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Posted September 29, 2009
Did you install XPize 4.7 or xpize 5R6?
Posted September 28, 2009
Since I installed XPize, certain windows have been showing extreme icon distortion (see attached image - the download window in firefox and the quick links box in certain saving windows are the only culprits so far). Can anyone tell me how to fix this?I'm using XP 32 bit at 1440x900.If you need any more info, just ask.Thanks in advance.
I'm using XP 32 bit at 1440x900.
If you need any more info, just ask.
Thanks in advance.
You installed XPize 4.7 and set the system icon size to 128x128. That's your problem: only a handful of icons are available in that size and the rest will be upscaled.
I take it you're running XP SP2. Why aren't you running SP3? That way you can install xpize 5.
In Windows XP Service Pack 2 Microsoft added a "safe" way to give a system a static bootscreen: add the flags "/NOGUIBOOT" and "/BOOTLOGO" to your OS in C:\Boot.ini then place the bitmap you want to use in C:\Windows\Boot.bmp (note the bitmap must be 640x480 16-color).
If you want to restore the old bootscreen, just remove those two flags from your Boot.ini file (you don't need to delete the Boot.bmp file though).
Posted September 27, 2009
This has always been the plan from the beginning (since I want to build my Anolis framework into something that can compete with Stardock's IconPackager) however from my PoV it's easier just to build a "fire and forget" system that patches the system and makes a single backup of system state.
Building a GUI around a variation of it that would allow people to swap between different Anolis packages is possible, but a long-term task.
Of course, I'll remind everyone that Anolis is GPL-licensed and they're free to submit patches or improvements to the codebase that would make this possible.
Posted September 27, 2009
Edited September 27, 2009 by W3bbo
The past 2 days have seen me get a lot of emails from the xpize website seeking support; I didn't think much of it: I just thought my users were getting stupider.
But no... it turns out we've been featured on LifeHacker, and from there other sites have picked it up.
It's worth pointing out that LifeHacker only published their story yesterday, but they got it from another (less popular) site who published it in July, who in turn got it from Long Zheng's istartedsomething, and Long only ran that story on xpize because he owed me a favour (that... and he's a personal friend of mine anyway).
So yeah. I'm famous, woo!
In case anyone's wondering: Lifehacker has given me 12,000 more daily visitors.
I can also announce that the number of xpize 5R6 installs has now surpassed 13,000, and my servers are now pulling 8mbps (95th percentile) let's see how long this'll go on before I get hit with the bandwidth bill.
Maybe I should bring back the PayPal Donations thing?
Hello, I just installed xpize 4.7 and nothing has changed, all appears as it did before I installed it, yes I have rebooted and yes I have used the reloader.
I just installed xpize 4.7 and nothing has changed, all appears as it did before I installed it, yes I have rebooted and yes I have used the reloader.
Question #1: Why did you install XPize 4.7 when xpize 5 has been out several months now? Note that XPize 4.7 is not supported on Windows XP SP3, nor should anyone still be running SP2 either.
I think this feature is relatively simple to implement.
It isn't, trust me.
Explorer should start after you close the run-once RTF document. See if the issue reproduces after restarting your computer.
Can you elaborate on "missing the icon for Windows Media Player"? Are your icons for media files (MP3, WMA, MPEG, AVI, etc) incorrect or just showing the default unknown icon? Or do you mean the program icon for WMP is missing and is now showing the default unknown icon in its place?
Posted September 26, 2009
I see that xpize does not update the icon in the disk quota tab, so I found one that can replace it.Note: The tab does not really use an icon but an avi file for some reason, called sysanimate32 (which is weird and it doesnt even animate).I just deleted the avi resource with the traffic light and added a new icon resource.I don't know if I managed to set it to a suitable position, but that can be adjusted.Here's a picture for comparison: http://img29.imageshack.us/i/dskquota.jpg/I've attached the icon file
Note: The tab does not really use an icon but an avi file for some reason, called sysanimate32 (which is weird and it doesnt even animate).
I just deleted the avi resource with the traffic light and added a new icon resource.
I don't know if I managed to set it to a suitable position, but that can be adjusted.
Here's a picture for comparison: http://img29.imageshack.us/i/dskquota.jpg/
I've attached the icon file
I'm afraid I can't use this.
The AVI resource does actually animate: the RIFF document contains 4 frames, one for each state of the traffic-light icon. I'm surprised an icon resource works as a replacement, but your icon file contains only 1 sub-image and won't show the different states of the Quota process (Stopped, Scanning, OK).
This looks weird!Look:
The logoff confirmation window's icon appears fine on my computer. I suspect it only applies to your Windows' language edition.
Posted September 22, 2009
Edited September 23, 2009 by W3bbo
Today, I thought I'd finally get round to upgrading the RAM in the server xpize is on. That resulted in about 30 minutes' downtime from 2000h until 2030h BST (UTC+1) and that procedure went off without a hitch and everything was back to normal after restarting.
About an hour later, I remoted into the server to fix some longstanding configuration issues and do an initial reboot after clearing the server's logs (to check for any new problems). Again, this went off fine.
Then just now I was trying to solve a problem with my hypervisor, so I disabled the firewall and... the connection died. Yes, disabling the firewall resulted in a loss of all connectivity. I called my datacentre and they're sending a guy out to take a look at my rack, I hope to have it back up online shortly.
Yes, this is a huge embrassement.
UPDATE: I've got the servers backonline after getting the datacentre staff to take a quick look and give the whole she-bang a powercycle. Crude, but effective.
I wish I could afford a proper KVM-over-IP solution, but the stuff I need starts at £360.
