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I downloaded Microsoft VirtualPC and XP SP3 w/ IE6 file.
Everything with the Virtual PC and IE6 files set up fine.

I don't understand how to connect my HTML Editor to the IE6 version to test files though.
I use a free version of Coffee Cup I downloaded from the internet, and I've successfully made IE7, Firefox, and Opera as Default and Additional Browsers, so I can test my page in all three browsers, but I don't see where the IE6.exe file is to set it as an Additional Browser for testing.

The Coffee Cup program sits on my Vista OS, whereas the IE6 version is loaded into the XP Virtual Hard Drive. Don't get how this works. Do you?

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i don't think it is possible

i don't think it is possible Sad

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Um. Then how does one test

Um. Then how does one test how a web page will look in IE6 then? That's one of the benefits of having a program like VirtualPC installed I thought.

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Hi witch_wyzwurd, I think

Hi witch_wyzwurd,
I think what you need to do is make sure your version of virtual pc is networked so that it can see the version on your host pc. Then from within virtual pc access the localhost of the host pc.
Usually you would do that via the ip address. To find the ip address bring up command prompt and run: ipconfig /all
Then look for the ip address it may be something like: 192.168.1.2
Once you have the ip address go to ie in the virtual machine and the that as the address.
From there it really depends how your localhaos is set up.

Hope that helps

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To clarify, you need to open

To clarify, you need to open your hosts file in C:/Windows/system32/drivers/etc/

Or if trying to sort out the networking gets too much for you, just upload the files to your FTP server and view the page in IE6 over the Internet rather than locally.

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I appreciate the response,

I appreciate the response, but have no idea what you or Tyssen are saying.

How do I network VirtualPC to see the "version" on my host pc. And what is "version" anyhow?

What is a "localhost"?

ip address of what? The "version"?

Sorry. Very confused. Must not know as much as you think I do.

I want to be able to test the site offline, rather than uploading it to the net everytime I want to test a page.

Would you go a bit slower for me. By the way, I went looking on the internet and cannot find an explanation for this stuff anywhere.

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The 'version' is the site

The 'version' is the site you are developing running locally. I used version too many times in that post. It will be the word for today Smile Try replacing all instances of version with 'test site' for now.

Do you have Apache or any web server running locally?
(by locally I mean on your computer, the host )
If your not sure you probably don't but can test by typing http://localhost or http://127.0.0.1 in your browser address bar.

Can you access the web from the browser in your virtual pc?
If so you should at least be networked and should be able to access the host pc.

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Ok. I'm back at this. The

Ok. I'm back at this.

The computer I'm using is a home computer without any other computers networked to or from it. There is no web server installed. I simply have Vista as my first OS and then installed the VirtualPC as my "guest" as I think it would be rightfully termed.

So my Vista OS is the host and the VirtualPC is the guest, all on the same computer? I think that's right terms.

I located my ip address.
I right clicked on IE6 version in Virtual Machine.
I went to Connections tab.
I clicked to Set Up Internet connection
4 choices:
(Connect to Internet - hmmm. doesn't seem what I want)
(Connect to Network at my Workplace - nahh. not at work)
(Set up home or small office network - hmmm. description seems almost right, but then when I get into the logistics of setting it up, I start thinking it might not be right. Is it? Like selecting Communication Ports. I don't know what to do here.)
(Set an advanced connection - serial ports and such doesn't seem like what I should do).

I cannot access the web with IE6 on Virtual PC. I have a broadband connection through cable line. I tried setting up internet connection through Connect to Internet option, but it just said that nothing should have to be done since it's already on. Ok, but nothing happens.

Also, Coffee Cup HTML Editor has a tab where a drop-down list comes down that provides me selections where I can store a browser to use to test the site. If I want to store a browser, it asks me for the .exe file of that browser. This is how Coffee Cup calls up that browser when you click on a selection from the drop-down menu. So if I have Coffee Cup program stored on my C: Drive and access it via Vista Desktop Icon, if I end up getting the IE6 in VirtualPC linked to a Coffe Cup selection in the drop-down menu, will it matter that Coffee Cup is accessing IE6 via Vista and not the VirtualPC OS which is XP? Or will the VirtualPC engine automatically run when I select IE6 from drop down menu?

Do you have any experience with VirtualPC?

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Hi witch_wyzwurd, I have a

Hi witch_wyzwurd,
I have a little experience with VirtualPC, and no experience with Coffee Cup HTML Editor.
My set up is very different as I have a development server running locally. That is something you may want to look at if you are developing more websites in the future.

For now getting the VirtualPC access to your host and the web and seems the best way forward.
I think you will have to install coffee cup and the web site on the virtual pc.

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Tony, I totally appreciate

Tony,

I totally appreciate you keeping up with this post. After hours and hours of fiddling around with VirtualPC, I finally got it to accept shared folders between host and guest PC, (I think without even getting the Virtual Machine Additions to load -- more about that in a second.). And then I saw the option in my Virtual Machine for Shared Internet Connection. I clicked it, and now I can view the internet with Guest. So I downloaded Coffee Cup and installed it on my Guest, like you suggested also, and I found bliss (or bliss found me). I also downloaded Opera 8.0 and FireFox 2.0.5, which I'll check for old-browser compatibility alongside IE6, on Guest.

2 Follow-up Questions...

1. Virtual Machine Additions:
I did every method to download these things, but each way a box with text-commands popped up, I pushed OK, and then nothing ever happened. I read all over the internet about an Install Wizard that's supposed to open, but it never did for me. I tried the Action menu Addition selection way. I right clicked the CD and manually captured the MAdditions.ISO. I went to Virtual CD-drive and went to the setup.exe file. I tried it all as Administrator and also as not Administrator. I even went around the block and bought Additions a cup of coffee and fed it biscuits. No appreciation from Additions! The VirtualPC manual says I can manually type in setup.exe -s -v"/qn" to get it up and running, but it doesn't tell me where to type it in at, and nowhere on the internet told me either. I tried CommandPrompt. I tried Start>Run. Nothing. I guess the manual writers thought that my keyboard would just tell the command where to go. Q:"How do I get to California from New York?" A: Drive! I wish it was that simple. Any ideas on this?

2. Old Browsers to test with:
I searched the internet for most popular browsers currently. And most sites are listing IE7, IE6, FireFox 3, FireFox 2, Opera 9, Opera 8, and Safari. But it's not telling me the exact versions of old Firefox or Opera browsers. So I downloaded FireFox 2.0.5 and Opera 8.0. Do you think that should be good enough or should I try a later edition of the Firefox 2's and Opera 8's?

Just doing one site at the moment, but thanks for suggestion.

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I don't remember anything to

I don't remember anything to do with Virtual Machine Addons. What additional benefit will they give you.
The browsers you have downloaded should be fine.

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I found Additions are

I found Additions are pre-instaled in the IE6 virtual machine, and that's why the autorun installer wasn't, well, autorunning. Microsoft should say that somewhere. The Additions allow Shared Files, copy/paste of files, smooth cursoring between Guest and Host, etc.

Thanks for the info on browsers. Everything is working fine now. I'm glad I can finally get back to working on my web page. Woohoo! :thumbsup:

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