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My cabinet has 2tb of drive space and that is barely enough to hold my data and rom collections.

Quick question - 2 Tb is barely enough for your ROM collection? Surely you're including something heavy in that collection, like full 4.35 gb games or something.

If we're just talking classic ROMs, then we're looking at 6 Gb at the most, including everything up to N64 games.

Your collection/info/guidance is AMAZING, btw.
Old 06-01-2008, 04:22 PM bayareacuzzo is offline  
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you think it'd be cheaper to build it, or just enter the contest? has anyone tried entering it yet?

Entering the contest might be a better idea for some, haha

That would just be awesome if someone in here won that and could talk about how the system was put together.

You playing, Mcfly?
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I currently use Maximus Arcade. It is very user friendly and very easy to setup and stable.

I am currently on a team that is working on a new, currently unreleased, front end called HyperSpin. This is an awesome front end so far, but very graphic driven. It is going to be a long time before every game has its own theme. Thankfully there will default themes for manufacture and genre so it will still look good with lots of games as well.

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That looks totally awesome.
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I currently use Maximus Arcade. It is very user friendly and very easy to setup and stable.

I am currently on a team that is working on a new, currently unreleased, front end called HyperSpin. This is an awesome front end so far, but very graphic driven. It is going to be a long time before every game has its own theme. Thankfully there will default themes for manufacture and genre so it will still look good with lots of games as well.

+ YouTube Video
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Holy shit, i can't wait.
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Quick question - 2 Tb is barely enough for your ROM collection? Surely you're including something heavy in that collection, like full 4.35 gb games or something.

If we're just talking classic ROMs, then we're looking at 6 Gb at the most, including everything up to N64 games.

Your collection/info/guidance is AMAZING, btw.
OK complete 2tb filled with only roms is pushing it a bit. I use my cabinet as a file server as well, so I have tons of music/movies and other crap on the drives as well. The movies and music also are incorporated into my Front End as well as I can select mp3's and movies via the jukebox and watch/listen to them on the cabinet. Each of the 4 250gb drives in my cabinet are used for different things for the most part. It is safe to say that my ROM collection is over 500gb on it's own. I have 2x500gb drives dedicated to my collections. MAME including all CHD files is a little over 44gb. Also running 25+ other emulators with complete rom sets, including Daphne with all laser discs, Future Pinball, Virtual Pinball and I have many 3DO, Dreamcast, PS1, and complete Sega CD isos. Not to mention screen shots, titles, and video previews (avi and .flv) of almost every rom set that I use in my Front End themes. All of the videos in Maximus are .avi while HyperSpin uses .flv for video as we can scale it easily in HyperSpin.

Of course you can get away with smaller drives, but I've been rom collecting for a really long time... I have C64, C-Amiga and a lot of more obscure collections as well.
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That interface Dazz posted looks amazing.... I would love to have a system with all that built in.
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I am currently on a team that is working on a new, currently unreleased, front end called HyperSpin.

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That is so beautiful I feel like crying (tears of joy).
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I'd get the one in the contest for that ball though - is it possible to build a cabinet and assign controls to the ball?



*edit - wait, nvm. I see that there's a ball in the one you posted - I guess my question is how do you assign controls to it? Like, if I'm running an SNES emulator, could it potentially control you? Does it assign to four directions or eight, or analog....

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I'd get the one in the contest for that ball though - is it possible to build a cabinet and assign controls to the ball?



*edit - wait, nvm. I see that there's a ball in the one you posted - I guess my question is how do you assign controls to it? Like, if I'm running an SNES emulator, could it potentially control you? Does it assign to four directions or eight, or analog....

ay dios mio
The trackball acts more like a mouse than it does a controller... For a cabinet you hook up all of the controls to an encoder and an optical encoder for the trackball. The buttons are then all connected to an encoder that acts as a keyboard. Each button and joystick input has a letter assigned to it in which you then program into the emulator you are running. I use an Ultimarc I-PAC4 for my joysticks and buttons combined with an Opti-PAC for the Trackball and spinner.

