MacMame Machine
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Here are some pictures of how the cabinet matured.
I started with a cabinet that had Twin Eagle running in it.
The monitor gave out, so I decided to gut it and fix it up for a Mame machine.

Rough outer with no art.

Laptop installed and connected.

Up and running

Close up of the screen

Art Intalled

Bezel Detail

Marquee Lighted


Bezel Bottom

Overlay art Installed

Control Panel Installed


PDF art
Here is the art that I created in Illustrator.
I saved the art in PDF format and took it to FedEx/Kinko's to print.
They had a 24-hour turn around time frame.

Bezel | Marquee | Control Overlay

The Logitech Trackball can be used as a regular trackball to navigate within OS X
and as a trackball for the games (Centipede, Marble Madness, etc.)
To wire in the arcade controls to the laptop, I used an ipac board.
This has connections for up to 8 buttons of each player
and has a USB connector to your computer.
For the joysticks and buttons, you can get them pretty cheaply at Happ Controls.
The laptop is a TI Powerbook G4 DVI running at 667Mhz.
I bought it really cheaply on ebay for under $100.
The LCD was not included (broken), so it was just the bottom half.
I also have a set of powered computer speakers with a subwoofer.

Since I am using a apple laptop as the core, I am also using iTunes.
So, I have a juke box now also!!!!
Since the hard drive on the laptop is only 12Gig,
I have only moved over my top rated (most liked) songs.
There is a DVD drive in the laptop, so I can watch movies if want to.
My original plan was to put a projector in the top behind the marquee.
The Apple logo would be cut out for the projector lens.
But this turned out to be more of a change to the cabinet than I wanted.

I have tried two different MAME emulators made for the Mac:
MacMame (v0.103u2) and Mame OS X (v0.124).
I find that MacMame, while older and no longer supported or updated,
seems to work better, especially the GUI.
MAME OS X requires OS X 10.4 while, MacMame will work in OS X 10.2.

Here is a list of all 1,001 games that I have downloaded and tested to work with MacMame. Here is a link to download ALL of these ROMs (1.4 GB) with the screenshots in one zip file.