I'm Simon Haynes.
Welcome to
Spacejock Software

On this site you'll find my free software including favourites like yWriter, yBook, FCharts and more.

Are you looking for a freelance programmer? I occasionally take on additional projects, conversions, etc.

I'm also an author, with five sf comedy novels in print (details, Kindle) and a junior science fiction series for ages 8+ (details, Kindle).

I think they call that multitasking. I call it a lot of work.


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Software:

Anti-browser
BookDB
FCharts SE
FCharts Pro
HamTime2
LCD Tester
RMP3
Sonar3
TrackAMinute2
yBook2
yCopy2
yEdit2
yGen2
yLaunch2
yLend
yMail2
yNotes
yPlay2
yRead3
yRoute
yTimer2
yWriter5



New Release!


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Spacejock Software Runtimes Page

Your computer may not have the latest versions of essential operating system files, or in some cases they might not be installed at all. This page has been set up to help you download and install any files you may need to get one of my programs working.
Probably the easiest way to get the runtimes you need is to download and install the Spacejock Install Center. Using this program, you can select which of my programs you're trying to run, then scan for and install any missing runtimes automatically. See the install center page here: Spacejock Install Center

If you'd rather install the runtimes manually please look for the symptom below, then follow the cure.

SymptomCure
You get a 'Missing or Outdated MSFLXGRD or TABCTL32' message when you try to access a particular feature. Cure
You get an "msvbvm60.dll" error Cure
You have a zombie Survival Crisis Z problem Cure
You get the message msvbvm60.dll has caused an error Cure
McAfee wrecked your Windows XP SP3 install by deleting svchost.exe Cure
You get a DAO or JET error message when you start the program Cure


Symptom: You get an msvbvm60.dll error
Download the VB6 runtime for your version of Windows from this page, then try the program again:
Visual Basic 6 Runtime (1.2mb)

(This download is from Microsoft. There are several language versions available)
Symptom: you get an error message about DAO or JET when you start FCharts
FCharts (Pro and SE) can use a Microsoft JET database engine internally to store data, although the default is to use my own database which doesn't need additional software. If you have to use JET for some reason, and the drivers are missing from your PC, you can download the MDAC and JET runtimes for your version of Windows from this page: Data Drivers on microsoft.com Note that it's moved half a dozen times in the past three years, if the page comes up empty start with http://msdn.microsoft.com/data/ and look for download links.

Symptom: you get a message about the Microsoft .NET Framework Version 2.0 when you try to run one of my programs.
I'm gradually converting my apps to dotnet 2.0, and older versions of Windows require the Microsoft .NET Framework Version 2.0 in order to run them. You can download this file here
Symptom: you're desperate to play Survival Crisis Z but keep getting error messages.

Okay, SCZ is nothing to do with me, or Spacejock Software, or this website, but I do keep getting emails from people looking for a file called 'AllRuntimes.exe'. Well, here it is. Enjoy the zombie blasting!
Symptom: McAfee screwed your Windows XP setup by deleting svchost.exe as a virus.

Download this zip, unpack into your Windows\System32 folder. svchost.zip. (False virus warnings are the pits.)
Symptom: You get an error message when you try to access a particular feature
These are standard Windows components. Just download the one(s) you need, then extract to your Windows System path. (System32 on NT-based systems such as Windows 2000 and XP) If you can't access your Windows System path, in some cases you can just extract them to the program path. You will need an unzipper such as Winzip to extract them.

