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Re: Ultimate MAME machine...

Posted: Thu Sep 25, 2008 10:44 am
by smack323
not a big deal, not to get off topic. but I know you were looking for some cheap options for folding. if you do have a PCIe slot you could use your MAME to fold. You would just need to add the video card and prob a wireless adaptor of some sort.

Re: Ultimate MAME machine...

Posted: Thu Sep 25, 2008 11:10 am
by Sporg
smack323 wrote:not a big deal, not to get off topic. but I know you were looking for some cheap options for folding. if you do have a PCIe slot you could use your MAME to fold. You would just need to add the video card and prob a wireless adaptor of some sort.
Yeah, I was thinking about that too. I am thinking I need to update some of my hardware around the house. The Mame box was put together mostly with stuff I had laying around the house. I may give my wife an upgrade though, cause I think hers is an old Athlon setup with onboard video.

Re: Ultimate MAME machine...

Posted: Thu Sep 25, 2008 11:14 am
by Sporg
I happen to have a pic from the construction phase on this PC. I left that back section open for easy access. The PC and sub sit down on that big area at the bottom of the cabinet.
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Re: Ultimate MAME machine...

Posted: Thu Sep 25, 2008 1:03 pm
by smack323
i suppose you could get a cheap MB with a PCI-e slot. If you got that 9600gso nate wrote about i bet you could get it all for under $100 after the rebate. Just have to be sure all your old parts work with it.

again nicely done machine- it looks very well built

Re: Ultimate MAME machine...

Posted: Thu Sep 25, 2008 2:00 pm
by Sporg
smack323 wrote:i suppose you could get a cheap MB with a PCI-e slot. If you got that 9600gso nate wrote about i bet you could get it all for under $100 after the rebate. Just have to be sure all your old parts work with it.
That's kind what I'm thinking. I have a built-in patch panel in one of the garage walls. So I could just plug it right into the network. Probably something that I wouldn't leave running in the summer though.

Re: Ultimate MAME machine...

Posted: Fri Sep 26, 2008 8:46 am
by smack323
I ended up going with this sound setup.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 2.1%201255

when I got home last night i cranked up the sound on the 2.1 system that came with my old gateway a few years back.. not the best sound but acceptible for this set up. I think this will sound better than the OEM crap gateway sent. If not I can always get a powered subwoofer down the line.

Sporg- i was looking at the pic of yours again. Have you thought about painting the outside of the monitor to match your cabinet?

Re: Ultimate MAME machine...

Posted: Fri Sep 26, 2008 9:26 am
by Sporg
smack323 wrote:Sporg- i was looking at the pic of yours again. Have you thought about painting the outside of the monitor to match your cabinet?
You know, I have gone back and forth with that. At the time I bought the TV I had a heck of a time finding one to meet all of my criteria. I settled on one that was silver. My original idea was to design an overlay that would basically cover the entire opening where the TV is and just let you see the glass and maybe give access to the power button and remote sensor. Then I thought about painting the TV (as you suggested). What I really care about more than the TV color though is the layout of the deck. I have the rollerball too high, so you smack your hand into the TV when you play golden tee. I think at this point if I do anything else to it I will redesign the control deck. But who knows, I may get a wild hair some weekend and pull the TV out and paint it. :mrgreen:

Cool on those speakers, I don't think you'll be disappointed.

Re: Ultimate MAME machine...

Posted: Sat Sep 27, 2008 10:42 am
by smack323
well i am getting a little impatient. I didnt feel like waiting another week to take a part the MAME computer i built thats folding right now. So i decided to use all the extra parts left over from building that one to make the MAME computer.. does that make sense? I'll take out the video card next week sometime.. buh bye little folder :(

Ripping apart the case.

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And some rubber diamond plate for the keyboard drawer.

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Re: Ultimate MAME machine...

Posted: Sat Sep 27, 2008 2:28 pm
by Sporg
Redneck meet geek... dude! I love that diamond plate!!!! I may actually add some to the lower-front to keep toes from tearing it up. Where did you find that stuff?

