- alex August 20, 2015 at 2:18 am
I ran into a problem making a field measurement with an SA44B.
I usually run Spike at my desk with an extended desktop on a second screen attached to my laptop. The second screen is big and bright so it’s handy to display Spike on that.
My problem happened when I tried to do a field measurement with just my laptop. It tried to start Spike, the “Connecting Device” box came up as usual, with the usual USB bleeps. But, when the “connecting” window closed, there was no SA display. Spike was on the task bar as usual and seemed to be running, just no display.
I wonder if anyone can suggest a work-around or fix for this?
When I got back to the office and attached my second screen, normal service was resumed. My plan now is to try to remember to locate the Spike display on my laptop screen before I leave the office, but some way of recovering the situation in the field would be good…I’m sure to forget sometimes!
KB0NEParticipantKB0NE August 20, 2015 at 5:09 am
Don’t know about W10 but… with earlier versions you should be able to right click on the icon in the task bar and select the ‘move’ option. Use the L/R/U/D arrow keys to bring the window back to main screen depending on where the extra screen is placed.
Johnalex August 20, 2015 at 7:05 am
Thanks for your suggestion. I didn’t know such a thing existed in W7, I’m missing it already!
Sadly RMB on the Spike icon in W10 offers only “Pin this program to the Taskbar” and “Close window” in addition to the starting the Spike.
All in the name of progress, I suppose.
Andrew August 20, 2015 at 8:53 am
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Try using the Windows+Left, Windows+Right keys to re-position the window. Whatever windows has focus can be moved around this way. You will have to find a way to ensure the Spike window has focus, you could probably select it with the alt-tab method.
Or… Check this link out as well, I think this applies to you
If these do not work, read on, otherwise ignore the rest of this message.
What I think this comes down to, is that Spike remembers where it was last placed, and with your multi-monitor setup it is re-opening in a place that no longer exists or is off screen. You can force Spike to re-open in the middle again with a small amount of work.
Navigate to this directory
AppData is a hidden folder, you will need to show hidden folders.
In this folder you should see a file called Layout.ini, you can either delete this file, or edit it in notepad and remove all the info under the [MainWindow] and save the file. The Geometry value is what is storing your window size and location. Launching the application with that deleted should restore the defaults which is centered and full screen on the main display. (If the other screen is still what Windows considers the main display, it will probably still open on the other window).
A.J.alex August 21, 2015 at 1:20 am
Thanks for taking the time to detail those methods. Everything you suggested works but deleting the ini file is probably the easiest to do in a pinch.
One slight snag with the Windows+Left/ Windows+Right method is that my extended desktop is above the laptop screen. Windows+Down minimises the window so that method isn’t available for extended desktops above or below the main screen.
Otherwise, spot-on and thanks!
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