Rangecast FAQ
[FAQ-1094] How to remove the INI file for one sender on a feed site PC


Page Type: SOLUTION


OVERVIEW

Early versions of the Rangecast software had each sender on a PC operate entirely independently of the others (no configuration page to view settings for all senders in one place) with settings for each sender stored in a separate INI file generated by that sender's "Setup" page. This feature is still used in the rare case of VOX senders, but in all other cases is deprecated. Automatic settings have been developed that eliminate the need for customization in most situations, and when necessary any customization should be done in the "Special Settings" box of the configuration screen, where the settings are more visible (and it's possible to ensure all senders are set as desired.) This process describes how to remove the INI file, and transfer any manual settings that you want to preserve to the "Special Settings" parameter.


TEST

Launch Rangecast and press Configuration. The software will search for attached hardware (this takes about 35 seconds), and when finished, the text "Port tests complete" will show in the upper-left.




Look at the column "Mode". Senders with a value other than "---" (blank/none) have an INI file.

If the "Mode" column includes the text "VOX", this is a VOX sender. INI files for this specific type of audio source are essential, and should not be removed.

This repair is recommended for senders with text in the "Mode" column that does not include the word "VOX".


METHOD

Note: To start this process, you must either:

(a) have completed the Test process described above to determine which sender(s) require this maintenance, or

(b) know the Rangecast ID of sender(s) which you wish to modify in this manner.


1. Close any Rangecast software that is running


[FAQ-1088] How to stop Rangecast software on a feed site PC (temporary stop, not decommission)

Rangecast software on a feed site PC includes a "watchdog" process that monitors for software faults, and may automatically relaunch the software if it is not closed correctly. The correct way to stop Rangecast is to click the Rangecast icon, and then press the Stop button.




2. Launch Rangecast software. At the opening screen, use the radio-button selection in the upper right to select a particular Rangecast ID, then press "Config Sender".



3. Review the sender's existing custom settings, and note differences from the defaults that would apply without an INI file (illustrated below). Note that the Rangecast ID on your screen will be different from this example.



4. Close the software again

[FAQ-1088] How to stop Rangecast software on a feed site PC (temporary stop, not decommission)

Rangecast software on a feed site PC includes a "watchdog" process that monitors for software faults, and may automatically relaunch the software if it is not closed correctly. The correct way to stop Rangecast is to click the Rangecast icon, and then press the Stop button.




5. If there are differences, create new customizations in Special Settings

(note - if you are reviewing INI settings on multiple senders on this PC, it is recommended that you complete the preceding steps on each sender before proceeding.)

a) Create a "Special Settings" command that creates the same customizations for this sender. However, consider whether the customization is desirable or necessary.

[FAQ-1091] Special Settings parameter on PC feed site configuration screen

Special Settings is a field on the PC feed site configuration screen for customizing various aspects of software features and performance. Commands entered here may affect all audio sources on the PC, or be directed to a specific scanner or audio source.




b) Launch the Configuration screen again, and once it says "Port tests complete", enter your command into the Special Settings box. Note - if Special Settings already has a value, merge the contents into a single text string.

c) Press Save

6. Open the folder with Rangecast software (usually on the desktop, and named "SENDER")

7. Scroll down through the contents of this folder, until you find a folder with the name "sender-" followed by the Rangecast ID (e.g. "sender-traffic-10-A")



8. Open this folder

9. Find the file named "sender.ini", and delete it



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Rangecast FAQ - ID 1094 - last updated 02 August 2017     Images shown - [block]