Mame / Jamma Cocktail Project
25 March 2012
23 December 2008.
Fraggal's BOOT CD torrent file available here
09 January 2003.
Have finally found the time to update my cocktail using Fraggal's boot CD. I will write all the details.
Off to install on my cabinet, I insert the CD (I previously made sure in the Mainboard BIOS that it would boot from CD), and all is going well. The boot CD has 3 options of installing. I choose option 1 as this did a Fdisk and format as I wanted a fresh install of everything. Next it installed DOS 7 (excellent), then gave me options which when one gets to them, are quite straight forward and easy to follow and understand. Then came the video modes. This was a little more in-depth and prior knowledge of your monitor will certainly help.
Now I know my arcade 15khz monitor is a bitch, she just wouldn't do what I wanted. After many hours and tweaking and fiddling around, I got it nearly there but not right.
Then I rebooted and it didn't boot straight into ArcadeOS (even after several tries). It would get to the following point and go no further:
go bad command
The go.bat is in the ArcadeOS folder and I presume it's there to boot straight into ArcadeOS. I edited my autoexec.bat with the following command at the end of everything else in it:
Rebooted and went straight into ArcadeOS, (cool, that's what I want).
What happens next nearly lost me my hair. For HOURS and DAYS I tried, tweaked, fiddled, interfered, played with, and mucked around with config files in both ArcadeOS, AdvanceMame, and the Video.exe to get this to work on my hormonal monitor. Absolutely nothing I knew would make it work, (my knowledge or lack of, probably didn't help). I tried a heap of video cards, tried messing with the video.exe in advmame blah blah blah, and still it wouldn't work right. Colours were wrong while using Jpac shift keys, (fraggal did say that this may be a grounding issue and advised me to ground the Jpac to the monitor frame), and some games just wouldn't work.
What did I do? I canned AdvanceMame and ArcadeOS and went for the standard 'mame062b_dos_i686 version and a version of ArcadeOS that was fresh and not from the boot CD
I decided that DOS 7 was staying as this is good, but I just renamed AdvanceMame folder and the ArcadeOS folder to 'old', just in case I want to try again later.
After transferring files and roms, I fired it up and got it all working. One issue that had me stumped for 1 hour was some games would work great and some would come up as garbage. I worked out that if I went into the game config in the ArcadeOS menu, and change were it said 'tweak' to no on the games that weren't working, they suddenly would work.
In all, the Boot CD is a great tool and I look forward to using it on another monitor other than the one I have at the moment. I feel that my experience is rare and would probably NOT happen to other users of it. My monitor REALLY is fussy. Either that or my knowledge stinks, maybe both :o)
Fraggal, Glitch77 and Las Vegas for the work you have done. I appreciate
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08 December 2002.
With the release of Las Vegas's version of ArcadeOS 2.5, I will be redoing my cabinet with AdvanceMame.62 and the new ArcadeOS 2.5. Will keep this page update as progress continues.
04 April 2002.
Got the pics up. It's finally finished for the moment. I'll put some pics of it running shortly.
29 Mar 2002.
Finally got the cocktail running a JPAC and Mame going today after many frustrating days/weeks.
The problem I had was my video card. I kept on getting a split, blocky screen that would show three Credit 00 on the screen. I tried out 5 different video cards till I found one that worked. (So much for ATI cards being the be all and end all of cards to use with arcade monitors and Mame). Anyone thinking of using an arcade monitor, I advised either AdvanceMame or try heaps of different Video cards.
The video cards I tried were as follows:
Got to say that playing Mame on a cocktail with real arcade controls and arcade monitor is pretty darn good. (Better than I thought it would be both in gameplay and looks) Highly recommended.
The configuring of the Ipacutil software was easy. The controls work fine except for a few little adjustments I need to do.
Today I ordered the plexi glass that sits on top of the cocktail. Also got some mirror retaining clips which hold the plexi on from the local Mitre 10.
Picked up a cool 20" JAMMA cocktail cabinet in top condition minus monitor, top glass and board. That's fine with me because it was FREE.
I'm going to keep the JAMMA harness in this and use the JPAC as it will double as a MAME beast and a JAMMA platform.
To make it run Mame when not using a JAMMA PCB, I just disconnected from the cabinets power supply the following:
I have left the other wires connected so that the monitor powers up only and it is grounded. (Last thing I need is to die from electric shock). To use a JAMMA PCB I reversed what I have just done
I'm running DOS MAME with the aging ArcadeOS Front-end as I'm running an arcade monitor for this project and I don't want to destroy the monitor by having windows/Video card sending to high a horizontal scanrate to the arcade monitor. ArcadeOS was built with this in mind. For more information on this go to PC to JAMMA / Home of ArcadeOS.
This cocktail was made specifically for interchangeable JAMMA game boards so it never was dedicated for any single game.
I've broken out the digital camera for a few pics for you to look at.
Shortly I will be purchasing an arcade monitor to go into the cabinet. In addition I will get either a sheet of perspex or glass cut for the top and some side clips to fasten the it to the cabinet.
we have the Player 1 control panel that was in need of a new coat
Here's the guts of a button for anyone interested. What's not shown, is the microswitch that goes on the end.
I ripped it apart to check inside and found just how solid, strong and robust these joysticks are. Check out how thick the metal casing is. These things are built to withstand teenager and arcade abuse. I have no qualms about how much punishment I give joysticks now.
After some TLC, all the buttons and joystick scrubbed up well.
I have now got hold of an 20" Kortek monitor to go into the cocktail. The monitor has mild screen burn (in it's previous life, it was a poker machine). When a game is running, one struggles to see the burn.
I got the legs of the cocktail powder coated satin black and they came up nice.
I hacked apart some JBL monitor speakers I won off Ebay for $12.50 Aus, and screwed them above the existing Mono Jamma speaker. The other speaker is lying in the coin box.
The beauty of the SB16 is that it has an onboard amp so these are powered directly by the sound card without any external power.
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The PC proved a minor hassle but I worked it out.
Some finished pics
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