Re: Make Jump! Music Discovery Piano work in windows XP

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Posted by Thomas on January 23, 2004 at 18:41:02:

In Reply to: Re: Make Jump! Music Discovery Piano work in windows XP posted by Kathy on January 21, 2004 at 09:04:21:

(orginal message below my reply)

We also have been searching the net trying to find a way to make the Piano Discovery software work on Win XP... and then hopefully, that solution will work on whatever next operating system comes after XP. Please add us to any mailing list or group that is interested in perhaps collectively paying the orginal programmers for an XP "patch", or etc. THANKS! Tom

: : : We also tried adding the PDS fonts to XP without any success. Since they are in the PDS software, I would suspect that they are relying on a system font to be effective. Whatever the problem or solution, I also love this program and would like to be added to any email list that finds the solution
: : : : : I suspect it is a installation program problem. I tried manually adding the Jump music fonts (that actually provide the notes for the screen) because they failed to install, but it still doesn't work.

: : : : I am willing to help fund a solution. PDS is the best s/w of its type that I have tried.

: : : : Below is some more information on the problem. I am pretty certain it is a font problem as you will see. Perhaps some of the font software vendors would be willing to help.

: : : : I also have the "note problem" in XP. PDS comes with two font files and the one that appears to have the notes in it is harmony.ttf. I still have a Win98 machine running with PDS installed so experimented with it.

: : : : I notice that the font files are not installed in the windows font directory (Win98). It appears that the fonts are used directly from the PDS directory. If I rename the harmony.ttf font file in the PDS directory, then my Win98 PDS displays the same "note problem" symptom.

: : : : The other font file (jumptfont.fon) does not seem to affect the note display. I think it is used for annotation on the main PDS screens because those seem to change when I rename the file. Curiously, the program does not complain when harmony.ttf is missing, but it does complain when jumptfont.fon is missing (although it will run anyway).

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: : : : I'm the Editor of the Piano Education Page at We reviewed PDS in two versions several years ago and gave it the highest ratings. A few of our visitors have reported the same problem. I've looked into this problem a little. It's likely due to the fact that XP requires registered fonts to be copied to the default fonts directory. This indicated by the following statement: "To prevent a font from loading without removing it from the hard disk, move the font from the Fonts folder into another folder." from Knowledgebase article 314960.

: : Thus, a likely solution to the problem is, again quoting from the KB article: " # Click Start, and then click Run.
: : # Type %windir%\fonts, and then click OK.
: : # On the File menu, click Install New Font.
: : # In the Drives box, click the drive that has the floppy or CD-ROM that contains the fonts you want to add. If you are installing fonts from a floppy disk, this is typically drive A or drive B. If you are installing the fonts from a compact disc, your CD-ROM drive is typically drive D. Double-click the folder that contains the fonts.
: : # Click the fonts you want to add. To select more than one font at a time, press and hold down the CTRL key while you click each font.
: : # Click to select the Copy Fonts To Fonts Folder check box. The Windows\Fonts folder is where the fonts that are included with Windows are stored.
: : # Click OK"
: I tried these fixes last night and neither worked....Another posting says that it absolutely will not work in XP and I'm beginning to believe it. Does anyone know how to contact the original owners/programmers? Maybe collectively we could finance a fix from them??

: : This should add the fonts to the registry and copy them to the correct folder from the relevant PDS directory. I haven't tried this yet, so I can't be certain it will work, but it seems highly likely. In any event, you can't hurt your system by copying the fonts to the %windir%\fonts folder and making sure they are registered. Please let me know if this works.

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