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Re: Windows 10 Start menu does not list Commander

Dave AA6YQ
 

+ AA6YQ comments below

However, if I want to start only Commander (say, for testing purposes), Launcher in its "automatic start" configuration is cumbersome because it starts everything (i.e., everything it is configured to start). On my computer, Launcher takes 25+ seconds to get everything going and 20+ seconds to shut everything down. Inconvenient if testing only one member of the suite. This is the reason I was looking for Commander in the Windows Start menu dropdown. Is it practical for to get Commander to show up in the Windows Start menu dropdown?

+ Yes:

<https://www.dummies.com/computers/operating-systems/windows-10/how-to-add-or-remove-start-menu-items-in-windows-10/>

+ Alternatively, you could pin Commander on the Windows Task Bar, or add a Commander icon to the Windows desktop.


Another question: The help page
"file:///C:/DXLab/Launcher/Help/ControllingApplications.htm" has a section named "Group Control Buttons". That section indicates an Abort button is included in Launcher, along with Start, Minimize, Restore and Terminate. My Launcher (2.1.2) window does not have the Abort button.
Should the Abort button be there?

+ The Abort button appears when you click the Start button, replacing the Start button until all enabled applications have reported themselves as "running". Then the Abort button is replaced by the Start button.

73,

Dave, AA6YQ


Sync LOTW QSO's problem

Bob Lukaszewski
 

Now I’m not sure it’s not me, but it seems for the last couple months, usually after I get done updating from a contest.  I get a message that say updating 29 QSO’s.  This happens every time I do a  SYNC LOTW QSO’s  on the QSL tab.  It says  Inspecting 29 QSO’s and setting LOTW  Sent to “Y”.

 

Any thoughts ??

 

Thank You

 

Bob

 

Robert Lukaszewski   K4HA

6009 Brass Lantern Ct

Raleigh, NC 27606

 

919-215-2018 Cell

 


Re: Windows 10 Start menu does not list Commander

Steve K8JQ
 

"You can configure the Launcher to automatically start those components when it starts."

Yes, I understand that functionality and have Launcher so configured.

However, if I want to start only Commander (say, for testing purposes), Launcher in its "automatic start" configuration is cumbersome because it starts everything (i.e., everything it is configured to start). On my computer, Launcher takes 25+ seconds to get everything going and 20+ seconds to shut everything down. Inconvenient if testing only one member of the suite. This is the reason I was looking for Commander in the Windows Start menu dropdown. Is it practical for to get Commander to show up in the Windows Start menu dropdown?

Another question: The help page "file:///C:/DXLab/Launcher/Help/ControllingApplications.htm" has a section named "Group Control Buttons". That section indicates an Abort button is included in Launcher, along with Start, Minimize, Restore and Terminate. My Launcher (2.1.2) window does not have the Abort button. Should the Abort button be there?

Thanks.

Steve, K8JQ

On 4/5/2020 9:55 PM, Dave AA6YQ wrote:
+ AA6YQ comments below

The Windows 10 Start menu does not list Commander (at least on my desktop computer).

The DXLabs Suite has five entries in its dropdown: DXKeeper, DXView, Pathfinder, Spot Collector and WinWarbler.

I didn't look for Commander in the Start menu dropdown prior to the recent Windows Defender snafu (which I also suffered), so I don't know if it was ever there. But for certain it is not there now.

Should Commander be in the Start menu's DXLabs Suite dropdown list?

+ The last Windows 10 machine on which I installed DXLab has an entry for "DXLab Suite" in the list of applications that appear when I click the "Window" button in the screen's lower-left corner. Beneath "DXLab Suite", entries for 7 DXLab applications are present; the Launcher is not present.

+ My advice is pin an entry for the DXLab Launcher on the Windows Task Bar, and use the Launcher to start the components of the Suite you use. You can configure the Launcher to automatically start those components when it starts.

