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Hopper choice - Azkoyen U-II vs Cube Hopper MK II

05 October 2018 - 09:01 pm


I'd like to ask this question to all cabinet builders. If you could choose, from hoppers: Azkoyen U-II & Cube Hopper MK II, which one would you use in your cabinet?

As for criteria, I would say the most important is wide spectrum of coin sizes, jam proof, size, ease of maintenance. Speed is less important.

At the first look, I'd bet to Cube Hopper, but I'm not sure. I have opportunity to buy both in a good price right now, but I can't decide.


How to recognize ROM - game, sound, video

06 July 2018 - 06:53 pm

Rom package has a lot of files inside. How do you tell what kind of file you're dealing with - game rom, sound rom, etc. How to tel which is which? Experimental way?

Arduino as pac-drive alternative?

27 March 2018 - 09:11 pm

In my last post I mentioned about software called Mamehooker. This piece of software catches output signals from MAME emulator and uses them to drive  devices like Ledwiz, Pac-drive etc. Interresting thing is that this software, can send signals to parallel or serial port (even to keyboard leds). I found that this can be used by Arduino.


I set Arduino to listen to COM signals, which were translated to exact actions of microcontroller. Arduino was responsible for LEDs blinking. Mostly used in video poker games to light buttons. Worked like a charm :).


My question is.

Is it possible to add feature to MFME emulator, to be able to sent signals to serial port? Now it is only able to drive Ultimarc devices, which are not cheap, let's be honest. Such solution would let us use cheap arduino device for controlling blinking leds in cabinets. The idea works great on Mamehooker, so I belive this could be used within the emulator, but I'm not a coder, so for me it is a black magic.

I have no video or photos of my machine, but I can share source code for Arduino, to be implemented with Mamehooker & MAME emulator if someone is interrested to try.


take care


Stepper motor control signal

27 March 2018 - 06:11 pm

Hello, guys. First of all, I'd like to say, that I admire the effort of home made cabinets. I was thinking about building one myself.

I have done MAME cabinet once with keypad for video poker controlls and MAME fruit machines. Everything was done using led lighted buttons, controlled by Arduino and MAMEhooker. Worked flawlessly, but it wasn't enough for me.


Now I'm wondering of there is possibility to catch the stepper motor signals sent to reels. As I've read previous discussion, I've found info, that coin hoppers can be operated on MFME. So maybe stepper motor either? Can someone say something about it? Is it possible or it is just a dream :)?


If this could be coded to the emulator, it would open a new wave of cabinet building. But this is just a guess.... is it possible to implement?