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Autocad error: the PMP file has been set to none

Hi experts...
i got this message when i print some drawing with Autocad 2006

Autocad error:
there was an error opening the file.....c:\....\...pmp
the PMP file has been set to none

could you help me, please
thanks
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rbassal
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rbassal
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dhsindy SparrowRetired considering supplemental income.Commented:
This happens to me mostly when I plot a file from an outside source.  They were using a different plotter than you are using with different names.  So AutoCAD changes these settings to "none" which means I cannot find this file.

You need the change things to your plotters settings.  I usually change the "none" to "previous", this usually fixes most of the settings.  And, change any other settings to you normal settings and save them.  Do a "preview" to see that you are getting what you want.
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rbassalAuthor Commented:
it s something related to a plotter, but that happen when i select the plotter and set up it to print and finally select plot....
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rbassalAuthor Commented:
does any expert have an idea about..??
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norrin_raddCommented:
well I looked up pmp in the help files this is what I got:
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In Autodesk Map 2004 and continuing in Autodesk Map 3D 2006, the default location of your PMP file has changed. For information about the default location of this file, see Locate Customized Files.

Note
In some operating systems, the folders that are located under your profile are hidden by default. To display these files, you may need to change your display settings. On the Start menu, click Control PanelFolder Options. In the Folder Options dialog box, on the View tab, click Show Hidden Files and Folders.
To locate your PMP file
1 On the Start menu (Windows), click All Programs (or Programs)  Autodesk  Autodesk Map 3D 2006Autodesk Map 3D 2006.
2 On the Setup menu, click AutoCAD Options.
3 In the Options dialog box, click the Files tab.
4 On the Files tab, click the plus sign (+) to the left of Printer Support File Path.
5 Under Printer Description File Search Path, click the path name to view the location of your PMP file.

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So I'm thinking your pmp files arent in the correct support path. You might want to do a search and find where you pmp files are and change the directory in the search path.
Give that a try and let us know.
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rbassalAuthor Commented:
in this folder you find only virtual printer as Distiller or publish to web (jpg, png) and not other printers...
anyway my question is not to find the printer, because i already changed the layout configuration to my own plotter...the problem that before plotting, it shows an error message concerning an old plotter configuration(from a customer), for this i have to answer "ok" to start printing....and i m looking how to take the this message out...

thanks for your help
Rbassal
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norrin_raddCommented:
in my directory there are some pmp files that go with my pc3 files too.
I'm kinda stumped right now.
But, if you havent try these suggestions.
check save changes to layout in the plot dialog
in the plot and publish tab of the options dialog (tools>options) make sure you have a good plotter in the default plot device dropdown.
I also have the system printers hidden and just use pc3 files that I have created, you may or may not want to try that.
Thats the way mine is set up and I dont get that error, and I do get alot of third party dwgs too, like dhsindy, mine just sets the plotter to none without the error. There must be a error toggle or something that we have selected,but I cant seem to put my finger on it right now.
not much help sorry.
a workaround would be to create a plotter config with the same name, or get the customer to send you theirs, but thats kinda lame to have to do that imho.
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rbassalAuthor Commented:
Hi Norrin
i appreciate your help...
as i told you the problem isn't in my plotters...and concerning the hidden files, the 1st thing that i do with my p, is to show hidden files and system files..
so i got this error message with some drawing coming from cutomers...and i m trying to get out this annoyng message

thank you again...and if you have other ideas i ll apreciate it
have a nice day
Rbassal
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norrin_raddCommented:
hey rbassal,
when I said "system printers hidden" I was talking about the setting within autocad (type "options" @ command line without the quotes) on the "plot and publish" tab. There is a check box there. I wasnt talking about a windows folder setting. The options dialog box is where you check your default plot settings too, did you do that?

do you have "save changes to layout" toggled in your plot dialog box? If you dont see it click the">" in a circle on the bottom right corner to see more plot options. I'm just trying to get a feel for how your setup.

It may not be your plotters but its got to be something in the set up.
I'll look into it more.
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rbassalAuthor Commented:
Hi norrin
i checked the plot option...i have the option "Hide system printers" unchecked..
what i think i may change, is the system printer spool alert (presently set to "Always alert") could be change to "never alert"....i m not sure, but i will try it...

thanks
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norrin_raddCommented:
hey rbassal,
did you ever get a solution on this?
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rbassalAuthor Commented:
nope...not yet....
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rliu1112Commented:
Hope this helps... I got alittle confused exactly when and where this message appears for you... but here are 2 possible scenerios that I think is happening to you...

scenerio 1: You are see this message when you first choose to plot the drawing.

- this is because the drawing was last plotted using a ploter configuration file that is not available on your system.
- this could be either you don't have the plotter/printer that it was last plotted on installed on your system or when creating a PMP file (using the ADD PLOTTER WIZARD), it was simply given a name that was different from the system that last plotted this file.

If this is the case, then it will always show up the first time you try to plot it after it was last plotted from that other system. It will remember your plotter after you print it and SAVE the drawing... of' course when that other person open the drawing you have plotted and saved, it will say the same error to him until he plots and saves...


scenerio 2: You are seeing this message even after you plotted and saved or you cant even plot because the message keeps coming back.

- this is caused by a corrupted or A conflicting PMP file (I know this sounds vague, but please bare with me).
- the reasons behind the cause could be a variety of things... lets see if the solutions help first.

The solution for this case would be to simply delete the PMP file then create a new one. This could be done by simple openning AutoDesk Plotter Manager then delete the plotter/print in question. Then open ADD PLOTTER WIZARD to create a new plotter as you did or normally would for that plotter.

note: at the end of the adding process it will as you for a name to call this plotter. it would be best to call it the same thing as the one you deleted, as it is simply replacing what you deleted. OTHERWISE, the same error message will appear everytime you try to plot your files for the first time after this change (due to the reasoning described in scenerio 1).


I hope I understood your problem correctly... good luck...
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