Tips for using Score version 4 with Windows XP

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 Installing SCORE on Windows XP
(Thomas Brodhead, Brodhead Music Typography)
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 Tips for using Score version 4 
The Tips on this page are taken from suggestions posted on the Score Users' List. The authors of each suggestion are members of the List, or were members of the List at the time the suggestions were posted. The suggestions, as they appear on this page, are quotations or paraphrases of the suggestions from the List. The Editor of this page assumes or accepts no responsibility or liability for the accuracy or effectiveness of these suggestions.

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Installation under Windows XP

Problem: An overview of problems the user may face when moving to WindowsXP from Windows98.
Solutions: Important, see also Mouse 1, below.
"The W2000/XP Command prompt is a DOS emulator. ...Score will run in it. Apart from normal partitioning, nothing else really needs to be done in that area.
"Printing from within Score straight to a PostScript printer should also work. ...Choose the correct port during the Score installation as usual.
You may also have to edit the PATH environment variable to include C:\Score;C:\LIB (assuming the defaults are used during installation). This is done in W2000 (XP should be similar), via Settings/Control panel/System and then the Advanced tab and Environment button. You can then choose the PATH variable and edit it." [GE]

Mouse 1

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Problem: Operating the Mouse under WindowsXP.
Solutions:"The mouse will function if you install Score in the following manner.
"Run the Score install program, either from the Start/Run menu (W2000, but XP should be similar), or from within the command prompt itself.
"When you are asked by the install program to choose an interrupt for MIDI, choose 5, even if you are not intending to use MIDI. This is where most of us make an error, and if you don't choose an interrupt setting you will end up with a frozen mouse (referred to by us 32 bit types as 'Rodent's Revenge'!).
"In an existing installation where there are mouse problems, the way to fix it is to edit the PREF.SCR file by adding the line IRQ 5 (anything but 7 or 9 will work, I believe, but 5 is the usual recommendation)." [GE]

Mouse 2

Problem: Whe used with "a large LCD screen, ...Mouse occasionally refuses to go to the furthest areas of the screen; it just will not go past an invisible border about 1 1/2 inches away from the edge of the monitor."
Solution:Set "the resolution down from 1280x1024 to 1024x768." ["...Go back to the higher resolution for...other work, of course. (The LCD's native resolution is 1280x1024 and it definitely looks best there.)"
[Note: "The LCD looks pretty good with Score. A bit chunkier than a CRT, but only a small reduction of the fine on-screen graphics we have all come to know and love. Definitely workable if one no longer does the bulk of one's work in Score." [Peter Simcich]

Display (Screen)

Problem: The screen goes "jittery," with many broken lines scrolling up the screen.
Solution: Pressing F1 then Esc returns the screen to normal. [NW]

Printing from SCORE, or any DOS program in Windows XP / Slow Print Speeds

A. Printing from SCORE, or any DOS program for that matter, is really quite simple in Windows XP and the other NT derivatives.

  1. Name your computer (e.g. "mycomputer");
  2. Set up your printer (which, of course, has postscript, right?);
  3. Set up your printer for sharing and give it a share name (e.g. "printer");
  4. Go to a command prompt (either through the cute little icon thingie or by going to "run" and typing in "cmd", then hitting enter);
  5. At the prompt type "net use lpt1 \\mycomputer\printer  /persistent:yes" (this presumes the "output" line in your pref.scr file is set to 1);
  6. Invoke a DOS program, such as Edit, type something, print it (making sure you're printing to the correct LPT port) and it should come out of your printer;
  7. If you have a second printer you can redirect lpt2 in the same way (in fact you could redirect all the lpt's but SCORE wouldn't care about any others).

If you go to XP help and search "net use" you'll learn more about this command. [David Fetherolf ]

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B. Slow print speeds from SCORE or SCORLAS while printing to a network.

If you're seeing very slow print speeds from SCORE or SCORLAS while printing to a network printer (typically 60-70 seconds for the first page and then a print speed of 2-3 pages per minute), you probably followed MicroSoft's printer setup wizard literally.

  1. Go back to "Start", "Settings", "Printers and faxes".
  2. Choose the "Add a printer" wizard.
  3. Click "next" and the first question is "Local or Network Printer".
  4. Since you're printing to a network printer you probably chose the network printer, but you should choose "Local printer attached to this computer," as counterintuitive as that is.
  5. Then go through the rest of the setup routine, choosing the port you've already set up and giving it an alternative share name.
  6. Now go to the command prompt and type, "net use lpt? /delete" depending on which lpt port you're using.
  7. Then type in the usual "net use" command using the new printer share name.
  8. You should see a significant increase in print speed (about 20 seconds for the first page and then the normal speed of your printer for SCORLAS and even less lag time from SCORE).
  9. Now you can delete the original printer from you list.
    [David Fetherolf ]

See also Regarding Score Printing (Tips for using Score version 4)

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