You might want to read up and do a bit of research before you go any further. It appears that you have quite a bit of knowledge to gather before jumping into such a project. Honestly, I did about 5 years of research before I started building my cabinet. I didn't really have a place to put a cabinet, much less build one, so I had to wait to start until I got a house. Once I got a house the first thing I started working on was the plans and purchasing of hardware for my cabinet. I knew exactly how many players, buttons, and even what hardware I wanted to use before I started. The only thing that I did was not sure about when I started building was artwork, and even now I still don't know what I really want to do. I am working on several different artwork versions right now and going to re-do my cabinet shortly.

Join the Build Your Own Arcade Controls forums, this is the premier website and forums for anything regarding MAME and Arcade cabinets. Also, I highly suggest purchasing Saint's book called Project Arcade: Build Your Own Arcade Machine. The book was written by the guy that runs the Build Your Own Arcade Controls site. The book is an excellent resource.

Also, you might want to watch the videos that I have on my site... Systm - The month of MAME. These videos are somewhat of a walk through on what you can expect when building a cabinet. While I don't agree with some of the things they say/do regarding the I-PAC, it is still something that you need to watch before you start building.

A project like this can run from a couple hundred to several thousand dollars. It all depends on the parts you have and the direction you want to go. The first decision you need to make is: - Will you be building a cabinet from scratch? IE: purchasing the wood and doing all of the woodwork yourself. OR Will you purchase/find a gutted cabinet and convert it to a MAME cabinet? - I built my cabinet from scratch using plans from Mameroom.com. My cabinet took 3 sheets of 5/8th MDF and weighs about 300lbs. If you search around and check out Craigslist.com and local want ads you can probably find old cabinets for fairly cheap or possibly even free. Going with a pre-made cabinet is the easier route, especially if you have no woodworking skills or tools.

There is obviously much more that you need to read up on and take into consideration before doing such a project. It isn't very difficult, but I cannot stress more than RESEARCH RESEARCH RESEARCH!
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If you're lucky, you can find USB trackballs on Ebay for cheap.I got mine for $25 and it works great.
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Damn, looks like someone already won one of them. http://www.cheapassgamer.com/forums/...182967&page=11

Ok I've done more research on it... I think I have a start.

You guys are pretty awesome, I appreciate it. One more thing though...

Would it be too hard to leave a hole or door underneath to access the keyboard and mouse for the computer within? Like if I wanted to access the Windows OS and surf the net or something, its very easy to structure, right?
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Damn, looks like someone already won one of them. http://www.cheapassgamer.com/forums/...182967&page=11

Ok I've done more research on it... I think I have a start.

You guys are pretty awesome, I appreciate it. One more thing though...

Would it be too hard to leave a hole or door underneath to access the keyboard and mouse for the computer within? Like if I wanted to access the Windows OS and surf the net or something, its very easy to structure, right?

I have seen tons of people with drawers on their cabinets. My cabinet was an old midway cabinet so I just keep a keyboard right behind the coin slots.
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Sounds like home decor talk, I like it.

Got another question, gurus - whaddaya say the retail value of one of your homemade cabinets would be?

The giveaway cabinet is estimated retail valued at $3,000 - is that about what these go/sell for on the e-market?
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Damn, looks like someone already won one of them. http://www.cheapassgamer.com/forums/...182967&page=11

Ok I've done more research on it... I think I have a start.

You guys are pretty awesome, I appreciate it. One more thing though...

Would it be too hard to leave a hole or door underneath to access the keyboard and mouse for the computer within? Like if I wanted to access the Windows OS and surf the net or something, its very easy to structure, right?

I installed a keyboard drawer with an LED that's activated when I slide out the keyboard. I got the LED from tractor supply and it's just stuck to the inside of the cabinet.

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