OAX 2.7 is here!

Full details here http://www.wersi.net/service.html in both English (EN) & German (DE).

Wersi has released an update — As of 07/20/20 version 2.70-01 is available.

Changes from version 2.70.00 include:

Software

  • –  Silbermann Organ -> Various bugs fixed
  • –  Yamaha style conversion -> loading of * .sty files fixed, deletion of the original file prevented
  • –  Custom sounds were not displayed correctly on the control panel button
  • –  Headphone -> With some instruments, the speakers were not switched off when using the headphone.
  • –  Effects -> Church Reverb 1 was no longer displayed and the assignment of the effect parameters was renewed
  • – Various bugs fixed

Sounds

Sound “Natural Guitar 1” repaired.

Styles

“Basic Bossa +” expanded with STS 1 and 2

OAX_2.7_Complete

60 thoughts on “OAX 2.7 is here!

  • 07/29/2020 at 09:45
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    Curt, I will try tonight. The only thing I did not check was save in total preset. It sounds like the view has to be saved in the total preset to save the coupler setting. I am using 2.70.01, still had the same ini error when upgrading.

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    • 07/29/2020 at 10:32
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      OK Rich, Please post your results to help others understand this process.

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  • 07/28/2020 at 10:41
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    Is it possible to save a Silbermann upper, lower or pedal sound with one of the couplers in the on position and saved with the sound? I have tried both in a preset and in an idividual sound and the coupler in not available to turn on.

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    • 07/29/2020 at 06:50
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      Interesting question. – We have played the Silbermann a few times but never tried to save preset / settings, etc. I did see something similar posted in a FB group. I’ll give it a try today and report back.

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      • 07/29/2020 at 09:19
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        Rich – I just tried it and worked here. Which version are you running? The reason I ask – The README for 2.70-01 mentions “various bug fixes for Silbermann.”

        Basic Steps:
        1 – Started with Silbermann Factory Preset 2.
        2 – Changed a few things, including turning on “Koppel Manual.”
        3 – I left the “Save in Total Preset” checked.
        4 – Touched “Back”
        5 – Now I’m back at the main screen (although you no longer see the coupler option.)
        6 – At this point, followed the standard “Save Preset” steps.
        7 – Repeated the above steps but turned off the coupler and saved as a second preset.

        I went back and selected each preset, one at a time, and the coupler shows up and is on in the first preset and off in the second.

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        • 07/29/2020 at 22:05
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          Curt,

          My goal is to get rid of the word oberwerk in the sound name for the upper manual and call it Silbermann Upper. I created a new sound from Silbermann Oberwerk and called it up in a preset. To get to the coupler I selected the Church Live button and selected Silbermann and was able to select the coupler button and checked save view in preset. Then selected the back button and the selector sound changed from Silbermann Upper back to Silbermann Oberwerk. So if I create a new sound I can no longer select the coupler on or off or have the 8 Silbermann upper sounds available to turn off or on.

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          • 07/30/2020 at 08:02
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            Rich,

            The Wersi support team saw your post and sent me the following comment in regards to working with the couplers.

            “This only works in a total preset and not in a sound.”

            I suspect not want you would like to hear. 🤨

    • 08/05/2020 at 13:46
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      Great recording Peter ! Like your web channel.

      I’d like to explore sheet music display software and saw you had a separate screen – what software are you using and do you like it?

      I’ve tried using the OAX pdf music viewer but it’s a bit limited and clunky when trying to change pages by scrolling, especially when there are more than a couple of pages and currently I spread 7 page pieces over the music stand and resting on the volume controls / drawbars which isn’t ideal !!

      It would be good if Wersi could update the OAX software to show whole pages and change pages by assigning footswitches / console buttons.

      Peter / Curt / Anyone else – any thoughts on the best options?

      Thanks

      Paul

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      • 08/06/2020 at 10:41
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        I use the sheet music display that OAX offers. As I use a second monitor with touch, I’m able to slide to the next page by touch. Turning pages by footswitches Wersi once promised, but didn’t so far. Unfortunately the display quality will lower the more sheet you load (I didn’t report that issue to Wersi). I use Sibelius to setup the sheet music (possible with different colors and also text) and I setup the printout to a format, that I have 2 pages side by side on the screen with the landscape format and save it as png. When changing presets I assign another sheet music to the preset and the page will then load. So I dont need turning pages. I hope you could understand my explanations. Otherwise feel free to ask again.

