Ultimate MAME machine...

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Re: Ultimate MAME machine...

Postby smack323 » Thu May 22, 2008 8:00 am

Wow that really cool. I was thinkin about making my own controller but honestly when i starting googeling how to do it - it just looked over my head. hopefully my box turns out half as nice as yours. Things have been delayed a bit - with the two bad motherboards so far. I am giving myself a realistic goal of having it done by the end of June.
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Re: Ultimate MAME machine...

Postby smack323 » Thu May 29, 2008 9:32 am

Ahhhh.. new motherboard has 8pin power- my power supply has a 6.. i ordered a 8pin adaptor today. this is gettng to be just silly.
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Re: Ultimate MAME machine...

Postby Sporg » Thu May 29, 2008 11:52 am

LOL, my project went the same way. Everytime I turned around I had to buy something silly.
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Re: Ultimate MAME machine...

Postby martini161 » Thu May 29, 2008 1:49 pm

so what is the cabinet going to be made out of? MDF? depending on your loacation i could cut you up something nice in the shop

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Re: Ultimate MAME machine...

Postby smack323 » Fri May 30, 2008 7:56 am

Thanks for the offer- I have access to a shop here my friend works at.. he is die'n to start building. i want to get every thing working first then start bouilding.. he is trying to get me to diamond plate the outside. but i want a more traditional look so will probally just go with a lamanate finish.. best off all he is doing it for FREE...
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Re: Ultimate MAME machine...

Postby Sporg » Fri May 30, 2008 1:16 pm

Out of curiosity, what material are you planning on using for the box?

For my box I went with 5/8" MDF. Put a coat of primer on, then went with a high-gloss enamel. So far the moisture in the garage hasn't had any effect on the MDF. Guess I sealed it up well enough.
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Re: Ultimate MAME machine...

Postby martini161 » Fri May 30, 2008 4:02 pm

mdf or plywood would be a good choice, solid wood is a total waste unless this is going to be like a heirloom livingroom center piece

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Re: Ultimate MAME machine...

Postby smack323 » Mon Jun 02, 2008 8:16 am

I am not exactly sure what type of wood, probably MDF. The only thing is that I am going to be mounting a 10' subwoofer in the bottom so solid wood might give me better sound. at least for the enclosure of the subwoofer.
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Re: Ultimate MAME machine...

Postby vicaphit » Mon Jun 02, 2008 12:07 pm

How about Cherry? Give it a real nice finish!
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Re: Ultimate MAME machine...

Postby martini161 » Mon Jun 02, 2008 3:32 pm

i wouldnt recomend using solid wood unless your friend is an experienced woodwoker, its expensize and easy to crack and splinter. as for better sound, you wont notice the difference between mdf and soild wood

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Re: Ultimate MAME machine...

Postby smack323 » Tue Jun 03, 2008 8:11 am

looks like MDF it is then.. I am still waitng on my power adaptor so i can test the 3rd motherboard i have.
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Re: Ultimate MAME machine...

Postby smack323 » Wed Jun 04, 2008 7:45 am

I received my adaptor. I am at a loss. i am still getting random freezups with this new board. The puzzeling part is it is just so random I can't figure out where the problem is.
its happened:
1)just idle on desktop,
2)playing games
3)while shutting down
4)installing programs

This new board does seem muchmore stable than the last one. (fewer freezes)

Until i can figure out why the heck this is happening I wont be putting together my box.. ](*,) :cry:
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Re: Ultimate MAME machine...

Postby Sporg » Wed Jun 04, 2008 8:14 am

Other than the mainboard, have you tried using other hardware? RAM comes to mind...
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Re: Ultimate MAME machine...

Postby smack323 » Wed Jun 04, 2008 10:15 am

i did try a different stick of RAM out of my computer- same thing it froze up.
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Re: Ultimate MAME machine...

Postby smack323 » Wed Jun 04, 2008 10:17 am

i think tonight i am going to try XP home (over the XP corp i have) and see if that works any better. I dont know why it would matter but i am running out of ideas.
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Re: Ultimate MAME machine...

Postby Sporg » Wed Jun 04, 2008 2:01 pm

This is kinda far fetched, but are you wiping the disk good each time? I use Derik's Boot and Nuke and just let it run.

Other things to try, have you pulled out all unnecessary cards, drives, etc.?
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Re: Ultimate MAME machine...

Postby smack323 » Thu Jun 05, 2008 10:17 am

i didnt wipe the HD. I just did a format then install of XP pro. i did run a disk scan yesterday and every checked out perfect. even though i used a known good stick of RAM - i really think that is the problem. maybe these G.skil 1gb sticks are not compatible with the ECS motherboards and thats causing the problems.
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Re: Ultimate MAME machine...

Postby smack323 » Mon Jun 09, 2008 8:06 am

i bought a new PSU. I think the one i have is just not enough. should be here on 6/11 - I have my fingers crossed.
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Re: Ultimate MAME machine...

Postby smack323 » Mon Jun 23, 2008 10:18 am

well after replacing everything except the CPU - it seems that is the problem. not sure when i will be able to replace that. ](*,)
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Re: Ultimate MAME machine...

Postby aircommando13 » Mon Jun 23, 2008 1:07 pm

lol, how much over the budget have you gotten so far
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