On Sun, 23 May 2004 18:10:47 -0400 GMT, Peter Rejto wrote:
> 2. I prepared a boot-up floppy and did put VEDIT_6.12.1.EXE on
> it. It works fine. That is to say I can edit the entire disk. Of
> course I am not interested in doing that. I just do not have the
> background!! However, I am very interested in reading my hard
> drive ! I could not use the Open Dos Partition Command or any
> other command in this group for my hard drive. However I could use
> it for my floppy.
I have not tried a floppy resident copy of vedit.exe as I have it on
my hard drive already, and have no need to edit any other drive.
Perhaps entering command mode and using the chdir() command would
> 3. I can not use the program in a DOS window of my
> Win98-SEsystem. The program starts up normally. However, when I
> try to shell out to DOS I get the error message, "NOT ENOUGH
> MEMORY". The same if I try to exit. This is a disappointment,
> since the manual says that the program works well with Win98. I
> have a hunch that I am overlooking something very simple.
I have no problems using vedit.exe from the GUI of win98 or 95.
Frankly if you're thinking of working with the hard drive I'd not
load the GUI at all.
Off hand it sounds like your system is loading stuff in it's
config.sys and/or autoexec.bat files before the GUI loads. This can
certainly reduce the memory available to a dos session.
It sounds like you're trying to do forensics on your hard drive
since you've admitted that you have not the background to edit a
floppy. If all you want to do is search the bits on your drive you
might want to consider a windows tool which can do that. Much of
what you'll see in vedit won't be useful anyhow. Much is encoded in
various ways and really wouldn't reveal anything visually familiar
in vedit -- then again much isn't encoded.. :-) At any rate, there
are windows tools which can better present some data than vedit if
forensics is what you're after.
Anyhow, the lack of memory issue I'd guess is just due to drivers or
other trash that is loading before windows. 99% of the time on many
systems that stuff is literally useless to windows and only of any
use if you 'Exit to DOS' from windows.
And finally, I have no clue why you're trying to shell to DOS from
vedit.. Are you using/trying a DOS based compiler? I've not tried
any of my older DOS compilers so I am not aware if that would be
problematic for my W9x environments or not.