Mastering Microsoft Access Programming: README File===================================================Welcome to Mastering Microsoft Access Programming. This file containsadditional information about Mastering Access Programming not includedin online Help.Multimedia technology, with its array of new hardware and softwarecombinations, can present a variety of potential performance andconfiguration problems. This README file contains important and helpfulinformation on the following topics:Section Description1 Send Us Your Feedback2 Problems During Setup3 Removing Mastering Access Programming4 Potential Problems Running this Title5 Sample Applications6 Performance Issues7 Hardware Problems8 Printing Problems9 Generic Multimedia InformationTo read this file on-screen, use the PAGE DOWN and PAGE UP keys. You canalso print the file by choosing the Print command from the File menu invirtually any Windows-based word processing program.1 Send Us Your FeedbackWe welcome your feedback. Let us know how Mastering Microsoft AccessProgramming has helped you gain expertise in creating solutions withAccess Programming. You can reach us via any of the following:Internet: email@example.comMail: Mastering Series Products Microsoft Corporation One Microsoft Way Redmond, WA 98052-6399Fax: (425) 936-7329 Attn: Mastering Microsoft Access ProgrammingPlease note that we receive a number of suggestions and commentsregarding Microsoft products and are unable to respond directly to eachone. However, be assured that your recommendations, ideas, and remarksare recorded and will help shape future versions of our Mastering Seriesproducts.2 Problems During SetupThe Setup program's default settings will load the Mastering AccessProgramming title to your C: drive. You can assign application files toa different drive; however, Setup will copy as much as 8.5 MB of systemfiles to your WINDOWS\SYSTEM subdirectory.Setup will not complete properly if you remove the Mastering AccessProgramming CD-ROM during Setup, or attempt to start the applicationbefore Setup is complete.Because Mastering Access Programming installs system files that may beshared with other applications, you must shut down other applications,including Microsoft Office, before running Setup. If you have closed allother open applications and you encounter problems during Setup, makesure your system meets the minimum requirements necessary to installMastering Access Programming.System RequirementsMastering Microsoft Access Programming will run on the following minimalsystem; however, performance will improve with more RAM or a fasterCD-ROM drive.· Personal computer with a 486DX or higher processor running Windows 95, or Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 3.51 or later· 8 MB of memory (16 MB or more recommended)· 10 MB of available hard-disk space (15 MB to work with lab files on your hard disk)· MPC2-compatible CD-ROM drive· Super VGA or higher-resolution video adapter capable of displaying 256 colors or greater· Microsoft Mouse or compatible pointing device· MPC2-compatible audio board for audio and video instruction· Microsoft Access 95 is required to work the lab exercises.3 Removing Mastering Access ProgrammingTo remove Mastering Access Programming from your computer, run Setup againand choose the Remove All option. (This removes only files specific toMastering Access Programming. Shared files installed in the WindowsSystem directory, such as DLLs, OCXs, and DRVs, are not removed.) Ifusing Windows 95, you can also uninstall Mastering Access Programming bychoosing the Add/Remove Programs application in the Control Panel. Youmay also need to do the following:· Delete the Mastering Access Programming icon. If you moved the iconto a different program group since installing the application, Setupwill not be able to detect the new location of the icon and cannotdelete it. After running Setup (with Remove All selected), go to ProgramManager and delete the icon(s). If you are running Windows 95 and have created any shortcuts, you willneed to manually delete them to completely remove references to thetitle.· Delete the MACC directory. The MACC directory (or the directory youspecified as the destination directory during Setup) will not be removed.If this directory is not being used for other files, you can delete it byopening File Manager or Explorer, selecting the directory, and thenpressing DELETE.4 Potential Problems Running this TitleThis section describes problems you may experience when running MasteringAccess Programming.· Content: Some of the articles located in the product's Library arebased on pre-released versions of Microsoft Access 95. There may bediscrepancies between information referenced in these sources and inthe released version of Microsoft Access 95. Library articles includedin this title are not edited by the Mastering Access Programming team.You may encounter documentation errors, references to page numbers orfiles, and formatting problems. Addresses, phone numbers, and othercontact information appearing in this title may have changed since thetime of publication. Finally, some of the topic titles in the applicationmay be cut off when running Mastering Access Programming in lower displayresolutions.· Graphics: This title is designed to run on machines capable ofdisplaying 256 colors or more. Though the title does run on systemsdisplaying 16 colors, there is a noticeable drop in image quality. Somelarge graphics may display out of the window when running the title at640 x 480 resolution. It is recommended that you run this application in800 x 600 mode or greater. The graphic viewer in this application allowsyou to toggle graphics between large and small views. By clicking on theviewer, you can change the size of the graphic. The viewer will remainthe size that you last viewed a graphic. If an image appears distortedor compressed, click in the graphic viewer to make sure you are viewingthe entire image. Note that some small graphics do not change size.· Navigation and Topic areas: If using keyboard keys to navigatethrough the Table of Contents or the Topic area, you may need to manuallychange the focus of the application, depending on the content you wantto affect. You can change the focus by clicking on the area you want tonavigate. On some systems, the vertical scroll bar may change size whenscrolling through topics and labs, or navigating through the Table ofContents.· Palette Flash: Palette flashes can occur when switching between Mastering Access Programming and other running applications.· Printing: The media represented by icons in the text area (graphics,sample code, tips, and answers) will not print when printing the currentscreen. To print this information, choose Print when the media isdisplayed in the active window. If you experience problems printing overa network, consult your network administrator to make sure your printersettings are correct. Solutions for common printing problems aredescribed in section 9, "Printing Problems." If you choose to print theGlossary, the entire Glossary will be printed.