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21st of October, 2015

X-Arcade Machine Setup Guide:


X-Arcade™ Machine Manual

The manual provides an overview of how to setup and use your Machine, including pictures of how to install the Controller Tray and get everything up and running. This below page explains how to setup the PC and basic troubleshooting.

  • The keys can be found in an envelope taped inside the storage compartment behind the marquee. 
  • The game discs are for backup purposes only and already loaded on the PC, you can simply store them inside the cabinet.
  • You will be connecting a total of 4 USB cables to the PC, a power cord, and an audio cable. If your PC only has 3 USB ports on the back, there are 2 more on the front behind a door. 
  • The Purple and Green round connectors on your X-Arcade and inside the machine are not used!
  • The cables for the PC are bound with a wire tie and ready for hookup, you can carefully cut/unscrew the wire tie to get the full length of the cables.
  • The green/white cable is not needed (for connecting coin door only), simply store it in the cabinet.
  • The X-Arcade Tankstick Manual (included with the Tankstick control panel) is for using the Tankstick itself, not the X-Arcade Machine. Use the instructions on this page for controlling your Machine instead.

WARNING: Do not turn off the Machine without first turning off the PC properly by simply tapping (do not hold) the power button on the front of the PC. The PC is shipped separate from the Machine, here is how to get things up and running:

Initial Setup:

  1. Set the X-Arcade Tankstick controller on top of the tray (don't put it in the tray just yet) and connect the serial cable (which you will find in the hole behind the Tankstick tray) to the matching serial connection on the back of the Tankstick. Then drop the other USB cable from the back of the Tankstick (with green end, for trackball) into the hole behind the Tankstick tray. Check to be sure the switch on the back of the Tankstick is in mode 1 (closest to the serial connection) and then set the Tankstick in place in the tray. 
  2. Open the front door and place the PC in the bottom-right section of the Machine. Put the keyboard and mouse into the drawer, then run the USB connections for the keyboard, mouse, and trackball (cable that you dropped at the end of step 1) down through the hole found behind the keyboard drawer down to the PC. You can also reach this hole easier by opening the back panel.
  3. Connect the USB connection with the green end (for trackball) into the front USB port of the PC. Connect the other 3 USB connections (for keyboard, mouse, and Tankstick buttons/joys) to the back of the PC. 
  4. Connect the VGA cable from the Video Game Jockey VGA box (located on the middle shelf of the machine) to the VGA connection on the back of the PC. Also connect the audio cable from the Video Game Jockey to the green audio out connection on the back of the PC. The Mode button on the Video Game Jockey switches the VIDEO AND AUDIO between the PC (light is off) and consoles if you add any (light is on). So to use the PC, make sure the Mode button on the Video Game Jockey is out (light off). 
  5. The serial switchbox (labeled A/B/C/D) switches the CONTROLS between the PC (switched to A) and consoles (switched to C). Since you will most likely want to use the included PC make sure this switch is set to A.  
  6. Connect the other power cable between the cabinet and your wall socket, a surge protector is recommended.
  7. Turn on the PC (you will notice the message on the monitor will change from 'Disconnect' to 'Over Specification'), you will need to wait a few minutes for the PC to boot fully before you will get a picture, at which time the resolution and refresh rates will be adjusted automatically for you. Once fully booted, if you happen to get a gray 'Over Specification' message box, simply hold the player 2 Start button (white with 2 men on it) and press the player 1 Start button (white with one man on it) to refresh the video, occasionally you may need to do this more than once (NOTE: only do this while in the menus, not while in a game).

Basic Operation

  1. To choose a game, first pick which system you want to play using the joystick or trackball, then press the Player 1 Start button. Also use the joystick/trackball to scroll the list of games and press Start again to start one.
  2. After you start up an Arcade game (MAME menu), use the left pinball flipper button closest to you to insert coins, and then press the white Start button(s) with men on them to play. 
  3. To Exit a game, HOLD the left pinball button closest to you and press the Player 1 Start button.
  4. VOLUME: The primary way to adjust the sound is the sound adjustment found in the back-left of the keyboard/mouse drawer. (See the Troubleshooting section below for other ways to adjust if needed.)
  5. When you are all done playing, you can leave the cabinet running, or Tap (don't hold) the power button on the front of the PC and allow the PC to fully shut off. Then you can optionally turn off the main power on the back of the cabinet (or a power strip if you are using one).  
  6. See full list of other commands listed below.