73,

Dave, AA6YQ




Re: Pathfinder Freezes

Dave AA6YQ
 

+ AA6YQ comments below

I have a problem with Pathfinder here.
Pathfinder sometimes freezes.
Then the only solution is CRTL-ALT-Delete and then force shutdown.
and restart again then work pathfinder again.
Sometimes it is very fast, other times it takes a little longer.
are there more who recognize this problem?
And perhaps already have a solution?
I work with the complete DXLSuite

+ Pathfinder is a thin layer of code on top of Internet Explorer.

+ The last public release of Pathfinder (5.2.2) was made in August of 2017.

+ Today, a total of 3 ops here have reported that their instances of Pathfinder are freezing.

+ Since there's been no recent change in Pathfinder, it's likely that this new behavior is the result of changes recently made on your systems. An updated anti-malware application is the most likely culprit.

+ As a diagnostic test, please reboot Windows into "Safe mode with networking", and then run the minimum set of DXLab applications necessary to replicate the previous freezing. Can you make Pathfinder freeze?

73,

Dave, AA6YQ


Re: Import Special event call log into my log

Dave AA6YQ
 

+ AA6YQ comments below

I worked a state QSO Pty with a special event call and want to now import that into my log and upload to LotW.
I already have a LotW certificate setup for the 1x1 call I used.
Any help is appreciated.

+ See

<https://www.dxlabsuite.com/dxkeeper/Help/Import.htm>

+ or click one of DXKeeper's Help buttons and then navigate to the "Importing ADIF and Tab-delimited Files" topic.

+ Check out the available "Import Options" to see if any are needed given the content of the ADIF file you are importing:

<https://www.dxlabsuite.com/dxkeeper/Help/Import.htm#Options>

+ Before importing, backup your log (Configuration window, Log tab, Backup button); this will provide a quick "undo" capability if the import doesn't go as expected, or you choose to re-import with a different set of options enabled.

+ If you have questions after you review the documentation, don't hesitate to post them here.

+ "Measure twice, cut once".

73,

Dave, AA6YQ


Re: The Sky is falling

Dave AA6YQ
 

* more AA6YQ comments below

Will gladly assist!! Happy to help via Teamviewer or AnyDesk as well - bearing in mind the time difference!!

* Many thanks, Barry!

73,

Dave, AA6YQ


+ AA6YQ comments below

My solution was simple - completely disable Windows Defender (which in my very humble opinion is total rubbish!) and install a DECENT Antivirus solution - in my case ESET Internet Security. (ESET Nod32 is also very good!)

Being an IT Support Tech in a 3rd-World country where TARGETED virus and ransomware attacks are quite commonplace, a decent antivirus/malware solution is a necessity. Quite simply put, when it comes to internet security you get what you pay for - and Windows Defender is simply not good enough, either AVG or AVAST are significantly better but STILL not good enough in an environment such as ours in South Africa. I have lost count of the number of client systems running these free packages that when scanned with a decent product have proved to be riddled with malignant viruses and Trojans! I also suffered a hit several years ago - infected by a virus that came straight through my AVAST Free package - which is what prompted me to investigate the decent options!

As a dealer I have access to all the leading brands of Security products - why I went for ESET was due to it's VERY good record with Day Zero detection. This proved extremely valuable during some of the recent Ransomware attacks, where it's Heuristics identified and blocked attacks like Wannacry and Petya. This saved two of my customers that were targeted. At least 5 other companies in my city were not so lucky. Whilst products such as Kaspersky and BitDefender have good reputations, I have found that ESET is outstanding as far as minimal False Positives is concerned whilst correctly identifying VALID threats to my system. (No problem with either DXLabs or JTAlert!)

Of course the threat level in a 1st-World country like the USA may be totally different - I can only speak from my experience here in Africa - so free packages may work for you over there.... just hope and pray you never get the level of targeting that we have down here!!! Incidentally, as a former Apple Service Tech from the 90's I can NEVER bring myself to trust Micro$oft with the security of my system (the dishonest practices of Gates and Allen still linger in the mind, albeit that the consequences of their actions DID save Apple from bankruptcy and brought Steve Jobs back to the company.... and as they say, the rest is history!).

