.PPS working on some computers, but not all...

.PPS working on some computers, but not all...

Post by Tmlja » Thu, 05 May 2005 05:21:03


Created a HUGE .ppt file - 160mb. File burned to CD (including all of the
.mp3 files, video files, etc.) Tested on 5 machines and they work beautifully
from Win98 up to WinXP.

However, on two WinXP machines, I get a message "Windows cannot open this
file" and a "To Open this file..." message directing me to tell the computer
which program to open it with. Both of these failed machines do not have
PowerPoint on them -- but I thought that the .pps extention would take care
of that.

For the record, the original .PPT file was created in PPT2003.

I have also tried using the "Package to CD" w/no luck (yes, I've copied the
files to a folder and then burned the contents to a CD). On the "good"
computers it runs as it should. On these two WinXP machines, the PowerPoint
Viewer window appears and after you "accept" the terms, the show never starts.

The client is furious and I'm ready to pull my hair out.

Could really use some help ASAP.

Thanks!
Nick
 
 
 

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Post by Austin Mye » Thu, 05 May 2005 06:40:43

Just asking as you don't say. Did you include the viewer on the CD and set
it up as an autorun?


Austin Myers
MS PowerPoint MVP Team

Solutions to Multimedia in PowerPoint www.pfcmedia.com




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Post by Soni » Thu, 05 May 2005 06:42:03

All end users must have PowerPoint or the Viewer in order to play a .PPS file.
A .PPS file is identical to a .PPT file except that the "S" tells PowerPoint to
open it in Show mode.

You should be using Package for CD and include the Viewer. The CD must have the
files in the root directory. What is in the autorun.inf file? Open NotePad and
then open the autorun.inf file. Copy the two lines that are displayed and paste
them in your reply here.
--

Sonia Coleman
Microsoft PowerPoint MVP Team
Autorun Software, Templates and Tutorials
http://www.yqcomputer.com/
 
 
 

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Post by Tmlja » Thu, 05 May 2005 07:11:09

The Autorun file reads:

[autorun]
open=pptview.exe /L "playlist.txt"

I just downloaded the pptview.exe file from the Microsoft site and included
it in the packaging of my folder. The presentation is called "russ.pps".
Should the autorun.inf file read any differently?

Bless yer hearts for putting up with this. If I can bake you cookies and
send 'em to you for your help, let me know! (provided your answers work, of
course! LOL)
 
 
 

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Post by Soni » Thu, 05 May 2005 07:16:11

Can you copy and paste the contents of the playlist.txt file in your next reply?
 
 
 

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Post by Tmlja » Thu, 05 May 2005 08:00:03

he playlist.txt reads:

russ.ppt

OK - the presentation is showing as a .ppt file and not .pps as previously
stated.

Was I correct in taking the whole pptview.exe and importing that as well?
And do I need to change the .ppt to a .pps?

I want to make sure of all of these things before going out to test on a
computer that doesn't have PowerPoint on it.

Thanks again,
Nick

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Post by Soni » Thu, 05 May 2005 08:10:58

t doesn't matter whether it's a PPT or PPS file. The Viewer will open both in
Slide Show mode. If you first used Package it to a Folder and then burned the
CD yourself you might have moved the folder to the CD instead of moving the
contents of the folder. All of the files MUST be in the root directory of the
CD. Move the CONTENTS only. There should be 11 files, plus your presentation
file.


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Post by Tmlja » Thu, 05 May 2005 08:40:05

ounted the files and now with the pptview.exe there are 11, plus my
presentation PLUS the .mp3s & video files.

So, to understand the code, according to the autorun file:

[autorun]
open=pptview.exe /L "playlist.txt"

The presentation first looks on the computer for pptview.exe and if it
doesn't exist it will open it from the disk....and then after that passes it
opens up the file that is listed in the playlist?

(I never expected this to be such an education...) Thanks again!

Nick

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Post by Soni » Thu, 05 May 2005 09:13:21

o. Just put the CD in the drive and then don't do anything else. Let it
autoplay. When you put the CD in the drive, Windows sees that there is an
autorun.inf file on the CD. It opens the file and sees that you want to run
pptview.exe from the CD and that you want Windows to tell the Viewer to open the
playlist.txt file. The Viewer opens the playlist and sees that you want to run
russ.ppt so it opens it and the presentation begins with the first slide
displayed.

What isn't happening as described above?


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Post by Soni » Thu, 05 May 2005 09:14:28

o, it never looks for anything on your hard drive. Everything runs from the
CD. Just put the CD in the drive and then don't do anything else. Let it
autoplay. When you put the CD in the drive, Windows sees that there is an
autorun.inf file on the CD. It opens the file and sees that you want to run
pptview.exe from the CD and that you want Windows to tell the Viewer to open the
playlist.txt file. The Viewer opens the playlist and sees that you want to run
russ.ppt so it opens it and the presentation begins with the first slide
displayed.

What isn't happening as described above?


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Post by Tmlja » Thu, 05 May 2005 09:27:23

hank you for the explanation. I'm going to test it now. Unfortunately, I
need to run to Russ' to try this on his computer that doesn't have PPT.

Thanks again -- I'll be back if it wasn't successful!

Nick

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Post by Tmlja » Thu, 05 May 2005 11:51:07

love you. Included the viewer...went to the client's house.....worked like
it should.

Thank you again.
Nick

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