anyway, i prepared (masked) the monitor for spraying the front.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CAB50.jpg

Just about enough for the beige plastics not to show when the screen is at place. Here's the freshly-sprayed screen.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CAB51.jpg

This is the result after tape was removed...

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CAB52.jpg

And this shows it placed behind the glass in the cabinet.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CAB53.jpg

Not the nicest pic there, but it was nice n' shiny today, so we had lots o' light.. :D

johnim
13th March 2011, 13:13
that looks great mate :thumbsup:

salaxi54
14th March 2011, 15:30
@johnim: thanks mate, i'm glad y'all like it. It's not perfect, but i have decided to finish this soon; lots of other projects awaiting for my attention! :)

Anyway, today's progress. Here's the "control panel" lol
Some fit-tests

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CAB54.jpg

A closer look at the stick

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CAB55.jpg

Here's a part of the cabinet that was square-angled, and i decided to round it a bit.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CAB56.jpg

And the panel placed in position, although you'll be seeing more pics of it soon. It's been sanded, and freshly painted. I'll up a few as soon as it's dried :-)

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CAB57.jpg

---------- Post added at 16:30 ---------- Previous post was at 15:37 ----------

Ok, here's an update!

Panel painted, stick and button fitted for optical consideration..

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CAB59.jpg

A close up of the stick area..

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CAB60.jpg

And a couple of pics with the panel in place.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CAB61.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CAB62.jpg

That's all for today. :)

P.S. I forgot to mention that the paint is the same kind i used on the Walker replica case. It has fine rubber-particles in it, giving that rough surface look. A coat of that, some flat varnish, another coat, and a final coat of varnish. I hope this will help it stay in place and not peel off...

salaxi54
15th March 2011, 21:46
Next job was to place buttons and sticks.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CAB63.jpg

Maybe not the most ideal color combination, but that's what the package had.. Will prolly purchase a few individual buttons in the near future :-)

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CAB64.jpg

Here's some wiring, that's part of the common ground for the second player's buttons.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CAB65.jpg

You might wonder why i didn't place both sticks with right or left orientation, but i simply thought that perhaps a left-handed "opponent" would like to play, or there's actually right-handed people who find the stick to the left more convenient! I recall (aeons ago lol) players crossing their hands playing a left stick with right hand and pushing buttons using their left one. :D

salaxi54
17th March 2011, 17:36
Been quite busy the last couple of days, trying to program a bike's ECU.. :)
Anyway, here's some updates:

Started ironing the uncovered edges. This is made by using heat-adhesive tape. Stuff looks like this

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CAB67.jpg

I actually wanted to use some T-molding, but it's not available locally, and it's quite expensive combined with heavy shipping charges.. :(

This is some fine-trimming of the tape once it's ironed in place.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CAB68.jpg

Once the trimming by blade finishes, it needs some light sanding, and presto! :D Here's some of the cabin covered..

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CAB66.jpg

Later folks! :)

salaxi54
18th March 2011, 17:33
Todays' work involved cabling...

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CAB69.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CAB70.jpg

It doesn't look that hard, but it sure takes a lot of time. :)

salaxi54
21st March 2011, 13:16
Next up is mounting the computer.
This is a full-size ATX mobo, P4@2.4Ghz, 1GB RAM, GF 5200 AGP graphics card.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CAB71.jpg

The VGA card had to be secured some way, so i dismantled the expansion bay from an old tower... :)

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CAB73.jpg

It's rock-steady now!

The psu is secured at the bottom of the cabinet.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CAB72.jpg

This is the main switch, illuminated version.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CAB74.jpg

Placed discreetly at the rear of the cabinet.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CAB75.jpg

And that's all for now..

Hell_Labs
22nd March 2011, 02:16
I heard if you turn it on and off it gives you free goes :)

Mr B
22nd March 2011, 05:52
Nice build, but i can see why you would want to replace the buttons. The pink just screams to loud, and the blue... it's not really the blue i would expect on a retro arcade. Even the yellow and green are a tad "to bright" as i'm used to the much darker plastic they used "back then. The black cabinet makes everything else seam extra bright, of course.
How does the "springyness" of the buttons feal? Do you feel confident that the buttons will stand up to abuse, as in "beating the game, after it beat you" ?
I have heard different opinions on the stick, how does it feel? Some claim strong, others weak spring tension, I've been wondering if it's just differences in expectations, or if it's perhaps different build / spring quality.
Sourced the parts from DealExtreme or is there someone else selling this stuff at good prices?


I heard if you turn it on and off it gives you free goes :)I heard, if you turn it off, you get to stare at a dark screen...

