Step 10: Cabinet - Building It All

You could go and build your own, that would be cool. But you can also be a bit lazy and still have good quality stuff. Go search around on eBay or wherever and maybe someone wants to get rid of one.
I found one in Belgium just over the border. The guy gave me two real arcade monitors (both broken sadly), a big box full of spare parts an about 12 games, including a working original tetris (might even be worth a lot of money :-P ). A total of € 40,-

So you have a cabinet, now what? We just need to put everything together. We are going to empty the cabinet from it's old inhabitants. Remember to save everything, it might be useful or worth some cash!
But first check the monitor. If it still works then maybe you can easily connect it to your graphics card. It is rare that someone sels you a cabinet with a working PC compatible monitor but hey it wouldn't be the first time. If it doesn't have any suitable connections just get it out of the cabinet, it will save you a lot of headaches. Instead put in a nice 17 or 19 old CRT monitor, it'll do the colours really good and your computer will automatically recognize it.

If the old mount points from the old monitor are still there the i recommend that you use them. It will save you a lot of work and the monitor will be at a nice predefined angle. I had to do it a bit more primitively but it worked. I had to install a board to hold the monitor up and used kitchen rolls to stabilize it. The monitor i have installed now is a 17 HP monitor which will remain there until I can find a bigger one.

Next I removed the old controls which were horrible and installed my own. I used a very long hinge to secure it at the bottom so if something goes wrong I can fix it fast an easy. I glad i did that because i needed to do it three times already! The board was wide enough to stick between the two side and needed considerable force to pull it back so no need for locks or something.

