Dreamcast Arcade Cabinet

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Dreamcast Arcade Cabinet

Post by ColGraff » Sun May 19, 2002 7:07 am

As with, I'm sure, many of the much more talented members of the Dreamcast community, I use my Dreamcast primarily as an emulation box - MAME, DCSI, etc. So what I would like to do is actually rig up some sort of arcade cabinet I could put my dreamcast in, to make the retro-gaming thing that much more realistic. What's my best option here? Should I buy a used cabinet? Build my own? If I should buy a cabinet, where? As you can see, I am clueless, and need advice so that I can - hopefully - no longer be clueless. :D
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Post by I@N » Sun May 19, 2002 8:23 am

Another member of these boards is doing the very same thing. See Pipa's post in this topic:

http://www.dcemulation.org/phpBB/viewtopic.php?t=10505

Or go directly to his website which has step by step details of what he did.

http://www.thebrokenjoystick.com/games/dreamcast/

I hope this helps :)
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Post by pipa » Tue May 21, 2002 10:47 am

Email me directly (go here to email me:
http://www.thebrokenjoystick.com/email )
and I can give you LOTS of pointers. My work so far:
http://www.thebrokenjoystick.com/games/dreamcast/
and
http://www.thebrokenjoystick.com/pictures/dreamcast

still not quite done. I cut out an access panel in the bottom front where I will keep my CDs and the amp for the sound. I almost have the CP done. I need to take more pics. :)

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Post by supersega » Tue May 21, 2002 11:13 pm

I also put my dreamcast in an arcade cabinet. The best thing to do is to go to your local arcade and ask them for a stripped (empty) cabinet, this is the least expensive way to do it. As far as the monitor goes, I suggest getting a vga adapter for the best possible image quality. This will let you use a 13" high definition screen untill you have enough money to by an arcade monitor ($350+) and you can convert the vga signal to a high quality arcade signal with parts from http://www.ultimarc.com!

As far as the controls go, you should solder onto a cheap controller,only if you are using the dreamcast to emulate the arcade games. If you don't care about not being able to use the controller with DCemulation emu's the I suggest buying an X-arcade (http://www.x-arcade.com) pcb and wiring in the reqired buttons.

As far as my project goes, I'm still trying to get some pictures of it so I can post them.
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Post by pipa » Fri May 24, 2002 1:21 pm

[quote]The best thing to do is to go to your local arcade and ask them for a stripped (empty) cabinet, this is the least expensive way to do it. [/quote]

Another thing to do is check and see if you have any arcade auctions in your area. There is a narcade auction every 2 months about 1.5 hours away from me. You can get cabinets there for easily less than $25 - many even cheaper. (and working games for less than $50 :) I got most of my arcade collection at the local auctions:
http://www.thebrokenjoystick.com/games

[quote]As far as the monitor goes, I suggest getting a vga adapter for the best possible image quality. This will let you use a 13" high definition screen untill you have enough money to by an arcade monitor ($350+) and you can convert the vga signal to a high quality arcade signal with parts from http://www.ultimarc.com![/quote]

If you pay $350 + $57 = $407 for an arcade monitor and a JPac, you're either ungodly rich or smoking crack. You can get a BRAND NEW 19" arcade monitor for $175 + shipping (~$25) or a used one for much less. Instead of a JPAC ($57) you can hack a DC SCART cable ($4.00 at buy.com:
http://www.buy.com/retail/product.asp?s ... queryType= )
and make a small circuit to convert the sync and then you can hook the DC up to an arcade monitor. OR, since the prices of VGA monitors have come down so much, just grab a cheap 19" monitor and use the VGA Box to hook straight to it. OR, grab one of the arcade style (open frame) EYGO VGA monitors:
http://www.closeouts-usa.com/ey27coltvmon.html
and use that (that's what I did - mine is 19" though):
http://www.thebrokenjoystick.com/pictur ... /screen_cp
OR, just put a 19" or 25" TV in the cabinet and use that.

[quote]As far as the controls go, you should solder onto a cheap controller,only if you are using the dreamcast to emulate the arcade games. If you don't care about not being able to use the controller with DCemulation emu's the I suggest buying an X-arcade (http://www.x-arcade.com) pcb and wiring in the reqired buttons.[/quote]

If you're like me (a cheap-@$$) there's no way you're going to pay $200 for an X-arcade controller. For about $65 in parts you cna just hack a cheap controller like a Quantum Fighter pad:
http://www.thebrokenjoystick.com/pictures/dc-qfhack
(the tutorial isn't quite finished yet)
and put BRAND NEW genuine arcade sticks/buttons on your arcade control panel:
http://www.thebrokenjoystick.com/pictur ... /dc_cab_cp
besides, what fun is it to use an off-the-shelf controller like an X-arcade when you can hack it yourself? :)

Here are pictures of my arcade cabinet so far. I hope to finish it SOOON!
http://www.thebrokenjoystick.com/pictures/dreamcast

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Post by supersega » Sat May 25, 2002 11:56 am

I'm only a seinor on highschool, beleive me, I'm trying to do this the least expesive way, but at the same time I'm trying to get the best quality parts.

As far as Auctions go, I have never heard of getting a full working machine for less than $50. I have looked at a several Auction results in my area (San Jose) and nothing left the auction for less than $300. Maybe in your area there ar more arcade machines for sale than people want to by, thus lowering their price.

After posting my previos message, I realised I was wrong about converting the dreamcast vga signal to an arcade signal, you are right on that one, the best thing to do is hack a scart cable.

Please let me know where you can buy a new arcade monitor for about $200. Or where I can get a used one for that matter for about $50. There is no reason to mock me, I'm sure you have realised that arcade parts can get expensive. I want a 25" monitor for my cabinet and it seems almost impossible to find a new one for less than $350, even a refurbished monitor in my area is $315. Where could I get a used 25" monitor for cheep?

The X-arcade was a christmas gift from my parents. Even though I ended up only using the innnards, It still allows you to use the same control panel with any other video game system or computer without having to hack a different set controllers every time you want to play a different system (This could get expensive, especially with the next generation systems controllers.) You see I plan on using other systems in my cabinet besides the dreamcast, but for now I can't get enough of soul calibur.
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