B!

netagra
22nd March 2011, 08:38
Gamato!
Keep it up!!!

salaxi54
22nd March 2011, 08:50
@Hell_Labs: That would be the other way around, (off-on), and perhaps only on a true arcade machine.. :)

@Mr B: Wouldn't yet know mate! Haven't fired 'er up... The sticks have a really nice feel, need very little force to move, seem sturdy. The buttons, that's another story. The top is curved upwards, whereas i'd rather have them the other way around, but yes, i got them as a whole package with the sticks over evilbay at a pretty decent price. The whole construction has reached approximately 300 Euros till now. Maybe finding an old actual cabinet would come cheaper, but try shipping it to home.... The button "springyness" as you (TM) called it, is ok -for what i want- but only the 1/2 player buttons are curved on top as they should!

@netagra: Thanks! :thumbsup:

jvdbossc
22nd March 2011, 09:52
wow looks great. A lot of work but all nice looking:thumbsup:

Mr B
22nd March 2011, 11:19
The buttons, that's another story. The top is curved upwards, whereas i'd rather have them the other way around, but yes, i got them as a whole package with the sticks over evilbay at a pretty decent price. The whole construction has reached approximately 300 Euros till now. Maybe finding an old actual cabinet would come cheaper, but try shipping it to home.... The button "springyness" as you (TM) called it, is ok -for what i want- but only the 1/2 player buttons are curved on top as they should!It sucks that you ain't 100% satisfied. DX used to have package deal on those buttons, cant for the life of me remember the price tho. Dirt cheap, is all. But they have the same button with "real" colors for $1.60, and the one you want, for $1.50 (http://www.dealextreme.com/p/repair-parts-replacement-obsf-button-for-arcade-machine-color-assorted-37486). Sad part is... You cant pick your colors. You can buy 10 and get 6 yellow, one red, and 3 green. Or all yellow. You just don't know. And that is almost as bad as having the 'wrong' style buttons. I thought you decided to go with the style you have, due to them being cheaper. Size should be the same. Mounting hole has to be between 29 and 34mm, with 30 being the "perfect fit".
The crazy colors you got now seam to be popular in manga styled cabinets, and follow the look of a lot of Asian original cabinets.

Oh well. It's still a awesome build. Crazy colors, or wrong style button heads and all, this looks killer this far.
B!

salaxi54
22nd March 2011, 20:27
Thank you folks! :-)
Hopefully within a day or two it will be ready hardware-wise.
Here's an update on today's work:

You might ask, what's this? :huh:

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CAB76.jpg

Well, that's for the late, after-midnight hours! It's the headphones socket, just a bit out of position.. :D

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CAB77.jpg

Now, this is the speaker amp part. Just a regular pc-speaker circuitry, placed in a project box.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CAB78.jpg

Of course, grey is not the right color...

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CAB79.jpg

Ahhh, that's better! ;)

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CAB80.jpg

A fitting test...

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CAB81.jpg

Unlit,

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CAB82.jpg

And lit! :roll:

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CAB83.jpg

Last, but not least, this is the hard drive bay...

Stay tuned folks!

jvdbossc
22nd March 2011, 20:31
hey felllow, why not go to a fleemarket and use a real amp :) So you can blow some stuff away or a car amp with some woofers on. Those project boxes are not cheap.

salaxi54
22nd March 2011, 20:36
hey felllow, why not go to a fleemarket and use a real amp :) So you can blow some stuff away or a car amp with some woofers on. Those project boxes are not cheap.

Jurgen, i could install a "regular" amp in there, already have one, but it's not what i'm after... Volume is quite adequate with a regular set of speakers like the ones i put in. Plus, this setup draws very little current! (gotta watch the bills!):(
If you think this project box is expensive, well it's not. Cost less than 3 E.. (i hope this isn't considered price-driving) :)

salaxi54
23rd March 2011, 23:29
Allrighty then, i put the mains receptacle today..

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CAB84.jpg

Next were the wheels.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CAB85.jpg

According to specs, those wheels can withstand 25 kgr each. It was proven adequate! :)

Then came the side stickers

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CAB86.jpg

I cut the actual image off the rest of the adhesive film, and drew the outline so i could easily place the sticker as i wanted to.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CAB87.jpg

Here's the result:

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CAB88.jpg

Woodwork and general hardware work has finished! The cabinet has been moved at home. :roll: The rest is just details. Connecting the computer, and installing the software. I'll keep y'all posted! ;)

jvdbossc
23rd March 2011, 23:44
hey felllow, why not go to a fleemarket and use a real amp :) So you can blow some stuff away or a car amp with some woofers on. Those project boxes are not cheap.

Jurgen, i could install a "regular" amp in there, already have one, but it's not what i'm after... Volume is quite adequate with a regular set of speakers like the ones i put in. Plus, this setup draws very little current! (gotta watch the bills!):(
If you think this project box is expensive, well it's not. Cost less than 3 E.. (i hope this isn't considered price-driving) :)

I thought it was at least 10 eu for a box that size. I keep old routers etc in metal and if needed I ask to make a custom new aluminium cover plate it is cheaper in that small size.

