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Copyright 2005 Mike Donley.

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The website author cannot be held responsible for anything (global warming or global dimming included). If your stupid enough to go and stick a screwdriver into a socket, or touch a nasty part of the gaming monitor then it's your own fault. This webpage tracks what I did - if I continue to update it then I've obviously not killed myself, but your mileage may vary.

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Welcome to Insert Coin - TODO - last update 13 June 2005

Since I'm quite a way through the project, I thought it time to details what's left to do and detail the important milestones so far.  This will provide information for you to see what's involved in such a restoration project, and also a convenient place for me the plan and organise the tasks I still have to complete.

The task list is split into three categories, which should be self explanatory.  Next to each item I've added links to related pages to make cross referencing easier.

Completed Tasks

  • Devise project plan (related #1)
  • Photograph entire cabinet in situ for future reference (related #1, #2)
  • Trace cabinet wiring in situ (related #1)

  • Determine what components are installed and source documentation for monitor, JAMMA/electrocoin connectors, coin mech/credit control unit etc (related #1, #2)
  • Disassemble cabinet components (control panel, screen, marquee, coin/cash door etc) - important - note down/photograph each step. All nuts/screws etc individually packaged and labelled to aid reassembly (related #1, #2)
  • Remove wiring; labelling and documenting connections and pinouts (related #1)
  • Remove any additional hardware (related #1)
  • Clean and Disinfect cabinet (related #1, #2, #3)
  • Determine what cabinet repairs are needed; source materials (related #1)
  • Perform cabinet repairs (related #1, #2, #3)
  • Devise and write specification for new wiring looms to allow modular assembly and interfacing with PC hardware (related #1)
  • Get monitor professionally cleaned (this isn't something you really want to do yourself, trust me!) (related #1, #2)
  • Devise outline PC specification and required hardware components (eg, ArcadeVGA, JPac, etc) (related #1)
  • Make new wiring looms (related #1, #2, #3)
  • Disassemble control panel, documenting joystick assembly (related #1)
  • Fabricate new power switch panel (related #1)
  • Purchase new coin door and coin mechs (related #1, #2, #3)
  • Wire control panel and coin mechs to interface with new wiring looms, install into cabinet (related #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6)
  • Rewire speaker shelf with new amplifier; purchase new marquee lighting (related #1, #2, #3, #4, #5)
  • Fabricate new cabinet components (new power switch panel) (related #1, #2)
  • Build test bed to perform full system test of both new and existing components and test with JAMMA game board (related #1, #2)
  • Purchase PC interface hardware (ie JPac and ArcadeVGA) (related #1, #2, #3, #4)
  • Build test bed to perform proof of concept testing with PC interface hardware and arcade machine hardware (ie new and existing wiring, psu etc) (related #1, #2)
  • Install wiring looms into cabinet (related #1, #2, #3)
  • Rewire PSU (cheers our kid!) (related #1)
  • Install arcade monitor and reconnect
  • Order PC parts
  • (related #1)
  • Earth connections from PSU to JAMMA Connector, Coin Door, Cash Box Door and Control Panel (related #1)

  • Make PC mounting shelf (related #1, #2)
  • Assemble PC hardware (related #1, #2, #3)
  • Outline software requirements (Decided on WXP, Mamewah.  Intro Movie from CinemArcade, Ambient soundtrack from Andy Hofle) (related #1, #2)
  • Build PC OS (Windows XP) (related #1)
  • Decide Front End software (MameWah) (related #1)
  • Configure networking
  • Perform full system test with PC hardware and existing arcade hardware (related #1)
  • Sort out Front End ambient sound tracks (related #1)
  • Refurbish PCB shelf/Control Panel hinge (related #1, #2)
  • Refurbish Cash Box Door (related #1, #2)
  • Refurbish Marquee retainers (related #1, #2)

In Progress

  • Game configuration (related #1)
  • Front end configuration (related #1)
  • Package MAME and ROMs (related #1)

Still TODO

  • Design new marquee graphics and print
  • Get lots of 10p's and fall into a euphoric state playing the works of art that are 'video games'.