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Q. Dear Mr. Know-It-All,
I'm going to install the Merlin Convenience Pack and have been told Process Commander will not work with Warp 4.5. Is this true?
This is only partially true. Recent FixPaks. have broken the Process Commander installer and the enhanced keyboard driver. However, there are workarounds that will allow you to install Process Command (PC) and use most of its original functionality.
There are two problems:
There are two ways to install the Merlin Convenience Pack (MCP):
The installer fails because it can no longer patch DOSCALL1.DLL.
The enhanced keyboard handler traps because IBM made changes to the kernel.
If you are doing an MCP upgrade install, use:
MCP full install
MCP upgrade install over Warp4
to uninstall PC before attempting to install the MCP.
After the MCP is installed, make a desktop backup and reinstall PC.
Before installing PC, save a copy of KBDBASE.SYS as KDBBASE.MCP.
If you performed a MCP full install, the PC installation will be gone.
Reinstall PC from the CD. Do not install the alternate keyboard driver.
The install will report an error attempting to patch DOSCALL1.DLL. Ignore
this error and continue.
Do not reboot yet.
If you did an MCP upgrade install, reinstall PC with:
PCINSDLL /INSTALL_HOOK /INSTALL_PMSHELL /INSTALL_FS
Do not reboot yet.
To patch DOSCALL1.DLL, use
C. W. Rose's exepatch utility.
From the command line:
copy doscall1.dll doscall1.mcp
exepatch doscall1.mcp doscall1.pc
copy doscall.pc doscall1.dll
Unlock is part of the
LxLite Tool Kit.
Exepatch and unlock must be available via the PATH setting.
To install the alternate keyboard driver, add the driver to config.sys after
where x: is the boot drive. This setting will use Ctrl-Alt-F12 as the
hotkey to pop up the PC fullscreen. If you have other Process Command
related DEVICE statements, add the new line after them.
Reboot to activate PC.
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