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    Lightbulb Connecting a MegaKiosk DS-18 to 8 EL Panels

    Some background info:

    The MegaKiosk DS-18 by Will Gentry has inspired me to build an Arcade Cabinet for my Sega Genesis.
    (Yes, a Flashcart would be less work, less money and offer more games but below is the route I wan to take.)

    MegaKiosk DS-18


    The MegaKiosk DS-18 offers two features that I think make this project really cool.

    1) You can cycle between 8 original game cartridges.
    2) The hardware identifies the active slot with an LED.

    So (in theory) I can build an Arcade Cabinet with a button to cycle to the next game and I can have an EL Panel that lights up to match the currently selected game.

    This would operate just like a Neo Geo MVS 4-slot/6-slot.


    But my skills are very much in the realm of hobbyist. I've replaced capacitors, batteries and repaired my Neo Geo 4-slot EL Panel to give you an idea of what I can do.

    I started by building a control panel that will work with a Sega Genesis. It works great and by far the hardest part was the wood working.

    The two small red buttons are not in use yet. They are intended to be a Reset for the Genesis and Cycle to the next game on the MegaKiosk DS-18.




    I'm currently looking into what to buy for my 8 Mini Marquees.

    So far, I think this will work:

    Eight A6 electro-luminescent panel with leads and connector ($10 USD each)
    https://glowhut.com/a6-electro-lumin...and-connector/


    I believe the inverter below can power eight A6 sized EL Panels all at the same time.

    Electroluminescent inverter for A3 size EL panel AC 100-240V ($30 USD)
    https://glowhut.com/electroluminesce...l-ac-100-240v/
    *I may only need to power one at a time.
    **I'm not sure when someone would want AC vs DC for what I'm planning.


    I asked Will Gentry how to tap into the LEDs that indicate the active slot. This was his answer:

    "You can simply remove the LED and solder some wires where the LED was to a new LED"


    Now for my Question:

    How should I run power to each EL Panel and how do they connect to the MegaKiosk DS-18 slot LEDs?

    The EL panels should only be getting power from the Inverter.

    I was thinking about wiring all the EL Panels to the Inverter such they all light up when the inverter it switched on.
    Then finding a way to break the circuit unless there is a signal coming from the MegaKiosk DS-18 active slot.

    What do you guys think?

    THANKS!
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    It looks awesome. I'm tempted to buy it, but....I have no real use for it..
    SEEEEEGGGGAAAA!!!

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    If those LEDs to the left of the cart slots turn on while switching you might be able use that as an easy way to to determine which slot and hence switch which pane to light up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xelement5x View Post
    If those LEDs to the left of the cart slots turn on while switching you might be able use that as an easy way to to determine which slot and hence switch which pane to light up.
    Yes, that's exactly the idea. EL Panel are not LEDs so I'm not sure how to interconnect the two to make it work as I'm imaging it can.

    I need help from someone with experience for some tips on how to wire them together.
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    I've made some good progress. I now have working EL Panels that cycle with the selected game.

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