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#1 jeffijaffa

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Posted 15 December 2019 - 09:59 PM

Hello all,
Ive just come into possession of a tidy 21 game ipub (first gen)machine. I would like to know if anyone has any experience with these machines. Ive had a barcrest Rio for a few years and I know the inside and out of that machine and would l like to gather as much info as poss on this new one.
The machine is running on a Firefox 1 pc with two dongles one is for the game licences and the other the selection screen/menu. Does anyone have a manual for this as well as how to acquire any new games etc
Any help gratefully received ...

#2 captainhaddock

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Posted 16 December 2019 - 07:24 AM

got a couple of manuals for you :)

 

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#3 jeffijaffa

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Posted 16 December 2019 - 11:40 AM

got a couple of manuals for you :)
 
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Your a diamond, thanks so much ...

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Posted 16 December 2019 - 03:35 PM

It looks like these buggers are Right locked down then I’m trying to figure out if there’s away to update the games

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Posted 16 December 2019 - 06:26 PM

you need to get the updates from astra them selfs



#6 jeffijaffa

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Posted 16 December 2019 - 08:38 PM

you need to get the updates from astra them selfs


So no chance then lol

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Posted 24 December 2019 - 12:39 AM

Right, here's how it works -:

 

To update any Astra machine with a Firefox PC and Backplane system, you need a number of things.

 

You'll need an UNLOCKED game image file, and you'll need the configuration settings files. You copy the unlocked image file onto the hard drive, and you copy the configuration settings file to the USB drive. You then boot up the machine, and select the configuration settings that you want. The machine then takes about an hour to install and configure the new set of games. This is quite a complicated process, and is not at all simple like the Barcrest T7's etc.

 

In order for this updated image to work, you'll also need an Astra Open-Hasp (which unlocks ANY Astra games, it's an engineers hasp), or you'll need at the very least a hasp which contains the licences for the games you're trying to install.

 

Don't bother getting hold of a hard drive from a different Astra machine, because once an unlocked image file is loaded onto a machine, the image locks itself to that machines backplane hardware, and will not work on any other machine.

 

If you try to install iPub 3 software onto a machine which does not have a hasp capable of running the games, it will fail halfway through loading the machine.

 

You also need to ensure that you partition the hard drive correctly when setting up the new drive, else that will also cause a fail.

 

Updating Astra machines with new games is not the simple process that it is on Barcrest machines. Be warned!



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Posted 05 January 2020 - 10:27 PM


Phew and thanks..
sorry for the late reply .. I see I very laborious process, and yes so much different to my Rio cabinet.
I was hoping to get at least some different background themes for the ipub as with the two I’ve got one is a Xmas theme and the other has this annoying Aloha honey jingle in it ...
my hasp has 21 games licenced and I’m very happy with the game selection; with some games being an exact mirror image of classic pub fruitys along with barX and reel king etc etc..

Your info is greatly appreciated
My next question would be about acquiring spares etc.




Right, here's how it works -:
 
To update any Astra machine with a Firefox PC and Backplane system, you need a number of things.
 
You'll need an UNLOCKED game image file, and you'll need the configuration settings files. You copy the unlocked image file onto the hard drive, and you copy the configuration settings file to the USB drive. You then boot up the machine, and select the configuration settings that you want. The machine then takes about an hour to install and configure the new set of games. This is quite a complicated process, and is not at all simple like the Barcrest T7's etc.
 
In order for this updated image to work, you'll also need an Astra Open-Hasp (which unlocks ANY Astra games, it's an engineers hasp), or you'll need at the very least a hasp which contains the licences for the games you're trying to install.
 
Don't bother getting hold of a hard drive from a different Astra machine, because once an unlocked image file is loaded onto a machine, the image locks itself to that machines backplane hardware, and will not work on any other machine.
 
If you try to install iPub 3 software onto a machine which does not have a hasp capable of running the games, it will fail halfway through loading the machine.
 
You also need to ensure that you partition the hard drive correctly when setting up the new drive, else that will also cause a fail.
 
Updating Astra machines with new games is not the simple process that it is on Barcrest machines. Be warned!



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Posted 11 January 2020 - 02:49 AM

Practically non-existent.

 

If and when you need something, message me and I'll hopefully be able to get it for you.






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