My Astro City Project

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  1. Revenger

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    So for a few years I wanted to get into arcade stuff. It seems always start of a new year I remember and go looking at mame and all the sites with the various sets and have thoughts of building a cabinet only to be forgotten until the next new year where I do it all again. This has been going on the last 3-4 years usually around Feb / March.

    This time I looked around saw some threads here and did more looking and started inquiring a little about the Candy Cabinets and still toyed of making the ultimate machine with everything all in one and electronic auto physical rotating monitor etc.

    Eventually I found a guy here in Perth who had 1 Astro left and was willing to let it go complete for $400 and complete as in everything, Its said not to be working but has a PC or similar I beleive in it from the quick glance I got last night bringing it back to my dads place which was customised by the 'Megatouch' arcade system used in bars etc, info on it. Googling says Megatouch had there own cabinet style nothing about converted cabs, so seems this was a custom job by someone. It has the touch screen/glass and the guy says one 'might' be able to get it working there is no control panel just a blank plate there.

    The cabinet itself is in really good condition and still white, below is the real image of color, excuse crappy pics I didn't have my DSLR with me when I looked at it a few weeks back but couldn't collect until last night, there are a few scratches around but no major damage on the surface, I'll link other pics of the various sides if interested.


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    'Condition report is now in the next post.'

    I don't know about much else, the original Japanese stickers are on it and not sure on coin counter etc until I get it get it out of my dads trailer and have a good look over it.

    I know all about the otaku and sega cabinet sites from the other project thread and google and have been downloading info the last week including all the vectors etc.

    I looked and found a original Sega 5380 key, 5 lock and latch set but my dad reckons to go cheap on stuff and get a $20 arcade key and lock set from eBay as original locks aren't needed, and get out of a refit as cheap as possible, Which I may not be against as some stuff like the buttons etc I won't be skimping on.

    Next post will be a ongoing rundown on what I want to do, I will update as well as rewriting this first one occasionally.

    He had some other systems and gear I took a photo off.


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    Project facts, questions and research info

    Initial Condition Report:

    • Overall in very good condition few scratches, nearly all original vinyl and stickers still intact and clean, CP one missing obviously (found underneath a blank).
    • Cabinet is complete as when it was last in use, coin mech and cp buttons etc missing.
    • Components are said to possibly be able to gotten working he said theirs some ticking or something coming from it when switched on (said to be based on linux).
    • No normal control panel (no idea on if the wiring harness and connectors, psu are still there for it and original, I presume it would be given the nature of mods Megatouch or whoever did to it kept it intact as is)
    • Locks need to be changed 'CP locks are original Sega 5380 but no keys provided for anything as it was his locks all his stuff uses and he would like locks back at convenience once changed, but everything has been unlocked as he had the keys.

    Various facts and info about the cab I got:

    • Multiple Orbital Amusements Game tokens found inside
    • Installed CP was Mahjong just hidden under a blanking plate
    • Sega Serial number: 00549924
    • Jamma Serial number: 920088
    • Coin counter: 042760
    • Megatouch system installed is Force 2008 from the stickers (need to verify).
    • Internals are 110V
    • Monitor - Tube sticker: Toshiba A68KJU96X Tri-Sync 15/24/31
    • Monitor - Sega Sticker:
    • - Part Number: 200-5243-24
    • - Model Name: 29721-24
    • Monitor - Wei-Ya Chassis: C2929 15Khz to 38Khz using a D-Sub connector.
    • Power supply model number: 400-5198

    Researched Build info:

    • LED direct game integration seems to be is windows only LED Blinky etc, hardware only works on a PC.
    • LED devices that work without a pc exist Kaimana, but aren't as flexible and don't have game integration.
    • 2 LED device types may possibly be needed with switching between them
    • I-Pac 4 can map to Joystick / Mouse / Keyboard controls will check some more
    • Coin mechs come in local 10c, 20c, $1, $2, $1 is standard now used to be $2 back when arcades were running and 100 Yen is standard Japanese.
    • Information post about monitor information, frequancies etc in post 41
    • I edited one of Franco's 2L12B CAD templates to 2L16B and got acknowledgment and approval to publicly release it, the files can be found in post 87

