PADS PowerPCB 2.0.1. for Windows NT
Before installing a new version of PADS it's important to remove
any existing setup for any earler version of the application. This can
be done by going to the 'Control Panel' / 'Add-Remove Programs' menu,
selecting the PADS entry and deleting it.
Setting up a client PC
The basic idea for running the application is to invoke PADS from the CAE
netdrive NT environment under AFS. For those who do not yet have the AFS
client software for NT, refer to
AFS Typically your local 'S' drive is used to mount the SLAC AFS area as
Once you have the AFS client software, which houses all the electronic
CAE applications, go to the folder for installing EEsof ADS:
The PADS PowerPCB ver 2.0.1 setup location on the AFS netdrive is:
The last task to perform is to include a reference to the remote license
- Double-click on the 'autorun.exe' icon.
- Select the 'Install' menu option
- 'Yes', you agree to the licensing requirements.
- Select floating license option.
- You are prompted for the destination of the license file. Eventually,
you will be pointing to the real license file, but right now you have
specify a dummy location for the license file it wants to install.
Pick any local place that can be discarded later.
- For registering, enter your name and company.
- Select custom install, since we do not have the Specctra router.
On the same menu, select the directory in which you would like local
files related to the setup of PowerPCB on your machine to go.
- On the menu list, de-select only the Specctra translator.
- On the custom options menu, select:
- change default user file directories.
- Do *not* specify "use executables on network". By not specifying
anything, the default becomes to download the executables to your
local disk. This only requires around 20 MB of space, fortunately.
This is necessary because of a PADS installation bug.
- Then you are prompted to specify the local directories for placing
design files, library files, CAM output files and OLE files. These
could all be put under your local home directory, I would think. They
total around 20 MB, initially, after the setup process is complete.
- You are asked whether you will be using PADS-Perform or PADS-Work:
- At the prompt for the license file, do not install the license file.
- Add to Program Folder as you wish.
- You can go ahead and reboot the machine
This completes the client PC installation process.
- Log in as the local Administrator.
- Get to the area: start/settings/control panel
- Double-click on the 'system' icon.
- In the control panel select tab 'environment'.
- Set variable 'LM_LICENSE_FILE' to include an entry for the PADS license
- If the variable is already set, add the following entry to the end of
the other entries, preceded by ';', otherwise initialize the list of
- Click on 'Set', then on 'Apply', then on 'OK'
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Last updated: Feb 5, 1999