The DXP list is alive and well I think, not sure why you think it's
dead. Maybe you've been kicked off! (Just kidding)

What was the file type you opened which launched DXP? I don't think it
could have been a DDB file. (I can't remember if you use DDBs or not)

How many backups do you have the system save? I think I'm set to 3
(might be default)

Why did DXP 'trash' your file? When I dbl-click on one of the 99SE
backup (the ones that are spun off to the drive as separate SCH and PCB
files) DXP does open it true, but it just opens it; it doesn't delete it
or write it, or trash it.

I'm curious as to how the trashing happened and what exactly you mean by

> -----Original Message-----
> From: JaMi Smith [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]] 
> Sent: Wednesday, September 18, 2002 4:49 PM
> To: Protel EDA Forum; [EMAIL PROTECTED]; 
> Cc: JaMi Smith
> Subject: [PEDA] Warning to DXP Users re P99SE files
> Hi All,
> Just had a very scary thing happen to me, and I am not quite 
> sure where to report it, since it appears that the DXP Forum 
> has dissappeared (or been very quiet), so I am posting this 
> to PEDA, DXP Fourm (if it is still there) and the closed DXP 
> Pre Release Fourm.
> I occasionaly have short circuits in the brain, which cause 
> me to do wierd things, and one of those was to delete 
> everything outside the boarder of my current pcb so that I 
> could get a "larger print" using the "PRINT PREVIEW" thingie, 
> and usually after doing this I just do not "save" the PCB 
> file, but rather just trash the "deletions" which leaves me 
> back wit the original file with all of my goodies still there 
> when I reopen the PCB.
> This time however, in a mentally unknown state, I actually 
> "saved" the file, and hence I actually ended up really 
> deleating the stuff I only wanted to temporarily delete.
> Here comes the problem.
> I went into Power Desk 4 Pro (souped up MS Exploder), and 
> found the backup of the file I was looking for, and double 
> clicked on it, and . . .
> OH!  *&$%#*^~+  -   8^{
> DXP opened the file instead of Protel 99 SE !
> It appears that inspite of everybody saying it was safe to 
> install DXP along side of Protel 99 SE, and that there would 
> be no interactions or problems, it appears that DXP took it 
> for granted that I wanted it to trash all of my Protel 99 SE files.
> Actually, I am not sure whether it was DXP or me that trashed 
> the file, but by the time I got out of DXP the file was gone, 
> quite possibly renamed (was a backup extention to begin 
> with), or who knows what. Maybe it is actually there 
> somewhere under another name or in a new directory. By the 
> way, while I did not use the Task Manager to kill DXP, I did 
> panic when I saw messages indicating it was altering items in 
> the file, and I do think that at that point I may have done a 
> cntl-C or a cntl-break, or who knows what, but DXP did come 
> crashing down, and it may have actually been my fault.
> Possibly had I just lefr everything alone, I would not have 
> lost the file.
> Anyway, while I may be able to restore the "defaults" that 
> invoke processes based on file extensions so that it would 
> point everything that DXP might have changed, back to Protel 
> 99 SE, where they were, and where I want them, I am just not 
> sure of what would be on that list.
> If anyone out there has any suggestions, I would apprecieate it.
> In the mean time, beware that if you try and launch some 
> Protel 99 SE files from anywhare besides Protel 99 SE, that 
> you might just get DXP instead, if you have it installed on 
> your machine.
> Altium, care to weigh in on this one?
> JaMi Smith
> PS. I had a lot of crashes last night before I gave up and 
> went to bed at 6 AM, and as a result of that, all of my more 
> recent automatic backups were totally useless, but the oldest 
> one did infact have the "data" outside of the "board 
> perimeter" that I was looking for, which I was able to open 
> and "copy", which was probably the best of all possible 
> outcomes, since I do not know the individual condition of any 
> of those other backups ,or what may have been missing on any 
> of those other backups, and this way, I kept the one database 
> I knew was good, and copied in the last remaining copy of the 
> data that I had deleted, back into it.  Interestingly, there 
> was only the one original backup in the local directory, the 
> one that DXP ate, and this was probably, or should I say 
> possibly, due to the previous crashes last night.

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