Tips & Comments (and Bugs)
8 and 8.1 (and 10)
should run on Windows 8 or 8.1 but tiles and a touch screen are not well suited for multiple directories or precise graphics.
LASI is essentially an old-fashioned graphical workstation. You still need a
MOUSE and a KEYBOARD. If
Lasi7.exe is run from a tile the LASI editor Startup dialog will usually
pop-up and you will have to browse to a LASI drawing folder. Windows 8.1 with a
should be better, or a 3rd party desktop add-on may also work. We
have not done much testing with 3rd party desktops. Windows 10, if
LASI will reven un on it, should detect mouse and keyboard and have an optional
When on Windows 7, if you notice anything unusual when
running LASI that
wasn't seen with XP such as error messages, crashes, hang-ups or extra
redraws, Try setting the Compatibility Mode for Lasi7.exe to
"Windows XP Service Pack 3". This also applies to 8, 8.1 and
programs are written as traditional Win32 programs using XP. This
setting applies to the other utility executables in the \Lasi7 main folder, such as LasiDrc7.exe
or LasiCkt7.exe, that can use a lot of memory
set Compatibility Mode go to the main \Lasi7 main folder and right-click
an ".exe" file and then left-click "Properties".
Click the "Compatibility" tab and choose Compatibility Mode "Windows XP Service Pack 3".
For more information on Compatibility see Windows
Help and Support
things noticed on Windows 7:
you install the main program or any of the tutorial setups and you
get a popup that the programs "might have not installed
correctly", reinstall with the the "recommended settings"
You might want to
check or uncheck some of the graphic
settings under Control Panel/System/Advanced System
Settings/Performance/Visual Effects. Under Custom, setting "Use visual styles on windows
and buttons" and "Smooth edges of screen fonts" and maybe a few other features
can make running LASI on Windows 7 more
agreeable. This requires a lot of "playing around". Avoid the "Animated" windows and Aero Peek.
large layouts to make more
resources available when
running certain utility programs, LasiCkt or LasiDrc for
example, it is a good idea to close the LASI editor and then
reopen it after those programs have run. Start a
utility from the LASI editor System mode, then close the editor. Run the utility
and when the utility is finished, restart the editor.
Be sure to set the permissions for LASI Drawing
Folder files to Full Control for your User. Without the permission
to read, write, delete, etc. you will get error popups when
running the editor and utilities.
If you are running XP try reducing the size of the Active Title
Bar under display Properties/Appearance/Advanced. This seems
to default to a size that is a bit large for LASI graphics.
UTILITY program's control panel chops off buttons or is generally the
wrong size you can either resize it like any window, or you
can reset it to the default size and position. To do
this move the utility control panel so that its upper-left corner is
off-screen above or off-screen left. Close the program with
the "X". When you restart the default size and
position will be reset.
Try running Spice and
Notepad.exe out of LASI with the Run button. Open and edit
the CIR file with Notepad. You can change the variables and
statements in the CIR file and then resimulate. If you
change the layout or schematic however, you need to rerun LasiCkt,
and you will probably have to close Spice.
Although we really
didn't plan it that way, if you have your Windows File Types
set properly with the target application as Lasi7.exe, you can
just click on a TLC cell file and LASI will run with that
cell. There is a drawback to this however. Since a TLC file is
an XML text file you might want to read it as a text file and not
you are starting a layout without layers defined, you can Import
layer definitions for various MOSIS processes from the TLD files
in the \Lasi7\Resource folder.
on your monitor, the orange color used for Connector Text in the
layouts might need to be adjusted with Cnfg/Colors by
changing the green to 160, 144 or 128 to make it
stand out more over yellow.