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    Fixup my arcade machine

    Hi Guys.

    I've got an old arcade machine with a mame box inside. The controls are getting a bit stuffed and I'm not sure what to replace them with. Could you guys advise what you'd recommend I do?

    I probably need to replace the aging computer inside it as well, so if I could hook up some controls via USB and not com ports etc would be nice as well. Some pics:

    I'd also look at replacing the old CRT in there. Not sure what kinda fits in these now?

    FYI I think I bought this off someone on GP many moons ago.

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    Raspberry Pi 4 ,
    otherwise I've got a spare raspberry pi 2 you can have which should do just fine depending on what games you want to play. Note that it'd be composite video out, or HDMI out, so you may have to get a video converter for your old CRT

    + to hook it up easily to the arcade controls get this for the pi:

    I imagine you could use your existing wiring loom.

    Regarding buttons being warn out, there are some sellers on trademe which do some good button replacements, or replacement sets.

    I've hooked my arcade cabinet up directly to the GPIO of the pi board, but takes a lot more effort / time then the picade board.

    It entirely depends on what you want to do, and how far down the rabbit hole you want to go.

    If you do want to keep using your current computer, and want to use USB then you could look into this

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    What to do depends on how much money you're prepared to spend.

    Depending on how stuffed the controls are, you may be able to get away with replacing the microswitches. You should be able to get those from a place like jaycar or from trademe.

    If you want a new game controller board, Ultimarc has a bunch of options as well as a whole shit ton of other neat stuff. I used an A-pac on my old mame cabinet, though I found that on trademe.

    You could even get away with butchering a shitty USB game controller for the board.

    As for the computer inside, again, depends on how much you want to spend. A pi will be fine for a lot of stuff but if you want to chuck other emulators on there or run non-emulated games you may want something more powerful.

    And if you want to rebuild the cabinet itself I have a bit of advice - MDF is shit, use plywood instead.