This page is
here to help those of you that have purchased the AORSM CD and are
having problems getting it to work on Windows XP. I have no
connection to the people that sell the AORSM CD besides having purchased a copy
This information is here because I feel
it may help others.
I'm happy to help
with any questions you may have on this subject.
Starting the program.
Those of you that have
an early version of the AORSM on
CD-ROM that you are trying to run on Windows XP will
no doubt have been confronted with a message telling you that imgedit.ocx is missing or not registered correctly.
This is because Windows XP
relies on files that were part of the Wang or Kodak imaging program that was
supplied with previous versions of Windows. The AORSM CD relies on this
program to display the circuits. You can resolve this
problem using the following method.
You can find these
files on any Windows 2000 system. Don't use files from Windows 98 or earlier as
they might not be compatible with Windows XP. I believe the distributor for the
AORSM CD can provide these files. Copy the following
files to c:\windows\system32.
If you can't get a
hold of the files I can email you a 600KB zip file containing the necessary
Once you have copied these files into
this directory you need to register two of them in XP.
Open a dos window and change directory
to c:\windows\system32 and enter the following commands:
If necessary you can de-register these
files by using the /u switch at the end of each command.
regsvr32 imgadmin.ocx /u
regsvr32 imgedit.ocx /u
Your AORSM CD should now function
Installing the CD onto your computer.
If you have plenty of room on your computer you may
want to install the CD onto your hard drive so it is instantly available. All
you need to do is copy the contents of the CD to your hard drive and make a
short-cut to the aosm.exe file.
The aosm.exe file is the main program on the CD. It
is hard coded to start in the root of the drive - example if your CD drive is
d:\ then the aosm program will look for the circuits in d:\images. There are two
ways to install the CD to your hard drive.
These methods assume you have a some knowledge
about windows and can create drives and map drives on your PC.
Make a new drive letter on your hard drive.
If you have more than one drive on your PC you can
copy everything to the root of a new drive. This drive could be either a
physical drive or a separate partition on any drive you have installed. In my
case I have two physical drives and the second drive has a small 1GB partition
Do not make a folder to hold the contents of the CD. This won't work because the aosm program will look to the root of the
drive for the images etc. If you really want to copy the CD to it's own folder
then use the next method.
Map a new drive to a folder on your hard drive.
If you only have one drive available on your system
and don't want to copy the CD into the root of your system drive you can map a
folder to a drive letter. This will allow the aosm program to be installed into
any folder you want and as long as you start the aosm program from the mapped
drive it will work correctly.
The trick is to map the folder in your c drive as if
it was on another computer. Indeed, if you have more than one computer and they
are networked then you could use this method too.
In the example above I have made a folder called
c:\Program Files\aorsm and copied the CD into this folder. The next step is to
map a network drive to this folder. I have chosen X: as the new drive letter and
for the folder path I have used
You must have "File and Printer sharing for Microsoft
Networks" enabled on your local area connection for this to work.
Make sure you replace
hostname with the name of your computer.
C$ refers to the hidden share name for your C drive. Don't be tempted to
use c:\Program Files\aorsm for the folder path - it won't work.
Now make a short-cut for x:\aosm.exe to your desktop
or start menu. Do not make the short-cut to your Program Files directory - it
Searching for circuits.
There are a couple of circuits on the CD that do not
open correctly. This is because the TIF image for each of these circuits is
corrupt. The aosm.exe searches a file called details.txt in the text directory
to find the images.
You can modify the text file to remove the entries that point to the bad images.