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FAQ: AL150 - Using Convert Disk to Update your AL-150

 


** IMPORTANT NOTES **

If you are updating your AL-150 program and plan to convert your current data using a Convert disk (supplied by Able Label), you must follow these instructions:  

YOU MUST CURRENTLY BE USING

VERSION 3.0 OR HIGHER

TO USE THE CONVERT PROGRAM

( Version # appears in lower right hand corner of main menu. If you can’t find a version # or are using an older version, call Able Label for help.)

1) Make a complete backup of your system. See attached suggestions.

2) Install your new AL-150 program disks. (Put disk #1 in drive A: and type "A:INSTALL" and press <enter>. Wait for the C:\ prompt to reappear. Remove disk and insert next disk in sequence. Repeat until all AL-150-T program disks are installed.) THE FILES INSTALL AUTOMATICALLY TO C:\AL150 & C:\PCX.

3) Restore your data files off of your backup.

4) Run the convert disk. (Put convert disk in drive A: and type "A:CONVERT" and press <enter>.)

5) The label program should work properly with the new data now. Enter the AL150 Label System as usual, or, at the C:\>, type “ALPROD” and press <ENTER> to begin.

BACKUP of AL-150-T PROGRAM

It is important to make a backup of your program periodically and before installing any AL-150 updates. This will help insure that you do not lose any important files, especially part numbers.

The only time you should install the update without first doing a backup, is if you do not have any data that has been added or changed in the system. If you are happy with all of our default settings and information, and don’t want to make a backup, you may go ahead with the update installation, but you may save time if you first write down the printer settings, displayed by pressing F4 at the screen you print labels from.

Be sure that you will be able to restore files from your backup , as you may lose all part # data if you cannot. You should also backup any custom logos in the PCX directory (C:\PCX\*.pcx).

NOTE: You may back up using any method that will give you the ability to restore the necessary files. There is a backup utility included with every Microsoft Operating System, but it may not be installed on your computer. Also, Microsoft backup utilities may not be compatible with older or newer backup/restore utilities, so take this into account if you plan to move your files to a different computer. Many third party backup/restore options are also available, including CD Burners, Zip drives, tape drives, and shareware utilities like WinZip.

Choose the backup method that suits your situation. Able Label can make some suggestions, but does not provide support for data backup of your computer system.

Files to Backup:

All files in the C:\AL150 folder.

It is also a good idea to backup (or copy to disk) the following files:

C:\ALPROD.BAT, C:\ALBIN.BAT and C:\PCX\*.pcx.

RESTORE AL-150 DATA TO HARD DRIVE C:

(Restore your data using the same utility that you used to make the backup.)

NOTE: This only needs to be done for that information you wish to save. For example, if the only data you wish to save is your part number list, you only need to restore PART.DAT. If you do not wish to keep any of your information or have not added anything new to the system, you do not need to do this (or run the convert disk) at all.

To restore your data use the following names for the corresponding data files:

FILE NAME DESCRIPTION

BASST.DAT Bin Label Assortments

BIN_GRP.DAT Bin Label Batch List

COO.DAT Country of Origin and Disclaimer Labels

LOGO.DAT Logo File Listing

NAMES.DAT Address and Shipping Label Names

PART.DAT Part Numbers

PRODUCT.DAT Product Codes

 

AL-150 Software

MINIMUM SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS *

  • MS-DOS machine running DOS 5.0 or higher.

Please note that Windows 95/98/ME is compatible**

DOS 4.x or lower is NOT compatible, Windows NT/2000/XP is NOT compatible , & non-Microsoft DOS versions are NOT compatible.

  • 1MB of RAM with 570 K (conventional) RAM free (Type MEM at your C:\> and look at “largest executable program size” to check your system.) 
  • Floppy drive for 3.5” HD 1.44MB disks
  • Hard disk (local drive "C") with 10 megabytes of disk space available
  • One available serial port to be used with the Datamax (aka Fargo) thermal transfer label printer - It can be either a 9 or 25 pin (MALE) port (NOT THE SAME PORT AS YOUR LASER, INK JET, or DOT MATRIX PRINTER!)
  • One 25 pin (FEMALE) parallel port for the Sentinel Pro copy protection device - on your local workstation that you will print from. The station you install this Plug on is the only one you can print our labels from. Please note this port can also be used for a standard parallel printer or other parallel device (i.e. laser or dot matrix printer).

 

PLEASE CALL OUR TECHNICAL SUPPORT STAFF AT 1-800-348-1455 IF YOU NEED MORE INFORMATION   

  • For any Windows-based software, such as Bartender, use standard Windows configuration , i.e. Windows 95/98/NT/2000/ME/XP, Pentium or newer processsor, 32MB RAM, CDROM.

**Sometimes it is necessary to disable “ACPI Power Management” if you are using Win ’98 – we can’t support you on this, except to tell you that Microsoft says there is an incompatibility between the ACPI “standard” and some serial port functions. Call your computer tech support regarding how to disable ACPI (usually in “CMOS” or BIOS setup, sometimes by reinstalling Windows with a special setup command). You are welcome to call us if you need help finding out if your computer has this problem, or you can just type the following command at your C:\>: MODE COM1:96,n,8,1,p then press ENTER. You may then see “resident portion of mode loaded” or a similar statement. At the C:\> again type the same command: MODE COM1:96,n,8,1,p then press ENTER. If your computer is now locked up, you probably are subject to this ACPI conflict.

 

THE FOLLOWING IS FOR WINDOWS MILLENIUM USERS ONLY

TO AVOID “TOO MANY OPEN FILES” ERROR MESSAGE IN WINDOWS ME:

(don’t type “” marks in text below)

  • CHOOSE START
  • CHOOSE RUN
  • TYPE “MSCONFIG” IN COMMAND BOX, PRESS ENTER KEY
  • CHOOSE SYSTEM.INI TAB
  • CHOOSE “386enh”(CLICK ON “+” NEXT TO IT)
  • ADD A NEW LINE: “pervmfiles=200”

When you apply this change and exit MSCONFIG, Windows should tell you to restart to make the change effective.

   

 

 Updated September 3, 2008