    Questions:

    • What cable sleeving do I get?
    • What order do I build the cabinet back up in?
    • Should I upload my admin button circuit? (Will only do it if I'm begged enough)
    • How should I wire up the video cables?
    • Should I run a single D-Sub instead of multiple Amp connectors for parts of the admin harness?
    • Anything else you want to tell me or ask *let me know*
     
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    Project construction plans and costs

    Current Plans:

    Note: Some 'In Progress' and other listed items may appear stalled while other work goes on.
    - All items have been or are currently in various planning stages so no need for me to mark that.

    • Clean core cabinet shell (Ongoing)
    • Repaint inside cabinet shell (Finished)
    • Repaint outside cabinet shell (On hold for now)
    • Clean other smaller cabinet components (In Progress)
    • Replace screws and nuts and rebuild (Ongoing as part of retrofit)
    • Replace wheels (In Progress)
    • Do extra work on the cabinet finish (In Progress)
    • Check all wiring out (In Progress)
    • Get a initial control panel setup 2L16B (Initial Progress)
    • Purchase RGB buttons etc
    • Purchase connectors and pins (In Progress)
    • Purchase all the extra functionality admin stuff (In Progress)
    • Purchase back panel connectors (Finished)
    • Wire up CP with all quick connect plugs inc led's for easy changeability of panels
    • Make new cp harness connector brackets allowing more and compact connectors
    • Customise Jamma wiring for some home mods headphones, stereo, admin buttons etc (Initial Progress / Schematics + planning)
    • Add extra kick wiring harnesses for extra functionality Aux 2, Admin Harness etc (Initial Progress / Schematics + planning)
    • Cable tidy and wrap everything to make it neater
    • Create a stand alone CP box to use the panels on normal PC / Console high res games
    • Try to get the internal Megatouch system working and back up the data if possible (Stalled due to Issues)
    • Check / Fix screen (In Progress)
    • Customise cabinet for multiple emulated systems and input devices, game controllers etc (Initial Progress / Schematics + planning)
    • New back panel with power socket, switch, network, audio, USB (In Progress)
      [*]Customise for extended accessible hidden admin panel for buttons, power etc, extra functionality USB, Multiport FEC header - 'universal for all systems' (In Progress)
    • Headphone socket which mutes external audio for late night playing (In Progress)
    • All mods to appear stock, integrated and hidden not to ruin the overall look. (In Progress / Schematics + planning)
    • Possibly bling the system up with elwire and stuff to look natural and make the cabinet glow and really shine, stand out.
    • Add a internal maintenance light for working inside the cab
    • Get coin slot working (Initial Progress)
    • Get a new plastic coin chute made
    • Modify Coin Meter wiring for universal counting direct from the coin buttons
    • Sort out a system for mame etc
    • Possible 2100 in 1 Jamma system
    • Interface Playstation 2 with the system (Initial Progress)
    • Interface Wii with the system
    • Interface SNES with the system
    • Add a smallish removable LCD marquee at the top in the add-on marquee game info panel space above the cab
    • Other ideas? feel free to suggest cool stuff
    • Planed emulated games various from arcade and retro systems snes, neogeo etc.

    Cost and materials breakdown:

    Pending parts list to buy so I know whats needed and amounts so I'm not confused is here on Google Sheets.

    Paradise Arcade Wishlist so you can see the products I'm going to buy there and amounts, I don't expect anyone to buy me anything from it and some products I need to check with them like the Kaimana if I need a kit or cheaper to buy separate.

