[NA-User] NA with MS-XP

Joseph Potter jnpotter@florida-wireless.com
Mon, 30 Dec 2002 20:25:30 -0500


One of my biggest disappointments with XP was the inability to start in dos
as you could with 98. After much playing around I have found the best way to
get NA to work with even morse sounding 90 percent is to do the following.

1. Turn off virus software, screen savers, any programs which may be running
in the background.
2. Create a shortcut to NA.exe on the desktop.
3. Right click on the shortcut.
4. Click on properties.
5. Click on the "program" tab and on the line titled Run make sure it says
6. Click advanced and check the button marked "Compatible timer hardware
7. Click ok and go to the "Compatibility" tab.
8. Check the button "Run this program in compatibility mode for" and
highlight Windows 98 or 95.
9. I also check the buttons to run in 256 colors and disable visual themes.
10. Click the screen tab and check "Full screen" under usage. The rest I
leave at default.

While not perfect this is the best setting I find to make using na passable
even for rig control and sending cw. This way until I get a partition
manager to create a dual boot system I can at least still use the program.
Perhaps there may be a few more refinements but this is the best
configuration I have found to date. I hope this helps.


Joe KB4N

----- Original Message -----
From: "David A. Pruett" <k8cc@comcast.net>
To: "Hal Offutt" <japancorporateresearch@compuserve.com>; "na-user"
Sent: Sunday, December 29, 2002 2:12 PM
Subject: Re: [NA-User] NA with MS-XP

> Hal,
> 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
> clock slowly loses time.  Shut off the keyer and the problem goes away.
> I hope this info is useful.
> Dave/K8CC
> At 11:30 AM 12/29/02 -0500, Hal Offutt wrote:
> >Hello,
> >
> >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.
> >do recall statements on this reflector to the effect that XP does not
> >MS-DOS and that NA is a DOS program, but I really didn't pay much
> >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?
> >have any of you geniuses figured out another way to use my favorite
> >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
> >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
> >I can't key a rig properly, can I at least get the program up and
> >
> >Any help appreciated.
> >
> >73,
> >
> >Hal W1NN
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