• Tip of the Week: Troubleshooting slow tool invocation due to licensing

    If you are experiencing slow invocation times with one or more of your Mentor Graphics applications - here are some general tips and techniques, as well as application-specific options (for Expedition PCB and PADS Lay...
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  • Tip of the Week: Reporting license version with lmstat

    The lmstat command will report the quantity of a particular feature with the -f option. However, if you have multiple versions of a license feature, they're rolled up into a single count by default. For example:  ...
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  • Tip of the Week: Mentor License Utility v3.0 (BETA) is now available!

    What's new in Mentor License Utility (MLU) v3.0?MLU version 3.0 (BETA) introduces many new and exciting functions. To name just a few: Install licenses directly from SupportNet From within the main MLU program but al...
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  • Tip of the Week: Utilities For Testing License Checkout

    When starting or troubleshooting a license server, it's handy to have a way to verify a license checkout without having to run an application. We have two utilities to help you do just that.   On Linux we use th...
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  • Tip of the Week: Measuring Network Latency with PingPlotter

    I've been doing a lot of work analyzing network performance lately, and I'm always looking for new ways to gather and help me analyze data quickly. In this Tip of the Week, I'll feature a tool I've recently come to ap...
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  • PADS PCB Design software and regulated standards

    I work for a medical device company.  We design and manufacture medical devices. We are considering PADS PCB Design software for our engineers.  I had a question that I hope you can help me with.  I've ...
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  • Problem to generate pdf file

    Hello folks.   I'm trying to generate an smart pdf file from DxDesigner>File>Export>PDF. But come up the following popup How can I fix failure? Thanks in advance.   Att. Felipe Nascimento
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  • Tip of the Week: How to find the command line of a child process

    If you ever need to figure out what the command line is for a sub-invoked or child process, here are some tips:   1). Enable the "Command Line" column in Task Manager   This is a simple and effective way t...
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  • Tip of the week: Use lmstat -f to display users of a particular feature

    It is sometimes helpful to do a status of the license server by feature name. This is done by using the lmstat command with the '-f' option. Here's the syntax: lmutil lmstat -f [feature] -c [path to license file] ...
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  • Tip of the Week: What is the mgc.pkginfo file, and when do I need to update it?

    What is the mgc.pkginfo file?   The mgc.pkginfo file contains the cross-reference information which describes what "atomic" licenses are included in "composite" features.   When does it need to be updated?...
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  • Tip of The Week: The Do’s and Don’ts of Switching PCB Releases

    The Configurator has been discontinued in all VX releases, replaced by the 'Registrator' and 'Release Switcher' programs. Here are the main points to know about on the topic of switching between PCB VX releases (for e...
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  • Tip of the Week:Use mglaunch.exe to run wrapper scripts in VX releases

    VX releases (for example: PADS VX.1.1) set very few environment variables as compared to pre-VX releases (PADS 9.5 and earlier). The only environment variables that get set are the MGLS_LICENSE_FILE and WDIR_<relea...
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  • Tip of the Week: Setting the WDIR in VX releases

    The first time the Registrator runs (during the VX install) it prompts for the local WDIR folder location, and the value entered is stored into the WDIR_<product_root> environment variable. For example, PADS VX ...
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  • Tip of the Week: Mapping Feature Name to Functionality in PADS

    I've spent much of my week answering questions about what functionality PADS license feature names authorize. While this can become a complex subject, much of this information is documented in the manuals under "Licen...
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  • Tip of the Week: How to See if a Process is running as administrator on Windows 7.

    It is sometimes helpful to find out which processes are running with elevated permissions. Follow these steps to determine the UAC Virtualization status:   Open the Task Manager (Ctrl+Shift+Esc). Click on the Pr...
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  • Tip of the Week: Script to report currently configured SDD release

    Now that VX releases can run side-by-side, it can be tricky to determine the active/current release. For example, if you double-click a .pcb which version of Xpedition or PADS Layout will it launch in?   Further...
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  • Tip of the Week: Disabling Windows Device Driver Updates

    There may be cases where a driver update can have unintended consequences. On occasion you may back rev the driver to restore functionality, but then later find that Windows Update has dutifully updated the driver for...
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  • Tip of the Week: How to enable ping on Windows Server 2012

    Now that Xpedition flow is supported on Windows Server 2012 you may be considering that platform for your Remote Server Configuration Manager and/or xPCB Team Server host. If so, be aware of a new system default setti...
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  • Tip of the Week: Two new features of Windows 8.1: Quiet Hours and Automatic App Update

    These two features are available in Windows 8.1:   Quiet Hours to Disable Notifications A new feature of Windows 8.1 is the option to turn the notifications off or set a period of time for which the notification...
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  • Tip of the Week: PADS VX.0 and VX.1 can run side-by-side

    One of the benefits of "VX" releases is they can run side-by-side. This means there is no longer a requirement to "switch" releases like there was with PADS 9.5 and earlier. Both PADS VX.0 and PADS VX.1 releases can c...
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