Extending Hardware Support

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Re: Extending Hardware Support

Postby gamefixer » Mon Aug 01, 2016 11:54 pm

I may have figured out my problem.

The kickstarter link gave me a download to 1.2.0, looks like real DMD support didnt come along until 1.2.1?? I bought 1.2.2 from steam but cant get it to work either.

Where'd that hammer go? :)
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Re: Extending Hardware Support

Postby gamefixer » Tue Aug 02, 2016 12:32 am

And to compound my fun... In order to have the Steam version usable I need to have Steam open and up on the desktop. The game will execute via the bat file thats posted here and steam will ask me if I meant to open the game with the arguments and I have to click "open game."

This cant be right.
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Re: Extending Hardware Support

Postby neh » Tue Aug 02, 2016 7:13 am

In Steam, right-click Pro Pinball Ultra, properties, set launch options. There you put your command line parameters and Steam won't be snapping at you.

As a general note, if you don't describe exactly what happens and what's expected to happen, we can only take wild guesses about your problem. Take some time, describe in detail what you have done and the results.
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Re: Extending Hardware Support

Postby gamefixer » Tue Aug 02, 2016 12:13 pm

moewe wrote:It is also working with the Steam version of the game..
For standalone, i use the latest build (12) which you can find here:
https://www.pro-pinball.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=752


FWIW, I'm not authorized to read that forum, or thats what the link is telling me anyway. :)
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Re: Extending Hardware Support

Postby gamefixer » Tue Aug 02, 2016 12:17 pm

neh wrote:In Steam, right-click Pro Pinball Ultra, properties, set launch options. There you put your command line parameters and Steam won't be snapping at you.

As a general note, if you don't describe exactly what happens and what's expected to happen, we can only take wild guesses about your problem. Take some time, describe in detail what you have done and the results.


Thank you for the assistance.

I did as you recommended above to set the launch options inside of Steam, it no longer nags me when I start the game. That said, I still have no DMD.

Real DMD is an LED Display from Stern. I'm in the Coin-Op business and get good prices on parts which is why I have an actual display from Stern. Driver board is a PinDMDv2.

What I've done.

1. Originally I was using the stand alone exe that was given to me for being a kickstart supporter (1.2.0). Come to find out it doesnt support a real DMD so I installed the Steam version which does (1.2.2).

2. dmdext is in its own folder and that folder has been added to my machines PATH Variables.

3. My current command line options are "m3 q dProPinballSlave" even though I'm using only 2 monitors and a real DMD. If I change m3 to m2 the back box image moves away (I'm guessing its behind the play filed) and the DMD still does not display anything.

4. DotNet 4.5.2 installed. If I run dmdext test in a command box the DMD shows the test image.

DMD works fine in PinballX, VP and FP. Thats about it for what I've tried. I must be missing something though.

Thanks again for the assist.
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Re: Extending Hardware Support

Postby insx » Tue Aug 02, 2016 1:50 pm

FWIW, you should have got a kickstarter backer link to 1.2.1 on 21st July.
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Re: Extending Hardware Support

Postby gamefixer » Tue Aug 02, 2016 2:10 pm

insx wrote:FWIW, you should have got a kickstarter backer link to 1.2.1 on 21st July.


As far as I can tell I did not. Perhaps it went into my spam folder and ended up getting deleted but none of the other links ended up there.

July 5th is the date on the last email I received about the kickstarter links.
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Re: Extending Hardware Support

Postby neh » Tue Aug 02, 2016 2:16 pm

So when you run Pro Pinball, you'll see a command line window pop up where it prints what dmdext does, right? What's in that window?
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Re: Extending Hardware Support

Postby gamefixer » Tue Aug 02, 2016 2:38 pm

neh wrote:So when you run Pro Pinball, you'll see a command line window pop up where it prints what dmdext does, right? What's in that window?


I do see a command line window but as far as I can tell it does nothing past looking for the PinDMD devices. It finds my PinDMDv2 and prints some info about it but then moves on to looking for PinDMDv3 on COM3 and doesnt print anything else in the window. As a matter of fact, when I close Pro Pinball that window stays open and I have to manually close it.
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Re: Extending Hardware Support

Postby gamefixer » Tue Aug 02, 2016 2:43 pm

that command line window looks exactly like this one minus the "c:\pro pinball\dmdext test" dialog
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