SR/SSD 97-5 2-1-97

Technical Attachment

PC-NOW VERSION 2.0: IMPORTANT NOTE FOR WINDOWS 95 USERS

Scott Plischke and Jeff Colton
NWSO Amarillo

Now that most offices are making the switch from the old Windows 3.X to Windows 95, there are a few changes that need to be made to the SYSTEM.INI file to help assure that PC-NOW will work properly. The fix is relatively simple.

  1. Press START from the main screen of Windows 95 and choose RUN. Type in SYSEDIT at the prompt and press enter. A screen will pop-up with several system files. The only one you will need to be concerned with is the SYSTEM.INI file. Point the mouse cursor at the window containing the SYSTEM.INI file and press the left button one time. This will bring the SYSTEM.INI file to the forefront. Just scroll down the file until you see a [386 Enh] section.

  2. Add the following lines to the end of this section:

    com1autoassign=0
    com2autoassign=0

  3. Save the file and close the SYSEDIT window by pressing the X in the top right corner of the window.

  4. You have now made the only changes that should be necessary to allow PC-NOW to work correctly with Windows 95. This fix is to correct a device conflict problem that exists within Windows 95.

  5. However, some offices have experienced another, more complicated problem involving the actual hardware of the computer itself. This problem results in files being unable to transmit from the computer into AFOS through the AFOS Cable. The basic problem is that the PC communications port needs seven pins connected to something. On an AFOS cable, all you get is a send, receive, and possibly a ground. There are four handshaking wires in the cable that have no connection to AFOS that must be hardwired to be "hot" all the time, unless the computer is wired to a peripheral sharing device or PSD, in which case, those seven wires must be wired pin-to-pin between the computer and the PSD.

    The problem has a quick fix, but help from an electronics technician would be strongly recommended. One solution was to use two jumper wires. One jumper connects pins 4 and 5. The other jumper connects to pins 6, 8, and 20. Your electronics technician should understand what this is all about.

  6. Hope this helps with the transition to Windows 95. Good Luck!