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@  PlutoniumBoss : (18 January 2021 - 09:43 PM)

You could if you really wanted to.

@  -LittleAutob... : (18 January 2021 - 01:35 PM)

Nadie puede decir algo diferente >:D

@  -LittleAutob... : (18 January 2021 - 01:35 PM)

......... all wounds heal through God. *walks off*

@  TheMightyMol... : (18 January 2021 - 01:01 PM)

Let me know when the WEAPONs wake up.

@  tigerhawk : (18 January 2021 - 05:18 AM)

Or is the wound the Earth healing.

@  unluckiness : (18 January 2021 - 03:32 AM)

Healing is just destroying the wound

@  PlutoniumBoss : (17 January 2021 - 06:08 PM)

But eventually destroys everything.

@  tigerhawk : (17 January 2021 - 05:03 PM)

Heals many wounds

@  PlutoniumBoss : (17 January 2021 - 02:03 PM)

Time.

@  wonko the sane? : (17 January 2021 - 07:53 AM)

I dunno, maybe. I'm not clairvoyant either...

@  Nevermore : (17 January 2021 - 04:30 AM)

Covid?

@  wonko the sane? : (16 January 2021 - 09:50 PM)

At this point, if I'm going to die then it won't be the wait what killed me. It didn't help any, mind you, but it's not what got me.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (16 January 2021 - 09:37 PM)

Technically we are all literally dying to play with our next figure.

@  wonko the sane? : (16 January 2021 - 05:36 PM)

I am figuratively dying to play with that cheetor.

@  wonko the sane? : (16 January 2021 - 04:39 PM)

Still waiting for my box from BBTS to arrive.

@  tigerhawk : (16 January 2021 - 04:29 PM)

Kingdoms is fantabulous and it's only the first wave.

@  tigerhawk : (12 January 2021 - 12:10 PM)

My Super Collection Megatron always had two left legs and I just discovered my Thrilling 30 Crosscut has two right hips.

@  Nevermore : (11 January 2021 - 07:56 PM)

Fortunately, it's only Netflix Hound, so not really much of a loss here.

@  Nevermore : (11 January 2021 - 07:55 PM)

So it's been a while since I've had a misassembled Transformers toy.

@  Echowarrior : (11 January 2021 - 10:02 AM)

More Micromasters would be welcome.

@  TheMightyMol... : (11 January 2021 - 06:15 AM)

Instructions unclear, have more sports cars.

@  tigerhawk : (11 January 2021 - 01:57 AM)

Or they could make the other Micromasters of the teams they half assed.

@  ▲ndrusi : (10 January 2021 - 11:20 PM)

There should be a box set of eight Stakeouts.

@  Bass X0 : (10 January 2021 - 08:27 PM)

There should be a box-set of Thrust, Dirge and Ramjet. But I'm not expecting it.

@  Nevermore : (10 January 2021 - 07:51 PM)

I hope there are re-releases this year!

@  tigerhawk : (10 January 2021 - 03:59 PM)

I hope there's rereleases of Earthrise Ramjet, Dirge and Ratchet next year.

@  wonko the sane? : (08 January 2021 - 07:51 AM)

Oh no, he was loved. I'd argue he could have had a better life physically, but he was loved. Deeply.

@  Telly : (08 January 2021 - 01:42 AM)

as long s/he gave love and was loved, it was a good life

@  Echowarrior : (07 January 2021 - 11:10 PM)

Poor puppy. Poor kid.

@  CORVUS : (07 January 2021 - 03:04 PM)

My condolences :(

@  wonko the sane? : (07 January 2021 - 10:45 AM)

So: My sisters dog just had a heart attack and died... while her 12 year old son was walking him. Welcome to 2021 everybody!

@  Dekafox : (04 January 2021 - 07:24 PM)

Except they're Deceptican'ts usually.

@  Devcon : (04 January 2021 - 05:17 PM)

Depending on which dub: Either Decepticons or Decepticans.

@  Bass X0 : (04 January 2021 - 05:03 PM)

Deception is the French word for disappointment. What does that make the Decepticons in France?

@  Echowarrior : (03 January 2021 - 11:29 PM)

We're just tiny little specks, about the size of Mickey Rooney.