Then the coin slot door was removed and i put my computer there on the side held in place by a couple of wooden beams. Not very pretty so my dad made a nice cover for me from zinc with a hole in it for the power button.. I still need to find a big button thing to turn my computer on. My monitor is behind glass and so are my computer speakers which i simply laid on top of the monitor and taped them tight until i find some better ones. But because they are behind glass i can't turn them on so they are always on. It's a good thing they have toggle buttons.
For power I just used a power cord with multiple outlets, three in total running out through the back.
How the heck did you get Street Fighter III to work on MAME? Amazing tutorial.
street fighter III asia (NO CD) is the one that works if you use the latest mame version.
SFIII just worked with me, although i have 4 versions of which one only worked. Not the US one.
Can u please send me the plans at maecclub@googlemail.com ???
57th :P <br> <br> <br>
I wish I had a home, instead of a computer
would really like the plans neverknowingwhy@hotmail.co.uk thanks, awesome instructable
games didnt work,i used marvel vs capcom on windows.went to cmd and typed in C:\mame\roms\mvscu.zip and it says the directory is invalid...<br />
and are u sure, u have your file in that directory?<br />
I gotta admit it... I saw a Centipede arcade in my local arcade. It kinda made me sad that I got the high score easily, whicch meant that nobody played it, but it was easily the funnest and the most long lasting game in the arcade. I seriously think that arcades waste your money nowadays<br />
I'm making my own using an old pc running linux. My cabinet was drawn out, then blown up to size. Its based off the Ms. Pacman/ Galaga cabinet model. If anyone wants the plans, feel free to contact my gmail (tombocat9@gmail.com).<br /> <br /> BTW Awesome Instructable. :)<br />
You know, I&nbsp;love how Player Start buttons resemble bathroom signs.&nbsp;Makes sense. <br /> Great instructable!<br />
i would also like the plans internet_gamer3@msn.com
hay i live in australia so were do i go to get this stuff.?
For Windows users, you can make the MAME program start on startup by going to: Start; Control Panel, Performance and maintenance, Scheduled Tasks, Add Scheduled Task, click browse then find your frontend program and select the option "When my computer starts"
Nevermind I found it.
Could you refer me to the page on Ultimarc.com where you found the I-Pac VE, i've looked for it, but can't find it.
what year is the computer
lol there's a Orange Box in the picture :D
Awesome Instructable. I especially like how you point out Windows' limitations subtly throughout the tutorial. That's a really hot arcade you have now.
me tooo!!! loco_o.p.p@hotmail.com
if anyone is interested I have a way to make your own switches with litteraly some wood pr plastic and a soda can. and nice thing is they actually last longer and have better reaction time
oh yeah a link to one of my attempts before realising it was to big to move easily so I opted for a smaller version that is easy to move like 10 in the back seat of a car and one that actually feels like the bridge of the enterprise (video projector mounted on top for bridge main screen effect.<br/><br/>Gauntlet2 before being stored away <br/><br/><a rel="nofollow" href="http://extinction.site88.net/arcade1.html">http://extinction.site88.net/arcade1.html</a><br/><br/>(smaller version in the design stages as I need to come up with working LCD monitors for this design)<br/><br/><a rel="nofollow" href="http://extinction.site88.net/minicab.html">http://extinction.site88.net/minicab.html</a><br/>
you really should talk about i-pac alternatives such as the &quot;keyboard hack&quot; One possible solution to the interface issue is to cannibalize an old keyboard and turn it into an interface. You can &quot;hot wire&quot; a connection between your buttons and joysticks so that when the switches that comprise these components are switched, they &quot;press&quot; the appropriate key by closing the switch under the keys on the keyboard. This method is for the intrepid do-it-youselfer, and requires a good deal of patience. here are some sites to help: <a