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HOW TO RECOVER DAMAGED OR MISSING FILESINTRODUCTION
While trying to start the P.I. Powertool (PIP) program, you may experience an error messages which states that files are either (a) damaged, or (b) missing. These two error messages are different, but depending upon the version of the PIP that you have, the missing file error may indicates that a file is damaged. Therefore, a short explanation is in order.
An abnormal system termination (ie., “computer crash”) can cause damage to any programs and/or data that reside on your computer. Fortunately, damage that occurs to Personal Injury Powertool database files can usually be “Recovered”. Damaged files are repaired using the “Recover” function in FileMaker Pro 5.
As explained in Section 1 of the Installation Guide (available from our website at
www.hipersoft.com ), the PIP database files are stored on one computer and they shared by other computers on your network. The computer which stores the files is called the “Host”. PIP database files can be “hosted” by a computer which is running either FileMaker Pro 5 or FileMaker Server 5.
NOTE: If your PIP is hosted using FileMaker Server 5, then you must shut down the “FileMaker Server” Service on your Host computer and copy the PIP database files to the “C:\HiPerSoft” folder on a computer which has FileMaker Pro 5 installed so that you can perform the steps below to resolve the damaged or missing file problem.
The “Client” computer is the computer which is sharing the PIP files from the “Host” computer over your network. The “Client” computer does not have a copy of the PIP database files, but connects to the PIP database files on the “Host” through a TCP/IP or IPX/SPX network protocol.
Once the PIP files are opened on the “Host” computer, the Multi-User Mode must be set to ON in order for the “Client” computers to share the PIP files. (See Section 1.b and Section 14.a.i. in the Installation Guide) If the Multi-User Mode has not been set to ON, then the “Client” computer will not be able to see the files through your network and will generate an error indicating that the files are “missing”.
Therefore, there are only 2 steps required to resolve the problem of damaged or missing files: The first is to “recover” any damaged files, and the second is to make sure that the Multi-User mode is set to “ON” so that the PIP can be shared by “Client” computers over your network.
Recover Damaged Files
Start the PIP files using FileMaker Pro 5. What we are looking for here is a “damaged” file error so that we can repair the file using the “Recover” function in FileMaker Pro 5. If you get the “damaged” file error, start by performing steps “A” through “S” below.
If you do not encounter the “damaged” file error when starting the PIP on the Host computer, then skip to the section below entitled “Set Multi-User to ON“.
(A) Write down the name of the file (ex., “CLT.FP5") when the error message presents itself (See Figure 1 at the end of this document for an example of a damaged file error message for the “LIns.fp5" file)
(B) Click on the “OK” button
(C) You will then be presented with the “Open File” dialog box. click on the “Cancel” button. (See Figure 2 at the end of this document which shows the Open File dialog box)
(D) Repeat steps “A” through “C” above until the PIP opens to the Main Menu.
Please follow the instructions below which will help you identify the damaged files, repair them, and reinstall the files. If it is determined below that you are unable to “recover” the damages files on your system, you will be directed to send the files to HiPerSoft by e-mail. (E) Shut down the PIP on all computers.
(F) The Host computer is the computer from which all other computers share the
database files. Only one computer in your office can be the Host. The Host can be identified by looking in the \HiPerSoft folder, in which you will find a group of files which have the *.PIP or *.FP5 file extensions (depending upon your version). You may not see the file extension if you have turned off your file extensions. To turn the file extensions back on, do the following:
- Open Windows Explorer (Windows Key + “E”) - From the View Menu, select Folder Options - Click on the View Tab at the top
- In the Advanced Settings area, you must uncheck the box next to “Hide file extensions for known file types”
names of the damaged files appear in the error messages you receive when starting the PIP on either the Host or Client computers which indicate that the files are either damaged or cannot be found.
(H) If your database files end with the Runtime file extension (*.PIP), then you will need to attach those files to an e-mail addressed to email@example.com: (Proceed to Step “I” to continue).
If your database files end with the FileMaker Pro 5 file extension (*.FP5), then you can repair the files yourself using the “Recover” command in FileMaker Pro 5 (Proceed to Step “L” to continue)
(I) Upon receipt of the files by HiPerSoft, our Technical Support Staff will “recover” the files and return them to you by e-mail.
(A) When you receive the files by e-mail, you must shut down the PIP on all computers, including the Host computer.
(B) Copy the files from the e-mail back into the \HiPerSoft folder on the Host computer, overwriting the original files that are still in the \HiPerSoft folder.
