PADS PowerPCB 4.0 for Windows NT
Whereas version 3.0 of Power PCB no longer had the translator for
bringing in .job files from PADS Perfect on UNIX, the translator is
now back in versions starting with 3.5.1, fortunately.
Starting with this verion of PowerPCB the installation location
has been moved from its former AFS area to the pub 'X:' drive. This means
you do not need to have the AFS client application on your PC in order to
run this version of Pspice/Capture.
You can either run Xilinx locally off the remote installation drive (pub X:),
or you can download the application to your local disk.
Setting up a client PC
The basic idea for running the application is to invoke PowerPCB from the 'pub'
The PADS PowerPCB version 4.0 setup location on the X: netdrive is:
Two tasks have to be performed: copying the Program Folder entry for
running the application, and setting up the reference to the remote
license file. These tasks require Admin privileges.
Make sure your environment includes a reference to the remote license file:
This concludes the setup of your PC to run the remote application on your PC.
- Log in as the local Administrator.
- Go to the area: start/settings/control panel
- Double-click on the 'system' icon.
- In the control panel select tab 'environment'.
- Set system variable 'LM_LICENSE_FILE' to include an entry for the PADS
license as follows:
If the variable is already set, add the following entry to the end of
the other entries, preceded by ';', otherwise initialize the list of
- If there is a *user* env variable called 'PADS_LIC_FILE', set
to 7508@mdntdl02, you can go ahead and remove it, since it is essentially
- Click on 'Set', then on 'Apply', then on 'OK'
Installing to local PC drive
To install the PowerPCB version 4.0 application to your local drive, go to
the setup location on the X: (pub) netdrive:
This completes the installation process to the local PC drive.
- Double-click on the 'AUTORUN.exe' icon.
- In the menu "Innoveda Inc" select the 'Install PowerPCB' menu option
- After agreeing with the usual license agreement matters,
enter your name and company info in the "Registration" screen.
- In the 'Security Configuration' screen, select 'Floating License' option.
The next screen indicates that the Setup program will attempt to communicate
with the license server. Click on 'Next'.
- On the 'Specify Security Server' screen, you are prompted to enter
- On the next "Preserve settings?" screen you are prompted to select from
among three choices for whether to preserve various default items. You may
choose to preserve settings if you have had a previous version of PowerPCB
with configuration settings you would like to keep. If you choose to
preserve an earlier powerpcb.ini file, complete the details to make that
happen in the following selection screen.
- On the following "Setup Type" screen, select, at the bottom,
the "Destination Folder" in which you would like
local files related to the setup of PowerPCB on your machine to go.
This will typically be a local working directory.
Above that on the same screen select the "typical" install,
- Add to the Programs Folder as you wish. I always recommend including
the version number in the Program Folder name.
- At some point you may be reminded that you have "Backup" files from a
previous version of PowerPCB, which you can choose to overwrite or not.
'Yes' would in be the right choice normally.
- You can go ahead and reboot the machine.
- It may be useful to transfer the Program Folder entry for PowerPCB
from its current location either in the Administrator Profile or in your own
profile to that of "All Users", so any user logging in to your PC has access
to the application. This change requires Admin privileges.
The Program Folders for various users are in folder:
The desired destination folder is
"All Users\Start Menu\Programs".
Drag to that location the "PowerPCB 4.0" folder that is initially in the
Administrator or other related user's folder.
Copyright, and Other Fine Print ]
Last updated: November 6, 2001