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  1. Enable a firewall rule to block PinballX from talking to the internet so we can play Pinball without getting the "Version Expired. Please Download New Version." error for those of us that already are running the newest version. Note: This is tested on my Win7 Pinball cab, but I also tested the commands on Win10 and it does create/delete the rule there successfully too. Copy and paste the following command in a command prompt window if you don't want to mess with the Windows Firewall GUI. (Start > Run > CMD) -Please note, if your path to the executable is different, you will need to edit the path to the .exe. Also, some may be using PinballXLite.exe instead. Make the adjustments as needed. netsh advfirewall firewall add rule name="Block PinballX" dir=out action=block program="c:\pinballx\pinballx.exe" enable=yes Here's the command to deleted the rule that was just created; when a fix as been rolled out and you want to return to normal. Again, copy and paste the following command in a command prompt window. netsh advfirewall firewall delete rule name="Block PinballX" dir=out I attached the commands above in the form of batch files as well, if someone would rather use that. See attachments. Happy New Year everyone! Now go play some Pinball! Smoke.007 Block PinballX.bat Unblock PinballX.bat
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    Hi there, just installed this new version 2.28 and am getting a dialog box stating I need to update to a newer version?.....is there a newer version than 2.28?...any assistance would be greatly appreciated. ....I had no problems with the previous version and think this frontend is incredible!!!....just need get it to work!...
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  3. How-To: Fix PinballX "expired" error KB013 - How-To: Fix the PinballX "expired" error The problem occurs as a result of an uppercase / lowercase typo within the PinballX (pinballx.ini) configuration file. It’s a quick and easy fix. Close PinballX if it's open Click 'Windows Explorer' icon on taskbar Double click 'Local Disk (C:)' Double click 'PinballX' folder Double click 'Config' folder Double click the 'PinballX' file Scroll all the way to the bottom Change the UPPERCASE letter "P" to a lowercase letter "p" on the following lines: [Partner] DontDisplayUpdateMessage=True Code=VPCabs1012 If you also have these lines change the "P" to lowercase here too: [Parnter] DontDisplayUpdateMessage=True Code=VPCabs1012 Click the [X] to close window and SAVE when prompted Close all open windows and restart PInballX
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  4. Chaser, I added the following lines with lowercase "p" to my pinballx.ini and it resolved the issue. I no longer need to block pinballx.exe from connecting to the internet. [Partner] DontDisplayUpdateMessage=True Code=VpCabs1012 Thanks
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  5. X-Men: Based on one of the static backglass images from "hyperpin". Again, I did a "Special Edition" with a cool grill. no grill with grill with grill (SE) --- HQ ---
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  6. as promised: Star Wars Episode 7 (alternative version): Thanks a lot Draco, though I finally did not use your image your inspiration was great! no grill with grill --- HQ ---
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  7. Civil War: based on a fantastic image I got from Jannek (Thanks a lot for that ! Hope you like the outcome). I also made a "Stars n Stripes" Mod (limited collector's edition or how you want to call it ). Please tell me, if the LED lights in the speakers are "too much of a good thing", not sure about that... no grill with grill with grill (stars n stripes mod) --- HQ ---
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  8. Tom Speirs

    PinballX

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    The PinballX frontend. Latest version. Full install. Note: You will need to create an account to download this file if you are not already a member.
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  9. Sorry about this guys. Was far from intentional. I am away from the office at the moment but maybe I can remote in and get a new release out. The above settings was not meant to be shared but fair enough.
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  10. UPDATE: I've been working hard planning the hardware side of things. I've been getting lots of help from the guys on the Mini NES Builders Facebook group. Once I finish the wiring diagram I will wire everything up to a breadboard to test. I'm using images of actual parts in paint.net layers to visualize the fit and pinouts, route wires, make notes, and see what it will look like before I solder everything in place. I'm still waiting on parts from China and may not get all of them until February! Lets hope that shipping estimate is wrong and I get them sooner. The parts list has increased too but, until I'm confident of what I will use in the final design, I won't edit the materials list in part 2 just yet. My glass Printer bed and new all metal hotend upgrades arrived today. I'll install them tomorrow and retry printing the case this weekend. I'll test it by reprinting the failed Z braces again, I think my cooling fan was the problem. Hopefully they will be done and I can install them Saturday. Then I can start the Top half of the case. I'm going to try a different filament for the bottom and cartridge that should be a better match, but it's going to be awhile before it gets here too. As busy as I have been researching the electronic, I have not even looked into the software side of things yet, besides writing the RetroPi to a 32GB SD card. I haven't even plugged in the Pi to see if it works...lol.. While I'm waiting for the hardware to arrive maybe it will be a reprieve to try and get some emulators working. A fun anecdote. I had an original NES sitting in a box that has been tucked away for years. I originally bought it for $7.99 at the Goodwill to replace a broken NES that is long since gone, it still has the sticker on it even. I decided to pull it out to compare its design with the mini NES and of course try it out! I suspected it was broken, but thought there might be a chance... While it took a bunch of blowing, jiggling, banging, and resets It still works, complete with buggy pixies, glitchy sprites, and that white noise audio when you turn it off!!! I miss that and don't at the same time...lol. But wow, I had forgotten how finicky it was to get working and all the tricks/sounds came back to me with great nostalgic effect. I'm actually surprised it still works. I played through the first world of Mario Bros. 3, then Metroid, and lastly Duck Hunt/Mario Bros. All carts still work, with varying degrees of tricks to get them to. So that was kinda fun. Here's a weird one, Player 1 and Player 2 controls are crossed. 1 is 2 and 2 is 1. I'll have to open it to see why, I suspect someone (Probably me at one time) reconnected them backwards. I think I was contemplating turning it into a NES Mini ITX PC, but decided against it. Glad I didn't pull the trigger. It's pretty Iconic and neat to have a working Stock NES. I may improve the aesthetics, it's pretty ugly ("pretty ugly" isn't that an oxymoron?) but should clean up well enough. It's yellowed quite a bit though. I don't particularly want to use H2O2 and UV to remove the patina though. It looks authentic and aged as it should (Like me).
