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Installation - Tasks 1 and 2
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Installation - Task 5
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Task Number 3

The next job is to install the Guest Additions.  This is all the add-on stuff you'd probably expect not to have to load.  But there it is.

Important!!: Re-start Windows and press F8 as it's booting to get into Safe Mode.  Then load the Guest Additions from the "CD image".  There isn't a real CD.


Now you can change the screen colour depth to 32 bits and you can also dynamically re-size the screen including using "Full-screen Mode" from the View menu.

Get your head round the "Mouse Integration" option on the Devices menu.  You don't want the mouse to be integrated when using Autotrax as the mouse's speed is all weird.  You need it locked on the VB screen.  Press the right Ctrl key to release it if you want to get back to your main OS.

Windows 2000 has DirectX 7.  This is adequate.  I wouldn't update it in case it all falls over.  If you really want to, the you can get the goodies here: but don't blame me.

Actually, I think I upgraded without problems, now I come to think of it...

Task Number 4

Close down Windows and return to the VB main entry screen.  From Settings, navigate to shared folders and add some convenient folders or drives to be able to get access to your PCB files from both OS's.

Copy the Autotrax zip ( file across and install the software somewhere sensible without long file names or spaces in the directories.  Folders.  Libraries.  Whatever they're bloody called these days.  It's a good idea to create a destination folder first, like C:\Autotrax\ and copy atx161nd.exe to it as it expands in-situ.  Do this from W2K as it won't work in Win 7 as it's a 16-bit installer.

Don't run INSTALL.EXE as it's very peculiar.  Create three sub-directories:  Traxplot, Graphdrv and Utils.  Or whatever.  Copy the obvious three .
EXE files into them.  Follow them and run them to extract the files.  Press F5 to see them if the screen doesn't refresh.  Go back to the main directory and run EDITARC.exe to extract the files.  You can then delete INSTALL.EXE, INSTALL.DAT, INSTALL.MNU, READ.ME, EDITARC.EXE, GRAPHARC.EXE, PLOTARC.EXE and UTILARC.EXE.  I also have a Library folder that I move TRAXSTD.LIB to.  Ultimately, all you need in the root folder is the five files and, when you run it, the TRAXEDIT.DFT defaults file.

You should have an installation that will work.  Double click Traxedit.exe and it will light up in EGA 640x350 resolution.  We thought that was really good!  This is the default if it cannot find a graph.drv in the working directory.

Technical Note for Future Reference...

When Traxedit runs, it loads up the file called "graph.drv".  This is the interface between the program and the display.  There are several drivers in the Graphdrv directory.  You can play with them by re-naming the graph.drv in the main directory to anything other than graph.drv.  Then, copy the driver you want to play with from the Graphdrv directory to the main directory and rename it graph.drv.  Double-click Traxedit.exe and watch it not work.  I could only get EGA.DRV and VGA640.DRV to work.

If you end up with the program frozen in the DOS command window, press: ESCAPE, ESCAPE, F, Q, Y to quit.  Autotrax is alive in the window, just unable to write to the screen.  It still responds to keyboard input and the letters are keyboard shortcuts for File->Quit->Yes.

Steve Murray has some drivers on his site.  They need your hardware to support the VESA modes which it doesn't because it isn't hardware - it's the VirtualBox emulator.