I´m still working on my real arcade-cab, but at least I functionally finished my Ikea Ramvik Arcade Cocktail table. It still needs some decoration and something stylish under the glass to cover the ugly sawed edges.
To build it was simple, I sawed a monitor-shaped hole in it, screwed two boards below to support the monitor, placed the monitor in and connected everything.
It is powerd by an energy-saving TFT-Display and a raspberry pi running RetroPie and generic USB-Joypads.
The only obstacle happend all was done and I wanted to play a game, sat down on my sofa – and then had to realize that the picture was nearly not visible due to the low viewing angle.
I read a bit and voila – if you turn the monitor upside down it works just fine. And if you add “display_rotate=2” to RetroPie´s boot/config.txt it rotates everything accordingly.
Some time ago I bought an old poker-arcade-cab and now started to rebuild it into a pc-driven arcade-cab. Since the whole JAMMA-approach exceeds both, my budget and current knowledge of electronics, I decided to do it on the cheap.
Since I got brand new arcade-buttons and joysticks as a birthday-gift last year, the first thing I needed was a way to connect those to my PC. So, i dismantled an old USB-Joypad and simply screwed it on a board, I used a cut plastic-corc as a spacer.
Now I soldered cables on each contact and connected them using a wire connector. This was my first time soldering a circuit-board, it was easier than I thought, but I was glad I had some desoldering wick ready.
Material used so far:
-Cables, from scrapped PCs / Resets-& Power Switches
-Some Cable straps