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FLEX
13th February 2009, 11:44 PM
I will start by stating I am certainly no expert with vpinmame. From what I can see though there is no tutorial on getting things up and running on AA. I will try and keep this as simple as possible and if any of you other guys and girls want to add info please feel free to do so, as I said, there may be easier ways to do things then the way I say, im just trying to keep this as simple as possible.

1. Download Visual Pinball with vpinmame package install from here (http://www.pinballnirvana.com/UpDownload-req-viewsdownload-sid-33.html). This will install Visual Pinball, vpinmame and also alot of the pain in the ass files you use to have to go looking for all at once.

Go to step 3. if not using vista.

2. Right click on shortcut icon on desktop for VP (visual pinball) in shortcut tab click on advanced. Tick "run as administrator" then OK then APPLY then OK again. If VP is not run in administrator mode the tables will load up but you may not be able to start a game (you will be able to nudge the table but thats it).

3. Once game is installed its time for some table's and roms. If you want to just play classic table (EM's) you dont need roms and can just download the table.

Big list of downloadable tables here. http://www.arcadeathome.com/pinball.phtml

Another download list of table's here = http://www.pinballnirvana.com/UpDownload.html Remember vpinmame tables will need the matching roms to run them.

list of roms are here for download = http://pinballnirvana.com/modules/UpDownload/store_folder/Visual_PinMAME/roms/ (http://pinballnirvana.com/modules/UpDownload/store_folder/Visual_PinMAME/roms/)

Good source of machine info and roms, just do a search for the machine = ipd (http://www.ipdb.org/search.pl?searchtype=quick)

4. Once a table is downloaded you need to extract it to your "tables" folder. The tables folder is in the VP program file (wherever you installed VP to at the start). If you downloaded a classic table (EM) then its ready to play. This is generally what I would do first up just so I know VP is installed and working before trying to get it to run vpinmame.

5. Once you have downloaded a rom or roms for a table the zip file just needs to be placed in the ROMS folder, DO NOT UNZIP THE ROMS ZIP! If there is more then one rom file in the roms list for a particular game then download them all and put them all in the roms folder. Just like mame some rom zips work in cooperation with the other rom zips.

6. Open VP, open a table and hope it works!

Press 5 or 6 to insert a coin
Press 1 to start game
Press enter to launch the ball
Left and Right shift are flipper's
z and ? are nudge left and right
space bar is nudge up.

If bad roms then VP will give you a list of rom files that are missing and then you can go search for them.

Some vpinmame games will just load the rom files and do a system check first time load and cannot be played, all you need to do is exit the table and load it up again.

Hopefully this will help people trying to get this up and running.

Here is a picture of IJ for some inspiration :D ;
http://www.aussiearcade.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=9765&d=1234358061

If there is any tables that you are having trouble getting running I offer my services to help out.

Cheers.

David_AVD
14th February 2009, 08:27 AM
Thanks Flex, I'll have to give this a go again. It's been ages since I tried pinmame, etc. Well done! :023:

shootar75
14th February 2009, 09:23 AM
Onya flex,

thanks for your troubles :023:

Stubaloo
14th February 2009, 01:22 PM
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1. Download Visual Pinball with vpinmame package install from here =. This will install Visual Pinball, vpinmame and also alot of the pain in the ass files you use to have to go looking for all at once.
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I might just be a dumbass but ...

Did you mean to add a hyperlink OR do you mean from the AA site?

Stu

shootar75
14th February 2009, 02:05 PM
If there is any tables that you are having trouble getting running I offer my services to help out.

Cheers.

Dunno if i'm doin something wrong, i can bring it all up but cant get a game goin :unsure

I'm using enter to get the ball goin but nothin happens :x.

FLEX
14th February 2009, 04:39 PM
I might just be a dumbass but ...

Did you mean to add a hyperlink OR do you mean from the AA site?

Stu

Yeah soz, fixed now ;).

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Dunno if i'm doin something wrong, i can bring it all up but cant get a game goin :unsure

I'm using enter to get the ball goin but nothin happens :x.

