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mlevant1965

Mini virtual cab DMD question

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Hi there.

Please forgive me if this is posted in the wrong section but hopefully someone could answer a question.

I will be getting my first mini virtual cab this week. It's just two monitors. Back glass and playfield .

So I'm assuming that with the one backglass monitor the DMD scoring is built into the particular table program or is it something I download separately?

I know there's separate hardware you can buy for a DMD score but for 2 monitor cab it's automatically built in?

If it is built into the software of the table, can it be adjusted like color and brightness?

I'm sorry if this sounds stupid I'm just new to this all 🙂

 

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For a 2 screen setup without a real DMD, I recommend using freezy's extension's virtual DMD. You can read about how to use it at https://github.com/freezy/dmd-extensions . If you want to try out the beta WIP alphanumeric display https://github.com/freezy/dmd-extensions/pull/152 although it's missing documentation about how to configure it. However, when I ran a table that used the alphanumeric display, closed it, and then checked the ini file, I found it easy to edit the automatically populated settings.

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On 12/15/2018 at 2:25 PM, freelunch said:

For a 2 screen setup without a real DMD, I recommend using freezy's extension's virtual DMD. You can read about how to use it at https://github.com/freezy/dmd-extensions . If you want to try out the beta WIP alphanumeric display https://github.com/freezy/dmd-extensions/pull/152 although it's missing documentation about how to configure it. However, when I ran a table that used the alphanumeric display, closed it, and then checked the ini file, I found it easy to edit the automatically populated settings.

Thank you for the reply. And  options. Not sure what I’m doing. I was reading about  the build options,  which I guess means the cabinet builds?  It says 

  1. Open the .sln file in Visual Studio and build the solution.

not sure what this means. Uggh so hard to be a beginner. 

 

 

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Wish I could throw down money on a device sight unseen without knowing anything about how it is supposed to work. Of course, if I did have the money I'd pay down my credit cards.

Try reading a tutorial. Watch some software install videos on YouTube, etc. Try the software out on your laptop or desktop PC first before tackling the cab.

 

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2 hours ago, mlevant1965 said:

Thank you for the reply. And  options. Not sure what I’m doing. I was reading about  the build options,  which I guess means the cabinet builds?  It says 

  1. Open the .sln file in Visual Studio and build the solution.

not sure what this means. Uggh so hard to be a beginner. 

 

 

Since you probably only want to use the virtual DMD with Visual Pinball, you can just go to the "Install Instructions" section for the link to the releases page. Unzip and put the files in your VPinMAME folder. Then use a text editor to write your preferences in the DmdDevice.ini. The "Configuration" section in my original link explains how to position and resize the virtual DMD, as well as enable it.

If you're not great with computers and DIY stuff, this hobby may be generally challenging, so I recommend using the all-in-one Visual Pinball  10.5.0 installer. It sets up pretty much everything you need besides the tables themselves, including freezy's dmd extension (you still need to write your preferences in the DmdDevice.ini).
https://vpinball.com/VPBdownloads/categories/vpx-exes/
 

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