Category Archive: 6) Computer Configuration

Oct 02 2012

A Note on Sound

When complete, this machine will provide as close to the entire arcade experience as possible.  Part of that is Neon lights which will be discussed later. The other part is the electronic arcade ambient noise. The two speakers in the back will reflect arcade sounds subtly off the wall behind the cabinet for realism.  I accomplish this with TheShanMan’s Arcade Ambience App.  It uses a separate sound card to play the effects. I am using sounds from the Arcade Ambiance Project. I am specifically using the 1981 and 1983 files from the download section.

The Front speakers will play a random playlist of late 70’s and early 80’s pop while in the game menus, which will fade out when a game is started up.  When you quit the game, it fades up to the place you last left in the song.  This functionality is built into the MALA Front End I am using.  I highly suggest MALA.  It is extremely flexible and supports plugins that I will discuss later.

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Jun 02 2012

Computer Configuration

FOXCONN 6150K8MA-8EKRS Socket 939 Motherboard
AMD A64 X2 3800+ 2.0G Dual-Core CPU
ASUS DVD-E616A3T Reader
1GB Corsair RAM VS1GB400C3  (soon to be 3)
Saitek Eclipse Backlit Keyboard
Acer 5MS AL2017 20-” 4:3 LCD Monitor

It’s all mounted to the inside – no PC case.  I fabricated an aluminium bracket to secure the add-in cards.

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Here’s what I am using for the Computer.

Apr 02 2012

Simulating Arcade Monitor Scan lines on a Modern Day LCD Screen

There are several good overlays included with MAME in the [Artwork] folder.  Just add the command line switch to your front end config.
mame <game> –effect aperture1x2rb  (for low res displays)
mame <game> -effect aperture2x4rb  (for high res displays)
I am using RGB_KB.PNG, attached with a few others I found.  Just detach these into your /mame/artwork folder and add -effect rgb_kb.png to the MAME command line.
I don’t know who to credit for these, I found them a few years ago and Google isn’t much help.
I am using scanline effects in MAME to simulate the old CRT look of 1980’s Arcade Machines.  There are several good overlays included with MAME in the [Artwork] folder.  Just add the command line switch to your front end config.
mame <game> –effect aperture1x2rb  (for low res displays)
mame <game> -effect aperture2x4rb  (for high res displays)
I am using RGB_KB.PNG, (attached with a few others I found.)  Just detach these into your /mame/artwork folder and add -effect rgb_kb.png to the MAME command line.  I don’t know who to credit for these, I found them a few years ago and Google isn’t much help. Contact me if you know and I will add proper attribution.

Files

Oct 11 2008

Computer Parts

I bought the PC Parts last year. Here’s what I’ll be using:

  • FOXCONN 6150K8MA-8EKRS Socket 939 Motherboard
  • AMD A64 X2 3800+ 2.0G Dual-Core CPU
  • ASUS DVD-E616A3T DVD-ROM
  • 1GB Corsair RAM VS1GB400C3
  • Saitek Eclipse Backlit Keyboard
  • Acer 5MS AL2017 20-” 4:3 LCD Monitor