VISUAL NEWSLETTER Ė NOV 2001††††††††††

 


WINDOWS XP / LIBRA REVIEW

 

We have acquired our first Pentium IV, which came preloaded with Windows XP Home Edition. So far the reviews are mixed and we have requested an upgrade to professional edition to eliminate some problems. Nonetheless a single Windows platform is something to applaud.

 

It seems that Home Edition does support small networks, file and printer sharing, but it is missing some key components such as support for Novell Netware Servers. It also seems less willing to connect to older LAN topologies such as coaxial cable and older versions of Windows 9x even though it states that it will do so. An all Windows XP environment would probably be easier.

 

As such, we would strongly recommend that business users stick with the professional edition unless their computers are strictly standalone and donít require networking. Professional edition is about $150 extra but in corporate networking environments it is money well spent.

 

Until the professional edition arrives, our new computer is basically a standalone so we canít comment on its network savvy, but basic operations seem sound.Reviewers have stated that it is much more difficult to crash and even when individual programs go down, the operating system stays up.

 

Because Windows XP is largely based on the Windows 2000 platform it shares much of its internal complexity and general reliability. But be forewarned that it has a lot of features, settings and adjustments that will be foreign to most Windows 95, 98 and ME users. Changing some system settings could disrupt operations unless you know what you are doing.

 

Windows XP supports multiple user profiles with much higher degrees of security than the 9x versions. At least one user needs to be set up as an administrator and other users with lesser rights can be limited from making substantial Windows adjustments or loading unauthorized or pirated software programs. This is something that technical support personnel will appreciate.

 

As with most previous versions, Libra seems quite happy operating under Windows XP. We still want to do some testing when we have it fully networked, but it is running fine in several locations on Windows 2000 while networked without any significant problems.

 

One adjustment that may need to be made in Windows 2000 and Windows XP has to do with screen display properties. If setting the Libra Icon to full screen gives you half a screen, try changing the font type and or the font size in the properties of the Libra Icon. On some machines if you start in windows mode, then press <ALT><ENTER> to go to full screen, this will fix the problem for the day.

 

LIBRA WINDOWS PRINTER SETUP

 

Since networks can be set up using different types of servers, windows workstations, and printer sharing methods, you may need to use a variety of techniques to print from Libra to these printers. In either case you need to define printer #ís, types and network locations within the Libra System Configuration Program.

 

E.g.†† printer 10 = Epson FX-1050

††††††††† printer 11 = LaserJet Portrait

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To connect the Libra Printer No with its location on your network set up the following commands in the System Environment Parameter Set-up Screen.

 

1) For local printers use:

 

SPL10=LPT1

SPL11=LPT2

 

 

2) For shared Windows 9x printer use:

 

††††††††† SPL12=\\Computer_name\Printer_name

 

 

3) For Novell Netware printers from Windows 9x:

 

SPL13 = /Q=Queue_name/NB/NT/NFF/TI=10

 

 

4) For Novell Netware shared printers from Windows NT, Windows 2000 and Windows XP workstations use:

 

SPL14=\\Server_name\Queue_name

 

 

5) For shared Windows NT, 2000 and XP printers use:

 

SPL15=!NET USE LPT1 \\Computer_name\Printer

 

ENDSPL15=!NET USE LPT1 /D†† ( Optional )

 

If this causes problems, you can create a batch file called NETUSE.BAT in the Libra1 folder, which contains the following commands:

 

NET USE LPT1 /D

NET USE LPT1 %1

 

In the System Environment Parameter screen use:

 

SPL15=!NETUSE \\Computer_name\Printer_name

 

In this case leave out the space between NET & USE.

 

The numbers in the SPL commands must correspond to a Libra Printer Numbers that you have defined above.