My MAME cabinet

I decided to build a MAME cabinet from scratch.  I got the basic shape from  I'm not sure what to make it out of.  I'm thinking just 3/4"plywood but I'm not sure it will finish nice.  Home Depot lists it online costing $40 which is kind of pricey.  For around $20 they have "Ultra-Blend Particleboard Underlayment" but I'm not sure it's really meant for this kind of thing. I modeled everything in Sketchup.  The file is attached.  I also attached a number of shots so you can get an idea.  I guess you can't add notes to pictures in a forum topic?  There is a stool that slides out so kids can play easier.  The control panel will hinge out to access the wires.  Another hinged door will conceal the keyboard and mouse which will slide out on drawer slides.  The keyboard is just a grey boxy shape in my sketchup pics.  Another larger door will swing open for access to the computer.  The screen itself, a standard modern LCD computer monitor, will be removable so it can be easily turned 90 degrees for vertical games.  One pic has it in the vertical position.  The red button between the speakers above the screen is a pause button. I'd also like a way to turn off the lights behind the marquee when the computer goes to sleep.  I can handle the electronics to turn off the lights if only I can get a 5v or 12v signal from the computer when it goes to sleep. So what do you think?  I'm still in the planning stage although I have ordered the controls and keyboard emulator.

Topic by nolte919 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Arcade Single button power everything?

So here's my issue, I have a really nice button for powering on my MAME arcade. The button has 4 wires 2 for LED and 2 for the switch. I currently have that button wired to a USB cable and the soft start of the computer so that when I press the momentary switch it turns the computer on and then it also lights up the power LED of the button. I have the -ve of the switch and the LED wired together so i have 3 wires vs. 4, and then i have that wired to the -ve of the usb. The other 2 wires are +ve of the usb and to the +ve of the cpu power switch. Now I was wondering if anyone has an idea of how to wire up the Monitor to power on. It has a soft momentary switch for turning it on. I attached a headphone cable to the terminals of the button so I can easily unplug it when needed. I tried wiring this in parallel to the power button but that causes weird issues with the computer power. SO my question is, is there a solution to get this to work? 

Question by mrandle 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

do we have a coin slot that can accept many denominations?

We need to have a coin slot that can accept many denominations and what programmable pic is used in vending or mame machines?

Question by viennie 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

How can I make a computer run arcade machine for commercial use? Answered

HI I have been interested in making arcade machines to eventually make an arcade. I was reading about mame and I am confused. Can you use mame programs commercially? IF so, how. If not, What is another way to use a PC to run an arcade machine. I want pac man, and centipede for now. Can ANYONE HELP?

Question by undftdking 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

DIY Slik Stik joystick for Atari, repair rubber washer spring?

I have 5 or 6 of these Slik Stik joysticks for Atari 2600/Commodore 64, but they all inevitably break, which is too bad because they have a nice feel. The main problems are the self-centering "spring" is a rubber washer around the stick that deteriorates, or the metal shaft bends. The bent shaft is easy to fix (just bend it back into shape). But could anyone suggest how to replace the rubber spring?  Preferably something that is * cheap, quick, easy * uses readily available parts * won't degrade over time too much * looks OK (not too noticeable a hack) It would be nice to fix these so that they last, I just don't have the time / skills to get into a really complicated project. I think there are parts online but if there is an easy cheaper DIY solution I would prefer that;=15104820

Question by apple-o 7 years ago  |  last reply 5 months ago

How can I using a MAME Joystick (Happ Joystick) with a reverse polarity motor?

I'm trying to use a Happ Joystick to control 2 reverse polarity motors. (But for this will just talk about one motor) If the joystick is pointing up the motor should go clockwise (+ -) If the joystick is pointing down the motor should go counter-clockwise (- +)I would like to use the Happ Controller because it's an 8-way joystick. Because of the happ joystick is meant to work, I know I need some sort of realy somewhere, I just don't know where. This will be connected to a 18 or 12 volt DC power supply. This is something very similar as the Simple wired 2 motor control joystick. But I'm looking for something a little more larger, robust, and can handle abuse. Thanks for any help.

Question by NateMac 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

modular arcade cabinet idea?

Hey guys, For all you gamers and arcade fan out there. I got a chalenge for you. Can you think of a good way to make a modular arcade cabinet that would let you play with joystiq controler AND racing wheel with little as possible change to make. So a mix between a racing cabinet and a regular arcade cabinet. Show me what you can think of :)!

