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Kabukiman

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Dedicated Dreamcast Cab
« on: June 27, 2008, 09:29:09 pm »
Well, Im about to start a new project to add to my ever growing arcade collection, I am building a Dedicated Dreamcast Cabinet out of a converted Missile command, I bought this machine from a local dealer for 50 bucks someone converted it to a Trojan, I bought the cab with a blown monitor and board.

The cab itself is pretty solid. I am planning on going for an All White cabinet with Orange T-moulding, I am going to do Sanwa Joys with Black Happ pushbutton's, I have HarumaN doing some DC controller hacks for me, and I ordered a DC AV to arcade monitor cable from Ultimarc I completely stripped the cab tonight. Here is a before pic ill get some more tommrow.




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Re: Dedicated Dreamcast Cab
« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2008, 09:29:27 pm »
for the heck of it ill throw in a pic of my current cab setup.

left to right, SF2, Time Killers, NeoGeo 4-slot, Golden Axe and you can see my Mame machine's control panel

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Re: Dedicated Dreamcast Cab
« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2008, 04:14:43 pm »
Finally an Update with pictures, I have the Cab painted, t-moulding installed. I went with a 20inch TV for the meantime, untill I decide on what arcade monitor to get. This week I am going to mount the hacked dreamcast controllers and build the Control Panel. I plan on either Airbrushing or getting dreamcast decals for the sides and having a dreamcast marquee made.



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Re: Dedicated Dreamcast Cab
« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2008, 09:40:26 pm »
Wouldnt a 20inch pc monitor be the better choice?  Won't it get a better picture and cost less than getting the arcade monitor?
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Re: Dedicated Dreamcast Cab
« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2008, 09:55:16 am »
we will see how the TV is, as I am trying to keep this build under $200 and a monitor will affect that.
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Re: Dedicated Dreamcast Cab
« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2008, 11:45:28 am »
I'd check your local craigslist.  Lots of people are upgrading to LCD monitors, so there are usually pltnty of cheap or free CRT computer monitors on craigslist.

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Re: Dedicated Dreamcast Cab
« Reply #6 on: July 07, 2008, 01:24:56 pm »
Hey, that's the same TV I used for my Dreamcast Cocktail table (see project announcments).

The S-Video is pretty good on it, but it has some really annoying overscan.   :angry:

Have you noticed that too?

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Re: Dedicated Dreamcast Cab
« Reply #7 on: July 07, 2008, 02:30:14 pm »
no I didn't notice anything i've only played giga wing once on it, I used the tv in my bedroom for a while figured it would be a good candidate
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Re: Dedicated Dreamcast Cab
« Reply #8 on: July 07, 2008, 03:18:27 pm »
Does the DC cable from ultimarc output s-video or a VGA signal?

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Re: Dedicated Dreamcast Cab
« Reply #9 on: July 07, 2008, 04:06:37 pm »
wont work with pc monitors according to the description, can't can purchase VGA boxes for the DC? here's the one I ordered

http://www.ultimarc.com/dreamcast.html
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Re: Dedicated Dreamcast Cab
« Reply #10 on: July 07, 2008, 06:07:16 pm »
You can hack your own VGA output from the dreamcast (http://www.raphnet.net/electronique/dreamcast/dreamcast_en.php) which is basically what the VGA boxes are. If the cab is dedicated to dreamcast, why not go with a PC monitor and get the true resolution out of it?

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Re: Dedicated Dreamcast Cab
« Reply #11 on: July 09, 2008, 12:48:25 pm »
Cool, I see im not the only one making a dreamcast themed arcade cabinet.
Here is a link to mine. I would recomend getting a computer monitor only if you can find a freaking huge one. The resolution of the dreamcast through VGA is mind blowing. My brother has a tv in his cab and its almost imposible to play Ikaruga because the resolution is so bad.
http://www.racketboy.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5934
I also have my project somewhere on this site.

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Re: Dedicated Dreamcast Cab
« Reply #12 on: July 09, 2008, 01:51:54 pm »
I saw your cab on youtube, looks great!, what did you use for a monitor? I can get a 21 inch pc monitor I think for free. but i dont know if it's gonn fit since it's so bulky.
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Re: Dedicated Dreamcast Cab
« Reply #13 on: July 09, 2008, 02:52:42 pm »
*sigh*

I've got this 36" Gateway Destination monitor (max res 800x600) waiting to be used in a DC cab...  someday...  Got my hacked controls..  Got my controls...  Got my games and an extra DC...  ALL I need is money and time  :D

Looking forward to seeing what you come up with.  mako, I really like the top slot for putting in the VMU...  Very cool.

