Can't import settings from one machine to an older one

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05 Oct, 2019 05:12 PM

Exported my Sparkbooth 6 configuration from my main photo booth computer and put on a flash drive. Updated my second system no problem. Went to the third system and it won't import. just keeps saying importing for hours and hours. I copied the export file onto the computers desktop thinking it would be faster if it's on the same hard drive as the operating system but got the same result. I've attached an image of the computers specifications. This is an older system that I have added to manually but as the import/export function in Sparkbooth 6 works so great on my other systems, I want to do the same on this machine which will save me hours of manually creating the newer green screen background sets.

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Joe Connell on 05 Oct, 2019 05:18 PM

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    I responded to this here...

    On your Third computer try this way to Export/Import

    1) Do an Export of ONLY the green screen backgrounds,

    2) the do an Export of the template layouts

    3) etc. etc. ...

    Because each of these can be overwhelming the system and
    and all together causing issues... Export/Import each separately

  2. Support Staff 2 Posted by John Wu on 05 Oct, 2019 05:56 PM

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    On the export screen, click "Advanced Export" and see attached screenshot

  3. 3 Posted by mike on 06 Oct, 2019 10:19 PM

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    Hi John,
    I exported just the green screen backgrounds to a flash drive, loaded the
    flash drive onto the desktop of the computer I wanted to update and hit
    Import but same thing happened. It's been saying it's importing from last
    night. I have around 180 green screen backgrounds so maybe there are too
    many. Not all of them need to be copied as I've added maybe 25 or 30 since
    the last time this machine was used. But there does not seem to be a way to
    choose specific files, only all of the green screen files. Is there
    anything else I can try or will I have to re-create all these backgrounds
    manually on this older machine?


  4. Support Staff 4 Posted by John Wu on 06 Oct, 2019 11:33 PM

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    Can you send me the import file via Dropbox?

  5. 5 Posted by mike on 07 Oct, 2019 01:46 AM

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    I don't have or use dropbox. had a free trial but its expired and don't
    want to pay for something i never use. i can send through google drive.
    attached below.

     sparkbooth Backup 10 01

  6. 6 Posted by mike on 07 Oct, 2019 12:51 PM

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    Hi John,
    Were you able to view the exported file i sent through google drive last


    Michael J. Cardamone

  7. Support Staff 7 Posted by Joe Connell on 07 Oct, 2019 12:59 PM

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    John is in California ( PT time ) where it is 6am
    he will reply when he reads this...

  8. Support Staff 8 Posted by John Wu on 07 Oct, 2019 02:59 PM

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    I tried the import file on 2 computers and they imported fine. Took just 2
    minutes to import each time. By the way, the file you sent included all the
    settings - not just the green screen.
    Can you send your log on the computer you were importing into? You can do
    that by holding down shift-ctrl-9 from Sparkbooth's main screen.
    Or see

  9. 9 Posted by mike on 10 Oct, 2019 01:58 AM

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    Hi John,
    Sorry I didn't answer back right away. Been crazy busy the past few days. I
    just opened Sparkbooth 6 and hit control shift 9 and send the report you


  10. Support Staff 10 Posted by John Wu on 10 Oct, 2019 03:07 AM

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    There are a lot of setting file errors in your log. Can you try resetting
    the settings to default and then do the import?

  11. 11 Posted by mike on 15 Oct, 2019 01:38 AM

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    Hi John,
    Well Ii reset the setting to defaul;t as outlined inm your last email and
    tried importing again, still with the program trying to import
    unsuccessfully for a long time. I rebooted the computer and again reset the
    settings to default and tried again with the same results. I'll send the
    program log file again to see if you can see what exactly is preventing me
    from importinmg the settings from my other system.


  12. John Wu closed this discussion on 02 Dec, 2019 05:36 AM.

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