For the PC, I will be using a relatively high-powered CPU (assuming
emulators are going to continue to use more and more resources, plus the
fact I want to play network games on this machine). All of it will
be relatively inexpensive with the exception of the 19" monitor.
As far as software goes, I will be using Windows 95 OSR2 for the OS.
I have not yet decided on a MAME frontend yet, I just might roll my own.
This machine will (of course) run MAME primarily but this will also participate
on my network at my house so I can play other network-enabled games.
I have also decided that I will use a custom compile of MAME, just to make
things a little smoother (not having to press a key or typing "OK" to load
The control panel(s) itself will be attached to a KE24 Keyboard Encoder from Hagstrom Electronics (for the buttons) and serial mice (for "analog" controls). I read somewhere that Win95 will actually install drivers and use 2 mice, if one is a serial mouse and one is a PS/2 mouse. We will see if this is the case. I was originally going to use a USB keyboard, but those cost around $80, almost as much as the encoder. So I decided to go with the encoder and skip the USB interface for now. I plan on NOT using the gameport at all for control panel interfacing.
For sound, I will use 2 4" speakers (From the Happ
Controls catalog). If I can figure out how to do it relatively
inexpensively, I would like to use a small amplifier (no more that 50 watts).
If anyone has any suggestions on doing this, please let
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