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  1. I believe it currently only works with LCDs. However, Zen have had a PinDMD2 in house for quite a while, so I'm still holding out hope that we'll see support for real DMDs eventually. I have placed an inquiry with one of my contacts at Zen about it. Will update when he replies.
  2. This has been a popular choice for a long time too: http://www.amazon.com/Griffin-Technology-NA16029-Multimedia-Controller/dp/B003VWU2WA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1398196264&sr=8-1&keywords=griffin+powermate I picked one up on ebay for $20 not too long ago.
  3. Coming along nicely! Looks like wiring is just around the corner. I found that part to be a bit tedious.
  4. Are you referring to the little latch on the motherboard that attaches to the bottom of the card at the back of the PCI slot? That's pretty much intended to keep the card from falling out of the slot, not to be the sole means of securing it. A tray will secure the entire assembly, making it rigid and preventing it from moving around at all. This is a PINBALL machine of course... it's going to be vibrating and get pushed around some. IMO, having that big expensive card flopping around in there is a problem waiting to happen. If there is some other 'lock' you're referring to on modern cards, maybe I'm missing it...
  5. Very cool arcade! Some nice Master Replicas pieces in your collection too. As a fellow Star Wars fan, you may appreciate my build as well, if you haven't already seen it: http://www.hyperspin-fe.com/forum/showthread.php?23687-STAR-WARS-Pinball-Unleashed-46-quot-32-quot-DMD-Widebody-Build&highlight=pinball+unleashed Look forward to seeing the finished product!
  6. Agreed. This is definitely a big (if not the only) reason to go with a tray...
  7. Not a bad price. That setup is not what most would consider an 'ideal' configuration for a Hyperpin cab, but hopefully it will perform well enough to meet your expectations. I do think you'll end up having to buy a new video card before all is said and done though...
  8. Since you didn't state a price, we can only guess what "cheap" means. There are two problems I see. First, there are several parts there that simply aren't needed for a hyperpin setup -- even though you may be getting a good deal on them, you would be paying for parts you don't need. Second, as Ark mentioned, most of those parts are pretty outdated. You may actually get more bang for your buck if you simply focus on the few parts that are required for a solid hyperpin setup. As Ark suggested, an i5 with a GTX 660 would be a good, proven setup with some future proofing built in.
  9. If you haven't already, I would start here: http://www.ravarcade.pl/
  10. You haven't said what you are trying to run, but in almost any case I would suggest building a better PC...
  11. Hi Superfrog. Thanks for the compliment! Sorry for the slow reply. Yes, I still have this PC. It works very well overall. It works flawlessly with VP, but I do occasionally get slight slowdowns in FP with the quality settings maxed out when things get crazy (multiball). I have to admit, if I was to do it again, I would probably just go ahead and get a good Core i5 based system as it would be more future-proof. I will probably end up upgrading the CPU on this machine in the future. I went with the AMD configuration because I already had a brand new motherboard for it sitting on my shelf. Thank you! The LEDWiz (used to drive the various toys) has a 500ma per output and 2W per chip power limit. All of the lights and force feedback toys require significantly more power than that. His boards provide a more plug-and-play solution that works in tandem with the LEDWiz to get all of the correct voltages from a standard computer ATX power supply to all of the various components, in a nice, relatively compact package. You can find the thread for his latest version of the board here: http://www.hyperspin-fe.com/forum/showthread.php?29304-New-Board-Design&highlight=booster+board
  12. Yes, the boards do all of the voltage conversion necessary for the various components (including 24v for the contactors). One ATX computer power supply is all you need...so yes, you can ditch your dedicated 24v supply.
  13. @Pinball999 - Sorry, haven't had a chance to mess around with the layback. Will try to do that at some point. @gamefixer - Thanks for the compliment! I'm surprised that your Samsung would be 'washed out.' I assume you've already tried calibrating it? Btw, looks like we live in the same neck of the woods!
  14. No, trust me, I get it. As I stated in my previous post, I completely agree that LCD is the future. And I catch your drift; on the surface it does seem a bit ironic (a better term than 'weird' as you originally posted). But again, in reality, it's pretty simple...we desire DMDs in our vcabs because a substantial number of the tables we emulate, and will continue to, had DMDs in them. It's no different than building a replica of a classic car and slapping a carburetor on it, even though carbs are a completely outdated technology. It's simply about striving for authenticity in emulating machines of the past. Plus, they just look cool. In today's world, LCD dominates almost every electronic display device we use. Dot matrix displays have a very unique appearance, and to me they are actually a refreshing change of pace from all of the other screens we're forced to stare at on a daily basis...
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