Using a PowerBlock with a Raspberry Pi

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One of the early design goals that I had for the bartop arcade cabinet was that it needed to be as user-friendly as possible.  To a person using the cabinet, the actual inner workings should be both hidden and non-intrusive.  With a Raspberry Pi, the largest obstacle in the way of that is that in order to power off the … Read More

Sample Output from Focus Attack SCAN.DL VGA Scanline Generator (Updated)

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When I had put together the Adding a Scanline Generator article, a little over a week ago, I had hoped on quickly capturing some sample output.  While already having a capable HDMI capture solution in place for my day-to-day needs, capturing 800×600 VESA output proved a bit more difficult, and required an additional upscaler to get usable captures.  Capturing the upscaled and … Read More

Bartop Cabinet Audio Options

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As I have been refining my expectations for this project, I recently evaluated my audio options for my bartop cabinet.  Having gone through a few different configurations, I found that there were various pros and cons to each setup that I tried.  Even as recently as this week, my plans for how I will deliver audio has changed, yet again. … Read More

Adding a Scanline Generator

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One of the most immediate feelings that hit me when I was emulating on a computer was not that I missed the era-correct controls for game, but rather they did not look like I had remembered them to look.  Playing these games on any modern monitor, even at lower resolutions, leaves a fair amount to be desired.  Sprites looked washed … Read More

Keyboard Volume Control with Triggerhappy

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One feature that is common in cabinets is the inclusion of some sort of simple volume control. Some of the examples that I have seen involved simply exposing an amplifiers control panel through the back of the cabinet, custom wiring a mounted control knob, or providing buttons which are mapped to a keypress. The latter is the most alluring to … Read More

Getting Rid of the Raspberry Pi Boot Screen

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One of the purposes of building an arcade cabinet is to “suspend disbelief”.  In other words, even though the cabinet is meant to look like the real thing, it is ultimately just a fancy computer case housing some sort of computer.  When that computer is a Raspberry Pi, it inherits the very Linux roots of Raspbian’s Debian boot screen.  The … Read More

A Tale of Two Cabinets

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Despite having the final location of my eventual upright cabinet build cleared away, I had decided that it will be the bartop cabinet that I will approach first.  Since this is going to be my first build, it makes sense to start small and then to further build upon that to complete the upright cabinet.  These two cabinets both share … Read More