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

Evan Koblentz evan at vcfed.org
Mon May 13 21:39:02 EDT 2019


>> 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:\.

Done! It works!

I used to know all this by heart. Then 20+ years passed...



On Mon, May 13, 2019, 9:29 PM Evan Koblentz <evan at vcfed.org> wrote:

> >> 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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