Pinball Software

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Obviously, you'll need pinball software to make your virtual pinball machine into something other than a PC in a pinball cabinet. You'll need to install and configure all of the following:

(Note: I purposely didn't link to the various downloads. You can get all that info from the videos I recommend in the install instructions below.)

I have nothing but appreciation for the folks who brought us all of the pinball emulation and editing software that makes a project like this a possibility for those of us who are programmer-challenged.

I also express great gratitude to the many dedicated hobbyists who have written lengthy tutorials to explain how to make all of the software work, and those who are always out there in the forums answering questions from newbies like me.

But I am here to tell you that this software is arcane: it's hard to configure and extraordinarily frustrating. I found myself searching for hours on end for answers to issues I encountered, and found myself following installation tutorials that, about halfway through, assumed that I had more knowledge than I did and, thus, became unintelligible.

So, in the interest of making other people's lives easier, I have posted detailed solutions to every issue I encountered with step-by-step instructions as to how to solve said problems--all in one, easy to access place.

Follow these steps and your installation SHOULD go smoothly:

  1. Go to VPForums, click the Support VPF link, and join. It's $10 for a year, and it's well worth the money. First, it gives you unlimited downloads (instead of 5 files a day--most pinball tables that you download have more than five files!). Second, it supports all of these people who are making it possible for schlubs like us to build virtual pinball machines!
  2. Go to YouTube and watch tehgeek's awesome video on setting up Virtual Pinball. It gives you step-by-step instructions on downloading and installing Visual Pinball and Visual PinMAME. The printed tutorials made my head spin for hours. This video got me up and running in about 40 minutes.
  3. Next, watch tehgeek's equally awesome video on setting up Hyperpin. This one teaches you how to get your menu system up and running.
  4. Read my document and follow the instructions on how to install pinball tables and how to edit the FPLaunch file. You're going to need the info in there--I promise.
    Contact me if you have any questions--but I'm willing to bet that, between tehgeek's videos and my document, you'll have all the info you need to get VP and Hyperpin up and running.

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