>Somehow I think this question has been asked before but I've never
>bothered reading the thread. But now I have the problem.
>I have a simple runtime FMP5.5 Developer solution. Works fine on my
>desktop. Now I want to share a copy with someone.
>Having recently added a CD Burner and using Nero Express, I placed a
>copy of the runtime and its files on a CD.
>Now it can be opened but the data have become "read only." Can't add
>new records. Can't delete, etc.
>Is it possble that this applies only to the C. Perhaps after the
>runtiime files are copied from the CD onto another HD the data will be
Yes, only by copying to the hdd will they work.
A cd is not an entity that can be written to without "opening" it
using a cd-burning software. Even then, after a few times, I find
that eventually the cd becomes unusable, they just don't like being
written to too often. Considering that each time we modify something
in our solutions and that is being "written" each time, one could
never, as technology stands now, modify a cd on-the-fly like that.
You'd probably need to have one of those external drives instead, one
of those USB ones.
Perhaps, when using a cd, main solution could be copied to hdd and
modified there. But don't know if there's a way for it to "read" the
runtime files on the CD. It's a thought though if for whatever reason
one couldn't/wouldn't want to copy the entire thing. However, don't
know if this can even be done.
The only way to do it, afaik, is by copying everything on the cd to
the hdd/network drive being used and taking off the read-only
attribute of each component. (*** p.s., see below for an app to do
this easily is you don't have Win2K and up). Modify the records then
copy the solution file alone onto a floppy to transport. Unless it is
very graphic-intense which means a large size, copying to floppy will
work. Keep in mind, solution on CD now obsolete.
No way around it other than this that I can see.
*** There is a freeware called FP-Lock and Unlock that is good for
those of us with Win9x. Once installed, select the folder you want to
modify and right-click; choose FP Unlock and a DOS box is brought up.
You hit any key and it'll "unlock" all the subfolders and files within
the folder. A workaround to doing it manually on each item within the
main folder. If anyone has an older computer like I do, with my
Win98SE, I can easily hunt up the URL for this if they're interested.