|Gordon J. Callon|
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|Tips for using Score version 4 with Windows XP|
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If you are running SCOR4 in the MS-DOS prompt under Windows 98/95
and have an automatic virus checking program running in the background,
you may notice a considerable speed-up in SCOR4's response if the virus
checker is temporarily disabled. Some of these virus programs seem to
think that every change in SCOR4's memory overlays should be checked
for viruses—which is not at all necessary. A resident virus program
will probably show up as an icon in the lower right corner of the
screen, near where the time of day is indicated. If you right-click on
the icon then you can click on the "disable" line. Later you can bring
the program back by clicking on the "enable" line.
(San Andreas Press)
The basic test for the printer setup is as follows.
Create two or three .EPS files with Score. Perhaps use names such as XA.EPS, XB.EPS and XC.EPS. Leave Score and then type (always from the MS-DOS prompt):
This will send the 3 .EPS files directly to the printer. Because you are now using the DOS copy command, Score is no longer involved in the process. If there are any problems with the printing, it most unlikely that Score has anything to do with it.
The problems described in various communications seem to be related to what is called "handshaking" between the printer and the computer. If the printer cannot print as fast as data is being received it is supposed to send back a message to the computer to stop sending until the printer's processor has room for more incoming data. Ideally, the speed of the computer and amount of memory in the printer should not influence this. Having more memory in the printer is sometimes necessary for printing large graphics pages. Also, if many different type fonts (or sizes of type) are used, the extra memory will store the data involved and the total time for printing will be somewhat diminished.
Our PostScript printers here consist of a QMS860 (almost identical
to the HP4MV) and a color inkjet HP1200C. We have never had problems
printing from Score running on 286, 386, 486 and Pentium
computers with operating systems DOS6 and Windows 95/98. I believe
there could be potential problems with the various settings found by
clicking Start/Settings/Printers/Details/Spool settings. We have
usually used the default settings.
(San Andreas Press)
The issue of slow running Score often has nothing to do with either Score or DosBox but the arcane ways in which updates, installations and reconfigurations gradually corrupts the Windows operating system.
Remember to do your basic computer maintenance regularly: defrag, backup, compress, etc. This will make a big difference to the speed your computer is running.
You might also find that you've reached a usable limit on your C: drive storage. You need at least a quarter of your C: drive free. You will find that breaking that barrier invariably leads to system degradation.