Re: Ultimate MAME machine...

Posted: Sun Sep 28, 2008 10:59 am
by smack323
my buddy works at a place they build out trucks with computers and cameras for checking out sewerlines- everything i have has come from scraps from his job.

Re: Ultimate MAME machine...

Posted: Mon Sep 29, 2008 7:42 am
by smack323
this was great timing for the folding contest. I am hoping I win something. That way once the MAME is finished, I'll still have a 9600 to fold with. I am having problems getting the wireless adaptor working on the MAME computer so the team will be losing some points from the 8600. :cry: - i am going to have to start another thread about this wireless problem - hopefully someone can help solve it.

*** edit- well it seems like the mother board went bad. I am going ot have to see what i can find to replace it. - its always something.

Re: Ultimate MAME machine...

Posted: Thu Oct 02, 2008 12:03 pm
by smack323
well i picked this up for a measly $32 on ebay.. it should do the trick and get things back on track
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... :IT&ih=017

hopefully when i reinstall XP i will be able to get the wireless adaptor working.

Re: Ultimate MAME machine...

Posted: Mon Oct 13, 2008 9:58 am
by smack323
ok, almost finished. I didnt have my camara with me for this last part of the build. I will get some more pics when I can. I just snapped this with my phone so its not to good looking. Mostly just need to do the finishing work and mount the speakers. I was worried about the picture moving while playing. I am happy to report that it is stable. We had some pretty heated matches of Mortal Combat and Street Fighter and didnt notice any movement of the screen. This picture is a 120" screen.

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Re: Ultimate MAME machine...

Posted: Mon Oct 13, 2008 10:09 am
by Sporg
Sweet! Glad you got it up and running!!! 120" of retro gaming goodness! :supz:

Re: Ultimate MAME machine...

Posted: Tue Oct 21, 2008 9:37 am
by smack323
mounting the speakers..

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the system mounted to the shelving

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tonight I am going to be painting the inside black. I also need to bring the shelf with the computer on it inside to connect to the internet. I cant get the wireless adaptor to connect to my router for some reason. So I just need a hard line to activate XP before my 30days is up.

Re: Ultimate MAME machine...

Posted: Tue Oct 21, 2008 10:32 am
by Sporg
Nice job on the speaker cut-outs, that looks very good. I also like the tray you made yourself for the motherboard/stuff. Looks like she's coming along nicely.

Re: Ultimate MAME machine...

Posted: Wed Oct 22, 2008 11:30 am
by smack323
intake fan for the projector.. that thing gets hot..

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this is where the projector shoots out of. It will have a flip down cover- working on that at the moment. the exhast fan is on the front of the projector so it should work nicley

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Here is a top view- I will be putting cup holders in the area above the controller. I am also goint to paint the top a gloss black so it all matches better.

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volume control - again hopefully the gloss black paint will help blend this better.
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if you look at this last picture you can see the computer will be inside a sealed area(when the access door is shut). I have a fan blowing above the motherboard but it will basically be blowing hot air around. My friend thinks i should port a hole from the computer area to the projector area to give the heat a place to go. Does anyone think it would get to hot otherwise? Idealy I want to put an exhasut fan in that area but that is not an option at the moment. There is one hard drive, and P4 2.8ghz CPU no video card at the moment.

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Re: Ultimate MAME machine...

Posted: Wed Oct 22, 2008 12:00 pm
by DMB2000uk
Does the PSU even have an exhaust vent?

It's not good to have it (or the system) without somewhere for fresh air to get in and heat to escape.

Dan

Re: Ultimate MAME machine...

Posted: Wed Oct 22, 2008 1:45 pm
by Sporg
I would definitely try to figure out how to get some fresh air in there.
smack323 wrote:Here is a top view- I will be putting cup holders in the area above the controller.
Good call on the cup holders, when I redesign mine it will have cup holders as well.

Re: Ultimate MAME machine...

Posted: Wed Oct 22, 2008 4:24 pm
by martini161
going to flush mount the xarcade controller? looks good so far!