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-====== Trouble Shooting Pup-Packs ======+====== Trouble Shooting Pinup Player and Pup-Packs ====== 
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 +The most common PinUP Player issue on new installs is Anti-Virus and windows-blocking of files. If its a new install you should re-read and follow the PuP install wiki page and follow all steps in the video.  Make sure you are using the latest version of [[:release_notes|PinUP here]]: 
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 PuP-Packs are a combination of videos/media and config files to work with tables so that the media will play during gameplay. PuP-Packs are a combination of videos/media and config files to work with tables so that the media will play during gameplay.
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 ok. regardless of the method. to install a puppack you need to unzip/copy the rom_folder_name to your PuPVideos subfolder of PinUPSystem. ok. regardless of the method. to install a puppack you need to unzip/copy the rom_folder_name to your PuPVideos subfolder of PinUPSystem.
  
-it will look something like this for trn_174h puppack +it will look something like this for trn_174h puppack<code>
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-<code>+
 c:\PinUpSystem\PuPVideos\trn_174h c:\PinUpSystem\PuPVideos\trn_174h
 </code> </code>
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 You should also press the plugin settings and make sure is says PinUP Player 'active' with no errors. (you will need to restart vpx editor/table after you change settings) You should also press the plugin settings and make sure is says PinUP Player 'active' with no errors. (you will need to restart vpx editor/table after you change settings)
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 +"my plugin settings buttons is alway grey and can't press it?": The common error is either you misspelt PLUGINS (with a s) for the subfolder or you forgot to unblock your zip before grabbing the files (windows will block the dlls inside zip).
  
 Other items: Other items:
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 One thing to check for for Packs that use PuPCapture. That using a different language than the author's PuPCapture will mean that they won't match and PuP Videos won't show. So if author of pack used engish version of ROM then french words on rom won't match. One thing to check for for Packs that use PuPCapture. That using a different language than the author's PuPCapture will mean that they won't match and PuP Videos won't show. So if author of pack used engish version of ROM then french words on rom won't match.
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 +===== Reconfigure PuP-Displays locations: =====
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 +Close all apps and run pinuppackeditor.exe in pinupsystem folder.\ <font inherit/inherit;;#27ae60;;inherit>NOTE</font>: When loading a puppack into the editor and you get "<font inherit/inherit;;#e74c3c;;inherit>Access Violation Error</font>" Go in to the puppack and open the pub files (via text editor) remove the empty lines at the end
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 +{{:719b90a06d322197ac8502701c369b79.png}}
  
 ===== PUPLOG.TXT ===== ===== PUPLOG.TXT =====
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 go to you vpinmame folder and examine the PUPLOG.TXT file. (this file is created each time a table is launched). go to you vpinmame folder and examine the PUPLOG.TXT file. (this file is created each time a table is launched).
  
-Here a good sample of what Avatar will look like:+//notepuplog.txt is only created via ROM based tables, for originals that don't use vpinmame this file will not be used.//
  
-<file>+Here a good sample of what Avatar will look like:<file>
 20180712 13:16:18 Open called 20180712 13:16:18 Open called
 20180712 13:16:18 Set Game Name thread avr_200 20180712 13:16:18 Set Game Name thread avr_200
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 </file> </file>
  
-if you don't have a puplog.txt file then you are not configured correctly.  Most common is forgetting to press f1 and make sure 'use external' is checked, or using the wrong rom/table version.+if you don't have a puplog.txt file then you are not configured correctly. Most common is forgetting to press f1 and make sure 'use external' is checked, or using the wrong rom/table version.
  
 Make sure there are no blocked dlls in your vpinmame folder like the 'dmddevicepup.dll'. Make sure there are no blocked dlls in your vpinmame folder like the 'dmddevicepup.dll'.
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 +Perhaps you recently upgrade dmdext/freezy and it overwrote your dmddevice.ini? recheck dmddevice.ini and make sure pinup is enabled inside.
  
