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The making of the Nanocade Mame cabinet
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Construction + software

The USB plugs has been installed / glued on.
On the outside it looks more professional than most panel mounting USB plugs you can buy for this type of work. That's why I decided to make my own instead and they also take up less space.
Windows XP is installed from an external DVD writer. The day after I actually installed Windows 7 Starter edition instead, it's just runs that much better and only uses about 5 sec more to boot.

As you can see, there really isn't much room in the cabinet with all the cables installed. It was very hard to close it afterwards. 10 % more space wouldn't have hurt :D


It's alive! Always a good feeling when, against all odds, it actually works. Especially when you have shortened most cables yourself.

It would have been much easier to use a netbook instead :D And cheaper. It's actually designet to fit a netbook too.

The cover for the screen is painted in the sides to hide the monitor. It looks exactly like the shiny black plexiglas on the other side.
Finally the bottom panel is mounted and some rubber feet is applied. It really took some effort to get it all to fit in there.

I decided to use a Front-end called Mala FE. This is because it works with the UltraStik 360 via a plug-in that changes automatically between the different mappings like 4-way, 8-way, 2-way, analogue ect. I also decided that I needed a front-end that could show some info an history about the MAME roms. I'm really interested in gaming history and read a lot about it every day.


I also wanted a front-end that could be totally changed to match the style of the Nanocade.

After working with the front-end for some days and changing it about 7 times, hence v1.70, I ended up with this design.

It shows a screenshot, marquee, year, manufacturer, players, number of buttons used and the type of control.

It looks more smooth in full resolution.

I also assigned a button to show history and trivia about the individual games. There's loads of information in the history.dat file in MAME and it is constantly updated.

I really love this feature.


Also check out:
Upgrading the Nanocade (2013)
(9.7" iPad 2 screen, new motherboard, speakers etc.)
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If you decide to make your own MAME cabinet using my drawings, please feel free to make a donation,  as I'm trying to raise enough money to make a new up-right cabinet, that's hard to do as a student.




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