DOS does not equal Wndows

June 24, 2011 at 17:48:32
Specs: Windows 98, 66/16
DOS does not equal Wndows

I am running a couple of DOS programs. They all work fine in DOS. Switched out the hard drive not long ago, and now got problems with running the same software in Windows as used to.

In DOS, as mentioned everything works OK. In Windows 98 am getting a error messege that something is using the lone Com port One, please clean up. I think some how the modem is kicking in and going now, immediately after opening up Windows. And thus using the COM port.

I think this may also be a Bios situaton, so how do I tell the Award Bios to one look one direction before looking another?

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June 24, 2011 at 20:21:00
You can configure the on-board com ports in cmos/bios setup. It should be fairly straight-forward.

If the modem is a hardware modem (which it probably is if you were using it in dos) then it'll probably have jumpers to ID its com port and irq. In that case you want the modem's com and usually the irq to be different than the on-board port.

Any port conflicts should show in 98's device manager.

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June 26, 2011 at 06:46:46
I have the Phoenix bios that has the sliding bar across top of screen, and thus cannot alter any setting there. Wish that I had different.


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June 26, 2011 at 14:33:17
I remember having some similar trouble with a program years ago. Just didn't like having a modem on COM2 (even when Win98 was in MS-DOS mode). You might do better with a dual-boot system (DOS & Win98), but it'd involve reinstalling Win98 and whatever software is under it...

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."

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July 28, 2011 at 18:28:51
A few days after posting the initial comment, one morning the computer would not boot past some green window. It took a while, but Micky-moused in a substitute PS, and viola it took off like in the old days. It was my last thought as to what may be wrong. Could not find correct one, but the intermitant power situation was causing no end of problems. Now, need to locate a good and correct sized one.


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July 28, 2011 at 21:54:59
That's an odd symptom for a bad power supply but we're glad you got it figured out.

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