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Cannot execute a child of basic

Posted on 1997-08-19
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On some machines with the OSR2 release of Windows95 we encounter a 'Cannot execute a child of basic' error when running an older quotation program of ours.  It was written and compiled using IBM Basic Compiler 2 (1984).

Does anybody have any idea what I can do to resolve this? Formatting and re-installing Windows95 does NOT work.
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I'm afraid this is one of those programs that just will not run under Win 95.  You see, with DOS 7 (Win 95), Microsoft did some revamping of the run time libraries used by the system.  In particular, the floating point libraries.  The result is that some programs that use the system for displaying things on the screen fail to operate.

You can boot your machine to an older version of DOS or, if you have the source, recompile and relink the program using the new versions of the libraries or, rewrite the program using a new language.  
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