 Having certain programs running in the background can also cause issues as they may interfere with VLC or prevent Overlays from displaying. Try closing out other programs / processes to see if that helps resolve any issues. Some reports of Logitech Gaming Software installed may cause issues, can try uninstall Logitech software to see if that helps. Another possible item was a Remote Desktop Sharing agent running. So best to disable all items to check and enable one-by-one to see if it helps. Having certain programs running in the background can also cause issues as they may interfere with VLC or prevent Overlays from displaying. Try closing out other programs / processes to see if that helps resolve any issues. Some reports of Logitech Gaming Software installed may cause issues, can try uninstall Logitech software to see if that helps. Another possible item was a Remote Desktop Sharing agent running. So best to disable all items to check and enable one-by-one to see if it helps.
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 If you have video stuttering or artifacts with PuP-Packs with VPX… you most likely don't have VSYNC properly setup in VPX. Set "FPS Limiter/VSYNC" to 1, and "Maximum Pre-Rendered Frames" to 1 in VPX Video Options. This can also be set per-table in the Table's "User Customization" options, so check that as well. If you have video stuttering or artifacts with PuP-Packs with VPX… you most likely don't have VSYNC properly setup in VPX. Set "FPS Limiter/VSYNC" to 1, and "Maximum Pre-Rendered Frames" to 1 in VPX Video Options. This can also be set per-table in the Table's "User Customization" options, so check that as well.
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 +Are you running 4K TV? go to your TV menu and make sure it shows the hdmi connection as 60fps or 60hz (not 30). Sometimes you need a better hdmi to output 60fps at 4K to TVs. Also, make sure windows is not setup to use a different hz for tv monitor like 59hz while tv is at 60hz.
  
 Check that you aren't using PinAffinity (a tool for pinball that directs cpu/cores to pinball apps). This util will affect performance of either vpx or Pinup during gameplay. Check that you aren't using PinAffinity (a tool for pinball that directs cpu/cores to pinball apps). This util will affect performance of either vpx or Pinup during gameplay.
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 Don't have a Topper? some packs may have the Topper setting to force-on, which may slow down your system. Run pinuppackeditor.exe and load up the Pack and set the topper to 'off' manually. Don't have a Topper? some packs may have the Topper setting to force-on, which may slow down your system. Run pinuppackeditor.exe and load up the Pack and set the topper to 'off' manually.
  
-try this: exit everything/all apps. run in pinupsystem the pinuppacktester.exe and load up the pack rom. put task-manager on your playfield monitor, and send all sorts of D# events and see what type of cpu/gpu usage you get. (this will only work on pupcaputre packs)+try this: exit everything/all apps. run in pinupsystem the pinuppackeditor.exe and load up the rompack, on the 'test' tab start the pack and then go to the triggersselect some triggers and press the 'fire event' and see what type of cpu/gpu usage you get. (this will only work on pupcaputre packs)
  
 Also, other VPX Videos settings can cause issues in VPX if your system is not able to handle running VPX and a some of the more demanding PuP-Packs. Things like brute force AA, Ambient Occlusion, and the Reflection options can severely affect performance, and its a good idea to disable those options, unless you have a high end system. The following is a good reference for how you should have your VPX video setting for good performance, using exclusive fullscreen (change the resolution for your screen): Also, other VPX Videos settings can cause issues in VPX if your system is not able to handle running VPX and a some of the more demanding PuP-Packs. Things like brute force AA, Ambient Occlusion, and the Reflection options can severely affect performance, and its a good idea to disable those options, unless you have a high end system. The following is a good reference for how you should have your VPX video setting for good performance, using exclusive fullscreen (change the resolution for your screen):
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-Now that you know the basics of getting PuPPacks up and runnings… watch the videos here to get to know all the customized features you can use with PinUpPlayer.+Sometimes, PuP-Pack authors will make very high-end packs that use HD video and multiple windows all playing at the same time. These will require a faster CPU/GPU to play nicely during gameplay. BUT, you can use some free media tools to downsize all the videos in the puppack to 720p, or 480p so that they should play eaiser on lower-end hardware.
  
-[[http://www.nailbuster.com/wikipinup/doku.php?id=pup_capture|http://www.nailbuster.com/wikipinup/doku.php?id=pup_capture]]+Here's a zip file with a readme.txt for simple way to down-size a high-end pack: [[http://nailbuster.com/pup/PUPresizeAllMedia.zip|http://nailbuster.com/pup/PUPresizeAllMedia.zip]] 
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 +===== In Popper/Player I get grey squares/stuttering during loading or browsing: ===== 
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 +This is a vlc issue where the PC cannot supply the video data in time so the player will 'skip' a frame that looks like grey squares or stuttering. 
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 +run pinupsystem\vlc\vlc.exe and try some methods from this video. Remember to uncheck 'check for updates' if asked by VLC on startup. Start with the 3rd one and work backwards. 
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 +[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uElMDRHemLY|https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uElMDRHemLY]] 
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 +You can also 'play-around' with these settings in the box here: [[http://www.nailbuster.com/wikipinup/lib/exe/fetch.php?media=vlc_graysquares.png|http://www.nailbuster.com/wikipinup/lib/exe/fetch.php?media=vlc_graysquares.png]] 
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 +remember you reset preferences in vlc if you want to go back to default. see below on how to reset vlc settings.
  
