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  1. Hello! First post! After many years of procrastination, I'm finally starting my Arcade Cabinet build! So I've decided to start a thread to document my build. I decided I wanted to build a reproduction of one my favorite cabinets... not necessarily favorite game. Tempest, Asteroids, Space Invaders, Centipede and Defender were all close contenders... but I've settled on Asteroids Deluxe. I love the side panel art and was able to find high res scans of all the art at http://www.arcadeartwork.org ... but I do really like the game. Im a little worried about the side panels interfering with 2 player play. Im going to do a mockup this weekend to test if thats the case. I've built the cabinet in Sketchup, I tried to say as close to the original cabinet as possible so I wouldn't have to modify the side panel art. However, I've made a few changes since this is a multicade. I moved the glass back several inches to accommodate a larger control panel. And the bottom of the control panel doesn't angle back. I did this so I can install a large drawer with keyboard, mouse and probably PS3 controllers. I'm not going to do a coin door at the moment, but I may change my mind. Im considering redesigning the base to include a pull out step at the bottom for my young son. Currently it will just be a storage cabinet, but it would be nice to quickly pull it out for him to play. Though it may not be worth the trouble when I could easily store a step stool in the cabinet. At the moment I'm planning on a 6 button setup so I designed the art for the control panel with the same look and feel as the original control panel, but rearranged for 2 joysticks and many buttons. I'm going to use a 4:3 20" Dell monitor for the screen. My boss has several arcade cabinets in his basement and has successfully scared me off using a CRT monitor. He told me a story about setting a small fire while messing with a cabinet's monitor. Ive got Hyperspin and Mame up and running on an old ASUS laptop I will use in the cabinet. Many thanks to SimplyAustin for his top notch videos, they were a great help! I'll be configuring other console systems in the coming weeks after I make some progress on the build. Currently I have 90% of what I need purchased and ready for the build. I have rough cut some of the plywood into smaller pieces for easier handling, and plan to layout the side panels tomorrow. Wish Me luck!
  2. Hi, I am hoping to build a 2 player arcade bench to go with my hyperspin PC. However, I have some questions about a few things which I've struggled to find an answer to on Google. So, I would firstly like to know if i could make the 2 player fight controller compatible with both my PC and PS4? I've googled this, and I get the impression that the PS4 would not be able to take advantage of a two player controller with a single USB connection. Is this correct? If So, I was thinking, would it work if I had two separate USB connections for the player one and player two, but obviously have both wires coming out of the same arcade bench (I'm doing an Ikea lack TV bench hack)? And so the ps4 could use one or two of the controllers? But then, if I also wanted to use it with hyperspin, how would I deal with like the credit button for instance, (and I imagine there might be other problematic buttons but just thought of the credit button as an example), how would this be wired? Would I have separate ones for each player? Lastly, I imagine hyperspin, primarily for mame, but would like to account for most game systems upto Wii u, how many buttons would I need? And more Importantly, if it is possible to get this 2 player setup working on the ps4, would it matter if I had more buttons than were necessarily for the ps4 so there would be redundant ones? Oh and lastly, could I install wireless connections instead of wired USB for my 2 player setup. Thanks for your help guys,
  3. Just to show off my build after all the fantastic support from this forum. Many hours spent reading and configuring, soldering and editing text files. Currently has Mame, Neo Geo, Amiga, Specrum and 20+ joystick friendly steam games up and running. (Have several more emulators ready but just need controls to be configured). Many many thanks to you all and in particular Simply Austin for all his fantastic youtube tutorials! GV
  4. I am new to building arcades, and I want to know more. I have a classic Donkey Kong from 1981 Serial Number: 47547 Model Number: TKG4-UP-US, and I love this thing! I want to build newer arcades using hyperspin and maybe start a local retrocade, but there are so many options out there and it can be overwhelming guys. If you had 700.00 to investing to a machine what would you do?
  5. Hello All, I know it has been done many times before, but I have an idea for an NES PC that I was planning on doing and wanted to get some feedback on. I have gutted my NES and I am waiting for my dremel to arrive. I will give updates as I go through the steps (right now taking pictures of a gutted NES seems silly). My idea is to have a PC inside a NES but to have the PC upside down and have the bottom of the NES be plexiglass, so that the work can be viewed simply by flipping it over. I also don't love just cutting out the T shape plastic and leaving the rest. Let me know if you have any thoughts on it. I have searched through many pages of builds and I have not seen that combo done. Is it doable and would there be any issues?
