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  • installfiles.

    If i for example want to put an installfile for Photoshop, do i have to have it in the virtualcd folder to burn it to a cdrom?

  • #2
    Re: installfiles.

    Hi,
    Any files that you use that our "outside" of AutoPlay must be burnt to the CD-ROM. Basically anything that is not an IMAGE OBJECT, PAGE BACKGROUND, SPLASH or CREDITS screen, FONT file, AVI VIDEO OBJECTS, and WAV or MP3 sound NOT played by REFERENCE, must be burnt onto the CD-ROM.
    So to answer your questions, yes, if you want to execute an installation using AutoPlay you must burn the installation to the CD-ROM, otherwise AutoPlay will not be able to find it.

    mark.
    MSI Factory The Next Generation Intelligent Setup Builder

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    • #3
      Re: installfiles.

      But must i have the installfile in the virtual cdrom, or can i have it elsewhere and it automatically saves the treeview?

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      • #4
        Re: installfiles.

        Hi,
        The VIRTUAL CD-ROM FOLDER is only necessary for previewing your menu. You do not have to use it, we recommend that you do, but if you are familiar enough you do not have to.
        Now I'm not exactly sure what you mean by: "and it automatically saves the treeview?" Perhaps you could clarify your question.

        mark.
        MSI Factory The Next Generation Intelligent Setup Builder

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        • #5
          Re: installfiles.

          Hi,
          Basically I would access your files in your AutoPlay menu something like this: "%SrcDrv%\FILENAME.EXT" or perhaps "%SrcDrv%\MOREINFO\FILENAME2.EXT". Then when I burn to the CD-ROM FILENAME.EXT would be burnt to: ROOT\FILENAME.EXT and FILENAME2.EXT would be burnt to ROOT\MOREINFO\FILENAME2.EXT. Where ROOT is the root of the CD-ROM.
          The main concept here is to use the %SrcDrv% built-in variable; it means "Source Drive". It is expanded, during run-time, to the Drive letter that your menu is being run from. So if you Run your menu off of the F:\ drive %SrcDrv% gets set to "F:".
          All the VIRTUAL CD-ROM FOLDER is, is a tool that you use to setup and preview your menu. During preview %SrcDrv% gets set to the value of your VIRTUAL CD-ROM, instead of the actual Source Drive.
          Hopefully this explains what you need to know and do.

          mark.
          MSI Factory The Next Generation Intelligent Setup Builder

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          • #6
            Re: installfiles.

            Ok, maybe i dint understand, but if i have the structure "c:\burn\photoshop\install.exe
            and c:\burn\winamp\install.exe
            can i just "move" that structure to my CD and the structure automatically will be %SrcDrv%\photoshop\install.exe ?

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            • #7
              Re: installfiles.

              Hi,
              If you move the CONTENTS of C:\BURN on to the CD-ROM, you will then have a path like this on the CD-ROM: ROOT\PHOTOSHOP\INSTALL.EXE where ROOT is the root of the CD-ROM. Then to access INSTALL.EXE from AutoPlay you would use: %SrcDrv%\PHOTOSHOP\INSTALL.EXE.
              %SrcDrv% = the drive that the menu is run from.

              mark.
              MSI Factory The Next Generation Intelligent Setup Builder

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              • #8
                Re: installfiles.

                What i want to know, my cataloguestructure on the harddrive is C:\programs\burn\
                Under there do i have subfolders, how do i get the cataloguestructure from the burnfolder to the cd, as it is now is it a very messy structure on the harddrive, how do i get a good structure on the "finished" burned cdrom?

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                • #9
                  Re: installfiles.

                  Will the root automatically be %srcdrv%\ no matter the name of the virtaul CDrom that i have on my harddrive, cause i dont want the catalogue structure to be %srcdrv%\burn\photoshop\ i want it to be %srcdrv%\photoshop

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                  • #10
                    Re: installfiles.

                    Hi,
                    %SrcDrv% is a built in variable that gets set to the ROOT of the drive that your AutoPlay menu is being run from. During preview %SrcDrv% gets set to your Virtual CD-ROM FOLDER.
                    %SrcDrv% has nothing to do with the directory structure that you have on your Hard Drive or CD-ROM, you set that up. %SrcDrv% simply gets set to: the ROOT of the DRIVE during build and the VIRTUAL CD-ROM FOLDER during preview.
                    So yes, %SrcDrv% will be set to the ROOT no matter what the VIRTUAL CD-ROM FOLDER is set to during a build, BUT during a PREVIEW it will get set to the VIRTUAL CD-ROM FOLDER. So on your CD-ROM %SrcDrv% will be the ROOT of your CD-ROM.
                    You should set your virtual CD-ROM to C:\BURN, and then when you burn to the CD-ROM burn the CONTENTS of the BURN folder. That way you will get the following structure on your CD-ROM: ROOT\PHOTOSHOP\. So if your CD-ROM drive is the D:\ drive the path will be: D:\PHOTOSHOP\. If you have that directory structure you will REFERENCE files in the PHOTOSHOP folder in AutoPlay as follows: %SrcDrv%\PHOTOSHOP

                    mark.
                    MSI Factory The Next Generation Intelligent Setup Builder

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                    • #11
                      Re: installfiles.

                      So what i have to do after that is just to copy/move all the files from the burnfolder and the c:\output including the subfolder data to a specific folder and from there burn my CD?

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                      • #12
                        Re: installfiles.

                        Hi,
                        Yes that is basically what you have to do. Just remember that when you burn from your "burn" folder to burn the CONTENTS of the folder not the FOLDER itself.

                        mark.
                        MSI Factory The Next Generation Intelligent Setup Builder

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                        • #13
                          Re: installfiles.

                          How can i specify the path to the installfiles my self? Without using the virtual CD-rom, I dont want to move all my files and folders to the virtual CD-rom, and how do i know that the folderstructure will be the same on the burned CD-rom?

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                          • #14
                            Re: installfiles.

                            Hi,
                            The VIRTUAL CD-ROM FOLDER is used to mimic the ROOT of your CD-ROM. What you should do is move all of files that you want to use into it. So if your want to have the following path to a file on your CD-ROM: "ROOT\DATA\FILE.TXT", and you VIRTUAL CD-ROM is set to: "C:\Virtual CD", you should have the following path on your hard drive: "C:\Virtual CD\DATA\FILE.TXT". Then you simply burn the CONTENTS of your VIRTUAL CD FOLDER and everything will work fine.
                            If you choose not use the VIRTUAL CD-ROM FOLDER, or do not want to move all of your files into it, then YOU are responsible for making sure that the folder structure is the same on your CD-ROM. In reality you are always responsible for making sure that the folder structure is correct on your CD-ROM, you can use the VIRTUAL CD-ROM and still burn your files incorrectly.
                            All you really need to know is how you reference your files IN AutoPlay and them burn them to the CD-ROM in the location that you specified in AutoPlay. If you do this you will have no problems.

                            mark.
                            MSI Factory The Next Generation Intelligent Setup Builder

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