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Fordisc 3.1 Support

Information about Fordisc

Fordisc is a computer program that uses statistical methods to estimate sex, ancestry, and stature from skeletal measurements.

Fordisc employs multivariate statistical classification methods including linear discriminant function analysis.

The latest version of Fordisc is 3.1.312.

Fordisc 3.1 can be ordered here.

A PDF version of the Fordisc help file can be downloaded here.

Windows 7, 8, 10 users

Windows users should run Fordisc 3 as an Administrator. To do so, locate Fordisc 3 on the Start menu, or find the FD3.exe file on your computer. Right-click the application menu item or file, and then click Properties. In the Properties dialog box, click the Compatibility tab. Then do one of the following:

1) To apply the setting to the currently logged-on user ONLY, select the Run This Program As An Administrator check box, and then click OK.

2) To apply the setting to ALL users on the computer and regardless of which shortcut is used to start the application, click Change Setting For All Users to display the Properties dialog box for the application's .exe file, select the Run This Program As An Administrator check box, and then click OK twice.

IMPORTANT notices for Fordisc users:

If you try to update and get an error message involving ACE32.DLL, you will need to download the two DLL files (click the link below) and copy them to your Fordisc directory, overwriting the files if they are there. Those files often must be deleted first, before saving the new files there. On PC installations, it is usually c:\program files\fordisc3\. In USB drives, it is the drive letter plus \Fordisc3\, for example, G:\Fordisc3\. Then run a Forced Update.

If you try to update and get a "Case Table: Error 7010" error message, you will need to download CaseTable.adt and CaseTable.adm (click the link below) and copy them to your Fordisc3\RefDBs\ directory. If those files are there already delete them first before saving the new files there. On PC installations, the directory is usually c:\program files\fordisc3\RefDBs\. In USB drives, it is the drive letter plus \Fordisc3\RefDbs\, for example, G:\Fordisc3\RefDbs\. Then run a Forced Update.

If you update and then get an error message about an encypted table, you will need to update to build 301 or download FD3.exe (click the link below) and copy it to your Fordisc3\ directory. On PC installations, the directory is usually c:\program files\fordisc3\. In USB drives, it is the drive letter plus \Fordisc3\RefDbs\, for example, G:\Fordisc3\RefDbs\. Then run a Forced Update.

NOTE: In some cases you may need to reboot your PC before updating Fordisc.