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"USB gamepads/controllers" needs review.
"USB gamepads/controllers" needs review.
::For now it seems okay. [[User:Felsir|Felsir]] ([[User talk:Felsir|talk]]) 05:05, 13 January 2014 (EST)
"Soldering" needs supporting text.
"Soldering" needs supporting text.

Revision as of 06:05, 13 January 2014

Links to review:

  1. restoration --04:34, 11 December 2013 (EST)~
  2. basics --Felsir Felsir (talk) 07:09, 11 December 2013 (EST)
  3. Arcade_Cabinet Felsir (talk) 05:35, 12 December 2013 (EST)
  4. Driving_Controls Felsir (talk) 05:39, 17 December 2013 (EST)
  5. Lighting (currently only deals with marquee, should eventually include all lighting options and branch out to specialized pages) Felsir (talk) 10:17, 18 December 2013 (EST)
  6. MAME the page looks messy and outdated. Felsir (talk) 07:24, 9 January 2014 (EST)
  7. MAME Flavors Added to go more in depth. Felsir (talk) 07:24, 9 January 2014 (EST)

The list of emulators is outdated/incomplete (new stuff has arrived since the old wiki!). Once the FAQ is done, I think the emulator section will be my top priority (as this is where I struggled the most when setting up my own cabinet).Felsir (talk) 07:44, 8 January 2014 (EST)

Topics to fix/review:

"USB gamepads/controllers" needs review.

For now it seems okay. Felsir (talk) 05:05, 13 January 2014 (EST)

"Soldering" needs supporting text.

Added some text. I think it is sufficient for now (no need to explain "how to solder" I think, we're not explaining how to use a router either). What do you think? Felsir (talk) 04:54, 13 January 2014 (EST)

"LED controllers" needs review.

"Displays, Input lag (Not response time)" needs supporting text.

I split this one up in 'response time' in the display section and 'input lag' in the software section. My reasoning for this is: while I was typing how to deal with input lag, it dawned on me that this is essentially a software problem (the emulation adds too much to process the user input) thus I moved that to software. It did however leave a gap because the response time is probably a more well known term (incorrectly used but that's another thing) thus I used that in the display section to make the difference more obvious. Felsir (talk) 04:52, 13 January 2014 (EST)

Images to find/make/fix:

Types of Cabs (small) -- Banner with Sketchup line drawing of each sub-type with human figure for scale.

What is JAMMA/JAMMA+? -- Pic of 56-pin JAMMA connector.

Mounting joysticks -- 4-player "straight" vs. "angled" joysticks.

Mounting options -- Diagram showing Top-mount, Under-mount (non-recessed), Under-mount (recessed), Threaded inserts, and Support blocks.

How do I wire microswitches to an encoder? -- Diagram or picture showing three microswitches wired to an encoder and a daisy-chain ground.

Single-Color and RGB LED buttons -- Pic showing the lighting and switch wiring.

Requested permission to use/edit the RGB wiring diagram at http://forum.arcadecontrols.com/index.php/topic,137025.msg1413332.html#msg1413332 PL1 (talk) 06:35, 11 January 2014 (EST)
Permission received, text on image needs to be edited. PL1 (talk) 07:05, 11 January 2014 (EST)

Screenshots of Command Line MAME and GUI MAME to illustrate different "flavors" (variants?) of MAME.


"Should I update my system with each new release of MAME?" The short answer is almost always NO.

Exception: If the new release fixes something that makes it worth the time and effort to update your ROMs and will still run well on your system.

Added the section. Felsir (talk) 05:00, 13 January 2014 (EST)

Different build versions/"flavors" of MAME

Car analogy

  • MAME = factory original
  • NoNag = putting on new rims
  • Alternate builds = hotrods based on the factory original

When you get parts (ROMs) for your car (MAME) you not only need to know the name of the part, you need to know the make/model/year -- a headlight for a 1972 Ford Mustang =/= headlight for a 2014 Ford Mustang.

As automotive technology improves year-to-year, several parts are improved, while others stay the same.

I like that analogy! Felsir (talk) 02:47, 10 January 2014 (EST)
I tried to include the analogy in the text but for some reason I struggle with the words :-( It might be an idea to write this in the MAME Variants wikipage? Felsir (talk) 05:49, 11 January 2014 (EST)
Maybe we can hammer out the wording here on the talk page then cut/paste to wherever it works. PL1 (talk) 07:21, 11 January 2014 (EST)

Should we change "flavors" to variants? Seems like a more accurate wording choice seen here: http://mrdo.mameworld.info/mame.php PL1 (talk) 03:35, 11 January 2014 (EST)

Variants seems a better name (probably less confusing). I moved the page and renamed a few things.Felsir (talk) 05:44, 11 January 2014 (EST)

I was unable to find what the purpose/goal of GroovyMame actually is- I think it is a variant with more control over video settings? Not sure. Felsir (talk) 05:44, 11 January 2014 (EST)

Updated GroovyMame text here and on "MAME Variants" page. PL1 (talk) 07:21, 11 January 2014 (EST)