Using the AORSM CD with XP


Disclaimer.

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 for myself.

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.

imgadmin.ocx
imgedit.ocx
imgcmn.dll
oiadm400.dll
oicom400.dll
oidis400.dll
oifil400.dll
oigfs400.dll
oiprt400.dll
 

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:

regsvr32 imgadmin.ocx

regsvr32 imgedit.ocx

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 correctly.

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 labeled F:\.

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

\\hostname\c$\Program Files\aorsm

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 won't work.

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.

 


Last modified Wednesday June 04, 2008