Most modern monitors have a standby mode that is triggered by the computer's VGA signal.
Graphics won't stick to plain MDF.
You final option is to not drill any speaker holes and just set your speakers inside upright facing toward the marquee.It gives you a nice high gloss look and makes the graphic interchangeable.What makes this machine unique is that it houses a mini fridge in the bottom of the cabinet, making those marathon gaming sessions even better without the need to break to grab a cold drink.Another option is to build one yourself or find someone to build it custom for you.With a console this might be hard, so I suggest getting some pieces of aluminum strapping and bolting them tot he shelf.I drilled a 3/8" hole in the cabinet and snipped the cable in two (while unplugged, ahem.) I put the cable through the hole and spliced the cable back together with some wire connector/splicer dealies I got at Radio Shack for a buck.Note: While I'm saving this for another "Software Hack" tutorial a little later, you should set your PC power button to "shut down" windows rather than to cut power.Most importantly it didn't work.If you plan to use an acrylic top on your control deck, use some thinner MDF for the top (1/2" or 1/25 and don't worry so much about the material the CPO is printed.
Seemingly gone are the days riding your bike down to the local mall, wolf-down a slice of pizza, and then hit the Arcade to drop every quarter (or tokens) you had into a slew of games.
Personally, I find most of these plans to be to large and too tall.As with some of the others, a PC runs the mame emulator, allowing for an almost unlimited choice in game ROMs.I didn't have this option for the simple fact that the cords wouldn't reach and I was to lazy to extent the cords at the time.Everyone seems to want to wire up LEDs and figure out correct voltages.You can wire everything using only 1 or two ground circuits, but you will have to wire each non-common back to the PCB directly.