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Signlab Version 7 Question 1 year 3 months ago #5158

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I have a question I hope somebody will be able to help me out with. Maybe point me in the right direction and hopefully end up with good news/results.

We have a Vinyl Express GRC-61 plotter at our shop, with Signlab Version 7 as the software we were using. It is older equipment, but has worked flawlessly. As luck would have it, we started to have some issues with our computer. One of the guys thought he was doing the rest of us a favor and took it to get it looked at. In order to "fix" the computer, they had to install a new hard drive. Went it came back to the shop and got plugged back in, there was no longer any Signlab icons on the desktop. It turned out they only installed the most basic programs back onto the computer. All of the software/programs/files for the plotter were gone.

I hunted around the office and found 6 CD's with either Signlab or CADlink printed on them, as well as 4 or 5 Signlab install/user books. I haven't tried reloading the disks yet, just hooked the computer back up to the plotter, printer, etc. Is there anything special that I have to do to load these disks into the computer? A special order or something? When this program was first installed on the computer YEARS ago, it was done by one of the guys that is no longer around, and nobody really paid attention to how he did it. All we knew was the plotter was working great after he was done.

Any and all help with this situation would be GREATLY appreciated. Thank you in advance.
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Signlab Version 7 Question 1 year 3 months ago #5160

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You only need 1 installer CD for Signlab, there would be a second CD (Installer disk 2) for the Print & Cut manager if you have the print & Cut version.

Look at the installer CD's and see which has the newest files on it. That would be the best one to start with. Look also for files named ProductS, if they are not on the CD you will need those also, either from your supplier or CADlink.(They need to match the dongle).

Once you have the newest installer and the products files, double click the Setup.exe on the CD or open and close the CD drive to autorun.
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Signlab Version 7 Question 1 year 3 months ago #5163

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Thank you for the quick response. The 6 disks I have are as follows:

Signlab 7.1 Installer
Signlab 7.1 Printers DVD
Signlab e Program CD
CADlink Fonts & Sign Clip-Art (color image on disk)
CADlink Fonts & Sign Clip-Art (B7W image on disk)
CADlink License CD

I also had a dongle with a numeric code on it that matches the numbers imprinted on the Signlad 7.1 Installer and CADlink License CD disks.

Like I said before, this software was purchased quite a while ago and installed by someone else. Unfortunately, I am not very computer-literate, and am struggling just a little bit. LOL.
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Signlab Version 7 Question 1 year 3 months ago #5164

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Insert the cadlink licence CD, copy the files from there to the windows desktop.(should be products files).
Insert the Signlab 7.1 Installer CD, it should auto run, follow the prompts and when asked for the licence disk, browse to the desktop in windows. Click OK and the follow any onscreen prompts to complete the installation.
Once installed Insert one of the Font and Clipart CD's and copy the contents into the CADlink folder.
The in Signlab go to File > Install > Fonts
Where it says look in ensure that says C:\CADlink
Click Search Now, when that is done, click Install All.

During the install you will have been asked to install a driver for your cutter, assuming you have done this, all you need to do is select the correct output port (Cut > Plotting defaults > Setup > Port) and then you should be good to go.
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Signlab Version 7 Question 1 year 3 months ago #5165

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Again, thanks for the response. Is there any particular time during the installation that I need to plug the dongle in? Should I install it before any of the disks, or will I be prompted during the install on when to plug it in?
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Signlab Version 7 Question 1 year 3 months ago #5166

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Wait until it has completed the install. Then plug in before you start the program.
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