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Bartop Arcade Mark 2


corydrippon
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Here is model 2 of my bartop arcades built from yet another IBM thinkpad laptop.

As I said in the post Mark 1, I suck at painting. I tried to paint it black and I did not like the look.

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Here is some shots of the Usb Joypad and underside of buttons. Excuse the dust as I was still in my workshop area.

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The power button is a bitch on these old IBM laptops, had to cut into the traces of the keyboard.

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Here is a shot of the laptop mounted to the screen support.

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Here is the fan.

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And here is the wiring to the Ac Adapter and powerbutton for laptop.

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I then added a power switch to turn off the power to everything, added a nice touch to it and saves power.

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The powerswitch also has an LED in it.

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Those green things are terminal strips I use to easily disconnect wires for servicing. A touch I think I will use frequently.

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Here is but a simple set-up for lighting my marquee.

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All power for the fan and light bulbs come directly from the ac charger. This is an issue because the bulbs are 12v and the ac outputs 16+ unregulated volts

This is fixed by ading a voltage regulator I got from Radioshack for 4 bucks. It effectively reduces the voltage to 11.5 volts.

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Here are some back shots before the Powerswitch was in place. You can tell I went with contact paper =)

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Here are my mounted speakers I wired directly to the output of the laptop.

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Thought it needed a volume knob so to radio shack I went. Mounted and soldered in.

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Printed out a marquee real quick of one of my favorite games.

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And here are some final shots of the baby arcade.

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And finally here is Punch Out!!

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My next bartop I am building is going to be a 2 - player running on a slightly faster laptop. It will have N64 controller port, TopGun 3 wireless gun and other features I cannot remember right now.

Thanks for looking. Will have a video uploaded shortly.

Here is the link for Mark 3

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