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Macros Not Running Properly Just After Bootup


mgo
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Greetings:

 

I'm a new user...so not very experienced.

 

I've created three or four macros that work fine. One of them, however, only works correctly after the computer has run for a little while. (for example when I have been in and out of XP's Windows Explorer)

 

If I try to run the macro just after a fresh bootup then there are some incorrect pages pulled up.

 

Here is the macro I'm sure it looks pretty "messy" to your experienced users!:

 

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2005.rtf><SPKEY:0005><TEXTTYPE:<SPACE>><SPKEY:0005><DIS:<MSD:500><TEXTTYPE:-notes><SPKEY:0005><TEXTTYPE:<ENTER>><SPEED:00.01><WSIZE:01160,00832"CURRENT"><DELAY:1><DIS:<MSD:8640><MMW2:533,92><MSD:0014><MMW2:529,101><MMW2:527,106><MSD:0016><MMW2:526,112><MMW2:520,128><MSD:0015><MMW2:517,137><MSD:0014><MMW2:514,141><MMW2:507,165><MSD:0015><MMW2:502,173><MMW2:499,182><MSD:0015><MMW2:491,204><MSD:0014><MMW2:489,213><MMW2:488,222><MSD:0015><MMW2:486,230><MMW2:481,256><MSD:0014><MMW2:481,260><MSD:0016><MMW2:478,271><MMW2:474,290><MSD:0015><MMW2:473,298><MMW2:472,305><MSD:0014><MMW2:470,313><MSD:0015><MMW2:468,329><MMW2:467,335><MSD:0015><MMW2:466,342><MMW2:465,348><MSD:0014><MMW2:464,360><MSD:0015><MMW2:463,366><MMW2:462,372><MSD:0014><MMW2:462,377><MMW2:458,392><MSD:0016><MMW2:457,397><MSD:0015><MMW2:457,401><MMW2:455,413><MSD:0014><MMW2:454,418><MSD:0015><MMW2:454,422><MMW2:454,427><MSD:0015><MMW2:454,440><MSD:0014><MMW2:454,444><MMW2:454,448><MSD:0015><MMW2:454,451><MMW2:455,463><MSD:0014><MMW2:455,466><MSD:0016><MMW2:455,472><MMW2:455,477><MSD:0015><MMW2:455,490><MMW2:455,493><MSD:0014><MMW2:455,500><MSD:0015><MMW2:453,514><MMW2:453,520><MSD:0015><MMW2:453,524><MMW2:452,528><MSD:0014><MMW2:450,541><MSD:0015><MMW2:450,548><MMW2:450,551><MSD:0014><MMW2:450,555><MMW2:448,568><MSD:0016><MMW2:447,572><MSD:0015><MMW2:447,575><MMW2:447,586><MSD:0014><MMW2:446,590><MMW2:446,595><MSD:0015><MMW2:445,598><MSD:0015><MMW2:445,609><MMW2:445,611><MSD:0014><MMW2:445,614><MSD:0015><MMW2:445,620><MMW2:445,623><MSD:0014><MMW2:445,625><MMW2:445,629><MSD:0032><MMW2:445,633><MMW2:445,634><MSD:0014><MMW2:445,637><MMW2:445,642><MSD:0015><MMW2:446,646><MSD:0015><MMW2:446,647><MMW2:447,652><MSD:0014><MMW2:447,654><MMW2:447,655><MSD:0015><MMW2:448,658><MSD:0014><MMW2:448,660><MMW2:448,662><MSD:0016><MMW2:448,666><MMW2:449,668><MSD:0015><MMW2:449,671><MSD:0014><MMW2:449,672><MMW2:450,677><MSD:0015><MMW2:450,679><MSD:0015><MMW2:450,683><MMW2:450,684><MSD:0014><MMW2:450,686><MMW2:450,689><MSD:0015><MMW2:450,693><MSD:0014><MMW2:450,696><MMW2:450,698><MSD:0016><MMW2:450,703><MMW2:450,704><MSD:0015><MMW2:450,705><MSD:0014><MMW2:450,709><MSD:0015><MMW2:450,711><MMW2:450,713><MSD:0015><MMW2:450,714><MSD:0014><MMW2:450,715><MSD:0015><MMW2:450,716><MMW2:450,719><MSD:0031><MMW2:450,720><MSD:0265><LDN><LUP><MSD:1811><TEXTTYPE:<ENTER>><MSD:1030><TEXTTYPE:<ENTER>><MSD:4438><TEXTTYPE:<ALT><ALT>i><MSD:3984><TEXTTYPE:a><MSD:0031><MMW2:154,498><MSD:3405><TEXTTYPE:<ENTER>><MSD:0014><MMW2:450,720><MSD:1657><TEXTTYPE:<ENTER>><MSD:0592><TEXTTYPE:<ENTER>><MSD:0641><TEXTTYPE: 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Many thanks for the reply. I slowed the macro down to 50 times faster than normal vs 100 times. That isn't the problem area, however.

