Friday, 27 May 2011

Hadouken!

Wired up the IPAC2 to the cab today and it works!!


Still lots of work to do:

  • Fix/replace 'Game Select' button (doesnt work)
  • New control panel
  • Add additional new buttons
  • Make new monitor surround
  • build a small amplifier for the sound
  • replace broken fluorescent light with cold cathode
  • Fit new PC (laptop is only being used for testing
  • Tidy up wiring loom
  • Touchup paintwork 
  • New artwork
  • Fix and paint door hinges
  • some other stuff I've not thought of
Very impressed with the IPAC2 so far. Only took an hour or so to wire it all in.

Thursday, 26 May 2011

The MAME'ing begins...

After finding out the power supply for the arcade cab is dead I've decided to ditch the main MVS board and screen and fully convert it to a MAME cab. While I like the idea of keeping it original I would have probably got bored just playing the 2 games or spend too much money on new carts.

Anyway - for better or for worse it gonna be a MAME cab so the first issue was always going to be "How many buttons?". Neo-geo cabs come with 4 buttons as standard which just isnt gonna cut the mustard when it comes to Street Fighter II :)

Theres also the issue of hooking the controls up to a PC, the whole point of having an arcade machine is the authentic microswitched push-buttons. After a bit of research I have decided on an IPAC2 and some more buttons. Since the IPAC2 can support 8 main inputs per player I think I'll go with that. Just need to decide on the layout.

Since theres no need for the existing MVS board and screen I took those out today. Luckily when I bought the cab the guy also gave me a 19" old-school CRT monitor. Since its the same size as the original screen I thought it would just be a straight swap. It wasnt. It took a good few hours hacking bits of wood up but I finally managed to get it sitting at the right height:


The only issue is the rear:


Taking the plastic housing off the monitor isnt really gonna help, theres a metal cage behind it so my only option will be to extend the rear of the cab by a few inches. Shouldnt be too hard and hopefully wont spoil the look of the cab.

Next up is gonna be rewiring the rats nest of cabling into the IPAC2 and PC:

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

More problems

Looks like the arcade cab is in worse shape than originally thought. After rebooting it a few times it's now refusing to boot and has blown a few fuses. Took it apart and also noticed the battery is leaking acid.

Need to get some new fuses and a replacement battery, good news is I've had a chance to take the machine apart and have a fair idea how it works.

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Arcade Arrival and Error

Managed to pick the arcade machine up today, here's the ad from when I bought it:

FOR SALE A FAULTY  SNK MVS NEO-GEO ARCADE MACHINE
BOUGHT THE CABINET WHILST IT WAS STILL WORKING A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO.
IT WAS BOUGHT AS A MAME PROJECT, BUT NEVER GOT ROUND TO RETRO FIT THIS CABINET.
IT HAS BEEN IN STORAGE EVER SINCE.
POWERED UP TO TEST, BUT SCREEN DIDN'T COME ON.IT DID INITIALLY SOUND UP, BUT THIS ALSO DIED AFTER A FEW ATTEMPTS.
THE CABINET IS IN PRETTY GOOD CONDITION, BUT THERE ARE SCRATCHES & WEAR.
THERE'S TWO WAYS TO LOOK AT THIS SALE:
EITHER YOU WANT THE CABINET TO MAME PROJECT, WHICH WILL GIVE YOU A GREAT PLATFORM TO START.                                                                                                           ( MDF FOR THE CABINET , T MOULDING & JOYSTICKS/P.BUTTONS  ALONE,  WILL COST £££££.LET ALONE THE MAN HOURS AND TOOLS REQUIRED) I'VE DONE IT!!                     OR                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          YOU MAY WANT THE MACHINE FOR SPARES & REPAIR(THE 5 SLOT MOTHER BOARD , SLOT MECH & METAL SLUG2 & KING OF FIGHTERS 99 MIGHT BE WORKING)SOME OF THESE PARTS ARE RARE AND ALSO COST £££££.
THE CABINET IS 65CM WIDE, 78CM DEEP & 178CM TALL.  IT WEIGHS 120KG.
THIS WILL REQUIRE A TRANSIT SIZE VAN TO TAKE AWAY....................
ANY OTHER QUESTIONS PLEASE DON'T HESITATE TO ASK.
I NEED TO FREE UP SOME SPACE IN MY WORKSHOP.
I DO HAVE A 20INCH CRT MONITOR THAT I WILL CHUCK IN FREE IF YOU WANT IT.

Anyway, brought it home and powered it up. Took a few minutes but it did start and the monitor eventually came to life but its failing POST:


Off to do some research on it but at least the screen works :)

Sunday, 8 May 2011

My new project:

Not entirely sure what I'm gonna do with this yet but I suspect MAME will be involved at some point. Gonna pick it up some time next week

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Track Day

After having the Elise for over 5 years I finally took the plunge and did a track day. Awesome. Thats the only word to describe it, I really didnt think the Elise could go around corners that fast.

I also met a load of fellow SELOC'ers, a great bunch and have already booked another day at Llandow in June.




In other news, I have moved house and the Elise now has a nice big double garage to sleep in :)

Monday, 2 May 2011

Moved!

Yay, given up on Serendipity and have now moved to blogger.com!