    Purchased Items - Includes Shipping
    • $400 - Astro City Cabinet - Peter Merlo - Gumtree
    • $28 - 100 Yen coin mech with some Jamma wiring - Highway Entertainment
    • $138 - Monitor repair - Jomac
    • $26.40 - 2x Black gloss spraycan paint (was absolutely crap) + 1x Gloss varnish - Bunnings Instore
    • $45.99 - PlayStation 2 to Jamma timer board - eBay
    • $66 - Ultracade Video converter for flexability (does CGA / EGA) - eBay
    • $93.05 - $1 AU coin mech with relay, Dottori Kun board, 5 S0228 locks and keys, 2 Jamma fingers and 2 edge connectors - Highway Entertainment
    • $76.39 - Dulux Black gloss paint can, 2x brushes, masking tape, 2x replacement wheels - Bunnings Instore
    • $9.58 - 2x Playstation 2 Extension cables - eBay
    • $54.00 - 320GB HDD for PS2 - eBay
    • $27.98 - 6 Way Australian Style Wall Plate, Australian Style Cat 6 RJ45 Jack, Blank Inserts to suit Clipsal Wall Plate (White) Bag of 10, HDMI to HDMI Coupler White - 4Cabling
    • $23.00 - 2x Wall Plate/Wallplate DIGITEK USB 3.0 Insert suit CLIPSAL HPM Plate - eBay
    • $9.50 - Datamaster 1Port Wall Plate Optical Toslink Coupler F/F - eBay
    • $13.48 - C14 Male Straight Panel Mount IEC Connector - RS Components
    • $34.88 - 2x Sanwa Mounting Plate JLF-P1-S, 5x 4 PCB Mounting Feet - Arcade Spare Parts
    • $20.67 - 5 x (ERG SDD-4-014) quad DPST DIP switch - eBay
    • $32.30 - 8 x (D506838-15 GRAYHILL) 3PST dual DIP switches - eBay
    • $73.74 - Potentiometer, 5x Potentiometer Knob, 5x Socket PCB 3.5MM Female Stereo Jack, 6x Green, Red Cap Illuminated Tactile Switch, FCI DB25 Panel socket - RS Components
    • $19.79 - Stacked duel USB 3.0 panel mount - element14
    • $95.61 - White 100Yen Coin Entry, Coin reject button, 5x 3 pin AMP Male, 5x 10 pin Amp Female, 7x 10 pin AMP Male - Giz10P (might be a couple other things also)
    • $66.50 - Hozan P-706 CRIMPING TOOL - eBay
    • $25.28 - X-Acto #1 Blade - Officeworks eBay Store
    • $17.89 - Stainless Steel Electronic Digital LCD Vernier Caliper Micrometer New 150mm 6" - eBay
    • $21.98 - 3x Sega Astro City Keyring - eBay
    • $48.67 - Stainless steel panel 600x300x0.9 - Bunnings Instore
    • $3.54 - Ultramin lever microswitch (Cherry) - RS Components
    • $30.50 - Standoffs Spacers M25 x 15mm HEX, Standoffs Spacers M4 x 30mm HEX - X-On
    • ?? - Warm white led Strip for Admin CP
    • $5 - $10~ - LED Dimmer Aliexpress
    • ?? - Acrylic sheet for Admin Panel


    Useful Shops / Special Thanks

    A place to give special thanks to those I purchased from, sponsors if any which will be special colour if anyone does help out, or useful shops & forums I found in general for cabinet owners.
    If anyone is left off this list I've dealt with feel free to let me know.

    Notable Purchased Shops
    • Peter Merlo - Without this guy selling his very last cab which was a personal favourite to him my project wouldn't have started. (Sorry I don't have a link to him)
    • Jomac - Monitor repairs, service etc, great guy in Perth helping end users in his own time, very knowledgeable and friendly (helped me out massively).
    • RS Components - Huge range of products useful for all electronics, (my main source of electronic bits for this project).
    • Highway Entertainment - Selection of useful products for arcade machines, occasional bulk Candy Cab's, and many parts for sale, there service is pretty good.
    • eBay - not a proper arcade shop but useful for finding some harder to get things, beware of cheap low quality parts from China / Hong Kong.
    • Giz10P - Specialising in components for Candy Cabinets, there stock is getting low in areas as products are getting harder to source.

