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Vewlix Clone MAME/Console Project

Discussion in 'MAME / Multi-game Discussion, Projects & Support' started by mwong168, Oct 5, 2017.

  1. mwong168

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    I am not a fan of SHMUPS yet but plan on getting into them. I have not tried to rotate the monitor yet and I think it is possible.
     
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    Ahh my bad, I thought since you were buying all those region free 360 shmups you were a fan :)

    I'm a fan, I just never bought stuff lol

    I'll probably try and rotate sometime this week just to test it out.
     
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    Another parcel arrived for me today!!

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    200m worth of 20 AWG wiring! 16 pin ATX style male/female connectors and their respective contact socket/pins

    Here's my wiring details for my cabinet (YMMV)

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    My awful drawing that got the job done :) It showed me where I needed to connect my pins and sockets.

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    Let the crimping begin!!

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    Found an OG PS360 on the shelf and I'll be using this PCB for my second player until the second Brook UFB arrives - this can be used in SFV as a "legacy" controller :)

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    A few hours later, I've got 2x PCBs wired up and a 2.5m extension

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    PS360 all wired up - the extra buttons is for the home button and select - I need to find a way to rig up a bracket to put these two buttons in the coin area so I don't have to have the base of the cabinet exposed when trying to use home and select.

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    The PCB to rule them all!!! The Brook UFB. I have to find some sort of enclosure to put this in. Not a fan of it being exposed.

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    2.5m extension for my controller - why do I need this you ask?

    Since the plan is to have a dual chewlix setup, this extension cable will allow me to wire up the 2p controller inside the source cabinet (where the pandora is) and route the cable to the back of both units then plug it in to the second cabinet.

    After about 10 minutes of testing, all 3 units worked as expected, all directions and buttons worked without having to rewire anything.

    The idea with keeping the harness is purely to make switching controllers MUCH MUCH easier. I can go from Jamma to console within seconds by simply unplugging one set of cables and plugging another one in.

    Just now waiting for the external amp and DAC to have a ps4 functioning cabinet!
     
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    No wonder you ordered 200m of wiring :eek:

    Great job with your wiring so far and I see you like to keep things nice and neat like me. I don't know why but I really enjoy this part of the build the most.
     
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    Hahaha yep! The extension alone was about 30m!

    I'm going to look at getting some spiral wire to make it a little neater. Thought of doing braids and heat shrink but I couldn't be bothered. I just wanted a nice quick way of swapping in between jamma and consoles/pc

    I now need to find a nice little enclosure to put the pcb in
     
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    So curiosity got the better of me..

    Spent a few hours last night trying to work out if I could rotate this cab.

    TL;DR - Didn't work for my cabinet

    Btw, excuse the mess of the garage. I'm in the process of clearing it out hahah

    The back of the unit is pretty dull, two horizontal metal frames with 4 holes to mount the LCD

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    Working out the pics from the Vewlix manual, it seemed pretty standard:

    - Take the screw out on the top black piece
    - Take the screw out on the middle black piece
    - Take another screw out on the inside frame of where the top black piece came out
    - Once the three screws are out, the side panel should come off without too much of an issue

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    I then discovered there's an LED strip for the top marquee

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    Remove the 4 screws on the LCD bezel and it just lifts off

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    The underside of the bezel has brackets so the glass won't fall off

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    Take the 4 screws out of the LCD from the back mount bracket and she comes off quite easily

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    The LCD was surprisingly light, compared to what I had imagined

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    Next remove a couple of screws inside the marquee, and the top metal horizontal piece (joining the marquee and top of the unit) is removed.

    Remove a few more screws on a piece in between the control panel and monitor section

    Finally, remove the metal panels in between the speakers and you pretty bare Chewlix

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    After adjusting the top speakers to the correct height, I was able to insert the metal panels in place

    Once I placed the monitor in middle, I thought for sure I was to play SHMUPS in a rotated state....

    When I went to place the screws back, there's no possible way it would go back on the horizontal bracket...

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    I tried everything I could think of for another hour, but couldn't figure it out. I also couldn't figure out how the bezel would go back on as I couldn't see where or how I could use the 4 screws to hold the bezel in place.

    Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get this cabinet rotate :(

    I've seen a couple of other Chewlix's that have it rotated. Maybe I'm missing brackets that the original owner didn't give me.. who knows. For now, this is going to be a dedicated horizontal cab :)

    In other news, I cut the speaker wires from the jamma harness and placed them on to an external amp. Took me a couple of goes before I found the correct combination of left/right speakers

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    This is the little beauty that converts the digital audio from the ps4, back to analog to output to the amp

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    Sound!!!! :) :)



    I now a full fledged 1P PS4/Jamma system. I'm hoping my delivery of the second one happens next week so I can have that 2P action!
     
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    That's too bad about not being able to rotate the LCD for SHUMPS. Great job on figuring out the sound for your PS4.
     
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    Hmmm after seeing your glass and bezel pics I may mistaken about how my Mon is held in. I will have to look at mine sometime. Haven't gotten too deep into getting the Mon out. I simply took the sides off and looked quickly.

    Are those mounting brackets on yours removable or welded? If welded you may need to create an adapter in order to rotate it. Shouldn't be too difficult though. I'd be interested in this too since I plan on rotating at some point when I wish for a change up. Not sure if your can=my cab though. There are a lot of variations between some builds.
     
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    Yeah that's what I thought too.

    However, I do have a dedicated vertical 24 inch widescreen retro bartop cabinet I've built for the vertical games. Not HD though.

    I can't see myself having a dedicated HD cabinet for SHMUPS though unless I get a 3rd cab - which is highly unlikely.

    I didn't realise you also had one. That's awesome! I love these units, even though they are "clones"

    The horizontal metal brackets at the back are welded to the frame.

    The brackets that the bezel are held on are right angled brackets and is screwed in which can be removed, but I couldn't find anywhere on the unit where I could mount the brackets for the bezel. That's only half the problem as I couldn't for the life of me find a way to secure the monitor.

    Since my cabinet is technically second hand, I didn't get a "retail package". I'm missing the red right angle bracket that fixes the control panel for "shipping". So I'm assuming if there were additional brackets provided, I didn't get them.

    From what I've seen there's definitely many different iterations, I've seen some that don't have any bracing in the middle of the cabinet for the monitor and just held through with right angle brackets.

    If you guys can, it'd be great if you could take a photo of the back of the cabinet with your panel off to see how your monitor is fixed in the horizontal position. TIA
     
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