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PinUP Popper "Baller" Installer
Here it is!! If you are just starting out with a fresh win10/11 (64 bit) system and want to get all your virutal pinball apps up and running in minutes… come join the 10,000+ PinUP “Ballers” Community!!
If you're looking for the NON-BALLER Install to get PinUP Player/Popper manually installed on an existing install. Click Here:
Note: This is for NEW installs only, DO NOT install overtop an existing virtual pinball cabinet!! Best to start with a clean-fresh windows 10/11.
If you're looking to update an already exising Baller installer, check the updates wiki page here:
The installer is made fairly 'safe' as it doens't install or change your windows system components(other than the Microsoft DirectX 9 installer). There is no automatic-uninstall option as many sub-components are installed within so make a backup of your system if you're just trying it out, or you will need to remove each component/settings manually.
READ THE LICENSE AGREEMENT BEFORE INSTALL.. You can see it here:
The installer does not override any of the licenses of the software parts contained in the all-in-one. You must abide by all the licenses of each component contained. See included software and view their agreements beforehand.
PinUP Software is licensed as free for NON-COMMERCIAL USE. Which means Cab Builders are not permitted to include PinUP Popper and Player with their cabs unless they get permission to (this ensures Cab Builders don't include other community/unlicensed content). If you purchased a virtual pinball cabinet 'fully loaded' and it contained PinUP Popper Front-End then you are using an unlicensed copy, ALWAY ASK YOUR CAB BUILDER IF THEY HAVE FULL LICENSE TO ALL INCLUDED GAMES/TABLES/SOFTWARE!!
A lot of time/effort went into getting PinUP and all these parts working nicely together. BUT it's important to give A LOT of credit to all the Developers of the software and to all Table Authors and many others that have put countless 'hobby' hours of their time to help the virtual pinball community over the years!! Supporting them by joining the VP communities and personally thanking them goes a long way. Cheers
Watch my video tutorial of how to install PinUP "Baller"....
note: You should start with a fresh win10/11 system. Before installing you should get any drivers for stuff like your real-dmd or button controllers installed and tested/working properly. Using NVidia cards… see this:
After you got that all up and running:
Advanced Tutorials after you get comfortable...
TerryRed's awesome youtube series: https://youtu.be/nI8wD4Pwvfg
For Help/questions/support join the communities!!!
Most all common issues can be found on this wiki. Browse/skim through it and you'll be an expert in no time!!
If starting out today. I would highly recommend using the Baller Beta Build Bonanza version (Nov 2023).
Download links are only provided from within our community groups (facebook and/or discord). Make sure you do not download the installer from other internet sites as you cannot be sure it wasn't 'modified'.
Download via Discord Virtual Pinball Chat Group:
go to #popper-baller-installer channel then click the top right thumb tack (see photo)
Download via Baller Installer FaceBook group dedicated to this installer :
Join FB group and then click on Featured tab (first post) for link.
Help with AtGames Legends Pinball
A great quick reference diagram by Dux Retro
Website to help find all the great community content
To see a list of community sites and project links for latest info see here:
What is and what isn't installed:
The Baller installer is meant to save you a ton of time getting started setting up your virtual pinball cab/pc. Included in this version are the following components: Note: there are no options during install to only select certain parts to install, everything gets installed.
- Visual Pinball X (VPX) v10.7.0
- VPinMAME v3.4
- PinUP Player v1.4.6
- PinUP Popper FrontEnd v1.4.6
- DMDExt (freezy) v1.10.2 (32 bit)
- FlexDMD (v1.8)-B2S-PuP-PuPSSF
- Future Pinball w/BAM (v1.5.345)
- TerryReds PinEvent FP system
- Two original tables: ScottyWics “Leprechaun King” and TerryRed's “Retro Flair BAM Edition”
Whats NOT included are things that are tied and specific to hardware that you may or may not have on your cabinet. The most common items you will probably need to use/learn and install is (DOF and DOFLinx) if you have things like solenoids, or flashy leds and mx leds:
- DOF (Direct Output Framework For VP And some FP)
- DOFLinx (For FX2 & FX3, FP And Mame)
- UltraDMD (uses FlexDMD instead as that is the suggested replacement today)
- FutureDMD / FPIntercept (realdmd for some future pinball)
- drivers for hardware like pinscape, pin2dmd usb driver, pindmdv3 dlls. (outside of dmdext/freezy support)
Note: if you find after your Baller Install that you did something incorrect with screens/positions/wrong layout and want to re-run the installer. You MUST delete and remove the entire vpinball folder manually before re-running the install.
