The next step was to remove the old monitor from the machine. 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. I then measured the case and the new LCD monitor and went to Home Depot to get several boards. I also got poster boards and cut them to size around the monitor so that it would be framed within the machine.
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. My measurements were correct and the LCD fit perfectly in the system. We then put the newly cut bezels in front of it and connected the new screen.
I have to say that even I was impressed. You cannot tell that the screen is a replacement screen as it fits so perfectly in the system and the colors are perfect. The screen is very bright (300 cd/m2) and it has a good contrast ratio (1000:1). 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. A special thanks goes to Chris for his ideas and help installing everything.
So what is next? Well…There have been a few items that I have never gotten to with the system. 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. I also have a broken A button on the player 1 console so I need to fix that as well. There are also a number of nicks and scratches that I want to paint. I would also like to do some customizations to the main menu screen so that the games are displayed in a better order. 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. It is a lot of fun.