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Re: Dedicated Dreamcast Cab
« Reply #14 on: July 09, 2008, 03:05:43 pm »
*sigh*

I've got this 36" Gateway Destination monitor (max res 800x600) waiting to be used in a DC cab...  someday...  Got my hacked controls..  Got my controls...  Got my games and an extra DC...  ALL I need is money and time  :D

Looking forward to seeing what you come up with.  mako, I really like the top slot for putting in the VMU...  Very cool.

my friend has one of those as well, and is in the process of building a showcase cabinet for it.  it is an awesome monitor..the only problem is, he built a stand for it, and a control panel, so now it is playable, so very little progress is being made on the cabinet.

to get back on topic, i love the color scheme on that cabinet.   a dedicated dreamcast cabinet is an awesome idea..i'd highly reccomend going with a pc monitor and vga adapter, the picture quality is amazing.  although there are a few games that don't support the adapter, so be prepared for that. (MK Gold comes to mind)

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Re: Dedicated Dreamcast Cab
« Reply #15 on: July 10, 2008, 11:24:16 am »
thanks for the info, any idea what other games wont work? this is going to be mainly a fighting game cab.
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Re: Dedicated Dreamcast Cab
« Reply #16 on: July 10, 2008, 11:53:17 am »
Here is a link to a pretty good list of games compatible with the VGA Box.

http://www.racketboy.com/retro/2006/05/dreamcast-vga-cable-compatibility-list.html

If you want to play a game that is not compatible with VGA, you should still be fine if you get a box with a swithcer between VGA and S-Video.  If your video device supports both then you could plug both cables in and freely switch between them.

Long live Dreamcast!  :D

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Re: Dedicated Dreamcast Cab
« Reply #17 on: July 10, 2008, 02:50:27 pm »
you are the man thanks for the link much appreciated. and yes Love the dreamcast!
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Re: Dedicated Dreamcast Cab
« Reply #18 on: July 10, 2008, 10:51:44 pm »
so I got my ultimarc dreamcast arcade adapter today, I hooked it up to my golden axe cab so I can get an idea of the quality, and WoW MVC2 looked sick on the arcade monitor.
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Re: Dedicated Dreamcast Cab
« Reply #19 on: July 11, 2008, 02:46:56 pm »
Awesome!  Glad to hear it worked out for you.  Sould Calibur is a real treat, as well!  ;D  Rez and Jet Grind Radio still hold up to today's systems graphically when you use the VGA box IMHO.

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Re: Dedicated Dreamcast Cab
« Reply #20 on: July 12, 2008, 01:05:12 pm »
more updates, Installed a 21 inch computer monitor, I ordered a VGA box for the DC, built the Control Panel and drilled my button's. Ran into a few issues with the monitor first off being too tall and second for too deep, both issues we fixed. We turned the back into a handle pretty slick and it worked great. I should be done by next weekend. it's 93 degrees out and too hot to work on it  :angry:







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Re: Dedicated Dreamcast Cab
« Reply #21 on: July 15, 2008, 01:31:36 pm »
wired up the joysticks, My VGA adapter came in yesterday. I tested soul calibur on the PC monitor, looks damn nice!, thanks guys for the info definitely better than the tv.
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Re: Dedicated Dreamcast Cab
« Reply #22 on: July 21, 2008, 01:06:40 pm »
I wanna see pics of my hacks in there!   ;)

Looks good so far!  :cheers:

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Re: Dedicated Dreamcast Cab
« Reply #23 on: July 30, 2008, 10:55:18 am »
few new pics been too busy to do much work on it,





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Re: Dedicated Dreamcast Cab
« Reply #24 on: July 30, 2008, 01:27:06 pm »
Very cool project in the works and yes, long live the DC. How do the L and R buttons work now that they aren't analog? Any games you want to play analog joy or buttons?

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« Reply #25 on: July 30, 2008, 01:47:19 pm »
How do the L and R buttons work now that they aren't analog? Any games you want to play analog joy or buttons?

The L & R buttons simply act like digital buttons.  There are very few DC games that make exclusive use of the analog joystick.

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Re: Dedicated Dreamcast Cab
« Reply #26 on: July 30, 2008, 03:24:40 pm »
Are you going to have to change discs every time you want to play a game?

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Re: Dedicated Dreamcast Cab
« Reply #27 on: July 30, 2008, 03:37:42 pm »
Are you going to have to change discs every time you want to play a game?

Yup... although there are homebrew 'compiliation' disks that have multiple DC games on one CD...

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Re: Dedicated Dreamcast Cab
« Reply #28 on: July 30, 2008, 10:36:05 pm »
yeah the system set's right behind the coin door very easy to swap. I do have some of those multiple cd games.
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Re: Dedicated Dreamcast Cab
« Reply #29 on: December 12, 2011, 12:32:31 am »
WOW, very nice stuff!

  
 

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