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Basic Installation Instructions

Windows 10 Compatibility

Jumbled Graphics

Other Error Messages
- Fixable by reinstalling fonts
- Fixable by deleting .ini files
- Fixable by replacing DAO files
- VSOCX issue
- Win*Writer unable to run reports
- Run Time Error 339
- Run Time Error 9 in Searches
- Run Time Error 48: loading DLL

How to Backup Your Charts etc.

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Tech Support – Quick Fixes

Here we provide the fixes to the most common issues faced by our customers using the old version of the Matrix programs. Please note that these quick fixes only applies the customers who are still using the old programs (version 4 or earlier) that is being used on an older computer.

Below is a list of common problem description with the link to the instructions on how to possibly fix the issue. It is not guaranteed that this quick fixes will work on your computer but it will be worth a try.

If the suggested quick fixes do not solve your problems, we now have new versions that you can upgrade to. The upgrades are not free however but upgrade prices are reasonable. Here is the link to the upgrade prices page:

Vista/Win7 Compatibility and how to reinstall our software: . . . More
The old Win*Star 2.0, Win*Star 2.5, or Win*Star Plus are more than 10 years old and they are not compatible with Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10.

The procedure to reinstall the software is the same as making your system ready for the Vista compatible versions. If you accidentally installed a version of the software that is not compatible with the operating system you are using you can use these instructions to remove what is already installed so you are ready to reinstall.

Display issues jumbled graphics etc. . . . More
These instructions cover how to fix things such as text boxes not lining up with their labels. Graphics looking jumbled. And in Star Types the “Runtime Error 424: Object required” message.

Other Error Messages: . . . More
These articles covers many other common issues related to issues with your machine.
  • Fixable by reinstalling fonts . . . More
    • Runtime error 380 (Also see deleting .INI files below.)
    • Get Char Widths or Run-time error '-2147418113 (8000ffff)
    • Garbled fonts
    • Freezing on a font during software install
  • Fixable by deleting .ini files . . . More
    • Runtime Error 5
    • Runtime Error 6
    • Also - Runtime Error 380
  • Fixable by replacing DAO files . . . More
    • Runtime error 429
    • Runtime error 3447
    • Class not registered, looking for CLSID...
    • Atlas not found
  • VSOCX issue . . . More
    • Atlas not found and other errors involving the Atlas or database access
    • Runtime error -214... Client has disconnected from its host
  • Winwriter unable to run reports. . . . More
    • Runtime Error 3443 - Invalid database format in Reports.mdb
    • "WinWriter has encountered a problem and needs to close..."
  • This is usually a rare issue and is easily fix. . . . More
    • Runtime Error 9 - Subscript out of range
How to Backup your charts: . . . More
This article covers how to backup your charts and other settings so that if necessary you can restore them after a hard drive crash. You can also copy the files mentioned between machines after the software has been installed and is working.

Support for old software

Company policy places limits on the age of our software than we can support.

For technical reasons we can no longer support software older than 2005 on windows XP or older than 2008 on Vista and later. We do not support versions of windows prior to XP nor DOS.

If you have any technical issues with older software you will be asked to update or upgrade to the appropriate version of our software for the version of windows installed on your machine.

For upgrade prices please contact Matrix Sales by phone: 1-800-Planets   —   (352) 373-1504
or you can email us at

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