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
and press F8
as it's booting to get into Safe
Then load the Guest
Additions from the "CD image". There
isn't a real CD.
you can change the screen colour depth to 32 bits and you can also
dynamically re-size the screen including using "Full-screen Mode"
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.
2000 has DirectX
7. This is adequate. I wouldn't update
in case it all falls over. If you really want to, the you can
the goodies here: http://www.falconfly.de/directx.htm but don't
I think I upgraded without problems, now I come to think of it...
and return to the VB main entry screen. From
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.
file across and install the software
somewhere sensible without long file names or spaces in the
directories. Folders. Libraries. Whatever
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.
as it's very peculiar. Create three
sub-directories: Traxplot, Graphdrv and Utils. Or
Copy the obvious three .EXE
files into them. Follow them and run them to extract the
Press F5 to see them if the screen doesn't refresh.
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
TRAXEDIT.xxx files and, when you run it, the TRAXEDIT.DFT defaults file.
should have an installation that will work. Double click
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.
Note for Future Reference...
runs, it loads up the file called "graph.drv".
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
directory to the main directory and rename it graph.drv.
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
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