Re: Authorization key will not install under Windows XP

Hi Doug,
I notice you mention that you were sure there was no anti virus software
running when you tried the authorization.  That's a common cause of this
type of problem, so if you're sure about that then you've eliminated one
problem.

Have you tried running HJAUTH.EXE and selecting the radio button in the
option cluster to check the authorization count on the diskette since
inputting the authorization string from FS?  Just curious about that because
nothing was mentioned about actually checking the count of authorizations on
the diskette.  Might tell you something useful that would hint at the
problem.  Do remember to change the C: parameter to A: so it's checking the
count of authorizations on the floppy and not the hard drive.

I'm running Windows XP Home with SP1 on a Dell Inspiron laptop.  I've never
heard of the motherboard problem so can't comment to that.  The only thing
that's ever caused me trouble is Norton Antivirus, and so long as I disable
the auto protect it goes fine.

Otherwise without knowing more about the specific brand or model of computer
I can't think of what else could be running in Windows XP that might
interfere with the authorization software.  That is to say I've never run
into this supposed motherboard problem FS is talking about.

I agree the software protection isn't ideal.  I had to deal with a number of
credit processing softwares in the past that used diskette authorization and
hated dealing with them.  The USB dongle would be a pain to use all the time
but I really don't think that would help the situation any.  I've never
heard of a motherboard determining what data can go to the hard drive, which
is where the key is stored.
-Greg Epley

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Doug Lawlor" <dlawlor@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Monday, April 26, 2004 9:39 AM
Subject: Authorization key will not install under Windows XP


> Hello list, we have just acquired a new system running Windows XP home
> addition service pack 1. The problem  I am having is as follows: I insert
> the authorization disk and run the hj authorization manager from the disk
> and select install from the radio buttons and press the execute button.
The
> disk spins and spins for the longest time and finally a  message is
> displayed in  the information box saying that there is no valid
> authorization key on the disk. I contacted freedom Scientific technical
> support and was given an  authorization string to update my keys on the
> disk. After this was accomplished we made sure that there was no virus
> scanning software running on the system then we tried to install the
> authorization key again. Still, the same result. According to there
> technical support department certain motherboards will not allow these
keys
> to be installed. I was told I would have to contact my Canadian dealer to
> get a dongle which plugs into the USB port then   the software will be
> authorized through this piece of hardware. The question I have is do I
have
> to do this? I certainly do not feel like taking up my USB ports with there
> stupid dongles in order to use there software which I paid them dam good
> money for! Is there anything running under XP home by default which would
> cause this foolishness to happen? This is a brand new system with nothing
> else installed on it except Windows XP and Nero cd burning software. What
> the hell do people do about this stupid security system when this happens?
> I really need to get this running today if at all possible. Suffice to
say,
> if I can not get this to work Freedom Scientific  will not get any more
> business from me. Likewise I will not hesitate to recommend to others not
> to buy there software if problems like this are going to be the result.
> I've got a lot more to do than spending money for transportation to bring
> computers back and forth to local dealers to get something which will work
> with there software. Where not back in the 90's anymore! I would
appreciate
> knowing what people have done to resolve this problem. Sorry for the
rather
> long rant but I can't stand when companies such as Freedom Scientific
> unintentionally or not put us over a barrel like this
>
> Thanks in advance,
>
> Doug
>
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