@  TheMightyMol... : (03 January 2021 - 04:33 PM)

It's a great big universe, and we're all really puny.

@  Rycochet : (03 January 2021 - 01:30 PM)

That's orbiting at nineteen miles a second, so it's reckoned, a sun that is the source of all our power

@  Rycochet : (03 January 2021 - 01:30 PM)

Just remember that you're standing on a planet that's evolving and revolving at nine hundred miles an hour.

@  TM2-Megatron : (02 January 2021 - 11:57 PM)

relative to the speed that it's swirling around the centre of the galaxy, its rotation is fairly slow

@  PlutoniumBoss : (02 January 2021 - 09:31 PM)

I'd like to make myself believe that planet Earth turns slowly.

@  -LittleAutob... : (02 January 2021 - 07:21 PM)

The Earth moving gave us 2021.

@  ▲ndrusi : (02 January 2021 - 10:50 AM)

It does that.

@  tigerhawk : (02 January 2021 - 10:11 AM)

I think the Earth is moving.

@  Nevermore : (02 January 2021 - 06:35 AM)

Sunday evenings are awesome. Looking at the clock at 8 PM and thinking "I still have plenty of time before going to bed..."

@  Nevermore : (02 January 2021 - 06:33 AM)

Now I've been working permanent late shift for almost three years. Don't regret it one bit. One of the rare cases where the needs of the company overlap with my own preferences.

@  Nevermore : (02 January 2021 - 06:32 AM)

Before the permanent late shift was introduced three years ago (which I volunteered for as soon as the form became available), I always tended to plan my vacation for early shift weeks. Since the majority of the people in most departments prefer to work early shift and thus tended to plan their vacation for late shift weeks, there were usually enough slots available for me to get my request fulfilled.

@  TM2-Megatron : (01 January 2021 - 05:26 PM)

I was promoted last December, so this past year is my first with the company where I've been able to get whatever vacation I wanted. Instead of competing with 100 other people, there's now only 1 (out of 3 others who share my job) that's been in the building longer than me, and so has first dibs at weeks. It's pretty easy to work it out between ourselves before we give in our requests, though

@  TM2-Megatron : (01 January 2021 - 05:24 PM)

But there's also departments to consider, since we have a varieity of types of machines and not everyone is qualified to run everything. Altogether, there are a lot of ways you can get screwed

@  TM2-Megatron : (01 January 2021 - 05:21 PM)

So a few of the same rules, a few different ones. For regular employees, requests need to be in by January 15th. If they are, those are doled out based on seniority. You're only guaranteed 2 weeks in "prime time" (basically June, July, August). Anything submitted after January 15th is given out first come, first served based on availability

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So who said "Jumanji!"?


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Building a MAME Cabinet: Also Restoring multiple Classic Arcade games!


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Posted 04 March 2014 - 08:10 PM

My Streetfigter cost was 270 when I got it home it had 70 bucks in quaters in the bottom of it

 

If you dont have to move an acrade dont unless you have really wide doors

 

My SF came from an old Rampart machine turned CPS2 with the mylars and contol board added it has 16 diffrant connectors to slide the controls and  board out

sweet man! 

 

Here's my surviving cabinet.

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After I saved them.

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My second cabinet had something go wrong in transport after I saved them from Terminal Reality before they shut down. I haven't gone in to really troubleshoot it, but for now it's just in the garage.


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Posted 04 March 2014 - 08:25 PM

That's... not a bad idea.

If someone is brave enough, they would make the cabinet into a dock for the portable MAME system.


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Posted 04 March 2014 - 08:42 PM

I've been debating throwing together a MAME cab for years now using an LCD and an old tower or laptop. 

 

btw, shouldn't this thread be in Insert Coin?



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Posted 04 March 2014 - 09:34 PM

Perhaps, but I wanted it to get more eyeballs in General, in case the member I was remembering would see it and pop in to comment.

