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Re: Atari Xevious Bartop 10" VGA CRT
« Reply #80 on: July 22, 2009, 03:07:44 pm »
Hi Saleem, PC power switches are mostly momentary push buttons (like these).  A brief push can cause an ordered shutdown, while a continued push (as set in the bios) can cause the PSU to turn off instantly after a length of time (3-5 seconds).

A microswitched button will do just as well.

There's some more info in this thread: http://forum.arcadecontrols.com/index.php?action=printpage;topic=38145.0
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Re: Atari Xevious Bartop 10" VGA CRT
« Reply #81 on: July 22, 2009, 03:10:26 pm »
Looking hawt retro baby!  :cheers:

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Re: Atari Xevious Bartop 10" VGA CRT
« Reply #82 on: July 22, 2009, 03:15:38 pm »
Thanks Franco. I haven't tried them on this cab yet, but I do have a set on my mamed jamma cab and I think they're a pretty good all round solution. You can't have everything, it would be nice to have 4-8 way switchable leaf sticks with a slightly longer throw... :blah:
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Re: Atari Xevious Bartop 10" VGA CRT
« Reply #83 on: August 05, 2009, 06:40:25 am »
All the artwork for the two cabs has now been ordered. I found a few errors in the Illustrator file for the bezel, but they're fixed now. It's amazing how glaringly obvious faults are only visible when revisiting the work after a breather  ::)

I'll post some pics when the vinyls arrive.
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Re: Atari Xevious Bartop 10" VGA CRT
« Reply #84 on: August 05, 2009, 05:22:32 pm »
I was just wondering about his project....

can't wait to see the art printed up and installed!

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Re: Atari Xevious Bartop 10" VGA CRT
« Reply #85 on: August 05, 2009, 05:40:20 pm »
Agreed, one of my favourite arcade games...can't wait to see the art :)

Oh and for the 2 week delayed response :(

I used flat head black screws to keep the bottom retainer in place...you can't see them unless you stick your face down there.
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Re: Atari Xevious Bartop 10" VGA CRT
« Reply #86 on: August 05, 2009, 05:55:32 pm »
Agreed, one of my favourite arcade games...can't wait to see the art :)

Neither can I! As I've said, I'm using Nigel at arcade stickers and he seems like a really a good bloke. It's great to have someone in the UK who can produce decent artwork.

I still don't know how I'm going to apply the vinyls (they'll cover the entire outers of them). I'm going to dismantle the cabs and see where I go from there.

I bought some control panel clasps that are way too big to fit below the CP. Ended up ordering some dinky catches from RS. It looks like they'll fit  :dunno
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Re: Atari Xevious Bartop 10" VGA CRT
« Reply #87 on: August 05, 2009, 06:05:47 pm »
its looking lovely.
i'm gutted i didn't buy a few of these even more now seeing what you've done with one
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Re: Atari Xevious Bartop 10" VGA CRT
« Reply #88 on: August 05, 2009, 06:44:27 pm »
I'm looking aroung for small caravan TVs with scart inputs at the moment. I quite fancy a fleet of bartops (as my wife would say, "they'll fit through the loft hatch"!)  :angry:
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Re: Atari Xevious Bartop 10" VGA CRT
« Reply #89 on: August 10, 2009, 04:19:05 pm »
A nice sunny day (for once :badmood:)... I managed to get the CPs locked down. The height of the panels meant using the ultra small clamps. A couple of holes later and I now have really good access. The hole's also drilled for the Mag-Stik Plus:





The service buttons for the 48-in-1 are now in place on the rear:



The artwork should be here in a couple of days. Not that I'm ready for it  :-[
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Re: Atari Xevious Bartop 10" VGA CRT
« Reply #90 on: August 10, 2009, 04:59:49 pm »


The retaining pine bar across the top pulls the side panels together and acts as a lock for the top sloping panel. The barrel lock will interface with the bar to hold down the top and back.