    Others: Non purchased sites
    Some useful sites I have found for arcade owners, or I will purchase from in the future as the build gets more along, which they will be moved above.
    • Paradise Arcade - Large range of products Buttons/Sticks, balltops, as well as LED inserts and other parts.
    • AkiShop - Selection of and the main suppliers of 360+ boards, as well they carry the range of Amp-UP's and some other things, Shipped from Tokyo
    • Ultimarc - Makers of I-PAC and the world known J-PAC as well as similar things in the range sharing the same software.
    • Jasens Customs - Candy Cab Control Panels, Kaimana Khameleon LED board, PS360+ and some other things.
    • NoodleShirt - Specialising in graphics and design and a love for Arcade's, can make & print sideart and overlays, has made CP's in the past.

    Other Community Sites
    Arcade and other sites with useful information in them.
    • Arcade Otaku - Big forum for Candy Cab owners.
    • Arcade Otaku Wiki - Huge wiki for many things Candy Cab (has been invaluable to my research).
    • Sega Made Bad Decisions - Blog with some valuable Candy Cab info on it.
    • Aussie Arcade - Dedicated Australian Arcade Forum.
    • Slagcoin - Templates and other info for arcades, mainly specialising in wood based, but has Sega CP templates and other useful info.
    • yEd - Free diagramming tool, brilliant piece of software for diagrams and very simple to use.

    Other Thanks
    Place to give general shoutouts
    • My dad - for putting up with a half built cabinet taking up space for months and my struggling with the ongoing family effects of my ongoing life, social, anxiety and depression issues.
    • Sledge - here on the forums for listening to me rant about my life each couple weeks and someone to chat to about my progress.
    • John and Yanique - the only two people in other countries I email occasionally, especially John I've been chatting / emailing for over 3 years and they have followed the progress a small amount continuously on the build since the start as well as my ongoing life in detail.
    • MUTMAN - in this thread for being one of the ongoing active respondents with encouragement from right from the start (if not the most active) to keep me going, its these people if any that are cheering me on that keeps me believing in the project and people are interested and encourages me to keep posting here.
    • lupin - also as above.
    • The serial lurkers and occasional posters - make yourselves more known guys.
    • If I have left anyone off this list feel free to tell me to slap your name in here.
     
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  4. Sledge

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    Good pickup!
    I'm looking for another cabinet for vertical games, but the ones i have found are too far away :)
    Good luck with it!
     
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    I have one of these myself.

    You need to establish if the monitor is operational or not.

    You can still buy all the parts you could ever need brand new.

    I also have a few spares some where and might even have a old harness.
     
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    3rd post is reserved for important worklog etc stuff so people don't scroll for those wondering.

    My dad looked at the system in the trailer, I'm a little disappointed and let down as I wasn't there with him to get a first proper look at my system.

    He looked at the locks mainly and had a quick look at the system inside here are pics.

    Here is the case the keys are definitely the Sega 5380 on the CP, he says coin slot wires were cut but mechanism is still there.


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    Here is the mainboard its a ECS P6IWP-FE apparently, so a standard P3 computer or could be Jamma with Seagate brand HDD, so data might be recoverable if the hdd is still working, he took it out for me to take with me but I probably would have preferred it to be still in there for testing and me to look over myself, if its using any custom resolutions, hertz etc but can always plug it back in. Just hope he doesn't touch or modify anything himself.
    You can just see the Jamma connector on the right bottom of the image.


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    He says there was a Orbit Amusements "Game Token" in the case same size as a 20c coin which looking on Google may have been a arcade place in Perth on Barrack Street near the train station.
     
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    Quick update on cab stuff.

