In my last post I mentioned about software called Mamehooker. This piece of software catches output signals from MAME emulator and uses them to drive devices like Ledwiz, Pac-drive etc. Interresting thing is that this software, can send signals to parallel or serial port (even to keyboard leds). I found that this can be used by Arduino.
I set Arduino to listen to COM signals, which were translated to exact actions of microcontroller. Arduino was responsible for LEDs blinking. Mostly used in video poker games to light buttons. Worked like a charm .
My question is.
Is it possible to add feature to MFME emulator, to be able to sent signals to serial port? Now it is only able to drive Ultimarc devices, which are not cheap, let's be honest. Such solution would let us use cheap arduino device for controlling blinking leds in cabinets. The idea works great on Mamehooker, so I belive this could be used within the emulator, but I'm not a coder, so for me it is a black magic.
I have no video or photos of my machine, but I can share source code for Arduino, to be implemented with Mamehooker & MAME emulator if someone is interrested to try.