Setting Up The Computer
I already had my computer setup before I started the build of the arcade cabinet, but I will go over my setup for this blog. I already had the computer, which is a Dell Dimension 4800, and this was a salvage computer I received free from a friend. He didn't want it anymore, which goes to show, doesn't hurt to have some computers lying around.
Setting Up MAME
First, I need to get MAME, so I hope over to the MAME website and downloaded the latest release. Now, as for acquiring roms, I am not going to go over that, all I can say is...torrent. That is all. Now with the MAME latest release installed, I need to configure my controls, so after loading up MAME I went over to general configurations and selected the Input General options. This will configure the setup and apply it to all games.
First, I went over to the Hyperspin website and downloaded the front end. If you are doing this then you will need to create an account with them, but there is a free membership. Then I started downloading the themes for all the MAME games I wanted. I shortly realized there are way too many themes, so I signed up for an account and got the FTP to download all the themes.
With all the themes downloaded I them setup Hyperspin to only load to the MAME wheel, with all this I was able to have a great front end with Hyperspin that looks great and performs very well. I then setup the computer to automatically launch into Hyperspin by placing the Hyperspin shortcut into the start-up folder in the start menu. (I am using Windows XP)
I have setup my computer to show a different boot screen with the bootskin application. This is a simple application that is easy to use, and a lot of people have already made MAME booters. I chose blue to go with my artwork, etc.
I then went about tweaking XP, to not show the login screen, and changed the start up and shut down music to that of Pac-Man. byoac has a nice tutorial/wiki to help you with this. I chose not to go with the shell option and just changed what I stated earlier, I find this to work quite well.
Wiring Up The Switch
Now that I have the computer setup correctly and launching into Hyperspin I then went about re-wiring the computer start switch to the one that I had come with the cabinet I acquired. First I took apart the front of the dell and found the two switches for the one switch.
Well that is my computer setup, I believe I covered everything. My artwork has arrived and I will be going over applying this, etc. later. After this, I just have some finishing touches and the arcade will be good to go! Thanks for tuning in, until next time!