[amsat-bb] Re: Winorbit in Windows 7?

KE7OSN ke7osn at arrl.net
Fri Mar 23 17:55:11 PDT 2012

If you are just trying to run a 16bit app on a 64bit Win OS. If its an
MS-DOS application you can try DOSBox. If not then your options for running
on windows are to install a 32bit version of windows, as already noted this
can be accomplished with a virtual machine, or as a dual-boot. If you have
Win 7 Pro or Ultimate look up "XP Mode". If not look at VirtualBox or
VMware Player, you will need a copy of a 32bit version of windows and any
32bit version will work. Another option is to use Wine for Linux, again you
would have to install a Linux operating system, and this again can be done
either in a VM or as a dual-boot. One nice thing about Wine is that it will
run 16bit windows programs in a 64bit Linux. Interfacing with hardware can
get tricky when running a VM in Windows.

I have a 5 year old dell laptop running a 2.0GHz Intel Core2Duo (dual core)
with 2GB of ram and it handles both XP mode and Linux on VirtualBox just
fine, there is a little lag but not enough to be an annoyance. On the other
hand my newer Asus netbook running a 1.8 Intel Atom (dual core) with 2GB of
ram runs just a little on the slow side.

I will note that if DOSBox doesn't make it work all the options are going
to involve a fair amount of work and a lot of overhead. The simple fact is
that it is not trivial to maintain compatibility with the
older architectures and there simply isn't enough demand for it. Most
people end up in one of three camps,

Anthony Odenthal
President Amateur Radio Club at OSU

On Fri, Mar 23, 2012 at 17:00, K5OE <k5oe at aol.com> wrote:

> Attention old timers:  anyone solve the 16-bit compatibility problem?
> I like this program for the Mutual Visibility feature and would like to
> have it available in my laptop.
> 73,
> Jerry, K5OE
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