Category : Alternate Operating Systems - Quarterdeck DesqView, CP/M, etc
Archive   : DV-PIF.ZIP
Filename : DVPINST.TXT

Output of file : DVPINST.TXT contained in archive : DV-PIF.ZIP
.DVP File Installation

First, determine what program each .DVP file you've received
is intended to support. This can be easily done by "reading" the
.DVP file using Vern Buerg's LIST (if you don't have a copy of
LIST, you should). You can also determine what application a given
.DVP file is intended to support by "typing" the file (TYPE
FILENAME.EXT). The title of the program will be presented on the

When you've determined what application a given .DVP file is
intended to support, copy it to the directory that contains the
executable file of the appropriate application. You *can* simply
copy it to your DV directory, but it can get somewhat "lost" amidst
all the other .DVP files you already have. Moreover, by locating
it other than in the DV directory, you'll avoid overwriting an
existing .DVP file if you already happen to have an application set
up that uses the same two letter program identification code...

Then call up the DV menu, specify pen Window, followed by

rogram. You will be presented with a menu of all the
programs for which you have DVP files located in your DV directory.
Specify ther, at which time you'll be requested to provide a
path. Respond with the path to the directory (containing the
executable file of the application) in which you copied the .DVP
file you're installing. At this time the title of program that
the .DVP file supports will be presented. You'll want to move the
cursor to the program title and press the space bar. You can now
press ENTER and the file is added to your DV menu and the .DVP file
is copied to the DV directory.

You *may* have a conflict of the two letter program selection
code (which is also the first two letters of the .DVP filename) in
which case you'll be provided an opportunity to specify a different
two letter code.

Under normal circumstances, the only thing that remains to be
done is to modify the .DVP to indicate the path on *your* system.
This is easily done by calling up the DV menu once again, selecting
pen Window, and hange

rogram. Specify the two letter code
for the program you've just installed, and you'll be presented with
the .DVP file ready for editing. Generally, the only modification
necessary will be to specify the path on *your* system...

If you encounter difficulties, you'll want to run hange

rogram and review the parameters in detail. Check in particular
to be certain you have enough available memory to accommodate the
memory size as specified in the .DVP file (if not, you may want to
try reducing the amount of memory to something that *will* fit on
your system). You'll probably want to double check any special
display settings and, in the case of a communications program (or
other application that utilizes a serial port) whether the port
number was specified in the setup and if it corresponds to the
serial port configuration on your system.

When you're all done, you can return to the application
directory and delete the copy of the .DVP file that's located
there. DV will use the copy it placed in the actual DV directory.
Dave Hoagland

  3 Responses to “Category : Alternate Operating Systems - Quarterdeck DesqView, CP/M, etc
Archive   : DV-PIF.ZIP
Filename : DVPINST.TXT

  1. Very nice! Thank you for this wonderful archive. I wonder why I found it only now. Long live the BBS file archives!

  2. This is so awesome! 😀 I’d be cool if you could download an entire archive of this at once, though.

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