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You cannot run GWbasic on Windows 7 but you can use Virtual PC and Qbasic
To convert a GWBasic program for use with QBasic, use the following four steps:
Start GWBasic and load a GWBasic program.
Some GWBasic keywords are not supported in QBasic. These keywords are listed in QBasic's online Help menu. List the GWBasic program and note any unsupported keywords.
Save the GWBasic program in ASCII format by typing:
Exit GWBasic by typing:
Start QBasic and load your GWBasic program. If any GWBasic data file in binary format is used in association with a GWBasic program, the information will be scrambled when using QBasic. To correct this problem, run QBasic with the /MBF switch by typing
at the MS-DOS command prompt.
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I have numerous GWBASIC programs. To got through all of them and change keywords (commands?) would be a large task. Besides I don't have QBasic and wouldn't know where to get it. So, what about Virtual PC? You said that would work. Are you certain? Which version?
You can actually use XP mode for Windows 7, if you are using Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate or Enterprise.
You can read about it and download the XP Mode and Virtual PC here:
If you have anymore questions please respond back otherwise press ACCEPT
The GW Basic Programs would not work on my XP computer, so why will XP mode in Windows 7 run the programs?
So, cannot install Virtual PC for XP since it requires Windows 7 Professional. I have Windows 7 Premium Home 64 bit. I tried installing Virtual PC 2007 SP1 anyway bypassing the error message, but I get to a point where I don't know what to do and the instructions are not clear. HELP!
Not sure I understand your 2nd question. It seems there are 3 versions of Virtual PC. Virtual PC 2007, Virtual PC 2007 SP1, and Virtual PC for XP. The first two are supposedly not compatible with Windows 7 64 bit. As I mentioned above the XP version requires Windows 7 professional, so that didn't work. When I tried to install VPC 2007 it gave the error message I mentioned above and I did not go any further.
However, according to Microsofts compatibility site, Virtual PC 2007 SP1 should run on Windows 7 even though it gives the same error message as VPC 2007. But, this time I went past the message and eventually got lost as to what to do next. Hope that's clear. I'll attempt the install again of VPC 2007 SP1, and let you know where I get stuck.
Hello there, I was reading over Josh's recommendation to use VPC 2007 and then read your last reply. In my experience with end users, VPC is very cumbersome to use, I usually would tend to suggest using VMWare player, also a free product to use, as the interface is a lot more user friendly.
it can be found here:
Again, you will need a windows 98 CD available for the installation, but vmware player allows for an "easy install" mode when creating new virtual machines.
Did not download vmware yet. using VPC I was able to load W98 CD but when starting the program using the boot disc, it takes me nowhere. Loads the disc but just leaves me with the command window and an "A" prompt. What am I supposed to do from there? meantime I will download the vmware.
the windows 98 CD should be bootable. VPC should automatically boot off the CD if there is no operating system yet installed on the virtual machine.
if it is saying A: this means that it is a floppy image that may have booted the machine, it could be VPC specific, not really sure on that one.
What are you running windows 98 under? VPC or Vmware?
If the epson is a USB printer, Vmware does usually translate the printer as a legacy device and works usually out of the box with your windows 7 as soon as you install vmware tools.
You can also install it natively and "attach" the usb device to your virtual machine, this should make the virtual machine see that a printer is plugged in. so you can install a driver in windows 98 and print directly from there.
VPC does not support direct USB connections, this seems to be the only way that you will get it to work. Vmware really would be the way to go if you want this printer to work, you would simply plug in the LPT to USB adapter into your usb plug, attach it to the vmware machine, install the driver for the adapter, then install the lpt driver for the printer.
VPC does not have this feature which is another reason why i would take it over VPC2007. I know it sounds like a duplication of work, but it is really a better product that is more feature rich.
Driver for the adapter?? It is just a cord bought at Office Depot with a serial connector at one end and a USB male at the other. Sorry, but some of your terms are above me. How do I "attach" the USB plug to the vmware machine after I plug it in? While I am waiting for your answer, I will download and install W98 on Vmware.
As I said before, there is no adapter and therefore no driver associated with it. The printer is connected with a simple serial to USB cable. See Office Depot item# XXXXX
Do I need something else?
maybe windows 98 is seeing it as a usb printer as well? can you open device manager and see if there are any yellow exlamation marks?
Also did you install vmware tools onto the system yet? that often fixes printer issues
I opened Device Manager in W98 and there are yellow question marks by "Other Devices/PCI Multimedia Audio Device, PCI System Peripheral, and PCI Unversal Serial Bus". Under "Universal Serial Bus Controllers" there is "Generic USB Hub" if that helps. I can find no printer devices shown under Device Manager.
Yes, I have installed VMware tools. At top of window under Virtual Machine Removable Devices it shows the printer as a "USB2.0-Print" and has the option to connect and disconnect from host.
I think there may be a conflict with the ports? When I open the Printers folder in Control Panel (W98), it shows the Epson printer on port LPT1, and yet VMware sees the printer on USB2? There is no USB port choice in W98. Yet there is an option to create a new port, but I wouldn't know how to do that or even if it can be done or if that's what needs to be done.
This is perplexing, it may just not be compatible. At this point, i would suggest getting an add in parallel card for your new computer that will allow you to connect the printer via LPT1. You can then add a parallel port to the vmware product that it can use the hardware directly. This would be a pretty cheap ($15-30) addition and would definitely work as it is a real parallel port.
OK ordered the card overnight shipping so I should have it tomorrow. I hope it's easy to install. Will keep you posted. So after I install it, I should start VMware then plug in the printer, or plug it in first? Then do I do a regular printer install in W98 or will VMware recognize it?
plug the printer into your new parallel port, then "edit" the vmware virtual machine to add a parallel port, say "use physical port" when selecting the add option.
your windows 98 should then now see it as a usable LPT1 printer.
LPT3 seems incorrect, but this is maybe because you have plugged in the USB socket already and it is seeing it as such. you need to switch it back to what windows 7 automatically assigned. which is LPT3
in vmware, you need to shut down the win98 virtual machine
Uninstall the parallel port you just added. then re-add a new one.
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Hi- How's your Friday going? We are becomming old friends :) OK Tried what you suggested and NG. Here's the message I get at the bottom of the VMware screen when W98 is booting up.
Cannot open file C:\programdata\vmware\dndlogs\dndlog.conf The system could not find the path s...
The LPT3 device is used by another program. Failed to connect virtual device parallel0.
Maybe I have to attempt to install the printer in W7 for VMware to recognize it?
OK - I deleted Microsoft VPC 2007 SP1, deleted VMWare, and reloaded VMWare and W98 from scratch. Then when I installed the Parallel Port on VMWare and told it to use the physical port then installed the Epson Printer in W98, this time IT WORKED!! Also, I previously changed the Epson from LPT3 and LPT1 in W7 since I felt that W98 only recpognized LPT1. I don't know if it makes sense, but I figured with all the screwing around and perhaps with VPC still on the machine, it wouldbn;t hurt to go back and start over.
So, while you didn't completely solve the problem, you gave me enough knowledge and know how that enabled me to eventually solve the problem. Thanks- left you a nice tip.