Maximus Arcade GUI Button Layout:

Maximus X-Arcade Layout

Function: X-Arcade
Scroll Up Joy Up
Scroll Down Joy Down
Scroll Left
Joy Left
Scroll Right
Joy Right
Page Up  Joy Left
Page Down Joy Right
Page Up Letter Button 2
Page Down Letter
Button 5
Select Start 1 or Button 1
Previous Menu
Button 4
Favorites Button 3
Add Favorite
Button 6
Exit Game (return to Maximus)
Hold Left Pinball (closest to you) + Press Start 1
Insert Coins (in game) Left Pinball button (closest to you)
Start Game (after coins inserted) Start 1 or Start 2
Game Volume There is a volume control in the drawer of the Machine.
Refresh Video (outside of game only)
Hold Start 2 + Press Start 1
Put PC to sleep
Hold Start 2 + Press Right Pinball (closest to you)
Reboot PC Hold Start 2 + Press Left Pinball (closest to you)

Advanced Operation:

  • To shut down your cabinet, first press (don't hold) the power button on the front of the PC and allow it to shut down properly. Then you can optionally turn it completely off by turning off the switch on the back of the cabinet.
  • If you wish to use a game console, push the Mode button on the Video Game Jockey so the light is on, and set the serial switchbox to C.
  • For any games that say "Reset to Factory Defaults" or similar, simply hit the F2 button on your keyboard. You will only have to do this once.
  • MANUAL GAME CONTROLS CONFIG: You can change the controls for any game by simply pushing the "Tab" key while a game is already running to access the controls menu. The Input (this game) overrides the general input settings and adds custom controller settings for just the game being used. Input (general) option allows controller settings to be applied to all games (not recommended).
  • SOUND: The primary way to adjust the sound is the sound adjustment in the keyboard drawer. If you need it to go louder still, go to options in Maximus by pressing RCtrl+P (Right-Control+P) while in a menu (not in game), then go to the Controller tab, then the Menus subtab. Next to Volume menu put in a value (for example the letter v). Save that when it asks (overwrite original), and now when in a menu press the v key to open the volume menu. You can press left and right on the arrow keys to adjust volume, v key again to close the menu.
    For MAME games you can adjust the volume by pressing the ' key (key above Tab key normally) and adjust using left/right on the controller (press the ' key to exit volume adjustment menu). For some games (such as Rampage World Tour and Mortal Kombat games), the - and = keys can be used to raise or lower the in-game volume.
  • Screensaver: You can disable or change the Screensaver options in Maximus by pressing RCtrl+P (Right-Control+P) while in a menu (not in game) and going to the Options Tab then Screensaver subtab.
  • Q*Bert (if you have it) is a 4-way game where the joystick was mounted in an X mount. There is no way in MAME to make a diagonal (in other words 2 keys pressed at once) to be a direction to compensate. So to play it you will want play it with that in mind, Up=up-right, Down=down-left, Left=up-left, and Right=down-right.

Using With MAME™

Please make sure you read the MAME license and MAME ROM legality, we cannot provide any advice on legality of ROMs, nor any assistance on how/where to download MAME ROMS.  Please do not ask any questions about where/how to download MAME ROMS!

We are not responsible for any changes made to your PC settings. We do not recommend going into the operating system unless you are certain you know what you are doing. To exit Maximus to Windows, while in the menus (not in a game) on the keyboard hold Right Ctrl and press Q. 

New MAME ROMs can be put in the "PUT MAME ROMS HERE!" folder found on your desktop (do not extract the .zip files). If you add new ROM files to the roms folder, you will need to tell Maximus Arcade to Refresh the Game List. To do this, Open Preferences (Use the keyboard's RIGHT-SIDE CONTROL KEY (NOT LEFT)  CONTROL+P while in the front end, or the Preferences link found at C:\MAX 2.10\Frontend) and choose the Configuration tab. Next to "Configuration for" choose the emulator you want to look for new roms in (example MAME) from the drop-down list. Next click on the "Scan" tab at the bottom, and put a check next to "Force rescan of media folder". Close preferences, your screen may be blank for a few minutes while it is updating. If your ROMs don't appear or don't work see our ROMS page. 


