ELECTRONIC T-NOTES


CHESSBASE USA'S WEEKLY ON-LINE NEWSLETTER


FOR THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 16, 2001


INSTALLING POCKET FRITZ

by Steve Lopez

Installing Pocket Fritz is actually pretty easy. You just follow three steps:

  1. Hook your Pocket PC to your computer and turn both units on
  2. Insert the Pocket Fritz disk into your CD drive
  3. When the Autorun popup dialogue appears, follow the prompts

However, occasional questions and glitches pop up from time to time. A frequently-asked question concerns the step of the process that asks to what hard drive folder you want to install Pocket Fritz. Some folks immediately balk, saying, "It's supposed to be a Pocket PC program -- why does it install to my hard drive??" Answer: it doesn't -- it just stores some archive files on your hard disk. The Pocket Fritz program itself installs to your Pocket PC. So go ahead and use the default hard drive folder suggested by the Installation Wizard.

However, there have been a few installation problems with certain Pocket units. If you reach the prompt that says the installation is looking for a connected Pocket unit, but can't find it, you'll have to do a manual installation. This is simple -- you just copy one file to your Pocket PC and run it from there.

Which file should you copy? That depends on the manufacturer of your Pocket PC unit. The table below will tell you what file to copy from your Pocket Fritz CD to a temporary folder on your Pocket PC unit:

FILES TO COPY FOR A MANUAL INSTALLATION
POCKET PC BRAND FILE NAME
Compaq iPAQPocketFritz.arm.cab
Casio pocket PCPocketFritz.mips.cab
Hewlett-Packard pocket PCPocketFritz.sh3.cab

As stated previously, copy the proper .cab file from the Pocket Fritz CD into a temporary folder on your Pocket PC; the folder \Windows\Temp works wonderfully well for this purpose. Then go to that folder on your Pocket unit (the exact procedure may vary from unit to unit, but you'll likely be using the Windows CE File Explorer), tap on the filename, and the .cab archive will expand and install the Pocket Fritz program.

It's as easy as that. So if the automatic installation doesn't do the trick, you can use this manual method to install Pocket Fritz (but note that you'll still need the Pocket Fritz CD in the drive if you do a manual installation).

Next week we'll have a look at this new pocket rocket that everyone's shouting about. Until then, have fun!

A special "thank you" to Peter Schriener for his help with this week's issue!

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