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[TRLog] TRlog & NT4.0

Subject: [TRLog] TRlog & NT4.0
From: (Richard Scott)
Date: Wed, 14 Jul 1999 00:42:10 -0400

-----Original Message-----
From: Richard Scott <>
To: <>; <>
Date: Tuesday, July 13, 1999 11:49 PM
Subject: Re: [TRLog] TRlog & NT4.0

>I hate to sound like a rebel but if you want to run NT you should try
>writelog which is made to run on NT. I have both programs and there are
>things I like about each but TR does not run well in NT. The clock doesn't
>work properly and when I asked this questions months ago no one had a
>solution to fix it and I still can't fix it. If you like TR for contesting
>run 95 or 98 and forget NT.
>73, Dick
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Guy Olinger, K2AV <>
>To: <>
>Date: Tuesday, July 13, 1999 1:38 PM
>Subject: Re: [TRLog] TRlog & NT4.0
>>Most folks don't prep properly to use NT for this. It may be that the
>>proper steps disable other things that are more important. If so just
>>get a standalone 486 and run DOS on it for the logger. W98 unusable
>>and DOS usable computers are all over the place, as are 12 inch
>>monitors that will show VGA just fine. However, if you must....
>>THE FOLLOWING IS AN NT 4.0 ONLY procedure. If you use W95 or W98,
>>don't even bother to read...
>>The only thing that NT allows you to do on a DOS box is to specify
>>whether the window is full screen or windowed. A fast processor
>>(Pentium II 266 or better) with 128 meg of memory will probably work,
>>but sources of interruption have to be removed. As in unplug the
>>network, shut down all the pagers, screen savers, etc, etc.
>>Use CTL-ALT-DEL to bring up the security window, and choose the Task
>>Manager. Click on processes.
>>Make sure that you have enough memory to run everything without
>>swapping (this is probably the most important):
>>Look at the bottom of the Task Manager panel. It will show you memory
>>usage. Note that this is used/available and is a total number = Ram +
>>virtual memory. Your memory usage needs to be WELL below the amount of
>>PHYSICAL ram on your machine. 128 meg is the practical minimum since
>>64 meg is well less than any NT 4 Mem Usage figure I have ever seen.
>>Since 128 meg dimms are less than a C-buck, hardly seems worth it to
>>run with less.
>>Make sure that you have unloaded any run time hogs:
>>Look at the CPU time column. Note any large CPU time users other than
>>the System Idle Process (usually first in the list). Prepare by
>>turning off any large cpu time users. If you haven't, you will always
>>be waiting for these tasks to give you back control when you want to
>>send CW. Some of the little gizmo programs are dreadful
>>Physically disconnect the network (LAN) if you are connected to one:
>>Since NT is a network responsive OS, anything can come from elsewhere
>>and steal your cpu cycles. Things like backup programs running on
>>other computers, come in and start a huge file operation. The
>>possibilities are endless.
>>If you were on a LAN, let the CPU run for several hours after you
>>disconnect and see if any new cpu hogs emerge. These will be items
>>that poll across the network and are irritated that it is gone. You
>>will need to shut these down as well. Or they will set there and poll
>>forever to find their network-distant counterpart.
>>If you have to connect, use a modem to do it with. That way, the type
>>and extent of transactions are under your control. But make sure that
>>your modem program is IRQ driven and not polling. Connect to something
>>and see if it turns into a cpu hog.
>>If you have found this slightly discouraging, and somewhat
>>problematic, then you understand. Not every NT setup is suitable for
>>throttling back to use a DOS box as a priority application.
>>73 & GL.   Guy.
>>On Tue, 13 Jul 1999 09:14:34 -0700 (PDT), you wrote:
>>>> I was about to make a NT box and was wondering how TRlog worked with
>>>In general - it seems that DOS's performance running under NT is
>>>pretty strange.  Maybe there are some knobs to tweak, but I have
>>>seen choppy sounding CW.
>>73, Guy
>>--. .-..
>>Guy Olinger, K2AV
>>Apex, NC, USA
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