Looking for intel on future System 256 project

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    • Thanks everyone for the help so far.

      Let me reiterate what I'm looking for so we can narrow down the options and I can start buying stuff in pieces:

      1. A complete Namco System 256 system (DVD ROM drive, boards, etc..)
      2. A way to plug it into a modern LCD TV and produce audio and video
      3. A way to hook it up to a USB arcade stick/control panel or alternatively, hook it up to something JAMMA-like that 8 button compatible.
      3b. A resource who makes custom control panels at specific size requirements
      4. A guide on how to wire everything because I'm a l0ser n00b

      The Naomi stuff is optional although if it isn't difficult, I'd love to integrate that.

      Secondary items that I'm not really going to worry about until it's complete:

      1. A way to allow multiplayer to multiple machines
      2. Buying games and dongle

      So far, y'all have given me some nice options. I was wondering if you folks could throw me some links to what I'm asking for so I can consider what my final options are?
    • @CharGP02A

      1) ebay.com/itm/Namco-System-256-…b61c9a:g:rz0AAOSwI3RW~VTP
      ebay.com/itm/Namco-System-conv…49ac3d:g:VBcAAOSwThddCNVT

      2) Every LCD monitor with a VGA input I have hooked my System 256 to has worked fine. The audio is RCA out so you can either use a set of desktop PC speakers, run it out to an amplifier then to speakers or right into RCA inputs on a TV.

      3) I would wire the cabinet up for JAMMA then you can use either a Capcomor Namco JVS I/O either one will work. For the kick harness I always use the Capcom one as it's pretty universal. i made a custom Namco to Capcom kick harness converter using JNX ( @XianXi ) capcom kick connector. Also install an external switch go back between 246 and 256 mode.

      jamma-nation-x.com/jammax/store.html


      Secondary
      1) Depends on what is on your multiple machines list
      2) As pointed out before .. arcade-projects.com/forums/ind…ystem-246-225-shipped-us/


      PS - I am also able to make power cables and kick harness connectors used in that picture.
      -My Stuff-
      Sega Showcase cab (TTX2 Multi)
      Capcom Big Blue (Gen 2) (Capcom HyperSpin)
      Namco cab (Namco System 246)
      Atomiswave (Ranger Mission)
      Atomiswave (Naomi 2 Multi)
      Area 51 (Dedicated)
      Sega Blast City

      Area 51 (SharpShooter)
      Korean Crowin 302 (empty)(rebuilding
      NASCAR twin sitdowns (Xbox 360)
    • 1. A complete Namco System 256 system (DVD ROM drive, boards, etc..)


      I think there's some available in the trading section.

      Otherwise hklegend


      Other people might be able to recommend other places.





      2. A way to plug it into a modern LCD TV and produce audio and video


      As Dreygor said, super easy, most monitors still have a VGA port and there's nothing weird about Sys2x6's "VGA" as far as I know. Just a simple 640x480.

      The white and red RCA hookups on the front of the unit are ready for hooking up to your average built-in amp speaker set/soundbar.





      3. A way to hook it up to a USB arcade stick/control panel or
      alternatively, hook it up to something JAMMA-like that 8 button
      compatible.


      You want two things: the Undamned USB Decoder (or you can do it the hard way if you don't want to wait for stock) and one of the recommended superguns. RGB's CPS2IO is perfect for Sys2x6 because you already have video and sound sorted.


      3b. A resource who makes custom control panels at specific size requirements


      Sorry can't help.





      4. A guide on how to wire everything because I'm a l0ser n00b


      Dreygor has you covered here I think.




      1. A way to allow multiplayer to multiple machines

      You need a standalone network, so just buy a cheap 4/5 port network switch and plug all your Sys2x6's into it. Don't connect it to your home network.


      2. Buying games and dongle

      I'd try the trading boards here first. Otherwise you can do hklegend as mentioned above.

    • plasia wrote:

      1. A way to allow multiplayer to multiple machines


      You need a standalone network, so just buy a cheap 4/5 port network switch and plug all your Sys2x6's into it. Don't connect it to your home network.
      System 256's networking is done with a Sys246 UE pcb which provides an ethernet port controlled by an ADMtek ADM8513 ethernet controller. I think all System 256 units and some 246C units, like Battle Gear 3, come packed with that pcb.
    • plasia wrote:

      3. A way to hook it up to a USB arcade stick/control panel or

      alternatively, hook it up to something JAMMA-like that 8 button
      compatible.


      You want two things: the Undamned USB Decoder (or you can do it the hard way if you don't want to wait for stock) and one of the recommended superguns. RGB's CPS2IO is perfect for Sys2x6 because you already have video and sound sorted.
      Regarding both items, it looks like they're both sold out. Is there an alternative?
    • Dreygor wrote:

      @CharGP02A

      1) ebay.com/itm/Namco-System-256-…b61c9a:g:rz0AAOSwI3RW~VTP
      ebay.com/itm/Namco-System-conv…49ac3d:g:VBcAAOSwThddCNVT

      2) Every LCD monitor with a VGA input I have hooked my System 256 to has worked fine. The audio is RCA out so you can either use a set of desktop PC speakers, run it out to an amplifier then to speakers or right into RCA inputs on a TV.

