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Getting Started Checklist

NOTE: This software and associated documentation are
Copyright © 1997-1998 Patricia A. Lindsay.
Except for the CCHelper Manual written by Carol A. Haagensen


Getting Started:

  1. Subscribe to the CCHelper support/discussion list (optional) and the CCHelper announcement list (strongly recommended)

  2. Install CCHelper

    • Windows 95 and Windows NT install instructions.

      1. Download the zip file to an empty, temporary directory (eg c:\cch1temp). Click here or here to download the 1.05 version. On Netscape, you respond "Save File" to the "Unknown file type" prompt.

        This file is approximately 5 meg, it takes me about an hour to FTP it using a 28.8 modem.

        If downloading such a large file is problematic for you, here are a couple of options:

        1. Subscribe to CCHelper-L and ask someone to make you a copy of the diskettes and send them to you.

          Please feel free to copy the diskettes when you get them. You may also send copies to others.

      2. Unzip the file (cci32105.zip) you just downloaded into the temporary directory (eg c:\cch1temp).

        If you are running pkunzip from the DOS prompt, use the -d switch to create directories. The unzip should create a "disk1" directory under the temporary directory (eg c:\cch1temp should have a c:\cch1temp\disk1 directory in it). If you can't get the disk1 directory to create, during the install (see below) you will get a prompt to "Insert disk1". When this happens just backspace over the "disk1" in the prompt and click OK.

      3. Execute setup.exe created by the previous step. Respond to the prompts as follows:

        • Choose "Install Products" and "Next"

        • Choose "32-bit Short names" and "Next"

        • CCHelper will take 10.5 meg after it is installed. If you want to install CCHelper on the "C" drive: choose "Typical" and "Next", click on "CCHelper", "Next".

        • If you want to install CCHelper on another drive: Note: People are reporting trouble with this option, I will be looking into it soon and reporting the fix on the CCHelper-l list.

          choose "Custom", "Next", click on "CCHelper", "Details" and change the "c" in "c:\cch1" to the drive of your choice, press TAB and click on the "Change drive letter only" prompt and then "Yes".

          All of the "c:"s should be changed to the drive of your choice, choose "OK".

        • Continue to choose "Next", taking all of the defaults.

        • If you get a message to insert disk1, see the "Unzip" instructions above.

      4. Note: You may delete the zip file (cci32105.zip) and all of the files stored in the temporary directory (eg c:\cch1temp) once you are confident that the application is running and you will not need to re-install. These files are not needed to run CCHelper.

    • Windows 3.1 install instructions.

      • Note: I recommend at least a 486/33 with at least 8 meg RAM to run CCHelper. A beta tester who tested CCHelper on this configuration had this to say:
      "The program is a bit slow on my 486DX-33 with 8 MBs RAM. That's to be expected. It is also something of a RAM hog and I have trouble leaving CCHelper running if I want to run NetScape to view the output results. Nothing tragic has occurred but swapping in and out of/switching between the two programs becomes increasingly lengthy and I fully expect it to grind to a halt one day. If I close one or the other completely, it goes back to normal sluggish operation."
      1. Download the zip file to an empty, temporary directory (eg c:\cch1temp). Click here or here to download. On Netscape, you respond "Save File" to the "Unknown file type" prompt.

        This file is approximately 6 meg, it takes about an hour to FTP using a 28.8 modem.

        If downloading such a large file is problematic for you, here are a couple of options:

        1. Subscribe to CCHelper-L and ask someone to make you a copy of the diskettes and send them to you.

          Please feel free to copy the diskettes when you get them. You may also send copies to others.

      2. Unzip the file (cci16105.zip) you just downloaded into the temporary directory (eg c:\cch1temp).

        If you are running pkunzip from the DOS prompt, use the -d switch to create directories. The unzip should create a "disk1" directory under the temporary directory (eg c:\cch1temp should have a c:\cch1temp\disk1 directory in it). If you can't get the disk1 directory to create, during the install (see below) you will get a prompt to "Insert disk1". When this happens just backspace over the "disk1" in the prompt and click OK.

      3. Execute setup.exe created by the previous step. Respond to the prompts as follows:

        • If you get a message that says "Cannot find CTL3D.DLL", choose "CLOSE", then choose "OK to continue".

        • Choose "Install Products" and "Next"

        • CCHelper will take 13 meg after it is installed. If you want to install CCHelper on the "C" drive: choose "Typical" and "Next", click on "CCHelper", "Next".

        • If you want to install CCHelper on another drive:choose "Custom", "Next", click on "CCHelper", "Details" and change the "c" in "c:\cch1" to the drive of your choice, press TAB and click on the "Change drive letter only" prompt and then "Yes". All of the "c:"s should be changed to the drive of your choice, choose "OK".

        • Continue to choose "Next", taking all of the defaults.

        • If you get a message to insert disk1, see the "Unzip" instructions above.

      4. Note: You may delete the zip file (cci16105.zip) and all of the files stored in the temporary directory (eg c:\cch1temp) once you are confident that the application is running and you will not need to re-install. These files are not needed to run CCHelper.

  3. Upgrade CCHelper to the 1.06 release.

    See the Upgrade page..

  4. Start using CCHelper

    See the well-done CCHelper documentation created by Carol Haagensen. Please note the "fast track" steps that she has identified for getting started with CCHelper.

  5. Register with Surname Helper

  6. Backing up your database.

    It's very important to back your data. Please read the Backing up the database section in Carol Haagensen's CCHelper documentation.


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Copyright © 1997-1998 Patricia A. Lindsay. All rights reserved.
Patty Lindsay
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