 

The first part of the macro is used to call up a file...and by slowing that segment down...I've been able to get it to behave a little better.

 

The real problem seems to be...how my computer runs the macro too slowly just after boot up. I guess I just need to do more detective work on it.

 

This slower version of the first segment of the macro seems to work ok just after bootup. So...some progress has been made.

 

<LOGERR:N><LOGFILE:YY:><IFOTH:10:1:H:\><IFMESS3:00000:1:2:Notice...Drive H is not mounted!Center:Center><ENDIF><MSTOP><ENDIF><EXPLORE:H:\><DELAY:1><TEXTTYPE:<TAB>><DELAY:1><WFREADY:000010:000000:000001H:\-notes & rants starting Oct 28 2005.rtf><DELAY:1><SPKEY:0500><TEXTTYPE:<SPACE>><SPKEY:0500><MSD:600><DELAY:1><SPKEY:0060><TEXTTYPE:-notes><SPKEY:0600><DELAY:4><TEXTTYPE:<ENTER>>

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I find that bootup macro problems can usually be solved by adding a delay of a few seconds at the beginning.

 

When Windows starts up, there is a lot of file and system activity, so any macro which is running at the same time may seem slow, or may not work properly.

 

If you put in a delay of 10-15 seconds right at the beginning, that would delay your macro until windows has finished starting up. In fact, if you have many startup programs, you may want to extend the delay to 20-30 seconds.

 

As for the Macro Playback Speed command you are using, I think it is not required. As stated in a previous reply, ME is already pretty fast.

 

Also, I noticed that you have not selected the "Ignore Macro Speed Factor" option in your delays. This would affect the speed of your delays.

 

for e.g. if your delay is 1 second, and the Macro Playback Speed is 100x, that would make your delay only 0.01 second, which is probably not what you intended.

 

- Lemming B)

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I find that bootup macro problems can usually be solved by adding a delay of a few seconds at the beginning.
Another thing that may help is to tell Macro Express to wait a few seconds before loading when Windows boots. Check out the 'Wait for [ ] seconds' option under the 'Run on Windows' Startup' option found in Options, Preferences, Startup.

 

The Macro Playback Speed only affects the Delay commands. Other commands always run at full speed.

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<snip>

 

Also, I noticed that you have not selected the "Ignore Macro Speed Factor" option in your delays. This would affect the speed of your delays.

 

- Lemming  B)

Yep...I'm making some progress with this one stubborn macro. It's all in the timing as you mentioned. The macro works reasonably well now after a fresh bootup and quite well after the computer has been doing other things for a little while.

 

Some strategic pauses and delays here and there is getting me where I want to be with this macro. I'll make sure the Ignore Macro Speed Factor box is checked.

 

By the way...the help files for this program are really nicely set up. So easy to click right to the help area from the various dialogs and other places. Good!

 

Thanks!

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