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AR# 763

How to run XACTstep 6.0 from the CD; installation procedure (long)

Description


Executing from the XACTstep CD



To preserve precious space on a PC's hard disk, XACTstep version 6 and

Viewlogic PRO Series programs can be executed directly from the CD-ROM

without being installed on the system's hard drive. To do so, users must

configure the system properly and set up a program group in Windows to

correctly access the software located on the CD-ROM, as described below.

When executing from CD-ROM, the graphical tools will take a little bit longer

to execute. Non-graphical programs, such as PPR, should take only 2 to 5

minutes longer - just the program loading time.



The following procedures assume that C:\ is a local drive and that D:\ is the

CD-ROM drive that contains the XACTstep CD-ROM.

Solution


The first thing that must be checked is the version of WIN32S that is

running. The version that is required by the Xilinx tools, and the version

that is on the XACTstep CD-ROM, is 1.25.142.0. You can verify this by

running XMEM or XINFO (Windows executables found on the XACTstep CD-ROM in

D:\XBBS\UTILS) or looking at the file: C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\WIN32S.INI. You

can run XINFO by choosing File -> Run in the Program Manager and selecting

D:\XBBS\UTILS\XINFO\XINFO.EXE. XMEM is run in the same fashion.



If the version currently running is not 1.25.142.0, you must exit Windows

and use the batch file on the XACTstep CD-ROM in the D:\XBBS\UTILS directory.

The file is called RMWIN32S.BAT and will remove the current WIN32S. Simply

type RMWIN32S at the DOS prompt and follow the directions. Then you must

re-enter Windows and re-install WIN32S by choosing File -> Run and selecting

D:\WIN32S\DISK1\SETUP.EXE and following the directions.





XACTstep only.



The following procedures describe how to set up a PC to run the Xilinx

XACTstep core tools directly from the CD-ROM.:



1) If running Windows, exit.



2) Create a local XACTstep directory with a DATA sub-directory.



Example: mkdir C:\CDXACT

mkdir C:\CDXACT\DATA



3) Copy the PARTLIST.XCT file from the CD-ROM XACTstep DATA

sub-directory to the local XACTstep DATA sub-directory.



Example: copy D:\XACT\DATA\PARTLIST.XCT C:\CDXACT\DATA



4) If the directory C:\XACTUSER does not exist, create it now.



Example: mkdir C:\XACTUSER



5) Copy all the D:\XACT\WINDOWS\SYSTEM files from the XACTstep

CD-ROM to the C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM directory.



Example: copy D:\XACT\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\*.* C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM



6) Create the following path on your C: drive:

C:\WINDOWS\ASYM\RUNTIME



Example: mkdir C:\WINDOWS\ASYM

mkdir C:\WINDOWS\ASYM\RUNTIME



7) Copy all the D:\XACT\WINDOWS\ASYM\RUNTIME files to this new

directory.



Example: copy D:\XACT\WINDOWS\ASYM\RUNTIME\*.*

C:\WINDOWS\ASYM\RUNTIME



8) Install the Daikon.386 device driver. Open

C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM.INI n a text editor and add the following line below

the [386Enh] header:



DEVICE=DAIKON.386



9) Make the three following changes to the AUTOEXEC.BAT file:



SET XACT=C:\CDXACT;D:\XACT



NOTE: The first directory in the XACT environment variable MUST

contain a writable version of the PARTLIST.XCT data file in its DATA

sub-directory. The second path included in XACT is the CD XACTstep

directory and is used by the XACTstep software to locate data files.



SET PATH=D:\XACT;<other_paths>



NOTE: The only path added to the PATH environment variable are the

CD-ROM executable path XACT. The local paths created in the previous steps

do not need to be added.



SET XACTUSER=C:\CDXACT



NOTE: To ensure that the XACTstep software has directory that can

be written to, the XACTUSER environment variable should be set to a local

directory. Because a local XACTstep directory has already been created to

store a local copy of the partlist it can be used as the temporary file

storage area as well.



10) Reboot your machine or execute your AUTOEXEC.BAT file so the

new changes take effect.



11) Start Windows.





Now that the system has been properly configured to run the software from

the CD-ROM, all that remains is to create a CD-ROM program group. To create

a program icon, perform the following steps:



1) To create a new program group in the Program Manager, select the

New command from the File menu. The New Program Object dialog is

displayed.



2) Select the Program Group radio box and click on OK. The Program

Group Properties dialog is displayed.



3) Enter the name of the new group in the Description text field

and click on OK. For example, type "CD-ROM XACTstep 6.0". The new

program group is created and displayed in the Program Manager.



4) To create a new Program Item in the new group, select the New

command from the File menu.



5) Select the Program Item radio box and click on OK. The Program

Item Properties dialog is displayed.



6) In the Description text field, type: Xilinx Design Manager



7) In the Command Line text field, type: D:\CDXACT\DSGNMGR.EXE



8) In the Working Directory text field, type: C:\CDXACT



9) Click on OK.



10) If your are using a network connection to mount the CD-ROM,

confirm the Network Path Specified dialog. The CD-ROM XACTstep 6.0

program group is updated to include the Xilinx Design Manager program

icon.







PRO Series and XACTstep.



The following procedures describe how to set up a PC to run both the

Viewlogic PRO Series and the Xilinx XACTstep tools directly from the CD-ROM:



1) If running Windows, exit.



2) Create a local PRO Series directory with a STANDARD

sub-directory.



Example: mkdir C:\CDPROSER

mkdir C:\CDPROSER\STANDARD



3) Create a local XACTstep directory with a DATA sub-directory.