  6. I have seen a lot of questions asking about what builds would be best to run hyperspin and emulators so I decided to come up with a list of a few builds at different price points. I am far from an expert in building computers but I have built a few in my life and thought I could help. I will go back and edit these builds based on comments or drastic changes in prices of parts. I am sticking with Intel builds (mostly due to their performance with emulators) but I welcome someone to message me some AMD builds at the different price points. The three price points I am going for are Under $200 (Can handle some Dolphin and PCSX2 with overclocking), Under $350 (Can be used up to and including ps2, dreamcast, gamecube, wii), Under $550 (should perform well with any system). I would like to add an ITX build to this as well, but would first like some feedback on these. Under $200 Build: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Km3mt6 Under $350 Build: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2wyqvK Under $550 Build: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jjhmt6 Please note that I have not added more than 1 TB of storage in these builds since I assume that could be added after the build is made. I have also excluded a SSD to keep the overall cost as low as possible.
  7. Hello all, my cabinet project is coming to a close, and I'm just starting to post some videos on it. Please enjoy, and let me know if you have any comments, questions, or advice! Part 2: Part 3: I will post more videos to this topic as they are finished out. Thank you for checking it out, JonesyBoy
  8. Hi guys, After lurking my way around here for quite some time now I wanted to show you guys my own build cabinet. It's 100% custom and not like any other cabinet out there. My brother and I love cabinets and retrogames since we were kids so it was just a matter of time before we deceided to build our own cabinet. We have been collecting games and consoles for a long time and always kept our collection up to date at http://retrogamebrothers.com. Therefor we deceided to build a custom cab dedicated to our alias the "retrogamebrothers". Lets start of with the finished product. Also see our cabinet in action If you don't get anything we say, its because its in Dutch. Internals and software Processor: Intel XEON quadcore 3Ghz Memmory: 8GB HDD: 1TB, 7200RPM (Games) SSD: 512MB Samsung portable (OS) 2 Large fans (intake and outtake for airflow at the back) Stereo speakers WiFi USB stick for updates, network games and remote access. Sticks: Sanwa sticks with 8 diagonal restrictor plates Buttons: Default arcade buttons Controller: iPAC2 Monitor: Dell Ultrasharp U2412M OS: Windows 7 Frontend: Hyperspin Emulators: MAME only Materials used 2 large boards of MDF 2 Cans of Black spraypaint Lots of black sticker foil 2 Vynil stickers for the sides Vynil sticker for the marquee 2 pieces of Plexiglass for the marquee and the button panel Lots of screws, woodglue and wooden strips for construction RGB LED lightstrip for the footer LED lightstrip for the marquee Cardboard for the monitor backplate Coinslot, keylocks, wire, wire, wire and more wire Glass window to cover the monitor and monitor backplate Construction We started out by drawing our ideal cabinet on a piece of paper. What do we want? CRT of LCD? standup cabinet or tabletop? 2 player or 4 player? Finally we deceided and skeched some mockups of what we would like. Not much later we started thinking about sizes and shapes and got to the following final draft. After that we started cutting out the panels. Time to apply some paint to the inside of the sidepanels Then, order some goodies and start working on the foot stand (with collapsable wheels) Creating the frontpanel with the coinslot Start putting it toghetter to get an idea of the result Start working on the electronics and PC Creating the art and finnishing the cabinet Putting it toghetter for the last time Almost done! In conclusion It was a lot of work! We had never done anything remotely to working with wood or building a cab but we are really happy with the result! It took us about 3 months to build the whole cab. Since we only worked on it in the evenings and weekends it took us a bit longer then expected. Also figuring out the best way to run HyperSpin, MAME, mapping the buttons, creating configs, downloading movies etc. turned out to be waaaaaaay more work then I thought. By using a subscription to both HyperSpin and EmuMovies I spared mysqlf quite some time. We made the artwork ourself. Since I created an 8 bit retro game a while back I thought it would be cool to run the game on the cabinet en use the artwork for the cabinet as well. It displays my brother and me in 8 bit style and also uses our logo for the marquee and sideart. You can check the game out if you want. Its free, open source and available for MAC, Windows and Linux. http://tweakers.net/acties/tweakbattle I created it with a good friend of mine and the game is build in C++ with SDL. All graphics are created in the Gimp. The cabinet powers on with one single button on the back. It lights the marquee, footer RGB led, LEDS for the coinslot (not in the pictures), the monitor and the PC. The PC resumes Windows from an image stored on the SSD so the cabinets boots into Hyperspin in about 15 seconds. You never see anything from Windows since I modified the resume screen and from there it goes straight into Hyperspin wich was still loaded in memory. We only used MAME games since we love throwing in quarters and play the games we used to play when on holiday. We wanted the authentic feel so no SNES or other retro consoles are installed. We deceided to go with LCD though. It tunred out great! The cabinet is a bit lighter and thinner then using a CRT. Using the MAME HLSL shaders we emulated a great retro look on the LCD. My little nephew even told me to get a new graphics card since it all looked so "blurry" and "pixelated". Just how I wanted it! We recently started building our second cabinet so I hope you guys like the build. Please leave me some feedback on what you love or where yout think we could have done better. We love to learn from it! If you need some info on how we did things, feel free to ask. Thanks for checking this out! Cheers, Retrogame brothers.
