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 Tips for using Score version 4 with Windows XP  

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Font Point Sizes | Font Character Widths | Anti-Virus Software & Score | Score Printing | Score response slowing  ]

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Making Font Point Sizes in Score Match Point Sizes of all other DTP Programs

(Tom Brodhead, Brodhead Music Typography)

PSC files, FONTCONV and SCORE character width

(Jan de Kloe)

Anti-Virus Software & Score version 4

If you are running SCOR4 in the MS-DOS prompt under Windows 98/95 and have an automatic virus checking program running in the background, you may notice a considerable speed-up in SCOR4's response if the virus checker is temporarily disabled. Some of these virus programs seem to think that every change in SCOR4's memory overlays should be checked for viruses—which is not at all necessary. A resident virus program will probably show up as an icon in the lower right corner of the screen, near where the time of day is indicated. If you right-click on the icon then you can click on the "disable" line. Later you can bring the program back by clicking on the "enable" line.
(Leland Smith)
(San Andreas Press)

Regarding Score Printing

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The basic test for the printer setup is as follows.

Create two or three .EPS files with Score. Perhaps use names such as XA.EPS, XB.EPS and XC.EPS. Leave Score and then type (always from the MS-DOS prompt):

copy X*.EPS LPT1

This will send the 3 .EPS files directly to the printer. Because you are now using the DOS copy command, Score is no longer involved in the process. If there are any problems with the printing, it most unlikely that Score has anything to do with it.

The problems described in various communications seem to be related to what is called "handshaking" between the printer and the computer. If the printer cannot print as fast as data is being received it is supposed to send back a message to the computer to stop sending until the printer's processor has room for more incoming data. Ideally, the speed of the computer and amount of memory in the printer should not influence this. Having more memory in the printer is sometimes necessary for printing large graphics pages. Also, if many different type fonts (or sizes of type) are used, the extra memory will store the data involved and the total time for printing will be somewhat diminished.

Our PostScript printers here consist of a QMS860 (almost identical to the HP4MV) and a color inkjet HP1200C. We have never had problems printing from Score running on 286, 386, 486 and Pentium computers with operating systems DOS6 and Windows 95/98. I believe there could be potential problems with the various settings found by clicking Start/Settings/Printers/Details/Spool settings. We have usually used the default settings.
(Leland Smith)
(San Andreas Press)

See also Printing from SCORE, or any DOS program in Windows XP (Tips for using Score version 4 with Windows XP)

Score Response Slowing

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The issue of slow running Score often has nothing to do with either Score or DosBox but the arcane ways in which updates, installations and reconfigurations gradually corrupts the Windows operating system.

Remember to do your basic computer maintenance regularly: defrag, backup, compress, etc. This will make a big difference to the speed your computer is running.

You might also find that you've reached a usable limit on your C: drive storage. You need at least a quarter of your C: drive free. You will find that breaking that barrier invariably leads to system degradation.
(Anthony Maydwell)

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This page last updated: 21 October 2008.
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