Posted September 21, 2009
Hmm, then clearly my software isn't setting the extension's type reference to the newly created type. I'll fix this bug in the next release.
Posted September 20, 2009
File-type registrations are split into two types: the extension, and the associated type. There is a one-to-many relationship: one file type can have many file extensions.
Note that a file extension can exist, but not be associated with any type. Windows's behaviour for handling these types of files is undefined.
In this case, the ".bin" and ".mov" extensions are already defined in your registry hive, but don't refer to an existing file type definition. Anolis Installer will create that definition (and set the right icon) and should be configuring the extension to point to that type. You're setting the XML right, but clearly something isn't working after installation.
Make a note of the registry key "HKCU\.bin" and look for a "HKCU\binfile" key. See if anything's amiss both before and after installation.
Note that the "Lite" installation mode doesn't include 128+ icon subimages only when patching resources to prevent files from going over undefined size limits. There is no need to make the file type icons smaller, you'd only be saving a couple of kilobytes on the final package size.
Posted September 19, 2009
Edited September 19, 2009 by W3bbo
I've also compiled the "Why did you uninstall" messages. Surprisingly few people who uninstalled wrote anything down. Here's the feedback:
Clearly a lot of people think that xpize is just a visual style and don't understand exactly what the program does. I'll need to beef up my "user education" in future.
The guy who left the long feedback also left me his email address. I'll get in contact with him.
A lot of people also don't like the static bootscreen, a lot also ignore the message in the "first-run" document which explicitly details why their systems will run slow for a few minutes after installation. I guess there's no patch for human stupidity.
I think in the "xpize Settings" app I'll remake for 5R7 I'll add an option to enable/disable the bootscreen as that can be changed by altering boot.ini and not changing any resources.
BTW, can those who can read the non-English feedback post translations? Thanks!
There's been just under 8,000 installations of xpize 5R6 so far (that sent in installation feedback, there's probably a few thousand more that didn't, it wouldn't surprise me if I was over 10,000 by now). Note this isn't including xpize 5R3, 4, and 5 which have had at least 15,000 installs between them.
Anyway, I've processed the feedback sent and made some ugly pie-charts in Excel 2003.
Posted September 14, 2009
Edited September 14, 2009 by W3bbo
Hi Hell Racer,
(I'm online because I found a free wifi point, I won't be online fully until I return home next week).
Whilst I appreciate the work you've put into your own release, I am concerned that it might easily be confused with an official release from me. Don't take this the wrong way, but I'd be happier if you could modify your installer and associated material (such as the readme file) to clearly mark it as an unofficial release by a third-party fan.
I'd also like you to remove or update the <package /> element so the update, feedback, and website attribute URIs are changed so they no-longer refer to my website, since they would conflict.
Feel free to use your own website or space to hold the update file, the syntax is simple (compare to the current one on xpize.net), the feedback and website attributes can be removed without any ill-effects.
I'm afraid I can't give you any feedback on the changes you've made just yet, since I'm on my laptop without any of my actual xpize files or any VMs to test it in. I'll let you know when I get back home.
Sorry about this, and thanks for taking part, 'preciate it
Posted September 7, 2009
You've chosen a large font size or DPI setting, which is pushing the green arrow off the side behind the blue to the right.
Use a smaller font-size or lower DPI setting if you want it back.
Posted September 6, 2009
Edited September 6, 2009 by W3bbo
Microsoft PowerToys > TweakUI > Explorer > Shortcut
The OP is refering to the big (24x24) right-pointing arrow on the XP Start Menu that's gone missing, not the shortcut arrow for *.lnk files.
We'll need a screenshot before we can do anything.
Posted September 4, 2009
Okay, clearly I didn't make the System one long enough.
FYI, I disabled the Clock effect (unless you explicitly enable it in Advanced mode) because the AM/PM selector becomes inaccessible. It'll take me a while to fix if I ever do a Release 7. But it isn't like you use those two control panels every day now, is it?
Posted September 3, 2009
I've another question The next release of Xpize (R7) will be the latest version or not? Approximately when will it be out?Thanks, I wish you a good work bye
Thanks, I wish you a good work bye
If someone else wants to do it, they're welcome. Don't expect anything until Christmas.
Hi Webbo,i found some low res icons in control panel, as you can see on teh attached image tese icons are: windows updates and bluetooth configuration.Were are the resources file of them? I'll patch manually waiting next release. :-DThanx!!!
i found some low res icons in control panel, as you can see on teh attached image tese icons are: windows updates and bluetooth configuration.
Were are the resources file of them? I'll patch manually waiting next release. :-D
I can't fix this, it's because control panel icons aren't loaded like normal icons. To get a control panel icon Windows needs to load the control panel into memory and ask it what icon to use. The Automatic Updates and Bluetooth panels are only returning information for the 32x32 and 16x16 icons but not 48x48, despite all of the automatic updates files containing a 48x48 icon subimage.
Technical details are available here: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/1299016...cons-windows-xp
The best solution is just to install 5R6 on top of your system and just forget about 4.7.
Or format your system. XPize 4.x's uninstaller really isn't that well written. Personally I'd reformat.
Or you could experiment if you take a Ghost snapshot of your drive and play around with different orders of uninstallation/installation.
Posted September 3, 2009
Edited September 3, 2009 by W3bbo
But, can you tell me how to replace the new bliss wallpaper by the one I use on my desktop as background?So that I have one wallpaper all the way?
So that I have one wallpaper all the way?
Upgraded to Xpize 5R6, but there's no Reloader. What happened?
I didn't have the time to redevelop it, I didn't think it was worth it anyway, since Windows Update doesn't replace GUI-critical files that often. If something's missing just re-run setup again.