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Newbie needs help
« on: January 20, 2021, 06:09:51 am »
Hi all. I've just started building my games room and the wife has told me we need a pub style touch screen multi game. And I was thinking about using the new pi4. Is it up to the job of running this style game with a touch screen or would I need a pc?

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Re: Newbie needs help
« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2021, 02:02:31 am »
Pi works fine with a touch screen. The trick is getting software that works with touch input. Not all of it does, but probably anything that would work with a mouse (on linux) would be fine.

Here's a larger touch screen that works with the Pi.

https://thepihut.com/products/hannspree-ht161hnb-15-6-touch-monitor

If you're looking specifically to do a Fruit Machine emulator, you might need to run Windows. I'm not sure if MFME or something like it is available on linux. Since a touch-screen project is a little more niche, and your topic is "Newbie needs help" it may make sense to buy a PC that can run Windows. You'll likely have more options on the windows side of things. You can likely get a used pc for dirt cheap, or build a lower-powered one for not much more than a pi. 
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« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2021, 02:00:22 pm »
Hi mahuti
Thanks for the reply. Yeah I had a feeling that would be the case. I've seen you can run windows on a pi I just wasn't sure if they could handled windows and the emulator. I've got a old desktop and gaming laptop stashed away somewhere I just fancied using a pi. Guess I'll have to dig out the desktop. Thanks again for the help

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« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2021, 05:33:52 pm »
I have fun messing with Raspberry Pi, but its less than equivalent, hardware wise, than the computer i used back in 2003 to run MAME. I did run an old copy of windows on it once, but for modern stuff it's just a lot easier to use a better pc.
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