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Another tip:

Buy an old cheap laptop off Ebay with a serial port. \n You can pick up a 486 for under $10. Set it up for DOS and install all your \n radio programming software on there. I still see a lot of Icom, Vertex and Big \n M radios that use DOS software. I use a pentium 1 that can also run windows \n 98, and I have some windows software in it as well. I keep it in a cheap home \n depot aluminum case, with all my programming cables. So whatever radio a \n customer pulls out I can usually deal with it. I also keep a small 300w 120v \n inverter in there so I can do mobiles as well.

This method has less of \n a learning curve then burning a DOS boot disk and creating partitions. \n

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On Mon, Feb 28, 2011 at 11:40 AM, Doug Bade <kd8b@...> wrote:
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There may be some lower case \n to upper case issues if running in a windows shell. DOS only wrote upper \n case characters in the file name.. The other possibility is the directory \n you are in is in an NTFS partition and DOS cannot deal with it..

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To \n run GE software I recommend folks build a Fat32 partition on their hard \n drive where you should put all your DOS programming software and build a DOS \n boot floppy or CD as needed… then boot into a true DOS environment on a \n fat32 partition and all the GE DOS sw will play nice…

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Keep \n in mind most of this was written pre-95 let alone XP or Win7. DOS programs \n really should be run in Command Line DOS, not a Windows shell...

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In \n my XP laptop My DOS FAT32 partition is registered to Windows as drive E, and \n the C partition is NTFS.. When I boot off of a DOS boot cd, it mounts the \n Fat32 partition as “C” and ignores the NTFS C partition as it does not \n understand it.

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In \n the GE world of DOS software the installers made a directory called \GE off \n of the root of the hard drive. All DOS programs installed as a sub-directory \n under that.. All batch files used to execute each version of DOS sw was put \n in the \GE directory itself. Proper batch files did a change directory to \n the specific subdirectory of each program and into the radio directory of \n that program. Then would execute the programming software from that radio \n directory. Radio files would then be read and written from that directory. \n It is possible the path to write is invalid if you are doing things \n different.

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An \n example of a batch file was…

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CD \n \GE\M2E\RADIO

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\GE\M2E\MASTR.EXE \n /3

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CD \n \GE

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From: GE-Mpa@yahoogroups.com [mailto:GE-Mpa@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of philip \n porteus
Sent: Monday, February 28, 2011 11:21 AM
To: GE-Mpa@yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [GE-Mpa] \n Need help with mpa version 12

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You can also read the radio instead of typing everything in by hand, you \n can then write that personality to other radios.

In fact the \n preferred method of programming is to always read the radio and then make \n the necessary changes. That way you will know the personality is compatible \n and will not brick the radio.

Also this software is designed for DOS \n and should be run on a computer booted from real DOS. (it doesn't have to be \n slow) It will work under windows but you will lose some functionality. I'm \n sure you have heard this rap before.

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On 2/28/2011 8:36 AM, joecolee wrote:
> Hi,
> \n I have the mpa version 12 software and I'm having some problems with \n it.
> I am able to use the software to program my radio, am unable to \n save the personality so any time I want to add another grew to the radio, I \n have to start all over and enter every channel again.
> When I try to \n save the personality, it says "invalid characters in the personality \n file"
> Or something similar.
> Can anyone help?
> Is \n there a manual available for the software?
> Thanks
> Joe Colee \n AAR4LP

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Simple-you have to use DOS conventions for the filename. \n No more than 8
by 3 (xxxxxxxx.xxx) and mostly only alpha-numeric. You \n can use an
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