Building a retro Bar Top Arcade Machine

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  1. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

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    I've been contemplating this for a while using emulators for running classic arcade games (MAME) . I already have it all set up on my laptop but the xbox type controllers aren't great.

    You can buy flat packed cabinets straight off ebay/amazon or make your own. I currently have an older mini PC with an i5 processor, so it's faster than the PI 3. All I'd need is a case/build own case and the joystick and buttons, which are readily available. We have a couple of old 17" 4:3 monitors which are ideal.

    Buy flatpacked, or make own case ? Hmm.

    Anyone done one ?
     
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  2. Threevok

    Threevok Four Sprung Pork Technik

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    No, but I love the idea

    I think we need a step-by-step thread for this - once you get started :becool:
     
  3. colly

    colly Re member eR

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    I have always wanted a genuine pinball machine at home.

    Mrs Colly would not play ball though :sad::sad::sad: (literally)
     
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  4. OP
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    fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

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    I will.

    Just been thinking about the 'machine' for a while. We have a Pi 2 that would be ideal, but the old PC is a bit more powerful and can run a few other emulators.

    The main problem so far has been with getting the correct version of Mame and Roms. The version of Mame has to match the ROM versions, otherwise some games won't work.

    Well, I found a huge pack of version 0.197 on a retro gaming site theoldcomputer.com. I'd previously subscribed (£10 lifetime membership) so downloaded 50 GIG of Roms. I then installed version 0.197 of MAME (latest is 202). Anyway, looks like over 12000 games work !!

    That's all on the laptop, so I'll copy them over to the retro machine.

    You can get the buttons/joystick from £22 for a single player. These all wire up to a USB interface board, which you then connect to the PC.
     
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  5. Adam4868

    Adam4868 Veteran

    I had,probally still have mame on a old computer in my kids room.Its got everything retro on it.Not that my kids think its any good.If i do say so myself im pretty good on "mr do" many a day wagging school playing that game.
     
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  6. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

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  7. booze and cake

    booze and cake probably out cycling

    Sounds great, will keep an eye on the thread, good luck!
     
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  8. OP
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    fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

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    Donor PC is now fully loaded and I've found the slightly more reliable 17" 4:3 monitor in the roof. Plan is to order buttons/joystick in the new year then start a build.

    I've got Mame with 12,000 games loaded on the main laptop, and I've finally found my Mega Drive 'Arcade Power Stick' - so much better playing Pac Man with a big chunky joystick. I bought a USB to megadrive controller adapter a long time ago, but 'lost' the Mega Drive in the attic.
     
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  9. OP
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    fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

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    A refurbished HP Grade "A" 4:3 20" monitor has been ordered. Just £26.99 as it has no stand (I won't be needing a stand).
     
  10. OP
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    fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

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  11. OP
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    fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

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    Screen and PC on cut-out - PC will be located in the rear of the case to keep clean looks.

    20190106_151058[1].jpg
     
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  12. OP
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    fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

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  13. OP
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    fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

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    Slight update.

    Most Arcade cabinets are finished off with a T moulding - needs a 'router' to do a slot in the wood - I don't have one, it's too specific a tool - I have loads of other tools. Just mentioned my 'project' to my dad, and he has a router.... it's a big unit, but I just need a slot cutting in the side casings.... Hmm... My 'dad' has just got interested...

    PS I'm the only 'practical' kid to turn out of the 4 of us - we came from 'practical' parents, they weren't 'professionals', but all of us kids are 'professionals' - solicitor, insurance underwriter, and my Bro a dentist.. me an accountant - I'm the only one that is practical - i.e. woodwork.

    My bro, I wouldn't let near a 'big drill' :ohmy:

    PS we 'kids' are now 40s....
     
    Last edited: 11 Jan 2019
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  14. Cuchilo

    Cuchilo Prize winning member X2

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    why not stick some chrome laminate on it with contact adhesive instead of the T moulding .
     
  15. OP
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    fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

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    That was my plan. But if my old man has the tools this will give a better finish.

    Buttons, graphics and speakers arrived today.

    20190112_105235.jpg
     
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