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    *SPECIAL* cabinet for DRACER

    Hi All,

    Updated 31/05

    As many of you would no doubt remember, Brad is a high profile survivor of the Kinglake fires who lost nearly all of his material posessions, part of which included a number of arcade machines.

    Fortunately one cabinet survived because it has been sitting at my place waiting for Brad to decide what he'd like me to do with it.

    He contacted me the other day and said that he wants it to be converted into an awesome MAME cab that he can keep so he and his family can enjoy it for some time to come.

    Anyone who knows Brad would agree with me in saying he is a great bloke who would not hesitate to help anyone out, so I reckon we should now do the same for him.

    In short, what I would like to do is call for contributions from AA members so I can put this cabinet together and present it to Brad. I know a lot of you expressed your willingness to help out in some way, so here is your opportunity to do just that!

    Note that I am donating my time to put the cabinet together for Brad and the only cost I expect him to foot is for petrol in his ute to come over and pick the cabinet up!

    Here are some pics of the cabinet:



    Following is a list of the items I am looking for so I can do the conversion:

    Control Panel
    Brad would like a 2 player 6 button layout. If anyone has a spare control panel (an empty panel would be perfect) with that layout to fit this cabinet then it would be great if you would consider donating it. We are happy to do a swap for the existing panel which just happens to include two working rotary joysticks in very good condition.
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    Artwork / Marquee
    I know there are some very clever artists out there so it would be awesome if someone could put together a marquee, instruction card and maybe even some side art for the cabinet and arrange for it to be printed. Members can feel free to contribute to the printing costs as I'd expect it may cost more than a few bucks to get done.

    You'd be best to liaise with Brad to work out what sort of artwork would be appropriate.
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    Software setup
    Brad asked me ages ago to look into using Hyperspin as the FE for this cabinet, however I've not used if before so I have no idea where to start. So I need someone to put their hand up and configure a HDD (or indeed the whole PC) with a kick butt FE, MAME and ROMs after I have installed a stripped version of XP on it.

    It would probably be best to tie the FE artwork in with that of the marquee etc, so communication with whoever does the artwork would be a good idea.
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    Joysticks, pushbuttons, I-PAC etc
    Obviously I already have all this stuff in stock, however I'd like to think that a few people could donate a few bucks to cover the cost of fitting out the control panel, considering I am already donating a lot of time on this project!
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    Monitor
    If anyone has a monitor they are willing to donate then please let me know - it's probably important to nut this out early as it may dictate how the PC needs to be set up. I did one of these cabs for Brad last year (which he lost to the fire) and fitted a 19" Dell PC monitor into it quite easily, so that might be the easiest way to go.
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    PC Hardware
    We will need a PC capable of running Hyperspin and obviously with enough RAM and a HDD large enough to store all the ROMs, pics etc. I know a few AA regulars who seem to come across a lot of old PC hardware quite easily so maybe one of them could be coaxed into a contribution.
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    Speakers - added 31/05
    A reasonable set of 2.1 speaker with a wired/wireless remote would be great. I can mount the satellites up under the marquee and hide the subby inside the cab, then run the remote externally so Brad or his kids can crank the sound up/down without having to open up the cab.
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    Other bits & pieces - added 31/05
    There's a few small extras such as a cam lock for the front door, a new rear panel and a powerboard for all the electrics to plug into (one of those nifty ones with the master socket), however these are minor expenses and we can easily cover them with a small donation or two.
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    Anything else I've left out!
    No doubt there is - if so please let me know and I will add it.
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    Where to from here??
    I will update this post so everyone is aware of how we are progressing with fulfilling the list above and acknowledge those who have made a contribution. I'll also make further posts to update everyone on how the cabinet itself is coming along - all going well I'd like to think we should be able to knock it over fairly quickly, however there are quite a few things that need to come together so that can happen.
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    How to contribute
    1/ If you are able to provide goods, funds or time to this project them please reply to this thread so we keep interest going.

    2/ Most importantly, PM ME to confirm that you're wanting to help. I will not broadcast how funds and goods are being collected anywhere other than via PM as I don't want stuff simply showing up unannounced.

    3/ Once I get your PM I will reply to you to advise how to proceed with fulfilling your pledge. I expect to be inundated with offers for help so bear with me if i take a while to get back to your PMs.

    Once again I wish to stress that I will receive NO PERSONAL GAIN from doing this - I just want to give something back to a fellow AA member who deserves it!

    I look forward to hearing from a LOT of you very soon.........

    Cheers,
    Chris
    Last edited by OzStick; 31st May 2009 at 12:13 PM.

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    Worthy cause indeed. Thread stuck.

    Will talk to Ryan see what we can chuck in to help

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    I have a pc here p4 1.8 gig 512 meg ram and I will hunt up a hdd for it probably got a 20 -40 gig laying round here somewhere to
    I will have a play with setting up hyperspin if I get stuck I will ask for help
    so thats the pc side done
    I will look for a 19-21 inch monitor this week will keep ya posted on it
    I may also have a new cp for that exact same cab think it is only 3 button setup though will check it out and post some pics of all the goodies I can scrounge up
    The best action is wrist action!!!!!!

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    i can donate a 120 gig HDD with tiny xp to the cause

    i can add the romset of mame 1.24 also to the hdd. pretty sure ive got the artwork files too

    if it hasnt already been covered that is
    you can always expect change in life..except from vending machines

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    G'day Chris. I have one more 21" monitor spare. Same one you grabbed off me last time. If you think it will shoehorn into that cab then it is all yours. Can pick up from Box hill same as last time.

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    Ill pay for the joysticks and buttons, just pm me your paypal and how much $$

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    if the 21" is too big I have a 19" CRT PC monitor. Let me know,
    Why do programmers get Christmas and Hallowe'en mixed up?
    A: Because Oct(31) = Dec(25)

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    Quote Originally Posted by mxd View Post
    if the 21" is too big I have a 19" CRT PC monitor. Let me know,
    PM SENT !!!!!!!!!!

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    playing with hyperspin on my pc dont think it will run on a 1.8 cpu it would bog it down looks like its mala or something similar
    The best action is wrist action!!!!!!

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    I am happy to pay for the IPAC, let me know costs and paypal address pls Chris

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