The next step was to price out a good monitor.┬á I wanted to get something rather large as it is a decent sized arcade machine.┬á The problem, however, is that my budget is not large.┬á I finally found a Sceptre 23" LCD with a low resolution for a very fair price.┬á Normally I would be ashamed to buy a large monitor with a low resolution.┬á I always buy the monitors with the highest resolution.┬á In this case it is actually better as the machine will not output in a high resolution and the further away I get from a LCD’s native resolution, the worse the monitor looks.┬á
The next step was to remove the old monitor from the machine.┬á Once a number of boards and glass was removed from the front of the machine, Ian and I were able to remove the old monitor.┬á I then measured the case and the new LCD monitor and went to Home Depot to get several boards.┬á I also got poster boards and cut them to size around the monitor so that it would be framed within the machine.┬á
On Friday, Chris and I built a frame for the LCD with the boards and then covered the boards with a thin packing material for cushioning and to resist slippage.┬á My measurements were correct and the LCD fit perfectly in the system.┬á We then put the newly cut bezels in front of it and connected the new screen.┬á
I have to say that even I was impressed.┬á You cannot tell that the screen is a replacement screen as it fits so perfectly in the system and the colors are perfect.┬á The screen is very bright (300 cd/m2) and it has a good contrast ratio (1000:1).┬á Both Chris and I are very happy with the latest modification to the system and I have been showing it to everyone who stops by.┬á A special thanks goes to Chris for his ideas and help installing everything.┬á
So what is next?┬á Well…There have been a few items that I have never gotten to with the system.┬á I still need to add a new vent to the top of the system and a fan or two to the bottom to increase air flow.┬á I also have a broken A button on the player 1 console so I need to fix that as well.┬á There are also a number of nicks and scratches that I want to paint.┬á I would also like to do some customizations to the main menu screen so that the games are displayed in a better order.┬á In the next year or so I may replace the sound system and I am thinking of adding some side art too.
The arcade project is an ongoing one but the nice thing is that I can still use it as I slowly upgrade things.┬á It is a lot of fun.┬á