+ Thanks, Barry!

+ If ops using ESET post questions about it here -- like how to properly configure it -- will you be comfortable answering?

73,

Dave, AA6YQ


Re: Commander won't start all of a sudden

swpub
 

I had the same problem with Norton antivirus (supplied by Comcast, my ISP).  Just as with MS Defender, I found that if I put in exclusions for each of the DXLab executables, I no longer had the problem.  It takes a bit of work, but it's worth it.

Steve, N5EP


Re: Import Special event call log into my log

Carl - WC4H
 

What program did you use to work the contest?  Most logging and contest sofware will let you export to adif.

I would export it to adif.  Use TQSL to upload to LoTW, then import the adif into DXKeeper.  

73.
Carl - WC4H


Re: Pathfinder Freezes

Kent N6WT
 

Same problem here.

Thanks
73
Kent
N6WT


On Mon, Apr 6, 2020 at 5:34 AM wb6bee <wb6bee@...> wrote:
I have had that problem.   I typically see it when the QRZ seems to lock up, won't scroll or respond to a mouse click.    In my case, I have been able to individually terminate Pathfinder and restart it, and it resumes acting normal

Don
WB6BEE


Re: Pathfinder Freezes

wb6bee
 

I have had that problem.   I typically see it when the QRZ seems to lock up, won't scroll or respond to a mouse click.    In my case, I have been able to individually terminate Pathfinder and restart it, and it resumes acting normal

Don
WB6BEE


Import Special event call log into my log

Tom Brown
 

I worked a state QSO Pty with a special event call and want to now import that into my log and upload to LotW.
I already have a LotW certificate setup for the 1x1 call I used.
Any help is appreciated.


Re: The Sky is falling

Barry Murrell ZS2EZ
 

Hi Dave

Will gladly assist!! Happy to help via Teamviewer or AnyDesk as well - bearing in mind the time difference!!

73 de BARRY MURRELL ZS2EZ
KF26ta - Port Elizabeth, South Africa

-----Original Message-----
From: DXLab@groups.io [mailto:DXLab@groups.io] On Behalf Of Dave AA6YQ
Sent: Monday, 06 April 2020 10:20
To: DXLab@groups.io
Subject: Re: [DXLab] The Sky is falling

+ AA6YQ comments below

My solution was simple - completely disable Windows Defender (which in my very humble opinion is total rubbish!) and install a DECENT Antivirus solution - in my case ESET Internet Security. (ESET Nod32 is also very good!)

Being an IT Support Tech in a 3rd-World country where TARGETED virus and ransomware attacks are quite commonplace, a decent antivirus/malware solution is a necessity. Quite simply put, when it comes to internet security you get what you pay for - and Windows Defender is simply not good enough, either AVG or AVAST are significantly better but STILL not good enough in an environment such as ours in South Africa. I have lost count of the number of client systems running these free packages that when scanned with a decent product have proved to be riddled with malignant viruses and Trojans! I also suffered a hit several years ago - infected by a virus that came straight through my AVAST Free package - which is what prompted me to investigate the decent options!

As a dealer I have access to all the leading brands of Security products - why I went for ESET was due to it's VERY good record with Day Zero detection. This proved extremely valuable during some of the recent Ransomware attacks, where it's Heuristics identified and blocked attacks like Wannacry and Petya. This saved two of my customers that were targeted. At least 5 other companies in my city were not so lucky. Whilst products such as Kaspersky and BitDefender have good reputations, I have found that ESET is outstanding as far as minimal False Positives is concerned whilst correctly identifying VALID threats to my system. (No problem with either DXLabs or JTAlert!)

Of course the threat level in a 1st-World country like the USA may be totally different - I can only speak from my experience here in Africa - so free packages may work for you over there.... just hope and pray you never get the level of targeting that we have down here!!! Incidentally, as a former Apple Service Tech from the 90's I can NEVER bring myself to trust Micro$oft with the security of my system (the dishonest practices of Gates and Allen still linger in the mind, albeit that the consequences of their actions DID save Apple from bankruptcy and brought Steve Jobs back to the company.... and as they say, the rest is history!).

