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QBasic-Loading without a Floppy Drive

QBasic-Loading without a Floppy Drive

QBasic-Loading without a Floppy Drive

I cannot figure out how to get past the setup.exe file in DOS. The setup program expects the Qbasic disk to be in the Floppy Drive, which I do not have.

I cannot find this question addressed anywhere, but seems like there must be others with the same problem. Unless everyone else is just smarter than me :(

Thank you.

RE: QBasic-Loading without a Floppy Drive

If you are having problems with this, simply go to Google and search for

qbasic download

There you'll find plenty of sites that you can download QBasic with.

You shouldn't need a floppy to install QBasic.

monkeysnake <.

RE: QBasic-Loading without a Floppy Drive

It may be a copy of the QuickBasic diskettes that came on
2 diskettes. There are copies out there that won't require you to use A: drive

RE: QBasic-Loading without a Floppy Drive

It's very VERY easy.  So easy, I wrote a batch file that does a "quick" install from my "utilities" CD.

If you are still interested, just answer a few questions:

How many disks?
Which BASIC version?
Which OS you are installing to?


--> It's a bird!  It's a plane!  No, it's an OS update patch! Ahh!! <--

RE: QBasic-Loading without a Floppy Drive

Hi MiggyD,

I don't have any disks. I downloaded from the internet.
Version 4.5
OS is Millineum.


RE: QBasic-Loading without a Floppy Drive

Actually, I wrote my own setup.exe that was based on a batch file I used for testing...but you can still do it manually.

Luckily I wrote down notes back then -- see how important it is to take and keep notes?!?


This folder/directory contains the ORIGINAL installation files for QuickBASIC 4.5.

Each directory/folder must be copied to it's own individual floppy diskette.  

    Disk: #1
Entitled: Setup/MS QBExpress/Program
   Lable: "QBASIC45 D1"  (yes, there's what appears to be a SPACE CHR$255)

    Disk: #2
Entitled: Utilities/MS QBAdvisor
   Lable: "QBASIC45 D2"  (yes, there's what appears to be a SPACE CHR$255)

Once copied, run setup from the floppies just created.


--Update-- 03-31-2002
Another option is to copy the contents of both folders to a "Disk1" directory on the Hard drive and (if available) use the SUBST dos command to re-route PHYSICAL DRIVE location to that directory ("DISK1")

EX: Subst A: C:\DISK1


--Update-- 18-jun-2003
Just remembered, you may have to play around with the PIF file(s) so they match the correct directory.


So, what does this mean to you?  I'm guessing nothing? Well lets take this slowly...

* create a directory (aka "folder") on the hard drive and SAVE/COPY all the setup files to it. (ex. C:\QBTemp)

* in DOS, type  Subst A: C:\QBTEMP .

* in DOS, type  A: and press the enter key (this will switch you to that virtual drive now called A: )

* in DOS, type  Setup .  (Run through the setup, when it asks for disk in A: drive, just click continue/ready or whatever it is.)

<< When you have finished installing QB 4.5 then you have to remove the virtual drive or you won't be able to use your floppies, if you use those things. >>

* when setup is done, in DOS type C: and press enter key.

* in DOS type Subst A: /D to delete the link.

and you're done.

You should create your own link to the QB.EXE file...but if you c/p the program information file from the QB directory to the desktop, then you should make sure the settings in the Properties pages are correct.

HTH and enjoy,

--> It's a bird!  It's a plane!  No, it's an OS update patch! Ahh!! <--

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