The Brains.

This cabinet will run MAME with a front end.

Typically MAME can run on fairly wimpy hardware.

I happened upon a salvageable HP DV9700 series entertainment laptop.

I think it’ll do nicely.

Here are some details:

Manufacturer Hewlett Packard
Model DV9700 
Processor Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU T5550 @ 1.83GHz
Memory 4GB DDR2 SDRAM
Hard Drive 250GB 7200RPM
Media BluRay / DVD-RW+-
Video Memory 1024MB GDDR2
Video GPU NVIDIA Corporation G86M [GeForce 8600M GS]

This is well above the “required” specs of MAME.

I’ve installed Windows XP and stripped out all unnecessary drivers and programs. It boots in about 8 seconds.

I also plan on removing the on-board LCD screen to aid in cooling, as this machine will be inside the cabinet.

Relocation of the power switch will also be necessary, these projects will be documented later.