I sold this machine a few months ago. I will miss it. Maybe it will get more use in it's new home. The guy who bought it was also named Joe. He was happy about that. I will keep this site up for memories sake and research purposes. I will not be updating this site anymore.
I cannot recommend enough the importance of having all the preview movies for your MAME cabinet. It really adds a a much better appeal to your system setup. The attract modes look great. I use Emumovies as my source. And you should to! Support these guys!
So after some careful thought I decided to change my front end to this machine. I went with Hyperspin. I decided this for several reasons. The most important one being the eye candy. Hyperspin just has the coolest GUI I have seen. When I seen the youtube video of it running I knew right away I had to get this running on my system. There is nothing wrong with Maximus, in fact I think Maximus is STILL the way to go for first time builders. Maximus is still very easy to setup when compared to Hyperspin. Hyperspin was actually sort of a pain to get going. In fact I still have some embarrassing bugs I need to work out. Mainly just emulator configs. The hardest part about Hyperspin was getting my romset to match the XML files used to define the Games library. That took me forever. Now I have an external hard drive with all the necessary files and roms ready to be copied to any other machine I decide to build in the future. Anyway, I did a 28 minute video on this last night. You can check it out HERE.
The Video below is myself explaining the trial and error aspect of getting Hyperspin to operate correctly.
Here are some links of interest:
Hyperspin website - http://hyperspin-fe.com
Hyperspin setup tutorial - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnHEhe4lz1U
Update: 6/20/13 - I have decided to take my machine one step further and use Hyperspin as my front end. While Maximus is great, Hyperspin looks amazing. The downside is that it take a LOT of configuring to get to work good. I spent the last few days working tirelessly on the new front end. Currently everything is copying and compiling on the system. In a few days I will give another update on this project.
DONE! Finally! WOOO! Last video also posted in vdeo section. Looking for feedback. I need some areas of more discussion please let me know. I want to make this an in depth build. Maybe Ill make a step by step page. Explaining in Very fine detail. Hmm!! I am open to criticisim from anyone who is willing to help me make this thing better. I love getting emails from you guys. and if I can I wi
Going a little slower than I'd like. Everything is now in place except my buttons being hooked up. I need new crimpers and a few more connectors. Going to the electonics store soon. Going to spend about 50 bucks on some quality connectors and crimpers. I hate the cheesy crimpers. I have one of those really crappy pair that you get when you buy a really cheap connector set from walmart. The handle hurts your hand and the crimp i
Got my new Bezel for the monitor and my buttons for the control panel. I should have everything I need to complete the setup. Hopefully if everything goes right I will have a fully functional arcade machine. Looks kind of intimidating. I am sure I'll be fine. All the different colors of the buttons makes itl ook fun
What did I get myself into? I have a lot planned and a lot drawn out. I guess it's just a matter of taking my time and making sure my plan works out. Making sure I have the right tools will help. Going to start gutting the cabinet out today. I never realized how BIG the old computer systems were in the early 90's. This Virtua