In this post, I will tell you how to transfer your settings from one computer to the next.
Now, you want to update your laptop every three years at the latest. If you do not do this and it crashes, you will have a lot of difficulty salvaging folders and changing over settings/dictionaries. If you stay ahead of the crash, which is inevitable (don’t test your luck as a professional), you can use your old laptop as your backup in the advent of a crash on your new laptop.
If you wait until everything crashes, you’ll be rushed to buy a new laptop and stressed to get over your files instantaneously. Always stay in control of the situation, and I’m saying this because I made the mistake of reacting to issues that arose instead of staying proactive and replacing my laptop as soon as possible. Do not go cheap with a work laptop. You should be looking in the $1,000 range.
The first thing you need to do is go to Eclipse’s website. Put in your user name and password. Go to Downloads and select the most recent software download. Wait for it to finish. Download your software key from your email account (or ask them to send you a new key if you’ve lost it). Save this to your desktop.
Once the Eclipse icon appears on your Desktop, you will want to go ahead and transfer over your User Settings from your previous Eclipse folder on your previous computer. You are looking for a specific file in that folder. It should have an .ini ending. For instance, if your previous user was Melody, it will be Melody.ini. If you had multiple users (as I do in captioning), copy both over to your new laptop. Note: copy, do not cut.
Once you’ve copied over your .ini folders, change the ending to .set. So change Melody.ini to Melody.set. Transfer these files into your new Eclipse folder. Documents > Eclipse > dump them in.
You should have all your users set up now.
Now all you need to do is copy your dictionaries over to your new computer. You should have these in Dropbox, or you should email the latest copy to yourself regularly. Copy all your dictionaries into a designated dictionaries folder and set up Eclipse to feed in whichever dictionary necessary to each user by hitting ALT U, Dictionaries, erasing whatever loaded, and setting it up as it was, dictionary-wise.
Finally, you need to make sure your ports are set up for your modem and machine.
For your machine: ALT U. Input Tab. Make sure your writer is selected properly. If it’s a Passport, it should say Passport. Then select Realtime From: COM port. Click Setup, next to COM port, click Device Manager. Find which port your machine is plugged into. Exit out. Input the correct port. Port: 10. Or whatever port it is plugged into. Okay.
For your modem, if you’re a captioner, make sure you get the settings correct in the Realtime Tab. Click Change. Here you can personalize any modem settings. Make sure the rate is 1200 or 2400. Once you’re done getting it set up, according to this post, get out of Eclipse. Click on your Modem settings in Control Panel, and make sure you set the maximum port speed at 1200 or 2400, or you will have trouble.
You will need to install your drivers on your new laptop for your machine. Because I own a Passport, I just log into my portal on Eclipse’s website and download the drivers from there.
You also will need to turn off ALL updates and manually update your computer, or else you will turn on your laptop and it will start updates, or you’ll be writing, and it will start updates. You can do this from the Control Panel.
Finally, you need to turn off ALL power saving in the Control Panel so that your laptop screen does not go black after two minutes.
Note: I will edit this post in time to include how to transfer your spellcheck file over and also to include pictures for some of these steps.