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Copyright 2005 Mike Donley.

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Parts shipment - Thursday 3 March 2005 20:25 Permalink

Just got notification from dabs.com that the PC parts have shipped. If I'm lucky they'll arrive tomorrow giving me some work for the weekend!
 
Project Update - Sunday 27 February 2005 19:35 Permalink

OK, time for a major update for progress over the last month. I've been putting this off for a while, but here it is.

ArcadeVGA

After the problems with the faulty ArcadeVGA, I finally performed a full test using the PC motherboard, ArcadeVGA, JPac, Arcade Monitor and Controls (joystick, etc). All seems to be working OK. Obviously I'll need to tweak a lot when I get the PC components and build the OS, however, at least I now know that everything will interface.

Cabinet wiring

Over the last few weeks I've pretty much finished installing the new wiring looms, new power switch panel, etc and connecting everything up. I have completely finished the Marquee/Speaker Shelf wiring:-

Amplifier, right speaker and connections
left speaker and connections
Installed, finished speaker shelf/marquee light

I've also installed and connected the new power switch panel which will be used to control power to the cabinet, speaker amp power and volume, and PC power and reset. This is located on the top of the cabinet where the original power switch was located.

The PCB shelf is wired ready for the PC motherboard, and the JPac is installed. Here it is from the front of the cab, and from the rear.

Our kid finished the rewiring of the PSU and added the EIC connector to provide power to the PC components inside the cabinet. It's much tidier and safer now! I did do a post a while back, but here are a couple of pictures:-

Side view of PSU
Close up of PSU from top
Rear of PSU, showing EIC connector

And finally....

Yesterday I reinstalled the monitor into the cabinet, connected it up and reconnected everything to the PSU.

So what's still to do? The next steps are to complete the earth connections (safety is very important) as I ripped this out when stripping down the cabinet. This involves earthing the Control Panel, Jamma Connector, Coin Door and Cash Box Door back to the earth terminal on the PSU - I'll hopefully do this next weekend. Once complete, it's on to the fun part with the PC...
 
PC Parts on Order - Sunday 27 February 2005 16:29 Edited Sunday 27 Feb 2005 8:40 PM Permalink

Just placed an order with dabs.com for the PC parts I still need. As I've managed to find a few bits and pieces I've managed to keep the price down to ?99.02 including delivery (In actual fact I've ordered nearly ?600 worth of stuff; the other ?500 is for a general PC refresh at home)....

The parts I've ordered are

1. VIA C3 1Ghz CPU plus cooler and thermal compound
2. 350Watt PSU
3. 256MB memory
4. Wireless NIC
5. Keyboard

All the other bits (disks, floppy, DVD drive, mouse, etc), I've managed to reclaim from old junk or stuff that will be spare as part of the PC refresh (others call it an upgrade, I call it a refresh!).

I'll itemise these along with costs on the Material page shortly.
EDIT: I can't add up, it actually cost ?116.34!
 
Updated TODO, and Materials - Saturday 26 February 2005 13:41 Permalink

I've been busy over the last few weeks with one thing and another so I've not updated my blog. I'll do a proper post including updated pictures soon to detail the exact progress.

However, in the meantime, I have updated my TODO list and started to link items to related webpages to allow easy cross referencing. As soon as I can get my blog permalinks working, I'll link from this page directly to blog posts.

I've also updated the Materials page and added a 'other stuff you will need' to cover the prerequisites.
 
TODO update - Sunday 6 February 2005 19:55 Permalink

I've added some content to the To-Do List. This page documents what I still have to do along with what I've done and what I'm doing.
 
Cabinet wiring and PSU rewiring progress - Sunday 6 February 2005 19:54 Permalink

I've made some progress this weekend. Apart from reorganising my workshop (aka the garage), I made a start on installing the wiring looms into the cabinet. I'm probably about 40% of the way through this - I'll try and do some more on this during the week.

Our kid has offered to rewiring the existing PSU and attach a standard EIC power connector to feed the PC hardware. Once done, I'll photograph it to document how this has been done. One important note here, our kid is a qualified electrician which is why he's doing this stuff for me. If not your totally happy fiddling with electrics, ask someone who knows their live from their neutal to help you out!
 
Working ArcadeVGA - Monday 31 January 2005 18:19 Permalink

My replacement ArcadeVGA arrived after being delivered via Royal Mail's 'The Moon' sorting office (5 days for first class mail I tell you!).

Many thanks to Andy @ Ultimarc for all his efforts.
 
Big Thank You - Thursday 27 January 2005 17:48 Edited Saturday 26 Feb 2005 1:44 PM
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A big thank you must go to Jules and Unidec/Sumo. They have kindly given me the Transcend mobo they lent me to try out. So a big thanks. In return I have promised to link them.

So if you want quality wireless digital tablet computers or thin client terminals contact Sumo Technologies.

EDIT: I didn't thank Miquious, as I contacted him initially about this, he then asked Jules who sorted out the motherboard. Sorry Miquious.
 
TODO - Wednesday 26 January 2005 21:21 Permalink

Since I'm quite a way through the project, I thought it time to detail what's left to do. Consequently I have created a To-Do list which will hopefully 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.

It's just a placemarker at the moment, but I'll start to populate it in the next few days.....
 
Faulty ArcadeVGA | New PC Spec - Wednesday 26 January 2005 20:44 Permalink

Better late than never. I've been ill for a few days so I've not done much.

Tried to do a test at the weekend with the ArcadeVGA & JPac, but it appears the ArcadeVGA is faulty (BIOS beep code type of faulty) so the test was short lived. I've been in touch with Andy @ Ultimarc and I'm awaiting a replacement. The JPac seems to initialize, but as yet, I can't prove anything...

I've finally decided the PC spec. In an attempt to reduce the heat produced by the PC, I've decided to go for a Via C3 processor. I've played with these babies before when I worked at Unidec in the form of the Mini-ITX boards, in fact, my original plan was to use the EPIA M board, but it's lack of an AGP slot meant interfacing to the arcade monitor with an ArcadeVGA was going to be awkward.

The beauty of these processors is the 1GHz model produces a maximum of 20w heat output, in comparison to around 65-70w on the AMD Sempron. This also means I need a smaller cooler, therefore less noise as well.

The slight problem is the C3 is a socket 370 processor and mobo's of this type are not that easy to come by anymore. Luckily a quick call to Jules and he's let me have a (possible faulty) Transcend ASP-3 motherboard to try out. I've tested the board with an old PIII 600 and it seems to work a treat so far. Once I get the new ArcadeVGA, I can really press on...
 

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