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Minitor IV DOS in Windows

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Minitor IV DOS in Windows

Postby SnakeDoc » Mon Mar 01, 2010 12:50 pm

Does anyone know how I can run the Minitor IV software that is the DOS version on my windows computer.

Thanks very much!!!

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Re: Minitor IV DOS in Windows

Postby Mfire39 » Mon Mar 01, 2010 12:51 pm

Why not just get the Windows version of Minitor IV PPS?


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Re: Minitor IV DOS in Windows

Postby aaknitt » Wed Mar 03, 2010 9:40 am

You can run the DOS version under Windows with no problems. Either find the EXE and run it, or run it from a command prompt. Nothing special needed.

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Re: Minitor IV DOS in Windows

Postby mojo3120 » Sat Mar 06, 2010 9:44 am

SnakeDoc wrote:Does anyone know how I can run the Minitor IV software that is the DOS version on my windows computer.

Thanks very much!!!


PM'ed u something that might help :D

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Re: Minitor IV DOS in Windows

Postby Irmrbean » Tue Apr 06, 2010 1:04 pm

Ive been tryin to use the dos programing from within windows using dosbox (with the correct serial port forwarded through dosbox) but i cant seem to specify a communications port in the software. I select the field and try to edit it but i cant put in text, numbers or any characters. Does anyone know how to specify the port? I cant get the windows version from my vendor as he no longer carries it so im left trying to use the dos version.

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Re: Minitor IV DOS in Windows

Postby Tom in D.C. » Tue Apr 06, 2010 3:42 pm

This subject has been beaten to death on this Forum previously, so here we go again.

While it may be possible in some rare situations to get a Motorola RSS that is DOS-based to work properly under Windows, usually it will not. The general tipoff in some cases is that you will be able to read the radio but you won't be able to write to it. The problem lies in the way in which Windows runs the serial port's timing. The sure way to fix a DOS-based problem is to get a copy of DOS 6.22 and boot your computer with it. It also helps in many cases to have a slow computer running, something under 60 mHz. Some later RSS versions will run fine at much higher speeds, so it's a question of cut and try much of the time until you find a combination of computer and RSS that works. You can download DOS 6.22 online at no charge; just do a Google search for it.

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RSS requires and runs on DOS.
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Re: Minitor IV DOS in Windows

Postby kf4sqb » Tue Apr 06, 2010 6:40 pm

Also, even if you do get the RSS to read from and write to the radio (or pager) in question while in Windows, you run a high risk of corrupting the codeplug during the write cycle. The only option is to boot to true DOS for reading/writing the codeplug. You can edit and resave a saved codeplug under Windows, just don't try to read/write that way.
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