Paradox 4.0 under Windows '98 
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 Paradox 4.0 under Windows '98

I have just installed Windows 98.  I had been running Paradox 4.0 for
DOS under
Windows 95.  After initial installation of Paradox 4.0 under Windows
'98, I am having several problems:

1 All of my tables seem to be read-only.  I can't edit them.  They have
been made write-protected, but manually clearing write-protection
doesn't remove their read-only protection, which is entirely new.

2 There is something weird going on with directory names.  I keep
getting errors when switching directories.  I thought that if I created
directories in DOS, this would solve the problem, but it does not solve
the problem entirely.

3 I am unable to find a command line in order to enter Paradox using a
shortcut icon.  Under Windows '95, I was using some form of "paradox.exe
-extk 12000" and the shortcut worked.

Should I upgrade to Paradox 9.0 for Windows?  Do you think this will
solve these problems?  I gather that I will have to recreate any forms I
designed.

Thank you in advance for any help you can offer.

Harvey Scodel



Fri, 14 Jun 2002 03:00:00 GMT
 Paradox 4.0 under Windows '98

I  have solved the various problems referred to in previous posting on
my own.  The main problem was that I had backed up my Paradox 4.0 files
on CD and copied them onto my newly formatted hard disk in Windows.
This created read-only copies.  After copying all the files in DOS, I
was able to edit them.  I solved the other problems too.

Another thing I did wrong was to install Paradox 4.0 to a directory
other than c:\pdox40.  I did this to make backing up all my data on CD
easier, but it doesn't appear to work with this DOS version of Paradox.

I do have two questions remaining:  (i)  Suppose you're in Paradox-DOS
under Windows and you inadvertently change to full-screen view.  How do
you get back to the Window view from within Paradox?  I can do this from
the icon on the desktop but not from within Paradox.  (ii) I'm still
wondering if I should upgrade to Paradox 9.0.



Fri, 14 Jun 2002 03:00:00 GMT
 Paradox 4.0 under Windows '98

Quote:

> 1 All of my tables seem to be read-only.  I can't edit them.  They have
> been made write-protected, but manually clearing write-protection
> doesn't remove their read-only protection, which is entirely new.

copying pdox files to a CD doesn't make them read-only.. in fact, when you
do that sort of copy deliberately to use the files from a CD, you need to
copy a special "directory lock" lock file with the files so that pdox can
read them from the CD without barfing because it can't write a lock file..
in some manner, *you* made them read-only when you copied them..

Quote:
> 2 There is something weird going on with directory names.  I keep
> getting errors when switching directories.  I thought that if I created
> directories in DOS, this would solve the problem, but it does not solve
> the problem entirely.

Not sure what you mean.. please be more specific..

Quote:
> 3 I am unable to find a command line in order to enter Paradox using a
> shortcut icon.  Under Windows '95, I was using some form of "paradox.exe
> -extk 12000" and the shortcut worked.

Win98 and Win95 shortcuts work *exactly* the same way..

Quote:
> Should I upgrade to Paradox 9.0 for Windows?  Do you think this will
> solve these problems?  I gather that I will have to recreate any forms I
> designed.

PdoxWIn is not an "upgrade" from PdoxDOS.. it is a total re-write..

--
Steve Green
Corel CTech - Paradox
Diamond Software Group, Inc.
Waldorf, Maryland  USA

http://www.diamondsg.com



Sat, 15 Jun 2002 03:00:00 GMT
 Paradox 4.0 under Windows '98

Quote:

> Suppose you're in Paradox-DOS under Windows and you inadvertently change
> to full-screen view.  How do you get back to the Window view from within
> Paradox?

Full-screen to window or window to full-screen for *any* window is
Alt-Enter..

--
Steve Green
Corel CTech - Paradox
Diamond Software Group, Inc.
Waldorf, Maryland  USA

http://www.diamondsg.com



Sat, 15 Jun 2002 03:00:00 GMT
 Paradox 4.0 under Windows '98

Quote:

> >copying pdox files to a CD doesn't make them read-only.. .
> >in some manner, *you* made them read-only when you copied them..

> You're the expert, but I'm not so sure about this.   I believe that all of
> my data files were copied to CD and then to hard disk using the same
> procedure.  Only the Paradox files became read-only.  I don't see what I
> could have done differently.  I certainly did nothing differently of which I
> am aware.  Also, the problem was solved when I copied the files from DOS.
> >PdoxWIn is not an "upgrade" from PdoxDOS.. it is a total re-write..

So it's not an upgrade.  Should I get it if I'm running Windows '98?  I'm not
a power Paradox user.  I did do some PAL programming and some menu-driven
applications back in '85-86 but am now using Paradox for my one-man real
estate appraisal business and for personal stuff and have forgotten most of
the PAL I knew.  The old program is fine for my purposes, except that I have
never felt that Paradox 4.0 was friendly to multitasking under Windows - it
seems to create problems.  I have usually tried to close Paradox 4.0 when
working in other programs.  What I don't know is whether the tradeoff involved
in learning the new program and in creating new forms will be worth the
trouble.  Will I also have to recreate reports?


Sat, 15 Jun 2002 03:00:00 GMT
 Paradox 4.0 under Windows '98

Quote:

> The old program is fine for my purposes, except that I have never felt that
> Paradox 4.0 was friendly to multitasking under Windows - it seems to create
> problems.

Please be more specific.. in general, that is *not* a valid statement.. pdoxdos
4.x runs fine under win95/98..

Quote:
> What I don't know is whether the tradeoff involved in learning the new program
> and in creating new forms will be worth the trouble.  Will I also have to
> recreate reports?

you'll have to recreate everything except the tables themselves.. interactively,
most of the hot-keys are even different..

--
Steve Green
Corel CTech - Paradox
Diamond Software Group, Inc.
Waldorf, Maryland  USA

http://www.diamondsg.com



Sat, 15 Jun 2002 03:00:00 GMT
 
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