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NewsXpress FAQ Version 2

NewsXpress 2.01 was the last release

http://www.malch.com/ftp/nx201.zip

Many users of the 2.0 Final Release have reported problems with the File Options dialog displaying strange characters. Apparently, NX 2.0 Final requires version 4.70 of the comctl32.dll library. AFAIK, the easiest way to obtain the updated library is to install MS Internet Explorer 3.0+. You may be able to find a copy of comctl32.dll elsewhere but, I am not making the file available until the copyright, redistribution and other legal issues have been clarified. Sorry!

The NewsXpress FAQ for Version 1.0 Beta 4 is here:

http://www.malch.com/nxfaq.html

Status

The NewsXpress Version 2.0 FAQ was started on June 17, 1996 and is no longer being maintained.

Contents

  1. Will NewsXpress 2.0 run under Windows 3.1 or Windows for Workgroups 3.11?
  2. Why do I get a "502 Authentication Error" when I attempt to connect to my news server?
  3. Where does NewsXpress 2.0 store its settings? It doesn't appear to use the NX.INI file.
  4. How can I configure NewsXpress to launch my Browser when I double-click a URL?
  5. When I double-click a URL, NewsXpress launches a new instance of my Web Browser. How can I prevent this?
  6. I have upgraded to NewsXpress 2.0. How can I import the saved folders which I created with NewsXpress 1.0?
  7. NewsXpress 2.0 displays in-line JPEG images that are MIME encoded but, not images that are UUEncoded. How can I fix this?
  8. Why doesn't the display new newsgroups feature appear to work?
  9. Why doesn't NewsXpress save multiple binaries?
  10. My "sig" file is not being appended to my articles/messages. Why?
  11. In the Compose Window, Cut, Copy and Paste don't always work. Why does NewsXpress appear to "lose" the contents of the clipboard?
  12. Why does a dialog appear when I follow-up a cross-posted article?
  13. Why doesn't NewsXpress save the positions of the column headings (e.g Subject, Lines, Date, From) between sessions?
  14. Why doesn't "cc by mail" work as expected?
  15. How can I configure NewsXpress to work with multiple news servers?
  16. I am experiencing GPF's. Are there any workarounds?

  1. Will NewsXpress 2.0 run under Windows 3.1 or Windows for Workgroups 3.11?

    No. NewsXpress 2.0 is compatible with Windows 95 and Windows NT only.

    Not even if I install win32s?

    No :-(


  2. Why do I get a "502 Authentication Error" when I attempt to connect to my news server?

    Goto the File, Options, Servers and Directory dialog. Make sure that the Authorisation (Username and Password) fields are blank. The vast majority of news servers to not utilize Authentication and setting these fields to non-blank values will result in denied access.


  3. Where does NewsXpress 2.0 store its settings? It doesn't appear to use the NX.INI file.

    Like many other Windows 95 and Windows NT programs, NewsXpress stores its settings and preferences in the System Registry. You can examine and edit the Registry using the Windows RegEdit.exe command. However, please note that inappropriate changes to the Registry can destroy your operating system installation.


  4. How can I configure NewsXpress to launch my Browser when I double-click a URL?

    There are two different ways to achieve this. Method 1 is recommended because Method 2 can result in multiple instances of your Browser being launched.

    1. Method 1 (Recommended).

      The following method has been confirmed with Windows 95 and Windows NT 4.0 Beta 2. Using Windows NT 4.0 Beta 1, the method works but an error dialog is generated each time.

      You may have to install the Microsoft Internet Explorer to create some of the required Registry entries. Some users have found that this step is essential and others have not

      In the NewsXpress Options, Helper dialog, remove the pathname of your Browser. In Explorer, Options, File Types, you should add/modify the entries for:

      URL:HyperText Transfer Protocol
      URL:HyperText Transfer Protocol with Privacy
      
      In both cases, configure an Action=Open with:
      
      Application:         Pathname to your browser with " -h" at the end of
                           the command line (without the quotes).
      Use DDE:             Checked
      DDE Message:         %1
      Application:         Netscape
      Topic:               WWW_OpenURL
      

    2. Method 2.

      Configure the pathname to your Browser in the NewsXpress Options, Helper dialog. Note that you must specify the pathname in the old DOS 8.3 format (e.g. "c:\progra~1\micros~1\iexplore" rather than "c:\program files\Microsoft Internet\iexplore").


