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- Windows 2000 Professional by Microsoft.
Initially, I was going to use Windows 98, but found it would randomly
bug check (blue screen) on the hardware. That got old real fast. Since I
had a copy of Windows 2000 Professional that I wasn't using on a computer
somewhere, that became the operating system of choice. The machine has been
running 24x7 for about a week now and there hasn't been any issues from a
- Pivot Pro 6 from
This a cool piece of software. It enables you rotate the whole screen of
the operating system so that you change the orientation of the monitor. Why
would this be important? I built the cabinent with a "vertical" monitor
orientation in mind, like Ms. Pac-Man, Centipede, and Tempest. Since I'm
using the Windows interface to get between games, I'd hate to have to look at
- PowerStrip 3.0
by EnTech Taiwan.
This tool came to me by way of a help person over on the BYOC message boards
and it allows the user to tweak the settings of the display. This is
important since I'm using an IBM 6091 19" monitor, which is a fixed
frequency monitor (as opposed to a standard VGA/SVGA multi-sync monitor that
is commonly sold with today's computers. The 6091 was generally sold with
mid-size computers like the RS-6000 from IBM. Anyway, I digress, Power
Strip allowed me to set the horizontal frequency that the video card was using to sync
with with that of the monitor.
Where would I be with out the emulator?
- Custom Front End.
I'm working on designing a custom front end to MAME32 so that I can have
a much greater "arcade" feel to the machine with out the Windows user
interface peeking through. I'm presently weighing whether I'll write it
using the .Net Frameworks (WinForms) or do it through Visual Basic 6.
I'm leaning more towards .Net at that moment.