Our MAME Arcade Cabinet is alive! Dave walks you thru wiring the controls, Brendan has the word on which OS to run, along with lots of info on configuring MAME on your fave OS!
Finally! A woodworking free Month of MAME episode of Systm... and plus our full size classic arcade emulator is up and running!
Dave shows you how to wire the buttons, trackball, and coin door up to the interface that plus into the PC stuffed inside our MAME cabinet... lots of crimping here!
Where did our buttons, joysticks, trackball and coin door come from? HAPP Controls
The I-PAC and OPTI-PAC that convert the button/trackball/joystic/etc. signals into keyboard codes your MAME emulator can understand... they're from UltiMarc
Does this whole cabinet thing seem like way too much trouble? X-Arcade has nifty tabletop arcade controls that'll plug into your systm via a USB port!
Brendan brings some good info on configuring a MAME emulator... he played around with several operating systems (DOS or Windows or Linux or BSD are the names most often flamed over) to MAME front end options.
Brendan's big insight: the operating system doesn't much matter: it's all about embracing the emulator. And, frankly, every MAME installation, no matter the OS, requires a pretty similar list of hardware.
He's got a detailed article discussing MAME emulator installation, hardware and software picks across all the OSs that you can download.
Windows: MAMEWAH is a simple cabinet based fronend for windows- it catalogs yoru ROM collection, and has an interface you can use via buttons and joysticks. You'll need the mamedev mame.exe to go with this.
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