I bought a few "junk" usb 6 button controllers and just used their boards, connected the buttons/joystick up and ran that for a while on my mame cab. Then I came across an IPAC cheap, I'll never go back, its so nice. I haven't fired my MAME machine up in a while though, not since I got rid of my other arcade machines. I do eventually want to wire my cab for a JAMMA interface and then use the JPAC to plug the PC in, that way I can actually use JAMMA boards as well.
also check ebay, you can usually find button/joystick packages for cheap.
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Last edited by Veeb0rg; 09-24-2009 at 11:47 PM.