Before Starting:Before installation, check if your PC has a UEFI BIOS. If you are not sure, check in the BIOS setup screens and look for a "Secure Boot Configuration" menu. In this menu, disable "Secure Boot" and enable "Legacy Support". It has also been reported that some motherboards have a setting "PCIe Link" which needs to be set to "Gen1".
Monitor Connection:You can connect a PC monitor (DVI or VGA) or an arcade monitor or both at the same time. Extended desktop mode is supported. NOTE: Clone (Duplicate) mode is not supported.
Connecting a PC Monitor:PC Monitors (including conventional or flat panel) MUST be connected to the DVI port. If you connect to the VGA port you will get no picture.
Connecting an arcade monitor:If you are using a J-PAC : Simply plug the J-PAC VGA cable into the connector on the card. The J-PAC has a built-in video amplifier for monitors that need a higher signal.
Connecting a Multi-FrequencyArcade Monitor (eg Wells-Gardner D9400 or D9800)These monitors can run from 15Khz scan rate up to 31Khz or above.
Starting UpBoot the PC. A normal boot screen should be displayed. You will almost certainly have to adjust the monitor for the correct picture size and centering. If the picture is rolling vertically, adjust the V-Hold control. The ArcadeVGA card produces vertical sync in the range of 50-60 Hz so you may need further adjustment to find an eventual setting that locks within this full range. Horizontal hold is not expected to be adjusted but Wells-Gardner monitors sometimes show a slant at the top of the screen which can be cured by adjusting this control.
Windows XP Driver Install.Install the card into the PCI express slot. The card must be installed to install the drivers.
Windows 7, Windows 8 and Vista 32/64 Install.Connect a PC monitor to the card using the DVI port. Or, if you don'thave a DVI PC monitor or the adaptor, connect the PC monitor to the VGA port.
Configuration After Driver InstallAfter you reboot, the TriSync config utility will start. Select your correct monitor type.
The top selection leaves the configuration unchanged. You can run this utility later if you upgrade to a multi-frequency monitor. To revert back from multi-frequency to standard res, you can simply re-install the drivers.
MAME Configuration (General)This step is VITAL. If you do not do this you will not get any of the benefit of the ArcadeVGA card.
Configuring Windows Command-LineMAME (MAME.EXE)NOTE THE DEFAULT SETTINGS OF MAME WILL NOT GIVE GOOD RESULTS. YOU NEED TO DO THIS STEP:
MAMEUI.MAMEUI is basically MAME with a built-in GUI and is a reasonable choice when not using a cabinet (ie you have a keyboard connected). It is notas good at supporting 640 X 288 as MAMEWAH (above) but slightly easier to configure as it works "out of the box".
Display Tab:VideoMode: DirectDraw
Important note about Windows 7 and 8
Selecting a resolution for each game.TheArcadeVGA card has the following built-in resolutions:
|H||V||Horizontal Refresh (Arcade Monitor)||Vertical Refresh (Arcade Monitor)||Horizontal Refresh (VGA Monitor)||Vertical Refresh (VGA Monitor)|
|320||200||(321 X 200 in Windows) 15Khz||60Hz||31Khz||60Hz|
|320||240||(321 X 240 in Windows) 15Khz||60Hz||31Khz||60Hz|
|352||256||15Khz||60Hz Vert on Horizontal Mon||31Khz||60Hz|
|352||264||15Khz||58Hz Vert on Horizontal Mon||31Khz||60Hz|
|352||288||15Khz||51Hz Vert on Horizontal Mon||31Khz||60Hz|
|400||256||(401 X 256 in Windows) 15Khz||53Hz, Mortal Kombat etc||31Khz||53Hz (Note some LCDs cant displaythis)|
|448||384||Not Available||48Khz (Requires Multi-Freq Mon)||70Hz|
|512||384||Not Available||48Khz (Requires Multi-Freq Mon)||70Hz|
|512||448||15Khz||60Hz Vert on Horizontal Mon||31Khz||60Hz|
|Higher Resolutions||Not Available. "Dummy" resolutions are used. Right-Click and "Properties" to change back to a lower resolution if accidentally selected.||Various. Requires Multi-Frequency Monitor or PC Monitor|
These are in addition to all the normal VGA text/graphics modes.
NOTES:The resolutions which show no vertical rate in the table have an arbitrary rate which is the result of scanning the required number of lines at 15Khz. They are mostly around 50Hz. Arcade monitor timings prevent these resolutions from being displayed at 60Hz.
Windows desktop modes on an arcade monitor
|1024||768||XP and 2000 Auto-Pan only|
Switching desktop resolutions in Windows.To switch resolutions, click on the "galaga ship" taskbar icon. This is installed with the ArcadeVGA drivers. If you do not have this installed, you can download the utility here. Simply add it to the "startup" group so it runs when Windows is started. This utility allows all of the modes available on the card to be selected.
Rotating the desktop for vertical monitors.Right-click on the ATI taskbar icon. Select "Rotation" choose correct value.
Using other DOS Applications.Any application which directly writes to the VGA registers will over-ride the VGA card internal modes. One such app. is Advanced MAME. If you do use this version, you will need to configure it for an Arcade Monitor so that it will write the correct timings directly to the card. Advanced MAME uses it's own timing modes not the card's built-in timing modes. The ArcadeVGA card has a lower dot-clock limit than ordinary cards so you will be able to set very low resolution modes in Advanced MAME.
Using other Windows Applications.Windows applications such as 3D games should run normally on an arcade monitor provided they can run at 640 X 400 or 800 X 600 resolution, which is the maximum an arcade monitor can display in interlaced modes. PC monitors have no restrictions of course.
Using the TV-Out Connector.We do not support using TVs for gaming for the reasons we explain in the Arcade Monitor FAQ (poor TV picture quality). There is no benefit in using the TV-out connection of this card over any other VGA card.
Forcing a Windows Driver Install.This procedure may be necessary if the driver does not appear to install for any reason.
Can I use a 25Khz (Medium Res) monitor?Its possible but 25Khz medium-res monitors are rather limiting for MAME and not ideal. Very few games will be able to run at native resolutions. If you have a monitor which is capable of being set to 15 or 25, then its best to set it to 15.
Advanced Configuration.Check out the new ArcadePerfect Utility here
Jumping/Flickering screen in MAME games:You have not configured a resolution for the game. MAME does not seem to be able to select the correct resolution for most games (MAME devs please note!), and just runs at the default (Windows desktop) resolution. You will need to check the correct game resolution (displayed on the game start screen or right click, "properties") and then select and save a matching or higher resolution (or perhaps a very close lower resolution).
PC Not booting at all, no disk activity:If you are using a home-made arcade monitor cable, check the wiring. The only pins that should be used are the colour, sync and ground pins. All other pins such as Monitor ID, etc should not be connected. Connecting the wrong pins could cause a 5 volts power short.
Only getting 640 X 480 resolution in Windows. No 32-bit colour mode selectable:Maybe the driver is not correctly installed. Try re-installing the driver.
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