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Author Topic: First Cabinet Build: Fallout Bartop - A Post Apocalyptic Arcade Cabinet  (Read 2976 times)

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Repaint went so much better. 

Right now I am starting to assemble. First, I finished the light box for the marquee.  I used hvac foil tape to make it reflective and added in my USB light.  Probably overkill for a bartop but I wanted to test out the reflective tape idea that I saw on someone else's post.


Then I added my speaker grills.  Helps hide the gaps.  I thought about painting the grills blue and the trim yellow but decided against it.  Can always go back and change that later.


Now for the awesome part, thanks to Mike A.: The Vault doors on the sides.  I mounted them using a dowel and drilled hole in the side of the cabinet.  Easiest way to line them up on each side and keep them centered.

Note: I may paint the numbers blue but for now decided to leave them yellow.  IT is an easier thing to change but once I paint them blue it will be much harder to go back.  Will leave them like this for now and see how they look once everything is put together.

So decent progress after stripping the paint down and restarting.  Hope to have most of the assembly done by this weekend.



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This is shaping up to be a pretty badass cabinet.

My recommendation for the side pieces: Keep the numbers yellow, keep the gear edge yellow, paint the dished area blue.

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My recommendation for the side pieces: Keep the color scheme consistent with the one on the marquee.
                  

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It lasted one night! Fracking one night!  So I finished up 90% of it. Got everything done except finalizing and securing the layout of the interior and the Marquee and Control Panel artwork which I am ordering.  But I had it up. I was working software with the pi. I had retro pie working but had some glitches I needed to work out. Monitor was pulsing like it had power issues, so I assumed it was hdmi issues with retro pie.  But it ran games!


(the paper marquee is just a placeholder.)

I gave up on troubleshooting the monitor after I tried to adjust the config.txt to try and improve the hdmi performance.  It didn't work and at one point I had the whole screen scrambled.  That is when I learned Pi's default keyboard layout is GB not EN.   :banghead: I was trying to insert "#"s but kept getting ""s.  So I had to learn how to set the keyboard to US.  Learned a lot. 

After getting the screen back (but still pulsing), my boys played some games ("Dad, you used to pay quarters for this") but they really liked it.  I kicked them off so I could get the dual usb joystick encoder to work.  I got emulation station to recognize the encoder as dual USB gamepads but I was done for the night.  Ran out of time.  I had just found how to get Retro arch to recognize the controllers in MAME but it was too late at night to do the work. Left it for today. The screen still flickered, and pulsed but it didn't impact gameplay. 

All day at work, I couldn't wait to get home, fix the dual joysticks and get playing some 2 player games with my boys.  Got home from work, turned it on and I got this:



Well, it doesn't flicker anymore! I don't think this is the retro pie white screen of death because the monitor exhibits this faded out image when the Rasberry Pi is disconnected. I think my monitor died.  After all the special work to decase it.  After building a custom bracket inside the cab to fit it. After repainting the bezel! One day, all I got out of it was one day.  Everything was working or on its way to.  It fit perfectly, side to side almost like the cabinet was designed for it. Now it is dead.  :angry: 

Right now I am surfing ebay looking for a 19 inch 4:3 monitor to replace it. 

SO FRUSTRATING! :badmood: 

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Oh man that stinks.  Can you hook the monitor up to anything else to make sure that is the problem?

It's a minor setback in the grand scheme of things - you will get it fixed in no time...  :cheers:

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IF you can squeeze a 20.1 " 4:3 in there (with the bezel it's 17 1/4" x 13 1/2"  -- display portion is 16" x 12")  I bought one of these a while back and it is working really good so far -- https://www.ebay.com/itm/183274134281?ViewItem=&item=183274134281

For $20 shipped it's a great deal (Just doesn't have a base but you wouldn't be using it anyway ! )
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Can you hook the monitor up to anything else to make sure that is the problem?

Thanks for the encouragement.  I hooked up my other screens (too big to fit the bartop) and the pi is fine.  The monitor, even when the pi isn't hooked up, shows the faded screen when in test mode.  It could be the power supply or maybe something internal but its too hard to get parts to troubleshoot.

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IF you can squeeze a 20.1 " 4:3 in there (with the bezel it's 17 1/4" x 13 1/2"  -- display portion is 16" x 12")  I bought one of these a while back and it is working really good so far -- https://www.ebay.com/itm/183274134281?ViewItem=&item=183274134281

For $20 shipped it's a great deal (Just doesn't have a base but you wouldn't be using it anyway ! )

That would fit perfect but I already ordered a refurb Dell 19" from an Amazon seller for $40 with a 6 month warranty and should have it in two days.  How long did it take to receive that HP?  I might still be able to cancel my order.

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I canceled my Dell from Amazon and I'm going with that HP.  Thanks for the recommendation, JDFan!

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I canceled my Dell from Amazon and I'm going with that HP.  Thanks for the recommendation, JDFan!

THey shipped it pretty quick - Just checked the Ebay tracking - placed the order on May 16th - it was picked up from them on the 17th and delivered the 19th. Came from Yuma Az. to El Paso Tx. (think they have several warehouses so it might ship from a different one depending on where you live)
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So, first I ordered my artwork for the marquee and control panel. 

I went with this for the marquee (some minor tweaks):


and this for the control panel:


Ordered from Lucian045 http://forum.arcadecontrols.com/index.php/topic,134866.0.html and he was fast!  I sent him the final images and paid him yesterday and today (Saturday) he sent me a UPS tracking number.  Will get them today!  I will upload pictures once they arrive.

On the monitor side, I am waiting for the replacement to arrive.  I plan to disassemble the monitor, control panel and marquee in prep for the next steps.  Unfortunately I am headed out of town tomorrow until next Friday so getting it all up and running will need to wait until next weekend.   :cry:
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