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Posted bybluejaywpg
Posted on05/13/01 03:41 PM

I have 2 PCs both with WinME & a friend of mine has a PC with Win2k & we have no problems running VPinMAME.

So OK here's what we did when we were trying to build a quick VPinMAME machine with a spare P3 - here are the specs:

P3 800 (or so - may have been higher)
Several GB HDD
SBLive! Value
Matrox Millennium G450 Dualhead 32 MB
Network card (we didn't install the drivers)
Just 1 monitor used

I started out with a fresh PC with a newly-formatted hard drive. I first installed Windows 95, followed by the video card, PowerArchiver (a zip program similar to WinZip), the SBLive!, then Visual Pinball & VPinMAME. I had errors & suspected that maybe Win95 was not up to snuff or didn't come with a necessary component so I started over again & attempted the exact same thing with Windows 98 instead. We got further ahead but still couldn't load Visual Pinball because we would get an error related to DDRAW so we upgraded DirectX to 7.0a. Visual Pinball now loaded but whenever we loaded a table we would receive the following error: Error Loading Table. Now this error was what we were unable to get past. There was not a single VPinMAME or even just Visual Pinball Table that would load EXCEPT for Alien Reactor & Top Speed - the 2 tables that come with Visual Pinball - & those 2 were fully playable. We tried a TON of ideas including:

Upgrading IE to 5.0 (thinking the VBS support needed IE5?)
Reinstalling the video driver, Visual Pinball & VPinMAME
Trying numerous colour modes & resolutions
Changing resolutions for the pinball table
Installing VP to different folders
Installing VPinMAME to the same folder as VP & into its own folder
Eating doughnuts (OK we were running out of ideas!)
Upgrading to WinME (this was the final & last-gasp attempt)

Note that I had samples, ROMs, tables, VBS files, etc. all copied to the appropriate folders (I actually copied the EXACT folder structure to a CD so that I wouldn't have to worry about all of that). Also the William's font was installed.

We ran out of time & gave up. In hindsight I can't stop thinking about the VBS support - I checked to see if it was disabled in the Windows setup but couldn't find it. I'm now wondering if I should've reinstalled IE5 & chosen the custom option instead of typical & looked for VBS support. Does anyone know if I am on the right track or if there's something else I needed to do? Why would Top Speed & Alien Reactor load but nothing else?

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.Visual Pinball problem  bluejaywpg05/13/01 03:41 PM
.*Re: Visual Pinball problem  computerblue05/15/01 08:07 PM
.*Use DX 8.0a  dP_dropout05/15/01 00:12 AM