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Make old version of Osas work on XP

Make old version of Osas work on XP

Make old version of Osas work on XP

I work at a university where OSAS was once used to keep the records of our students.  We have since upgraded to Banner, but the records of students prior to 1990 were not imported.  The registrar often needs to access these records and is frustrated because we may be losing this functionality.  I am trying to find a way to make this work so she can at least view records, even if she can't print.  We can keep a Windows 98 machine around for that.

Another tech, who is no longer here, managed to make OSAS work on XP so she could view records.  However, since we migrated our data to a new server, the program won't open.  I am trying to figure out the code and determine if there is a problem with the mappings or something else.  Does anyone out there know anything about editing the code for OSAS?  I am not familiar with Business Basic with BBx.  Thank you.

RE: Make old version of Osas work on XP


I work professionally with Business Basic, including the BBx dialect.

If you like, I could convert your OSAS data files to ASCII or Excel, mapped to your Banner file layouts, and deliver uploadable data to you.

RE: Make old version of Osas work on XP

You probably do not need to edit the OSAS code, as much as you need to get the software running or as I suggested in my first posting, have the data converted to your new Banner system.

This is probably not the best forum for you to seek answers to your problem.

Try e-mailing your message to bbx-list@basis.com. You will then be able to have OSAS and BBx support professionals contact you privately, to provide you with the support you need.

RE: Make old version of Osas work on XP


We are VERY interested in learning how your "other tech" managed to get an older version of OSAS working on XP.

As I understand, it's not so much OSAS as it is the version of BASIS that underlies it...

Our client has an older, heavily modified, version of OSAS, and they're still running on Win98 since we've been told it won't run on XP...

Can you provide info on how to get the older version of OSAS to run on XP?


RE: Make old version of Osas work on XP

You are correct, 35mph,

Version 4 and above of Visual PRO/5, the current name for BBx, is required for the XP environment.

OSAS is just the application. Apart from printer configuration issues, you should be load and go with the correct version of VPRO/5.

RE: Make old version of Osas work on XP

Basis provides a demo version of BBx that will run for 30 days.  You could download the version that is compatible with XP - Versions 3.12, 4.10 and 5.01.  30 days should give you time to print off the list.  If you need to be able to access it for a period of time, I believe the current price for a single user license is around $250.

RE: Make old version of Osas work on XP

actually the demo version will run forever, it just gives you a nag window every 15 minutes or so after the 30 days period. If you need the software just for limited inquiries or list printing, that should be fine.

RE: Make old version of Osas work on XP

Hey Beacon,

Thank you so much for your offer to convert the data.  I honestly do not know anything about this program.  Is your offer to convert the data still up?  If so, how much is this likely to cost us?  My company will most likely not want to pay anyone, but it does not hurt to ask.  Is this a complicated process?


RE: Make old version of Osas work on XP


To be honest with you, I am not sure how he got it to work.  We wrote a batch file that pointed to the application that was on the server.  The content was:

set bbterm=T9
cd osas
cd programs

It was set to run in Windows 98 compatibility mode.  Other than that, I don't know.  Sorry to not be of better use.


RE: Make old version of Osas work on XP


Where do I get this Visual PRO/5?  Is this free software?  Would it need to be installed locally on machines or on the server?  Ideally, is there a somewhat simple way to migrate the data from OSAS to Banner?

RE: Make old version of Osas work on XP


The problem with having professionals help is that the company will not pay for this.  I am taking it upon myself to see if there is another solution.  And if I find something reasonably priced, I may try to make a case again for it.  Budgetary issues are always ridiculous.


RE: Make old version of Osas work on XP


You can use the customer master report in OSAS to print a hard copy of you pre-1990 student body and then re-enter all the data by hand, into Banner.

If you want a more sophisticated solution, I would love to help you for free, but that would not be good business, and the complexity of the work precludes using a public forum to instruct you on how to accomplish it.

Let's do this. You can send me the OSAS data files, a specification of the fields of the extracted data your registrar would like to see, and the requirements from your Banner experts of the type of file it can import.

I can then send you an importable sample of the data, together with a price for providing the complete file. If they want to pay for it, fine; if not, no hard feelings.

Can you work on this basis?

The Beacon Deacon

RE: Make old version of Osas work on XP

I was able to get our BBX4/OSAS system to run on an XP
system by installing Microsoft VirtualPC. This allows you to install Windows 98, or any other op sys in a Virtual PC window, then run OSAS as if it was on its own Win 98 system.
The neat thing is you can also run stuff on XP at the same time.

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