Example: mkdir C:\CDXACT

mkdir C:\CDXACT\DATA



4) Copy the PARTLIST.XCT file from the CD-ROM XACTstep DATA

sub-directory to the local XACTstep DATA sub-directory.



Example: copy D:\XACT\DATA\PARTLIST.XCT C:\CDXACT\DATA



5) If the directory C:\XACTUSER does not exist, create it now.



Example: mkdir C:\XACTUSER



6) Copy all the D:\XACT\WINDOWS\SYSTEM files from the XACTstep

CD-ROM to the C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM directory.



Example: copy D:\XACT\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\*.* C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM



7) Create the following path on your C: drive:

C:\WINDOWS\ASYM\RUNTIME



Example: mkdir C:\WINDOWS\ASYM

mkdir C:\WINDOWS\ASYM\RUNTIME



8) Copy all the D:\XACT\WINDOWS\ASYM\RUNTIME files to this new

directory.



Example: copy D:\XACT\WINDOWS\ASYM\RUNTIME\*.* C:\WINDOWS\ASYM\RUNTIME



9) Copy all the D:\PROSER\WINDOWS files from the XACTstep CD-ROM

to the C:\WINDOWS directory.



Example: copy D:\PROSER\WINDOWS*.* C:\WINDOWS



10) Copy all the D:\PROSER\WINDOWS\SYSTEM files from the XACTstep

CD-ROM to the C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM directory.



Example: copy D:\PROSER\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\*.* C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM



11) Install the Daikon.386 device driver. Open

C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM.INI in a text editor and add the following line below

the [386Enh] header:



DEVICE=DAIKON.386



12) Make the four following changes to the AUTOEXEC.BAT file:



SET WDIR=C:\CDPROSER\STANDARD;D:\PROSER\STANDARD



NOTE: The first directory in the WDIR environment variable MUST be

a writable directory. This is where the project information will be

written. The second path included in WDIR is the CD PRO Series STANDARD

directory and is used by the PRO Series software to find data files.



SET XACT=C:\CDXACT;D:\XACT;D:\PROSER



NOTE: The first directory in the XACT environment variable MUST

contain a writable version of the PARTLIST.XCT data file in its DATA

sub-directory. This is used by Xilinx PROflow which will fail if the CD-ROM

version which is not writable is used. The second path included in XACT is

the CD XACT directory and is used by the XACTstep software to locate data

files.



SET PATH=D:\XACT;D:\PROSER;<other_paths>



NOTE: The only paths added to the PATH environment variable are the

CD-ROM executable paths XACT and PROSER. You do NOT need to add the local

paths created in the previous steps.



SET XACTUSER=C:\CDXACT



NOTE: To ensure that the XACTstep software has directory that can

be written to, the XACTUSER environment variable should be set to a local

directory. Because a local XACTstep directory has already been created to

store a local copy of the partlist it can be used as the temporary file

storage area as well.



13) Reboot your machine or execute your AUTOEXEC.BAT file so the

new changes take effect.



14) Start Windows.





Now that the system has been properly configured to run the software from

the CD-ROM, all that remains is to create a CD-ROM program group. To create

a program icon for Xilinx PROflow, perform the following steps:



1) To create a new program group in the Program Manager, select the

New command from the File menu. The New Program Object dialog is

displayed.



2) Select the Program Group radio box and click on OK. The Program

Group Properties dialog is displayed.



3) Enter the name of the new group in the Description text field

and click on OK. For example, type "CD-ROM XACTstep 6.0". The new

program group is created and displayed in the Program Manager.



4) To create a new Program Item in the new group, select the New

command from the File menu.



5) Select the Program Item radio box and click on OK. The Program

Item Properties dialog is displayed.



6) In the Description text field, type: Xilinx PROflow



7) In the Command Line text field, type: D:\PROSER\PSFM.EXE



8) In the Working Directory text field, type: C:\CDPROSER



NOTE: It is important that the Working Directory be located on the

same drive as projects that will be used in Xilinx PROflow.



9) Click on OK.



10) If your are using a network connection to mount the CD-ROM,

confirm the Network Path Specified dialog. The CD-ROM XACTstep 6.0

program group is updated to include the Xilinx PROflow program icon.





Creating Other Icons.



We have described how to create the Design Manager and PROflow icons. You

can add other icons in the same way, with the CD-ROM path in the Command

Line field and a writable path in the Working Directory. Here are the paths

of some useful Windows tools that cannot be accessed through the Design

Manager or PROflow:



Simulation Utility: D:\XACT\XSIMWIN.EXE

Symbol Generator: D:\XACT\SYMWIN.EXE

Memory Generator: D:\XACT\MEMWIN.EXE



Online Documentation:

Xilinx Apps Info: D:\XACT\ONLINE\ONLINEDB\DBLINK.PDF

Xilinx Online Docs: D:\XACT\ONLINE\ONLINE\LINKPAGE.PDF

PRO Series Online Docs: D:\PROSER\ONLINE\PROLINK.PDF



In order to use the Adobe Acrobat Reader to access the Online Documentation,

you must install it or create an icon pointing to the XACTstep CD-ROM. To

install, choose File -> Run and select D:\ACROBAT\DISK1\SETUP.EXE. Or, the

icon to run from the CD would have a Command Line of D:\ACROBAT\ACRO_LE.EXE

and a Working Directory of something local, like C:\CDXACT or C:\CDPROSER.
AR# 763
Date Created 08/31/2007
Last Updated 11/02/2010
Status Archive
Type General Article