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 Post subject: Re: Text Turns Black on Table Info
 Post Posted: Tue Jul 07, 2015 2:20 am 
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OK I joined the forum on the other web site and downloaded FP2.5 R2. It has the same black text problem when I edit the Table Info screen. So at least on my computer, the 2.5 version with the file dated 3/13/13 is the only version I have that does not exhibit the problem. It appears that some of the other members of this forum has different experiences with this problem.

Differences in the installation may make FP exhibit different issues. I have FP installed on a Windows 8.1 system with a single 2560x1440 resolution monitor with a I5 Intel core 3570k CPU @ 3.40 GHz. My video is an Nvidia GeForce GTX670.


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 Post subject: Re: Text Turns Black on Table Info
 Post Posted: Tue Jul 07, 2015 6:58 pm 
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GeorgeH wrote:
... the 2.5 version with the file dated 3/13/13 is the only version I have that does not exhibit the problem.


Are you saying the 2.5 version works fine? I have 1.9.2008.1225 file version downloaded directly from futurepinball web site and it isn't working :(

I have no opengl.dll or other non-standard files in the directory.

I would guess the hex editor is the only thing possible at this time.

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 Post subject: Re: Text Turns Black on Table Info
 Post Posted: Tue Jul 07, 2015 10:17 pm 
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what hex editor?

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 Post subject: Re: Text Turns Black on Table Info
 Post Posted: Wed Jul 08, 2015 12:37 am 
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MadMrMax wrote:
Are you saying the 2.5 version works fine?


Yes it works but I don't know why. I downloaded and added it not long after it was published a couple of years ago. Now, I normally use the FPLoader.exe but when I need to edit the "Table Info" screen, I use the 2.5 version.

The issue doesn't seem to present itself consistently among different users. Some folks can use any version after 2.4 and it works. Some folks can delete a few dll files from the FP folder and it works.


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 Post subject: Re: Text Turns Black on Table Info
 Post Posted: Wed Jul 08, 2015 1:11 am 
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Hex editor - I'd use Visual Studio, but I haven't tried anything else.


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 Post subject: Re: Text Turns Black on Table Info
 Post Posted: Wed Jul 08, 2015 10:08 am 
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(MMM)...and you edit the fpt or the fp.exe?

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 Post subject: Re: Text Turns Black on Table Info
 Post Posted: Wed Jul 08, 2015 1:45 pm 
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HappyCab wrote:
(MMM)...and you edit the fpt or the fp.exe?


I'd edit the fpt file directly. Here is the relevant info (thanks blackphoenixpt)

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0xAC, 0xB6, 0xBC, 0xAB // Color Signature
byte, byte, bye        // Color code RGB

Using VS you'd "open with" the fpt and chose the hex editor or binary. Then search for "ACB6BCAB".

Note make a backup of your ftp before you do this as I'm not quite sure which parts of the color signature is the start of the RGB value (notice there are 4 bytes but only 3 bytes needed for RGB)

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 Post subject: Re: Text Turns Black on Table Info
 Post Posted: Wed Jul 08, 2015 1:48 pm 
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Just to note that this "bug" doesn't seem related to any patched or otherwise modified FP exe:

I installed Future Pinball directly from the future pinball web site on a brand newly installed OS & machine (no upgrade), then created a new table (did a File-> new table). After going to Table Info and changing the color and saving, reopening the Table Info dialog again the color was black.

On the plus side it makes me feel "good" that the "black bar" isn't the result of any custom FP action.

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 Post subject: Re: Text Turns Black on Table Info
 Post Posted: Wed Jul 08, 2015 2:16 pm 
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Couldn't a BAM patch work as a universal solution? (rav)

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 Post subject: Re: Text Turns Black on Table Info
 Post Posted: Wed Jul 08, 2015 4:15 pm 
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I think it is possible, though I think the bug is in the FP editor vs. when you run the table. I'm about to try FP 2.6 EXE as well as the changelist (file that the author of FP 2.6 wrote up about the changes he made) seemed to indicate it solves the black bar/text issue.

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