I was finally able to put in the switches and hook up the controls tonight/this morning. Here it is. The jukebox software started right up and everything worked perfectly on the first try. Closeup of the buttons. The protective coating is still on the plexiglas. Here’s the rat-nest of wires in the back. I don’tContinue reading “Controls In (And Working!)”
Shiny things are pretty, so the jukebox is going to be shiny on the front. The test piece turned out really well. It’s almost like a black mirror or something. I painted the back side of the plexiglas with Krylon Fusion. It coated well and isn’t a bad paint job, but the front looks reallyContinue reading “Shiny Black Front”
It’s starting to look good! The sides are wrapped with a random cloth we found at wal-mart. The vent holes are wrapped around for a cleaner look. You can see there is padding behind the fabric to make everything look smoother. The vent holes in the top will be covered with shiny metal fan grillsContinue reading “Starting to look good”
The jukebox is coming together quite nicely. Plexiglas is cut to correct size for front Here’s what I accomplished last night: Laptop support/mounting pieces View of front. All holes are drilled and bolts now hold the front on. It boots! I didn’t kill it! The jukebox program runs! Chris La Mantia is awesome!
I am using DWJukebox to run the jukebox I’m building. I liked the Chrome skin, but its labels were off. Here’s a quick fix. Put in the skinsbgrounds folder and that’s it.
So… with the screen strapped to the back of the craptop, I’ll need some way to control the jukebox. Cheap momentary pushbuttons from RadioShack seemed like a good way to go. This picture isn’t a finished piece, but it shows the buttons wired up into a spare piece of plexiglas for testing. The buttons doContinue reading “Jukebox Controls: In Progress”
So, here’s how it went down: Since I have an older craptop, I have all the drivers to run Windows 98SE. Windows 9x is great for embedded applications like this. I remember from when I was scheming to build a MAME cabinet with nice arcade controls wired up to a disassembled keyboard. I saw aContinue reading “Jukebox Software Overview”
The internet is filled with very helpful people. Almost any project you can imagine has been at least attempted by someone somewhere. These links might be useful: This link has a great explanation of how to use a keyboard for arcade controls. http://www.dribin.org/dave/keyboard/one_html/ This is an example of someone that has already done what IContinue reading “Jukebox Controls Research”
I have a laptop with a broken hinge that refused to run the latest version of Xubuntu. It annoyed me and was approaching useless. Here’s the plan: Spare Parts (Better than the money-cost kind) Acer TravelMate 515TE Pentium 2 300MHz laptop 3Com PCMCIA NIC Old keyboard Miscelaneous wires Soldering Supplies New parts (The money-cost kind)Continue reading “Jukebox Hardware Recipe”
Of course I don’t need a jukebox, but I think it would be a neat project. This blog will hold the details. The reasons for building a jukebox: I had a pile of old hardware I like to make things My roommate and I have parties Party guests bitch about the music and make tooContinue reading “I need a jukebox?”