Are you putting in a coin first? If not press 5 or 6 to insert coin, then press 1 to start game, then you should see a ball pop up in the plunger area, then you launch the ball by pressing enter.

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Have included default key setup in tutorial..

Arcade King
14th February 2009, 05:29 PM
moved to the guides section :) cheers.

shootar75
14th February 2009, 05:47 PM
Yeah soz, fixed now ;).

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Are you putting in a coin first? If not press 5 or 6 to insert coin, then press 1 to start game, then you should see a ball pop up in the plunger area, then you launch the ball by pressing enter.

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Have included default key setup in tutorial..

I'll have another crack, i was doin it after a pm shift so might have been a bit dopey at the time. flippers worked, coins inserted etc plunger wouldnt work. I'll have a crack again 2nite when i get home from work :sleep

p.s. where'd ya get the indy table??

FLEX
14th February 2009, 06:12 PM
I'll have another crack, i was doin it after a pm shift so might have been a bit dopey at the time. flippers worked, coins inserted etc plunger wouldnt work. I'll have a crack again 2nite when i get home from work :sleep

p.s. where'd ya get the indy table??

Yeah no probs, just make sure you see a ball pop up in the launch lane, if so hold down enter for a while, some games wont launch the ball if you just tap the enter button. Let me know how you go. Also what table is it your trying to play? I cant actually remember where I got indy from, ill have a look and let you know.

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I found the IJ table hear (http://www.indianajones.de/gamesMisc/pinball/pinball.php) in "Step 1. download all files" window. Its a shame you can no longer go to one site like you use to be able to to get any of the tables but there all still floating around on the web, just a matter of doing a search.

shootar75
14th February 2009, 06:16 PM
Yeah no probs, just make sure you see a ball pop up in the launch lane, if so hold down enter for a while, some games wont launch the ball if you just tap the enter button. Let me know how you go. Also what table is it your trying to play?


attack from mars

cheers again. I'll get it sussed after i've had some sleep :x

MonoJoker
14th February 2009, 06:21 PM
Where the hell is a working Fish Tales table? :(

I can find lots of torrent packs but I'm really just after this one table, no 800 megs of them :)

FLEX
14th February 2009, 07:01 PM
I downloaded an absolute shitload of tables years ago, ill see if there is a fish tales still on that pc...

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Download fish tales from here (http://www.arcadeathome.com/pinball.phtml) . Then grab all the ft rom files from the above rom download link. I will add this table download site to the tutorial as it has heaps of popular tables.

FLEX
14th February 2009, 07:07 PM
Checked out Fish Tales and it works like a charm ;) .

http://www.aussiearcade.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=9801&d=1234598825

Fish Tales
14th February 2009, 09:54 PM
I can load the table, and have no sound and cant play.

wingtipvortex
14th February 2009, 10:41 PM
hmm its asking for a file called Bally.vbs and it wont work
lol
Check in your "tables" folder, all vbs script files should be there automaticaly

MonoJoker
15th February 2009, 11:00 AM
I downloaded an absolute shitload of tables years ago, ill see if there is a fish tales still on that pc...

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Download fish tales from here (http://www.arcadeathome.com/pinball.phtml) . Then grab all the ft rom files from the above rom download link. I will add this table download site to the tutorial as it has heaps of popular tables.

Thanks Flex you're the king. So much for tidying up my shed today :D

Cheers
LT.

FLEX
15th February 2009, 01:24 PM
I can load the table, and have no sound and cant play.

Did you download the VP install pack from the link in this thread or an could it be an old version? The reason I linked the pack on the tutorial is because it includes all those sound scripts and heaps of other files vpinmame may need to run certain tables.
Also, are you running vista?

Ryan555
15th February 2009, 01:52 PM
It's been a while but in the past I have tried to play Heavy Metal Meltdown 1.0 I can get the table to load, and it sits there in attract mode but I don't know how to start it? It there a different button for the coin? I have got all the other tables I have to start play.

shootar75
15th February 2009, 02:04 PM
cheers again flex, all good. Pretty realistic for a sim, right down to the dodgy flippers :lol:lol.

