Are you new to Vinagames?

If you are new to user, the information in this page may be useful to you. You can find out how to create an account, how to login to vinagames, and how to trouble shoot common problems that new users often encounter.

About Vinagames

You can play chinese poker, tienlen, xito, gomoku, big2, domino, catte, and xidach at Vinagames. These multi-players games, especially tienlen, chinese poker, domino, and xito, are very popular to Vietnamese. If you like these games, you will enjoy playing at Vinagames!

Creating an account

Before you can play, you need to create an account for yourself. Vinagames account is free. You will need a working email to create an account. If you don't have an email account, you could register for one, say from http://mail.yahoo.com.

There are two steps in the vinagames registration. You first need to fill out the registration form. An activation code will be sent to your email, with which you can activate your account. Once activated, the account is ready for you to use.

Playing for the first time

Once you have created an account, you can use it to login. Enter the account and password in the form in the front page, and click on the button Login. Then, select one of the games and click on the button Play to play. A game window will pop up. Depending on your network connection, you are ready to play. For more information, click on one of the instruction links on the left panel. Click on General Info link for general instruction, and click on a game instruction to learn more about how to play that game.

Trouble shooting

If you have a problem, please click on one of the following links that best describe it. Answers to many common problems (not just registration problems) could be found in the Server Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page. If you still cannot solve the problem, please visit the Help Forum and post your problem. Chances are someone have encountered the same problem and could offer you a way to solve it.

  • I created an account (a while ago) but the server says my account does not exist. Why?
      If you create an account but do not activate it within 7 days, the account will be removed. For an account that has already been activated, if you do not play for 4 months, its scores will be reset back to that of a new account, and if you do not login for 6 months, the account will be removed. Once removed, an account would be available for other people to create.
  • My zipcode is said to be invalid. What should I do?
      Try a zipcode that is near by. New zipcodes (a few years old) may not yet be in the database.
  • I don't know my zipcode. What is a zipcode anyway?
      Zipcode is for users in the United States (US) only. If you are not in the US, click on the "not in the US" link in the registration form.
  • I do not receive the activation code? What should I do?
      It may take some time for the activation code to arrive to your mail box. You may have to wait for at a few hours. If you want to request the activation code again, you can enter your email in the following page. There may also be some chance that you misspell your email account. In that case, you need to correct the email before you can request the activation code. Please check the next question.
  • I did not enter my email correctly. How do I fix it?
      You can simply create a new account with your correct email. The account you created with the wrong email will be automatically removed from the system, normally in 7 days.
  • I forgot my password. How do I retrieve it?
  • I do not receive the activation code. My account is said to be already activated. What's wrong?
      The account has already been activated. You don't have to activate the account, and no activation code is needed.
  • I am under 13 years of age. May I register?
      Not at this moment. US federal regulation requires Vinagames to obtain the permission from minor's parents/guardians. You are recommended to ask your parents to register, and you can then use your parents' account.
  • How do I protect my account from unauthorized usage?
      You are strongly encourage to use a hard to guess password. You should also protect your email from unauthorized access, as your Vinagames' password could be sent there. If someone has your password, he/she could modify your account information and deny you access to your account.
  • The game window does not show up when I click on Play. What's wrong?
      Hold down "Ctrl" key then press on Play. Your browser may block pop-up windows, which prevent the game window from appearing.
  • The game window is blank. What's wrong?
      You probably don't have Java Virtual Machine (JVM) installed. Vinagames software is written in Java, and you will need a JVM in your computer. To check to make sure that your computer has Java, please visit this page.
  • My browser does not have java virtual machine (JVM) installed. Where could I download one?
  • I couldn't play. I saw a message saying "Connection failed". What's wrong?
      It is most likely that you are behind a firewall. A firewall is often created by your company (but sometimes, by your government) to limit your access to the internet. You could be able to login if you select the firewall options before clicking on the Play button. It is also possible that your network is just bad. In that case, try to login again later.
  • I keep getting "reconnected". What's wrong?
      Your network connection may be poor or there maybe some network outage in the internet backbone. It could also happen if you are using some bandwidth demanding software (say downloading movie) or if you unknowingly have some internet worm in your computer.
  • I'm using windows XP. Will I be able to play?
      Window XP does not ship with Java Virtual Machine installed. You will need to update your window XP to at least Service Pack 1 (SP1) to have JVM installed. If you decide not to update your window XP, you can download and install the JVM separately, see previous questions.