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    History of the Blues

    I am having a lot of trouble with a lovely DOS program called "History of the Blues". It is supposed to work on my Win 2000 server/Win98/WinXP network but, surprise surprise, it doesnt. I cant get it down from the server, and if I install it locally I cant get the sound to work. Has anyone used this prog and if so, can you help me?
    And what are they doing still selling such ancient stuff anyway?

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    Re: History of the Blues

    DOS!!! DOS!!! Good lord! Sorry to sound a little defeatist, but DOS is dead and buried now. Getting XP to use it would be a major task in itself. Are you using compatability mode?

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    Re: History of the Blues

    To be honest, XP isnt really the problem as we only have 7 XP machines here (yes, I now, I know)
    The software was bought two weeks ago straight out of an e-learning credits brochure - so what can you do?

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    Re: History of the Blues

    Compatability mode. Right click the .EXE file and select Properties and compatability and try Windows 95 or 98.

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    Is this the one?

    http://avp.100megs28.com/?490005

    I have to agree with Dos_Box.

    As for the sound issue, its probable becasue you will need to install the sound card in dos. Have a look at the drivers that came with your PCs, you may be lucky. Will just need to setup the autoexec.bat / config.sys files.

    If you need any advice just yell.

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    Re: History of the Blues

    the only other option is to look at vdmsound

    Its a DOS adlib/midi etc emulator that attaches to Directx to allow playback of sound from a DOS app

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    Re: History of the Blues

    Companys selling software like this to schools should be flogged. It's like going to pick up a new car and finding you have brought a brand new Morris Minor.

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    Re: History of the Blues

    Thirty-nine quid for a bloody DOS program?!? I agree with D_B on this one - companies like that should be taken out the back & given a good sodding beating with their own software!

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    Re: History of the Blues

    Wholeheartedly agree!

    Is there some sort of vetting going on to decide which software gets curriculumonline/eLC status or is it a questionnaire with "Is it a microsoft product?" as the only question.

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    Re: History of the Blues

    Um, it hasnt got an .exe file, or not that I can find! the sound card thing sounds good - how do I install them in DOS? or is that emulator thingy gonna work?
    This is great, I'm getting answers at last. As a lone, part-time techie with not a huge amount of experience and no support to speak of, life was getting a bit bleak, and then....I found you guys (sniff)

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    PS: Our beloved music co ordinator bought a network licence which is a lot more than £39!!

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    Re: History of the Blues

    @ITWITCH: Check the properties of the program shortcut - the compatability options should be available in there.

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    Re: History of the Blues

    Thanks for info. I'm not back at that school until next week - I will let you know how it goes

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    Re: History of the Blues

    If it fails to play nice, consider using a dos emulator. I've used DosBox with great success.

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    Re: History of the Blues

    I feel abused



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