  9. I'd been flirting with the idea of building a cab for the last 2 or so years and decided to finally do it last December (2012). I live in Austin, TX and there's a great spot here called Pinballz that is a huge BYOB arcade with hundreds of cabinets to play. I reached out to them hoping that I could get an old, spare machine for cheap that I could build on top of and refinish for my purposes. I ended up getting lucky timing-wise because they were in the middle of a huge warehouse cleanup right around the time that I reached out to them. I managed to get an old, gutted Black Hole wide body cabinet with lock bar, coin box, side rails, play field glass, and legs for $130.00! I liked the idea of rebuilding/retrofitting and old pinball machine vs building my own from scratch for a couple of reasons… 1: I don't have all of the necessary tools handy to build a complete cabinet from scratch. 2: I really liked the idea of bringing new life to an old, retired cabinet left for dead in the warehouse. Once I had the cabinet, it was of to the internets to find hardware, peripherals, controls and accessories! Here's the breakdown of all of the various parts that were purchased for the final build. One thing to note…there were other parts that were built out of wood; like the back box monitor mounts, and back box bezel that aren't included here, but still accounted for in the build pics: CABINET: Cab and Backbox: Original Gottlieb Black Hole (Widebody) Legs (the ones that came with the cabinet were in pretty rough shape, so I bought some replacements: Chrome non-ribbed legs #LEG-27CA - http://www.pbresource.com/ Casters (I intentionally went with smaller legs to account for the height of the casters. That way I could easily wheel it in and out of any room.): 4 of 2-1/2" Caster, 3/8 Spindle Double Lock, 3-3/8 Tall - http://www.amazon.com Non-glare Plexiglass Backbox Cover: Acrylic Sheets P99 Non-Glare Clear - http://www.tapplastics.com Playfield Bezel: Acrylic Sheets P95 Matte Finish (Cut-to-Size) - Matte Black 1/8" Thick, 24" Wide, 47-5/8" Long - http://www.tapplastics.com Speaker Covers: Perforated Metal Speaker Grill with Gold Ring (RBG3SD) Fan Covers: 6-1/2-Inch Diameter 2-Pc Mesh Speaker Grill - Black - http://www.amazon.com 24" Drawer Rails (for easy access to computer): Home Depot Replacement Coin Door Decals: Coin Door Decal (GTB-DL-S/80-2) - http://www.pbresource.com/ 2 Replacement Locks (for back box and coin door): Lock 7/8" (LOCK) - http://www.pbresource.com/ Cabinet Artwork Printing: Bowman Signs - http://www.hyperspin-fe.com/forum/showthread.php?14150-Decals-and-Printing-for-your-Hyperpin-Cabinet Cabinet Artwork Corner Guard: 3M 84901 ScotchgardTM Paint Protection Film, Door Edge Guard, .4 in x 10 yds - http://www.amazon.com CONTROLS (All buttons from http://www.ozstick.com.au/ and http://www.pinballlife.com): 2 Left Flipper buttons 2 Right Flipper buttons 1 Coin button 1 Launch Ball button 1 Start Game button 1 Instructions/How to Play button 1 Extra Ball button 1 Exit Game button 1 Mot-ion Digital Plunger and I/O Board with nudging and bumping support - http://virtuapin.net/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=39 COMPUTER: Motherboard: ASUS P8Z77-V LX Intel 7 Series Motherboard Processor: Intel Core i5-2500K BX80623I52500 Unlocked Processor - Quad Core, 6MB L3 Cache, 1MB L2 Cache, 3.30 GHz (3.70 GHz Max Turbo) Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 650 01G-P4-2650-KR Video Card - 1GB GDDR5, PCI-Express 3.0(x16), 1x Dual-link DVI-I, 1x Dual-link DVI-D, 1x Mini-HDMI, DirectX 11, Dual-Slot Hard Drive: Seagate ST1000DM003 Barracuda 1TB Hard Drive - 7200RPM, 64MB, SATA 6Gb/s Power Supply: Ultra LSP750 750-Watt Power Supply - ATX, SATA-Ready, SLI-Ready, 135mm Fan, Sleeved Cables, Matte Finish Ram: Kingston HyperX Red KHX16C10B1R/8 8GB Memory Module - 1600MHz, 10-10-10, DDR3, CL10, 1.5V, Unbuffered Fans: 