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atari2600a
June 7th, 2006, 12:29 PM
Here's the thing, for about 2 years now, I've been trying to look for an empty arcade cabinet to convert into a MAME (Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator) machine. I can't seem to find one locally, & they (sometimes) go for cheap on eBay, but shipping is in at least the hundreds! Anyone have any suggestions?

alexkerhead
June 7th, 2006, 12:42 PM
Use your PC as an emulator...lol

atari2600a
June 7th, 2006, 12:44 PM
Well...That's the idea; Put a PC, with some custom hardware, inside an arcade cabinet.

dongfeng
June 7th, 2006, 01:05 PM
Build one... usually they are a simple timber construction that can easily be replicated.

There's a magazine here in the UK, I think it's called "Retro Gamer", and they always have articles like that. One copy I read, they detailed how to make a MAME tabletop arcade.

atari2600a
June 7th, 2006, 01:15 PM
I don't like tabletops, too ugly & small. I want a full freaking sized cabinet that makes me feel like I'm at the freaking Chuckie Cheese or Arcade or something, not at a freaking bar with some fat guy breathing down my neck!

I have hundreds of scematics on a CD somewhere, I just don't want to buy wood, cut it, & then assemble it.

mbbrutman
June 7th, 2006, 01:43 PM
AtariDude,

Does your gratuitous use of the word 'freaking' make your point any better than you could have without it?


CALM DOWN

Pretend you're talking to grandma. Then post. It will come across a lot better.

Terry Yager
June 7th, 2006, 02:07 PM
My grandmother could spew-out a string of profanities that would make a drunken sailor blush...But that's a whole 'nother topic.

--T

Erik
June 7th, 2006, 02:09 PM
And my children's grandmother has made longshoreman back down in fear. . . but still! ;)

atari2600a
June 7th, 2006, 02:20 PM
Wait, did someone just delete my post? You guys are THAT offended by the word freaking!? Why? It's nowhere near any profanity! If you guys think freaking is profanity, then how can you use the internet?

dongfeng
June 7th, 2006, 02:20 PM
I don't like tabletops, too ugly & small. I want a full freaking sized cabinet that makes me feel like I'm at the freaking Chuckie Cheese or Arcade or something, not at a freaking bar with some fat guy breathing down my neck!

I have hundreds of scematics on a CD somewhere, I just don't want to buy wood, cut it, & then assemble it.

I never said you had to make a freaking tabletop, did I? It was a suggestion that the schematics are available if you look http://www.howard81.co.uk/forum/images/smiles/icon_rolleyes.gif

A bit of woodwork never did anyone any harm :)

dongfeng
June 7th, 2006, 02:23 PM
Wait, did someone just delete my post? You guys are THAT offended by the word freaking!? Why? It's nowhere near any profanity! If you guys think freaking is profanity, then how can you use the internet?

It does get a bit tedious after the 10,000th time though ;)

atari2600a
June 7th, 2006, 02:26 PM
Hm, well I did take 3 months of WoodShop in the 8th grade (Long story short, I am/was always in the schools that my district tested some weird half-baked scheduling system) Maybe I should make one. How much would you guys think the wood would cost?

Terry Yager
June 7th, 2006, 02:35 PM
I don't find profanity in itself objectionable at all. It's the trolling/flaming that is not welcome.

--T

Erik
June 7th, 2006, 02:36 PM
Maybe I should make one. How much would you guys think the wood would cost?

That depends entirely on the type of wood you use, of course. I'd suggest you do what the arcade folks did and use plywood with a veneer of some kind. 8'x4' sheets should run under $15 each (you'll probably be able to make do with 2) and you'll need some dimentional lumber (2x2 or 2/4 boards) to frame it all with perhaps some 1x1s to frame out doors or mountings. Between that, glue and nails along with the laminate you should be able to get the whole project done for well under $100 which is less than shipping something like this from the next city over. . .

atari2600a
June 7th, 2006, 02:38 PM
Sorry, it wasn't meant to be used as flaming or anything, just as a comical...thing. Like "that's freaking awsome!" or something.

Erik
June 7th, 2006, 02:40 PM
Sorry, it wasn't meant to be used as flaming or anything, just as a comical...thing. Like "that's freaking awsome!" or something.

Youthful exuberance has it's place but most of us are just too damn old for it. . . ;)

carlsson
June 7th, 2006, 03:03 PM
Today I saw pictures of someone smashing an old (empty) arcade cabinet of some kind into pieces. He already has the basement full of complete arcade systems though, and maybe it was an ugly, damaged one.

If you build one yourself, you can dimension it as you wish. It may be wise to look for a drawing to get an idea what you need. I suppose you need a display (monitor), and at least a few arcade buttons apart from the hidden computer inside. If you are going to install several different games, you should consider which kind of buttons or joysticks needed, and also how to interface them with your PC (gameport? USB?). Even if you found a ready-made cabinet, you might find its dimensions are not the desired ones, and you end up looking for arcade PCBs and the whole kaboodle instead of the PC/emulator solution. :D

atari2600a
June 7th, 2006, 03:06 PM
There's specific controller adapter hardware available on the internet, & I've heard it's easy to hack a keyboard. I'm gonna try to dig up that CD w/ the scematics on it now...