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(Project) Gamejunky Cab


Imagamejunky

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Hi guys. I'm happy to say it's been a productive week so far. I built and installed the front cabinet doors and speaker mounts, cut the holes for the subwoofer, exterior usb ports for aimtraks, and main electrical connections. I had to change the upper cabinet body because I didn't like the position of the marquee screen mount. Now it looks better :).

Here's a pic of the last test fitting before starting primer today. Hell yes!

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I haven't been posting pics because I've been BUSY building.

So now I will show you my progress.

Here's my acrylic overlay for the main screen. I decided to use cabinet magnets to mount it and black spray paint (for plastics) to paint the inside "bezel". Here's how I did it. With the acrylic in place in front of the tv I used blue painter's tape on the front side to mask out where I wanted the edge of the black bezel to be. Then I took the acrylic off of the cabinet, removed the hardware for the magnets, and used green frog tape on the back side of the acrylic. This way I was able to place the edge of the frog tape to the exact line of the blue tape on the front side. I carefully used a sharp exacto knife and a metal straight edge to cut the 90 degree corners. I drug my fingernail along the edge of the frog tape to make sure it had a nice attachment to the acrylic. Then I painted. It took a lot more paint to cover up than I had expected. I used a flashlight from underneath to look for any areas that light would bleed through. Here's a tip I read on the forums that really helped... remove the frog tape early, while the paint is still wet. That way the paint has less time to seep under the tape.

I'm really happy with how this turned out. It looks fantastic in my opinion

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Holy wiring batman! That took me MANY hours.

I included 2 pictures of these connectors I found on amazon. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CQK77GC/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o07_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I purchased RGB Leds from GGG that come with no terminations on the ends of the wire. I needed to find a way to connect them to the ipac. These connectors are a little thicker than I would prefer, but they definitely worked. The connectors that Andy at Ultimarc provides with his buttons must be thinner. The one on the UTrak trackball is thinner. It fits better on the board.

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EDIT- PLEASE READ POST 53 IN THIS THREAD

Now onto my problems. Hopefully I can help someone out too..

1- Trying to get the Aimtrak guns to work correctly is a total pain in the ass. I have wasted HOURS and HOURS with these stupid guns. I follow instructions on different websites, follow video tutorials, etc etc. NOTHING WORKS. So frustrating. One thing that did help me is finding the program JoyID.

http://theairtacticalassaultgroup.com/forum/showthread.php?t=13009

This great little program helps you by stopping stupid ass windows from reassigning your usb devices with new ID numbers. Try it out if you are having problems with your joystick ID's.

2- The ipac ultimate i/o from ultimarc doesn't have the ability (yet) to have an individual id assigned to it. What this means is that you can't use LedBlinky to program/communicate with more than one board. I didn't know this and I built my entire control panel and wired eveything perfectly to 2 ipac ultimates. I had to take one of the ipacs out and re-wire many switches and led's. What a flipping nightmare! For the time being I have some led's connected together and I have some buttons connected to joystick inputs on the board. This will work temporarily for me until Andy releases a new version of firmware that will allow an id assignment on the ipac ultimate.

Like I said hopefully this helps someone.

Do any of you have 2 aimtraks successfully working? If so, will you please help me out? I want 2 guns to work CORRECTLY with mame, sega m2, nestopia, and of course pc games like hotd 3. Based on a video tutorial I installed and used the "lightgun troubleshooter". This program is like a virus on my pc now. It doesn't work for me and I can't uninstall it. Any advice would be appreciated.

Junky

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Do any of you have 2 aimtraks successfully working? If so, will you please help me out? I want 2 guns to work CORRECTLY with mame, sega m2, nestopia, and of course pc games like hotd 3. Based on a video tutorial I installed and used the "lightgun troubleshooter". This program is like a virus on my pc now. It doesn't work for me and I can't uninstall it. Any advice would be appreciated.

Junky

Aimtraks are filthy, filthy whores. Had i known that using wii motes was better in the first place i would have never spent the money. the only person i know that has 2 working is Connorsdad. and I think even his are still screwy. I gave up on having 2 on my cab. 1 works well with nestopia and m2. in mame it "works" but if you so much as drag the gun cursor off screen an inch it fucks the whole calibration. nothing i ever did fixed that. Wiimotes with touchmote is the better option

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Aimtraks are filthy, filthy whores. Had i known that using wii motes was better in the first place i would have never spent the money. the only person i know that has 2 working is Connorsdad. and I think even his are still screwy. I gave up on having 2 on my cab. 1 works well with nestopia and m2. in mame it "works" but if you so much as drag the gun cursor off screen an inch it fucks the whole calibration. nothing i ever did fixed that. Wiimotes with touchmote is the better option

Ahhhh! That is NOT what I want to hear. But thanks for the input man. Damnit

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