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    Question calculated field expression builder not working

    I just upgrade my V9 to V10, now using the latest patch 2814_3539,
    however the calculated field builder in the table field rule not working and cause the alpha to hangs. Need to get the task manager to shut it down.
    I open same file in same environment (mine is WindowsXP service pack 2 version 2002)using V8, can edit the calculated field with pop-up builder appear as expected.

    I have reinstall / repair V10, re-patch and run using the alphasport files. Same results.

    Does anyone have same problem as this? What should I do and how to fix this?

    Thanks
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    Default Re: calculated field expression builder not working

    Razali,
    No problems here. What is the calculated field rule you are trying to create?
    Are you certain the fields the calculation is trying to pull values from are in the table with the calculated field? Are you including varaiable values in the calculation (neither advisable nor available for the calculation) ?
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    Default Re: calculated field expression builder not working

    Hi Mike,

    Thanks for the prompt assist.
    I tried to create calculate field to total up certain numeric field ( qty*day*freq ).

    click the calculate options fines. But to define the calculation I need to click the expression builder at the bottom. This cause the alpha to hang.

    I just create a new simple table with 2 fields in new database. After changing the extended field type to calculated in the options, clicking the builder produce same problem. I could type in the space provided. Means the pop up builder can not appear.

    I could not figure out what may cause it since the V8 alpha run with no error.

    Regards
    Razali

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    Sounds like the expression builder is opening, but is positioned off of your screen.

    Can you press alt-f4 and close the dialog and is Alpha OK then?

    Is so, then you need to adjust the registry entries for Alpha to display the expression builder in a different place.

    Or do what I do. Save the license number(so you can reenter it), remove all the registry entries (HKEY_CURRENT_USER) for that version of Alpha and restart Alpha. All registry entries are recreated with the default values.
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    Default Re: calculated field expression builder not working

    yes, you are absolutely 100% right.

    You save me from removing many of my other program (which I though may be the cause). In fact I have free up more memory now just in case.

    Some how, recently I use 2 displays (screen/ monitor) to work with. This morning I didn't switch on the other screen and was disconnected.

    After your advice, i reconnect the display, and there is the expression builder in the center which had been waiting there for so long.

    Sorry for troubling you and Mike and thanks for the help.
    With you guys around, I feel more confidence in working with alpha products.

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    Cool Re: calculated field expression builder not working

    Nice one Al,
    I use 2 displays (screen/ monitor) to work with. This morning I didn't switch on the other screen and was disconnected.
    Funny how these small details can make all the difference.
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    Default Re: calculated field expression builder not working

    Quote Originally Posted by Keith Hubert View Post
    Nice one Al,Funny how these small details can make all the difference.
    We are in a detail based industry...

    I usually ask someone if they have 2 (or more) monitors, but didn't think of that initially with this issue..

    The 2 monitors issue also comes up with remote support..

    Client: See this on my screen?
    Me: Is it on your primary screen or secondary screen?
    Client: Oh, let me move it there..

    So easy to forget that one..

    Cheers..
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    Default Re: calculated field expression builder not working

    Al,

    That is a lot like the client who phones up the support desk demanding why their computer does not work. Eventually the support asks, is the plug for the computer plugged in and is the plug in the wall switched on!!!!

    Cleaners were in last night and used the socket for the floor cleaner.
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    Default Re: calculated field expression builder not working

    This little problem do give me some learning experience:
    1 use alt-F4 to close the dialog
    2 adjust the registry keys if needed
    3 never forget to switch on the 2nd display.
    4 restart, reinstall, alt-F4 etc would not make the 'gadget'(exp builder) to appear in screen one.
    5 need to move the alpha windows back to the 1st screen
    6 need to move that gadget back to the first screen too.
    7 lastly it is now safe to switch display back to single screen.

    Perhaps alpha could add or adjust the default location of this exp builder when it appear. Well, this is just my idea and problem occurred to me. May be others not.

    Thanks.

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