I hope you don't mind if I "borrow" that idea for my cab?

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Re: Atari Xevious Bartop 10" VGA CRT
« Reply #91 on: August 10, 2009, 05:08:15 pm »
You just go straight ahead  :cheers:
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Re: Atari Xevious Bartop 10" VGA CRT
« Reply #92 on: August 10, 2009, 05:55:21 pm »
You just go straight ahead  :cheers:

I see that the top and back each have their own piano hinge, but do I understand correctly that they are attached to one another?
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Re: Atari Xevious Bartop 10" VGA CRT
« Reply #93 on: August 10, 2009, 06:22:19 pm »
Yep, the whole back (minus power and service button area), and top (minus top of marquee area) are foldable. Two lengths of piano hinge hold it together. You can pretty well get to everything inside. The angles on th ends of the doors are a swine to get right though. I'm not saying mine are spot on!
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Re: Atari Xevious Bartop 10" VGA CRT
« Reply #94 on: August 10, 2009, 07:12:40 pm »
Yep, the whole back (minus power and service button area), and top (minus top of marquee area) are foldable. Two lengths of piano hinge hold it together. You can pretty well get to everything inside. The angles on th ends of the doors are a swine to get right though. I'm not saying mine are spot on!

Are you adding something so that the panels won't fall too far down? I'm thinking of having my back and top attached together (fixed, no hinge) and adding a "pivot hinge" (can't find the right name), it's two metal bars that act like a cable to hold the whole thing at a precise height...

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Re: Atari Xevious Bartop 10" VGA CRT
« Reply #95 on: August 10, 2009, 07:29:40 pm »
That hinged CP looks great! I really like the button layout too, grrr now I'm really getting the itch to build a bar top!

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Re: Atari Xevious Bartop 10" VGA CRT
« Reply #96 on: August 10, 2009, 07:51:19 pm »
That hinged CP looks great! I really like the button layout too, grrr now I'm really getting the itch to build a bar top!

Don't you have another cab to finish first?  ;)

The smaller the cabinet is, the least room you have to correct mistakes along the way. I'd say it takes at least as much planning to do a small bartop, if not more, then a regular-sized upright.

It also helps if you have a 10" VGA CRT to start with.  ;D

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« Reply #97 on: August 10, 2009, 09:57:59 pm »
I'd say it takes at least as much planning to do a small bartop, if not more, then a regular-sized upright.

Amen.

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« Reply #98 on: August 11, 2009, 07:15:26 am »
The smaller the cabinet is, the least room you have to correct mistakes along the way. I'd say it takes at least as much planning to do a small bartop, if not more, then a regular-sized upright.

The problem with building two at the same time is that I've usually   :censored: them both up by the time I realize it!
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« Reply #99 on: August 11, 2009, 07:39:51 am »
Yvan256, not quite sure what you mean by 'Are you adding something so that the panels won't fall too far down?'. The top rests on a support and has a 'inner 'lip' that stops it sliding backwards. The back just sits there!

Ond, if you start building a bartop it's likely that it will walk into the room by itself and automatically select a game to suit your mood by scanning your biorhythms  :cheers:
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Re: Atari Xevious Bartop 10" VGA CRT
« Reply #100 on: August 11, 2009, 08:15:50 am »
Looking good!  :)

Enjoy the sun whilst you can (its lovely here today too), apparently we are going to get autumns weather coming in from next week. What a 'summer' we have had, eh?  :-\

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« Reply #101 on: August 11, 2009, 08:46:16 am »
It's a nice sunny day in Worcestershire, but I'm stuck at work  :badmood: Two weeks off soon, hopefully it'll be sunny for some of the time and I'll be able to get some more work on the cabs done. The artwork may have arrived today, I'll just have to wait and see...
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Re: Atari Xevious Bartop 10" VGA CRT
« Reply #102 on: August 11, 2009, 09:54:57 am »
Yvan256, not quite sure what you mean by 'Are you adding something so that the panels won't fall too far down?'. The top rests on a support and has a 'inner 'lip' that stops it sliding backwards. The back just sits there!