Daring33
17th February 2009, 01:07 PM
With many of the pinmame tables (the ones with the roms) when you run them for the first time and everything loads up and you are looking at the table but nothing will work try pressing F3 to initiate the settings. So that Factory Settings Restored dissapears from the DMD. Then put in a coin 5 and press 1 to start.

use 9 and 8 to turn up/down the volume

kitty
17th February 2009, 08:06 PM
awesome.... thanks heaps !!! :D

works really well - didn't help the boy's desperate desire for GNR....

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so far, got TAF & GNR to work properly, but having issues with TSPP.....

i've downloaded the table from the link in the first post, but cant find the matching ROM files... supposedly named simpprty.zip

?? im confused lol

Fish Tales
17th February 2009, 08:14 PM
Did you download the VP install pack from the link in this thread or an could it be an old version? The reason I linked the pack on the tutorial is because it includes all those sound scripts and heaps of other files vpinmame may need to run certain tables.
Also, are you running vista?

Yep running vista, and I got as far as a picture of the table to run. But it wouldnt play at all. I downloaded the easy install version and the older one and had the same problem. I had this working on an XP machine last year, so I will just add it to another reason why I hate vista.

AdamC
17th February 2009, 08:24 PM
Nice guide ... I'll give it a go in the next few days .....

Ive tried getting this to run ages ago , but i could never get it working full screen.

I might even have to put another 2 buttons into the jukebox and install it into there .

FLEX
17th February 2009, 10:24 PM
awesome.... thanks heaps !!! :D

works really well - didn't help the boy's desperate desire for GNR....

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so far, got TAF & GNR to work properly, but having issues with TSPP.....

i've downloaded the table from the link in the first post, but cant find the matching ROM files... supposedly named simpprty.zip

?? im confused lol

Great stuff kitty!!

I got TSPP goin, make sure you have the version from here (http://www.pinballnirvana.com/index.php?name=UpDownload&req=viewsdownload&sid=40&min=20&orderby=titleA&show=20) and then I downloaded the roms from here (http://www.ipdb.org/search.pl?any=pinball+party&sortby=name&searchtype=quick#4674) , scroll down to the simpsons and download the 4meg pinmame rom. I have updated the tutorial with the ipd database link as another rom site. Let me know how you go.

http://www.pinballnirvana.com/modules/UpDownload/shots/1430.jpg

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Yep running vista, and I got as far as a picture of the table to run. But it wouldnt play at all. I downloaded the easy install version and the older one and had the same problem. I had this working on an XP machine last year, so I will just add it to another reason why I hate vista.

Could be a silly question but are you running VP in admin mode?

Fish Tales
18th February 2009, 07:17 AM
Great stuff kitty!!

I got TSPP goin, make sure you have the version from here (http://www.pinballnirvana.com/index.php?name=UpDownload&req=viewsdownload&sid=40&min=20&orderby=titleA&show=20) and then I downloaded the roms from here (http://www.ipdb.org/search.pl?any=pinball+party&sortby=name&searchtype=quick#4674) , scroll down to the simpsons and download the 4meg pinmame rom. I have updated the tutorial with the ipd database link as another rom site. Let me know how you go.

http://www.pinballnirvana.com/modules/UpDownload/shots/1430.jpg

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Could be a silly question but are you running VP in admin mode?

think it asked me to install in admin mode, but sure I didnt try and run it in admin mode.......wouldnt think I needed to
:unsure

kitty
18th February 2009, 09:34 AM
[QUOTE=FLEX;261207]Great stuff kitty!!

