retro arcade, visual pinball cabinet, techblog

Last week I've got the pinball legs from the paint shop. They were very heavily oxidized and a local company sandblasted and painted them. Now they're looking like new.

Also, I've started to assemble the PC and the rest of the hardware on a wooden board. When neccessary, the board is easy mounted and dismounted from the pinball cabinet. The PC runs like a race car, I've installed an Intel Core I5-4670 on an Asus H87-Pro motherboard with 8GB RAM. The hard drive is a 128 GB Samsung SSD, the booting time up to the desktop is about 8-9 seconds (Windows 7 Professional 64bit). The graphics card is a Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760, which certainly is a little overkill, but I didn't want any compromises. You repeatedly can read about lagging and stuttering in Visual Pinball and Future Pinball in combination with hardware that is to weak. The following hardware items are also mounted on the board (from top left): I-PAC 2 (PC interface for the input buttons), LED-Wiz 32 (output module for the force feedback, ie connecting LEDs, relays, shaker, replay knocker, etc.), Dual H-Bridge (since the power of the LED-Wiz is not sufficient for the shaker motor) and a 24 volt and 12 volt power supply. The relay to activate the replay knocker is still missing. I hope that my wooden board is not too small for the complete wiring, but we'll see. The analog nudging- and plunger module "Pinana 1" will be mounted separately in the front of the cab.

the sandblasted and painted pinball legs

wooden board with PC and additional pinball hardware