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    Backglass is a black box.

    I got back into pinball, on and off, these past 3 years. I've been playing everything from time to time - some free options, one of your competitors, and PBFX2. I just recent discovered and DL'ed PBFX3. I wrote away for and received my cabinet mode code. I figured out how to move and resize the dot-matrix display(DMD?), and it's on my second monitor, looking good. I turned on the backglass option, and moved/resized a big black box until it was centered and perfectly sized on my 2nd monitor. The DMD displays perfectly on it, but the game does NOT seem to be finding the backglass image. It just shows a black box.

    I'm not getting fancy like you guys yet, with the slick pinball front-ends, command-lines, and certainly not a cool cabinet (Yet! Oh, I dearly want one!). I'm just trying to get cabinet mode running from PBFX3, after launching from Steam. I have two 1920x1080 monitors, one of which is turned into portrait mode for the game. I left the other, off the the right in landscape mode as my would-be backglass. After poking around, it seems like the backglass images are already included in PBFX3 now, but perhaps the program is not finding it, or some gfx card weirdness is preventing it from showing as anything but a black rectangle


    Tech info that may help:

    I'm running Win10, i5-2500k processor, 12GB RAM and a GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 960 4GB Mini ITX OC EDITION, if that helps.

    I DID NOT INSTALL STEAM on my C: drive. I installed it and my most commonly-played games on my SSD, (G:\Steam), and when I hit the size limit, I had to put some games on a regular HDD (H:\Steam2). PBFX3, being my most recent DL, went to the H:\Steam2 dir.

    I'm kinda running into a wall here. I even went to to the C: drive and dropped the relevant backglass image (I'm testing Excalibur) where folks say it should go, and did the same for the G:\Steam dir as well, even though the backglass pics are all installed properly in the H:\Steam2 dir. Still just a black box.

    Also, and of somewhat less importance - I notice the DMD still shows on my game-table monitor, as well as my backglass monitor. Is that supposed to happen, and if not, what am I missing? I might not mind moving that completely off my game-table and onto the backglass.

    I got sick three years back, and have had a series of operations. I can't have long game sessions the way I used to, but I rediscovered my love of pinball, and have been able to have a lot of fun, 15-30 minutes at a time. It's been a small joy during hard times, and I'd like to get PBFX3 up and running well before my next surgery. I have a couple months, so I should be able to do it, but I could use a suggestion or two here.

    Thanks so much in advance.
    Last edited by DocJon; 01-07-2018 at 11:32 AM.

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    Dang. No one ever saw this problem before. It REALLY looks like it can't find the backglass gfx. Or the video card can't display anything but a black rectangle when it finds it, not sure which. I wish I could get just ONE of this pinball simulators to work on my 2 monitors without jumping through ridiculous hoops.

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    Exactly in what folder did you put your backglass? How are they named? A lot of back-glasses are named for PBFX2, are they named properly for PBFX3?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gill View Post
    Exactly in what folder did you put your backglass? How are they named? A lot of back-glasses are named for PBFX2, are they named properly for PBFX3?
    I'd asked the same question exactly. If you can answer to it, then we can move forward with this issue

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    Thanks guys, appreciate the interest and effort. OK, here's my PBFX3 install on my HD, which is a spillover HDD install because my SSD filled up. I installed it from Steam, nothing weird except I specified a second drive for the Steam dir, which Steam allows.

    H:\Steam2\steamapps\common\Pinball FX3\data\steam

    Within this directory, there are a ton of .pxp files, like Excalibur.pxp, Eldorado.pxp, etc.


    Here's the path for PBFX2:
    G:\STEAM\steamapps\common\Pinball FX2\data_steam

    And again, there's a host of PinballGameName.pxp names in there.

    Weird, one ends in data_steam, and the other is in data/steam. Wonder if there was a change in naming convention or something is awry there.
    Last edited by DocJon; 01-12-2018 at 12:36 PM.

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    I was going to mention the difference in folder names, but you caught on already.

    I'm thinking you need to add the actual image files, since you haven't mentioned anything about those.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Squeak View Post
    I was going to mention the difference in folder names, but you caught on already.

    I'm thinking you need to add the actual image files, since you haven't mentioned anything about those.
    OK, yes, it may be that I have missed something horribly basic here. Are you saying that the files such as "Excalibur.pxp" and "Eldorado.pxp" are NOT the backglass image? I thought that's what they were.

    If not, what filetypes ARE the backglass image? For our example, let's use, "Excalibur.pxp". What files should I have in addition to that, to get a proper backglass image instead of a black box? Should they be located in the same dir as "Excalibur.pxp", or a sub-directory or what?

    I won't bug you guys for the location of the backglass files i need to DL. Google usually provides. . . but WHAT files I need, their naming convention, and which dir exactly to place them (for at least my "Excalibur" example), would get me off and running, I think - assuming I HAVE made a mistake about the "Excalibur.pxp" being the backglass image.

    Thanks for the reply.

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    Hey,
    did you try this forum here?
    http://forum.zenstudios.com/showthre...am-CAB-support

    Wishing you all the best!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hajdu View Post
    Hey,
    did you try this forum here?
    http://forum.zenstudios.com/showthre...am-CAB-support

    Wishing you all the best!
    I had ignored it, as it appears to be for PBFX2, but with your recommendation, I'm guessing they also field PBFX3-related questions and their info applies between apps. I will check it out, thank you.
    Last edited by DocJon; 01-16-2018 at 10:45 PM.

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