+ Thanks, Barry!

+ If ops using ESET post questions about it here -- like how to properly configure it -- will you be comfortable answering?

73,

Dave, AA6YQ


Pathfinder Freezes

Rien Aarden
 

 
Good morning,

I have a problem with Pathfinder here.
Pathfinder sometimes freezes.
Then the only solution is CRTL-ALT-Delete and then force shutdown.
and restart again then work pathfinder again.
Sometimes it is very fast, other times it takes a little longer.
are there more who recognize this problem?
And perhaps already have a solution?
I work with the complete DXLSuite

thanks for the response.
greeting
Rien, PA7RA Stay Safe!


Re: Help Commander Disappeared

John K3TN
 

What solved the problem for me on Windows 7:

Turn Essentials off, so I could turn Defender ON.
Add Commander to Defender excluded
Run Defender scan, all clean
Turn Defender off.
 
Following DXLab online directions on how to load Commander, till couldn't get 5.87 to unzip, but saw that my Commander/install had it still from original install.
Ran 5.87 exe from there.
Started Launcher - 5.87 shows up now!
Upgraded to 14.5.5 via Launcher Config, all works.

I work in Internet security and I don't recommend anyone run an Internet connected PC with no AV, unless they are willing to continually do the logical equivalent of digital separation, washing their digital hands continually and not touching their digital faces....  I've helped many hams figure out to recover from malware trashing their PC - more often than the AV trashing the ham software, as it definitely seemed to do on this occasion. 

But, all risk decisions are individual - YMMV.

73 John K3TN



Re: The Sky is falling

Dave AA6YQ
 

+ AA6YQ comments below

My solution was simple - completely disable Windows Defender (which in my very humble opinion is total rubbish!) and install a DECENT Antivirus solution - in my case ESET Internet Security. (ESET Nod32 is also very good!)

Being an IT Support Tech in a 3rd-World country where TARGETED virus and ransomware attacks are quite commonplace, a decent antivirus/malware solution is a necessity. Quite simply put, when it comes to internet security you get what you pay for - and Windows Defender is simply not good enough, either AVG or AVAST are significantly better but STILL not good enough in an environment such as ours in South Africa. I have lost count of the number of client systems running these free packages that when scanned with a decent product have proved to be riddled with malignant viruses and Trojans! I also suffered a hit several years ago - infected by a virus that came straight through my AVAST Free package - which is what prompted me to investigate the decent options!

As a dealer I have access to all the leading brands of Security products - why I went for ESET was due to it's VERY good record with Day Zero detection. This proved extremely valuable during some of the recent Ransomware attacks, where it's Heuristics identified and blocked attacks like Wannacry and Petya. This saved two of my customers that were targeted. At least 5 other companies in my city were not so lucky. Whilst products such as Kaspersky and BitDefender have good reputations, I have found that ESET is outstanding as far as minimal False Positives is concerned whilst correctly identifying VALID threats to my system. (No problem with either DXLabs or JTAlert!)

Of course the threat level in a 1st-World country like the USA may be totally different - I can only speak from my experience here in Africa - so free packages may work for you over there.... just hope and pray you never get the level of targeting that we have down here!!! Incidentally, as a former Apple Service Tech from the 90's I can NEVER bring myself to trust Micro$oft with the security of my system (the dishonest practices of Gates and Allen still linger in the mind, albeit that the consequences of their actions DID save Apple from bankruptcy and brought Steve Jobs back to the company.... and as they say, the rest is history!).

+ Thanks, Barry!

+ If ops using ESET post questions about it here -- like how to properly configure it -- will you be comfortable answering?

73,

Dave, AA6YQ


Re: The Sky is falling

Barry Murrell ZS2EZ
 

My solution was simple - completely disable Windows Defender (which in my very humble opinion is total rubbish!) and install a DECENT Antivirus solution - in my case ESET Internet Security. (ESET Nod32 is also very good!)