Msflxgrd.ocx
Msinet.ocx
Tabctl32.ocx
Comdlg32.ocx
MSComCtl.ocx
Msmask32.ocx
Mscomct2.ocx
Riched32.dll
Richtx32.ocx



Symptom: installing Windows XP-SP2 causes the error message STOP: 0x00000007E (more numbers) after a reboot
This one's nothing to do with my software, but it's taken me so long to find the reason I wanted to document it. I originally installed XP Home on a Pentium IV PC. A couple of years later I upgraded to an Athlon64, moving any hardware I could into the new box (including the hard drive with my operating system - no licensing issues, because the P4 became a linux based server.) SP2 came out some time afterwards, with dire warnings for anyone who didn't upgrade. So I upgraded, and my machine wouldn't boot XP any more. I restored a ghost backup and tried again. Same problem. Searched the web for the error - nothing. I shelved the SP2 disk for several months then tried again. Same problem. Removed all hardware, tried again. Same problem. Shelved the disk for another few months.
Tried again yesterday (I'm stubborn) and it failed again. Searched the web and found the reason

To resolve this issue, follow these steps:
1. Restart your computer in Safe Mode.
2. Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then click OK.
3. Locate and then click the following registry key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\Intelppm
4. In the right pane, right-click the Start entry, and then click Modify.
5. In the Value data box, type 4, and then click OK.
6. Quit Registry Editor.
7. Restart your computer.

Because my XP was installed on an Intel chip and then the SP2 patch was applied on an AMD chip, a single number '1' in a certain registry key caused me about eighteen hours of mucking about. As per the article I changed the '1' to a '4' and my system boots up in XP SP2. The moral of the story? I'm afraid I can't give it to you - I like to keep my site rated PG or below.
Symptom: The mouse doesn't work properly in Corel Draw 12, CorelDraw 9 or on the dividing bar in Windows help files.
Another one which has nothing to with my software. This one has been driving me crazy for several months, and I just found the answer. (Same thing happened to me about 2 years ago, and I reinstalled Windows and all my apps to 'fix' it.)
Symptoms: You draw a box in Corel. You put the mouse over the drag mark (x in the middle.) You click and try to drag, but instead of moving the box it draws a selection box. When you try to resize artistic text it's freehand instead of sticking to the same aspect ratio. It renders the program completely unusable, and the culprit is Microsoft's Intellimouse software. How do you fix this evil problem? Open the Intellimouse control panel, find the Activities tab, and locate the ClickLock option. Now, on mine it was showing as being disabled, so I enabled it, then clicked apply, then disabled it and clicked apply again. Corel now works fine. You might wonder how I discovered that THIS was the setting that was causing me so much grief. The short answer is that I already tried everything else, from video drivers to program patches to replacement mice (yes, Intellimouse wrecks Corel with those too!)
Anyway, I hope this saves someone else months of anger. And it'll probably turn up as a search result the next time it goes wrong and I'm trying to find the solution. (Which is why this is on my web page.)
Symptom: In Windows 7 you find svchost -k netsvcs is taking 100% CPU and is gradually eating all your ram.
Wow, did this one give me some grief. My Windows PC would get slower and slower, and task manager (show tasks from all users) would show this svchost -k netsvcs using 100% of one of my CPU cores and upwards of 3 gigs of ram.

Was it a virus? Was it malware? NO, it was Windows. I have system sounds switched off AND I have the system sounds slider set to 'mute' in the audio control panel (because they keep coming back again, like vampires or zombies or cockroaches.) Anyway, I finally realised there's a special task in the Windows Task Scheduler which runs the SystemSoundsService when a user logs in. Except I have sounds switched off, so it jams up.

Solution? Run the task scheduler and when the list of tasks finally appears (takes forever), scroll down to SystemSoundsService. Double-click it. Then double-click it again in the new window which (eventually) appears and select the Triggers tab then double-click the 'At Log On' like and uncheck 'Enable'

Reboot (if your PC is already clogged up with the service) and enjoy.
Symptom: Mailman refuses to work properly with qmail in Gentoo Linux.
Another one which has nothing to with my software.

In short, you have to edit the mailman ebuild so:

add MAILGID=nofiles after the block setting MAILGID, overriding it

Then run
# ebuild (mailman.ebuild) digest
# emerge mailman
# /etc/init.d/mailman restart



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