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Building an arcade cabinet
« on: May 15, 2017, 06:52:59 pm »


This is a little project I'm building with my brother, some sort of arcade thing which should be pretty fun to do. On the hardware side, I'm using one of my VGA 1440x900 LCD panels, this one has DVI-I with a simple $5 HDMI converter attached, I have a bunch of arcade sticks, my brother already built this one on the bottom, from spare wood and a kit bought on Amazon, there a Raspberry Pi 3 I'm going to install RetroPie, I have an USB sound card, a mini bluetooth keyboard from some $10 iPhone case, the whole thing should work, only thing left is to probably build a frame out of wood and a bunch of decals would be welcome, that would be awesome.

Now I'm going to install and configure the OS, any ideas are welcome and I'll keep you updated ^_^


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Re: Building an arcade cabinet
« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2017, 06:53:42 pm »
cool. like, really cool. gonna be following this
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Re: Building an arcade cabinet
« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2017, 06:55:53 pm »
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so will we be allowed to come round to your house and try it??
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Re: Building an arcade cabinet
« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2017, 09:14:00 pm »
uuuh I love this project, xan't wait for updates ^.^

will u try to put all the hardware in a hibe wooden thingy like the real arcade machines? :)
glad ur doing a project together with ur bro, didnt have the impression u were such a great team until now ^^
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Re: Building an arcade cabinet
« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2017, 11:03:43 pm »
will u try to put all the hardware in a hibe wooden thingy like the real arcade machines? :)
glad ur doing a project together with ur bro, didnt have the impression u were such a great team until now ^^
If my brother gets around to make one, yes. Been a while I wanted to do things with him. That or a webcomic, that would be nice too.

Anyway, the nice thing is that the whole thing is pretty inexpensive, the big thing in the budget is the Raspberry Pi and even then it's not really expensive for a computer. The rest are either scraps, things I already have or things that are less than $5 at the hobby shop /hardware store down the street.

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EDIT2: The SD card is suddenly uncooperative for some reason? Well then. Project on hold until I find another that works.
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Re: Building an arcade cabinet
« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2017, 09:56:21 pm »
That seems like an awesome project. I always wanted to build an arcade cabinet one day but I would probably want it to look very nice before I even get to the hardware part lol. I would probably also mostly use NES/SNES arcade gamepads and an actual console+TV too. I can't wait to see how yours will turn out.
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Re: Building an arcade cabinet
« Reply #6 on: May 17, 2017, 02:13:14 am »
EDIT2: The SD card is suddenly uncooperative for some reason? Well then. Project on hold until I find another that works.
I tried it again and it worked. The SD reader must probably be dead. Huh. Also I realized I messed up during the copy and it put all the boot files in a folder instead of in the root. No wonder it didn't worked on the Pi. Oh well, it works now, gotta configure it and load it up with games.
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Re: Building an arcade cabinet
« Reply #7 on: May 17, 2017, 05:31:33 am »
yay that's great.
btw will u only use premade games or also add a selfmade walrii game?
This could be the first arcade machine coming with walrii games tho O.O
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Re: Building an arcade cabinet
« Reply #8 on: May 17, 2017, 07:40:07 pm »
Planning to add quite a bunch of emulators, but also a few of the games featured in our CW arcade, provided they work with a joystick.

And yet another roadblock, the thing ain't connecting to Internet via WiFi. Could it be the power supply?
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Re: Building an arcade cabinet
« Reply #9 on: May 17, 2017, 07:52:49 pm »
Lol if there's a NES emulator then you should add @JWinslow23 game when it's finished (I haven't checked in a while so maybe it already is?)
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Re: Building an arcade cabinet
« Reply #10 on: May 17, 2017, 07:53:27 pm »
For sure.

EDIT:
And yet another roadblock, the thing ain't connecting to Internet via WiFi. Could it be the power supply?
Screw that, I ran an Ethernet cable.
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« Reply #11 on: May 18, 2017, 09:11:27 am »
Can you maybe give us photos of the current progress? :)
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« Reply #12 on: May 18, 2017, 04:01:15 pm »
Lol if there's a NES emulator then you should add @JWinslow23 game when it's finished (I haven't checked in a while so maybe it already is?)
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Re: Building an arcade cabinet
« Reply #13 on: May 18, 2017, 07:50:19 pm »
Update! Got everything working now.



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My brother playing some Battletoads (SNES) or something.

The thing mounts a SMB share full of roms and games on startup, should add some more stuff and emulators. So I'm pretty much calling it done on the software side other than getting some games to work, next is getting the hardware side pretty.
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Re: Building an arcade cabinet
« Reply #14 on: May 18, 2017, 10:02:13 pm »
Lol if there's a NES emulator then you should add @JWinslow23 game when it's finished (I haven't checked in a while so maybe it already is?)
On indefinite halt. Game logic is easy enough, but apparently, having everything running with proper timing and nothing misdrawn is challenging.
Sorry to hear D:
Update! Got everything working now.



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The thing mounts a SMB share full of roms and games on startup, should add some more stuff and emulators. So I'm pretty much calling it done on the software side other than getting some games to work, next is getting the hardware side pretty.
Neither of those are Battletoads but this still looks nice
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