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Removable Drive with Multiple Systems
Daqarta allows installation to and running from a folder other than Program Files, enabling operation from a removable drive such as a USB flash memory stick. This also allows non-Adminstrator users to install and run Daqarta on Windows XP (which restricts access to Program Files).
Note that if you run from a removable drive, any calibration you perform will only work with the sound card in use at the time. Moving the drive to another system will result in uncalibrated operation. See file naming instructions under Saving the Calibration.
A strategy similar to that described under Managing Multiple Devices can be used when you run Daqarta from a removable drive and want it to work with the internal (or USB) sound cards of multiple systems.
The most reliable approach is to create a separate batch file to use with each target system. Start Daqarta normally from the USB drive and note which Output and Input Device numbers are needed for the system, typically 0 for both. Those will go into the O:n and I:n parameters. Then assign a unique letter or number for each system, to be used with the N:n parameter. For example, if you have 3 systems, you could assign A, B, and C. Then use Windows Notepad or another text editor, or even Daqarta'a Notes, to create a batch file for each system, which can consist of only a single line like:
Daqarta.exe O:0 I:0 N:A
Give the batch file a relevant name like Daqarta-A.BAT and save it in the Daqarta folder of the removable drive. Or, if it is more convenient, you can put it in the root directory (folder) as long as you include the path to the Daqarta folder:
Daqarta\Daqarta.exe O:0 I:0 N:A
Now when you move the drive to another system, just run the appropriate batch file to start Daqarta. If your system prompts you with a list of options when you insert the drive, you can select "Open folder to view files"; otherwise, navigate to the batch files using Start - My Computer.
Alternatively, it is possible to set up a desktop shortcut on each system, as discussed under Managing Multiple Devices. The problem with this is that the shortcut Target command line needs a specific path, including a drive letter, to find Daqarta on the removable drive. But such letters are not permanently assigned: If a different removable drive is plugged in before the one with Daqarta on it, the assigned drive letter may no longer be correct.
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