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Re: DOS 6 and Mathematica

  • To: mathgroup <mathgroup at yoda.physics.unc.edu>
  • Subject: Re: DOS 6 and Mathematica
  • From: David FOSTER <david at ppe.msm.cern.ch>
  • Date: Tue, 13 Jul 93 14:55:00 MET

For the time being NICE does not support DOS 6. Exactly for the sort of 
reasons discussed below, we try to define a standard PC configuration which 
will work with the current, recommended applications.

   cheers David Foster.

p.s. This input is useful as we are putting together a standard 
configuration including DOS 6.  People short of DOS memory are currently 
recommended to use QEMM.
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> From: Peter_M.Saama
> To: mathgroup
> Subject: Re: DOS 6 and Mathematica
> Date: Thursday, July 08, 1993 8:57AM
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> Date: Thu, 08 Jul 93 08:57 EDT
> To: mathgroup at yoda.physics.unc.edu
> From: "Peter_M.Saama" <09207PSA at msu.edu>
> Subject: Re: DOS 6 and Mathematica
> 
 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------  
 --
> FYI
> David
> ----------------------------Original message----------------------------
> I have had a similar problem with Mma 2.1 for DOS. I suggest that you 
write
> two separate autoexec.bat files, one with "HIMEM.SYS", "DEVICE=EMM386.EXE"
> and another without these two commands
>
> >From: Keith Clay <clay at galileo.phys.washington.edu>
>
> Osmo Kolehmainen writes:
>
> > I recently installed DOS 6.0 in my PC. Now Mma 2.0 does not work 
properly,
> > since I must every time reinstall it. This problem can be avoided, if
> > I do not use HIMEM.SYS, but then other applications stop working. Any
> > suggestions?
> >
>
> And he appends his sytem files.  Yes, I have lots of suggestions, and the
> first goes to WRI: FIX THE MMA/WINDOWS COMPATIBILITY PROBLEMS THAT YOU CAN
> AND INCLUDE INFO ABOUT THOSE YOU CAN'T IN THE MANUAL!  Dealing with a 
touchy
> piece of software is easier if we are warned about the touchiness.
>
> SECOND SUGGESTION: to Osmo Kolehmainen
> Update your version of Mathematica.  The bugs in version 2.1 (for Windows)
> are not nearly as severe as those for 2.0, and I am promised that most are
> eliminated in version 2.2.
>
> As for the details:
> Many of these suggestions are reprinted from Courtney Johnson at WRI to 
whom
> I express my sincere thanks for helping me debug my situation.
>
> 1.  Don't load anything high (in your config.sys file).
>         (If you are running inder Windows, there is no reason to use LH
>         and you should know that the  concensus is that Mathematica is
>         completely incompatible with memmaker.  Not a big deal since Mma
>         has its own mem-making machinery built in.)
>
> 2.  Don't use Norton Desktop with Mathematica.  (This is advice from WRI,
>         but I use Norton and Mathematica together without any trouble)
>
> 3.  Go ahead and use HIMEM.SYS, but only call it using the config.sys line
>
>                         DEVICE=C:\WINDOWS\HIMEM.SYS
>
> (For the record I append myown config.sys.  Notice that I do use dos=high
> and devicehigh for doublespace but nothing else goes high
>
> DEVICE=C:\DOS\SETVER.EXE
> DEVICE=c:\ndw\NAV&.SYS /b
> DEVICE=C:\WINDOWS\HIMEM.SYS
> DOS=HIGH,UMB
> FILES=50
> STACKS=9,256
> BUFFERS=32
> FCBS=20,0
> DEVICEHIGH=C:\DOS\DBLSPACE.SYS /MOVE )
>
> 4.  Don't use EMM386.EXE.  (And it seems MemMaker should be added to this
> list)
>
> 5.  If you are using a mouse driver or cursor program that allows use of
>         custom cursors, disable it!  It is fatal to Mma to have another
>         program trying to manipulate the cursor.  Note that many mouse 
drivers
>         including MS have cursor modification built in.  Disable all 
explicit
>         custom cursor programs and check your win.ini file for POINTER.EXE
>         (should be on the LOAD line).  If it is there, remove the 
POINTER.exe
>         from WIN.ini and promise never to use the mouse control panel 
again.
>
> Why isn't this stuff in the installation manual for Mma?  I don't know.
>
> For the benefit of Osmo Kolehmainen, I include my autoexec.bat file as 
well.
>
> I hope this helps!
>
> Keith
> clay at galileo.phys.washington.edu
> University of Washington
> Seattle, Washington  USA
>
>
> 
 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------  
 --
> @echo off
> c:\ndw\smartcan /on /skiphigh
> c:\ndw\image
> C:\DOS\SMARTDRV.EXE
> PROMPT $p$g
> PATH
>
> 
C:\DOS;C:\;C:\WINDOWS;C:\NDW;C:\BIN;C:\BIN\TOOLS;C:\FORTRAN\BIN\;C:\FORTRAN\  
BIN
> N
>  B\;C:\ULTRA;C:\WINWORD;C:\EXCEL;C:\YRWY22
> set mouse=C:\MSMOUSE
> C:\DOS\mouse
> set tmp=C:\
> SET LIB=C:\FORTRAN\LIB\
> SET INCLUDE=C:\FORTRAN\INCLUDE\
> SET HELPFILES=C:\FORTRAN\HELP\*.HLP
> SET INIT=C:\FORTRAN\INIT\
> nav c:\
> C:\DOS\SHARE.EXE
> SET TEMP=C:\WINDOWS\TEMP
>
>
> >From: Dick Gibbs <GIBBS at VM.CC.LATECH.EDU>
>
> Hi,
> I found the same problem but it was not due to DOS 6.0 when it happened
> to me. The problem was with WINDOWS . I am  using  DOS 5.3 I believe.
> Mathematica was already installed. Then when I installed WINDOWS, and
> it put in the memory manager, I could not get mma or QUATTRO PRO to
> function. Eventually, through trial and error I got it to run by
> staying out of WINDOWS and calling it from a dos prompt (not from
> dos prompt in windows). I looked at your config.sys and autoexec and it
> appears close to mine. If you want,I could send copies of mine for you to
> look at. Good luck  Dick
> 





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