Multi-tasking on DOS laptop again?

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Harry Potter

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Nov 15, 2020, 8:41:11 AM11/15/20
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Hi! I believe I asked this before, but I have a DOS laptop at my mother's house and want to utilize it for programming. Now, I need to have multiple programs open at once. I tried DOSSHELL, but its multi-tasking didn't work. Is there any other choice?

Sjouke Burry

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Nov 15, 2020, 8:58:41 AM11/15/20
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On 15.11.20 14:41, Harry Potter wrote:
> Hi! I believe I asked this before, but I have a DOS laptop at my mother's house and want to utilize it for programming. Now, I need to have multiple programs open at once. I tried DOSSHELL, but its multi-tasking didn't work. Is there any other choice?
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Timeslicing . Each intended function active in its own timeslice,
but all running in one main program.
Something like dosshell obviously.
And you better use something like 32 bit Watcom, so you have
64 Mbyte program space.

Harry Potter

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Nov 15, 2020, 9:44:56 AM11/15/20
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I have DOSSHELL. I tried it and ran into some minor annoyances. Then I tried to open a new program--COMMAND.COM--and got an error message stating that COMMAND.COM or DOSSWAP.EXE was not found. I managed to get back to DOSSHELL, but, when I switched back to the prompt, I got a blank screen and none of the usual task-switching keys worked.

Harry Potter

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Nov 15, 2020, 10:27:09 AM11/15/20
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I did my homework for once and searched for the tool myself and found PCTools. I'm working on installing it now. :)

Harry Potter

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Nov 15, 2020, 10:54:21 AM11/15/20
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I have a problem: I couldn't install the program, as the installer kept asking for Disk #1 even though I copied all the Disk 1 files to the floppy. :( How do I fix it?

JJ

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Nov 16, 2020, 9:21:32 AM11/16/20
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DOSSHELL is not a multi tasker. It's just a shell. Use Quarterdeck DESQview
instead.

Robert Riebisch

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Nov 16, 2020, 12:46:19 PM11/16/20
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DOSSHELL is /not/ a shell, but a task switcher.
See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DOS_Shell

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Robert Riebisch

Harry Potter

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Nov 17, 2020, 2:44:55 PM11/17/20
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IIRC, DOSSHELL is *both* a shell *and* a task-switcher, as it includes the functionality of both. Just saying....

JJ

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Nov 18, 2020, 7:55:55 AM11/18/20
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On Mon, 16 Nov 2020 18:46:22 +0100, Robert Riebisch wrote:
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> DOSSHELL is /not/ a shell, but a task switcher.
> See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DOS_Shell

I don't consider it as a task switcher considering that it can only "switch"
back to DOSSHELL by exiting the spawned program. It can't actually switch
back to DOSSHELL while the spawned program is still running. IOTW, it's more
like a mere program launcher. A shell.

Harry Potter

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Nov 19, 2020, 3:30:24 PM11/19/20
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How do I install PC Tools Deluxe 4.0 or 6.0?
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