  5. When I double-click a URL, NewsXpress launches a new instance of my Web Browser. How can I prevent this?

    Remove the pathname of your Browser from the Options, Helper dialog and use DDE instead (see previous question).


  6. I have upgraded to NewsXpress 2.0. How can I import the saved folders which I created with NewsXpress 1.0?

    This is a little tedious if you have many folders to import but, it works. Highlight any article and select New from the Transfer Menu. Give the folder any name you like and, when prompted for a filename, supply the path to the existing *.FLD file that you want to import. Repeat for each folder.


  7. NewsXpress 2.0 displays in-line JPEG images that are MIME encoded but, not images that are UUEncoded. How can I fix this?

    Add the following Registry entry:

    REGEDIT4
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\MIME]
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\MIME\Database]
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\MIME\Database\Content Type]
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\MIME\Database\Content Type\image/jpeg]
    "Extension"=".jpg"
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.jpg]
    @="jpgfile"
    "Content Type"="image/jpeg"
    
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\jpgfile]
    @="JPEG image"
    

    You can perform the operation manually with RegEdit or, copy the above to the clipboard and save it to a file called jpeg.reg. Then double-click jpeg.reg from Explorer or File Manager. Please take the usual precautions before making changes to your Registry (i.e. back it up!!!)

    Thanks to Luu Tran


  8. Why doesn't the display new newsgroups feature appear to work?

    This feature did not work at NewsXpress 2.0 Beta 0. This error appears to have been corrected at Version 2.0 Beta 1. However, it does not display the new groups the first time around after upgrading from an earlier release. It does work on subsequent invocations once the registry has been correctly initialized.


  9. Why doesn't NewsXpress save multiple binaries?

    Some users (and only some users) are experiencing a problem saving more than around 8 binaries. This problem arises on some systems but not on others. The problem appears to be fixed at Version 2.0 Beta 2.


  10. My "sig" file is not being appended to my articles/messages. Why?

    There appears to be a problem if your "sig" file is located in a subdirectory of the NewsXpress home directory. Workaround: move your "sig" files to the NewsXpress directory or a parent directory.

    Also, it seems that the global "sig" is not appended to outgoing messages unless the Edit Toolbar is enabled. Make sure that View Toolbars Edit is checked.


  11. In the Compose Window, Cut, Copy and Paste don't always work. Why does NewsXpress appear to "lose" the contents of the clipboard?

    This problem appears to be most serious under Windows NT. I have confirmed reports of this problem with NewsXpress 2.0 Beta 0 and Beta 1 under Windows NT 3.51, 4.0 Beta 1 and 4.0 Beta 2. I have not been able to find a fix. One Windows 95 user has reported this problem but, others say it does not arise on their systems. The problem appears to be fixed at Version 2.0 Beta 2. Thanks Ken :-)


  12. Why does a dialog appear when I follow-up a cross-posted article?

    This dialog will help you avoid promulgating SPAM. If you really want to follow-up to all of the newsgroups listed, simply press the close dialog button (the X button at the top right hand corner of the dialog in Win 95/NT4). On the other hand, if you only want to post your follow-up to a sub-set of the newsgroups listed, simply select those that you wish to post to and click OK.


  13. Why doesn't NewsXpress save the positions of the column headings (e.g Subject, Lines, Date, From) between sessions?

    Some users (and only some users) have reported this problem with NewsXpress 2.0 Beta 1. Sometimes it can be solved by selecting Save on the File Menu.


  14. Why doesn't "cc by mail" work as expected?

    This can be a little confusing. I recommend that you Uncheck the "cc by mail" checkbox in the Options, Compose dialog. Then simply use the "cc by mail" toolbar in the Compose Window when you want to post a follow-up and mail the poster at the same time.


  15. How can I configure NewsXpress to work with multiple news servers?

    To configure a second or subsequent news server, create a new shortcut to the NewsXpress executable. Manually edit the shortcut properties and append a service name to the command line. For example:

    C:\NX\NX.EXE OTHER_ISP

    Double-click the new shortcut icon to start NewsXpress and additional Registry entries will be created. Configure the server settings for the new server in the Options dialog.

    Note: You must configure the second NewsXpress to use a different newsrc file because different servers will have different newsgroups and different article numbering. Also, not all of the NewsXpress Options will be duplicated. Changing some of the perferences for one server may also change the settings for the second server.


  16. I am experiencing GPF's. Are there any workarounds?

    Upgrade to Version 2.0. It is significantly more stable than the earlier releases.


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