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Below are the 17 most recent journal entries recorded in Brian's MAME cab adventure!'s LiveJournal:

Tuesday, September 27th, 2005
10:59 pm
one year from inception, the egret is complete!

final pix to follow once i've moved house!
Saturday, February 26th, 2005
6:23 pm
it seems that the taito egret's overhead speaker unit utilizes a flourescent strip that is unavailable in the US and has to be bought
from a specialist store...

unless you get some common sense, unbolt the strip mounting contacts, space them further apart to accomodate a larger strip, then glue em
down with some silicone adhesive....

just clip the mounts to the neon tube, then glue the contacts down with the strip in place so it fits snugly..

and.. tada!! the egret now uses an easy to purchase neon strip instead of some specialist crap that would probably arrive in the mail broken... simple when you think about it...

I've been told my bars are done!! which means i'll probably be able to mount the overhead speaker unit in 2 weeks ...
Tuesday, February 15th, 2005
1:24 am
boomin' like a lowrider

inserted some brackets via the miracle of epoxy, and threw a subwoofer just below the monitor - no magnetic interference as far as I can see...

luckily It can be powered via the egret's internal powersocket... now it sounds GOOD at last!!

replacement overhead bars are being custom made in the UK this week!! the price? a CD of the colours OST for a friend :)

panels should be arriving in about a week... and that... should be it..

If i can somehow control the sub volume with the front volume controller, that would be even better.. right now, I turn down the volume and the sub still stays at the normal level....
Tuesday, January 25th, 2005
2:56 pm
quick lunchtime addition..
After giving the CP housing a coating of krylon fusion.. the cig burns were still showing in the drink / ashtray holders..


1 replacement rubber sheet for a ping pong paddle (standard, type 729)

I made cardboard templates that fitted into the drink holder recesses very snugly, so after compassing the same sizes to the backside of the ping pong rubber I cut em out and stuck em in..

they are DAMN grippy! and the shiny backed rubber on the underside sticks well enough to the CP housing that it doesnt need gluing, and can be removed for cleaning if necessary...

Friday, January 21st, 2005
2:46 am
a lovely little mod....
so, I got this this morning, off ebay. $4.. bargain


works without drivers on XP (though i'd like to get the 3rd button working as a credit button...

This clip on bit isnt needed so we can throw it..

after prising it apart, and repainting the shell... The clip holes on the trackball make excellent spots for placing the bolts (make sure bolt heads are as flat as poss.. I had problems clearing a few mm of space inside the trackball to accomodate the bolt heads.. maybe not using washers, or countersunk bolts will remedy this...

I removed the back plate and sketched an outline (note the aborted sketch to the left, it would have been nice to bring it closer to the front, but, there would be nowhere to rest yr hand during use, and there also needs to be the third hole at the bottom for the cable, any further down the panel and you'll have to drill the metal housing tray, and for me that was too much hassle, and it also makes opening the CP housing difficult once it's all wired up...

Using plenty of epoxy resin, I glued the bolt heads/washers to the plate, so i could reassemble the unit and just tighten the nuts from the inside
of the plastic CP housing... I also cut a few obtructive parts from the inside of the housing for ease of access with a wrench.

bolt the thing up for a while to allow epoxy to dry with plenty of pressure keeping the bolts in the correct position..

remove the plate, reassemble the trackball, slide the cable and epoxied bolts through the holes again and tighten the nuts..


slick as baby oil...

I could have placed it middle front, but it would be in the way of knees etc, during play, and have nowhere to rest your hand..

I'm so happy with this mod, I've just purchased another one in case I need spares...

dammit.. those chrome panels are gonna take forever to arrive!! might as well get the TAITO logos painted properly..

NOTE : painted vol control white and replaced black plastic volume mount with a white one..

Current Mood: accomplished
Tuesday, January 18th, 2005
2:38 pm
after much running about, i'm gonna get some compensation ... just half of the money back that I paid for my cab due to the damage, so my pre-mod egret cost me $240 in the end..

and My friend in the UK is making replacement speaker bars for a couple of CD's ;)

Monday, January 17th, 2005
1:14 am
MAMEWAH now boots automatically on startup..

wireless keyboard input added to coin mech door - the hole where the lock should be was a perfect size for the IR reciever...

coind door closed - very discreet methinks!

reject coin hole is now covered with part of a blank plastic card that came with my old healtchare package...

velcro doesnt seem strong enough to hold the keyboard to the underside of the panel... shame really...


work out wiring for additional buttons
add clip on laptop trackball to side of panel
await control panel delivery
use ping pong bat rubber sheets (found on ebay) to make rubber bases for drinks holders to hide cig burns..
add credit button.

not far to go now!
Sunday, December 12th, 2004
9:28 pm

custom MAMEWAH layout by me...
Saturday, December 11th, 2004
1:25 am
its been forever, but the cab was rotting at my old place of work, and now I can restart in earnest.

it turns out the cab wasnt fully insured, thanks to the assholes at arcadeinfinity.com not declaring a value, but it seems I will get $160 back at the very most..

I posted a full exchange between me and the fool that runs the company - its been viewed several hundred times and the idiots havent even removed it....

