Q69044: Repackaged QuickBASIC 4.50 Correction; Requires Two Drives
Article: Q69044 Product(s): See article Version(s): 4.50 Operating System(s): MS-DOS Keyword(s): ENDUSER | SR# S910117-22 docerr | mspl13_basic Last Modified: 14-FEB-1991 In the repackaged release of Microsoft QuickBASIC version 4.50, the "System Requirements" section on the back cover of the manual incorrectly states that a system with "One 3 1/2" disk drive" is supported. The repackaged release of QuickBASIC 4.50 actually requires two disk drives (for 3.5-inch disks or double-sided 5.25-inch disks). In the repackaged release of Microsoft QuickBASIC 4.50, the "System Requirements" are presently listed as follows: System Requirements * 384 available user memory * MS-DOS or PC-DOS operating system version 2.1 or higher * One 3 1/2" disk drive or two double-sided 5 1/4" disk drives The first two system requirements are correct, but the third pertaining to floppy drive requirements should be changed to read as follows: * Two disk drives (for double-sided disks) Although some customers have claimed to be able to run QuickBASIC from one 3.5-inch floppy drive, they still had to use a system with two floppy drives to run the QuickBASIC SETUP.EXE utility. The QuickBASIC SETUP utility was not designed to be run using only one floppy drive. SETUP will not allow you to do this, even if you redirect drives through DOS. Microsoft has confirmed this to be a documentation error in the repackaged release of Microsoft QuickBASIC version 4.50 for MS-DOS. Reference: The repackaged release of QuickBASIC 4.50 has packed (compressed) files on four 5.25-inch disks or two 3.5-inch disks, plus an UNPACK.EXE program, and the two manuals are combined into one spine and shipped without a box. The previous release had normal (nonpacked) files on five 5.25-inch disks and three 3.5-inch disks, and shipped with two manuals. The previous release was packaged inside a box.
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