Installing LocoScript to run within Windows 95,98 & NT

Both LocoScript Professional and LocoScript PC are designed to work with IBM Compatible PCs' MS DOS operating system. You can also run them from Windows by using these programs' DOS compatibility features. Note that these details supersede the Getting Started book.


To use LocoScript on your PC with Windows you need to follow these steps:

1) Install LocoScript onto your PC's hard disk from the LocoScript Master Disks.
2) Setup the icon and special options in Windows.
3) Make sure that your Windows printer settings are suitable for running LocoScript
4) Run LocoScript and make any adjustments for your CD ROM drive.


We recommend you restart your PC in MS DOS before installing LocoScript. To do this select Start | Shut down| Restart the computer in MS DOS mode.

Run the Installation Program as follows:

Locate the Master Disks, Upgrade Master Disks or Latest Version Master Disks for the most recent version of LocoScript you have. Insert Disk 1 into Drive A and type at the DOS prompt:
A:\INSTALL [Enter]
If you are using a set of Upgrade Master Disks, the Installation program will need to see Disk 1 of the original Master disks that the Upgrade set replaced. If you are using Latest Version Master Disks, the Installation Program will need all of the previous set of either Master Disks or Upgrade master Disks.

The Installation program will spot that you have Windows installed on your PC and will offer to install an icon and program group for LocoScript. Accept this option when offered.

LocoScript requires a full screen window. You will be able to run LocoScript alongside other Windows tasks and switch between them with the usual [alt] + [tab] keystroke. If you are installing LocoScript onto a hard disc with more than 2GB of free space you may get an error message to the effect that there is not enough space for LocoScript. The error message is wrong and you should take the Continue anyway option on this and subsequent error messages.

Setting up the Windows icon

After the program has been installed follow these steps to create a "short-cut" icon on your desktop.

1) Select Start | Find | Files or folders. The Find dialog will appear. In the space to the left of Named: type lspro.grp and ensure that C: is shown against Look in: and that Include subfolders is ticked. Click with the left mouse button on Find now.

2) The file will be found and displayed in the file list that then appears in the bottom of the dialog window.

3) Double click with the left button on this file. The LocoScript Professional program group window will open.

4) In the LocoScript Professional group window click with the right mouse button on the Script icon and keeping the button held down drag the icon to any part of your desktop (ie any part of the screen that's not in a window or menu bar.) If no parts of the desktop are visible, close all windows except the LocoScript Professional group window and then carry out this step.

5) Release the mouse button and select Create shortcut here. A Script icon will then be placed on your desktop.

6) Right click on the newly created Script icon and click with the right button on Properties.

7) In the Properties window, click the Misc tab.
Clear Allow screen saver
Set Background always suspend
Clear Alt+Space
Click the Properties window OK button.

Further Steps in Windows

Provided Windows has been correctly installed on your PC you should have no problems, but some pointers to watch are:

Print manager

For most printers, do not operate LocoScript with Windows' print manager active as this can interfere with the control of the printer.

If you find that printing stops halfway through a page, check the selected Windows printer driver and ensure that it is set not to spool DOS print jobs. In Windows 95 and 98 do this as follows:

1) Select Start | Settings | Printers to display the Printers window.

2) Click with the right mouse button on the icon for your printer. In the menu that appears click with the left button on Properties.

3) Click on the Details tab. Click the Port settings button.

4) In the Port settings window, if Spool MS-DOS print jobs is ticked, click on the tick to untick it. Click on the Port settings window's OK button. Click on the printer properties window's OK button. LocoScript Port setting

If you have problems printing and have followed the advice above, check that you are using an appropriate Port setting in LocoScript. To do this:

1) Run LocoScript and press the * key on your numeric key pad to call up Printer Control State.

2) Press f7 to bring up the Port menu. The Port: line will be highlighted, press [down arrow] to highlight the Access: line.. If this is set to Direct access, press the space bar twice to change to Use BIOS calls. Press f10 twice to return to the disc management screen.

For some printers and settings for Windows, BIOS calls can cause problems. If this still doesn't work, follow the above procedure to change from Use BIOS calls to Use DOS calls.

When you first start LocoScript

Disable hardware roll

In Windows you should always disable LocoScript's Hardware roll setting for your screen. Do this as follows:

From the LocoScript Disk Manager press f9 and [enter] to call up Settings. Press f5 to call up the screen options menu. If it reads Hardware roll: enabled move to that line and press the space bar once to change it to disabled. Press f10 to leave this menu and f10 again to exit settings.

Error with your CD ROM drive

Sometimes the CD ROM drive is incorrectly reported to LocoScript as being available when no CD is present. This can be overcome by permanently ignoring the CD ROM drive. Do this as follows:

When LocoScript loads it will display an error message. Select the cancel option to ignore the error.

When the Disc manager is showing, press [ctrl] + [PgUp] to display the disc drives. Move the cursor to highlight your CD ROM drive (you may need to hold down the [shift] key). Press the [del] or [delete] key. Now exit LocoScript to ensure that the setting is remembered.