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    Hi there,

    thankgod there is now a australian site that deals with this stuff

    Ok here I go a couple of years ago me and a mate built a arcade box that used mame and a chopup keyboard. It was hard but we got it down.

    Now we fell the urge to do it all over again but something different. We want to build a Street Fighter Hyper II machine. I have seen that the jamma boards aren't that $$$. So I want to know how to do it.

    I will need the following
    1) SFII jamma board "http://www.jammaboards.com/store/arcade-pcbs/jamma-pcbs/street-fighter-ii-hyper-fighting-jamma-pcb/prod_134.html"
    2)JAMMA Wiring harness
    3) 2 joystick
    4)8 buttons
    5) Is it possible to use a button for a coin ???
    6)aracde cabinet
    7)Monitor (Is it possible to use a VGA monitor, cause I have a 19inch ???)
    8) Power supply ???????

    Is there anything else that I am missing ?????

  • #2
    you'd probably need the kick harness for SF2. 8 buttons?

    Cheers,

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    • #3
      Originally posted by graf

      I will need the following
      1) SFII jamma board "http://www.jammaboards.com/store/arcade-pcbs/jamma-pcbs/street-fighter-ii-hyper-fighting-jamma-pcb/prod_134.html"
      2)JAMMA Wiring harness
      3) 2 joystick
      4)8 buttons
      5) Is it possible to use a button for a coin ???
      6)aracde cabinet
      7)Monitor (Is it possible to use a VGA monitor, cause I have a 19inch ???)
      8) Power supply ???????

      Is there anything else that I am missing ?????
      1. There are always street fighter 2 jamma boards on ebay. some are original, some hyper, championship etc. they do range in price varying on the time they are listed. i think there are 2 or 3 on ebay right now. anything around $120 i think is a good price.

      2. get your buttons / sticks from ozstick. everyone here deals with him and he is also a regular on this forum.

      3. you can use a button for a coin

      4. i'd build my own cab for mame. there's a whole 'show us your mame cab' thread here in the mame section for ideas. otherwise, there's always empty / non working cabs on ebay that go for reasonable prices - $100 - $200.

      5. you can use a pc moniter, tv, arcade monitor and jomac (also a regular here) can set you up with monitor chasis.

      6. you will also need jpac / ipac (here's a discussion about the best ones) and some other crap. here's a full step by step guide on elvis' mame cab.
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      • #4
        Hi mate,

        First,

        There are a couple of version of SF2, the first iterations run on the CPS-1 Hardware. The later versions of SF2, i.e. Super Street Fighter 2 and Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo run on the CPS-2 Hardware (as well as street fighter alpha's etc).

        Both of these systems use different kick harness's for buttons 4,5,6.

        This is the harness for CPS-1
        http://www.jammaboards.com/store/wir...s/prod_48.html

        This is the Harness for CPS-2
        http://www.jammaboards.com/store/wir...s/prod_49.html

        Chris at Ozstick, or Dan (elvis) at gamedude will be able to help you out with buttons and sticks.

        Basically you've got two options. First you can go for the aussie style buttons which have got a concave top or you can go for the japanese buttons which use a convex/dome top. Its all up tp personal preference.

        Then you've got sticks. All Japanese stick feel very lightly sprung (almost as if they are broken) You can either go the JLF route with the 5 pin plug or the Sanwa legacy sticks which use microswitches.

        Power supply's you have got two options. First you can grab a Peter Chou arcade psu from somewhere like highway games for $50, or you can mod an AT PSU. I would go for the Peter Chou supply though as you can fine-tune the voltage on the 5V rail, unlike regular AT supplies.

        You wont be able to use your VGA monitor unless it can sink down to 15Khz. Most monitors can only go down to 32Khz (640x480). Another cheap alternative is to grab a tv with a Scart input as that will take the RGB signal from your pcb natively.

        Also, you can use any momentary switch for a coin-mech replacement. Otherwise, Chris at ozstick sells mechanical coin mech for cheap as chips.

        In the end, it might be alot easier if you just go out and buy a cheap lowboy etc, but if your after a project, then by all means go for it.

        (Rottenpig beat me to it! Damn my two finger typing!)

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        • #5
          Lots of information that I have to read now
          I be back. Like what I was saying ealier , me and my mate built one but (mame with a PC). It was all good but we sold it . The FOOL I WAS FOR DOING THAT hehehe.

          Now we just want to build a machine just for SF II. The best .

          I will be back

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          • #6
            if you just want a machine for sf2, then why go for mame? just buy a $300-$500 cab depending on the style you want and get the board. alot easier, quicker, and cheaper. just have a look on ebay. it'll probably only take you a month to get what you're after.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Berty
              You wont be able to use your VGA monitor unless it can sink down to 15Khz. Most monitors can only go down to 32Khz (640x480). Another cheap alternative is to grab a tv with a Scart input as that will take the RGB signal from your pcb natively.
              Question: so any old TV with SCART inputs will accept a signal straight from a PCB,
              with just a bit of cable hacking??

              trying to find a cheap monitor for my first cab, before i step up to the real thing. (when i have enuff spare $$)

              is the end result comparable to an arcade monitor??

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              • #8
                SCART is 15KHz RGB, so yes the signals are compatible. SCART requires composite sync, which most JAMMA systems spit out. The only other thing of note is that some SCART TVs need the blanking pin set, but I've never come across these personally (but then again, I've dealt with only a handful of SCART TVs ever).

                Just be wary of the voltages. SCART usually works around 1-2V, and arcade RGB output is often around 5-7V. You may need to add a few components in there to stop your resulting picture being too bright (conversely, you need a few caps on your RGB lines when connecting SCART to JAMMA to act as a pullup).

                More here:
                http://www.crazykong.com/tech/FAQ.rgb-vga.txt
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                • #9
                  thx Elvis - i'll do some googling tonight and look for a SCART TV at the good guys and see what i can do.

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                  • #10
                    man there are so many options. just check on ebay and i see that the cocktail boxes sell for so much !!! You can build these things cheap. like the most expensice part will be the jamma unit.

                    Hmm I wounder what the little lady will say when I want $500 to build a game machine eheheheh

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                    • #11
                      With scart too, you need to run ground and +5 to the scart connector as well. But your +5 needs to have a 100ohm resistor on it (i think).

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                      • #12
                        Why would you need a button for Coin? Why not just set it to free play?
                        ...maybe, but then again "maybe" covers a lot of things, like: maybe Michael Jackson really is LaToya in drag, or maybe if Dorothy clicks her heels 3 times and says "There's no place like home" while she is at home, she would telefrag herself..." - MadMikeAU

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                        • #13
                          I am only used to mame machine. I didn't know that jamma board could do that.

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                          • #14
                            Only the US region CPS2's have got free play, all of the other you have to use the service button.

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                            • #15
                              u guys seem to know heaps. is it hard to set up a jamma machine from scratch ? like I know it was a bit of a pain to do the mame box (we were tight asrses , and hack a keyboard up hehehe)

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