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By tbrown ·
Does anyone know how to set the files and buffers under Windows ME. I have entered them in the config.sys, but once I reboot the machine, the config.sys is wiped clean. Any help would be greatly appreciated, if it is at all possible.

Thank you!
Trevor

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by dlw6 In reply to Win ME - Files and Buffer ...

My help-desk telepathy says you're trying to run an older DOS program which requires certain numbers of files and buffers?

Windows ME does not support Real Mode (aka MS-DOS mode) like the Win9x did.

This is what you can try (and this works in Win9x too):

In Explorer, right-click the program you want to run, and then click Properties.

On the Program tab, click Advanced.

Click to select the Prevent MS-DOS-based programs from detecting Windows check box.

Click to clear the Suggest MS-DOS mode as necessary and MS-DOS mode check boxes.

Click OK, and then click OK.

This will cause WinME to try to fool the program into thinking it's running in DOS. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't, it depends on the program, your hardware, and, as far as I can tell, a bit of luck.

Good fortune,
Don

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by tbrown In reply to Win ME - Files and Buffer ...

There is a checkbox for prevent MS-Dos programs from detecting windows, but in ME there is no Advanced button.

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by zamski In reply to Win ME - Files and Buffer ...

Microsoft wants to convince the world that it eliminated 16 bit DOS in Windows ME. It just ain't so....tsk, tsk. All they did was hide it. MSDOS is very much still in Win ME. As proof just click on start menu, select RUM, then type: COMMAND, then select OK. What do you get? A DOS command line box.

To get your normal (win9 boot up procedure (including booting to straight to DOS mode which is probably what you want to do), use the patch available here:
http://www.geocities.com/mfd4life_2000/

Another option is just to boot with a Win ME startup floppy. It will run your typical start up files and boot to a command line.

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by tbrown In reply to Win ME - Files and Buffer ...

I tried using this patch, but when I did, I was not able to redirect output to a COM or LPT port.

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by JnlGuy In reply to Win ME - Files and Buffer ...

Try using the SET command from the MS-Dos prompt from within windows. From the dos prompt type the word SET and enter to see the current environment variables.

example: set buffers=40

Hope this helps out. Jerry

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by tbrown In reply to Win ME - Files and Buffer ...

Already tried that. SET only sets enviroment variables, it doesn't set the enviroment space

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by JnlGuy In reply to Win ME - Files and Buffer ...

Try this, it works perfectly.

From the run command box type msconfig. and click OK. This dialog has a new Environment tab for setting environmental variables. For example, if you old DOS program requires a statement such as FILES=x, you can do that on the Environment tab by clicking the New.. button at the bottom and then filling in the Variable name: FILES and Variable Value: 61 and then choosing to apply. You will probably need to reboot at this point so the changes take effect. Hope this helps. Jerry

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by tbrown In reply to Win ME - Files and Buffer ...

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by Zalog In reply to Win ME - Files and Buffer ...

If you used the "FILES=60" in config.sys, what you need to do now is add the line PerVMFiles=60 to the [386Enh] section of system.ini.

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by tbrown In reply to Win ME - Files and Buffer ...

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