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        • 08/06/2020 at 11:32
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          Slick solution Peter. I like the way you mounted the display behind the organ. We need something like that.

          Paul, since you mentioned working with an iPad in one of your other comments, we have considered using an app called forScore. We have that app installed on an iPad, although we have not used it in ages.

          A couple of things to consider – One is screen size and how much you can display. We have an older iPad. Perhaps one of the new Pro models with a 12.9 in. display. Not sure I’m ready to sign up to that $$$ solution. The other is turning the pages. Many apps do support a Bluetooth “page-turner”— something like https://www.pageflip.com. Where to place that pedal is an issue. You could set it on the bench next to you, but then it’s not hands-free. We have not found a good place to place a Bluetooth switch on the organ. The combination of the expression pedal and the foot pistons doesn’t leave much room. I would love to see OAX offer an option to enable something via the footswitches on the expression pedal or the foot pistons.

          Any other options out there?

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          • 08/06/2020 at 12:55
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            Thanks Peter – great idea. How do you connect the monitor to the Wersi to output the screen? I do have a wall bracket for a TV behind the organ but not sure if the display would output to a TV rather than a monitor? I also tried saving different pages with the registrations but if you have more than 1 page per registration you still have to swipe the pages up and down. Is your monitor touch sensitive then or do you still touch the Wersi screen display to change pages?

            Thanks Curt – I looked at forScore earlier this week and it looked good but my larger screen ipad is older and won’t go upto the required Apple IOS version unfortunately. Screen size is also an issue given I now have to wear glasses so a larger iPad screen would be better but seems an expensive option as you say. I already have a spare large TV screen as well as a large screen monitor so would like to see if I could use one of those as a starting point?

            If either of those could work with the Wersi display, it would just leave the page turning problem which can be partially reduced by Peter’s solution of saving the different pages with the registration. The only downside is that I sometimes setup registrations with a few options (to save memory) and where I need to touch the screen to swap between sounds etc which conflicts with sheet music viewing – but given it’s Windows 10, I wonder if you can extend the Wersi screen to a monitor and have a sheet music view on the monitor compared to the main Wersi display to overcome this ? You’re right about the Bluetooth page-turner pedal – I’d looked at some but placement is an issue as you say – I’m not keen to drill intro the organ frame to secure it and using by hand defeats the object so an integrated solution from Wersi would be much more elegant.

            Interested to hear how anyone else has conquered the challenges of ageing eyesight and poor musical memory !

    • 07/21/2020 at 08:49
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      Thanks, Bill – Man, you are fast! I read your comment and received an e-mail from Uli at about the same time! 😀

      See above for info on the 2.70-01 improvements.

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      • 07/21/2020 at 10:07
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        I just installed 2.70-01 and I got the same “ini” file error. Pressing NO as before allows the install to complete.

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        • 07/21/2020 at 10:28
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          Geoff,

          Same here. Wersi is replacing the *.exe file sometime today. This won’t be a new version (still 2.70-01) but it will no longer attempt to make a copy of that file. Again, that issue is due to changing the Windows config. In my case, I changed to a US time/date vs. European format. Any chance you did something similar?

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          • 07/21/2020 at 12:38
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            Hi Curt. No I don’t recall changing anything in the Windows config.

          • 08/05/2020 at 13:53
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            Hi Curt

            I loaded the latest 2.70-01 version and I also got a couple of error screens with InstrumentSettings.ini and UserActivations.ini file errors. I chose “No” and 2.70-01 seemed to install OK.

            I had previously changed Windows timezone to London UK format.

          • 08/06/2020 at 10:19
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            Paul, you are not alone. Several folks have mentioned the same thing. Agreed, skipping the back-up steps (by responding “No”) does get around the issue.

  • 07/17/2020 at 03:53
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    I just received an email from OAXSupport and the said the the 2.70-01 update will be released next Monday or Tuesday.

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  • 07/07/2020 at 10:12
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    Dear Curt thank you !

    Dear all
    there is a new Version at wersi Hochrhein (2.70 (Stand: 5.Juni 2020) available. I did the update without any Issues. https://www.wersi-hochrhein.com/downloads_1.html

    And I have the feeling that the drawbars B3 are much more powerful than before. Very nice changes. Do you have the same impression?.
    Best regards Kai

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    • 07/07/2020 at 17:16
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      I do not think there have been any changes to the drawbars in V2.70 these changes were made on the previous update.

