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Virtual Machine with 2 Screens - possible?

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#1 Robotgreg


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Posted 22 April 2018 - 09:05 am



I'm looking to get a virtual fruit machine build but way beyond my skills and also don't see point in reinventing the wheel so wondering if anyone here would be willing to build a commission, of course will pay.  Let me know if you think you might be able to do this and willing and we can discuss further.


Main point is that I'm after as close as possible to an 80s fruit machine look and in the same way as the virtual cabs for pinball have which, as some of you may have seen, have two screens to fit in the top and bottom half of the machine.


In an ideal world would use a donor cab like Line Up but of course cost would be high and wouldn't want to butcher a classic so unless get lucky and there's a shell lying around of an mpu3 or 4, would expect to have to use a cheap non working modern cabinet as long as have the right sort of shape with top and bottom of similar size instead of just the one panel like the latest shaped machines.


As I say the technical side is way beyond me  but I'm not sure if anyone has yet tried to get the emulation on two screens to mirror how the old machines would have looked.  To try to explain further, for example I'd want the virtual cabinet to look like Line Up one minute, top and bottom sections and then be able to swap to Exchanges Unlimited top and bottom half or any other 80s classic.  In most cases the top section display would not be interactive ie not be affected by the playing of the machine and just be a static display but for some like Autoroute would be interactive.


Hope this all makes sense but wonder whether it is technically possible?  For me personally if you can't emulate the look of the machine as it would have looked BITD, having all the display on one screen just isn't close enough feel and look to the original to make the project worthwhile although I accept it's much better with a cabinet and buttons.


Look forward to hearing your thoughts and with any luck hearing from someone who can actually build one!




#2 Reg



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Posted 22 April 2018 - 10:30 am

The monitor should not be a problem, you could extend the desktop and use both.


However, the problem is going to be layouts.  They're not really designed for this.   The question is - can you use the editor in MFME ?

If you can, then great, if you can't you're going to have a whole new set of barriers to overcome.


I would recommend the portrait mode TBH having built one of these.



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#3 fuzion


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Posted 22 April 2018 - 12:51 pm

...what... Mfme now supports two screens correctly?


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