Topic by Zoukiny 4 years ago

Pac-Man arcade cabinet made with LEGO

Ben Fleskes built this Pac-Man arcade cabinet entirely out of LEGO and put in a 19" monitor so that he could play 48 different games on it. That reminds me, I need to bump up that MAME project that's in my queue. It's been there too long. Lego arcade machine

Topic by fungus amungus 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

320x240 tft screen as computer's monitor?

So, I'm running low on cash but I was thinking about how to make a portable gaming console. I can get old computer for as low as 5$, which solve the problem with emulation. The question is: Can I use 240x320 screen as monitor? All I want is playing MAME, NES, SNES, Gameboy and GBA games on that computer. I have a few of those tft availlable with me right now. Getting an old CRT to plug in is cheap but it's heavy. And if it's not possible, is there any other cheap altenative? I'm apologize for my bad English, I don't come from an English-speaking country. Any help will be welcome

Question by Mad Fox 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

What to do with an old computer?

So I am looking for something to do with this old computer, now that I have a new one. It's ~9 years old. 800mhz processor with 384mb ram SiS760 integrated card (I've never heard of it either) I would be interested in making an arcade cabinet, but my own games don't run fast enough on it, and I couldn't get MAME to run (graphics error - surprise surprise). Here's what I was thinking of: -Linux, programming playground -Use it to learn to write a custom operating system (I know this is tough, but I'd love to try) -Downloading stuff -Backup (only 100gb hard drive) I'm not thrilled with any of those options. Suggestions? Note: I know there was a dead computer contest, but I'm not looking for stuff like that. It's still very much useful, and I'm not ready to smash it.

Question by Shelby S 7 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

Went away for the weekend- these were waiting when I came back

A mere three months after ordering, I went away for the weekend, and my Raspberry Pis (raspberries pi?) were both waiting for me when I got back today.  One of them is already earmarked to become a media centre/web server/NAS all-purpose box.  I've got a couple of ideas for the other one, but I could always use more inspiration. What should I do with my second slice of Pi?  Patch* for the best idea (even if I don't actually make it).  No, I won't accept "send it to you" as a suggestion :) I'm already torn between a MAME arcade cab and some kind of carputer. * Judge's decision is final, one per customer, no cash equivalent, consult your physician if symptoms persist

Topic by PKM 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

How to buy LCD panels, inverters, and driver boards for a product/project I would like to build in bulk?

Thanks in advance for your help! I am trying to create my own kiosk style unit using the raspberry pi. For demonstration purposes it is basically a mame cabinet with some buttons an lcd... I want to be able to manufacture my product/project myself and sell it for a low price so I thought that a good way to do this is to use lcd panels with driver boards for only hdmi or composite. Does anyone know where I can look to buy 50 lcd panels for a cheap price with the backlight and driver boards included? Feel free to ask follow up questions. thanks!  :) Summary: Where can I buy Wholesale LCD

Question by undftdking 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

How many inputs are possible on an AVR-Stick datalogger (for an arcade controller)?

Hi all. I was ordering some buttons and a stick for a MAME cab I'm building and decided to see if I could use an AVR-stick ( as a controller interface (my original plan was to hack a Sidewinder). I assumed that as it acts as an HID I could simply assign stick/buttons inputs to keyboard keys and Roberts yer fathers brother, a nice little controller to tuck into the cab! To be honest though I'm not that familiar with this kind of thing and any kind of help or pointers would be awesome. I have 13 inputs in all for the cab but the AVR-Stick only has 6. What's the score with wiring multiple inputs? Would I just use differing values of resistor to send difference voltages to the AVR-Stick? Am I getting it completely wrong? Am I asking too many stupid questions? I'm in your capable hands Instructables folk. Thanks in advance. Zdeevo

Topic by ZdEEvO 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

Arcade Cabinet Building

Ok, I've looked around everywhere, but nowhere I found gave me enough information, so I'm going to try on the forums. I am planning on making a Custom Arcade Machine, and I need some help. I know that you need MAME and what not, but I'll tell you what I have and what I want it to turn out as. I have: 5-7 old pcs sitting around, all are windows, and they all meet min arcade requirements. 3-4 monitors sitting around a plentiful supply of plywood, scrap metal, and welding tools for the cabinet. internet As for the cabinet, I want to be able to play most arcade games, and this is my hopeful specs. Upright cabinet every button you can imagine, my plan is for the front of the table having a joystick and 6-8 buttons on each side with a trackball in between them, when a game is selected that needs a steering wheel, a servo moves a mechanism out of the way to allow you to pull up a yoke, with more servos to lock it in certain ways( like lock the y axis in a racing game, but full movement in a flight game), and lastly have some pedals at the bottom. so I am basically going for an ultimate cabinet, and possibly ebay some to cover my costs. I also have some experience in computers and electronics almost forgot, I also plan to put in a coin slot, in case others want that, and to keep my brothers from being on it all day. :D

Topic by Flame3230 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

convert any CRT TV or monitor into a vector (XY) monitor?

