You'll not tempt any criticism of Win98 out of me. In fact, I've
found Win98 to be the most stable Windows OS yet. It's *way* better
than Win 3.1 imho.
I currently run yarn in a DOS box under Win98 and send/receive packets
using VSOUP95 which works great! You didn't tell us the speed of your
processor, but since you said your pc is new, I will assume that it's
probably fairly fast. When I first purchased my Pentium 2/350MHz
machine, I was faced with many of the same problems you are
describing. I learned that there is (or at least was) a bug in the
Bohrland compiler which made programs using that compiler to not work
on fast processors. This is certainly the case with yes.
I also had trouble with my image viewer, although metamail still works
for me and I'm able to detach attachments without problems. I have
never implemented an html viewer, so I cannot say for sure, but I do
know that a program called view will display html files and I've run
it in a DOS box successfully.
I believe you can launch a Windows application from your DOS box, but
it will switch the task and you'll have to manually use ALT-TAB to
switch back. That said, I found that Win98 comes with a pretty nifty
little image viewer called kodakprv.exe which is located in your
Windows directory. This program does not have a lot of features, but
it works fine for viewing images. It's menu driven and can be set to
view an image by setting it to its true size, fitting it to width or
fitting it to height. The arrow keys will scroll through the zoomed
image and the menus are accessible.
Regarding the compiler bug, someone sent me a program which will patch
some of the DOS executables with this bug in them and it worked for a
couple of my programs. Unfortunately, it did not work with yes.
Alas, I have had to give up using yes with yarn. But, don't blame
Win98 for this -- it's actually the fault of your fast processor.
I hope this information helps. If you want me to send you that patch
program or if you have further questions, please don't hesitate to
write back. Good luck and I hope you grow to enjoy Win98 as much as I
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