1990 DOS Dataease newspaper circulation database and billing

October 5, 2012 at 20:41:02
Specs: DOS
I am not very tech oriented at all. This system has a lot of bad, sloppy data put into it, but there seem to be problems with the program. The most crucial error is that the dates on some reports are significantly wrong. I am the dept manager and when I am given the daily summary of all of the information such as the number of customers in one category or another, the date is always 1/27/12, which makes the report useless, since it contains the data for that date. The guy who installed the program is very greedy and charges the company an enormous sum of money, even for a phone call to answer a question, so my superiors will not pay him. Is there a manual or something that a bright person who does not know a lot about computers might understand? Thanks so much for any help.

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October 5, 2012 at 21:58:28
Is it running from pure dos or within some other OS like XP?

If it's pure dos on a really old PC, there was a Y2K problem where a computer wouldn't correctly keep track of the date after January 1, 2000. However January 27, 2012 seems an odd date for it to hold on to.

If you're running it from within windows this may help:


It looks like you can order manuals for some versions of dataease from places like amazon. Google dataease manual and check results.

Edit Oh wait, here's a download for version 4.53 found using the above search:


I believe that's a dos version.

There's also a dataease site at:


but I didn't see any dos manual downloads there.

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October 28, 2012 at 19:37:23
If you need an emulator program for XP due to a compatibility error, try here: www.dosbox.com Unlikley, as it sounds like the program is sticking with some problem with the data entering style. Out of curiosity, when was the program installed?
P.S to DAVEINCAPS: I lived through the Y2K year, and my DOS 5.1 is still plugging along wiht ZERO Y2K problems! Y2K was a scam, pure and simple.

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