Install Geocomp 10.2
Install Geocomp 10.2 for DOS on Operating Systems other than Windows XP
Windows after 32-bit XP (XP 64-bit, Vista, 7, 8, 10) and many other operating systems like Linux and MacOS, do not come with DOS; therefore to run any DOS application, such as Geocomp, you are faced with choices, such as:
- Transition to another application, like Terramodel for Windows
- Keep running 32-bit Windows XP computers
- Dual-boot with a 32-bit Windows XP partition
- Install a DOS emulator, or
- Install Windows XP on a virtualization layer
Virtualization can enable Geocomp on computers newer than Windows XP provided you have:
- Geocomp 10.1 or 10.2 installation software.
- A Geocomp USB dongle and USB port.
- The Geocomp 10 activation code for your dongle.
- The installation drives and registration keys for a guest operating system containing DOS. In practice, this means the full 32-bit Windows XP with Service Packs. Windows XP Mode is not sufficient!
- Sufficient memory for the guest OS.
- A suitable edition of a host operating system such as Windows XP 64-bit, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, Linux or Macintosh.
- A virtual machine which will run on the host OS and enable real-mode DOS applications running on Windows XP guest OS.
- An Internet connection for downloading software and updates.
- Technical competence.
Examples of virtualization
- Geocomp 10.2 on Windows XP on VMWare Player on Windows 7 Professional. This is straightforward to use once installed and runs at normal speed in a small window. This Player is no longer available.
- Geocomp 10.2 on Windows XP on VMWare Workstation on Windows 7 Professional. This is similar to the Player but Workstation can run apps like Geocomp in Full Screen and includes support from VMWare. We haven’t tested this.
- Geocomp 10.2 on Windows XP on Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 on Windows Vista Business Enterprise. This is too slow and very clunky but it does run.
- Geocomp 10.2 on Windows XP on Oracle VirtualBox on Linux or MacOS.
- Geocomp 10.2 on Windows XP on Oracle VirtualBox on Windows 10. We have tested this and Geocomp works well (in a 640×480 window).
The main steps to a virtual machine
- Upgrade to Geocomp 10.2 and replace your parallel port dongle with a USB dongle (if you haven’t already).
- Choose a host OS that supports virtualization (such as Windows 7 Professional rather than Windows 7 Home).
- Configure your host to support to suit the virtualisation method. This might include turning on or off Intel® Virtualization Technology, AMD-V® or Hyper_V®.
- Download and install a virtualization layer such as VMWare Workstation, Microsoft Virtual PC, Microsoft Client Hyper-V or Oracle VirtualBox.
- Install Windows XP from a bootable Windows XP installation CD or ISO on top of the virtualization layer.
- Install applications, add-ons and extensions to the host and guest to enable convenient file management, USB ports, shared folders and so on.
- Install Geocomp 10.2 on XP
- Install the Sentinel drivers, attach the USB security dongle and connect the Sentinel device to the virtual machine.
- Run Geocomp.
A more detailed (if dated) example
How to install Geocomp 10.2 on Windows XP on Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 on Windows Vista Business Enterprise:
- Download and install Microsoft Virtual PC 2007
- Run Virtual PC Console
- Under the VPC File menu, run the New Virtual Machine Wizard to install Windows XP from CD as if it were on a new hard disk
- Use the wizard to enable LPT1, com ports, drives and so on
- Open the new virtual machine
- Log into Windows XP with administrator rights
- In the Action menu of the virtual machine, Install Virtual Machine Additions
- Install Geocomp 10.08 on Windows XP.
- Upgrade to Geocomp 10.2.
- Install Sentinel Protection Installer
- Run Virtual PC Console
- Launch Windows XP
- Run Geocomp to check that all works
You may also wish to make some of these additional changes in Windows XP:
- Install your favourite utilities such as file manager, text editor, unzipper, PDF reader, and so on.
- Configure Windows XP to suppress the welcome screen or boot in DOS mode.
- Copy a Geocomp shortcut to the startup or install a different shortcut.
- Connect to a network and map a network drive to a drive letter
- Create a folder in Vista like C:\VPCSHARE and set that as a common folder in VPC with a mapped drive letter such as V:.
- Edit the GC10.BAT file so the data drive is on the network or VPCSHARE folder.
Hints for this example:
- If you remove Virtual Machine Additions (VMA), you have to remove it from both VPC and Windows XP before you can reinstall VMA
- Use the right ALT key with Enter to switch between window and full screen in VPC
- ALT TAB will switch you between Geocomp and Windows XP as normal
- Look at http://www.essjae.com/VPC and http://blogs.msdn.com/virtual_pc_guy
- Read the VPC Help
The Geocomp graphical display is fixed at 640 by 480 pixels. If this is too small on your high-resolution display, make this window appear bigger by changing your glasses, reducing the resolution of the host display, reusing an old low-resolution VGA monitor or choosing a virtual machine that enables the DOS window to fill the whole screen.
Your display hardware and drivers must be VGA-compatible.
- Install Geocomp 10.2 on Windows XP on VirtualBox on Windows 10, or
- Avoid all the hassles of virtualization by switching from Geocomp for DOS to Terramodel 10.61L for Windows which
- Runs on current versions of Windows
- Includes our Geocomp Update
- Accepts most Geocomp commands
- Imports and exports Geocomp data files
- Includes updates and support through Customer Care Membership