MagicJack/Support Resources/How-To/Splash Screen

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Windows

When you start MagicJack it executes magicJackLoader.exe. This is where the splash screen comes from. The following steps explain how to bypass it. They depend upon whether MagicJack starts automatically, or requires you to start it from the desktop shortcut. If you don't understand the difference, see the Answer: Why does (or doesn't) my softphone start automatically.

Manually

If you start MagicJack using a shortcut on the desktop:

  1. Copy the "magicJack" shortcut to a shortcut named "magicJack noloader."
  2. Right click the new shortcut. Click Properties.
  3. Change the Target to
    "{drive:\path to mjusbsp}\magicJack.exe" /foreground /scf _magicJackPersonalDataRoot "{usb drive:}\magicJack"
    • You should retain the drive/path to mjusbsp. Only change the "magicJackLoader.exe" to "magicJack.exe".
    • The ""magicJack" at the end of the cmd line refers to a hidden folder on one of the two drives created when you insert the MagicJack device. You may have to enable "hidden folders" to see it. Google for instructions on how to see hidden folders in Windows.
    • Keep the quotation marks.

If you can't figure out the USB drive letter or it changes due to other removable devices try the following line instead. "{drive:\path to mjusbsp}\magicJack.exe" /foreground

You should now be able to start MagicJack using the new shortcut.

Automatically
  1. Download the freeware Startup Control Panel.
  2. Install and start the program (it will be found in Start->Settings->Control Panel called "Startup").
  3. Click on the "HKCU / Run tab."
  4. Uncheck "cdloader."
  5. Click on the "HKLM / Run tab."
  6. Right click anywhere in the box and select "New."
  7. On the line for "Program name" type whatever you like (ex. MagicJack Startup).
  8. On the line for the program path,
    "{drive:\path to mjusbsp}\mjusbsp\magicJack.exe" /foreground /scf _magicJackPersonalDataRoot "{usb drive:}\magicJack"
    • You can find your mjusbsp folder using dir mjusbsp /s from a command (DOS) window, at the root directory (cd \) of each drive.
    • The ""magicJack" at the end of the cmd line refers to a hidden folder on one of the two drives created when you insert the MagicJack device. You may have to enable "hidden folders" to see it. Google for instructions on how to see hidden folders in Windows.
    • Keep the quotation marks.

You should now be able to reboot and MagicJack will automatically start.

Notes

It may be of interest that you can add /lf logfile.txt before the /scf. This will cause the softphone to log potentially useful information. The log will be in the mjusbsp directory. The log can get quite large over time. Keep an eye on it.


As of March 2010, a Magic Jack upgrade forces dismount of the usb drives after it starts. So, while this method still works if you only use the jack or softphone, the Outlook Addin will no longer work. You have to use the official Magic Jack shortcut, which uses MagicJackloader.exe if you want to use the MJ Outlook Addin.