I do not think that is price driving merely discussing ways for a project.

Anyhow it looks great.:thumbsup: I participated in something like this a few years back but the result was no way near this one, hope nothing plays up and you get to enjoy this one for many hours. I would be proud:thumbsup:

It is used in a public youth house and they installed a ball mouse afterwards and a keyboard for web browsing.

ptp170
25th March 2011, 22:19
This is an awesome thread! Kind of makes me want to make a mini-me arcade machine using an ION based Mini ITX board and a small TFT...

...although I feel I maybe missing the point with that idea :whistle::roll:

salaxi54
27th March 2011, 23:21
Thanks once again folks!
@ptp170: If it's good for you, why not start it? :thumbsup:

Well, here goes the finally functional cabinet!

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CAB89.jpg

Got me a small enough keyboard, soon a decent and small enough mouse too! :-)

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CAB90.jpg

It's alive! :D

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CAB92.jpg

It's the Mrs' fav game... Ms. Pacman :roll:

I finally chose the Maximus Arcade front end, after testing a few. It will help out with a few more emulators i have in mind. Once all is installed i'll up some more pics.

mfilos
27th March 2011, 23:30
Really cool Bill man! I'm glad everything works as intended.

Awesome \o/

rkauer
30th March 2011, 07:57
Awesome! Indeed awesome!

BTW: don't look behind now, but there is a WALKER LOOKING AT YOUR BACK! Walk slowly to door pretending to ignore it.:whistle:

AndyLandy
30th March 2011, 08:01
That's such an awesome project! Nice work Salaxi.

:thumbsup:

I totally need a bigger house for all the projects I want to do!

Phipscube
30th March 2011, 08:58
Fantastic build mate! And I agree Maximus Arcade Frontend is a good one, if not the best for Windows :)

How fast does it boot? And are you shelling windows? ... And i'm wondering if you've heared of MicroXP? really stripped down version of XP that boots and shuts down very quickly..... this and an auto sheller would make the cab run without noticing any windows poo underneath :D

salaxi54
30th March 2011, 09:51
Marios, thanks dude, waiting for you to have a Test-Drive! :D


Awesome! Indeed awesome!

BTW: don't look behind now, but there is a WALKER LOOKING AT YOUR BACK! Walk slowly to door pretending to ignore it.:whistle:

Indeed, it's the top half of the Walker replica... So many projects underway, so short a life! :( If i make a list of the "to-do" stuff, we need a whole page....

@AndyLandy: Either a bigger house, or less furniture! :lol: A friend (and member of this community) has expressed interest in building a cockpit-type cabinet. That would need some sacrifice! :cool:

@Phipscube: Thanks! It actually boots quite fast. Will do some counting asap, but not finished yet on the software side. I have "shaved" stuff from startup, installed BootSkin with a Mame boot logo, and am setting up a few more emulators before this whole thing boots directly into Maximus.. :thumbsup:

salaxi54
7th April 2011, 14:14
Just a minor update, got me a couple of new fire buttons, concave type..
Oh, and they're red! :D

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CAB93.jpg

You can see the difference from the neighbouring ones.

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/CAB94.jpg

rkauer
7th April 2011, 17:43
What? No more Barbie games?

salaxi54
22nd April 2011, 22:35
One of the finishing touches.. :)
A cabinet would be pointless without a stool! :D
So, i had a couple stored for "aeons" that needed a cure.
After lots of sanding, sealing, sanding again and a couple o' coats of varnish, here's the before and after shots..

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/BEFORE.jpg

http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm242/salax54/AFTER.jpg

This ain't over, as i plan to make some comfy round pillows for them.
Other than the sanding part, i just love working with wood :roll:

AmiNeo
3rd April 2012, 14:58
OMFG!!! :blink: :wooha:


WAAAAAAAAAANNNNNNNTTT!!!!!




:thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:

fitzsteve
5th April 2012, 11:09
Wow, I sub'd this thread but missed the recent updates - Nice work salaxi54 :thumbsup:

You have my envy! :coffee:

salaxi54
5th April 2012, 14:20
Thanks folks, it was well worth it. I started with small projects and went up in volume (A600 GRL, Walker, A3400, A3000T, Arcade cabinet etc.) So, i have to keep increasing volume; enter "Da cockpit" :lol: Hopefully the F-16 will take the better part of this year -if i may be optimistic that is.. :)

mjnurney
5th April 2012, 14:45
video video !!!

Brilliant project and it looks awesome!!!

well done :-)

DonAmiga
5th April 2012, 16:31
Great build salaxi54, a man with many talents as it shows :) with top quality finish :thumbsup:

protek
5th April 2012, 21:44
That's an awesome looking cabinet! Great work! :thumbsup: