Yes, sound the trumpets and strike the band 'cause Dad has finally found the time to start a new project!!! This project will be a relatively long-term, probably over the entire summer project as it's big. Yes, I said big. I mean big as in large, heavy and very, very bulky. This project will require all kinds of skills to complete: woodworking, electronics and computers. Have any idea what it is yet? Give ya a hint: Yes my friends, I'm building a Mame cabinet! I've been wanting to do one of these for years, but something always came up or I could never find a source for decent cabinets. I don't have the time or tools to build one myself, but after a bunch of phone calls and a trip to the bar with friends I found a local place which deals solely with arcade machines and has a bunch of empty cabinets that he will sell me for $50. In fact, he has an old Centipede cabinet (see pic below) which he said is in pretty decent shape. Only thing is that I'm going away this weekend and he's on vacation next week, so I can't pick it up until the 11th. Oh well, that's okay. Centipede cabinet: Parts I have on hand and what the Mame cabinet will consist of: > 18 pushbuttons (more on order) > 2 8-way joysticks (a 4-way is on order) > Book to assist me along the way. Yea, I know that I can get most of that info online, but it'll be easier to reference the book while in the garage. I haven't decided on which pc to use, but I have: > PII 450 with 256Mb RAM and > AMD XP2100 with 512Mb RAM I know that the AMD will be serious overkill, but will be faster. The main problem is I'm not sure how the Mobo will work with DOS and will most likely have to load Windows. The PII will be fine with a DOS Mame system, but won't be as fast. I need to purchase: > A keyboard encoder like the I-Pac or the KeyWiz. > Stuff to restore cabinet. TBD. > Monitor. Not sure if I just want a big ole 19" monitor or a real arcade one. Problem with the arcade one is that they are >$200 for a 19".. My #1 biggest problem is what to call the project. I'm thinking Bit-Mame, Dadcade or Bitcade. Any suggestions are welcome and encouraged. Well, that's it for now, will post more as parts arrive and are picked up EDIT:: Changed title to "Project: Loose Change"