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Yes the software can be emulated, but the Pi alone is unable to drive the serial link to drive the other boards. There'd probably need to be another inbetween board developed to do that and I don't think anyone is that interested to make one.

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13 hours ago, Sock said:

ok every one just a thought with epochs dropping like flies and other motherboard woes and you have emulates what is the possibility of replacing the mpu with a raspberry pi loaded with that games roms ?

Its good idea but I think it may be something for 10 or 20 years time when all the epoch mpus have failed and replacements have failed too. If you want you could give it ago but like matty said the pi wouldn't be able to communicate with the other board so something else would be needed 

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On 1/26/2020 at 10:22 PM, MattyL said:

Yes the software can be emulated, but the Pi alone is unable to drive the serial link to drive the other boards. There'd probably need to be another inbetween board developed to do that and I don't think anyone is that interested to make one.

A lot of Windows XP era laptops had a serial connector, and can be picked up cheap these days.

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That won't work. The emulator only (as far as i know) has the ability to output to hoppers and lamps. The only inputs (as far as i know) are buttons. To have a pie operate a machine you would need outputs for all the lamps, the reels etc which cannot be done. Would be nice if someone could correct me :)

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I wish i had the intelligence and ability to do something like this, but my gut feeling is surely an arduino or raspberry PI with an I/O interface bolted on could be programmed to act like an epoch motherboard. As far as i understand all the other boards in the system are taking care of the actual working bits i,e  lamp board controls lamps based on the I/O signal and reel board controls the reels etc etc. 

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It's a huge project mate. What some people are doing are simply copying the old boards completely, so you get a brand new board with new components. They will easily run for the next 30-40 years. I would say that's a much easier solution.

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