NOTE: If the PIP is not shut down prior to copying the files into the \HiPerSoft folder on the Host computer, an error will be generated by the operating system informing you that the file is in use and cannot be overwritten. (Proceed to Step “T” below)
(C) On the Host computer, open FileMaker Pro 5 by locating its Shortcut icon in the “Programs” menu. (ie., Start | Programs | FileMaker Pro 5 | FileMaker).
(D) From the “File” Menu at the top left of the screen, select “Recover”. (NOTE: If you are presented with the “Open File” dialog box when FileMaker Pro 5 starts up, then click on “Cancel” so that you can access the “File” menu).
(E) You are now presented with the “Open Damaged File” dialog box. Navigate to the folder in which the PIP database files are located (usually “C:\HiPerSoft”), select the name of the damaged file so that it appears in the “File Name” field, and click the “Open” button.
(F) You are now presented with the “Name Recovered File” dialog box. By default, the file will be renamed to [original damaged file name + “recovered” + .FP5]. You should NOT change this name. Simply click on the “Save” button to continue. (G) Once the Recover function has completed repairing the damaged file, you will be
presented with a “FileMaker” dialog box which provides information regarding the recovery process. Click the “OK” button.
(I) Open the Windows Explorer (Windows Key + “E”) and navigate to the folder on the Host computer where the PIP database files are located. You will notice that the original damaged files are still present, but there will also be recovered files named as described in Step “O” above.
(J) At t his point, we need to delete the original damaged files, and rename the recovered files to be the same as the original damaged files. For example, if the “CLT.FP5" file was damaged, the recovered file would be named “CLT
Recovered.FP5". You would delete the “CLT.FP5" file, and then Rename the “CLT Recovered.FP5" file to “CLT.FP5". The renaming of the file is accomplished by Right Clicking your mouse while it is pointed on the “CLT Recovered.FP5" file, selecting “Rename” from the popup menu, and then removing the word “Recovered” and the space before it. If you forget to remove this space character, the file will not be recognized, and the PIP will not run.
Set Multi-User to ON
The PIP files on the “Host” computer must be shared in order for the Client computers to access the files over the network. To share the PIP files, we must set the Multi-User Mode to “ON”. This is accomplished by performing the following steps:
The PIP must be running on the Host computer before any other Client computer can gain access over your network. Therefore, you must first start the PIP on the Host computer, which can be accomplished as follows:
(K) Double-click on the “SET.FP5" file in the “C:\HiPerSoft” folder on your harddrive. OR
If you have a desktop icon that is a shortcut to the “SET.FP5" file, Double-click on that icon.
(L) Click “Enter” on the Splash Screen (which has the graphic of the PIP CD-ROM Saw Blade)
(M) Click on “Client Database”
(N) From the “Scripts” menu at the top of your screen, Select “Set MultiUser Status ON” NOTE: You should see a squiggly line and hear some activity from your harddrive, after which, the squiggly line disappears.
On the Client computer, start the PIP using either the method described in “O” through “P” or the method described in “Q” through :
(O) Click on the “P.I. Powertool” Computer Access License file on your desktop.
NOTE: This file can be downloaded from the HiPerSoft website (www.hipersoft.com) in the “Downloads” section under “Technical Support”.
(P) Click “Enter” on the Splash Screen (which has the graphic of the PIP CD-ROM Saw Blade)
This is the second method of accessing the PIP on a Client computer, which uses the FileMaker Pro 5 “Hosts” connection.
(Q) On the Client computer, click on the Windows “Start” menu, select Programs | FileMaker Pro 5 | FileMaker Pro
(R) From the “Open New or Existing File” dialog box, click the “Hosts” button
(S) In the “Hosts” dialog box, you will see the name of the Host computer, and then immediately below it, the file “Set.fp5" which should be highlighted. Click on “Open” or Press the Enter button on your keyboard.
(T) Click “Enter” on the Splash Screen (which has the graphic of the PIP CD-ROM Saw Blade)
Computer crashes are inevitable. Files that are open and being used are very susceptible to damage. Fortunately, FileMaker Pro 5 has the built in “Recover” command to fix
damaged files. However, the best insurance against damaged files is a good backup. There is NO SUBSTITUTE for regular backups.
HiPerSoft recommends using “FileMaker Server”, a special version of FileMaker Pro, to Host your PIP database files. FileMaker Server has a built in backup utility that will make backups according to a schedule that you define. And best of all, the backups will be made while the PIP database files are open and being used by your staff. There is no need to shut down the PIP database files and interrupt the productivity of your staff in order to make backups! It is a good business decision. For more information, please contact HiPerSoft and a representative will be happy to explain the benefits of using FileMaker Server.
See the following page for Figures 1 and 2 which are referenced above in the text of this document.