For a good video guide that covers all the basics of Visual Pinball, go here:
Virtual Pinball: "Software" Essentials - Visual Pinball X**
The standard Popper install should work out of box as long as you setup your VPX emulator file/program/table folder locations.
Some common items/suggestions:
v1.4 has a super duper new way of getting the table loaded. But on some 'slower' systems you may notice a desktop 'blink'. If your system is seeing the desktop with v1.4 do this:
This is different than a TV blank blink, if you TV goes/flashes completely black/blank (don't see desktop) then that is a hardware/GPU/TV setup issue. This is for if you see your actualy background desktop behind playfield blink.) in emulator setup:
vpx launch script in emulator setup replace/change the vpxstarter line to this.
START "" "[STARTDIR]Launch\VPXSTARTER.exe" 30 10 60 "Visual Pinball Player" 5
the last number will wait 5 seconds after VPX says "all good". so you can play with the last number to your system.
If you find that starting a vpx table that you need to use a mouse to click on table then two things you can try.
The first is easiest and works for most. Under VPX display settings you need to run your tables "full screen exclusive mode"
the 2nd option if you cannot run FS exclusive is to have Popper simulate a mouse click after the table is loaded.
Change the vpxstarter.exe line in your emulator launch script to this
START "" "[STARTDIR]Launch\VPXSTARTER.exe" 30 10 60 "Visual Pinball Player" 3 0 5
the last digit 5 will tell it to press the mouse so keep that #.
the 3 number is the # of seconds after its loaded to press it, so if you need more than 3 seconds you can increase that 3.