I've decided they won't get another penny from my, so I need to get the bars straightened or remade.. the local machine shop wanted WAY too much for a repair job...

still, moving onwards...

i hacked open some PC speakers, and put the guts in the control panel..

it's wired up to the speakers and works well.. i'm just wondering if i can split the output to the overheads too

I think that looks ok....

look at this.. this is what the twunts at arcadeinfinity did to my CP.. what a MESS!!

so, I have designed a replacement and wil be making some custom panels.

I tested a hardcopy printed 1:1 today and tested it out on the panel.. fits perfectly!!

the arcade VGA card I got came with the wrong cable.. when I get a new one tomorrow, I can fire it up.....

Current Mood: tired
Tuesday, September 21st, 2004
7:36 pm
just realised we have a custom motorbike shop a few blocks away - i reckon they can make me some new bars.. gonna drop by tomorrow :)
4:54 pm

removed the speaker pods and screen surround.

painted over the scratches on the panel glass with black and white paint markers, and resprayed the pods and surround with plastikote vinyl spray paint.. it's very opaque and needs a lot of coats..

the pods and surround took 1 1/2 cans of paint.

hopefully I will have enough for the overhead pod..

I'm loathe to pay that guy any more money, and am waiting in the hope that I guy I spoke to on a forum is going to be able to manufacture some new speaker bars for a good price..

I am also going to completely redesign the control panel, it's a complete hackjob mess.

Presently looking into getting some panels custom cut and selling the rest.
Sunday, September 19th, 2004
7:32 pm
after 4 hours I managed to remove the messed up bars and speaker unit.. the cab looks very plain now, strangely/luckily the neon tube in the unit wasnt broken....

I tested the monitor out, and it's still alive, the power supply makes funny rapid clicking noises, which scares me.

I gave it a good cleaning down and am considering spray painting the nicotine stained screen surround with vinyl paint to clean it up.

arcade infitity are adamant the damage occured during shipping, and it seems the package was insured, so I may be able to just get the unit for the price of the shipping, if i'm lucky.

Thing is, the photo's he sent me didnt include the overhead unit so I have no proof, but from what I've been reading on forums, he seems to be a bit shady...

He also said there was no screen burn in.. hmm, so that's DUST that forms the shapes of INSERT COIN at the top of the screen then??

I've asked them how much a new speaker unit and bars costs, but haven't heard back yet.

I'm just wondering if it's worth just going to a hardware store or machine shop and getting new bars made, I guess I'll wait til I get a quote...

I brought a speaker home from work to see If i can directly wire through to the speakers from my soundcard, and it seems to work.
Thursday, September 16th, 2004
2:38 pm


top speaker unit bars are all bent out of shape and the speaker pod is cracked.



I guess this journal will now turn into a quest to recieve a replacement from arcade infinity.

I was hoping this wouldnt happen.

Current Mood: pissed off
Sunday, September 12th, 2004
1:37 am
The PC board is finished, apart from the ultimarc components that failed to arrive on friday due to DHL not even bothering to deliver it, after giving them my works address after a failed deliver the day previous.

A nocturnal walk around town found me an ideal piece of wood in a driveway..

*NOTE* no pics this update.. due to moving house, i had to pack my camera gear.

pics of PC soon.

The motherboard was securely screwed into place on some plastic bumpers from the hardware store, the power supply and switch were glued on with epoxy, and the hard drive fastened on with some L-brackets.

there's enough space at the top for the J-pac and some VGA cable.

My only worry is that there isnt anything to securely hold the video card in place.

WINXP and MAME32 with all the roms was successfully installed, however, trying to get the latest version of MAMEWAH , which allows full menu control with a joystick, to run failed miserably..

I keep getting some kind of visual basic "automation error" despite setting everything up correctly, and there seems to be no mention of anyone else having this problem on the MAMEWAH forum.



There is only the latest version to download from the mamewah website, and that isnt even supported by MAMEWAHSETUP, made by someone else.. I placed a message on their board in the hope of some results.. the author said he'll mail me the earlier version to see if that works....

the software side of things looks like its going to be the biggest pain in the ass.

Cabinet still hasn't been shipped... a week late and i get told it ships on monday, I'll believe it when I see it.
Tuesday, September 7th, 2004
2:31 pm
got nearly all my components now, bar the actual cabinet and the ultimarc components.

Cab still hasnt been shipped - i was told either today or tomorrow. grrr
Thursday, September 2nd, 2004
3:12 pm
motherboard and CPU arrived today.. CD drive and HD will prolly be with me tomorrow... I think I shall start planning out how big a sheet of ply i'll need to mount the PC components on.

looks like the cab gets shipped either tomorrow or monday, so that works out..friday next week if i'm lucky!????!
Wednesday, September 1st, 2004
5:27 pm
TAITO EGRET SANJOU!!!! part 1 : the order
Back in the UK I always slobbered at the cheap cabinets on sale on EBAY, sadly the import costs for one of these sexy lil' sit down japanese style cabs was too pricey to bother, and now I live in sunny california, I can indulge...

Ok, cab got ordered today from Jack Tao of arcadeinfinity.com for the princely sum of :

$405 for the cabinet
$25 for the 6 button converson (this had better be on both controllers!)

Total $430

I got some pics of my cab yesterday and today...I wanted pics as I've seen some pics on this guys site


of a rather scruffy looking specimen that was a bit battered and bruised....

shipping looks like it's going to be just over $100..

hopefully I'll get some info when it's gonna arrive this evening....

Current Mood: bouncy
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