I got TSPP goin, make sure you have the version from here (http://www.pinballnirvana.com/index.php?name=UpDownload&req=viewsdownload&sid=40&min=20&orderby=titleA&show=20) and then I downloaded the roms from here (http://www.ipdb.org/search.pl?any=pinball+party&sortby=name&searchtype=quick#4674) , scroll down to the simpsons and download the 4meg pinmame rom. I have updated the tutorial with the ipd database link as another rom site. Let me know how you go.
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[QUOTE]

thanks heaps flex... cant wait to try it when i get home tonight :D

this is great... i'm now allowed to look at getting my first pinnie... the boy is addicted now :cool:

FLEX
18th February 2009, 05:53 PM
think it asked me to install in admin mode, but sure I didnt try and run it in admin mode.......wouldnt think I needed to
:unsure

Make sure you have the new install pack and go back and read step 2 in the tutorial. VP must be run in admin mode to work on vista, I know this as I tried to get it running on my laptop with vista and by the looks of it your symptoms are excactly the same as the ones I got, game would load but couldnt do anything, thats why I included it in the tute.

If this doesnt work then we can go to the next step.




this is great... i'm now allowed to look at getting my first pinnie... the boy is addicted now :cool:

bonus! Glad to be of service :)

Flying Dutchman
19th February 2009, 12:58 AM
Flex, Shootar75 & Kitty .. some good sites where to find the best developped VPinball tables:

http://www.jpgpins.kilu.de/
http://www.pacdude.pinballnirvana.com/
http://www.excellentcontent.com/vpinball/index.htm

You can find the ROMS (NOT the ROMS for the Gottlieb tables) for the tables at:
http://www.ipdb.org/


If you ever think about using a 2nd screen/lcd for the Backglass & DMD please find below the links to some backglasses I've done/created (with great help of GRONI & Lord H.) as a powerpoint .ppt:

Arabian Nights - Backglass (http://rapidshare.com/files/191750890/Arabian_Nights_-_BackGlass_-_2nd_Monitor.ppt)
Attack From Mars - Backglass (http://rapidshare.com/files/191750986/Attack_From_Mars_-_BackGlass_-_2nd_Monitor.ppt)
Austin Power - Backglass (http://rapidshare.com/files/191751121/Austin_Powers_-_BackGlass_-_2nd_Monitor.ppt)
Believe It Or Not - Backglass (http://rapidshare.com/files/191751275/Believe_It_Or_Not_-_BackGlass_-_2nd_Monitor.ppt)
BlackKnight - Backglass (http://rapidshare.com/files/191751344/BlackKnight_-_BackGlass_-_2nd_Monitor.ppt)
Creature From The Black Lagoon - Backglass (http://rapidshare.com/files/191751426/Creature_From_The_Black_Lagoon_-_BackGlass_-_2nd_Monitor.ppt)
Demolition Man - Backglass (http://rapidshare.com/files/191751504/Demolition_Man_-_BackGlass_-_2nd_Monitor.ppt)
Dirty Harry - Backglass (http://rapidshare.com/files/191751560/Dirty_Harry_-_BackGlass_-_2nd_Monitor.ppt)
Elvis - Backglass (http://rapidshare.com/files/191751633/Elvis_-_BackGlass_-_2nd_Monitor.ppt)
Gettaway - Backglass (http://rapidshare.com/files/191751755/Gettaway_-_BackGlass_-_2nd_Monitor.ppt)
Guns N Roses - Backglass (http://rapidshare.com/files/191751810/Guns_N__Roses_-_BackGlass_-_2nd_Monitor.ppt)
Indiana Jones - Backglass (http://rapidshare.com/files/191751869/Indiana_Jones_-_BackGlass_-_2nd_Monitor.ppt)
Lord Of The Rings - Backglass (http://rapidshare.com/files/191751967/Lord_Of_The_Rings_-_Backglass_-_2nd_Monitor.pptx)
Medieval Madness - Backglass (http://rapidshare.com/files/191788304/Medieval_Madness_-_BackGlass_-_2nd_Monitor.ppt)
Monopoly - Backglass (http://rapidshare.com/files/191752110/Monopoly_-_BackGlass_-_2nd_Monitor.ppt)
Roller Coaster Tycoon - Backglass (http://rapidshare.com/files/191752276/Roller_Coaster_Tycoon_-_BackGlass_-_2nd_Monitor.ppt)
Scarred Stiff - Backglass (http://rapidshare.com/files/191752367/Scared_Stiff_-_BackGlass_-_2nd_Monitor.ppt)
Sharys Shootout - Backglass (http://rapidshare.com/files/191752492/Sharky_s_Shootout_-_BackGlass_-_2nd_Monitor.ppt)
StarTrek The Next Generation - Backglass (http://rapidshare.com/files/191752577/StarTrek_The_Next_Generation_-_BackGlass_-_2nd_Monitor.ppt)
Tales From The Crypt - Backglass (http://rapidshare.com/files/191752651/Tales_From_The_Crypt_-_BackGlass_-_2nd_Monitor.ppt)
Terminator 2 - Backglass (http://rapidshare.com/files/191752724/Terminator_2_-_BackGlass_-_2nd_Monitor.ppt)
Theatre Of Magic - Backglass (http://rapidshare.com/files/191753183/Theatre_Of_Magic_-_BackGlass_-_2nd_Monitor.ppt)
The Adams Family - Backglass (http://rapidshare.com/files/191752786/The_Adams_Family_-_BackGlass_-_2nd_Monitor.ppt)
The Flinstones - Backglass (http://rapidshare.com/files/191752942/The_Flinstones_-_BackGlass_-_2nd_Monitor.ppt)
The Simpsons Pinball Party - Backglass (http://rapidshare.com/files/191753105/The_Simpsons_Pinball_Party_-_BackGlass_-_2nd_Monitor.ppt)
Twilight Zone - Backglass (http://rapidshare.com/files/191753266/Twilight_Zone_-_BackGlass_-_2nd_Monitor.ppt)