Being an IT Support Tech in a 3rd-World country where TARGETED virus and ransomware attacks are quite commonplace, a decent antivirus/malware solution is a necessity. Quite simply put, when it comes to internet security you get what you pay for - and Windows Defender is simply not good enough, either AVG or AVAST are significantly better but STILL not good enough in an environment such as ours in South Africa. I have lost count of the number of client systems running these free packages that when scanned with a decent product have proved to be riddled with malignant viruses and Trojans! I also suffered a hit several years ago - infected by a virus that came straight through my AVAST Free package - which is what prompted me to investigate the decent options!

As a dealer I have access to all the leading brands of Security products - why I went for ESET was due to it's VERY good record with Day Zero detection. This proved extremely valuable during some of the recent Ransomware attacks, where it's Heuristics identified and blocked attacks like Wannacry and Petya. This saved two of my customers that were targeted. At least 5 other companies in my city were not so lucky. Whilst products such as Kaspersky and BitDefender have good reputations, I have found that ESET is outstanding as far as minimal False Positives is concerned whilst correctly identifying VALID threats to my system. (No problem with either DXLabs or JTAlert!)

Of course the threat level in a 1st-World country like the USA may be totally different - I can only speak from my experience here in Africa - so free packages may work for you over there.... just hope and pray you never get the level of targeting that we have down here!!! Incidentally, as a former Apple Service Tech from the 90's I can NEVER bring myself to trust Micro$oft with the security of my system (the dishonest practices of Gates and Allen still linger in the mind, albeit that the consequences of their actions DID save Apple from bankruptcy and brought Steve Jobs back to the company.... and as they say, the rest is history!).

73 de BARRY MURRELL ZS2EZ
KF26ta - Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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-----Original Message-----
From: DXLab@groups.io [mailto:DXLab@groups.io] On Behalf Of Dave AA6YQ
Sent: Sunday, 05 April 2020 19:44
To: DXLab@groups.io
Subject: Re: [DXLab] The Sky is falling

+ AA6YQ comments below

This surge in Microsoft-related false positives have gone past me.

+ Take a look at

<https://groups.io/g/DXLab>

+ This group has been averaging 750 posts per month. There have been 219 posts in the first 5 days of April, doubling the usual rate. Most of those posts are reports of Microsoft anti-malware damage, or requests for assistance in correcting that damage.

+ Helping ~20 users restore their damaged systems to operation feels like playing ~20 simultaneous chess games.

73,

Dave, AA6YQ


Re: Commander Won't Start or Update

K6HR
 

Thanks Dave,

+ That's likely because your anti-malware application erroneously decided
that Commander was infected and removed it. Either you
didn't have your anti-malware application configured to consider Commander
to be "safe", or you had it so configured but it removed
Commander anyway, in which case it is defective.

Windows Defender has it listed as Safe
+ As a first diagnostic step, run the "Remove a program" applet on the
Windows Control Panel; is Commander present on the list of
installed applications? (Do not remove any applications)

Yes, Commander is present on that list
+ As a second step, assuming that the file

CI-V Commander.exe

+ that you created in your Commander folder is still present, terminate and
then restart the Launcher. Then make an image capture of
the "DXLab Apps" tab of the Launcher's Configuration window, attach the
capture to an email message, and send the message to me via

aa6yq (at) ambersoft.com

Just sent the image

That being said, do I need to reinstall DXLab?

+ Absolutely not! Depending upon your response to the question above, it may
be necessary to uninstall and re-install Commander;
we'll see.

I have already uninstalled and reinstalled Commander
If so, will all the settings be lost? Or is there a way to back up all the
Settings before reinstalling?