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  12. Plants vs. Zombies: Based on an image I got from Draco (thanks a lot). no grill with grill --- HQ ---
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  13. Version 1.0.0! Finally made it after 3 years! Total re-code. Requires a fresh install. Check the first post for a new demo vid of what it does and the new download:
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  14. Tom I do not think it is out of the question to add a nag screen if their isnt one. I paid Lifetime when I was getting into Mame a couple years ago and I think PBX is worth people paying for especially if support continues.
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  15. Man...I am bad 15,500 Alli says "Hi, Guys!" She rocked out her new high score for Bump N Jump(Burnin Rubber) just before we both tried Defender.
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  16. Versions no longer expire as of this release. Yay!
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  17. The issue is resolved with 14.71. Now available. I was right that the setup was not installing some required libraries.
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  18. Obviously But I would get more complaints if it went paid instead.
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  19. ...if you are going to use work produced by members of the PinballX community, a little attribution or link back to the forums would be a really nice thing to do. I came across this video of the Pinball FX2 Mega Docklets being used in BigBox. Again, I don't mind but extend a courtesy to the author and source forums at the very least.
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  20. Nice to be one's Muse whenever one can! Looks great! I haven't had much time since our holidays, but hope to try to create a decent source image for Biolab. There isn't much in the way of good original images from Zen to I may have to get creative.
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  21. Captain America: Because this one was made in a minute I chose to do a "Special Edition" with a cool grill. no grill with grill with grill (SE)
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  22. Sorcerer's Lair: no grill with grill --- HQ ---
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  23. Star Wars Death Star Assault (ULTIMATE 1.04) (DOFLinx - Cabinet Edition) The most explosive and Ultimate Star Wars pinball experience is here...and only on Future Pinball with DOFLinx! A video that shows off this excellent table with amazing DOFLinx cabinet effects can be seen at this link (in my cabinet) : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIf4j-d8J-4 Features: - activate the Lightsabers (during attract mode) with the FIRE / 2nd flipper / Special Button - amazing animated 5 RGB flasher effects - animated explosion, Tie Fighter, and X-wing blaster RGB flashers effects - RGB undercab lighting changes based on the intense action - gear motor operates everytime R2-D2 rotates his head - shaker motor and blower fan operates for explosions and other table events - 10 solenoid support for all mechanical devices (flipper, slings, bumpers, etc) - beacon lights up during cinematics and certain game modes - strobe effects throughout - Start, Coin, Launch Ball button lights: flash / On / Off during table events / functions - Millennium Falcon Video mode! - Chewie gets angry if you don't give him money! - lots of video clips and sound effects for non-stop action! - all effects combine for an amazing feedback and light show! I was glad that I was able to get this done before I'll be gone for 4 months. Another great video demo that's worth watching to the end....
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  24. This may be a stab in the dark, but this feels like a video memory issue to me. I believe the Intel Integrated graphics has a very small amount of isolated video memory for itself, but the majority of the memory it needs is shared with the CPU. Since the visibility of images and video drops off after browsing GameEx for a time, I am wondering if the RAM is being overtaxed and either there is not enough available for video (because of swapping, slow allocation, or just non-availability). Doing a log off/log on or a reboot temporarily fixes the issue, which would support this theory. If it is not memory related, I would lean towards a video driver issue (even if drivers are up to date, it could mean that there is a conflict). @jukker You say that you recently 'replaced the hardware that GameEx runs on'. What components did you remove and what were those specs? Reinstalling Windows would indicate that this is essentially a new build or a mobo/hd swap at minimum. It may be helpful to know what changed. A few other suggestions: Set Menu Transitions to 2D under Display Settings. 3D Alpha Blended is for good PCs with graphics cards. The black screen is likely related to Hide Operating System under Display Settings. It is it's own little program and may not close properly if GameEx is force-closed. You may want to disable Hide Operating System when troublshooting issues. It looks to me like your touchscreen is disabled now. I would not worry about the additional entry in the GameEx.ini file. When the images start to disappear, try checking the memory usage in the Windows Task Manager. Also, I am guessing that your Windows 10 is fully updated via Windows Update, correct? If not, you should allow it to do so. You sound like you know your stuff pretty well when it comes to PCs, so hopefully with a little brainstorming we can narrow it down.
