First of all I'm wondering how many readers here have even heard of PFS
First Choice. For you kids who haven't, it's an ancient office suite
(word processor, spreadsheet, database, presentation and
communications-as in computer-to-computer dialup!) that ran on MS-DOS
and the early versions of Windows. My first computer (8088 processor,
MS-DOS 3.3, two 5 1/4" floppy drives, no hard disk) came with it, and
I've been using it ever since. Don't ask why.
Anyway, I've moved up over the years to a MacBook Pro on which I'm
running Vista Business virtually via VMWare Fusion. When one of those
rare occasions when I need to fire up First Choice again comes along,
Vista has taken to giving me the dreaded "run-time error R6009-not
enough space for environment" message. I had this same issue in XP and
the standard Google-derived remedies (tweak the memory settings on the
MS-DOS executables) sufficed. The funny thing is that they also had in
Vista up until just now. No matter how I set the environment, XMS and
EMS memory values or the compatiblity mode, I still can't get First
Choice to run. I saw some suggestions for how to edit the config.nt
file in XP to deal with this (specifically to add a line specifying
command.com as the shell and allocating environment space to it), but
they don't help in Vista.
So, I'm stumped. I know Vista CAN run this program because it did for
about four months. I can't think of anything I've installed that could
have changed things to where I can't change them back. Anyone with any
suggestions? If anyone has run into this with ANY old DOS program, I
think hearing what you changed and how might help.
And I don't mean to add insult to injury to anyone, but I downloaded
DOSBox for Mac OS X this morning, and guess what? I can now use First
Choice without starting up the Vista VM if I absolutely have to. I hope
I don't, though. It worked better in Windows-when it DID work.