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    I've been working the last few weeks to convert my Arcade 1up cabinet to a VP cab and have my fx3 tables as my primary tables I'm trying to load on my front-end. I have fx3 setup to load in offline mode, and everything works fine there. The challenge I'm having is with Steam itself. If I keep Steam in offline mode, I get a message that pops up when it loads. This keeps Steam from loading correctly on startup, requiring I mess around before my front end loads. If I keep Steam online, it loads the main Steam window, and again, runs on top of my front-end.

    Ideally, I want Steam to load minimized to tray, and don't especially care if it's online or offline (FX2 and FX3 are the only steam apps I'm running). I got some ideas from the discord for my front-end, but I'm curious for folks that run FX3 on cabinets, what are you doing to get Steam to load correctly?

  • #2
    Have you tried disabling the Steam overlay?

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    • #3
      I start the game with a shortcut that is set to the "Pinball FX3.exe" file in the ...\steamapps\common\Pinball FX3" folder. When you run that exe it starts Steam and then FX3.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by AcadDude View Post
        I start the game with a shortcut that is set to the "Pinball FX3.exe" file in the ...\steamapps\common\Pinball FX3" folder. When you run that exe it starts Steam and then FX3.
        This is exactly how his pinball cabinet front end software loads Pinball FX3, bypassing the need to open Steam first to play this game.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by RadRich View Post

          This is exactly how his pinball cabinet front end software loads Pinball FX3, bypassing the need to open Steam first to play this game.
          Well, when I select the shortcut it just comes up with FX3 in the foreground and steam behind it. I do set my Steam app to run as "Start Big Picture mode Windowed"

          When I select the exe I then get the FX3 waiting to play with press A to continue. When I exit FX3, I can then select other games in the library to play them. Maybe it is Big Picture mode that has to be set?

          So I think steam gets loaded first as it shows the update dialog screen if there are any. Then the steam load sound. Then the FX3 load ontop of that.

          Whoa...didn't see the original post date!!
          Last edited by AcadDude; 11-04-2021, 11:42 PM.

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