rel="nofollow" href="http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.aleax.com/personal/alias/arcade/kbd_controller_top_2.jpg&amp;imgrefurl=http://www.aleax.com/personal/alias/arcade/p2_wiring.php&amp;h=360&amp;w=500&amp;sz=37&amp;hl=en&amp;start=10&amp;sig2=2zXSYlF-kTCQTrsDMQWueA&amp;um=1&amp;tbnid=1qsw_bxVvBvnGM:&amp;tbnh=94&amp;tbnw=130&amp;ei=ea1ESMygLIe6iwGswZiWBg&amp;prev=/images%3Fq%3Dmame%2Bkeyboard%2Bhack%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26newwindow%3D1%26rlz%3D1B3GGGL_enUS276US276%26sa%3DN">http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.aleax.com/personal/alias/arcade/kbd_controller_top_2.jpg&amp;imgrefurl=http://www.aleax.com/personal/alias/arcade/p2_wiring.php&amp;h=360&amp;w=500&amp;sz=37&amp;hl=en&amp;start=10&amp;sig2=2zXSYlF-kTCQTrsDMQWueA&amp;um=1&amp;tbnid=1qsw_bxVvBvnGM:&amp;tbnh=94&amp;tbnw=130&amp;ei=ea1ESMygLIe6iwGswZiWBg&amp;prev=/images%3Fq%3Dmame%2Bkeyboard%2Bhack%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26newwindow%3D1%26rlz%3D1B3GGGL_enUS276US276%26sa%3DN</a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.mattkicks.com/blog/images/keyboard1.jpg&amp;imgrefurl=http://www.mattkicks.com/blog/2006_12_01_archive.html&amp;h=607&amp;w=698&amp;sz=105&amp;hl=en&amp;start=18&amp;sig2=27g5LzuQoUiazcbunrQJKg&amp;um=1&amp;tbnid=flzSlbceaeVzMM:&amp;tbnh=121&amp;tbnw=139&amp;ei=ea1ESMygLIe6iwGswZiWBg&amp;prev=/images%3Fq%3Dmame%2Bkeyboard%2Bhack%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26newwindow%3D1%26rlz%3D1B3GGGL_enUS276US276%26sa%3DNhttp://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.hellspark.com/dm/mame/deprecated/keyboard/MVC-388F.JPG&amp;imgrefurl=http://www.hellspark.com/dm/mame/deprecated/keyboard/&amp;h=480&amp;w=640&amp;sz=74&amp;hl=en&amp;start=32&amp;sig2=mkOZ-8wUZizJ8Pbwf9OX2w&amp;um=1&amp;tbnid=v645HAy3ny0UKM:&amp;tbnh=103&amp;tbnw=137&amp;ei=L65ESLuKLYHIiAGu-KSQBg&amp;prev=/images%3Fq%3Dmame%2Bkeyboard%2Bhack%26start%3D18%26ndsp%3D18%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26newwindow%3D1%26rlz%3D1B3GGGL_enUS276US276%26sa%3DN">http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.mattkicks.com/blog/images/keyboard1.jpg&amp;imgrefurl=http://www.mattkicks.com/blog/2006_12_01_archive.html&amp;h=607&amp;w=698&amp;sz=105&amp;hl=en&amp;start=18&amp;sig2=27g5LzuQoUiazcbunrQJKg&amp;um=1&amp;tbnid=flzSlbceaeVzMM:&amp;tbnh=121&amp;tbnw=139&amp;ei=ea1ESMygLIe6iwGswZiWBg&amp;prev=/images%3Fq%3Dmame%2Bkeyboard%2Bhack%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26newwindow%3D1%26rlz%3D1B3GGGL_enUS276US276%26sa%3DNhttp://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.hellspark.com/dm/mame/deprecated/keyboard/MVC-388F.JPG&amp;imgrefurl=http://www.hellspark.com/dm/mame/deprecated/keyboard/&amp;h=480&amp;w=640&amp;sz=74&amp;hl=en&amp;start=32&amp;sig2=mkOZ-8wUZizJ8Pbwf9OX2w&amp;um=1&amp;tbnid=v645HAy3ny0UKM:&amp;tbnh=103&amp;tbnw=137&amp;ei=L65ESLuKLYHIiAGu-KSQBg&amp;prev=/images%3Fq%3Dmame%2Bkeyboard%2Bhack%26start%3D18%26ndsp%3D18%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26newwindow%3D1%26rlz%3D1B3GGGL_enUS276US276%26sa%3DN</a> <br/>
This is a common solution, and quite a simple one. However, keyboards are only built to register one key press at a time. This is quite important when you want to play games such as Street Fighter, which require multiple button combos.
yeah I personally used/ resorted to using a hacked game pad. check out my mame stuff / instructable...
help!! I have an old street fighter cabinet that I took apart piece by piece. (sides front, etc.) and the side are made out of fiberboard, and the fibrous board show up if painted. I was going to use a THICK black paint to cover it. just wondering if anyone can help? also I am running mame 32 with fighter type roms is there any way to find out button combos for each game? ex. button 1 - punch x3 + button 3 - kick = turbo kick. also its not a good idea to post you e-mail I could send you viagra e-mails and get paid for it!!! (well..... hypothetically that is) <br/>
1st off, try a little sandpaper maybe? Second google command.dat for you combo questions. If sandpaper dosent work try gluing some facing on it.
That?Old?Vaio?<br/><h2>are you j/k?that didnt seem right</h2>
I've always wanted to make my own arcade from scratch but I never had the time :( You could use a real coin instead of the coin button :P For example when you insert the coin you activate a switch and then coin falls in a special container than can have an opening to get the coin an reuse it :)
It makes me sad when people take cabinets that should have been restored and turn them into ugly mish mash mame cabinets running on an old computer they had sitting around. I dont think there is a single instructable involving arcade hardware that doesnt involve mame in some way or another.
I know what you mean, i'm all for restoring stuff so it can be used. that's why i saved all the parts for future use. Also you must understand the goal mame has which i think is a very good thing. More and more developers are giving out their old games as free roms.
thanks for al the comments, I'm still busy getting some screenshots for the software section so they'll be up in about a week.
I should upload some pics of my MAME cabinet. It's great fun!
I think I was a tad slow on this one. I was actually going to do this yesterday, but I didn't. :(
Wonderful, black hammerite paint on wood makes it look like metal. Its a great make. Wish I had the space for one. Well done

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