Mame Table News
11/1/06
 I am extremely happy with MaLa FE. I have also purchased the MaLa Hardware to enable me to have LEDS and a LCD display (Refer Hardware Section).

The FE software writer is based in Germany. To encourage development and support I volunteered to write some directions in English to assemble and install the MaLa hardware.

6/8/05

Changes made in the last two years:

Software:
- Changed Front End to MaLa (with Built in MP3 Juke Box)
- It now runs on Windows XP Pro
- Windows start-up is a lot Sexier because I have added Custom Boot Screens (refer Software Section)

Hardware
- News Motherboard/Processor (refer Hardware Section)
- Wireless Networking Card installed
- Added external LEDS
- Light in Cabinet
- Temperature Gauges
- Mounted Proper Car Speakers on either side
- Added extra extraction fans on Player 2 side
- External Keyboard plug installed
- Wheels with brake mounted on the feet to make it easier to move

 
19/4/03

* Put power-board inside the machine (much more tidy)

* Put external network plug on the machine. This has a network activity light. This light is basically taped of the LED on the network card. This avoids me having to open up the table when there are network problems.

* Mounted the speakers under the machine. Sound is now less muffled.

* Removed tinted Perspex from the table top. Screen is now much brighter and clearer. The only downside to this is you can clearly see that it is a PC monitor.

* Not much more left to do now except possibly:
    - Install a suitable MP3 Jukebox prog . I have not found one yet that works vertically.
    - Improve monitor mounting. It currently shifts a little when the table is moved
   - Install external Keyboard plugs. This would make Internet Access/ Maintenance much easier.

12/12/02
Software Change:
Decided to Change OS
back to Win 2000.
OS is much more stable. Also it  will now Shutdown with a touch from the PC case Powers switch. This is very Handy as I don't have to Quit Game Launcher then Shutdown Windows (A Process that would involve pulling the Keyboard Out)
08/11/02
  Acquired a small keyboard with a Trackball built in  (Very Nice)
27/10/02
Software Change:
Decided to Change OS to Windows 98 (In Windows Mode).
This was to Enable me to Play Duke Nukem 3D on the Mame Table.
15/09/02

I decided to Change My Set-up to Windows 2000
 & Game Launcher Mame Front End....
why?
A) I found that using Win 2000 I was able to take full advantage of the Hardware I have...DOS has very basic drivers, especially for the newer Sound Cards.
Mame seems to run a lot faster (figure that out ????)

23/08/02
It was still cooking~  a bit so .....I Added another fan on the Motherboard side
08/07/02
  Got a new piece of glass for my birthday. The original one was very scratched
24/05/01
  Added a second Joystick and mouse to the player 1 side to enable me to play 1943 etc
23/04/02
   Added internal Speakers/ Amplifier and a Large fan driven by a temperature sensitive switch
12/11/01
  Mame table is at a state where you can actually play a game. However a Keyboard and Mouse is required to launch a game, and there are major Sound and ventilation issues.
01/9/01
  2nd Hand Cocktail table purchased without Monitor or Mother board. The old transformer and speakers, fan etc were thrown out. The only original component is the Coin Mechanism & Joysticks. I painted the inside white to freshen it up a bit. It also enabled me to see how much dust/dirt would build up in there.
I purchased a Second hand Dell monitor and and I- Pac .