Mapping question

Submitted: Monday, Mar 28, 2005 at 08:30
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I am having endless hassles with Windows 98 2nd Edition on my Laptop.

If I uninstall Windows 98 and install Windows XP Home Edition will it affect Oziexplorer, my Natmap Raster Mosaic files or my Hema GDT files?

Any luminaries out there?

Thanks.
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Reply By: Member - Craig M (NSW) - Monday, Mar 28, 2005 at 08:35

Monday, Mar 28, 2005 at 08:35
Hi Willem,
As long as you have the disks to reinstall your maps and associated items they should be okay as long as they are pretty recent versions.
Only thing you should check is that your laptop is okay to run XP, its a bit hungry on computer resources etc. But XP does work heaps better than the older windows not so many blue screens etc.

Cheers
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Follow Up By: Willem - Monday, Mar 28, 2005 at 08:51

Monday, Mar 28, 2005 at 08:51
Thanks Craig

My laptop has a 2.1 processor with 256 RAM and 20 Gig capacity. Its 2.5 years old. Trouble is I can find the Natmap discs but not the Hema GDT. Can possibly get that from a friend.

Will consult my friendly PC mechanic soon
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Follow Up By: Footloose - Monday, Mar 28, 2005 at 09:03

Monday, Mar 28, 2005 at 09:03
That's plenty for XP. I run XP pro on less than that on my main puter. XP is much more stable than 98 on my puter. I've only ever had it freeze once, and that was my fault.
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Follow Up By: Member - Gary W (VIC) - Tuesday, Mar 29, 2005 at 13:03

Tuesday, Mar 29, 2005 at 13:03
Hey Willem,

Just copy the maps you have to a CD or another PC before you install XP then copy them back.

Gaz
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Reply By: Andrew - Monday, Mar 28, 2005 at 09:03

Monday, Mar 28, 2005 at 09:03
Willem

To change from 98 to XP you will need to wipe the hard disk and start again. A pain but probably worth it. Let me know next time you're over Whyalla way and I'll help you out with some maps.

cheers

Andrew H

ps We went through the 'borough yesterday, spur of the moment day trip with the kids. I assumed you were away. 8-(
Will catch up with you one day.
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Follow Up By: Willem - Monday, Mar 28, 2005 at 10:42

Monday, Mar 28, 2005 at 10:42
Thanks Andrew, will do when I next get there.
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Follow Up By: Willem - Monday, Mar 28, 2005 at 10:59

Monday, Mar 28, 2005 at 10:59
Andrew you naughty boy....why didn't you stop by the Peterborough Art Prize Exhibition. SWMBO is the boss there and I was only a phonecall away. You could also have seen my 'work of art' (controversial as usual).
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Follow Up By: Andrew - Monday, Mar 28, 2005 at 12:30

Monday, Mar 28, 2005 at 12:30
Migelle and I would have liked to have a look at the ArtEx (couldnt miss it with the trailer parked out front) but, with 3 kids (8,5,& 2), Steamtown and the Loco in the main street were more suitable.

Horrocks Pass was fun as always (we were in the Commodore not the Patrol) and we broke up the trip visiting the Toy Museum at Wilmington.
I hated the Toy Museum - showed me how many $ I threw away or destroyed when I was a boy. LOL
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Reply By: The Explorer - Monday, Mar 28, 2005 at 09:49

Monday, Mar 28, 2005 at 09:49
Willem - absolutely no expert on operating systems (so will very likely not be able to help) but what are your "endless hassles with Windows 98 2nd Ed" ? - changing to XP may not necessarily solve your probelms (but probably will do some good in other respects at least).
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Follow Up By: Willem - Monday, Mar 28, 2005 at 10:56

Monday, Mar 28, 2005 at 10:56
Greg

Yes long story. Have been using my laptop up until 3 months ago for main computer. All mail comes in through my website and there have been a plethora of virusses arrive. Had endless trouble with Norton 2004 until I uninstalled all of its components and switched over to VET.

We have now upgraded both our home computers to new ones with 80 Gig space, updated processors and 512 RAM and Windows XP Home and our computers are networked. No virusses coming in except the usual spam targeting our website.

