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Subject: PC/GEOS OS FAQ, Common Problems (part 6/6)

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Archive-name: pcgeos-faq/part6 Posting-Frequency: monthly Last-modified: January 1, 2003 URL: http://www.geocities.com/originalravinray/geos/faq/pcgeosfaq6.txt
The most recent version of this file can be found at any news.answers archive site. One such site is rtfm.mit.edu, in the /pub/usenet/comp.os.geos.misc subdirectory. The most recent version of the FAQ is also available from my home page at http://www.geocities.com/originalravinray/geos/faq/ in both HTML and ASCII format. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ DISCLAIMER I make no claims about the accuracy of this information. Use it at your own risk. This file is compiled from various sources, including but not limited to USENET, the Web, commercial networks, and electronic mail. The FAQ is mostly targeted towards desktop Geos users, both Ensemble and NewDeal Office. However, there are still many sections devoted to other topics and Geos platforms. This information may be freely distributed, in whole or in part, in any form, provided that any distributor: * Tells me, so that I can inform you of updates to the FAQ and tell the USENET community (I will keep the information confidential, if you desire) * Makes every reasonable effort to keep this information current * Releases myself and the rest of USENET from any liability. If this file leaves the confines of USENET for any BBS's, web pages, user groups, commercial networks, or other networks (FidoNet, GeoHolics Net, etc.) or vendors, please let me know so that I can pass along the information to others. Please send submissions, comments, suggestions, or corrections to rayancog@pacific.net.ph. CREDITS I'd like to give the following folks my thanks: * Steve Main (ndmain@aol.com) former Director of Technical Services, NewDeal. * John Howard (johnh@breadbox.com) of Breadbox Computers, for giving me up-to-date info. * Stephen Haffly (hafflys@earthlink.net) for reposting this FAQ to FidoNet. * Lynn Montelauro (GSMLynn@aol.com) for making this FAQ a part of GSMN. * Rose Walton PC Coaches (rwcoaching@aol.com, http://users.aol.com/rwcoaching/) for distributing copies of this FAQ to its customers. * Werni Grieder (BaselBasel@aol.com, http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/WerniGrieder) for being a Geos deity. * Doug Taylor (doug-taylor+@osu.edu) for a lot of the PDA information. * All the people who have written great Geos software. * All the people who mail me information and follow comp.os.geos.misc. * And of course, James Bearden, the original author of this FAQ. UPDATES Since the previous update (February 10, 2002), the following sections have been updated: * Credits (John Howard's e-mail addresses) * Section 6.1.2 I installed Geos on my zippy new computer, but it won't load up. What's the problem? It dies with a KR-01 error (divide by zero). ------------------------------------------------------------------------ INDEX * 6 Common Problems o 6.1 It's broke! + 6.1.1 When I try to start Geos, I get a message saying that unable to find /userdata/fonts! What's the problem? + 6.1.2 I installed Geos on my zippy new computer, but it won't load up. What's the problem? It dies with a KR-01 error (divide by zero). + 6.1.3 I keep getting SHARE or File Lock errors when I run Geos. What's going on? + 6.1.4 I'm running the desktop version with Stacker installed. Drive C is my Stacker volume. For some reason GeoManager insists on looking at drive E for the /geoworks/world directory, even though when I exit Geos I'm on drive C. Any ideas? + 6.1.5 I keep having problems with Geos 2.0 and DoubleSpace/SuperStor/Stacker. What can I do? ------------------------------------------------------------------------ 6 Common Problems 6.1 It's broke! 6.1.1 When I try to start Geos, I get a message saying that Geos is unable to find /userdata/fonts! What's the problem? This could be any of several things, but it usually means that Geos is unable to find a suitable file system driver. Geos interacts with the hardware at a very low level, and doesn't work well with anything that redirects the drives. Specifically: * WFW 32-bit file access sometimes causes problems, in which case you should disable it. * Windows NT/2000 is not compatible with Geos (v1.x and 2.x). Version 3.0 works with NT/2000. * Multiuser versions of DOS (DR Multiuser DOS, Concurrent DOS, Real/32, PC MOS) are not compatible with all versions of Geos. * Geos does not recognize the Win95 (aka MS-DOS 7.0) file system. This can be fixed with SETVER (v1.x and v2.x) or by adding the line 'fs =3D ms4.geo' to the [system] section of the GEOS.INI file (v2.x only.) Geos versions 2.5 and higher don't suffer from this problem. * PC DOS 7, PC DOS 2000 and DR-DOS 7.03 no longer need SETVER loaded for Geos 3.0 to operate. * Some networked drives cause problems for Geos system files, although you can usually save data to a networked drive. * DOS emulation under Linux or Macintosh causes problems because Geos tries to directly interact with hardware that just isn't there. 6.1.2 I installed Geos on my zippy new computer, but it won't load up. What's the problem? It dies with a KR-01 error (divide by zero). This is known as the fast CPU bug. It was first observed on Geoworks Ensemble 2.x. The best fix is to edit your GEOS.INI file and change the line continueSetup =3D true to continueSetup =3D false There may be a new "very fast CPU bug" that affects NDO2000 and Breadbox Ensemble (and all earlier versions too). No one has been able to pin down exactly at what CPU speed it happens (most likely that is dependent on the make and model of CPU) but it is around 1.3 GHz. 6.1.3 I keep getting SHARE or File Lock errors when I run Geos. What's going on? Geos needs a lot of files open at once. If you're using SHARE, try adding the switch /f:4096 or /f:6144. On some systems, /L:40 seems to help. If you are not on a network, you might not need SHARE at all. 6.1.4 I'm running the desktop version with Stacker installed. Drive C is my Stacker volume. For some reason GeoManager insists on looking at drive E for the /Geoworks/world directory, even though when I exit Geos I'm on drive C. Any ideas? Check the volume labels for drives C, D, and E. If they're identical, then use GeoManager to edit the volume labels so that each drive has its own distinct label. On some computers, you may have to exit to DOS to change the drive label (use the LABEL command). 6.1.5 I keep having problems with Geos 2.0 and DoubleSpace/SuperStor/Stacker. What can I do? Geos 2.0 normally works fine on compressed drives, although there is sometimes a decrease in performance if the swap file is on the compressed drive, particularly if you are using DoubleSpace (the compression included with MS-DOS 6.0 and 6.2.) Geos 1.x frequently had problems if the swap file was on a compressed drive, and users of these versions should make sure (through Preferences) that their swap file is on an uncompressed drive. Problems with Stacker not recognizing your compressed HD(s) correctly can usually be solved by adding lines to the [system] section of your GEOS.INI file to specifically define the drives as fixed disks: drive c =3D 65536 where c is your compressed Stacker drive. End of the PC/Geos FAQ Part 6 ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Copyright =A9 199?-1999 James Bearden. All rights reserved. Copyright =A9 1999-2003 Raymond Thaddeus C. Ancog. All rights reserved.= =20