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Stephen H. Smith wa8lmf2 at aol.com
Sun Aug 15 23:14:43 UTC 2010


  On 8/15/2010 2:44 PM, Earl Needham wrote:
> Darn  This is not good!  What other options do I have for maps where I can 
> zoom & scroll?
>
> Thanks,
> Earl
>
>


NONE    (unless you want to be tethered to the Internet with the PA7RHM 
MapServer plugin.)

   ------or--------

Run MapPoint externally, and link it to UI-View with the UI-Point "middle-ware" 
UI-View plug-in.  However this has severely reduced functionality compared to 
the internal UI-View displays, and no support for overlay characters on APRS 
symbols.

   ------or--------

Reformat hard disk

Install Windows XP

Chase down XP versions of drivers for what ever hardware (video display, sound 
system, ethernet interface chip, WiFi, motherboard/IDE HDD interfaces, etc) 
that XP failed to identify.  I.e. "The Great Driver Hunt" on the Internet!

Install UI-Vew, Precision Mapping and PMap Server 7

Enjoy a system that runs 2-3 times faster than the same system with Vista or 
Win 7.




===================

I just spent three days "upgrading" a new Toshiba C655 laptop from Win 7-64  to 
XP SP3.

This machine with a 15" W-SVGA screen, 2 GB of RAM, 250 GB HDD and a 1.8 GHz 
Celeron (i.e. single-core) CPU currently sells at Best Buy for USD $350.    You 
can think of this machine as a "netbook on steroids" - lightweight but with a 
full-size keyboard, double-layer DVD-RW drive, but only 2 USB ports, no modem 
and no PS/2 ports to steal power for a GPS.  Note that it uses a "real" Celeron 
rather than the much lower powered "Atom" CPU used in most netbooks.

Freed of the sludge of the OEM Win 7 (64-bit edition no less!) it really 
screams and runs MapPoint, Precision Mapping, Delorme TopoUSA and UI-View very 
nicely.    After taking three days to do the first one, I have cloned the 
installation into two more. It only about 20 mins each, using Acronis 
True-Image to back the setup of the first one onto an external USB hard drive, 
and then restore it to each the others.

The initial setup and backup/restore process was somewhat messier than previous 
projects I have done, since this machine uses a new-style ESCD hard disk 
interface with EFI.  Extensible Firmware Interface does away with much of the 
classic motherboard BIOS configuration of the HDD.  (Basically, a much larger 
boot loader on the hard disk running natively in 32-bit code replaces the 
traditional 16-bit IDE hard disk boot  code in a "classic" BIOS.) However, I 
discovered that the remaining BIOS options did include a choice for IDE 
compatibility mode that let me do an XP install.





> On Sun, Aug 15, 2010 at 2:40 PM, Stephen H. Smith <wa8lmf2 at aol.com 
> <mailto:wa8lmf2 at aol.com>> wrote:
>
>     On 8/15/2010 12:05 PM, Earl Needham wrote:
>>     I just ran across my Precision Mapping v7.0 set and tried to install it
>>     on Vista.  I am having no proper results -- first, a file or two aren't
>>     registering properly.  Even if I log into the Administrator account, the
>>     program won't run in my "limited" account.  Second, RegisterMyApp won't
>>     let me transfer the registration.
>>
>>     Anybody know a way to get this to work?
>>
>>     Thanks,
>>     Earl
>>     KD5XB
>>
>
>
>     See details on Vista/Win7 install issues for UI-view and Precision
>     Mapping here on my website:
>
>     <*Windows Vista and Win7 Issues
>     <http://wa8lmf.net/aprs/UIview_Notes.htm#VistaWin7>>
>
>
>     * <http://wa8lmf.net/aprs/UIview_Notes.htm#VistaWin7>
>
>
>     [Fifth citing of this link on various mailing lists in the last seven
>     days, by the way.]
>
>
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