In the closed position, yes, I understand how it's built. I'm talking about when you open the top+back panels, is there a retaining mechanism of some sort?

Finally found the name of what I'm talking about: folding shelf bracket.
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« Reply #103 on: August 11, 2009, 10:03:04 am »
Ah, I see what you mean. No, there's nothing supporting the door when it's open. The back sits at an angle and the top rests flat on the table surface.
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« Reply #104 on: August 11, 2009, 06:38:20 pm »
I received the artwork through from Nigel at http://www.arcadestickers.co.uk/ today. He's done a fantastic job  :cheers:

I'll post some pics when it's not too dark to do them justice.

I'd suggest that all U.K. builders buy your graphics from him. Top notch service and a great product. Many thanks Nigel  :applaud:
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« Reply #105 on: August 11, 2009, 07:03:28 pm »
I received the artwork through from Nigel at http://www.arcadestickers.co.uk/ today. He's done a fantastic job  :cheers:

I'll post some pics when it's not too dark to do them justice.

I'd suggest that all U.K. builders buy your graphics from him. Top notch service and a great product. Many thanks Nigel  :applaud:

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« Reply #106 on: August 11, 2009, 07:28:15 pm »

i'm split on wether i should put him in the uk wiki, i did initially think vendors shouldn't be included but hmm, what you think UK peeps thoughts in this thread im linking to if you have any?


I would include Nigel  :) It's not as if we're over populated with great suppliers in the UK  :'(
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Re: Atari Xevious Bartop 10" VGA CRT
« Reply #107 on: August 12, 2009, 04:57:26 pm »
As promised, some pics of Nigel's great printing (hats off to Zorg for the original files I manipulated  :notworthy:):













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« Reply #108 on: August 12, 2009, 04:58:59 pm »
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« Reply #109 on: August 12, 2009, 05:56:34 pm »
Sweet!  :applaud:

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« Reply #110 on: August 12, 2009, 06:03:29 pm »
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« Reply #111 on: August 14, 2009, 07:42:56 pm »
Lurking in these fourums pays off. Really nice bartop, love the curves and that sweet sweet monitor  :applaud:
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« Reply #112 on: August 16, 2009, 10:19:57 pm »
Super sweet! I love the design of the Xevious stand-up cab. Nice job on recreating it as a bartop! Can't wait to see that artwork on it!

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« Reply #113 on: August 18, 2009, 03:00:48 pm »
I spent a few hours dismantling and spraying up the speaker/marquee area today. It's taking rather longer than I hoped...  :o It removes as a complete unit, I'll post pics when complete.
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« Reply #114 on: August 18, 2009, 03:10:34 pm »
It's taking rather longer than I hoped...  :o

LOL.  Story of my life with these things.   ;D

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« Reply #115 on: August 18, 2009, 06:44:31 pm »
LOL.  Story of my OUR lives with these things.   ;D

Fixed. . .

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« Reply #116 on: August 21, 2009, 05:00:27 pm »
As promised some pics of the marquee/ speaker box. the tape is holding the speaker cloth in place. It's now been trimmed back. The vinyl was easier to install than I thought. It could be repositioned fairly easily, although I had spray puttied and painted the surfaces black to make sure there would be no 'see-through' from the vinyl:











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« Reply #117 on: August 21, 2009, 05:49:40 pm »
Youre making 2, dude thank you, shall i send you my address now or wait til its finished :P

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« Reply #118 on: August 21, 2009, 07:04:59 pm »
You're making 2, dude thank you, shall i send you my address now or wait til its finished :P

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I'm not making two again! It's just not immediate enough...
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« Reply #119 on: August 21, 2009, 08:49:41 pm »
Looking good Retro!