  • If the light on the Tankstick controller is not illuminated, the joysticks and buttons will not work. Make sure the A/B/C/D switchbox is set to A, the serial connection is connected firmly to the back of the Tankstick, and that the USB connection with purple end next to it is plugged into a USB port on the back of the PC. If you still don't get a light, try switching the switchbox to B and then back to A.
  • If you get a message saying "Invalid Locations", you will need to restore the Maximus Arcade default preferences. To do this, exit Maximus to Windows by pressing Ctrl+Alt+Del simultaneously to open Task Manager, and choose End Task on 'Arcade Frontend'. Next press the 'More Details' button and Choose File>Run, then type in "explorer" without the quotes and hit enter. Then you will need to go to the directory "C:\MAX 2.10\! Restore Default Prefs\" and run the file called "! File Copier". Then simply reboot the PC. 
  • If you upgrade Windows (not recommended) you will need to reinstall the registry file to make Maximus boot with Windows. To do this, exit Maximus to Windows by holding Right Ctrl and pressing Q on the keyboard. Then you will need to go to the directory "C:\MAX 2.10\! Restore Default Prefs\" and run the file called "Registry Shell". You will also need to re-input the Maximus Registration code. 
  • If the game is being cut off at the top or bottom of the screen, simply use the monitor controls to adjust the screen size. The PCB for adjusting the monitor controls can be found in the keyboard/mouse drawer and it works like adjusting any PC monitor. 
  • Fan: The fan is meant for industrial use, can be loud, and is not necessary for your home arcade. So it is unplugged on arrival on purpose. If you want to enable/disable it, first make sure the cabinet is unplugged, then remove the clear plastic shroud and disconnect one of the connectors from the fan itself. Be sure to put the shroud back on before plugging it back in.
  • If your screen is flipping sideways while playing, you will need to disable the video card's built in Hotkeys (disabled by default). To do this, first exit Maximus to Windows, on the keyboard hold Right Ctrl and press Q (from any menu screen, not in a game). Then right-click anywhere on the desktop and go to HotKeys and choose disable. From here you can reboot the PC. 
  • Complete power loss: In the AC Inlet on the back of the cabinet there is a fuse holder between the rocker switch and AC Inlet. There are 2x 250V 10A 20mm fuses in this holder, one is a spare. It's important to get a flat head that goes under the lip and that you bring it from the side that is in the pictures.

Video Game Jockey VGA box basic usage: The Mode button switches the video and sound between the console and the PC. When the light is on it is in console mode, off is PC mode. The S/C button changes between s-video and composite video, this should be set to s-video (button popped out)

Over Specification Message

IMPORTANT: When you first turn on the PC you may not have a picture for a few minutes. DO NOT power it off or hold the power button to shut it off during this process as it may be installing updates.

First, make sure all cables are connected properly from computer to the Video Game Jockey VGA IN, and from the Video Game Jockey OUT to the monitor, and you are getting power to the monitor. The Mode button on the Video Game Jockey switches the video and sound between the console and the PC. When the light is on it is in console mode, off is PC mode.

Once fully booted, if you happen to get a message saying Over Specification, simply press Hold Start 2 + Press Start 1 to refresh the video (you may have to do this a couple of times).

Please note: If using X-Arcade Embedded Computer, each time you boot up you will have a blank screen or Out Of Specification message until the PC fully boots. This may take a few minutes, so please let it boot completely.  It you are getting the Over Specification message for an extended period of time from your computer, it just means you turned off/restarted Windows while it was booting up, so it has returned to a higher resolution recovery mode.  All you need to do is get into Windows and do a restart so it returns to the default lower-resolution 800x600 mode.

Follow these steps:

  • Check that the Video Game Jockey (Black Box Beside PS2) is in the proper mode; Mode button in is for Console Mode (LED is lit), mode button out is for PC Mode (LED is off).
  • Check that the VGA adapter's S/C switch is properly set for PlayStation 2 use: We recommend you set it out (S-Video mode) for the best picture quality. 
  • Console only - Make sure that the S-Video jack coming from the console is firmly connected between the console and the S-In jack on the VGA box.
  • PC only - Make sure the VGA cable is connected between the PC's VGA out and the Video Game Jockey's VGA In. Also make sure that the monitor is firmly connected to the Monitor jack on the Video Game Jockey.
  • Monitor Focus:

    If you are having any focus or color issue with your monitor, try the tips shown here, here is a picture of focus control.


    Adding Other Emulators

    NOTE: We do not help with the setup of other emulators, nor be held responsible for any problems caused in you trying add them. You can otherwise get instructions for doing so here.

    When you add new emulators and confirm the are working correctly, before rebooting the PC, you will need to copy the file 'c:\MAX2.10\Frontend\preferences\default.ini' to 'c:\MAX2.10\'.

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