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@  Benbot : (18 September 2019 - 02:14 PM)

It's too bad it's like this because some of what they're doing with tiny cars is pretty cool, but I'm not willing to sign up for that f-ing hassle.

@  Benbot : (18 September 2019 - 02:13 PM)

At this point I'm trying to decide how much of a markup I'm willing to pay some scalper scum or if I should just say to hell with it.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (18 September 2019 - 02:11 PM)

That is pretty much the constant story with Hot Wheels. Anything you might actually want has most likely been picked clean and marked up.

@  Benbot : (18 September 2019 - 02:02 PM)

I've been watching some Youtube Hot Wheels videos out of boredom and discovered there exists a new car that just came out maybe a month ago that looks just like one I had when I was little, and I've been looking around hoping to get it. Slim picking everywhere, but online there are a slew of sellers asking for 3 and 4x the retail price, plus a hefty shipping markup.

@  Benbot : (18 September 2019 - 01:59 PM)

Oh, that explains the problem I've encountered with finding one little car

@  TheMightyMol... : (18 September 2019 - 01:31 PM)

Oh boy. I work at Target, and literally every single morning, there are two or three guys outside who make a beeline straight to the Hot Wheels.

@  Steevy Maximus : (18 September 2019 - 01:00 PM)

Hot Wheels

@  Benbot : (18 September 2019 - 12:25 PM)

Which collecting community has the worst scalpers?

@  TM2-Megatron : (17 September 2019 - 09:55 PM)

I've never read the source material and don't know much about it, but I enjoyed the first film quite a bit, and found the second alright

@  Sabrblade : (17 September 2019 - 09:49 PM)

The first movie was definitely not for me. I flat out hated it. Didn't even bother with the sequel.

@  Maruten : (17 September 2019 - 05:02 PM)

I liked the first movie a lot and enjoyed the original volume of the book, and the way they were developed in parallel was really interesting. It all got super extra unpleasant as soon as they went back though. I don't remember really whether the initial sequels are "good" or not, but either way both the second movie and the second run of the book quickly demonstrated that the property sure wasn't for me.

@  Paladin : (17 September 2019 - 04:45 PM)

i have a real hard time offering praise of anything connected to an utter shitstain like Mark Millar.

@  Rycochet : (17 September 2019 - 01:23 PM)

Kick Ass 2 was okay for what it was, a sequel to a film that was okay, just okay. It had a good performance from Nic Cage while the sequel had Jim Carrey who decided he didn't want to promote it after one of america's regularly scheduled massacres.

@  Benbot : (17 September 2019 - 12:20 PM)

Was Kick Ass 2 really that bad? I never got around to seeing it, but after watching the first movie again the other day, I'm thinking about it.

@  wonko the sane? : (13 September 2019 - 01:54 PM)

Why do you feel a need to label yourself for doing something harmless?

@  Telly : (13 September 2019 - 11:10 AM)

thats more than i look at on reddit

@  Benbot : (13 September 2019 - 10:49 AM)

am I a basic bitch for only browsing the front page of Reddit?

@  Shrug : (12 September 2019 - 12:26 PM)

I managed to find about 2/3s of my goal Sega Genesis collection before the last price bump

@  Anonymous X : (12 September 2019 - 11:11 AM)

So relieved that I picked up most of my NTSC GameCube collection in 2010/11 before prices on the secondary market went bezerk...

@  unluckiness : (12 September 2019 - 12:54 AM)

I have fond memories of it since it was the last console Mario Kart that didn't have the ridiculous pre-race cart assembly

@  TM2-Megatron : (11 September 2019 - 10:26 PM)

Like many Gamecube games, underrated

@  unluckiness : (11 September 2019 - 09:24 AM)

Double Dash is great. Just watch out for blue shells

@  Bass X0 : (11 September 2019 - 07:43 AM)

I used a double dash on my mobile. The chat didn’t like it.

