[SignWriting] Re: sw 4 not working with new computer
wreese01 at TAMPABAY.RR.COM
Mon Jun 3 14:41:21 UTC 2002
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Trevor Jenkins wrote:
> On Mon, 3 Jun 2002, Valerie Sutton wrote:
> > SignWriter 4.4 in DOS works best on Windows 95, 98 or ME. It does NOT
> > work on Windows 2000, NT or XP. You are right....it freezes the
> > keyboard.
> I was porting SignWriter 4.4 to Windows NT4 several years ago but
> ill-health and redunancy prevented me from completing the project. The
> problem (with SignWriter 4.4) is that the program makes direct calls to
> the BIOS of the computer. With the release of Windows NT4 (and therefore
> Windows 2000 and Windows XP) such direct calls to the hardware have been
> I still have the sources. However, it uses functions for which I can find
> no documentation. Even posts to various newsgroups/mailinglists have
> elicited no responses whatsoever. If anyone knows exactly what the
> following functions are supposed to do I'd like to hear from you (I can
> make a guess at some of them but there are subtlies in usage that I need
> to understand).
> FUNCTION ALLHQQ (wants: WORD): WORD; EXTERNAL;
> FUNCTION ALLMQQ (wants: WORD): ADSMEM; EXTERNAL;
> FUNCTION DOSXQQ (command, parameter: WORD): BYTE; EXTERNAL;
> FUNCTION GetDTA: ADSMEM; EXTERNAL;
> FUNCTION GETUQQ (VAR f:FCBFQQ; len: WORD; dst: ADSMEM): WORD; EXTERNAL;
> FUNCTION PUTUQQ (VAR f:FCBFQQ; len: WORD; dst: ADSMEM): WORD; EXTERNAL;
> FUNCTION TICS: WORD; EXTERNAL;
> And also the FCBFQQ structure? (I know that the structure is a DOS FCB,
> aka File Control Block, but I need the exact layout of the structure.)
> I can compile the original source with various compilers (GNU Pascal,
> FreePascal, CodeWarrior Pro) that target various platforms. As someone
> who wrote the internals of a Pascal compiler I know the language very
> well so that isn't a problem. It's the MS-DOS specifics that I need to
> Regards, Trevor
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