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  1. Well, I finally got off my ass and finished painting and flooring. The games garage is nearing its final form. Just need to fix up my driving cab, get some posters on the walls and move in a kegerator 😁
  2. It depends on how your cab is setup. If its 15khz and uses a J-PAC to hook up the PC, I can setup a PC at my place, which would easily transfer to any JAMMA based J-PAC setup. Would just need to see photos of how your current setup is hooked up. Not a great time for me to do it, as I am mid garage renovation project, but I would be able to configure a PC in the next few weeks. All I do is MAME ROMS though, no console stuff. I do a very barebones setup made for 15khz arcade machines.
  3. I'd just nuke the old drive and start fresh with a new drive and install. It's often a whole lot easier than trying to fix a dead machine. I find the best thing for MAME machines these days is to buy an old Dell Optiplex low profile machine off Gumtree for like $80-$100 and then do a fresh install of GroovyMAME and CRT_EMU driver.
  4. Post photos of the cabinet to show us what's currently in it and how it is wired. No need to replace the CRT with an LCD, you can get modern multiboards that work great on CRT. You've got a good few choices and options here depending on how much you want to spend, how accurate you want the emulation to be, and how technical you are. 1) Pandora's Box multiboard - Kind of plug and play, but requires a CHAMMA to JAMMA adaptor. 2) Pi-JAMMA - Not plug and play, requires software setup. 3) GroovyMAME PC - Not plug and play, requires software setup, but will give you the best results for an all-round machine.
  5. Not rare, but sought after for anyone with more than a few arcade machines. Going rate when I bought mine a few years back was $70-$80.
  6. I had a pair of Mag-Stiks a long time ago. They are very well built and the 4-way/8-way switching works well. However, they are a very heavy stick with a very short throw distance. They feel weird compared to other sticks. I was not a huge fan and ended up getting rid of them.
  7. And let the great candy cab scramble begin! 😄
  8. Game elf are pretty old these days and not really used much. Pandora's box models are the go-to multiboard now if you want plug and play with no setup. If you want to go the setup route, you've got MAME PCs, Pi-JAMMA, Mistercade and others. Really depends what you want to achieve and how well you want to achieve it vs how much money you want to spend.
  9. Bugger 😞 As soon as I saw it I knew there would be a bunch of people scrambling to get it. I hope it goes to a good home.
  10. This has been up for a day or more now, and I am surprised the ad hasn't been taken down. The seller is likely being hammered with enquiries as the price is a total bargain these days. https://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/underwood/other-video-games-consoles/sega-astro-city-arcade-cabinet/1287894736?utm_source=messenger&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=socialbuttons&utm_content=android_VIP_sticky Anyone on here angling to get it? It's close to me, and I saw it when it got listed, but I have no room and no more need for another Astro. Has the common control panel crack as well, which always puts me off. EDIT: HAH! As I posted this, the ad got removed. Did anyone on here get it? It was an $800 original Astro City in pretty good shape aside from the CP crack. Original wiring and what looked to be the original monitor also. I sent it to a few mates, but they didn't hear back from the seller.
  11. It's an interesting choice, but they are immensely popular around the world. I have met some truly die-hard Rush fans in my life. Tom Sawyer will always remain a classic rock song.
  12. Happy to help @Shock_And_Awe Like I said, it's just so much easier to set stuff up these days due to the amazing work that has been done by people to make install images for things like GroovyMAME and CRT_EMUdriver. Let me know how you go with the final stages of the setup with the J-PAC PS2/USB cable and give me a yell if you have any issues. It should pretty much work out of the box, as long as your J-PAC is set to default buttons, which it should be.
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