[NA-User] NA with MS-XP

David A. Pruett k8cc@comcast.net
Sun, 29 Dec 2002 14:12:20 -0500


My dad has a 1.2 GHz Celeron Gateway laptop with WinXP on it.  I had no 
trouble making NA run on it in a most basic configuration - i.e., no 
hardware I/O (CW keying, computerized radio, etc.).  I did not do anything 
special, such as creating a MS-DOS startup tray.  I simply put the ZIP 
archive into a folder and executed the ZIP to expand the NA files.  I 
started the program by double-clicking on NA.EXE from Windows Explorer.  I 
did only the most basic of testing (logged a few QSOs) but it seemed to 
work OK.

We've had a WinXP report that when the CW keyer is enabled, the time-of-day 
clock slowly loses time.  Shut off the keyer and the problem goes away.

I hope this info is useful.


At 11:30 AM 12/29/02 -0500, Hal Offutt wrote:

>I hope everyone is having a nice holiday.
>I know that the subject of using NA with Microsoft XP has been discussed
>here in the past, but I didn't pay much attention since the issue didn't
>affect me at the time.  Now it does.  I finally decided to replace my
>five-year old CTX laptop and now I have a brand new Dell Pentium 4 laptop
>with all the bells and whistles.  Naturally, it came with XP installed.  I
>do recall statements on this reflector to the effect that XP does not have
>MS-DOS and that NA is a DOS program, but I really didn't pay much attention
>beyond that.  I have checked the Datom website but there is nothing that
>directly addresses this issue there.
>I note that there is a way to create an MS-DOS startup disk in XP, which
>allows one to get a command prompt.  I haven't actually done this but it
>looks simple.  Will this somehow allow me to run NA on my XP computer?  Or
>have any of you geniuses figured out another way to use my favorite logging
>program with XP?
>Of course I can continue to use the old computer for NA at home, but it
>sure would be nice to be able to use the new laptop for logging when I am
>on trips.  I really don't want to have to haul around two laptops!
>If nothing else, it would be a big help if I could do things like entering
>logs in the post-contest mode with the new laptop.  (Operating 3-4 mobile
>contests each year makes for a lot of post-contest log entering.)  Even if
>I can't key a rig properly, can I at least get the program up and running?
>Any help appreciated.
>Hal W1NN
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