etherbest
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Details about how Im building my cabinet.

Thu Apr 04, 2013 9:39 am

I thought I should share.

Im still a long way from the end, but looking good!

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Ok, now that I got some time, lets bring on the details!

The pi itself:
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- It uses a 16gb SD card from amazon that cost me just over 10quid.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B007 ... UTF8&psc=1

- I've simply dd 'd the img file found on petroblock's site.
http://blog.petrockblock.com/download/r ... ect-image/
This gives us immediately and hassle free a system that boots straight into emulationstation.

- I've cloned the mame4all-pi git repository under /home/pi/RetroPie/emulators/
git clone https://code.google.com/p/mame4all-pi/
Then extracted mame4all_pi.zip, which will give us the binary directly.

- I removed the folder /home/pi/RetroPie/emulators/mame4all-pi/roms and created a soft link to the general mame roms folder.
ln -s /home/pi/RetroPie/roms/mame/ /home/pi/RetroPie/emulators/mame4all-pi/roms
That way we can keep the same structure for roms.

- Modified ~/.emulationstation/es_systems.cfg and changed the command to execute MAME roms to:
/home/pi/RetroPie/emulators/mame4all-pi/mame $BASENAME$


The casing:
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- I looked deep into this, and located numerous drawings online. I really liked the weecade, from Koenigs site: http://www.koenigs.dk/mame/eng/index.htm he has very nice skills and the results look stunning. He shares drawings for all of them!

I dont have access to most of the tools required for this so I decided to have someone make it for me, but it turns out that there's some people selling kits on ebay, based on these drawings. I ended up buying one for 65 quid. Slightly expensive but definitely worth it.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/221196721052? ... 1497.l2649

If you want to go the DIY way, I recommend using the drawings, its simple enough if you have some power tools.

- For the monitor I used a freebie, someone had an old 21 inches LCD with vesa holes at the back, so it was easy to mount in the case.

- The joysticks. I went again, for the hassle free way. You can investigate and learn a lot if you read this excellent guide on joysticks and control panels: http://www.slagcoin.com/joystick.html I bought directly from a shop, that provided me with a 2 player kit, with the encoder, an ipac mini.

http://www.gremlinsolutions.co.uk/produ ... colour.htm

Im sure you can take the price down a bit if you ebay the specific parts, but I could not really be bothered and wanted to make sure all pieces would work straight out of the box.

NOTE: If you buy this pack and the case I linked above, the front left button (intended for P1 start) wont fit, as the joystick box is too thick, so I recommend asking the seller to not pre drill these, so you can do it yourself at a more convenient location. The alternatives are: a) get 2 frontal buttons that are shorter, like seimitsu or similar. b) drill new holes on the side, or on the control panel or c) what ive done, placed start buttons on the side, and used only one front one for INSERT COIN.

Special notes
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- The mini ipac requires a windows pc to be programmed. This is annoying in a linux only house, had to borrow one.
- Used shift keys to map buttons like ESC, F1
- Mapped my buttons so I can control EmulationStation with P1 joystick.
- I dont seem to be able to make emulationstation work with --no-exit. Doesnt seem to work for me.

- I havent worked out speakers yet, but keep in mind that the analog quality of the pi sound is quite bad, and you hear poping on some emulators. If I could I'd get an HDMI screen with an audio out port.
- I need to think about the best way to switch the power to the thing.

- I need to do some research on plexiglass to get a sheet to protect the screen, and also get a marquee for the top part.

- I need to research a bit painting MDF, and maybe get some vinyls decoration.

Hope this helps you guys.
Last edited by etherbest on Thu Apr 04, 2013 3:12 pm, edited 1 time in total.

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Re: My cabinet

Thu Apr 04, 2013 11:06 am

etherbest wrote:I thought I should share.

Im still a long way from the end, but looking good!

Image
https://fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.net/ ... 2738_o.jpg
Wow, looks pretty cool :shock:

Details, details!
Mis apuntes de...Raspberry Pi: http://misapuntesde.com
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etherbest
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Re: My cabinet

Thu Apr 04, 2013 3:11 pm

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