Friday, January 16, 2009

Retro-1980s-Arcade-Machine Part 2: Up the Ante

It arrived!
The glorious TankStick! And it is even more wonderful than I had imagined...

Bask in its glory for a minute:
(Click the picture to see it full-size.)

(Did you click the picture to see it full-size? You haven't basked in its glory until you've done that!)

However, this presents me with a problem. Several problems, in fact:
  1. The laptop's screen is smaller than the gray screen on the side of the above picture. That is not going to be big enough! The 24-inch 'big monitor' in the above picture seems adequate--if just barely.
  2. The old laptop itself will work fine for any game released in the 1980s, but I know I'm going to want more. I imagine I'm going to want to play some of the cool fighting games, and the 10-year-old laptop probably just isn't up to the task.
  3. The laptop isn't recognizing the trackball for some reason. (that reason being that it's a PoS (Point of Sale??) or, rather, XP is doing to it what Vista is doing to my current desktop!) The trackball works like a mouse when in Windows, but once a game starts...nothing. Probably a driver or setting issue, but that's annoying.
The pretty-good news is that all the above problems can be solved at very reasonable prices at Re-PC. Or I just revert to my idea of using my current desktop (reverted to XP or older OS or Linux) as the base machine for the arcade system when I upgrade to a better one. (Soon, I hope!)

But I digress... Remember how I mentioned that the laptop screen was too small? This one seems about right. But I can't build it into a cabinet. Hmmm, what to do...

What to do? Have some fun while I decide what to do!

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