· Stay On Top Mode: Stay On Top mode provides a great way to look atLab information or view content while working in another application(such as Microsoft Access). However, when using Mastering AccessProgramming in Stay On Top mode, Glossary Popups, ToolTips for theToolBar, and the Print dialog box all appear behind the application.· Text: Mastering Access Programming uses your system settings todisplay some foreground and background colors. You may want to choose acompatible display combination (such as the Windows Standard colorscheme) for best visual results. When displaying glossary popups withinthe text, the application will sometimes lose focus. To remedy this,click in the Topic area; focus will return to the application.· Video: .AVI files will only run if you've installed the Multimediaoptions (when setting up Windows 95) or Microsoft Video for Windows(installed on your system when running Windows NT). Setup will look formultimedia options on your system and notify you if they are notinstalled. If this is the case, you will need to install the appropriateoptions. Even with appropriate hardware, you may experience long waittimes while video files are being loaded, and you may have errors invideo/audio synchronization during playback.· Windows NT version 3.51: The ALT+TAB key combination will not restorethe Mastering Access Programming application when minimized; you'll haveto use the mouse to restore the application to a visible state.5 Sample ApplicationsThere are numerous sample applications that illustrate the concepts andtechniques taught in the demos in the title. You can open theapplications in the MEDIA\FILES directory on the CD and review the codeyourself. In addition, there are several Map files (with a .WMFextension) that provide detailed technical information about MicrosoftOffice products. Included in the same directory is an application(MAPVIEW.EXE) that can be used to view these Map files.6 Performance IssuesThere are several ways to make Mastering Access Programming run faster.Many of the methods described below are general tips that will improvethe performance of any application under Windows. Consult your Windowsmanual for more details.Mastering Access Programming uses your computer's random access memory(RAM) to display pictures and play video and audio. If Mastering AccessProgramming runs slowly or if you get error messages saying you are outof memory, you may not have enough RAM available. Here are some tips tomake the best use of available memory:· Close all applications that you are not using.· Add more RAM (memory) to your computer. You can determine how muchmemory is available by starting MS-DOS, typing mem and pressing ENTER.This program will tell you how much memory you have. You need at least10 MB of RAM, and 16 MB is recommended.· If you are using more than 256 colors in your video display, you maywant to lower your video colors to 256. For instructions on how tochange your Windows display, consult your Windows documentation.For more details on improving performance, consult your Windows andCD-ROM manuals.7 Hardware ProblemsMastering Access Programming is designed to run at VGA (640 x 480) orhigher, with 256 colors. Though Mastering Access Programming will run in16-color mode, there will be a noticeable drop in image quality.Mastering Access Programming may encounter display problems when usingaccelerated video drivers, video drivers with more than 256 colors, orhigh-resolution video drivers. One example of these problems is a videodisplay with garbled images. Another is a crash occurring when trying toplay a video. There are several things you can do if you encounter suchproblems:1. Most problems can be fixed by obtaining new drivers from your videocard manufacturer. Contact the manufacturer of your video card todetermine if newer versions are available. The manufacturer's phonenumber should be in the manuals that came with your video card orpersonal computer. Another option for obtaining updated drivers is theMicrosoft Download service (MSDL), an electronic bulletin board that canbe accessed by modem at (425) 936-MSDL (425-936-6735).Drivers provided on MSDL are compressed with the PKWare utilities andare in the form of executable files (.EXE extension). It is best todownload the file or files you need into an empty directory on your harddisk or a blank formatted floppy. To decompress these drivers afterdownloading them:a) From Windows NT File Manager or Windows 95 Explorer, double-clickon the filename that you downloaded.-or-b) From the MS-DOS prompt, change to the directory containing the downloaded file, type the filename, and then press ENTER.2. An alternative to obtaining a new or updated display driver is tochange your video mode to a standard video mode, such as 640 x 480resolution with 256 colors.To find out what video driver you are using, open Display from ControlPanel. In Windows 95, click the Settings tab. Then click the ChangeDisplay Type button. Your display type will be listed there. Forinstructions on how to install or change drivers, click the Help button.8 Printing ProblemsScreen resolution and printer resolution are often not the same, so theresulting printout may not match the quality you see on the screen.If you encounter a general protection fault when you print a topic,check your printer driver. Switch to a more current version of thedriver, if one is available. Additionally, ensure that the printer isonline and that you can print to it from another application. If theproblem persists, one of the following procedures may solve the problem:In Windows NT:· In the Control Panel, double-click the Fonts icon. Click the TrueType button in the Fonts dialog box, and turn off the Enable TrueType Fonts option.· In the Control Panel, choose Setup and Options for your printer. Turn off the Color option, and restart Windows.In Windows 95:· Click on the Property page for the Printer you are using. Choose the Fonts tab and click on the method of downloading TrueType fonts that works best with your system.If you are using an HP LaserJet printer, make sure that you have themost current printer driver or try setting the printer resolution to 300dpi. (Graphics may not print properly at 600 dpi.)You should be able to print grayscale images from Mastering AccessProgramming. If you have a black and white laser printer, you may needto upgrade your printer driver. Call the dealer from whom you boughtthe printer, or call the printer manufacturer.9 Generic Multimedia InformationFor more information regarding Multimedia PCs (MPCs), MPC titles, andother general multimedia topics of interest, please contact the MPCMarketing Council:Multimedia PC Marketing Council, Inc.1703 M Street, Suite 700Washington DC 20036(202) 452-1600For information regarding a specific MPC product, contact themanufacturer of that product.
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