    I looked on the photos and noticed the blanking plate wasn't flush to the cab.

    My dad had a quick look and seems there's a panel underneath as I may have thought analysing images last night.

    It appears from his description to have a Mahjong panel with a blank over it.

    He also says they're electronic stuff under the panel so I assume harness and connectors are there as I thought given the nature of light mods I saw and the rest of the cabinet condition.

    I'll be going tomorrow to get out out of the trailer clean it up and look all over it so will take pics.

    Update: Second post has updated to be all lists and info about the project.
     
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    Starting Work - Day One - OMG my back is screwed!!!!!

    I was getting up looking forward to my first day working on the cabinet with my dad when all of a sudden getting out of bed my back muscle goes and I could hardly move and was in a lot of pain, still in pain as I type this and will be for a few days.

    A few hours later I feel just good enough to go to my dads as I needed to do shopping also.

    I get there we look at a few things on my tablet etc and he gets it out of the trailer while I get my back rubbed.

    So we open the doors and this is what it looks like granted the board was taken out as mentioned but hers the rest of the gear in the main compartment:


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    I look all over the case and images tell more than words so enjoy the images.

    Serial numbers, the original setup was 2 player 6 buttons total (2L6B):


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    Coin Counter not too bad on its numbers, no idea if its on its second run as it's pretty low, sadly the coin mech or microswitch had been taken out but I believe its a S10 model and can get a replacement of eBay, microswitch unsure as that also connects to coin counter.


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    Under control panel, most of the inside was this dusty and dirty and we are going to clean it up.

    As you can see the Jamma harness and connectors are still there


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    Touch controller by Merit Industries


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    Monitor buttons.


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    Monitor is a Makvision 29 Inch, standard VGA monitor it seems also used in a lot of arcade systems here is the info.


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    Merit Industries Game board Identification info, HDD is a Seagate 10gb IDE drive.

    The system is a standard PC with a custom Merit Industries brand Jamma / interface touch board and separate sound amplifier board I can show later.

    I'm going to email Merit sometime for more info.


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    I was right about the blanking plate it was a clear perspex cover cut to match with paper over a 3rd party Mahjong panel which was in very good condition some minor treatable rust but geeze after all these years the colour it stands out compared to the rest of the cabinet as final system was megatouch.

    Here is the panel not even cleaned yet!!!
    No idea if I want to play Mahjong or sell the panel.
    The clear perspex panel would make for a very freaky CP with lights under it etc I think.

    There is remnants of drink spilled on it and sadly the game card graphic was affected but hopefully can be cleaned as well as round the panel was minor and cleanable.


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    Here is under the CP its still very good condition, most of the stuff round the edge can be cleaned off and derusted.


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    Inside the bottom was a control box thingy.


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    We took more of the case apart and started light cleaning around in some areas, my dad will do more later and we will fully dismantle the thing and do a rebuild. Will post more images sometime.

    Overall I'm impressed with the condition quite a few scratches wheels need replacing and needs a darn good clean but overall case is in good condition.

    Hardware report will come later once we clean the case and can sit down and test the original setup.

    Cabinet life was original 2 player 6 button total setup to Mahjong to Megatouch, what happened between the original 2 player setup and mahjong we will never know how the system cp was used.
     
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    Few more images of it for anyone curious. I'll probably leave the images of case for now and show some when everything is taken apart and in bits everywhere.

    I have updated the 2nd info post with some questions I have and info about the system.
    Let me know ideas for the 3rd post what worklog stuff is needed there.

    Front top cover off, we are going to take the case halves apart next time we work on it.


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    Front top area


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    Front CP area


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    Merit Industries Jamma Board


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    Merit Industries Audio Board


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    Anything you want to know, suggest, inform me, or whatever please feel free to post about anything at all.
     
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    Cabinet looks surprisingly clean.:thumbup:

    Hunt around and you will find a replacement control panel for not that much.

