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

Evan Koblentz evan at vcfed.org
Mon May 13 21:29:28 EDT 2019


>> INSTALLXT A: C:

That did it! No second drive required.

It went through the whole setup program. Then I ran the LEWP by just typing
"le" at c:\lewp.

Now all I need to do is edit (autoexec.bat?) with a path line, if fuzzy
college memory serves me correctly, in order for this to work right from
c:\.

Thanks Glenn!

On Mon, May 13, 2019, 9:04 PM Glenn Roberts <glenn.f.roberts at gmail.com>
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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