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Don_Forest

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Wordstar under WXP DOS emulation
« on: September 08, 2004, 09:07:49 AM »
Hello.

I have encountered a problem I hope you can help me with.
I am trying to run Wordstar 2000 Plus (R3 I think)
(hereinafter "Wordstar") in DOS emulation under Microsoft
Windows XP Pro ("WXP").  Wordstar does run, but as soon
as I try to open a file (any file), Wordstar reports:

"Can't open window or document.  Possible reasons:
The disk is full or the directory can't hold that many files.
Your CONFIG.SYS file lacks a line that reads: FILES=20.
You may need to restart your system using the correct DOS
disk.
Too many other programs are running in the background.
Your autoexec file has "set MPPATH=" to an incorrect or
protected directory."

Wordstar runs fine in DOS emulation under Microsoft
Windows 2000 Pro ("W2K") on another system.  In an
attempt to get Wordstar to run under WXP I wrote down the
DOS emulation parameters from the W2K .PIF file, e.g.
memory options, screen options, AUTOEXEC.NT and
CONFIG.NT, and selected those same parameters on the
WXP machine.  The same problem occurs.  One possible,
though unlikely, explanation for this problem is different file
systems.  My  W2K system is FAT32, while my WXP
system is NTFS.

Do you know what the problem is or have a suggestion for
how I might fix it?

TIA.

Don Forest

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Re: Wordstar under WXP DOS emulation
« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2004, 12:50:57 PM »
One solution that has worked is to start WordStar from a small BATCH file.

Create a text file called WS2K.BAT that contains the following lines (modify the file path if necessary):

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PATH %PATH%;C:\WS2000
CD C:\WS2000
WS2 %1 %2
CD C:\

Then try running WordStar using WS2K.

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[update: corrected typo; put batch file code in code box]
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Re: Wordstar under WXP DOS emulation
« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2006, 12:19:43 PM »
[Breaking the rule of never replying to your own message...] I've just been told of a variation on the above solution that has worked for someone:

I resolved the problem by adding the following to the end of
c:\windows\system32\autoexec.nt:

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REM WordStar (Sets a path to stop error message
REM "Can't open another window for editing or printing
REM -- the current disk or directory is full. Press escape.")
SET TMP=C:\temp
SET PATH=C:\WS2000\
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Re: Wordstar under WXP DOS emulation
« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2006, 07:43:37 PM »
I have had the same problem.  I also had it under Windows 98.  Now, I run WordStar under DosBOX.

Sincerely,

Gene Wirchenko