When I was minding Warraweena Station at the beginning of the year I received at least 10 virusses a day in to the laptop when online. VET would summarily shut the whole system down from time to time. I now have an error message on the desktop saying I have preformed an illegal operation when Windows 98 opens. Also Windows won't shut down. I Googled and found a site which told me to disable my IRL. This I did. Windows still would not even restart. Then I enabled the IRL(whatever that is) and restarted the computer and now it shuts down normally.

Middle of last year Windows 98 crashed twice on me and I had to get my PC mechanic to re-install it.

Although i have had computers since the 80's I am still a slow learner with them(age barrier lol) and it is difficult to ascertain just what the problem may be. These days I only use the laptop for mapping, writing articles and photo downloads.

Will go and see my PC mechanic next week.
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Reply By: Ian(Qld) - Monday, Mar 28, 2005 at 11:02

Monday, Mar 28, 2005 at 11:02
Willem,

If you have the capability of burning disks on the laptop, then backup the \maps directory to disk and then copy back after you have loaded XP. If no burner on the laptop but you do have a second computer, then copy the the same directory \oziexplorer\maps\*.* to the second computer with a network, serial or parallel cable. Depending on what you have I can help you setup the network.You can use the same technique to backup any other files you need on the laptop. There is no point taking all the oziexplorer files as the program has to be loaded and the registration re-entered for XP.
Hope this assists.
Regards
Ian
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Follow Up By: Willem - Monday, Mar 28, 2005 at 11:10

Monday, Mar 28, 2005 at 11:10
Hi Ian

Thanks for the help offer. Yes I have all the necessary stuff including a networked setup and all. Will see where my flight path takes me next week :o)
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Reply By: Nudenut - Monday, Mar 28, 2005 at 12:46

Monday, Mar 28, 2005 at 12:46
Xp has some benefits over home
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Follow Up By: geocacher (djcache) - Monday, Mar 28, 2005 at 14:15

Monday, Mar 28, 2005 at 14:15
I assume you meant XP Pro has some benefits over XP Home, Nudey?

DJ
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Follow Up By: Nudenut - Monday, Mar 28, 2005 at 14:38

Monday, Mar 28, 2005 at 14:38
Thats exactly what i said ...er ...meant
brain is faster than fingers hahahaha

good thing your keeping an eye on me lol
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Reply By: Richard Kovac - Monday, Mar 28, 2005 at 18:48

Monday, Mar 28, 2005 at 18:48
Hi Willem
I have a small network at home I use the laptop running XP and desktops running 98 SE 2
I have all my trip file on the laptop (eg. info, tips, trip planing and track plots) in Microsoft Briefcase so the files are on the desk top as well this way if I have trouble with one of the computers I should have a backup I also back up my files to her computer and hers to mine. It also stops you not knowing which is the most update file.
It should all work as long as now one nicks the lot or the house burns down.

There no problems running Ozie file on ether OS i can open a file off the desktop on the laptop and all works fine

Happy Hunting

Richard
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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Monday, Mar 28, 2005 at 23:58

Monday, Mar 28, 2005 at 23:58
Willem,

You can install XP over the top of Windows 98 without losing any existing programs, data files, etc.

Installed Windows XP Professional over the top of Windows 98 2nd addition on my Desktop without losing anything.
Funny thing was I had prepared to loose my data files and had backed them up to CD before the upgrade but didn't need to reinstall anything.

I think the only thing you can't do is change from FAT disk format to NTFS format but this shouldn't be of concern to you.

Bill


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Reply By: Member - Sam (NSW) - Tuesday, Mar 29, 2005 at 10:55

Tuesday, Mar 29, 2005 at 10:55
Willem,

Those specs will run XP ok, But if $$ permits, I would recommend at least bumping the ram up to 512MB. It will make a hell of a difference.

Check out www.upgradeable.com.au They have ram to suit most models of laptop and the prices are pretty good. We have used this place for work and the goods arrived next day and we've had no problems so far.

cheers,
Sam.
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