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    I think I'm going to have a go at building it into an arcade cabinet. I have 3 arcade machines in the garage, one of which I could convert quite easily or I might have a go at making one from scratch from MDF.

    Anyway, what I'm not sure about is interfacing controls to the Pi and also possibly getting vga out of the pi, since I think old analogue flat screens will be easy to get and cheap.

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    Right, done a bit of research on the controls.

    Loads of places sell kits like these which includes all of the buttons, stick and the encoder. It looks like they run around £14 per player...

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    There's a 2 player set on amazon which I could have tomorrow but it works out about double the money.

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    This is the control panel I have to replace for the cabinet I already have.

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    My missus thinks I should bite the bullet and build one from scratch as it will live in our spare room rather than the garage.

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    Default Re: RetroPie - Raspberry Pi 3

    Quote Originally Posted by maltloaf View Post
    I think I'm going to have a go at building it into an arcade cabinet. I have 3 arcade machines in the garage, one of which I could convert quite easily or I might have a go at making one from scratch from MDF.

    Anyway, what I'm not sure about is interfacing controls to the Pi and also possibly getting vga out of the pi, since I think old analogue flat screens will be easy to get and cheap.

    Anyone done any of this ?

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    I found a decent site tonight about how to boot from a network etc...

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    I am messing with an Orange Pi tonight and trying to get that working! Once I have the right image I am going to put Alexa onto it (although the Echo is apparently getting announced on the 14th!!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Squizza View Post
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    yea i've looked at a few of those. The only one I like is this one

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    but they don't seem to do a full sized version.

    Might be making my own yet, there seem to be plenty of plans on the interweb
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    Default Re: RetroPie - Raspberry Pi 3

    Yeah the bar top put me off.. I am not at the point of the missus letting me do a full build yet..

    Yet..

    I am looking into the exact space where I know it would fit right now..

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    i've done a few arcade builds and its fairly straight forward, I think you will be happer doing one from scratch
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    Default Re: RetroPie - Raspberry Pi 3

    I don't own a jigsaw at the moment so for the cost of that and the raw materials buying a flat pack one might be the best option. I've found a uk supplier on eBay for buttons, sticks and USB interfaces so I'll get those ordered unless anyone knows of a better supplier ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by maltloaf View Post
    I don't own a jigsaw at the moment so for the cost of that and the raw materials buying a flat pack one might be the best option. I've found a uk supplier on eBay for buttons, sticks and USB interfaces so I'll get those ordered unless anyone knows of a better supplier ?
    i generally order stuff straight from China but these days you dont save so much, the build quality on most of them is fairly good these days so you should be fine with eBay
    You know he grew up as a little shitspark from the old shitflint and then he turned into a shitbonfire and driven by the winds of his monumental ignorance he turned into a raging shitfirestorm. If I get to be married to Barb I'll have total control of Sunnyvale and then I can unleash the shitnami tidal wave that will engulf Ricky and extinguish his shitflames forever. And with any luck he'll drown in the undershit of that wave. Shitwaves.

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    Am I the only one who thinks £100-£180 for a bit of MDF is a pisstake?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MajorFU View Post
    Am I the only one who thinks £100-£180 for a bit of MDF is a pisstake?
    yes and no.......yes if you can make it yourself, no if you cant
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    Default Re: RetroPie - Raspberry Pi 3

    I'm thinking of getting this set up for retropie and also xbmc/kodi, would it work ok to just use the 16GB card in the kit and use a 1tb 2.5" portable USB drive I've had lying around for a while to store all the roms etc? and also movies and music for other applications.

    Can applications be installed to a usb drive or does some core files have to exist in the root sd flash?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MajorFU View Post
    I'm thinking of getting this set up for retropie and also xbmc/kodi, would it work ok to just use the 16GB card in the kit and use a 1tb 2.5" portable USB drive I've had lying around for a while to store all the roms etc? and also movies and music for other applications.

    Can applications be installed to a usb drive or does some core files have to exist in the root sd flash?

    You can install kodi as an add on to retropie. You can use whatever drive you want really, I'd keep the emulator cores and front end etc on the sd card but all of your roms etc can go anywhere.

    Yes I think 180+ is a piss take for slot together mdf kits. Materials wise it's probably under £30 but having said that, £180 is a cheap arcade cabinet as they go. You would expect to pay £300 plus for a real one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by maltloaf View Post
    You can install kodi as an add on to retropie. You can use whatever drive you want really, I'd keep the emulator cores and front end etc on the sd card but all of your roms etc can go anywhere.

    Yes I think 180+ is a piss take for slot together mdf kits. Materials wise it's probably under £30 but having said that, £180 is a cheap arcade cabinet as they go. You would expect to pay £300 plus for a real one.
    What would the screen be like? I think I would like to try this.

    I'll see how yours looks when done and decide, I suppose you could also store and stream music to sound bars etc from it too?

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    I found my old mame cd's and attached a couple of the readmes, I'm not sure if I can use these but will give them a go

    If anyone wants some of these I can dropbox them

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    Quote Originally Posted by MajorFU View Post
    I found my old mame cd's and attached a couple of the readmes, I'm not sure if I can use these but will give them a go

    If anyone wants some of these I can dropbox them

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    What version of Mame do these run on?
    Any chance of Pacland
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    The version of rom you need depends what version of mame you are running. I am now only running mame4all on my pi which needs 037b5 roms - they don't work with the newest mame executable. I think I have 3 different pacland roms for mame4all and a couple of ones for the latest mame.

    these 2 are for the latest mame

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    Default Re: RetroPie - Raspberry Pi 3

    Quote Originally Posted by maltloaf View Post
    The version of rom you need depends what version of mame you are running. I am now only running mame4all on my pi which needs 037b5 roms - they don't work with the newest mame executable. I think I have 3 different pacland roms for mame4all and a couple of ones for the latest mame.
    Fella I've not even got a version of mame at the moment
    Just need to decide where to put it.
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    I added the pacland roms I have for the latest mame binary to my previous post. These are the ones for 037b5 which is what mame4all needs
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