Tips & Comments (and Bugs)
Windows 8.1 (and 10)
should run on Windows 8.1 and 10 If they support Win32 programs. LASI is essentially an old-fashioned graphical
workstation using a conventional mouse and keyboard running on a
desktop or laptop.. Tiles and a touch screen are not well suited for multiple directories or precise graphics.
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, first try setting the Compatibility Mode for Lasi7.exe to
"Windows XP Service Pack 3". This also applies to 8.1 and
running Lasi7.exe press Ctrl-a. This will tell you the
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:
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.