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  25. You may want to provide us with copies of your gameex.ini and log.txt files. They may or may not tell us anything, but we request them when reporting an issue if for no other reason than gits and shiggles. Thanks!
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  26. Yeah, never mind trying to work around the controls, just spend your time learning them as they are. If you survey retro gaming forums where this game is discussed, I'm willing to bet that over 75% of the messages will be from people dismissing the game because its control scheme is too complicated. But it's really not that bad with just a little bit of getting-used-to. And I can assure you, simplifying the controls is not going to simplify the game. Controls don't make Defender difficult, Defender makes Defender difficult.
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  27. It looks like people don't want to be forced to update.
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  28. Hello, This is my first post, so I will introduce myself shortly. My real name is Mirko (and not Mikujan;)), and I live in Hamburg / Germany. As you can see, english is not my mother tongue. My english skill is "not perfect", but I do my best. If you find some curious texts, I apologize for this. Why i open this Topic? I was not so happy with the existing logo images for Visual Pinball, so i decided to create my own. To stay familiar with the existing logos, I have used the colors of them. So here is what i have created for myself. I hope it is usefull for some of you guys, so i can pay back a little for all the work that is here shared for all of us. also on FTP under: /-PinballX-/Other Uploads/MiG/Visual Pinball/
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  29. 100% the same on my systems, Appreciate you shared that Sir! my regards, Christian.
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  30. I also did not have a [Partner] section in my C:\PinballX\Config\PinballX.ini file, but adding the following to the end of the ini file and saving it did fix PinballX without the need to block it via Windows Firewall. Wierd. [Partner] DontDisplayUpdateMessage=True Code=VpCabs1012 Thanks Chaser for the info!
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  31. Here's to 4! Congrats on the win MO!
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  32. A happy new year for all. Here comes the next Pack edition Iron & Steel with the Pack Logo at the end. the (well-known) head edition
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  33. My sympathies, fellas + kudos to you all for doing the right thing. Just make sure you Get Drunk once in a while.
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  34. @Mike and friends, it's these things that make you a soldier, a knight, a force to be reckoned with. You wouldn't be as strong as you are without them. They knock you down, and build you up again, each time reinforcing your resolve. This is what makes you, this is what separates you from the humdrum, this is what makes you special. Don't you forget it.
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  35. Very slowly, I've created about 50 more icons, and I'll keep making more. I've been thinking about making something like ~50 icons per system (trying to pick popular games), at least for a dozen systems, to see if it sparks some interest in other people, but until actual support for them is implemented/enabled in GameEx then it makes sense that nobody is interested yet...
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  36. It's great to have you onboard stigzler! GX Staff and the community really appreciate your passion and skill in this little hobby of ours! I look forward to seeing what you can come up with when we release the latest Evo update
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  37. Fitting voice over, I think! Here's the second video I mentioned.
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  38. Voted...come on Yie Air Kung Fu!
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  39. I also have just installed GameEx Arcade on a fresh Windows 10 machine, and it crashes as soon as it is launched.
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  40. You would have to create a batchfile with that command line and then via Setting go to the Pinball FX2 secition, locate and enable Launch After, set the path to the batch file and the batchfile name in the Launch After executible section.
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  41. .BAT file worked fantastic! Thanks a lot for whipping this up. Jason
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  42. I applied Smoke.007's block, nice!
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  43. Here's to a healthy, happy and prosperous new year to all! Safe to say 2016 has been a mixed bag for many, with more than it's fair share of negatives. Let's not add to that side of 2016 while celebrating tonight
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  44. I had same problem. Open pinball x settings go to the display settings page and turn auto position direct b2s to no. I also have auto position dmd to no. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G935A using Tapatalk
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  45. I know that it is no consolation, but I am dealing with the dementia issues you mentioned with my mom for the last few years. I have a sibling that is living with my mom in her house now, but for the two years prior, they had a falling out and she had moved away. It was then that I discovered that she further along than I had known. My mom, before dementia reared it's ugly head, was demanding, passive aggressive, and sometimes mean. Dementia seems to amplify those traits, making it difficult to know when there are issues when she has been in rehab following several hospitalizations due to falls, UTIs, overdose of medications, etc. I have nearly lost my job trying to be there for her for appointments and all other related needs. Now I am dealing with my own health, depression and anxiety issues. It is a nasty disease and it takes those supporting along for the nasty ride. You and yours are in my prayers.
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  47. Wishing you and yours an enjoyable and safe Christmas!
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  48. Here's my attempt, not very good
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