      3) I would wire the cabinet up for JAMMA then you can use either a Capcomor Namco JVS I/O either one will work. For the kick harness I always use the Capcom one as it's pretty universal. i made a custom Namco to Capcom kick harness converter using JNX ( @XianXi ) capcom kick connector. Also install an external switch go back between 246 and 256 mode.

      jamma-nation-x.com/jammax/store.html


      Secondary
      1) Depends on what is on your multiple machines list
      2) As pointed out before .. arcade-projects.com/forums/ind…ystem-246-225-shipped-us/


      PS - I am also able to make power cables and kick harness connectors used in that picture.
      Regarding the idea of the JAMMA connection, what arcade stick would I use for that?
    • CharGP02A wrote:

      Regarding the idea of the JAMMA connection, what arcade stick would I use for that?
      This can go one of many ways also. Do you have a fight stick already in mind? Is it USB? What kind of internal controller does it have? Depending on what your answer is you could use a mini-supergun, mcthulhu controller, Brooks controller, or have/get it wired for JAMMA directly and not need any of the additional stuff.

      Doing custom set-ups is NEVER just a cut and dry. There are many ways to get to a certain point .. usually the easiest ways are not the most cost effective.
      -My Stuff-
      Sega Showcase cab (TTX2 Multi)
      Capcom Big Blue (Gen 2) (Capcom HyperSpin)
      Namco cab (Namco System 246)
      Atomiswave (Ranger Mission)
      Atomiswave (Naomi 2 Multi)
      Area 51 (Dedicated)
      Sega Blast City

      Area 51 (SharpShooter)
      Korean Crowin 302 (empty)(rebuilding
      NASCAR twin sitdowns (Xbox 360)

      The post was edited 1 time, last by Dreygor ().

    • Dreygor wrote:

      CharGP02A wrote:

      Regarding the idea of the JAMMA connection, what arcade stick would I use for that?
      This go one of many ways also. Do you have a fight stick already in mind? Is it USB? What kind of internal controller does it have? Depending on what your answer is you could use a mini-supergun, mcthulhu controller, Brooks controller, or have/get it wired for JAMMA directly and not need any of the additional stuff.
      Doing custom set-ups is NEVER just a cut and dry. There are many ways to get to a certain point .. usually the easiest ways are not the most cost effective.
      For testing purposes, I'd like to use my USB X-Arcade tank stick. For finished product purposes, I'd like to get either a more rectangular USB stick or some custom stick. Do JAMMA 8 button sticks exist?
    • CharGP02A wrote:

      For testing purposes, I'd like to use my USB X-Arcade tank stick. For finished product purposes, I'd like to get either a more rectangular USB stick or some custom stick. Do JAMMA 8 button sticks exist?
      Never used an X-Arcade tank stick button configuration seems weird to me though. So I thought you said you wanted to use a 246/256 and possibly a Naomi set-up with this rig. Why do you need 8 buttons? However I do not know of any JAMMA 8 button stick .. most at that are 3 button (maybe four max) with a 3 button kick harness per player. Giving you a total of 6 buttons per player.

      Most systems I know that go beyond that are the newer JVS systems like Taito Type X and newer systems then most of those systems stop at 7 button support. Really only need 8 buttons when you jump into running Playstations, Xboxes, and PCs.
      -My Stuff-
      Sega Showcase cab (TTX2 Multi)
      Capcom Big Blue (Gen 2) (Capcom HyperSpin)
      Namco cab (Namco System 246)
      Atomiswave (Ranger Mission)
      Atomiswave (Naomi 2 Multi)
      Area 51 (Dedicated)
      Sega Blast City

      Area 51 (SharpShooter)
      Korean Crowin 302 (empty)(rebuilding
      NASCAR twin sitdowns (Xbox 360)
    • Dreygor wrote:

      CharGP02A wrote:

      For testing purposes, I'd like to use my USB X-Arcade tank stick. For finished product purposes, I'd like to get either a more rectangular USB stick or some custom stick. Do JAMMA 8 button sticks exist?
      Never used an X-Arcade tank stick button configuration seems weird to me though. So I thought you said you wanted to use a 246/256 and possibly a Naomi set-up with this rig. Why do you need 8 buttons? However I do not know of any JAMMA 8 button stick .. most at that are 3 button (maybe four max) with a 3 button kick harness per player. Giving you a total of 6 buttons per player.
      Most systems I know that go beyond that are the newer JVS systems like Taito Type X and newer systems then most of those systems stop at 7 button support. Really only need 8 buttons when you jump into running Playstations, Xboxes, and PCs.
      Don't the Gundam games require 8 buttons for each player? I know that the PS3 and PS4 Gundam Vs games do.
    • plasia wrote:

      Gundam VS Seed/Next/Extreme is 4 buttons. Melee, Shoot, Thrust, Search.

      The extra buttons on PS2/3/4 are just key bindings, stuff like R1 = Thrust + Melee = Special Melee or whatever they mapped it to. Obviously to do special melee in arcade would be Thrust + Melee
      Well this changes everything then. I didn't think that I could roll with a 6 button stick. Let's JAMMA this thing up. The Namco System 256 can handle the standard 56 pin out with conversion, right? If so, was everything I need listed?
    • Dreygor wrote:

      CharGP02A wrote:

      For testing purposes, I'd like to use my USB X-Arcade tank stick. For finished product purposes, I'd like to get either a more rectangular USB stick or some custom stick. Do JAMMA 8 button sticks exist?
      Never used an X-Arcade tank stick button configuration seems weird to me though. So I thought you said you wanted to use a 246/256 and possibly a Naomi set-up with this rig. Why do you need 8 buttons? However I do not know of any JAMMA 8 button stick .. most at that are 3 button (maybe four max) with a 3 button kick harness per player. Giving you a total of 6 buttons per player.
      Most systems I know that go beyond that are the newer JVS systems like Taito Type X and newer systems then most of those systems stop at 7 button support. Really only need 8 buttons when you jump into running Playstations, Xboxes, and PCs.
      Oh yeah, do you have direct links to the Capcom JAMMA stuff you mentioned? I didn't see them in the JNX site. If you're interested in wiring them for me, I'd be interested in paying for that. Let me know what you think.