Win 98 dos window freezing

Posted on 2003-12-09
Last Modified: 2013-12-28
I currently run dBaseIII through dos window frequently when searching records I hit Esc to return to the dot prompt, for som reason win then freezes the dbaseIII and I have to hit ctrl alt del and restart all over again.  I have tride increasing the file handles but this has not helped.  Any suggestions.


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You did not state if it worked before and now is not working.  Is it the dBaseIII build-in browse that you are using or did you code dBaseIII code to do your browsing?  It seems to be a dBaseIII or dBaseIII (looping) application problem.  When it freezes you mean the hour glass?

Take that to a Win2K box to see if occurs there also, W2K is better build to solve cooperative multitasking problem since it's preemptive.


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Thanks for the reply.

I apologise for the bad description of the problem.   What I meant is I browse records with the dbase brow command, editing records, and hitting esc causes the problem.  When this event occurs it would appears that it is looking for some input as you can hit a key for a while until the system beeps. I hope that clarifies the issue.


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It could be an old known dBaseIII problem.  To determine that I need a little more information:

1) Your Win98 OS - is it SR1 or SR2 (Service Release)?
2) Was it working on this particular computer before and now just begining to happen?
3) How are you launching dBase.exe:
3-   By double clicking it
3-   Through a .PIF file
3-   Through a .BAT file
3-  Through a drag and drop short cut.
4) Is the system on a network - if so disconnect it from the network and retry.

For the beep:  It wasn't accepting any input.  It died and didn't accept any more input.  You can key-in up to 16 characters and those keystroked go into the DOS keyboard input buffer.  When you fill-up the buffer then DOS beeps at you.

If you have dBaseIV laying around - make a copy of your .DBF and indices to another folder/directory and use dBaseIV to see if it would fix the problem.  Although, I recalled dBaseIV also had the same problem in W98OSR2.


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Thanks for the interest.  
1 I am not sure of the service release.  What I have found is Win98 dated 4.10.1998  Clean Install using Full OEM CD/T:C\WININSTO.400/SrcDir=E:\WIN98/IE /NF /IZ/IS/IQ/IT/II/NR/II//C/U:xxxxxxxxxxxxx…
2  It Has happened for some considerable time to be honest I cant remember if I had the problem on the previous computer.
3 Through a Pif file
4 No network
 Unfortunately I don’t have dBaseIV available otherwise I would be using it.
 From what you are saying I would appear that I have to persevere with this problem until I can get Access to run my accounts.  Which Is proving to be just a little bit awkard


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Sorry to have gotten back so late.... missed your post some how.
Unfortunately, dBase III is so old that locating the fix is a major problem.  I got rid of my dBase fix library in 2001.  You can run it on FoxPro (DOS) - it's fully compatible clone of dBaseIII - much faster beats dBase III & IV.  

look at dBase (Win) and Foxbase (Win), it should be much easier for dbase user... and full code comptabile with any dBase source code that you may have.


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