[amsat-bb] InstantTrack on Win10?
Patrick STODDARD (WD9EWK/VA7EWK)
amsat-bb at wd9ewk.net
Sat Oct 31 03:34:53 UTC 2015
The 32-bit versions of Windows 10, which my tablets have,
has a Windows feature called NTVDM that is supposed to let
old DOS-style and 16-bit applications to run. I could run
InstantTrack with NTVDM, but could not make it run full-
screen. After disabling NTVDM and installing DOSBOX, I could
run the two DOS satellite-related programs I still have on
my systems (InstantTrack, PREDICT), and run both of them
full-screen. The 64-bit versions of Win10 do not include
It's been at least 3 years since I have run these programs,
judging from what I see with the keps in both of them. It
is still nice to see the InstantTrack map on the screen,
even for an old program.
On Fri, Oct 30, 2015 at 7:24 PM, Ed K9EK <e.krome at comcast.net> wrote:
> Half a dozen responses to what I thought was an arcane question... the
> general consensus on how to run InstantTrack on WIN10 is through DOSbox.
> So, over about 10 minutes, I downloaded and installed DOSbox, put
> InstantTrack in it and fired it up. Works perfectly. Even runs the map
> screens. Cool!
> Thanks to all!
> Ed K9EK
> *From: *"Patrick STODDARD (WD9EWK/VA7EWK)" <amsat-bb at wd9ewk.net>
> *To: *amsat-bb at amsat.org
> *Sent: *Friday, October 30, 2015 9:57:08 AM
> *Subject: *Re: [amsat-bb] InstantTrack on Win10?
> What you're seeing is probably related to InstantTrack
> predating Windows 95, being a program that goes back to
> the MS-DOS days. You may want to install something
> like DOSBOX on your Windows 10 PC, and run IT under
> DOSBOX. This may give the program the environment it
> expects to see, instead of the more modern Windows 10
> operating system that doesn't have support to run the
> oldest DOS-style programs anymore. This may be especially
> true for the newer PCs with 64-bit CPUs, something that
> was only a dream in the DOS days. I think I still have
> IT on my Win7 laptop at home, and I may try this on one
> of my Win10 tablets this
> weekend. Another item for the
> radio to-do list... :-)
> Patrick WD9EWK/VA7EWK
> Twitter: @WD9EWK
> On Fri, Oct 30, 2015 at 6:36 AM, Ed K9EK <e.krome at comcast.net> wrote:
> > Here is the odd question of the month: Has anyone found a way to run the
> > ancient tracking program InstantTrack on a Win10 machine? Win10 gives a
> > bunch of run compatibility and screen options all the way back to Win95;
> > none work. The Troubleshooter says it should run on XP. Same old "can't
> > on this PC" response. Before I am advised to get out of the stoneage, I
> > run SatPc32, HRD and Orbitron. Just that IT has some stuff that I like.
> > And, on XP, it is fast.
> > Thanks!
> > Ed K9EK
> > EM69xd
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