Smart questions
Smart answers
Smart people
Join Tek-Tips Forums

Member Login

Remember Me
Forgot Password?
Join Us!

Come Join Us!

Are you a
Computer / IT professional?
Join Tek-Tips now!
  • Talk With Other Members
  • Be Notified Of Responses
    To Your Posts
  • Keyword Search
  • One-Click Access To Your
    Favorite Forums
  • Automated Signatures
    On Your Posts
  • Best Of All, It's Free!

Join Tek-Tips
*Tek-Tips's functionality depends on members receiving e-mail. By joining you are opting in to receive e-mail.

Posting Guidelines

Promoting, selling, recruiting, coursework and thesis posting is forbidden.
Jobs from Indeed

Link To This Forum!

Partner Button
Add Stickiness To Your Site By Linking To This Professionally Managed Technical Forum.
Just copy and paste the
code below into your site.

SilverElectron (Programmer) (OP)
26 May 03 18:51
I have Windows 3.11 running on DOS 6.2. For some reason every time I click on a DOS program or even I get an error that says: Cannot find file, make sure the program exists and all libraries are available. Why aren't my DOS programs opening!!! I haven't really changed any windows settings but it still refuses to work with dos programs.

mainegeek (IS/IT--Management)
27 May 03 7:59
Double check the path  Are these programs set up to launch from windows desktop?
edemiere (MIS)
27 May 03 8:48

If you are going to run a DOS program in windows v3.xx, I would make sure you are using a PIF to call the program.  You can find the PIF editor in the accessories group (if I recall correctly) and from there you can give it the information it needs to run DOS programs.

Good luck!

SilverElectron (Programmer) (OP)
27 May 03 11:48
The paths are all correct but the programs don't open whether I call it from a PIF or not.

G0AOZ (TechnicalUser)
28 Jun 03 17:25
Check your PATH statement in the AUTOEXEC.BAT file.  Stop Windows from booting up by temporarily REMming out the WIN command in AUTOEXEC.BAT, and just check that those DOS programmes really DO work successfully from the DOS the prompt.

SilverElectron (Programmer) (OP)
29 Jun 03 2:32
I figured out what the problem was. Apparently DOS programs don't run in windows 3.1 unless you have a certain video mode set (I think it's 640x480). My friend suggested that I try playing around with the visual settings and he was right. Thanks for everyone's help anyway...

G0AOZ (TechnicalUser)
1 Jul 03 6:50
There maybe one or two that don't, but generally speaking most DOS programmes will run through Win 3.1/3.11 irrespective of the video mode.   What are the programmes you're trying to run?


Reply To This Thread

Posting in the Tek-Tips forums is a member-only feature.

Click Here to join Tek-Tips and talk with other members!

Back To Forum

Close Box

Join Tek-Tips® Today!

Join your peers on the Internet's largest technical computer professional community.
It's easy to join and it's free.

Here's Why Members Love Tek-Tips Forums:

Register now while it's still free!

Already a member? Close this window and log in.

Join Us             Close