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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 ?

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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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it's more of an idea could be a project for my lads I.t. class 

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4 hours ago, Sock said:

it's more of an idea could be a project for my lads I.t. class 

Good idea I would love to see something like this done in the long run 

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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 will be working out the protocols and what data is sent.... good luck with that!!!

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On 11/23/2020 at 6:05 PM, Simon Sevens said:

Looks like a start point the basic code is in this machine . Might be worth a contact.

link to a basic pi slot 

https://youtu.be/jMZp--WsQKE

 

Pi talks to coinmech

 

The coin mech is just acting as a button press. It's similar to how you wire buttons up to the ipac. 

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