Choosing A Display
There are a few things to consider when picking a display for your MAME arcade machine as you have several options to choose from.
Please note that monitors contain extremely high amounts of voltage and should be handled with extreme caution, especially when opening. Voltage can still be held with in the monitor even if left unplugged for awhile, so be careful!
- PC Monitor – A regular computer monitor is a good choice because:
It can easily connect to and be use with a PC
Text won’t appear to be blurry or hard to read
- It’s not such a good choice because:
Monitors are rather expensive especially larger sized ones when compared with TV’s
Some people don’t like the way the games appear when on a PC monitor as they feel it is too clear
TV-Out – In order for you to hook up a TV to your computer, your video card must be able to support TV-Out. Most video cards now a days do so but you should check to make sure before deciding on using a TV. Your video card would then include the cable to plug into the card itself and allow the video cable from the TV to be connected. Check with your video card manufacturer on configuring your particular card. I also found that turning up the sharpness on the TV itself makes it easier to read the text.
ArcadeVGA – In order to connect an arcade monitor to your PC it requires the use of a special video card with a unique cable. This used to be done by hacking a VGA card and VGA cable but it is now possible to buy the proper items from Ultimarc. If you would like information on how to hack the VGA card and cable check out these guides:
Once you have your display picked out and set up in your arcade cabinet you may want to install a monitor bezel. I chose not to bother with it just yet but I am likely to use this type of corrugated plastic that will be cut to fit around the edge of the screen and simply be hot glued to the bezel mounting beams that came with the UAII kit. My 27” TV seems to fit perfectly in the cabinet with not much space on either side of it so I haven’t been too interested to install a bezel yet.
Lusid’s Arcade Flashback – Bezel out of foam and cabinet laminate – click on monitor
Once you have your arcade display taken care of its time to choose and install speakers for your arcade machine.