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Arjay(R)

12.12.2009, 15:56
(edited by Arjay, 13.12.2009, 01:13)
 

UserGUIDE: How to get CompuShow v9.04a running on modern PCs (Users)

Hi all, [note this is a draft work in progress - input from others here would be helpful / any resulting guide from here can be freely distributed under creative commons etc]

How to resolve the infamous "Runtime 200" bug for CSHOW / CompuShow

Firstly I don't personally know what has happened to "Bob Berry" of "Canyon State Systems and Software" who wrote CSHOW, as Bob's website has NOT been updated for many years (since 2005) and his phone number in Sedona, Arizona strangely appears to be diverting to India. (I am trying his email / further efforts to locate him - any feedback from anyone on this matter would be appreciated. archive of his compuserve site which has turned up a short personal biography). It would appear but I am not yet certain that CompuShow may now have been abandoned (including Windows version), still to aid existing registered DOS users please find below a short patching guide for anyone interested in running "C o m p u S h o w 9.04a" (or earlier) for DOS on modern "fast" PC's:

You will need at least 3 things:
1) A copy of CompuShow aka CSHOW (*preferably* registered by yourself - remember this software is/was shareware - please support authors!)
2) A copy of Ben Castricum's UNP 4.11 (or later) Executable file restore utility (usually available as unp412.zip or unp411.zip)
3) A copy of Andreas Bauer's TTPATCH.ZIP (link to background and download)
4) Haruyasu Yoshizaki (Yoshi)'s Lha 2.13 (or later) - if you do NOT have a floppy disk drive or an easy way to set a virtual drive A: one up.

Steps that need to be taken to achieve a working version of CSHOW:
1) If you don't have it already download CSHOW for DOS from somewhere. At the time of writing it is still available from the authors original website: http://www.cshowplace.com/cshow904.zip

2) Unzip/extract the entire contents of the CSHOW distribution that you have into a directory. In this example we are going to use a directory called Q:\test.

3) Unzip TPPATCH and Ben Castricum's UNP into exactly the same directory.

4) In the case of CSHOW v9.04a you should have 2 files in the directory: CSHOWA.EXE (264,615 bytes) and FILE_ID.DIZ (369 bytes). We only need to worry about the CSHOWA.EXE which is a PKLite compressed LHA self extracting archive and three programs it contains: CSHOW.EXE + README.EXE + SETUP.EXE.

5) [still working on this bit but basically it is as below...]
------------------------------------------------------------------------------

q:\test>unp.exe -k+ cshowa.exe

UNP 4.11 Executable file restore utility, written by Ben Castricum, 05/30/95

processing file : CSHOWA.EXE
DOS file size   : 264615
file-structure  : executable (EXE)
EXE part sizes  : header 96 bytes, image 12594 bytes, overlay 251925 bytes
processed with  : PKLITE V1.12 -e
action          : decompressing... done
new file size   : 271221
writing to file : CSHOWA.EXE

q:\test>tppatch.exe cshowa.exe
TPPatch v1 - written by Andreas Bauer <andi.tio@hit.handshake.de>

Überprüfe die Datei ...Datei ist ok.
Die Datei wird jetzt gepatcht... fertig.

q:\test>cshowa.exe
Install: CompuShow standard version 9.04a

Install on a floppy? (Y/N) >Y
Floppy drive? (A/B) >A:
Installing to A:
LHA's SFX 2.12L (c) Yoshi, 1991

A:FILE_ID.DIZ .
A:CSHOW.EXE ..........
A:CSHWIN.BAT .
A:CSHOW.DRV ...
A:README.EXE ....
A:SETUP.EXE ..

Install completed. To execute CompuShow standard version 9.04a,
 type "A:CSHOW" and press ENTER


q:\test>md cshow
q:\test>copy a:\. .\cshow
q:\test>cd cshow
q:\test\cshow>..\unp -k+ *.exe
q:\test\cshow>for %a in (*.exe) do ..\tppatch.exe %a
q:\test\cshow>cshow

------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 12/12/2009                    C o m p u S h o w                       Saturday
 14:01:21             Standard Version 9.04a [02/06/1995]
=============================== Q:\TEST\CSHOW\*.* ============================
 HDD           <VOL> 00/00/80 00:00:00   CSHWIN.BAT        9 02/06/95 12:00:00
 .             <DIR> 12/12/09 13:57:34   FILE_ID.DIZ     369 02/06/95 12:00:00
 ..            <DIR> 12/12/09 13:57:34   README.EXE    62544 02/06/95 12:00:00
 CSHOW.DRV     36617 02/06/95 12:00:00   SETUP.EXE     46320 02/06/95 12:00:00
 CSHOW.EXE    266528 02/06/95 12:00:00
------------------------------------------------------------------------------


