how to install a DOS program on Virtual PC 2007

Discussion in 'Virtual PC' started by ftr, Aug 23, 2010.

  1. ftr

    ftr Guest

    Hi,
    I need to install Freelance Graphics, an old DOS program from the 1980s
    (?) to read some drw files and the accompanying data to redo some stats
    charts. It seems that there is no other more recent program that can
    read Freelance DRW images.
    The simplest way to run Freelance Graphics on a Win XP pro is - if I
    understand well what I read on the web - to install Virtual PC 2007 and
    run the DOS prog within the virtualisation. The installation was smooth
    , but now how to continue ? I thought that installing a Windows 98 frame
    would allow to run the DOS program, but this seems to be wrong. Do I
    have to install DOS, too ? From where do I get a copy ?

    After I start Virtual PC the first time an error message popped up about
    a missing system disk.
    Is there any tutorial on the web which I did not find on how to run a
    dos program on win xp for dummies ?

    TIA
    - ftr
     
    ftr, Aug 23, 2010
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  2. ftr

    MikeD Guest


    Have you tried just running Freelance Graphics directly in Windows XP? It
    *might* run fine, or at least well enough. You might not have some
    functionality, such as being able to print, though.

    You're getting that error message because you have not installed on
    operating system on the virtual computer. If you want to install Windows 98
    as the OS, you're going to need a Win98 CD. If you're not familiar with
    installing an OS on a computer with no OS installed, you might want to
    enlist some help. As I recall, Win98 CDs were not bootable. That means you
    need a floppy disk (or floppy disk image) that is bootable in order to start
    the virtual computer and get to a command prompt from which you can install
    Windows 98 on the virtual computer's hard drive.
     
    MikeD, Aug 24, 2010
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    ftr Guest

    Mike, thanks for the idea. I hesitated to install it because I did not
    want to screw up the installation.

    In fact it is Freelance for Windows 2.1 (no year or OS mentioned on the
    diskettes) so maybe this is a reason why Win XP accepts it (?).

    And it works !
    What remains to do is to get the best conversion from these old graphics
    formats like cgm to current ones.

    So, the installation of the VirtualPC was just in vain, this time. Now I
    shall try other old DOS progs which will really need VirtualPC.

    - ftr


    So, the
     
    ftr, Aug 25, 2010
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  4. ftr

    ftr Guest

    Thanks; I know it is uniconverter but is not a batch converter - you see
    when you run it , and it produces an error :

    niConvertor failed:
    Cannot load plugin module cgmloader
    Traceback (most recent call last):
    File "C:\Program
    Files\Inkscape\python\lib\site-packages\uniconvertor\app\plugins\plugins.py",
    line 73, in load_module
    desc)
    File "C:\Program
    Files\Inkscape\python\lib\site-packages\uniconvertor\app/plugins/Filters/cgmloader.py",
    line 336, in <module>
    init.text.fontindex = fntlst.index("Times-Roman")
    ValueError: list.index(x): x not in list
    When importing plugin cgmloader

    Traceback (most recent call last):
    File "C:\Program
    Files\Inkscape\python\lib\site-packages\uniconvertor\app\plugins\plugins.py",
    line 147, in __call__
    module = self.load_module()
    File "C:\Program
    Files\Inkscape\python\lib\site-packages\uniconvertor\app\plugins\plugins.py",
    line 73, in load_module
    desc)
    File "C:\Program
    Files\Inkscape\python\lib\site-packages\uniconvertor\app/plugins/Filters/cgmloader.py",
    line 336, in <module>
    init.text.fontindex = fntlst.index("Times-Roman")
    ValueError: list.index(x): x not in list


    Traceback (most recent call last):
    File "<string>", line 1, in <module>
    File "C:\Program
    Files\Inkscape\python\lib\site-packages\uniconvertor\__init__.py", line
    72, in <module>
    doc = load.load_drawing(sys.argv[1])
    File "C:\Program
    Files\Inkscape\python\lib\site-packages\uniconvertor\app\io\load.py",
    line 364, in load_drawing
    return load_drawing_from_file(file, filename)
    File "C:\Program
    Files\Inkscape\python\lib\site-packages\uniconvertor\app\io\load.py",
    line 325, in load_drawing_from_file
    loader = info(file, filename, match)
    File "C:\Program
    Files\Inkscape\python\lib\site-packages\uniconvertor\app\plugins\plugins.py",
    line 154, in __call__
    'message':self.class_name})
    app.events.skexceptions.SketchError: Cannot load filter cgmloader.CGMLoader


    CorelDraw 11 says it can read cgm files.

    In fact I look for a program that can read Freelance Plus 4 drw and cht1
    files. The cgm file is only an export format of this program.
    Unfortunately DRW is also a Corel Draw file format but which is not the
    same as the Freelance Plus DRW.

    IrfanView allows to read CGM files, too, if you install the cadsoft
    converter which is payware.


    - ftr
     
    ftr, Sep 7, 2010
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