 ===== When I close a table with a PuP-Pack the media continues playing (won't close) when I return to frontend. ===== ===== When I close a table with a PuP-Pack the media continues playing (won't close) when I return to frontend. =====
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 Some things to try: Some things to try:
  
-  * pinupmenu.exe needs to be run as admin (and nothing else in PinupSystem folder) 
   * UltraDMD tables. Some of these tables don’t have a proper closing or exit part added to the table’s script   * UltraDMD tables. Some of these tables don’t have a proper closing or exit part added to the table’s script
   * you may have something else causing an error in the background that you may not notice.   * you may have something else causing an error in the background that you may not notice.
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 If it happens only on some tables, it could be a problem with the VPX Table script not closing out B2S properly. If it happens only on some tables, it could be a problem with the VPX Table script not closing out B2S properly.
  
-Open up VPX Table Script and look for a sub like this. You want to make sure it has Controller.Stop line in there somewhere. If Sub doesn't exists you may have to add it. +Open up VPX Table Script and look for a sub like this. You want to make sure it has Controller.Stop line in there somewhere. If Sub doesn't exists you may have to add it.<code>
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-<code>+
 Sub table1_Exit Sub table1_Exit
     Controller.stop     Controller.stop
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 If you still cannot cleanly close-out of PuP-Packs then try this pupb2s driver for vpx: [[:pupb2s_patch|http://www.nailbuster.com/wikipinup/doku.php?id=pupb2s_patch|]] If you still cannot cleanly close-out of PuP-Packs then try this pupb2s driver for vpx: [[:pupb2s_patch|http://www.nailbuster.com/wikipinup/doku.php?id=pupb2s_patch|]]
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 +=====   =====
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 +**<font 20px/inherit;;inherit;;inherit>NOTE: Do NOT install or use new VLC versions (3.0+) with PuP or Popper!</font>**
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 +We've been seeing people recommending to update the VLC in the PuP install to a newer version (or install a newer vlc on their system,etc).
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 +This is BAD BAD BAD.
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 +Simply put…there is a reason we say to NOT install any newer VLC and to only use the 2.2.8 version that is included with PuP which is using CPU mainly for video playback.
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 +Using newer versions may cause instability as there ARE issues by using newer versions with both pup and popper.
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 +These are mainly…but not limited to…. that newer versions of VLC forces the use of hardware acceleration (GPU) which can and will cause some known and unforseen problems. Using hardware acceleration DOES NOT work with transparency screens…at all.
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 +In the past, it has also caused playback of videos to sometimes not be smooth or cause blinks between videos,etc.
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 +We have recently tested using newer vlc and it's forced hardware acceleration with much better success…. again though… no transparency videos and the occasional odd glitches…and it definitely has caused problems with FP because FP uses exclusive fullscreen with 2 screens, and new vlc with hardware acceleration did NOT like that and would give a BSOD! There's a reason why it's called "exclusive".
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 +Using OpenGL or DirectX in PuP settings may or may not work better…but I've found that OpenGL won't always resize videos correctly,etc.
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 +Also… while playing your tables…they use more GPU than CPU…so you benefit better by having more CPU usable for PuP-Packs and leaving more GPU to your demanding tables.
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 +If after using a newer vlc, you go back to the older 2.2.8…. any previous settings that were at hardware acceleration may "possibly" still be applied… causing more confusion.
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 +If you did/do have VLC 3.x installed and want to make sure all settings are 'default' do the following:
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 +{{:ce92f650db0369b48e2a1cc6cc08beab.png}}
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 +Please stick to the 2.2.8 version using CPU for now…or at the very least know what you may have to deal with when using a newer vlc… because when people ask for help with problems with pup or popper using that… we can't help you.
  
  
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