@  TheMightyMol... : (11 September 2019 - 04:17 AM)

The mobile version of the site chokes on certain characters, I think.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (11 September 2019 - 04:10 AM)

what's with that punctuation anyway

@  Nevermore : (11 September 2019 - 03:20 AM)

Now where did that come from, Bass X0?

@  Bass X0 : (11 September 2019 - 01:52 AM)

Politics and Religion — tools of foul play!

@  TM2-Megatron : (10 September 2019 - 11:10 PM)

If you owe, you're expected to actually pay it at the time you file, before they even process your return

@  TM2-Megatron : (10 September 2019 - 11:10 PM)

If you file electronically, I find you usually get your refund within a couple weeks

@  Nevermore : (10 September 2019 - 06:22 PM)

Well, lucky it took less than two months for me. For a little over 200 Euros.

@  wonko the sane? : (10 September 2019 - 06:11 PM)

Pretty much, yeah. Canada revenue will be all up your ass if you earn less than 200K and owe tax, but your refund is basically "duke nukem forever".

@  Nevermore : (10 September 2019 - 05:34 PM)

Whereas if you overpaid and they have to refund you, they will take their sweet time to let you know.

@  Nevermore : (10 September 2019 - 05:34 PM)

Like, here in Germany, if the tax authority responds to your tax report quickly, you can rest assured they want more money.

@  Nevermore : (10 September 2019 - 05:33 PM)

Do tax authorities in other countries base their time to respond to filed tax reports on whether they owe or are owed as well?

@  wonko the sane? : (10 September 2019 - 11:13 AM)

Check what the requirements are for your cad program, and try to beat them by about 20%, and understand that software requirements have been stable for a few years: not really keeping up with the advancements in hardware. Unless you're doing something SPECIFIC which requires ludicrous amounts of power, just give your self a cushion on hardware and don't bother going whole hog.

@  Benbot : (10 September 2019 - 10:16 AM)

What I'm currently using is an i5 2018 Surface Laptop. My current desktop is all but dead. I think in the end affordability will win out over specs. I need to use CAD programs, but I'm a student, not a professional.

@  wonko the sane? : (10 September 2019 - 10:06 AM)

Okay. Whats the specs on the I7 and what are you currently using?

@  Benbot : (10 September 2019 - 09:23 AM)

fun and games

@  wonko the sane? : (09 September 2019 - 04:43 PM)

Depends entirely on what you use the computer for.

@  Steevy Maximus : (09 September 2019 - 11:52 AM)

Probably not

@  Benbot : (09 September 2019 - 09:39 AM)

Do I need an i7 on my new computer?

@  Nevermore : (08 September 2019 - 12:08 PM)

https://imgur.com/fkyjpza

@  Nevermore : (08 September 2019 - 12:07 PM)

Today's convention haul:

@  wonko the sane? : (08 September 2019 - 08:54 AM)

But it was Huuunnngrrrryyyy. What was I supposed to do?

@  MEDdMI : (08 September 2019 - 08:23 AM)

But did you feed any small fuzzy creatures after midnight?

@  wonko the sane? : (08 September 2019 - 06:32 AM)

Shouldn't be. I literally just built it. Not even three weeks ago even.

@  TM2-Megatron : (07 September 2019 - 10:13 PM)

Sounds like your computer's on its last lags, Wonko

@  wonko the sane? : (07 September 2019 - 07:37 PM)

Dunno, crucial says it's fine, gonna need a second opinion.

@  Pennpenn : (07 September 2019 - 06:52 PM)

Good luck! (or break a leg if it's like theater luck...)

@  wonko the sane? : (07 September 2019 - 06:46 PM)

Alright. The damages now seem to include my primary SSD. Thankfully, the gaming drive (I have now lost all my games and mods entirely.) Let me wipe it and install there. Once the crucial utility is installed again, will verify the drive.


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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

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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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Restoring an Old Arcade Machine!

 

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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!

 

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

 

 


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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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