 

Well, I have ordered more parts now:

 

1 Red Joystick

1 Green Joystick

1 Yellow Joystick

1 Blue Joystick

Illuminated player 1 - 4 buttons

 

6 Red LED Lit buttons

6 Green LED Lit buttons

6 Yellow LED Lit buttons

6 Blue LED Lit buttons

4 White LED Lit buttons for player coins,

 

I-PAC 4 for encoding

 

That along with the trackball and mount, and I am well on my way for my control panel. I just need the MDF and boards for the case and the wiring to connect it all. I might be able to build this control box next week if all the parts come in.


Edited by The Predaking, 04 March 2014 - 09:53 PM.

Restoring an Old Arcade Machine!

 

http://www.allspark....ade-game/page-2

 

 


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Posted 04 March 2014 - 10:27 PM

take pics for us.


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Posted 05 March 2014 - 09:07 AM

Yes please!


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Posted 05 March 2014 - 09:32 AM

Will do! It seems that most of my parts have shipped so maybe I can work on this this weekend!


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Posted 05 March 2014 - 11:11 PM

 

I can't recall who, but I know that someone here once built a MAME arcade cabinet, and since I am planning on building one myself, I thought that I would start a thread about it and see if anyone had any advice our just interest in seeing how this project will progress.

 

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I have to admit, that I am leaning towards the four player route, but I was wondering what are your guys/gals opinions?

 

 

I built a MAME cabinet about ten years ago (wow, doesn't seem like it was that long ago.)

 

I used a small form factor PC configured with the Ultimarc ArcadeVGA graphics card with an old Mortal Kombat cabinet. For the controller I used the X-Arcade controller board/kit.

I also included a Playstation 2, Xbox and Dreamcast which connected to the monitor via a VGA switch. Each was outfitted with the Ultimarc monitor adapters for the respective system. I had to build out a video cable that ran from the monitor to the switch but from that point, it was just a matter of connecting the VGA switch to the video adapters. I connected the consoles to the control panel using a serial switch and the X-Arcade controller adapters. 

 

I let the cabinet sit for a few years after a move and the monitor went bad. I've been in the process of gutting it and converting to a LCD panel (for simplicity's sake) and upgrading the PC to an Intel i5-based NUC. I've been in the planning process of doing this for the last two years. I expect to actually get to it some time in 2025.

 

For photos of the project (as well as lots of embarrassing photos of me) you can check out my Flickr page. The first part of an unfinished guide can be found here.

 

I should really learn to finish a project.

 

 

 



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Posted 08 March 2014 - 01:28 AM

Woot! Most of my parts came in today! I have the buttons, joysticks, and trackball, so all I need now is a few more buttons and the ipac4 encoder!

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http://www.allspark....ade-game/page-2

 

 


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Posted 10 March 2014 - 11:47 AM

I should have the Encoder in today, so I need to get the wiring that I need to setup everything. I will also need to get a power supply to power the LED buttons and Trackball.

 

I did get a huge piece of cardboard to make a template for my control panel. That should help me immensely with my layout testing and building the actual panel.


Restoring an Old Arcade Machine!

 

http://www.allspark....ade-game/page-2

 

 


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Posted 10 March 2014 - 11:22 PM

trackball I always got shocked by them no Cinaped for me


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Posted 10 March 2014 - 11:46 PM

It's rare I ever play any games that require trackball. 

 

720 perhaps?


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Posted 11 March 2014 - 07:52 AM

There are a few classic games out there that play with one, so I figured that I would use one. I picked it up for cheap on eBay, and it fits the control panel theme. Now if I can only find some light guns that work on LED HDTVs, and a spinner that doesn't cost an outrageous amount, I might add those to the system too.


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Posted 11 March 2014 - 08:36 AM

There are a few classic games out there that play with one, so I figured that I would use one. I picked it up for cheap on eBay, and it fits the control panel theme. Now if I can only find some light guns that work on LED HDTVs, and a spinner that doesn't cost an outrageous amount, I might add those to the system too.

 

http://www.ultimarc.com/aimtrak.html‎


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Posted 11 March 2014 - 11:25 AM

Hmmn, that looks pretty cool, but the cost is a bit much at $100 a piece. Being USB though, I can always addd them later on!