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  • 07/07/2020 at 08:34
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    Wersi Hochrhein has a note on their download page indicating 2.70 files as of 6/5/20. I wonder if this has the fix implemented in them?

    Rich

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    • 07/07/2020 at 09:11
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      Rich,

      Far as I know they will be releasing 2.70-01. Unfortunately, I don’t have a timeline for that.🙁

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      • 07/07/2020 at 17:13
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        I understand update 2.71 will be available this or next week.

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      • 07/07/2020 at 17:14
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        I understand update 2.70-01 will be available this or next week.

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        • 07/12/2020 at 12:46
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          I downloaded 2.7 yesterday and installed. I got the same error, but just ignored and everything else went just fine. I then shutdown completely and switched on again, and no issues whatsoever.

          Really like the Silberman organ, and the other new features.

          I have just recorded and posted a new tune using 2.7, and a new Wersi Spectra sample – mixed with the existing KWDrawbars3 Preset. I think the 2 mixed together give quite a nice original “Wersi” drawbar sound.

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          • 07/13/2020 at 09:18
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            For folks that might be looking for the link –> https://youtu.be/vpzsvZ3P8gI

            Nice job Mark. Did you decide on a sample editor yet? I was thinking about messing with that later this week.

          • 07/13/2020 at 10:47
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            Hi Curt,

            I think AWAVE is the one I prefer, however still having some struggles with velocity levels, so also playing with a tool called Polyphone to cut them around a bit. Struggling with time again at the moment, so possible I may not complete this until the Autumn when it gets dark earlier, as currently taking advantage of the time of year and the light nights.

            Cheers
            Mark

          • 07/13/2020 at 12:07
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            Hi Mark, it sounds very good. Would you share the preset or the names of the Mixes Samples with us?
            Best regards, Kai

          • 07/19/2020 at 04:29
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            Hi Kai,

            I have just sent Curt a photo of the preset I created for this – hope that helps. Any questions, please just ask.

            Thanks
            Mark

  • 07/05/2020 at 09:05
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    Downloads were difficult over a three day period. The install, however, went off perfectly. Now I am into the new V2.70 Manual reviewing the changes.

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    • 07/05/2020 at 11:01
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      Good to hear Spike – Some nice changes. I’m still exploring some of them myself.

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  • 07/04/2020 at 05:15
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    Dear all, should i wait with installing 2.70 ???
    Regards Kai

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    • 07/04/2020 at 08:05
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      Hi Kai,

      A few folks have run into an issue that relates to missing activation files. I didn’t get the message. The other problem is a failure to back up one of the *.ini files during the install.

      I can’t speak to the first issue, but if you respond “No” to the message about the *.ini file (if you even get the message), the install will complete.

      I can also pass along that the “Natural Guitar 1 ” voice has an odd sound in it that wasn’t there before.

      Wersi is aware of all of the above, and we already tested a fix for them for the *.ini file issue.

      We hope to post a short video showing the install process later today for new owners that have not been through an update before.

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      • 07/04/2020 at 17:58
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        Hi Curt, thank you. I will wait until 2.70.0x will be available.
        Regards, Kai

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      • 07/05/2020 at 11:02
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        Wersi sent us a new Guitar sample and it does correct the issue noted above. Expect to see it in the next update.

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    • 07/04/2020 at 08:40
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      Hi Kai

      Read the Operation Manual New Features V 2.70 and also the Documentation of the OAX development (EN) here http://www.wersi.net/service.html then decide whether you want to upgrade now or wait until all the bugs have been fixed.

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      • 07/04/2020 at 17:54
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        Hi Bill, thank you. I know about the Manual, but want to avoid the bugs. So i will wait.

        Thanks. Kai

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  • 07/03/2020 at 05:47
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    I have just got an email from OAX Support advising they made an error when it came to installing the V2.70, please download all four files below and save them to the USB stick.
    I guess this will sort out my extract all problem!

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  • 07/03/2020 at 04:20
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    Hi having problems extracting the Wersi zip files using Windows 10, the “extract all” will not appear by clicking the right mouse button on the zip files. Have tried this on 3 different Windows 10 PC’s, but they all have the same problem, so something must have changed with Win10 updates. I Have never had this problem with any previous downloads. There is no problem opening standard zip files, only with .7zip files. I Have downloaded 2 other Zip software packages which work but they load the update into folders, not the correct format for Wersi to recognise. PLEASE HELP any one else got this problem or can solve this issue?