Once you have used BALLER installer. In future, DO NOT run other installers to update your virtual pinball system. Do not use any BAM, VPX or DMDext installers as they will overwrite settings and probably will break your working system. To update, use this wiki(or social groups) for information on keeping your system uptodate. Most of the time its simply copy/pasting new files to update parts of system.
If you are looking to changeup your Popper Themes-You can download them here:
It's VERY important you choose the correct theme for your layout and screen resolution! PLEASE read ALL of the instructions included!
Installing the latest PinUP Updates (FINAL STEP)
check here to see if there's any news or updates available.
Read the remainder of this page to ensure a smoother install.
If you use any kind of Anti-Virus or Malware software… it is HIGHLY recommend that you DISABLE it while installing ALL software! Some parts may get flagged and removed even though it is safe and clean. It is also very important to add “exceptions” to the folders where you install all of this software… including any Pinup related software. Do this at your own risk, if you are unsure or not a computer 'guru' then be careful with Anti-Virus settings!
LET'S BE CLEAR. One of the most common issue in setting up PinUP and other Virutal PInball APPS is your ANTI-VIRUS. If you use the Windows GUI and turn off defender (windows will AUTOMATICALLY turn it back on after a while). The only method is to ADD exceptions for vPinball root folder and sub-folders (or remove permanently/entirely anti-virus through group-policies or other methods).
The following components should be installed to help in general.
Highly recommended to use the free 7zip to deal with ALL *.zip files!!!
This is because Windows will “block” many files that come from other locations. This results in some programs NOT working correctly and will give you endless headaches. 7zip will automatically “unblock” all files that you extract from a *.zip file.
NEVER assume the files aren't blocked! ALWAYS right-click the file and check Properties to be sure, and “unblock” the file if Windows has blocked it!
(optional, only needed for cabinet users with hardware for feedback and lighting. Also needed for DOFLinx for Future Pinball and FX3 PuP-Packs)
Setting the DPI Scaling (Text Size) to 100% for ALL Screens in Windows!
Set your ‘DPI Scaling’ (Windows 7) or ‘Scale and Layout: Text Size’ (Windows 10) to 100% by going to your Display Settings for your version of Windows. This MUST be done for ALL Screens (playfield, backglass, DMD, topper,etc), or the size and positions of Videos will not display correctly. (Win 10 now allows each monitor to have different Text Scaling. Make sure you set them ALL to 100)
Also, be sure you have “Enable ClearType” fonts enabled, as some users get incorrect scaling with that disabled.
Pinup Player and Popper are setup for Landscape Windows Orientation by Default
Pinup Player and the Popper front-end are by default setup for Landscape orientation of the playfield screen. There are themes/guides for portrait windows resolutions if you'd like, but suggestion in community is to run windows lanscape (tv twisted to portrait) so that windows task bar is along the left side of Playfield when looking at vpin. Not a requirement if you choose to stick with portrait, but many VPX tables are released for landscape.
Make sure your Displays in Windows are NOT in a negative value position!
It's essential that you don't have ANY of your monitors in Windows positioned in a NEGATIVE value position. This means your 2nd, 3rd, 4th, etc screens should only be positioned ONLY to the RIGHT, and BELOW your main display. NOT to the LEFT or ABOVE your main display! Your main display should be your playfield. This is to avoid potential problems with PuP and other programs as well.
Also, disable HDR by turning if OFF like the picture below in display settings for all displays. You will most likely have issues with HDR enable on pinball software.
Note: in the diagram below, it is NOT important what WINDOWS ID# is assigned to your monitor. It varies for each person's setup.
As long as your playfield is to the left (and set as Main Display/Primary), the windows #'s could be like 3,2,1 or 3,1,2.
if using mulitple displays, you most likely want to go to your taskbar settings in windows and set this;
Windows Security (do not set things to always 'Run as Admin'):
You may see some old posts/documents or videos that mention set the checkbox on an exe/dll to to 'Run this program as an administrator“. THAT IS OLD INFORMATION. If you are using the latest versions of DOFLinx and dmdext/freezy there is no reason to set the checkbox to run anything 'as-admin'. Set/Run everything as normal user as that will keep things in nice order.