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    Tired and frustrated

    I have updated from alpha 5 ver. 1 to alpha 5 ver. 4.3. I have had lots of help form this meeage board and I thank all of you for your help. I still can not get the phone dialer to work. It works on ver. 1 but will not on ver. 4.3. I get message that says " A telephony resourse is temporarily unavailable. This could mean a short wait is nesessary or that a non-TAPI application is using the line" Why does it work on ver 1 and not ver. 4.3? I read the user guide and look at field rules and did what the user guide said and it will not work.

    How do you print marked records? I have looked all over the user guide book and its not clear how to do this.

    I still cant get a startup application to work and I follow the user guide book step by step. The tool box button will not stay on the application form when I click it on the tool box. I reloaded the program and it still wont work. All I am trying to do is Design a start up menu form that has buttons to open databases, run repots, print letters and lables. This is very basic but the user guide seems to not expalin things step by step.
    I started the application fron my names.dbf form and on design mode erassed the form and started designeing the startup application form from this. I can not find a way to start a brand new form. I try to put on a button and the genie will not pop up. Sometimes a box pops up with all my fields in it from my names database. The startup application screen in ver. 1 was easy to build and it worked. What has changed in ver. 4.3?

    Mabe I need more training in programing.

    I look at the Dr. book for 29.95 and would buy it if it is designed for beginners. Thank you, Patrick

    RE: Tired and frustrated

    Telephony problems indicate that your line is tied up with another program that doesn't like to share the resource( pcanywhere , fax software, ect.)

    Printing marked records - go to reports-start a new report and follow the genie. When the form design pops up click on FORM, DETAILS, RECORDS and click on MARKED ONLY. Save the form and now you can print marked records.

    The other problems need to be broken down step by step and we need more information.

    Bob Sullivan


      RE: Tired and frustrated


      >>I can not find a way to start a brand new form.>Sometimes a box pops up with all my fields in it from my names database.>I try to put on a button and the genie will not pop up.


        RE: Tired and frustrated

        Re:Menu or opening form
        Click on HELP Type in STARTUP & it will give you the necessary steps. Summary below.
        1.From the control panel click on TABLES/SETS
        2.Click on the database to which you wish to assign the startup form (menu)
        3.Click FILE (upper left of screen)
        4.Click on DATABASE PROPERTIES
        5.From the AUTOMATIC FORM tab click on the form use wish to use as the start up or menu
        6.Click RUN ON LOAD
        Remember I had a !!!! of a time finding the first time
        Good Luck John