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  1. Jeff Meininger

    Austin DIY HT Projects

    Nils: I'm not sure yet. A 4-way certainly won't work because if it's mounted in the normal position, it will have no diagonal controls. But an 8-way joystick still only has 4 microswitches; it just allows two of them to be activated at the same time to indicate diagonal movement. The problem is...
  2. Jeff Meininger

    Austin DIY HT Projects

    One more thing to think about before you buy your buttons!!! Does the keyboard-emulator device you guys are planning to use have some kind of modifier button? The KeyWiz that I'm using has a "Shazam!" button (I'm not making that up) that allows me to change the key mapping for all the buttons...
  3. Jeff Meininger

    Austin DIY HT Projects

    Actually, there is a game I've come across that doesn't work with the normal joystick layout: Q*Bert. We were trying to figure out why, and my friend said that the Q*Bert arcade cabinet actually had a 4-way joystick mounted at a 45-degree angle since you're trying to move Q*Bert in diagonal...
  4. Jeff Meininger

    Austin DIY HT Projects

    I did use the Dream Arcades premium set on Dave's recommendation. I'm very pleased with all of it. The buttons and joysticks all have the authentic look and feel you'd expect. The joysticks are very tough, too. We've been trying our best to break them, and they just take the punishment. I'm...
  5. Jeff Meininger

    Austin DIY HT Projects

    It looks like you guys made great progress... that's a lot of cabinets! They're gonna look great. I wrapped up my own MAME project over the weekend. Instead of a cabinet, I built a pair of controllers. The boxes are built out of 1/4" MDF painted black with Rustoleum Hammered spraypaint...
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    Austin HTF Poker Thread

    FWIW, I'm busier than I was two years ago. :)
  7. Jeff Meininger

    Austin DIY HT Projects

    Jeff's tips for getting a smooth painted finish on MDF. 1. Don't invest too much time sanding the MDF until it has been primed. You will never ever get rid of the fuzzy texture. If you have to sand something, sand the edges smooth. 2. Prime it with nothing but regular original plain-jane...
  8. Jeff Meininger

    Austin DIY HT Projects

    I did some testing last night, and confirmed that my little EPIA M9000 system just doesn't have the balls to do MAME. And believe me, I've tried everything. My P4 1.8, on the other hand, can play just about anything. It doesn't start dropping frames until you get to modern 3D stuff like Tekken...
  9. Jeff Meininger

    Austin DIY HT Projects

    You can email it to me, but my HTF email is invalid. Instead, use jeff at boxybutgood. com.
  10. Jeff Meininger

    Austin DIY HT Projects

    Sounds good to me. How about high noon?
  11. Jeff Meininger

    Austin DIY HT Projects

    I can do lunch tomorrow (Tuesday) and bring the discs for Jay.
  12. Jeff Meininger

    Austin DIY HT Projects

    Yeah... I'll post pics of the MAME console and controllers in a week or two when they're painted and pretty. Like Dave says, I'll be finished with the discs PDQ.
  13. Jeff Meininger

    Brand new meet thread - Austin

    Nope. I've got a wicked bad case of "overcomitted syndrome". I'll read the reviews when it's all said and done, though. :)
  14. Jeff Meininger

    Brand new meet thread - Austin

    Hank: Nils was using Star Wars Episode II DVD for the dark scene. The scene has Obi Wan moving through shadows in a dark cave on the planet where Christopher Lee is. The specific frame has a partially-lit Kenobi in one half of the screen, and a characteristic rock formation on the cave wall on...
  15. Jeff Meininger

    Austin DIY HT Projects

    Sorry to see you go, Mark. At least you'll still be in Texas. :) Are you going to be working downtown in the 'Dallas Arts District'? That would be pretty swank. Downtown Dallas is pretty cool, actually. I won't envy your commute, though. With any luck, you'll find an apartment near the light...
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