[time-nuts] Prologix and Windows 98SE
didier at cox.net
Thu Sep 20 19:51:53 EDT 2007
The last version of QuickBasic for DOS (v4.5) only supports 2 COM ports
I did have a version of VBDOS, but I have lost it a long time ago, so I
can't tell what it did.
Visual Basic will support at least 16 (I use 6.0, but I am sure 5.0 does as
My USB-serial adapter, depending on where it is plugged, has been spotted as
high as COM15...
> -----Original Message-----
> From: time-nuts-bounces at febo.com
> [mailto:time-nuts-bounces at febo.com] On Behalf Of Joseph Gray
> Sent: Thursday, September 20, 2007 11:07 AM
> To: billj at ieee.org; Discussion of precise time and frequency
> Subject: Re: [time-nuts] Prologix and Windows 98SE
> I believe that the later versions of the DOS BASIC compiler
> support more than two COM ports. I'm not sure, but I believe
> that MS must have released this old software for free use, as
> I have seen it posted on many
> (non-pirate) sites. Look for PDS and VBDOS, which were later
> versions of QuickBasic.
> BTW, QBasic is the interpreter-only version of QuickBasic
> (more or less).
> If you are using VisualBasic (not VBDOS), I thought that it
> supported more than two COM ports.
> One other alternative is FreeBasic. And before anyone else
> says it, you could use C, Python, etc. (insert language of
> choice). :-)
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Bill Janssen" <billj at ieee.org>
> To: "Discussion of precise time and frequency measurement"
> <time-nuts at febo.com>
> Sent: Thursday, September 20, 2007 9:51 AM
> Subject: [time-nuts] Prologix and Windows 98SE
> > Well I bought a prologix GPIB device to use with my HP5370A
> to compare
> > clocks. I tried a QBasic program and, no surprise, QBasic
> couldn't find
> > the COM3.
> > So, I downloaded "Prologix GPIB Configuration" program and
> that finds
> > COM3 and
> > I can control my 5370. I next tried "EZGPIB" and it reports
> "No Prologix
> > found"
> > I intend to write some small test programs using Visual
> Basic and see
> > what these do.
> > But, am wondering if there is any hope for success using
> Windows 98SE or
> > do
> > I have to use Windows XP. I really want to stay with
> Windows 98SE if
> > possible.
> > Thanks
> > Bill K7NOM
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