MAME GLITCH LIST
Since building this cab there have been all sorts of things happen. Some of which I thought I had updated here. I musta pressed the wrong button when saving the changes or summink! The main thing that has changed is the PC used. The Gigabyte mobo finally shat itself last year. Only got around to getting a new motherboard this year. A Foxconn D51S. Win98 is too dated now for the modern stuff, so the OS has changed to tinyxp. Which isn't exactly a spring chicken either! I'd use Linux, but that's too much hard work trying to set mame up the way I want it...
The relay used to auto start is now gone too. It was playing up too much. For a while I was using a capacitor. But that started playing up as well. So now there is a small micro switch hidden in the side vent. A quick press to start. Tinxp has a default that one more press of the switch shuts the pc down too, so I'm not using a macro for anything now.
Still fiddling with the new setup. I found I had to change the aspect ratio of a number of games from 4:3 to 6:5. Dunno why, but that seems to make those particular games fit the screen better. Some games like Tapper, I had to switch direct draw off. Atari games seem to cause the most grief I find. Anyway, the main thing is I can once again sit down to a nice game of Galaxians or 1942, the way it's supposed to be played (",)
The new motherboard
is probably fine, but I have never been able to get a good copy of XP
to run on it. So I think next time, I'll get a cheap PC built and then
pull it apart. That way it's guaranteed to work properly. I really miss
Original list of things to fix when it was win98
Often on start-up the machine loads only the first ten or so games. 04/12/05 update: It turned out that the cheapo cordless keyboard i was using was causing the problem. God knows how. Keyboard was despatched to the bin as soon as i realised!
When it doesn't load all the arcade games it also forgets how many times the unloaded games were played and sets them back to zero. Now there's a clue if ever there was one! (update: i think it was the cheapo cordless keyboard)
Cursor wont hide.
Can't for the life of me get Blasteroids looking as good as on the PC. And yes I have Directx9 on the cab.
three times out of five there is no sound when I start up the machine. Luckily it takes all of two seconds to shut down (even with the one second delay built into the shutdown macro!) and about forty seconds to start up. Not like my new pc. that really tries my patience. Should just go and make a cup of tea while I wait for that to restart!
I should note here that the new pc is XP while the cab is win98. That could be another clue.
I have a macro which I use to shut down the machine (using 'fire' and 'player two' buttons together). I suspect the macro is actually causing the funny effects above but I need to shut down without a mouse. So I use the macro to kinda solve some of the issues it probably created in the first place!. One macro hits F5 when MAME starts up. This gives me the full play list and if i have added any new games then they will be found automatically. Another takes the cursor to the top right hand corner and gives it a tiny wiggle when a game starts. This isn't very satisfactory of course since it all works perfectly on my PC, but no- one seems to have an answer for me :-(
WHAT'S NEXT THEN?
I wouldn't mind having an upright, especially for playing driving and shooting games and any games that don't have a cocktail mode as well as battlezone. And maybe all the controls in the Bradley trainer! I think I would use a similar arrangement to my cocktail monitor if I opt for a rotating monitor. It's much simpler to have a monitor rotating on a vertical axis than a horizontal one. Then I would use a mirror and the appropriate settings to flip the image.
And I'd love to make a prop-cycle machine!! That'd be cool. With exercise bike and all! Need a bloody big screen though. And I'll have to wait until 5ghz processors are not just available, but old hat too. And maybe a much larger house with a games room...
AMD 2000XP Athlon processor
Gigabyte K7 Triton motherboard with onboard sound and graphics
256 meg RAM- way more than enough with win98 installed. And it would be fine even with XP.
Altec Lansing AVS200 speakers. These look too small but actually sound fine for this application
4 gigabyte hard drive
Viewmaster 15" (theres another bloody imperial measurement!) colour monitor
Avanti cordless keyboard and mouse update: obviously it doesn't feature this anymore!
Ipac keyboard emulator
Ozstick controls featuring Sanwa joysticks
Tamiya planetary gearbox
Windows 98 second edition
The costs listed below are straight from my running total when I was building the cab. Australian dollars, naturally.
(Last updated 28/12/12)
Where it all starts! The most informative place for MAME info:
Archive of ALL versions of MAME dating back to 1997! DOS and command line only
Archive of ALL versions of MAME32!
Various versions of arcade emulators (Windows, Mac, Linux etc)
so you've built a rotator? how about something to rotate
selection of a game?:
drawn from this guy:
The Cocktail Lounge
dimensions based on this:
this front end is the beez kneez (",)http://malafe.net/
lots of good info here and one of the BEST forums you'll ever find- in ANY field!:
a place with lots of
If you're building an 'aussie' style arcade machine, why not join an Aussie arcade forum? THE Aussie arcade forum!:
A really cool retro
sci-fi art site:
with useful stuff:
n.t acrylic & plastics (furniture end closures)
berrimah second-hand building supplies (25 x 50 box)
yees hobbies (just being there! bits and pieces)
bunnings building supplies (obvious stuff. also has box steel but you have to buy 2.5 meters)
cbc bearings (guess)
dick smith electronics (tamiya planetary gearbox and electronic stuff-but you've gotta know what ya want!)
academy models (for the wheel!! r/c cars not yet available in oz though. they make great plastic model kits. Update: Sadly it seems Academy no longer make R/C models)
in memory of Mick Lemajick
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