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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 MAME the page looks messy and outdated.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The list of emulators is outdated/incomplete (new stuff has arrived since the old wiki!).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)

Should we add a FAQ link to the Main Wiki page "Main Arcade Cabinet Portals" section? If not, how do we make it easy for new guys to find? PL1 (talk) 01:30, 10 January 2014 (EST)

Yes, the FAQ already contains a lot of info so IMHO it is ready for linking from the frontpage. Felsir (talk) 02:45, 10 January 2014 (EST)

Topics to fix/review:

"USB gamepads/controllers" needs review.

"Soldering" needs supporting text.

"LED controllers" needs supporting text.

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

"Commonly used emulators" May need further review of "flavors" text. (Current version is still pretty rough.)

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.

Screenshots of Command Line MAME and GUI MAME to illustrate different "flavors" of MAME.

Video connections might work better with a visual of the various sockets.


"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.

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)