[amsat-bb] Re: Instant Trak and Windows XP
wb4gcs at amsat.org
Sun Oct 8 06:24:10 PDT 2006
There was a fix for this. I remember having the problem, LONG before
XP. There was a relatively simple fix, having to do with updating video
driver or some such setting. I do not remember what it was, just
remember doing it.
Good luck with it!
wb4gcs at amsat.org
>Thanks for the prompt response Paul. I suspected what you have mentioned
>below. Just got a new Dell Laptop and have been asked by the local radio
>clubs here to do some satellite presentations, so I have been attempting
>to install all the various satellite programs I can find or already have
>to show what is available. The system is off now so I'll have to check
>it later, but I suspect that it is an old version of 1.0. I don't
>remember having upgraded since I went to Wisp, Winorbit and others.
>Paul Williamson wrote:
>>At 9:07 PM -0400 10/7/06, W4UPD wrote:
>>>I believe that has been asked in the past but I do not remember the
>>>answer or fix if there was one. The characters in the map section of
>>>Instant Trak are all garbage characters in map mode. The rest of the
>>>characters in other modes appear to be fine. Does any know if there is a
>>>fix for this? I have tried various screen setting changes including
>>>fonts, but to no avail.
>>InstantTrack 1.50 and later default to VGA resolution, which is not
>>subject to this bug. If you're running an earlier version of
>>InstantTrack, the recommended solution is to upgrade to 1.50 ($ to
>>AMSAT) and probably to the latest beta version 1.55. You'll want to
>>upgrade anyway for Y2K fixes. If you're running 1.50-1.55, edit your
>>IT.INI file and make sure your vga_resolution variable is set to 2.
>>There IS actually a workaround for the EGA mode used by InstantTrack
>>1.00 and in the vga_resolution=1 mode of later versions. It involves
>>loading a font that's missing in the ROM of certain later-vintage
>>video adapter cards. Search for a file called FNT8X14.COM from Matrox.
>>It installs a little TSR that replaces the font that's missing from
>>the ROM. This same Matrox file probably works on non-Matrox video
>>cards with the same issue, but there's no guarantee of course.
>>Note: this is often cited as a Windows XP problem, but it is not. It
>>is a problem with certain video cards that came out around the same
>>time as Windows XP. A lot of people bought a new machine with Windows
>>XP and it came with one of these video cards, so it looked like an XP
>>If, despite all that, you're seeing garbage characters on the map
>>screen in VGA mode, then you're seeing a new problem that needs
>>investigating. You can verify that you're in VGA mode by where the
>>mouse cursor initially appears on the map screen. If it's almost all
>>the way down in the lower right corner of the graphics part of the
>>map, you're in EGA mode. In VGA mode, the mouse cursor starts out
>>about a third of the way up the right side of the graphics part of the
>>kb5mu at amsat.org
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