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Louis Farrugia's WinGX Single Crystal Suite

Installing WinGX v1.64 on Windows NT (and Win2000?/Millenium?)

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Registering Shelx and Sir97/Sir97

To use Shelx93/Shelx97 and Sir92/Sir97 you must be a registered user of these programs. If you have not already, go to these sites and register (free for academics) and register. While at it, get the latest Sirware (sir97) which can easily link into WinGX.

Obtaining the Licence file for WinGX

Downloading and installing WinGX

  • It is best to do the following using the system administrator's account so a) everyone can use the system and b) DLLs can be copied into the correct area. (Though there may be some permissions or custom parameters for each individual user to set depending on the permissions/security setup of the NT system - e.g., the "WINGXDIR" variable where the user WinGX ini file would be located)

  • Download WinGX - http://www.chem.gla.ac.uk/~louis/software/wingx/ver164.html
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    (And any other program you are interested in Installing as part of the WinGX suite - Win DIRDIF, Ortep-3, Win Platon, GUI WinSTRUPLO, Povray, etc)

    (There is also a new method of adding "user defined" programs)

  • Extract the Setup.exe file using WinZIP for PKZIP into a temporary directory such as c:\temp

  • Run the setup.exe program and install into the default c:\wingx directory.

    WinGX 1.64 install screen

  • Now copy over the licence file you have received via E-mail to the WinGX directory as: WinGX-license (normally c:\wingx\ is the installation directory).

  • Go into the Start, Settings, Control Panel, System and set the following environment variables.
    SET WINGXDIR=c:\wingx
    SET CHECKDEF=c:\wingx\files\check.def
    SET PGFONT=c:\wingx\files\grfont.dat
    set RASEXE=c:\wingx\for_prog\raswin.exe
    set NETEXE=c:\progra~1\netscape\commun~1\program\netscape.exe
    set POVEXE=c:\progra~1\pov-ra~1\bin\pvengine.exe
    (Reboot your computer for these changes to take effect)

  • Read the installation file for some extra information. [http://www.chem.gla.ac.uk/~louis/software/wingx/install.html]
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  • This includes information on obtaining program for plugging into WinGX such as Win Dirdif, Povray, Ortep-3, GUI WinSTRUPLO, etc....

  • Run WinGX, enter into Files, SYSTEM, Applications to link in the plugin programs such as graphics viewer, VRML viewer, etc.

    WinGX 1.64 Setting Application Preferences Dialog Box

  • Other Preferences can be set via the File, System, Preferences menu

    WinGX 1.62 Preferences Dialog Box

  • If you are running WinGX from a shared network or directory area where you do not have write permissions to the wingx.ini file, WinGX may not be able to do basic functions as it requires to be able to write to the wingx.ini file.

    There are two solutions to this.

    1. Make the main wingx.ini file writable (there is a risk that this might be accidentally overwritten as a result).

    2. Every user has their own copy of the wingx.ini configuration file using the SET WINGXDIR parameter to point to this in their local c:\autoexec.bat or user specific network parameter file.

      (e.g., SET WINGXDIR=g:\users\lachlan\wingx )

Note from Louis Farrugia (5th May 2000):

Most important one : It is ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL (not just desirable) that the directory pointed to by WINGXDIR has write access - WinGX will fail otherwise. The file is ALLWAYS overwitten during a WinGX session. The only file you need to have in the directory is WINGX.INI - users on a network can thus have their own private versions.

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