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A few problems that people have encountered, and how to fix them quickly and easily …

 

Index of common help questions. Answers to the following problems can be found on this page with these numbers:

1. Access: Can’t remember username or password, or

-          Want the lower price for repeat customers but can’t remember old username or password, or

-          Username or password problems when accessing the order system, or

-          Can’t access the order system

2. PIN doesn’t work, or phone/PIN combination does not work.

3. Problems downloading, or don’t know how to download, or

-          I downloaded the software but can’t find it on my computer, or

-          Don’t know the difference between download and install

4. Problems installing or don’t know how to install the software

5. AUTHMEMBER ID error message when going through Account Login

6. MFC Application error message when running the software

 

ANSWERS IN ORDER ARE:

 

1. CAN’T REMEMBER MY USERNAME OR PASSWORD TO GET REPEAT CUSTOMER PRICE

or

THE SYSTEM SAYS MY USERNAME OR PASSWORD IS ALREADY TAKEN

 

Relax. We have multiple ways to identify returning customers, including name, address and phone. Make up a new username and password. Just fill out the order form like a new customer, and you should get the $89 price. When you click “Add to Cart” you will see the price before going to Checkout. If it says $129 just send an email to Admin@john.benson.com and we will set up the system to recognize you. If you go through checkout and get charged $129 accidentally before you realize what’s happening, we will refund the difference as soon as you email us a copy of your web receipt.

 

2. PIN NUMBER / PHONE NUMBER COMBINATION DOESN’T WORK

 

In the last three years, 100% of reported PIN problems were caused by one of two user errors: trying a new PIN to run an older version of the software, or entering the wrong phone number. The 2015 software says “2015 Version” on the first screen. Anyone can download and start the new software without a PIN. You don’t need your new PIN until you want to read a new player database. So start the software and see what version it is. Make sure you have the new software that says “2015 Version.” Or check the date on your file windraft.exe – if it is older than October 2014, you are not running the new 2015 software.

Your phone number ID is often the same old original phone number that you gave when you first bought the software on line. If your current phone number doesn’t work, try an old phone number that you may have used to run the software. If your phone number worked when running old software in the past, even if it was a mistake back then, e.g. a typo. That old phone number may be locked into the system and you will need to remember it. Email Admin@johnbenson.com if you can’t remember your phone number.

 

 

3. DON’T KNOW HOW TO DOWNLOAD AND INSTALL THE SOFTWARE,

or

DOWNLOADED THE SOFTWARE BUT CAN’T FIND IT ON MY COMPUTER

 

New customers: if you did not yet buy the software, please try to access, download and install the free demo. If you cannot do that, then you are not going to be able to use our software. Please do not buy the software if you cannot run the free demo.

 

Returning customers: slow down and notice the options that your web browser gives you to SAVE a file from the internet. One of those options will be: Where do you want to put the file on your computer. Desktop is a good choice. Downloads is a good choice. Whatever choice you make, just notice it and remember it.

 

If you have any doubts, consult your web browser help screens and help index. You need to know the basics of how to use your web browser to download files from the internet.

 

What you do is download an “install” file from this website. The install file will have a filename with a date, for example 04_14_13.exe and the file will have a .exe suffix. This file will install and unpack several files onto your local computer. Once you have downloaded the install file onto your computer, you are done using our website and you are done using the internet. Everything else happens on your computer. You may disconnect from the internet. You do not run the software on the internet. You run the software on your computer.

 

The install file serves both your initial purchase and later access when you download a newer install file to get the a new database. Running the newer install file will not interfere with your league files or freeze lists etc.

 

If all else fails, please try reading the download and installation instructions that you find on the Download page.

 

You must know how to download a file from the internet, using your web browser, and how to find a file on your computer after you have downloaded it. If you need help, consult your web browser user’s manual or contact their tech support. Johnbenson.com and Diamond Analytics Corp do not offer training in how to use your web browser to download files or how to find files on your computer after you have downloaded them onto your computer.

 

4. DOWNLOADED AND INSTALLED BUT CANNOT FIND THE NEW SOFTWARE ON MY COMPUTER

or

CANNOT FIND THE NEW DATABASE

 

Just start over. You can download again and install again, and again, and pay closer attention to where you are putting the new software on your computer. The main thing is to go slowly enough to notice everything you are telling your computer to do. If you mess up, you can start over. Download again if necessary. Install again if necessary. Choosing a new directory folder and remembering what you chose will often be a good idea. For example:

 

Download 04_14_15.exe

or whatever the latest version is.
Run Setup Wizard for the 2015 version.
make a *NEW* directory folder such as BENSON15
finish the install and run the 2015 version. Leave the check mark in the “run” box.
i.e. do not exit the install process without going directly through RUN
use myleague League to get started
enter your phone number in the three boxes left to right
enter your PIN in the PIN box
and it works.

 

5. “AUTHMEMBER ID” ERROR MESSAGE WHEN RETRIEVING YOUR PIN OR ACCESS INFO:

 

Going through Account Login under Members Only, you get to the main page, and it says:

Click on “Account” above to get your PIN or access info,

And then when you click on “Account” you get an alarming error message with the words:

“Element authmember ID is undefined in session …” and a bunch of technical codes.

Don’t worry. You can still get your access information easily and quickly. Just back up two clicks to home page johnbenson.com and go through Account Login again. Sometimes it takes two or three tries. This problem is rare and easily fixable just by backing up and re-entering.

 

6. “MFC APPLICATION” MESSAGES:

MFC (Microsoft Foundation Class) application messages are generated by your Microsoft Windows ® operation system, not by Benson software. MFC application messages can be caused by factors aside from what kind of software you were trying to use when the error message appears. These messages cover a wide variety of possible problems and may use a wide variety of words, such as:

mfc application

MFC application exit

mfc application error

mfc application needs to close

mfc application has encountered a problem

mfc application has encountered an error and needs to close

 

In almost every case, no matter what the problem is, you just need to exit the Benson software and then restart it. You will not lose any work such as league setup or draft picks that you have entered, except: if you were in Edit Mode and editing information in your player database and did not save your work, the unsaved work may need to be re-entered, one of the obvious reasons why you should save your work frequently when using any software such as word processing, spreadsheets or databases, into which you are putting your information.

 

If a simple exit and reenter does not restore your Benson software to smooth running, you may have a corrupted file somewhere in your directory. Two more steps that could be tried (in this order) to fix this problem are:

- Create a new directory (folder) and download the latest version of the Benson software into that new directory, start the software, and then copy over your league files after you see that the software is running smoothly.

- Delete your BENSON.WIN file. This file is not part of the download and gets created only after you start using your software (it is a personal file unique for you). Download and install the latest version of the software into a folder that does not have a BENSON.WIN file.

 

            More information about MFC application messages can be found at http://support.microsoft.com/ where you can search the Microsoft website for the exact words of your error message, and get tips from Microsoft users and staff. Many of the problems and solutions have nothing to do with Benson software, such as files that get added without your knowledge or consent when you visit certain websites. Also you can search the net for competent advice about your specific MFC message.

 

           

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