Posts Tagged electronics

I-PAC Programming

Here’s my set of screens from WinIPAC.  It’s a wonderful program that’s given away free from Ultimarc.  It makes programming the I-PAC extremely simple.  Everything is drag and drop.  Select the button you want to program and then hit the appropriate key on the keyboard.

No need to put the trackball, trackball buttons or spinners on here since they’re all connected via usb to the computer and don’t need mapping done.

Key Assignments:
key Assignments

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Pinball Repair

Besides arcade machines, I’m also a big fan of pinball machines. I grew up going to an arcade called JNC that had an entire wall of pinball machines; Black knight 2000, The Addams Family, Riverboat Gambler, Dr. Dude, Earthshaker, T2, Whirlwind, Elvira, and a few others that I can’t remember. Since the place is no longer around, well it is, but just in graveyard form, I needed to pick up a machine of my own.

I ended up purchasing a Whitewater machine and my father has a Whirlwind. I’m pretty much in charge of fixing both.

The tornado drop target on his Whirlwind machine stopped working, or I should say that it stopped working reliably. Sometimes it would register a hit, sometimes it would pop back up. You’d never know and that would disrupt the game.
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Main power switch wiring, Part 2

Now that I’ve got all of my parts and the cabinets are starting to go together, it’s time to start finalizing the wiring assemblies.  I had previously posted a wiring diagram showing all of the connections to the relay and outlets allowing for one hot outlet and one controlled outlet.  I’ll show how all of those connections are made.

For this assembly, I’m using the following parts:

all parts

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Building the Power Switch

Now that I’ve got the plans all laid out for wiring up the switch, it’s time to get my hands dirty and actually do it. Read the rest of this entry »

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Wiring up the main power switch

I know what you’re thinking.

I’ve got a bunch of components in this cabinet, I don’t want to open up the coin door and stick my head in there and turn 5 things on every time I use this machine. I just want one button!

Well, we can do that through the power of electronics.  The mastermind behind this controlled electrical distribution is known as the relay.  A relay is an electrically controlled switch.  So a voltage applied to one side of the relay will turn the switch on.  In our case, we want to be able to turn on power to a number of devices. Read the rest of this entry »

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Control panel wiring harness

Since I’m making three of these and possibly more later, I wanted to make the wiring as easy as possible.  The easiest way to wire something up you ask?  Make a harness.  This will result in some nice clean wiring.  No spaghetti here.  Of course, in order to do that, I need to make a template.  This is the same template that i used when i decided on a layout for all of the buttons and joysticks. Read the rest of this entry »

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The MAME arcade cabinet

Like many people born back in the 70’s, I grew up with arcades.  The arcade was
the magical place that had pizza and innundated you with random sounds from all
angles.  There were never enough tokens, even if you had the spend $5, get $5 in
tokens free.  Especially if you even tried playing Dragon’s Lair.  The beautiful
machine that i didn’t quite understand how to play, but still kept stuffing
quarters in to, just because it looked like a cartoon. Read the rest of this entry »

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