When I run the
setup program I get an error 'Can't register the file VB5DB.dll'
The file vb5db.dll is a self-registering dynamic link
library for the grid control used in TPIM. Because it is self-registering
and the setup program attempts to register it and error can sometimes be
displayed. If this occurs simple press enter to remove the error message and
continue with the setup.
Error registering the files DBGRID32.OCX or RICHTX32.OCX or both (or
On some systems the OCX files required by this program
cannot be registered with the system by the setup program. This results in
the error message described. In order to use the program you will need to
register these files with the system manually. First please check that both
files reside in the windows system folder. On a windows 95/98/ME system this
folder is usually c:\windows\system
however on a windows XP/2000 system this folder is
To register either of the files use one of the following methods. I will
use richtx32.ocx as the example.
Using My Computer locate the file richtx32.ocx in the system folder as
described above for your system. Right click on this file and select 'Open'
or 'Open with' if prompted to choose a program to open it with from the
internet, don't, select to choose a program from a list then when the
programs dialog pops up select 'Microsoft(C) register server' if this
doesn't exist in the list then select browse and browse to the windows
system folder again and select the file regsvr32.exe.
Click on the Start menu and select Run. Type in one of the following
lines and press OK depending on which file you want to register.
On a windows 95,98,ME system do not include the '32' on the end of
IMPORTANT for TPIM VERSION 2.0
The DBGRID32.ocx has been replaced with the tdbg7.ocx file which means
you will need to make sure this file has been installed in the system folder
and then issue the following command from the Run dialog
After I install the program I'm asked to register immediately and I don't
get the 30 day trial.
The are several reasons why this may happen however the
most likely reason is that during setup the registry entries for TPIM were
not saved correctly. One reason why this may happen is because you have
tried to install the program without correctly extracting it to a temporary
folder in the first place. Please see How to install this
program. Another reason why this may happen is if you try to install
the program under a profile that does not have administration privileges to
write to the registry. Please make sure that you are the administrator of
have administrator privileges before you install this product This
problem may also occur if the registry settings have become corrupted which
can happen on systems that log on to networks and have their profiles
downloaded. Another reason may be because the setup program failed to
complete and the registry information was therefore not entered.
There are two possible solutions:
1) when the setup file runs it should create a file called
Registration.reg in the TPIM folder. This file contains the registration
details that need to be found in the registry. You can right click on this
file in My Computer and and select Merge to add these settings. If
the settings were not there or corrupt this should fix the problem and the
program should run with the remaining time allowed since installation.
2) This involves the complete removal of TPIM prior to renstalling.
Please See the Completely Removing TPIM.
How to Completely Remove TPIM
order to completely remove this product you must first delete all the files
installed in the TPIM folder (default is
NOTE: if you are removing the program so that you can reinstall a fresh
evaluation copy then you will need to move your database file to another
location prior to deleting the folder. Next you will need to remove the start menu shortcuts and finally you
will need to delete the registry settings. To delete the registry settings follow the steps below:
1) Click on the start menu and select run
2) type in regedit and press OK
3) When the registry editor appears double click on the key
4) locate the TPIM setting by navigating to Software\C.S.F.\TPIM
5) Right click on the TPIM key and select delete
6) Close the registry editor.
The only reminants of TPIM that now exist on your system are the 2 ocx
files and one dll file in the system folder. Unless you are sure that no
other program is using these then it is best to leave them. However if you
are sure that no other program is using them you can delete them although
you should unregister the ocx files prior to deleting them. To unregister
the files type the following two lines into the Run dialog on the start menu
one at a time.
for versions less than 2.00 use: Regsvr32.exe /U
How long is the
trial period for?
The trial period is for 30 days from the date you install
the product. If you wish to extend this trial period to another 30 days you
must follow the instructions to completely remove the software before you
reinstall it. There is no warning that the 30 days trial is nearing it's end
and there are no nag screens so it's up to you to keep a check on the amount
of time you have left when using the product in trial mode.
Are there any extra costs after registering?
Once you have paid the current registration fees there are
no extra charges at all. All updates are FREE for as long as I continue to
update the product. Should the registration serial generation change then
you may need a new registration in order to reregister a new installation.
New registrations will be available FREE upon request from existing
registered users. The registration fees can be expected to change over a period of time
however this will in no way effect existing customers.
Can I use this program on my school laptop which is networked?
This is a tricky question to answer because all computers
are different in some way and all networks are different however, if your laptop allows you to install
programs and you have permissions to write to the registry then you should
have no problems running this program. Some school laptops require that you
logon as a user and do not have permissions set to install programs or run
programs that write settings to the registry. In order to run TPIM on these
computers you will need to get the network administrator to install and
register the program on these computers. The network administrator will need
to be informed that the program requires the user to have permission to
read/write the the registry key (and sub keys)
If profiles are downloaded when the user logs on then the
registry settings under the above key will need to be included in the users
profile. A school network that uses Mandatory profiles will automatically
overwrite any settings TPIM makes in the registry when the user logs on,
this also includes the registration settings and will result in the TPIM
becoming unregistered and unusable until it is reinstalled.
How do you make amendments to the Timetable once the database is setup?
Once you have setup a database classes may be added and
removed via the options in the Register/Grades/Class Info utility. Adding or
removing classes automatically amends the timetable and the timetable should
reflect these changes when it is next reopened. If the timetable is open
when you add/remove a class then close it and open it again to see the
changes. Default colours are used for a new class however these can be
changed in the timetable window by double clicking on any of the new
You can now edit a classes timetable i.e.
Add or remove a lesson for the class without having to
delete an recreate the whole class.