+ Uninstalling and re-installing a DXLab application does not remove its
settings from the Windows Registry, but you should be
backing your settings as a matter of basic hygiene. See

<https://www.dxlabsuite.com/dxlabwiki/BackupRecovery>


Going there now...
73,

Dave, AA6YQ


Re: Commander Won't Start or Update

Dave AA6YQ
 

+ AA6YQ comments below

I started DXLab today and got a pop-up error message that Commander could not start because the program didn't exist or couldn't be
found.

+ That's likely because your anti-malware application erroneously decided that Commander was infected and removed it. Either you
didn't have your anti-malware application configured to consider Commander to be "safe", or you had it so configured but it removed
Commander anyway, in which case it is defective.

+ Please do not delete or uninstall anything.

+ As a first diagnostic step, run the "Remove a program" applet on the Windows Control Panel; is Commander present on the list of
installed applications? (Do not remove any applications)

+ As a second step, assuming that the file

CI-V Commander.exe

+ that you created in your Commander folder is still present, terminate and then restart the Launcher. Then make an image capture of
the "DXLab Apps" tab of the Launcher's Configuration window, attach the capture to an email message, and send the message to me via

aa6yq (at) ambersoft.com


That being said, do I need to reinstall DXLab?

+ Absolutely not! Depending upon your response to the question above, it may be necessary to uninstall and re-install Commander;
we'll see.

If so, will all the settings be lost? Or is there a way to back up all the Settings before reinstalling?

+ Uninstalling and re-installing a DXLab application does not remove its settings from the Windows Registry, but you should be
backing your settings as a matter of basic hygiene. See

<https://www.dxlabsuite.com/dxlabwiki/BackupRecovery>

73,

Dave, AA6YQ


Commander Won't Start or Update

K6HR
 

Hello Folks!

 

I started DXLab today and got a pop-up error message that Commander could not start because the program didn’t exist or couldn’t be found.

 

In the Launcher config window it shows a blank space under “Installed” and a new version 14.5.5 under the “Avail” heading.

 

When I click the upgrade button I get this error message: “Can’t replace C:\DXLab\Commander\CI-V Commander.exe because it’s either in use or write protected. Commander has not been upgraded”

 

The Commander folder does exist, and I can see all the previous versions from prior updates in there. And, the CI-V Commander.exe file is not write protected.

 

The Program Path showing in the Launcher config is correct: C:\DXLab\Commander\CI-V Commander.exe

 

The only ways I have found to work around this, and start Commander, is by appending the four numbers from the last version I had installed, in this case 1440, onto the filename in the Program Path field.

 

C:\DXLab\Commander\CI-V Commander1440.exe

 

Doing this I can use Commander no problem, but I still get the same “Can’t replace” error shown above if I attempt to upgrade again.

 

I’ve also tried copying and renaming the original CI-V Commander1440.exe to CI-V Commander.exe and it runs OK, but it still cannot be upgraded. The upgrade fails and the newly renamed CI-V Commander.exe gets deleted.

 

That being said, do I need to reinstall DXLab?

 

If so, will all the settings be lost? Or is there a way to back up all the Settings before reinstalling?

 

Paul Delaney K6HR

k6hr.com

 

 


Re: Windows 10 Start menu does not list Commander

Dave AA6YQ
 

+ AA6YQ comments below

The Windows 10 Start menu does not list Commander (at least on my desktop computer).

The DXLabs Suite has five entries in its dropdown: DXKeeper, DXView, Pathfinder, Spot Collector and WinWarbler.

I didn't look for Commander in the Start menu dropdown prior to the recent Windows Defender snafu (which I also suffered), so I don't know if it was ever there. But for certain it is not there now.

Should Commander be in the Start menu's DXLabs Suite dropdown list?

+ The last Windows 10 machine on which I installed DXLab has an entry for "DXLab Suite" in the list of applications that appear when I click the "Window" button in the screen's lower-left corner. Beneath "DXLab Suite", entries for 7 DXLab applications are present; the Launcher is not present.

+ My advice is pin an entry for the DXLab Launcher on the Windows Task Bar, and use the Launcher to start the components of the Suite you use. You can configure the Launcher to automatically start those components when it starts.

73,

Dave, AA6YQ