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Project is current:
Koenraad, Koen, Tom2, Kasper
Short description of the project:
Make an arcade machine!
'''Note:''' For information on the really big arcade we got from gameswap look at the page [[Arcade for the Grab]].
== Beginnings ==
[[Sandb]] acquired some kiosk stands discarded by his employer. They look ideally suited to make Arcade Machine.
== Brains ==
In order of preference
# Xbox (1st gen) is a great platform, it's cheap and fast enough for MAME and other emus, it has USB-compatible ports (with a different form factor) for joysticks
#* Bert has one, will donate. <s>a secondhand xbox needs to be acquired, should be available for 25 euros [http://cgi.benl.ebay.be/XBOX-with-XBMC-DVD-Movie-Controller-Bigben-Wireless-/260799644275?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_123&hash=item3cb8dec273#ht_500wt_1156 ebay auction, xbox + xbmc 25euros]</s>
#* video out to VGA converter needs to be built ([http://www.xbox-linux.org/wiki/Xbox_VGA_HOWTO xbox-linux wiki] page is down though, [https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:swM39qg0leMJ:www.xbox-linux.org/wiki/Xbox_VGA_HOWTO+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&source=encrypted.google.com google cache] ok)
# Small Linux box with [http://mamedev.org/ MAME] can easily fit into the bottom cabinet with room to spare.
# 'real' hardware
#* I([[Koen]])'m planning to donate a [http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sega_Mega_Drive Sega Mega Drive] if we're going to use it.
#* Maybe an Amiga can also be build into this retro gaming system if [[Impy]] likes to participate.
# [http://games.slashdot.org/story/11/03/08/0443246/Gameduino-Project-Aims-To-Game-ify-the-Arduino Gameduino] could be nice.
Tom2 acquired a secondhand xbox + 2 controllers.
== Screen ==
An Arcade machine should be CRT based, but LCD seems only feasible option.
== Controls ==
[http://www.happcontrols.com/ Happ] arcade controls consisting of 2 joysticks, 14 buttons, player1/2-button. See pictures for a preview.
Use [http://www.pjrc.com/teensy/index.html teensyusb 2.0] to make a USB HID interface.
== Speakers ==
Low-quality speakers for playing 8-bit music are needed. We should hide them somewhere (bottom of the controls panel?).
== Artwork ==
Existing backlighted panels (especially on top) can be used for some tacky artwork/whitespace logo. Vinylcutter at timelab can be used for this.
== Still needed ==
* electronics to build xbox vga output (LM1881 ic + spare xbox video cable)
* speakers (some cheap speakers with built-in amp)
* TFT (Tom2 may be able to provide 17" 1280*1024 screen)
* 28mm drill bit (hole saw)
== Status ==
* cabinet in space
* buttons + joysticks acquired
* tft found
* 2 * [http://www.pjrc.com/teensy/index.html teensyusb 2.0] for USB HID interface have arrived
* spare cable + usb -> xbox cables purchased
* replaced xbox HD with 120GB HD
* installed 80mm fan in xbox (reduces noise, more airflow)
* programmed USB interface
* software running on xbox
== To Do ==
In order of importance
# build USB HID interface (soldering)
# build xbox vga connection
# decide on button layout + drill holes
# wire up buttons to interfaces
* build screen mount?
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