    Then just get the Sanwa buttons that it would have had originally. There the only ones that suit the cabinet correctly.

    I had generic ones in mine at the start then switched them.

    Generic.

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    Sanwa.

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    Also note my authentic rusty control panel.

    What games do you want to use it for?

    If you just want the run of the mill retro stuff then a multi board is the easy way out. If you want something more special then its a bit more work.

    I run a PC in mine with hyperspin.
    /insert crappy vid

    https://youtu.be/69bQ45TmJ_E?t=3m36s
     
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    Cheers for the reply and yea can see the buttons really stand out once you changed it also the panel I'm surprised this is in very good condition this Mahjong one.

    Basically Shrumps, RPG Platformers mainly and anything really even retro consoles but will see once I get megatouch going, that use the arcade buttons etc, mby later other games with a custom CP with steering wheel mounts etc. I found the 2100 / 3149 in one Jamma game systems they even have the Cave games that Mame doesn't have code for as they removed it due to a lawsuit, seems like they are a good buy and not too pricey at about $460 I have all documentation on that downloaded, but will look at that after cleaning and testing the Megatouch etc.

    Nearly all images were taken pre-wash-cleaning so that is the condition I got it in with mby some light dust wiping with a cloth and paintbrush.

    After images were taken we got a wet cloth and wiped a few areas around top monitor etc but we will be doing a fuller clean later.

    Was thinking the Sanwa stuff and using the RGB stuff on it as you can get a RGB ball head and I think inserts for the sanwa clear buttons, just awaiting on a reply from Paraside Arcade that does the stuff about it all.

    Was recommended these parts:

    Sanwa JLF-TP-8YT - for the stick
    Sanwa xx30’s - for the main buttons
    Sanwa xx24’s - for the start buttons

    As mentioned the stick you can get in RGB the buttons I'm trying to figure out, I assume you can from parts Paradise Arcade stock as they do clear tops or solid top with clear edging with RGB inserts but asked for more info on what's needed and still awaiting a reply.

    Also looked at Noodleshirt for the CP board and been quoted $142 shipped, which I am thinking of doing for my main CP (2L12B).

    I'll disclose my hidden button semi plan thoughts now it may make some cry being a after market mod.

    I looked all round the cabinet and found under the 100 yen sign I could easily create a hidden button panel with it looking natural, its right where the hinge is and that's no issue as one can build a box and attach the hinge to the bottom of it, so functionality doesn't change there. I'll need a new 100 Yen sticker printed unless I can salvage that one.

    Plans are to have a fake lid with the 100 yen sign on it which pops out / hinges up to show admin / freeplay and computer main power buttons a USB port, headphone socket and mby volume control in a reassessed box moulded onto the CP with the underside of the 100 yen lid to show a sticker of what the buttons are. Wiring will go to dip switches to turn on/off buttons then a extra multipin plugable module line down next to the Jamma harness to look like a normal addition.

    From the outside all that it'll look like is the 100 yen sign is a access panel to stuff which it kinda does anyway.

    I don't want freeplay shift keys for if I decided to use it with coin slot etc so this panel I can seal closed for if the cab ever gets put in end user use.

    How to build it I will need to work out and how many micro buttons are needed (Suggestions?), but overall this is my plans.

    Update: first set of pics a under CP shot added below the CP shot if you want to see the condition of the backside of the panel.
     
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    your dad's purple pants look cool

    but, the cab looks cooler :)

    :thumbup:
     
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    Nice post :thumbup: the cab will look great once done the hidden admin stuff will make purists cry but it will look natural, I was thinking of putting that under game card slot but gave that plan away as soon as we opened the cp and this is much better

    My dad's allowed to wear older stuff etc he is 80 I'm 32, I don't know electronics etc so he helps in that area as it was his trade till medical complications. Still good pants were reasonable indeed.

