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Arcade Cocktail Table - All Systems Go!

on Tue, 03/10/2015 - 00:55

The arcade table project I undertook to use an old netbook to run MAME-emulated games in a game table configuration is finally mostly functional. I have both player controls wired and working. The coin door is wired and working--well only one coin slot is actually wired, because I preferred using a button for player 1 coin op and only have a 2-player config--though I still need to add a power source for the lights. The key to making this easier is bundling and labelling the wires properly, which I kind of learned the hard way on Player one, LOL.

CI20 First Impressions...

on Mon, 03/02/2015 - 03:23

Imagination Technologies (see my CES 2015 experience here) kindly sent me a CI20 development board to check out after the show. I'll be doing a more thorough review later, but wanted to get some of my early thoughts and experiences down first. It comes loaded out of the box with Debian and enough space left over on flash storage NAND to install plenty of packages that will let you kick the tires (see the full tech specs here). I haven't done so yet, but you can also format Android onto an SD card and boot it as a second OS.

Arcade Coin Door installation!

on Sun, 01/04/2015 - 18:34

This took way longer than should have (see the full post up on the Arcade Cabinet project here). It was so simple once I borrowed my daughter's jigsaw. I simply had to modify the shape and size of the default holes cut for the cabinet, and shim up the bottom edge a bit. Came out looking pretty decent. Still need to install fans and a power supply, but can now actually run the switch that senses the coin entry off the I-PAC mini control board! Read on for the full ordeal, though it was really pretty painless.