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    • 07/03/2020 at 04:35
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      Hi Ross,

      Why are you trying to extract them – I don’t recall having to do that before, as you normally just copy the 4 files to a USB, insert and go.

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    • 07/03/2020 at 04:37
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      Hi Ross. No need to unzip the files. Just copy the downloaded files onto a usb and the wersi installer will unzip them as it does the install.

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    • 07/03/2020 at 08:22
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      Hi Ross
      As mentioned in previous posts, unlike OAS you do not need to unzip the files first, as the OAX software will do it for you during the update.
      If you are still not sure, the install instructions (In English and German) are on the Wersi download site.

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      • 07/03/2020 at 10:10
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        Wow! Learn something new every day. Interesting on OAS that you had to unzip the files before doing the install. Didn’t know that.

        Ross – Were you able to complete the update?

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        • 07/03/2020 at 18:39
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          Hi Curt no, when loading the software with the new update I got an error that I have copied and sent back to Wersi support.

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          • 07/04/2020 at 07:59
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            Is it about a *.ini file? If so, you can respond “No” to the prompt, and the install will complete. The issue ties to the Windows time/date/region settings. I tested a new update from Wersi yesterday, and that issue has is corrected. Not sure how Wersi will inform all owners about that and what they need to do.

            They attempt to make a backup of the *.ini file as part of the install, and it fails resulting in the error message. You can manually make a backup of the file is you are concerned about losing it.

      • 07/03/2020 at 18:47
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        Hi Bill, Mark and Geoff, well I’ll be blowed, you learn something every day. since day one I have always used the Windows “extract” all feature to un-zip the files. I downloaded the updated software but it errored when loading to the OAX. I have copied and sent the error to Wersi Support

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  • 07/02/2020 at 11:52
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    My big concern was the flashing screen which went off completely a couple of times after about 30 mins. At Bill’s suggestion I checked the windows sleep time which was set at never. I then left the screen at windows desktop which seemed to be ok, so I booted up OAX and this time after about 15 mins it threw up a ‘windows has detected an error’ message. Finally I reinstalled OAX2.7 and am waiting to see what happens now.

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    • 07/02/2020 at 14:20
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      The re install seems to have fixed the problem. No more screen blackouts.

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  • 07/02/2020 at 09:34
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    I carried out the upgrade today …..with a couple of issues!

    After verifying the update files, an error message indicated “Couldn’t find file C:/wersi/settings/instrument settings.ini” However when I checked, the file was there. It then asked if I wanted to retry with yes or no options. Selecting yes gave the same result.

    After a few attempts, I selected no and the update seemed to complete successfully.

    During the update, the screen seemed to flicker several times but seemed to be ok at the end. I had a quick browse of the updated features and everything seemed to be ok. However I then left it powered on for about 30 minutes and when I returned, the screen had gone completely blank!

    The only way out of it seemed to be by holding the power button for a few seconds after which it shut down as normal.

    Rebooted ok. Just waiting now to see if the screen goes off again.

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    • 07/02/2020 at 09:35
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      Hi Geoff

      Go into Windows Settings, System, Power & Sleep and make sure screen is set to never turn off, just in case something got changed during the update.

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    • 07/02/2020 at 10:54
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      Geoff,

      I also received the same message regarding the “settings.ini” file. I recorded the whole install process and will send that section to Wersi support so they can see it as it happened.

      I haven’t spent much time with it yet, but like what I found so far. I plan on doing some new videos on the new features in the coming weeks.

      I’m still connected to the organ with Teamview, which keeps the screen alive, so no comment on your screen going blank. As Bill mentioned, I went into the Windows settings a long time ago and configured my screen to go to sleep after 20-minutes or something like that as sometimes I leave the organ on for extended periods of time.

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      • 07/02/2020 at 15:10
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        I sent a screenshot of the error to Wersi, and it appears the issue may be tied to settings at the Windows level for Country/Region and possibly time. The install process attempts to make copies of some files before the upgrade and is not able to based on the settings. When comparing my settings to settings on another instrument, they are different.

        I am waiting for more info from Wersi on the next steps and will share what I learn.

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        • 07/03/2020 at 10:57
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          I’m testing a fix that Wersi just sent regarding the *.ini file message. I will update the group as we learn more.

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          • 07/03/2020 at 13:01
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            I can report the fix we tested with Wersi does correct the *.ini file message during the install. Not 100% sure how Wersi will distribute the fix just yet.

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