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JPGalea (Programmer) (OP)
18 Dec 09 17:11
SPFPC worked fine on W/2000. My new pc has XP Pro SP3. It seems to run but eventually my keystrokes don't do anything. No response to any keystroke. In Task Manager I see ntvdm.exe using cpu as I hit the keys. The time on the screen is not incrementing. This is an old version of SPFPC and I'd rather not have to pay for an upgrade. Any ideas?
linney (TechnicalUser)
19 Dec 09 0:41
Have you tried running it in one of the older Compatibility Modes, such as Windows 2000?

Are there any updates for the program that might improve the situation?

Type - Getting older programs to run on Windows XP  - in the Help and Support program for the basics.

However not all old programs will work in XP no matter what compatibility mode you select.  It does seem to be a matter of trial and error.

How to use Windows Program Compatibility mode in Windows XP

JPGalea (Programmer) (OP)
19 Dec 09 9:16
I've tried Win 95 and 2000 compatibility modes. This version is no longer supported. Don't know where I would get updates. I'll try your other suggestions.
linney (TechnicalUser)
19 Dec 09 13:46
BadBigBen (MIS)
21 Dec 09 10:53
that may be the ticket to success, using a VM with either W98SE or W2k as the OS and run the program from there...


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markmcdonald (Programmer)
17 Jan 10 0:12
I have also experienced this problem.  It appears to happen only when I edit multiple files in a single SPF instance (window) and swap between them in SPF.

To avoid the problem, create a new SPF instance for each file edited.  Problem solved.  You have to use the mouse to swap between the windows but it works.

For SPF macros see
JPGalea (Programmer) (OP)
17 Jan 10 14:54
It happens even when I have one screen (no split). Did you make any specific settings?
markmcdonald (Programmer)
28 Jan 10 2:25
I did not change any settings in Windows.  I am using SPFPRO on XP Home with SP3.  I used to get 100% CPU usage when I was using the swap, FSPLIT, VSPLIT commands or a PFKey to swap between files.  Now that I am not, It never locks up though I am using it for five or six hours at a time.  Are you by chance using it on and AMD processor?

I have also used SPFPRO on Vista and Windows 7 with no problems from a USB flash drive.  Again, the CPU stays normal so long as I edit only one file at a time and never use swap, fsplit, vsplit or any pfkey to swap between files.

I have used SPFSE and have found the Standard version most like what I am used to with SPFPRO.  I have been able to get most of my REXX (.SPF) macros to work with it.  Only Problem I have with SPFSE is that it is windows install dependant meaning you need to install it on each machine.  I often use it on several virual machines and don't want to install it each time I need to use it.  I have asked the author to look into making it independant of user account install.  Hopefully he will be able to do so in a new update.

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