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Participants Mpthx
Skills soldering, basic, kodi, sdlmame
Status Dead
Niche RetroGaming
Purpose Fun

After long, long time BlackHole is alive again. Currently running Archlinux, xbmc as a frontend and bunch of emulators.



  • CPU = Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E4500 @ 2.20GHz
  • RAM = 2GB
  • GPU = Intel Corporation 82Q35 Express Integrated Graphics Controller
  • HDD = 80GB SATA
  • Controllers = generic usb gamepads


  • Archlinux
  • forntend - xbmc with bunch of plugins (advanced launcher, mpd client, radio plugin)
  • emulators - sdlmame
  • joystick keymapping - qjoypad
  • all roms can be found at /mame


The controllers for Black hole are as much DIY you can get. We got two cheap usb game controllers, we stripped them to bare pcb and soldered original cabinets controllers and buttons to it. As you can see on the pictures below real DIY solution using things we had lying around. It's been like that for good couple of years but it seem to work so why change.

Key mapping sdlmame

Controller Keymap player1/player2 xbmc sdlmame
Up Arrow up / W up up
Down Arrow down / S Down down
Left Arrow Left / A Left left
Right Arrow Right / D Right right
Button 1 U / R Enter fire
Button 2 I / T Configuration action1
Button 3 O / Y - action2
Button 4 K / F - action3
Button 5 L / G - action4
Button 6  ; / H - action5
Left lower button 1 - StartPlayer1
Middle lower button Escape Escape Quit
Right lower button 2 - startPlayer2
Coin Button 5 - coin
Side button (Left) LeftShift - -
Side button (right) RightShift - -