    Paradise got back to me and sending messages to me right now, they lost 500 emails during the week OUCH!!! Basically my looking on there site for rgb stuff was correct, I wasn't too sure with all the different things.

    The rgb controller is the one in unsure about, if anyone wants to suss them out for me on the paradise site the owner says he marked them out of stock as he was getting low. He linked a 96 led 4 player usb controlled one which should do the job, even if I run the buttons / sticks separately as the sticks are 4/8 way changeable, that controller is only 4 way.

    Sending emails to my dad we both agree on a darn good clean, even the crt, he is making notes using the new astro service manual which is similar to the original version I have according to wiki otaku.

    Highway have a 100 yen mech but I need to coin count electronic switch I can't find info on. With the coin slot stuff we have the wiring scema but no one lists what switch or compatible there are.
     
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    I was looking at LED interfaces as my concern for the inquiry etc, I know about jpacs and usb button controllers etc.

    The thing is I would rather emulate USB than keyboard for that side especially for emulation etc and would be looking into that later with different os's etc but not a concern now also0 different systems, consoles as stated I may get a 2100 in one or the 3k in one Jamma system to start.

    The main thing was to suss out and see about a led controller for lighting the buttons and stick allowing me to create my own lighting layouts and get a roadmap going on what to buy etc so I don't make mistakes on the stuff I need first, buttons sticks etc with compatibility and requirements for that side.

    Also what controller I can use to light up for other systems etc a Arduino could be ideal for that but I don't know programming or electronics.

    Unfortunately that controller is windows and has buttons etc as a addition so if I wanted to run Linux I wouldn't know about the lighting side as that's all I might end up using it for.

    Would these work with the Sanwa RGB inserts from Paradise?? PACLED64, Nano-LED

    So I have a semi plan now to forget about the lighting controller for now and look at what compatible buttons etc I can get that will allow me to add that functionality later down the road, which I already know the products but am unsure if I want solid top clear rim, white top clear rim or all clear buttons.

    I want to keep the green/pink look but with RGB added extra so for games I can have a red / blue / yellow button if wanted to match game cards etc so I think clear button would work for that. But need to make the decision and want to listen to suggestions before I start buying the first parts.

    Also I have a order from highway processing I just made with the original 100 Yen coin mech and some Jamma wiring for custom connections and dupe bits etc to make it up to their $10 minimum.

    My dad reckons he can do the relay but need someone with a cab to confirm on the coin counter wiring where that goes.

    So now onto more important news.

    Monitor is OUT!!!

    My dad sent me a email with pics of hoisting the monitor out, again would have loved to be there for this moment.

    So here are pics of its condition. As mentioned we are going to really clean it up same with the case.


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    Screws are all JIS form memory, you need a JIS screwdriver so you don't destroy them.
     
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    Don't know what use that does us now as a lot of screws were already or got striped doing the work till now, but passed the info to him anyway.
     
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    your dad must be loving this. he's diving in right in :thumbup:

    my dad is 80 something too, he also wears some cool shirts/pants :lol:
     
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    Yea he is one that likes to do this stuff himself despite this being something I want to do he does it as he knows he is better and faster at it than me and wants to help out.

    He is also working on his car again after we spent a extra week in Mount Barker, coming back from Albany here in WA due to car issues.

    Also considering how many operations he has had 2 brain tumours the second one a metal plate was put in and got infected and had to be taken out, gallbladder and prostate removed and a broken arm before and despite all of this he is in very good health just gets tired and cranky when doing a lot of work.

    But overall things are coming along fine.

    Ultimarc got back and there stuff is compatible so just checking if there's memory so it can be programmed and used when a PC is off.

    That's one of the biggest things with wanting a RGB lighted button system, most people only have programmable controllers that use a computer and mostly Windows.

    Which is a shame for non PC users, being the xxxx in one or console, real board owners and those on Linux which has become a big arcade platform as I see it recommended a lot as the better platform.

    I'll update the info posts at the top tonight with info changes etc.
     
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