Orbitron question

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  1. WA9SVD

    WA9SVD Ham Member QRZ Page

    Orbitron was (inadvertently?) installed on our club computer. unfortunately, any command to exit the program fails. What is the "hidden" command sequence to shut down the program, and hopefully reconfigure the program to prevent this from happening again?
  2. K6LCS

    K6LCS Subscriber QRZ Page

    ALT + F4 exits. But how is a program running without you asking it to run? Take it out of the startup routine, if it is running every time you re-boot.

    ALT-CTRL-DEL will stop it, too ... (grin)
  3. KK4AMP

    KK4AMP Ham Member QRZ Page

    Might want to make sure Orbitron isn't selected as the screen saver also. :)
  4. WA9SVD

    WA9SVD Ham Member QRZ Page

    Hi Clint,

    Sorry for the delayed response. With 40-60 operators per month at our club station, someone is bound to start up Orbitron. I don't think ALT+F4 closes it; I know there was an option in the setup to disable the "always run" status, but I can't find it. Only our assistant manager has administrative privileges to change the startup routine. I'll also check the "screen saver" option mentioned.
  5. KK4AMP

    KK4AMP Ham Member QRZ Page

    Just tested here and...

    If the program itself is running, then ALT-F4 brings up the "are you sure" exit dialog box if the exit confirmation option is checked in Orbiton's settings. One mouse click there to confirm exits. If it's not checked, ALT-F4 puts the user right back at the desktop. If for some reason Oribtron doesn't have focus, the keystrokes may not be being sent to Orbitron. Click around in the user interface till you see it react, then try ALT-F4.

    If it's set as the screensaver and if the windows screensaver option "on resume password protect" is on, mouse movement is on, then mouse movement should bring up the password dialog. The login password for the current windows user should be entered.
    If that option isn't on, mouse movement or most key presses should put you back at the desktop.

    If you're really hard up, then CTRL-ALT-DEL, select task manager and kill the application.

    If none of this does it, then it's time for you to contact the assistant manager for assistance. If this guy is the only man with the formula for ice, you might ask him how the club will ever enjoy iced tea should he get hit by a bus. Meaning, that probably every club officer should have administrative rights or access to the administrative password for emergency purposes. That'll make sure the thing doesn't become a decorative brick should one person stop playing for any reason.

    One last maybe. Look in start button, programs, startup. Is orbitron there? If it is and you can't delete it from there, then see previous paragraph.
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