All can be automated in a script to start & stop the Backglass onto the 2nd monitor when the actual Pinball Table is started/stopped (idea from GRONI as well).


If you ever need some help, let me know ..

Have fun!

wingtipvortex
19th February 2009, 01:12 AM
Flex & Shootar75 .. some good sites where to find the best developped VPinball tables:

http://www.jpgpins.kilu.de/
http://www.pacdude.pinballnirvana.com/
http://www.excellentcontent.com/vpinball/index.htm

You can find the ROMS (NOT the ROMS for the Gottlieb tables) for the tables at:
http://www.ipdb.org/

If you ever need some help, let me know ..

Have fun!
Top links:cool:

Wob
19th February 2009, 10:10 AM
With the TAF Tables, just wondering has anyone been able to get the "Shoot Again" feature to work, it just doesn't light up for me. Also the lane lights are all on one I start, hard to get multipliers up.

Wob

Fish Tales
19th February 2009, 05:57 PM
Ok got it working. Seems I have to download the tables into a folder, then extract them to that folder, then move them to the tables folder. It will not work when I try and extract straight to the tables folder.
ty, good sticky thread

wingtipvortex
19th February 2009, 07:21 PM
With the TAF Tables, just wondering has anyone been able to get the "Shoot Again" feature to work, it just doesn't light up for me. Also the lane lights are all on one I start, hard to get multipliers up.

Wob
Just tested, mine seems to work fine. Im using V7.1 of TAF.

Wob
19th February 2009, 07:40 PM
Hmmm, I am using PacDudes Tables, he has two version the older one is 7.3 and the new one is 1.2. Both do the same thing.

What Rom set are you using?

mouser
19th February 2009, 09:16 PM
Whilst I love all the table remakes to go with Pinmame, I have to admit that I much prefer the interface for Future Pinball.

It's sad the FP doesn't interface with Pinmame (so no real table remakes to speak of that incorporated a dot matrix score field) but graphically and gameplay wise I find FP to be a far superior product to anything Pinmame and VP can produce.

I still play both though, now and again I just gotta have a game with Indy or Arabian Nights :)

wingtipvortex
19th February 2009, 10:32 PM
Hmmm, I am using PacDudes Tables, he has two version the older one is 7.3 and the new one is 1.2. Both do the same thing.

What Rom set are you using?

taf_l5.zip tafg_lx3.zip