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Re: [Bug-XBoard] WinBoard Installer

From: Tim Mann
Subject: Re: [Bug-XBoard] WinBoard Installer
Date: Sat, 5 May 2007 11:17:01 -0700

The installer works on at least some Windows XP systems, although I'm
told it doesn't work on Vista.  The installer is a very old version of
InstallShield that uses some 16-bit code.  You don't say what error you
got, but http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;324767
may be relevant.

Recompiling WinBoard from source isn't needed (and won't help), since
all that will get you is a WinBoard.exe and WinBoard.hlp that's
equivalent to what you already copied over from another system.  Since
InstallShield is proprietary software, unfortunately the distributed
WinBoard source kit builds only WinBoard itself, not the installer.
The good news is that the installer doesn't do anything interesting.
It just copies WinBoard.exe and WinBoard.hlp into an appropriate
directory under Program Files, along with a sample .pgn game or two,
and creates some shortcuts on the Start menu.

On Fri, 4 May 2007 06:19:50 -0400, address@hidden wrote:
> Hello,
> This is just a note to inform you that the WinBoard installer will not
> run on my new machine.  Here's the System Information summary:
> Item   Value  
> OS Name                 Microsoft Windows XP Professional     
> Version                 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2 Build 2600            
> OS Manufacturer                  Microsoft Corporation                        
> System Name                      PDXPOWEM01                                   
> System Manufacturer      Hewlett-Packard                                      
> System Model             HP Compaq nc6400 (RB518UT#ABA)       
> System Type                      X86-based PC         
> Processor                        x86 Family 6 Model 15 Stepping 6 GenuineIntel
> ~1994 Mhz                        
> Processor                        x86 Family 6 Model 15 Stepping 6 GenuineIntel
> ~1995 Mhz                        
> BIOS Version/Date        Hewlett-Packard 68YCD Ver. F.06, 10/26/2006
> SMBIOS Version                   2.4                     
> Windows Directory        C:\WINDOWS      
> System Directory         C:\WINDOWS\system32          
> Boot Device                      \Device\Harddisk0\DP(1)0x7e00-0x12a1c1a200+1
> Locale                                   United States        
> Hardware Abstraction Layer      Version = "5.1.2600.2180
> (xpsp_sp2_rtm.040803-2158)"           
> User Name                                             WEBTRENDS\powem 
> Time Zone                                             Eastern Daylight Time   
> Total Physical Memory                 2,048.00 MB              
> Available Physical Memory             862.85 MB                
> Total Virtual Memory                  2.00 GB                  
> Available Virtual Memory              1.96 GB                  
> Page File Space         3.35 GB               
> Page File C:\pagefile.sys             
> Also, manually opening the installer .exe with WinZip and trying to
> open one of the cab files returns the error message:
> """
> WinZip cannot open <filename> because it is not in the standard
> Microsoft CAB format (as defined in mid-1998).  The "signature bytes"
> required by the Microsoft CAB specification is missing.
> """
> I will try to compile the source when I get a chance.  I assume that
> will work, since WinBoard itself will run.  I copied the exe over from
> another machine and it does run.
> Thanks.
> mp
> -- 
> Michael Powe          address@hidden          Naugatuck CT USA
> "No provision in our Constitution ought to be dearer to man than that
> which protects the rights of conscience against the enterprises of the
> civil authority." -- Thomas Jefferson to New London Methodists,
> 1809. ME 16:332

Tim Mann  address@hidden  http://tim-mann.org/

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