 

I have ordered the wiring and quick disconnects, so now all I need is a power supply for the lights, and I believe that I can use an older PC's power supply that I have laying around. I doubt that I will be using that 2004 HP XP Media Center again, especiall since it won't boot any more, and I have already scrubbed the data off of the hard drives.

 

I also have 2/3 of a sheet of plywood that I have been storing in my garage, so I am going to use that to start on the controller panel as soon as all the parts come in.


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Posted 13 July 2014 - 11:15 AM

Thread Necromancy time!

Okay, so I have all the parts other than the wood, the Marque, and the T-molding. I even have a lot of the tools now that I will need to create the new MAME cabinet. I have been spending a lot of time trying to come up with a design for it though. I am trying to design it where it's easily assembled and disassembled for storage and transportation. However, all that has been sidelined for a bit as I start what should be an easier first project to tackle.

 

Okay, I bought what I thought was a Galaga machine at what I can only describe as an arcade junkyard here in Montgomery. I only paid $50 for it, but it was obviously not working. At first I thought that I would MAME it, but now after looking around around, I realized that I wanted to make it original again. So after looking into this, I discovered that I had not a Galaga cabinet, but a Galaxian one that had been converted to a Galaga one. What tipped me off was the envelope that I found in the bottom last night with all these electrical diagrams for Galaxian, that the cabinet was made in 1979, the overlay is Galaxian, and it had green T-molding.

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Here is the album of Pics that I took last night:

http://smg.photobuck.../library/Arcade

So, now I am at an impasse, as I don't really know where to go from here. Would it be a tragedy to fully convert this into a Galaga machine? Should I 60 and 1 it? Just gut it all out and throw a MAME PC in it? Or should I restore it to the original Galaxian?


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Posted 13 July 2014 - 01:24 PM

Thread Necromancy time!

Okay, so I have all the parts other than the wood, the Marque, and the T-molding. I even have a lot of the tools now that I will need to create the new MAME cabinet. I have been spending a lot of time trying to come up with a design for it though. I am trying to design it where it's easily assembled and disassembled for storage and transportation. However, all that has been sidelined for a bit as I start what should be an easier first project to tackle.

 

Okay, I bought what I thought was a Galaga machine at what I can only describe as an arcade junkyard here in Montgomery. I only paid $50 for it, but it was obviously not working. At first I thought that I would MAME it, but now after looking around around, I realized that I wanted to make it original again. So after looking into this, I discovered that I had not a Galaga cabinet, but a Galaxian one that had been converted to a Galaga one. What tipped me off was the envelope that I found in the bottom last night with all these electrical diagrams for Galaxian, that the cabinet was made in 1979, the overlay is Galaxian, and it had green T-molding.

 

Here is the album of Pics that I took last night:

http://smg.photobuck.../library/Arcade

So, now I am at an impasse, as I don't really know where to go from here. Would it be a tragedy to fully convert this into a Galaga machine? Should I 60 and 1 it? Just gut it all out and throw a MAME PC in it? Or should I restore it to the original Galaxian?

International Arcade Museum marks Galaga was being way more common than Galaxian. The question is, how much time and money are you willing to put into restoring this machine? It looks pretty rough. Do you know if any of the components are working?

 

My gut feeling is that I'd try to restore the conversion unless I was going to go ahead and MAME it. See what works and then revisit the question.



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Posted 13 July 2014 - 01:26 PM

I say turn it back into ether Glalaxian or Galaga geting it back to its former glory as ether or works for me


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Posted 13 July 2014 - 04:57 PM

I have no idea if any of the components are working, and to be truthful, I can't even tell you what is missing.

 

Yeah, as much as I would love to have it as a Galaga machine, I am thinking that I will convert it back to Galaxian.

 

 

Sand it,

fill in the scratched in names

paint it white,

put new stickers on the side and kick plate,

Add the PCB

Swap out the power supply

Swap out the control panel

Put a new back panel on

fix the coin door

Add new coin door lock


Restoring an Old Arcade Machine!

 

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Posted 13 July 2014 - 05:49 PM

Me personally; I would shoot for the 60 in 1. Just for the extra gaming, since you could turn it off galaxian and leave it on pac man if it suited your mood.

 

But restoration is basically a given.


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