Can this software be adapted for a 6 day timetable?
At the current time TPIM only uses a 5 day mon-frid
timetable/planning/registration database and it is not possible to make this
into a 6 or 7 day timetable. I may look into increasing these restrictions in
the future however the workload required is quite considerable and it's
likely that this will only get done when I've got no other improvement to
What sort of support do you offer?
Well first off there is this FAQ where I am attempting to
reproduce answers to questions I have being asked by others. Then there is the Contact form in which you
email me any questions you have or any improvements you would like to see. If you are a registered user and would prefer to speak to me in person
then I will provide you with my telephone number if you email me with a
request to provide it.
Finally you can use AIM or MSN to chat to me using
How can I add information I've placed in the COE into the Daily Planning?
It is easy to add appointments entered into the calendar of Events into
the daily planning sheets for the 3 sections at the bottom of the daily
planning sheet. Just highlight text in the COE and right click then select
Selection and choose to Add to planning - After School, Dinner Time or Notes
section. To enter appointments into other areas of the planning sheet you
will need to use Copy & Paste.
75 File access error - Setup Error
If you get this error when installing TPIM on a system that already has
an older version of TPIM on it then it is likely that this is due to the
Templates directory since the setup program was initially trying to create
this folder even though it already existed. If you have this error simply
delete the Templates folder (c:\program files\templates) and run the setup
program again. In the latest version this error has been corrected.
to Install this product
install any of the software on this site, please download the
respective zip file to your desktop. Right-click on the zip file
and select extract or use winzip to extract the files in the zip
file to a temporary folder. Run the setup.exe file from in the
uncompressed folder to install the software. If there is no setup
file then the program doesn't need installing and can just be run
from anyway on your computer. Please
run the setup file from within the
zip file, doing so will result in the setup program being unable
to locate the files it requires. If you are not familiar with
extracting zip files please download the self extracting
installation file and double click on it to install the
closing TPIM I am getting an error message stating that the Database already
exists. (Error 3204)
Start My Computer and find c:\Program Files\TPIM
look for a file that has the same name as your database except the extension
is "NEW" (thats the last 3 letters after the period) Delete this
file and all will be fine again. Note it is best to backup
your database straight away after fixing this problem so
that you are sure that you have a recent backup.
do you enter 'homework due' reminders for every week in the planning?
You can enter the same text into any of the sections in the planner on a
weekly or a fortnightly basis. To do this select the section which is to
contain the text, type the text you want to appear, drag the mouse over it
to highlight this text, right click on the highlighted text and select
'Selection' from which you can choose if this is to be a weekly or
on a Menu Button causes TPIM to shutdown with no error message.
In version 2.0 and 2.01 a new grid control was added. Because of this the
dependency files for the old grid control were removed from the setup
program however it would appear that one of these files is still required
for the MS DATA CONTROL to work correctly.
This file is vb5db.dll and needs to be located in the windows system
folder (typically c:\windows\system32)
The file has been included in the setup for version 2.0.2 and may also be
downloaded here :
Should you experience this behaviour from another version then check that
this file has been correctly located in the system folder.
In version 2.0.02 when
you click on daily planning the program crashes
There is a small bug in this version which causes this
behaviour when a specific table in the database is not present. The table is
related to the new function for showing the room numbers from the timetable
in the daily planning sheet. In order to correct this bug simply start TPIM
and open the timetable facility then close it. This will automatically
create the missing table in the database and allow you to now see the daily
planning sheet. This bug will be fixed in the next upgrade - ver 2.0.03
Having finished last term on week A and started the new term on Week A my
planning and register is now out of sync, wat can I do?
TPIM has a built in function to change the week allocations from A to B
or B to A from any specific date you select. This is a very complicated
manipulation of the database and it is best performed on a database that has
been compacted previously. I would suggest that before you undertake this
proceedure you backup and compact your current database. The change week
allocations wizard may be found under the TOOLS menubar button.
comaptible with VISTA
Yes TPIM is fully compatible with VISTA
however the higher security in Vista prohibits the read and
write of files from the program files directory (folder)
unless you have permitted this as an administrator. For this
reason it is best to either install the product as an
administrator or install the
product to a different location that does not have this
security restrictions. Once installed there
should no longer be any issues with Vista security.
Would I be
able to download this onto a memory stick so that I could
use it on different computers?
TPIM is a Windows software package that
requires installing on a windows operating system. It will
work and load database files on any windows operating system
it is installed on. The files that contain all the data
about your academic year are your databases and can be
stored and loaded from anywhere including a network drive
and a USB memory stick. If you choose to open and run your
database from a USB pen drive it is best to select backup
option - Automatically Backup (without compressing)
For information on conditions of use for
User License click here
How can I move
consecutive lesson plans forward after a lesson doesn't take
place and I've planned ahead?
Although not written for this purpose the Import Lesson
Plans from another TPIM database can be used to move a whole
set of pre planned lesson plans when a lesson has to be
skipped for some reason. To do this first close TPIM and
select Yes to make a backup if you have the prompt option
Reopen TPIM and select Daily Planning
Select the next lesson that you want previous lesson plan
to be moved to and right click on the Lesson Period.
Select import from another TPIM database
In the Wizard select the Browse button and then choose
the BACKUP folder which will appear empty.
In the Filename box type *.001 and press OK to be shown
your latest backup database file.
Follow the Wizard through to select all the pre planned
lessons plans that you want moving for this class, note that
if you have the Show Double Periods turned on you should
only select the first lesson of these periods.
When you finish you can go back to the original lesson
plan that didn't take place and delete it.