I was working on a layout in Protel 99 SE and decided I wanted to save it and work off a copy of the ddb. I save all and close the file. I make a copy of the file and open it. Now Protel has completely lost its marbles.. All of my documents (rpt, drc, lib, pcb, etc) have the same icon, a little move with a shortcut-like arrow in it. When I do a file >> new my only options are CAM output configuration and Document Folder. Clicking a file causes no obvious affect. Right clicking a file and selecting properties says all the files of the Type CAM output configuration but the view >> details view of the file structure still lists Text, PCBLib, PCB, etc as it should be. I have reboot my computer and also tried opening copies (scared to open originals) of know working files other then this one and I get the same result. I'm completely dumbfounded. Does anybody know what the heck happened?!?
I saw you had solved the problem, in a fashion, on a follow-up post.
One thing that can cause P99SE to go ape is an ini file over 64k (I think this is the limit; it is a Windows limit I think.). This can happen soon enough, in P99SE, as one of the ini files keeps a track of all projects that have been opened - a most recently used file list but not limited to the usual four or so most recent files like in most apps.
Have a look in the windows install folder for the "client99se.ini" file. Open it in a text editor and look at the section [Closed Files List] - if this is huge delete most of them, keep just the recent entries you are working on. In the file I had a look at just now, the [servers] and the [locks] sections are below the [closed file list] section - a lot of files listed could have left the server list and the lock list inaccessible. I suggest moving these two important sections above the [closed file list] section - put the section that can grow out-of-bounds at the bottom of the file.
This may not be the cause of the problem but it is a documented issue, that could conceivably cause the problem.
Bye for now, Ian Wilson
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