[vcf-midatlantic] Help with installing 1980s DOS program

jsalzman at gmail.com jsalzman at gmail.com
Mon May 13 21:19:34 EDT 2019


Out of memory errors in DOS could indicate extended or high memory may not
be configured properly, leaving too little for the application.

On Mon, May 13, 2019, 9:04 PM Glenn Roberts via vcf-midatlantic <
vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:

> Looking at the BAT file I think it wants source and destination drives
>
> Try INSTALLXT A: C:
>
>
>
> Sent from my iPad
>
> > On May 13, 2019, at 8:51 PM, Evan Koblentz <evan at vcfed.org> wrote:
> >
> > >> It looks like there's a separate install batch file already set up
> for installing from floppy to hard drive - back then "XT" meant a PC XT or
> clone (i.e. hard drive system).  perhaps try INSTALLXT.BAT (which calls
> I0XT.BAT).  you may have to tweak the batch file to get it to work but
> perhaps not...
> >
> > Forgot to mention that I did try this. It says "Invalid number of
> parameters" -- what the heck does that mean?
> >
> >> On Mon, May 13, 2019, 8:45 PM Glenn Roberts <glenn.f.roberts at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> >> It looks like there's a separate install batch file already set up for
> installing from floppy to hard drive - back then "XT" meant a PC XT or
> clone (i.e. hard drive system).  perhaps try INSTALLXT.BAT (which calls
> I0XT.BAT).  you may have to tweak the batch file to get it to work but
> perhaps not...
> >>
> >> - Glenn
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> > -----Original Message-----
> >> > From: vcf-midatlantic <vcf-midatlantic-bounces at lists.vcfed.org> On
> Behalf
> >> > Of Evan Koblentz via vcf-midatlantic
> >> > Sent: Monday, May 13, 2019 7:30 PM
> >> > To: vcf-midatlantic <vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org>
> >> > Cc: Evan Koblentz <evan at vcfed.org>
> >> > Subject: [vcf-midatlantic] Help with installing 1980s DOS program
> >> >
> >> > Someone posted on my local Facebook town page in need of ordinary PC
> >> > support. I replied because that stuff is usually quite easy to fix --
> easy/quick
> >> > cash on the side, or so I thought!!
> >> >
> >> > Turns out it's an elderly attorney running a mid-1980s DOS version of
> Leading
> >> > Edge Word Processor installed on Windows XP. Seriously?????
> >> >
> >> > The problem was it keeps giving him an error message about unable to
> read
> >> > drive a: (3.5") even when he's not trying to use that drive. The
> error pops up
> >> > randomly and prevents him from continuing to use the program. I
> confirmed
> >> > that the drive reads/writes fine.
> >> >
> >> > Rather than trying to chase down an inconsistent bug, he asked me if
> he can
> >> > dump Windows and just run the program under straight DOS. Okay, sure.
> I
> >> > figured it would be fun to do this even if the guy wasn't paying me.
> After all,
> >> > if I don't promote semi-vintage computing then who will? :)
> >> >
> >> > I downloaded DOS 6.22 at home and put the image files onto disks via
> a USB
> >> > floppy drive. Went to install that on an old PC that I happened to
> have, and it
> >> > gave errors about lack of memory space when I ran setup, which is
> bizarre
> >> > but whatever .... I downloaded version 5.0 instead and that installed
> without
> >> > any trouble (not counting one damaged disk; I used another disk and it
> >> > worked that time).
> >> >
> >> > So now I've got a bare-metal DOS 5.0 installation on an older PC for
> this guy.
> >> > His son pointed me to the word processor program at an abandonware
> site (I
> >> > put a copy of the files at http://snarc.net/lewp/ if anybody wants
> to play
> >> > along at home). I copied the files onto a disk via DOSbox (thanks to
> Dean for
> >> > the tip to use emulation there!). The files read/write fine on the DOS
> >> > computer.
> >> >
> >> > Currently I'm stumped at how to install this program on the computer.
> I
> >> > copied them all into the same directory structure on the DOS computer.
> >> > The install.bat file requires a second floppy drive, which I don't
> have but I am
> >> > getting one tomorrow. (Local FB marketplace seller has another
> external USB
> >> > floppy drive for eight bucks.)
> >> >
> >> > I have two questions:
> >> >
> >> > 1. Is there a way around needing a second drive?
> >> >
> >> > 2. If the second drive is required, is it even the correct procedure
> to just run
> >> > the install.bat or must I do something else to install the program?
> >>
> >>
>


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