Win32s problems

Steve & Rowan Gardner steve at gardner.demon.co.uk
Mon Aug 29 18:11:40 EST 1994

In article: <33kqel$cmj at mserv1.dl.ac.uk>  "Dr R. Dalgleish" <ray at leicester.ac.uk> writes:
> > 
> > Newsgroups: bionet.software
> > In-Reply-To: <33k9pe$q4q at mserv1.dl.ac.uk>
> > Organization: School of Biological Sciences, University of Bath, UK
> > 
> > In article <33k9pe$q4q at mserv1.dl.ac.uk> you write:
> > >In order to run the latest version of Mosaic (a 32 bit application), it
> > >is necessary to load the Microsoft Win32s extensions. This worked fine
> > >on a trusty old IBM 55SX 16Mhz 80386SX but I'm having trouble with my
> > >new IBM clone 80486DX2-66 machine. The install procedure produced no
> > >error messages so everything seemed fine. However, the Freecell game which
> > >Microsoft provides as a way to test the system does not run and locks up
> > >the system. Otherwise, windows seems to work okay. Until I sort this out
> > >I will be unable to run Mosaic.
> > >
> > >Can anybody suggest a cure?
> > 
> Somebody locally was able to sort out the problem for me. It seems that
> Microsoft (in their wisdom) have written the Win32s extensions so that
> they only work with the Microsoft VGA or SVGA video drivers for Windows.
> I had been using an S3 specific driver and that interferes with Win32s.
> I do not know if the Microsoft SVGA256 driver works with Win32s as it
> does not work with the S3 card and so I was unable to test the combination.
> Perhaps somebody else can answer that one.
> Thanks,
> Raymond Dalgleish

The story above may be true, however I have had no problems using Win32s
extensions with Mosaic 2.0 alpha v5, and I use a S3 specific driver for
the Diamond Stealth board. 2 things spring to mind.

Are you sure the original files came across OK ?
Are you using a relatively recent video driver (this caused me some initial
general compatibility problems) ?
Steve Gardner

steve at gardner.demon.co.uk

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