4 - Corsair AF 140 Case Fans PERIPHERALS: Playfield Screen: Insignia™ - 46" Class - LED - 1080p - 60Hz - HDTV Backbox Screen: Acer V243HAJbd 24-Inch LCD Monitor DMD Screen: Hanns G HL161ABB 16 Widescreen LED Monitor Playfield Screen Mount (this makes it very easy to move the main play field out of the way for maintenance): Sanus Full-Motion Wall Mount for 26-47" TVs - Black (AMF112-B1) Speakers: Logitech LS21 2.1 Stereo Speaker System Wireless Network Adapter: NetGear WNDA4100 N900 Wireless Dual Band USB Adapter Wireless Keyboard & Mouse: Microsoft 2LF-00001 Wireless DeskTop 800 Keyboard and Mouse Combo - 2.4 GHz Wireless, 15 Feet Range, USB 2.0 Receiver, Optical, 1000dpi, Black Drink holders: PinGulp Collapsible Beverage Caddies (one left and one right) - http://www.pinballlife.com/ I think that about wraps up the inventory list so, without further a due, here's my build! One last note…I've put descriptions on each of the images but am happy to elaborate on anything if you'd like Original purchased cabinet Backbox with front door removed Base mount for the backbox screens Checking that the screens fit... Aligning the mount with the backglass door frame Cutting the backglass bezel Checking that the plexiglass and bezel fit into the door properly Checking that the plexiglass and bezel fit into the door properly Testing the hinge mount on the backbox for the monitors Painted and textured the backglass bezel Final backglass monitor mount Refinished and assembled backglass door Refinished and assembled backglass Front view of computer drawer Front view of extended computer drawer Top view of computer drawer Some gum on the bottom of the cabinet...likely from the 80's Cutting the fan holes out on the back of the cabinet Sanding down the outer surface of the cabinet Cabinet with fan holes and black base coat Starting to lay out the computer on the drawer Beginning the OS install... Install complete, computer ready! Attached the backbox, some of the buttons, and the playfield TV mount Back fans with covers (2 additional fans on the bottom of the cabinet) Mot-ion plunger and launch ball button mounted. I had to mount the plunger a bit lower to account for the playfield TV. Top view of Mot-ion plunger Assembling the computer power button I mounted this and volume controls to the bottom of the cabinet. Computer drawer is in! Another shot of the computer drawer (pre wire cleanup) Testing the monitor configuration, everything is starting to come together! Taking Hyperpin for a spin! Added a DMD-style background to the DMD screen and continuing to add tables Legs and casters attached...I'm getting so close! Main button labeling in Planning for the playfield bezel Measuring up and planning for the bezel cuts Cutting the playfield bezel...very slowly Unassembled coin door button I ended up mounting the coin button on the coinbox door. I would have loved to hook up the original coin slots but they weren't spring loaded. This turned out to be the next best option. Making sure everything fits together properly with playfield glass and lockbar on Taking a break from the build and playing a bit. The casters were a great addition in my opinion. I can roll the cabinet into any room without any problems! Graphics are in! Applied them to the front of the cabinet and re-mounted all of the buttons and coin box Side graphics applied Final cabinet base with legs and cup holders attached Completed cabinet with backbox graphics and side rails I also replaced the original plexiglass cover in the backglass with a non-glare one and added in the backglass border lights. Front view of completed cabinet Front-top view of completed cabinet Side view of completed cabinet art Side view of completed backbox art Completed cabinet with artwork corner guards applied Detail view of backbox art Detail view of cabinet art
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