Other good alternative DOS viewers:
http://www.multimediaware.com/qv
http://www.multimediaware.com/pv


External references of people running into this problem (may be included / may not since may help point people to this guide):
Vista - Running cshow under DOS/VPC2007
[BL] no XVESA or svgalib - DOS/linux video problem

rr(R)

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Berlin, Germany,
12.12.2009, 22:03

@ Arjay
 

UserGUIDE: How to get CompuShow v9.04a running on modern PCs

------------------------------------------------------------------------------
> 12/12/2009 C o m p u S h o w
> Saturday
> 14:01:21 Standard Version 9.04a [02/06/1995]
> =============================== Q:\TEST\CSHOW\*.*
> ============================
> HDD <VOL> 00/00/80 00:00:00 CSHWIN.BAT 9 02/06/95
> 12:00:00
> . <DIR> 12/12/09 13:57:34 FILE_ID.DIZ 369 02/06/95
> 12:00:00
> .. <DIR> 12/12/09 13:57:34 README.EXE 62544 02/06/95
> 12:00:00
> CSHOW.DRV 36617 02/06/95 12:00:00 SETUP.EXE 46320 02/06/95
> 12:00:00
> CSHOW.EXE 266528 02/06/95 12:00:00

These things look much better when using the {code} tag.

12/12/2009                    C o m p u S h o w                       Saturday
 14:01:21             Standard Version 9.04a [02/06/1995]
=============================== Q:\TEST\CSHOW\*.* ============================
 HDD           <VOL> 00/00/80 00:00:00   CSHWIN.BAT        9 02/06/95 12:00:00
 .             <DIR> 12/12/09 13:57:34   FILE_ID.DIZ     369 02/06/95 12:00:00
 ..            <DIR> 12/12/09 13:57:34   README.EXE    62544 02/06/95 12:00:00
 CSHOW.DRV     36617 02/06/95 12:00:00   SETUP.EXE     46320 02/06/95 12:00:00
 CSHOW.EXE    266528 02/06/95 12:00:00


> Other good alternative DOS viewers:
> http://www.multimediaware.com/qv

There's no need to write {link=http://www.multimediaware.com/qv}http://www.multimediaware.com/qv{/link} as this forum software detects links "automagically".

Arjay(R)

13.12.2009, 13:23

@ rr
 

UserGUIDE: How to get CompuShow v9.04a running on modern PCs

RR,
Thanks helpful input. I plan to convert this to HTML/TXT but thought I would draft it here for active input. I'm not having much luck so far tracking down "Bob Berry" - I'm fearing the worse :( but hope that someone who knows might pick up on this thread which is one of the reasons why I though I'd draft it up here.

> These things look much better when using the {code} tag.
>
> as this forum software detects links "automagically".

Helpful input as always. Ok, I'll RTFM on BB code....never really bothered much with it before (on purpose!) but very familiar with the concepts.

rr(R)

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Berlin, Germany,
13.12.2009, 17:17

@ Arjay
 

UserGUIDE: How to get CompuShow v9.04a running on modern PCs

> Helpful input as always. Ok, I'll RTFM on BB code....never really bothered
> much with it before (on purpose!) but very familiar with the concepts.

Welcome to "DOS ain't dead"! has a summary of BBCodes supported here.

DOS386(R)

13.12.2009, 10:02

@ Arjay
 

UserGUIDE: How to get CompuShow v9.04a running on modern PCs

> How to resolve the infamous "Runtime 200" bug for CSHOW

Nice, although I don't really needs this obsolete thing :-|

> Other good alternative DOS viewers:
> http://www.multimediaware.com/qv
> http://www.multimediaware.com/pv

Both payware, and QV doesn't suport PNG :-(

> - PNG PNG grafic (planned as replacement for GIF)

Welcome back in 1995 :clap:

PictView and Display are good enough for me :-)

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Arjay(R)

13.12.2009, 13:06
(edited by Arjay, 13.12.2009, 20:45)

@ DOS386
 

UserGUIDE: How to get CompuShow v9.04a running on modern PCs

> Both payware, and QV doesn't suport PNG :-(
Hopefully it will in the future...

> > - PNG PNG grafic (planned as replacement for GIF)
> Welcome back in 1995 :clap:

> PictView and Display are good enough for me :-)
Good, likewise the various tools I use myself are good for me. However as I am also involved with software preservation I'm thus interested in helping to preserve CSHOW going forward. Compushow was significant back in its day (mostly prior to 1995) and thus it shouldn't be forgotten historically, hence why I'm happy to explain to others how to get the last DOS release to work now.

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