MAME Arcade Cabinet – Part 1

It’s been over a month now since I’ve posted but it’s for nerdy reasons… I’ve now decided that after years of claiming I was going to build an arcade cabinet, I’m actually going to do it. I’ve done tons of reading online over the past few years – looking at construction plans and seeing what other people have done. Now I think I’m ready… I’ve already got an old P4 computer at my disposal and I’ve taken the first step by purchasing one of the essential pieces that I’ll need for this – an I-Pac controller. I managed to get a 2 player version (USB only) for $37USD with free shipping so I’m pretty excited to get started.

I-Pac ControllerI’ve tested this and it worked with both Windows and Ubuntu Linux without any special drivers. Next I’ll be ordering some push buttons and joysticks and building a prototype control panel. There’s no rush but I’m hoping to have most of this done by the end of the summer.

This particular I-Pac VE (economy version) can be found here.


I'm a Computer and Networking Engineer, Electronics Hobbyist and all around nerd. I draw when I get the chance but never got around to taking lessons for it. I'm also an amateur collector (Video Games & Comic Books mostly) and enjoy long walks on the beach. Just kidding… The beach sucks. I don’t particularly hate Windows but I like Internet Explorer about as much as I like hippies. I hate hippies.

3 thoughts on “MAME Arcade Cabinet – Part 1

  1. Have fun building the cabinet. If you want, I know of many sites that have the controls for sale. Also, there are many sites that have artwork for you cabinet… Let me know… (I’m sure you figured out it’s Patrick from work)

    Also, I know of many really great arcade front ends. They make MAME and other emulators much more fun to play with…

    1. Hey Pat, I just bought the controls but I’ll take you up on suggestions for the front ends… I’ve been playing around with a few but I can’t seem to get anything working just right yet. It would be nice if the system booted right into the front end without any Windows or Linux splash screens.

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