Last updated: July 3, 2003 2:40 PM (CST)
|JAMMA cabinet||$25.00|| Bought it from a friend who only wanted the game
boards inside... and I needed a monitor for another game. Sooooo...|
|Older Compaq computer||$70.00|| I think it's a Pentium II 400mhz with 128mb ram. Running widoze 98.
Bought it from a local store manager when he bought a new PC.|
|500 MB Hard Drive||$50.00|| Okay, it cost me $50 like 8 years ago when I bought it, and never used
it, to replace the 80MB hard drive in my 386SX/16. Sat on the shelf and what the heck, it still works!|
10 Gigabyte Hard Drive
|$60.00||Bought this on Ubid.com to replace the 500MB drive, and THEN discovered that I can't get
it formatted, and the Bios on my motherboard won't even recognise that the bloody thing
exists! I will NEVER AGAIN buy another generic brand hard drive (Maxtor all the way baby!) and I'll also|
never buy another Compaq computer...
|ATI 8MB video card w/TV out||$20-40.00?||I bought like 6 different video cards trying to get ONE of them to work with the stupid Compaq computer. I figured 8MB would be more than enough video memory to run most of the older arcade games. And I will NEVER buy another Compaq either by the way...|
|1.5 hours Computer Tech Support||$50.00||Paid to someone to actually GET the new video card to frelling work correctly. I got sick of dealing with it. They had to update the BIOS on the lousy motherboard... TWICE... to get it to finally work. Again, I hate Compaq computers. Sony all the way from now on. I love my laptop. :)|
|17" VGA PC monitor||$FREE!||Got this one from a friend who works for a PC company. They said it didn't work. He took it home and said it died after running for a few hours. I ran it for over 8 hours without a problem, and then it acted a little jittery. Well, the price was right... and I never play games for more than a couple hours anyway...|
|I-PAC keyboard encoder board||$75.00?||I bought this on the recommendation of my friend Steve, and it works quite well. What it is, is a little PCB that attaches to your keyboard socket on your PCB, and then you wire up arcade joysticks and fire buttons and all that. It also Isn't affected by the keyboard "ghosting" that happens when you push too many keys on a computer keyboard at the same time. Try playing a 2 player version of Mortal Kombat on the same computer keyboard and see what I mean. The standard PC keyboard can only accept like 8 simultanious keypresses at the same time before it starts missing them.|
|Custom Control Panel Overlay||$45.00||I custom designed one using graphic elements from Pac Man and several other games and had it printed at a local print shop. It turned out Okay, but I wish it was sharper detail. Some of the details were lost in the printing process. I imagine if I'd taken it to Kinkos it would have come out better. Live and learn I guess.|
|Plexiglass||$20.00|| Bought a sheet of plexiglass at Home Depot
to cover the control panel overlay. Turned out pretty nice overall, but I should have made the holes
slightly larger so it wouldn't crack the plexi when the panel bolts were tightened down. It cracked slightly
in a couple locations. Not too bad, but more than I would have liked.|
|Keyboard & Mouse||$30.00||The PC I got secondhand didn't have those items... so off to Office Max I go...|
|SUB TOTAL||$465.00|| Of course the total doesn't include things like screws, bolts, paint, Joysticks, fire buttons |
(figure an additional $50 at least for those) emotional distress, etc.