Since SpiffMAME is a M.A.M.E.-cabinet, and M.A.M.E. is an emulator, it needs some hardware to run on. I started out with an old Celeron 333MHz, which was later upgraded to 533MHz. At some point I decided that processors and motherboards were getting so cheap that I would no longer use old hardware for my cabinet, so I went out and got a Duron 1700MHz and a motherboard, which is what I currently have in SpiffMAME. (Actually I had a Celeron 2.4GHz in there for a while, but swapped it with the Duron because the USB-ports on the Duron did not work properly under Linux).

The PC hardware in SpiffMAME currently consists of:

The mainboard of SpiffMAME

As you can see in the above picture, the motherboard, harddrive and power supply are all mounted on a piece of particle board.

Mainboard mounted inside cabinet

The entire unit is mounted on the inside of the cabinet, and connected to the rest of the hardware. In the above image you can see how the power-relay is connected to the parallel port. The control-panel and service-panel are connected through the keyboard-hack which is just visible behind the monitor, and connects to the motherboards PS/2 keyboard connector. The monitor is wired through the coin-door and connected to the Matrox G400 graphics adapter. No special hardware is used for this, since the monitor accepts separate sync-signals, and the G400 is able to generate appropriate modes to operate the monitor (apart from during POST when the power-relay keeps the monitor turned off).

The latch that holds the Mainboard in place

The above image shows a close-up of the latch that holds the mainboard assembly in place inside the cabinet. You can see the PS/2 keyboard connector hooked up to the keyboard hack. The sound card and power-relay are not connected in this image. Above the mainboard you can see the power-strip that is controlled by the power-relay and provides power to the PC speakers, subwoofer and marquee backlight.

Last updated: 2005.06.02