NOTE: I since found a couple links that might shed some light on the question... From HackIt: New uses for old CRT monitors It would be very hard to do, but it is possible a CRT could be converted to a vector monitor. Perfect for playing Asteroids, perhaps under MAME. You would have to replace all the control circuits, probably with an FPGA and three ADCs (x/y/intensity). Posted at 8:58 am on Feb 25th, 2008 by MoJo Television and PC monitor experiments old cga/vga monitor to oscilloscope ? The inquiry: Maybe I am over-simplifying but I was reading one of those examples of hacking into a CRT's horizontal & vertical yoke controls to sync to music: and had the idea that it should be possible to create a DIY XY monitor (vector display like on an oscilloscope, Vectrex, Asteroids, etc.) for an Arduino or other uC, MAME or Vectrex emulator, from any TV or CRT, once you have hacked into the electron gun's yokes. My understanding being: Raster display: the horizontal yoke (an electromagnet) sweeps the electron gun from left to right turning on the beam wherever there's a "pixel" at that line (which lights up the phosphor at that point making it visible), then it starts over at the next line (vertical yoke moves down) and draws the next line, and so on, Vector display: instead of rendering a moving image frame-by-frame using top to bottom/left to right scanning, shapes are drawn directly to the screen by positioning the horizontal & vertical yokes at the starting point, the beam turns on, and the yokes repoint to the end point, thus "drawing" the line inbetween the 2 points (I would assume this is for straight lines, not sure if circles or arcs are possible?) then the beam turns off, and the yokes get re-positioned to the next line's starting point. I'm not sure what turns the beam on & off or what kind of timing might be involved, obviously that needs to be controlled somehow. Or for color, where instead of a single white (or green, amber, etc) phosphor exists per pixel, there are multiple (red, green, blue) per pixel, and the beam hits each one at varying strengths (or for a varying length of time?) to 'mix" the primaries to the desired color? I'm not sure how that gets handled in a color vector monitor, but I would assume it's something similar to raster? So if we can hack into a CRT's X/Y yokes and move them around with an audio signal, can we control the yokes more deliberately from a microcontroller to plot specific shapes or text, hence a vector display? For those audio/TV hacks, what is the audio signal doing to the yokes that causes them to move? Whatever it is - voltage, resistance, etc - this is what our device would have to control. Possible proof of concept version: make a device to control the yokes' position etch-a-sketch style with a couple of potentiometers, and turn on the beam with a switch or button. If you see a dot of light moving across the screen then it works. I am thinking the controller might need to be "calibrated" for the individual CRT? (Maybe build some kind of calibration mode into the device.) You might dedicate a microcontroller to driving the display - it could receive text or vector shape coordinates via serial, store the shapes to draw in its own memory, and persist or refresh the image independently, freeing up processing power for whatever device it's displaying for. Another idea would be maybe add some kind of way to read light pen's coordinates, thus making the CRT an input device that can be read from the microcontroller or PC (the Vectrex had a light pen right?)  [This would be a cool mod for the Arduino composite TVout as well.] So is this idea possible without a ridiculous amount of work & parts?  I may be dead wrong about how this stuff works (I'm sure that if this was possible, someone would have done it by now?) but figured it can't hurt** to put the idea out there. I have visions of 4-player vector Arduino pong, Asteroids, Tempest, PDP-1 Spacewar!, vector NES Duck Hunt, a vector etch-a-sketch or lightpen drawing or animation program, or vector Atari Video Music. Possibly an open source color vector games system. Or just a vector display system for any Arduino or microcontroller project, made from any TV. **WARNING: maybe it CAN hurt... Evidently hacking into any CRT can be deadly, you have to discharge the CRT and capacitors properly or you can get killed. So please be careful. This definitely is NOT for kids to try at home.

Question by apple-o 8 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago