Re: Windows XP help

From: Ralph McConahy (rwmcconahy4@comcast.net)
Date: Wed Jan 13 2010 - 15:56:08 UTC

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    Edward S Light wrote: 
    >>I recently got the use of a PC at work (where I normally 
    >>do not use PCs) running Windows XP and have tried 
    >>unsuccessfully to run Skymap [Matson's], Obsentry, and 
    >>Iridflar.  It's obvious that something besides the 
    >>aforementioned executables is/are needed for the 
    >>graphics to work but I'm at a loss to know what. 
    
    The ANSI.SYS that comes with XP is incompatible with SkyMap. 
    
    Here's an old SeeSat post (mentions WinME, but the issue is the same for XP) 
    http://www.satobs.org/seesat/Jul-2001/0166.html 
    
    Note, the link is that post for getting ANSI.COM is no longer valid, you can get it here: 
    http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,5343,00.asp 
    
    I created a batch file for running SkyMap. Part of it contains the lines:
    
      \util\ansi /q  [starts ansi.com, in my case it's located in the \util\ folder, the "/q" is for "quiet" meaning it doesn't print anything to the screen]
    
      skymap %1 [runs SkyMap, the %1 allows me to pass a config file name to it in the command line]
    
      \util\ansi /q /u [after I end SkyMap ansi.com is terminated and uninstalled (/u), freeing up the memory where it previously loaded]
    
      
        Ralph McConahy
        38.3306N, 75.6970W, -25m (WGS84)
    
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