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    Hi all!

    I have 3 different versions of Bobcad, 21, 22, and 23. I never really liked 22 or 23 and have been using 21 for years. Well, my laptop died the other day. I purchased a new one and when I got into my disks I could only find 22 and 23. I think I remember downloading 21 as a trial version and then buying the license to activate it. So, my question is does anyone know where I can download 21? Looking at their website they only support the last 5 versions. Can anyone point me in the right direction? As always, thanks!

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    The best I can advise is to contact BobCAD and ask them if they still have 21 on a server somewhere but I very much doubt it

    Also it is unlikely that 21 will run a new computer, probably the one you have just purchased will have Windows 10 64 bit Operating System, I think that 21 will only run on the old 32 bit Operating system like XP and these days Motherboards in computers are designed to work specifically with certain Operating Systems

    What exactly happened to your old Laptop? If you haven`t thrown it away it might be worth going to a good PC shop and asking if they could "clone" the old Hard Drive onto a newer one and finding an older PC/Laptop to run it on.

    Failing that you will have to buy something, I don`t know what your business is but I would reckon you will have many, many programs done in 21 that will be lost to you !!

    I still have an old PC with 21 on it and also the full set of discs and the huge Manual that used to come with 21 Purchased way back in 2006!!

    I am in the UK so not a lot of use to you but maybe you can find someone in the US who can loan you a disc to load it from as long as you still have your original Invoice/Authorisation codes you should be able to get going again although unless you had your programs saved off your laptop they will be lost

    I still reckon that trying to get your old Hard Drive "cloned" would be the best way to go as I am sure you would be able to pick up a cheap PC to run it on, worth asking a shop if they can do it for you, doesn`t cost to ask

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    Default Re: Bobcad version 21

    hope 8 ball is a pool term,,not thee other



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    Default Re: Bobcad version 21

    I am not sure about Version 21, but I recently had the same issue with Version 20.6. I have the disc, but you have to get the unlock codes from Bobcad. Called Bobcad and sales said that they no longer supported version 20.6 and there was nothing they could do. Not wanting to throw in the towel I found Al Depoalo's extension # at Bobcad and told him the issue I had and he spoke to someone there and they supplied the codes, but I had to pay the $300 maintenance fee.



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    Default Re: Bobcad version 21

    Didn't care for V23 as much as V21 but one thing about V23 if you have the Dongle at least down the road you may have a program



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    Default Re: Bobcad version 21

    Quote Originally Posted by RAF. View Post
    Didn't care for V23 as much as V21 but one thing about V23 if you have the Dongle at least down the road you may have a program
    Ahhhh, the Dongle Those were the days eh? Hey still are the days, still got my V23 Dongle, lets me run the Predator G Code Backplot

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    Question Re: Bobcad version 21

    Quote Originally Posted by The Engine Guy View Post
    The best I can advise is to contact BobCAD and ask them if they still have 21 on a server somewhere but I very much doubt it

    Also it is unlikely that 21 will run a new computer, probably the one you have just purchased will have Windows 10 64 bit Operating System, I think that 21 will only run on the old 32 bit Operating system like XP and these days Motherboards in computers are designed to work specifically with certain Operating Systems

    What exactly happened to your old Laptop? If you haven`t thrown it away it might be worth going to a good PC shop and asking if they could "clone" the old Hard Drive onto a newer one and finding an older PC/Laptop to run it on.

    Failing that you will have to buy something, I don`t know what your business is but I would reckon you will have many, many programs done in 21 that will be lost to you !!

    I still have an old PC with 21 on it and also the full set of discs and the huge Manual that used to come with 21 Purchased way back in 2006!!

    I am in the UK so not a lot of use to you but maybe you can find someone in the US who can loan you a disc to load it from as long as you still have your original Invoice/Authorisation codes you should be able to get going again although unless you had your programs saved off your laptop they will be lost

    I still reckon that trying to get your old Hard Drive "cloned" would be the best way to go as I am sure you would be able to pick up a cheap PC to run it on, worth asking a shop if they can do it for you, doesn`t cost to ask

    Regards
    Rob
    FWIW, I use v21 on Win10 Pro 64-bit. Works Fine! I had to download an .exe file (from filehippo, i think), then beg & plead with BobCAD to get the auth code when i upgraded my pc about 2 yrs. ago. i've had v21 since about '06, ugraded to v23 and found out too late that it didn't play nice with plasma-cutting or 2D. Haven't used it since! Thinking about v30, but $$$? Not sure if I want to invest in it, yet. Thanks! Bill

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    Default Re: Bobcad version 21

    Hi Bill

    Thanks for that, good to know that V21 will work on a 64 bit OS, can you remember what the .exe was you had to get? Was it something to do with compatability ?

    Anyway, I still have the original Disc and original Invoice with all the Authorisation Codes on it so I might have a go at loading V21 on a spare Win7 64bit PC I have, could be interesting

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